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Newt Gingrich’s bucket versus Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account

This might be the best thing that anyone has written about Newt Gingrich today, from Bob Dole, who was Senate majority leader while Gingrich was speaker:

Newt would show up at the campaign headquarters with an empty bucket in his hand — that was a symbol of some sort for him — and I never did know what he was doing or why he was doing it, and I’m not certain he knew either.

And what a symbol. It encapsulates the former speaker’s limited capacity for self-reflection, his flights into the bizarre, and his habit of thinking up one mildly interesting, mostly hairbrained scheme after another, such as building a Moon base in less than eight years. Or that he could ever be president.

As Philip Klein points out, Gingrich, though, isn’t the only candidate who suffered a poorly-timed headline in the run-up to Thursday night’s debate. From ABC: “Romney Failed to Disclose Swiss Bank Account Income.” Which could be harmless, but feeds right into the narrative about Romney’s detachment from everyday Americans’ concerns, and just sounds generally Bond villain-esque.

So, readers, which is worse — Dole’s anti-endorsement of Gingrich or Romney’s Swiss bank account?

Stephen Stromberg is a Post editorial writer. He specializes in domestic policy, including energy, the environment, legal affairs and public health.


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