Newt: a Zombie-Like Refutation of Fitzgerald’s Truism about Second Acts in American Lives
The topic that I am about to treat in this post might be a provocative starting point for a discussion in a wide range of courses: a course on rhetoric or argument, a course on mass media or news reporting, or a course on recent American political history, the nature of celebrity, or the increasing confluence of political and economic influence and celebrity. Moreover, despite the hyper-partisanship that seems to turn any discussion of politics or political figures into a cause for controversy that seems to strain the bounds of academic freedom, I doubt that any discussion of Newt Gingrich’s political career—and, in particular, his recent career—will provoke outrage, or even any sort of strong emotions, in anyone.
Earlier this evening, I was watching the reincarnation of Crossfire on CNN. The show now features Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, representing the political Right, and Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones, representing…
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