Republicans' Reality-TV Politics

GOP candidates' debate (Getty Images)
GOP candidates' debate (Getty Images)

In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson says that watching the Republican Party try to select a presidential candidate is like watching reality TV. The fact that Newt Gingrich is the current front-runner and Donald Trump will moderate the last debate, well, takes the cake.


I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

With less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney, the candidate shown by polls to have the best chance of defeating President Obama, evidently remains unacceptable to most of his party. He has spent the summer and fall playing second fiddle to a series of unconvincing “front-runners” who fade into the shadows once their shortcomings become obvious.

The latest is Newt Gingrich, a man with more baggage than Louis Vuitton — and the taste for fine jewelry of Louis XIV, judging by his Tiffany’s bill. Be honest: Is there anybody out there who believes Gingrich would make it through a general-election campaign against Obama without self-destructing? I didn’t think so.

Far from settling down, the Republican contest keeps getting wackier. I can think of no better illustration than the fact that a Dec. 27 candidates debate — the last before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses — will be moderated by Donald Trump.

Read Eugene Robinson's entire column at the Washington Post.