Emmett Tyrrell

It would be eminently fitting if Romney won the presidency and set the country on course in 2012. He is from the normal half of that generation; he's a man who was a student in the 1960s and, afterwards, a businessman, until he secured his fortune and entered public life in middle age. By then, the Clintons and Newt had been supping at the public trough for years.

The unreported aspect of last week's story of the conservative writers and politicos turning on Gingrich was the role played by the Episodic Apologists. They are the media types who have been covering for the Clintons for years. They have high hopes for the Clintons' talents. Then they are crestfallen by one of the Clintons' scandals: the pilfering of the White House, the last-minute pardons, Monica Lewinsky. Then their high hopes rekindle anew. They were loath to report my attack on Newt as being the Republican's Bill Clinton, but they jumped at the "conservative establishment's" attacks on his veracity and his other wayward traits.

Yet, Newt's failure is part of a larger failure: the infantilism of the 1960s generation. In his narcissism, impulsiveness and deviancy, Newt is at one with the Clintons. Mitt -- and for that matter, Santorum -- are just the opposite. They are straight arrows and duty-bound. They would not be a riot of scandals in the White House, but is it not about time that we leave the scandals to Hollywood?

This country is facing its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. President Obama offers us what Romney calls crony capitalism. Romney is right, and crony capitalism means more Solyndras. Congressman Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, has served up a budget to cure the nation's ills and head us on a course that will not end like Greece has ended.

Romney is not far from the Ryan budget, and he can move even closer. Newt can be forgotten.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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