From John Boehner, asked about President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address:
I’ve read a lot about what the president will talk about Tuesday night. It sounds to me like the same old proposals we’ve seen — more spending, higher taxes, more regulation — the same policies that haven’t helped our economy, they’ve made it worse. If that’s what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, I think it’s pathetic.
Pathetic! That’s one of Newt Gingrich’s favorite words! I take this as a subtle hint that the Republican establishment is starting to accept the possibility of a doomed, Newt-inflected future. Further Kremlinological observations will follow in future posts.