Paul Greenberg

Then the problem is left to fester, producing only a whole new layer of bureaucracy. This isn't problem solving, it isn't even delegation. It's the most expensive form of procrastination. It's denial wrapped in red tape.

Cabinet secretaries may have to be approved by Congress, but not these privileged characters called czars. Russians would recognize their type in an instant even if, after the Revolution, they were known as commisars.

In the happy event a Republican is elected president in November -- Mitt Romney may now be in the lead for that possibility -- then he ought to take at least one piece of advice from The Newt:

Do away with these unaccountable czars/bosses/little dictators. Without delay or ceremony or further ado. They're a plague.

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Newt Gingrich also had some good things to say about the Keystone pipeline. Why in the oil-producing world should we keep importing the stuff from Arab oildoms and caudillo-prone Venezuela when we can (1) create jobs here, (2) lower the price of oil, and (3) deal with a friendly, stable democracy and even friendlier neighbor just to the north? Let's hear it for the Canadians. Never has dull been so attractive.

Mr. Gingrich is also for the good kind of pro-choice. In education. Why do we force parents to keep sending their kids to failing schools? Newt Gingrich opposed any limits on the number of charter schools each state could have -- so long as they met the high standards their charters called for. Education is the great unexplored issue of this presidential campaign.

The Newt is now headed back on tour, and is sure to make the news now and then with a new idea or eight. And the occasional outrage thrown in at no additional cost. If only he had as much judgment as he does imagination.

In the end, the Gingrich candidacy, along with Rick Santorum's, helped Mitt Romney prepare for the main event this fall. Thank you, Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum, and now Mr. Obama, for toughening him up. Mitt Romney will need it.

Thank you, too, Mr. Gingrich, for telling off the media-ocracy a thrilling time or two. The whole New York Times-National Public Radio-MSNBC axis of gliberaldom deserved every word.

But most of all, sir, thank you for dropping out at last. Now the country can have a serious debate between a couple of serious candidates.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


 

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