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Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, December 5, 2011

12/05/11 09:06AM

OUT OF AFRICA AND INTO IOWA  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESNewt Gingrich's mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker. His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas... read more

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

12/05/11 06:22AM

INTRODUCTIONA GIFTED ONEIn endless variations and permutations, jokes about Howard Cosell’s outsized ego and nonstop verbosity proliferated during much of his lifetime. It may be surprising to those who were not alive then, or were too young to know, but his presence so dominated popular American culture that it was virtually impossible not to know who he was. During those heady times, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s, it was hard, in fact, to find someone who didn’t take a whack at the world’s most inflated ego. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 2, 2011

12/02/11 09:47AM

MITT VS. NEWT  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTMy own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely important election. ... Every conservative has thus to ask himself two questions: Who is more likely to prevent that second term? read more