Michael Krull, the National Campaign Director of Newt Gingrich’s campaign responded to news that his candidate failed to collect 10,000 signatures in Virginia with this:
Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days – but in the end we will stand victorious.
I want to say something here that’s clever and acrid, but I feel like this comparison is such an insult to our nation (and our nation’s veterans) that even beginning to articulate the reasons pushes the knife in further.
Last Sunday morning at church in my hometown, I took my thirteen year old daughter to say hello to the only WW2 veteran we know. We always shake his hand, and he tells us that his mind is still sharp but his body is betraying him a little bit more every day.
I hope he doesn’t read the newspapers.