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Say what you will about Gingrichian authoritarianism -- at least it won't be "gay and secular"!
At this writing, Gallup has Gingrich neck and neck with Romney for the Republican nomination. If he gets the nod, no doubt he'll send a thrill up many a leg in the debates. But his odds of actually winning the presidency are slim indeed.
Recall that in 2004, after Obama's GOP opponent for the U.S. Senate, Jack Ryan, imploded in a sex scandal, the party nominated Alan Keyes: another "forceful" debater with a weakness for loopy ideas. How'd that work out?
Keyes went on to run a short-lived cable talk show (the somewhat defensively titled "Alan Keyes Is Making Sense") and a role as lead plaintiff in a birther lawsuit. Obama went on to the U.S. Senate and, in short order, the presidency.
Examiner Columnist Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and the author of The Cult of the Presidency.