3 comments April 7th, 2007at 03:41pm Posted by Eli

From the Burlington Free Press, by way of Cut to the Chase, by way of Comments From Left Field:

There was a certain irony in the recent demise of the College Republicans at the University of Vermont. What ultimately proved to be the club’s undoing was an appearance on campus by a national Republican heavyweight: Newt Gingrich.

When the club invited Gingrich to speak at Ira Allen Chapel on Oct. 6, 2005, he settled for an undisclosed honorarium that was apparently higher than the College Republicans could afford. They took out a $7,000 loan from the Student Government Association to help pay the bill, but more than a year later, when the loan still wasn’t fully repaid after several ultimatums, the Student Government Association decertified them. In other words, the College Republicans were removed last month from UVM’s long list of “recognized,” or subsidized, student clubs.

That left the College Democrats and the International Socialist Organization as two of the more prominent political organizations for students, and it left political conservatives with virtually no formal organizational outlet on campus.

Way to nurture and advance the movement, Newt! You should totally run for president.

It’s just so perfect and beautiful – I’m all verklempt.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. spork_incident  |  April 7th, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Oooo…I like the apple pic!


  • 2. Phoenix Woman  |  April 8th, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Newt must realize, even with his ego as bloated as it is, that he has no flipping chance in hell of getting the nomination, much less winning. So there’s only one way to look at this: As a money-making scheme.

    I figure that his lobbying career isn’t bringing in the big bucks any more (at one point he was pulling in between ten and twenty times what his official salary was as a congressman — of course, that doesn’t count all the multi-million-dollar book deals he got for tomes that were bought in bulk to be given away by right-wing book clubs), and/or he’s getting bored with Calista already (I forget: Is she WIfe #3 or #4?) and wants to get some more cash under his belt to pay the latest set of divorce lawyers.

    Remember, there’s nothing to keep him from spending that money on personal items such as swimming pools or divorce lawyers. Look at Tom DeLay: He screwed over the Texas GOP by resigning, then pretending to be running for his seat in 2006 for just long enough to raise a little over $1.5 million at a time when he was $1 million in hock to the legal eagles trying to keep him out of jail. The end result: Democrat Nick Lampson now sits in DeLay’s congressional seat.

  • 3. Eli  |  April 8th, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I have mixed feelings about Newt actually running. On the one hand, it should be completely impossible for him to win.

    On the other hand… what if he does? I’m inclined to root for the least insane Republican to win the nomination – just in case. I’m pretty sure that’s Romney by default.

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