Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa on a conference call with The Hill described Newt as a 'heaven-sent nominee' for President Obama and the reelection campaign is 'silently cheering' the possibility of facing him in 2012.
Sen. Harkin fondly reminisces and opines on Newt's positive characteristics:
"I was in the House with Newt, as a matter of fact, years ago. I can remember him being a bomb thrower at that time," Harkin said. "One of those people always lobbing things around - I thought at that time, in his early career in the House, he was irresponsible at that time."
Harkin went on to say that while he has "never met a more undisciplined person," he admitted that Gingrich was an "intriguing individual."
"If you’re going to be president you have to have some discipline in how you approach things and how you assess situations," Harkin said. "Newt has never been one to engage mind before opening mouth. He engages mouth before engaging his mind sometimes, most of the time. That doesn’t bode well for him at all."
Harkin went on to describe "silent cheering in the Obama Administration and the Obama campaign for Newt to get the nomination."
"It would be just be heaven-sent if he got the nomination,” Harkin said.
Rep. Barney Frank joins in the accolades:
Harkin's sentiments echoed that of outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who said that Gingrich's nomination "would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater."
"If Newt Gingrich is the nominee then ... wow," Frank said at the press conference announcing his retirement.
The conference call was reported by Radio Iowa.
So, no more ridiculing this serious Republican presidential candidate. At least until he wins the nomination.
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