Toby Harnden: Are Americans ready for another four years of a know-it-all in the White House?
ARE Americans ready to subject themselves to another four years of a professor-in-chief? Could they endure an author in the Oval Office who pronounces himself more brilliant than any subordinate, is determined to be a transformational president and whose ego knows no apparent bounds?
These are questions that exercise David Axelrod and his comrades in President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters at One Prudential Plaza in Chicago. They should also concern Republicans as the name Newt Gingrich appears, miraculously, at the top of GOP primary polls with less than 50 days to go until the first 2012 votes are cast.
Certainly, Gingrich, who swept into power as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1994 before flaming out four years later, is an old white guy and veteran politician whereas the Obama who won the White House in 2008 was, well, not.