Newt Gingrich spent the evening acting grouchily superior and reminding us that he once was a professor of history. Asked what he did to earn the $300,000 he was paid by quasi-public mortgage giant Freddie Mac during the subprime housing bubble, Gingrich claimed he had just offered advice “as a historian.”
Gingrich’s Ph.D. thesis at Tulane University was titled “Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945-1960.” Who knew the job market for historians of colonial Africa was so hot?
Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul were merely present and accounted for.
Oh, and Herman Cain. In many ways, his gaffe was worse than Perry’s: He referred to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.” Cain has spent the past week trying to convince the nation he’s not guilty of chronically piggish behavior toward women. Belittling the first woman to become speaker of the House with a flip, sexist insult was telling — and appalling.
Once again, a GOP debate produced a clear winner. Once again, it was President Obama.