Hey, did you hear that Newt Gingrich pulled off an upset victory in South Carolina over the weekend? Of course you did; you’re CityBeat readers, so you’re all well read. But any rational observer must wonder if Republicans truly think Newt can win in a general election, where there are actual moderates and progressives voting.
There’s already a fake front page of The Washington Post circulating around the Internet with President Obama smiling broadly at news of Gingrich’s victory.
And then there’s Steve Kornacki’s take at Salon. He compares a potential Gingrich nomination to 1964, when extremist Barry Goldwater was the GOP’s nominee, after a hard-fought nominating battle against New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, a wealthy moderate. Goldwater got swamped in a landslide, carrying only six states against Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson.
In other political news, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced she would be resigning from the House soon to focus on her recovery. Giffords was injured early last year in a shooting rampage allegedly perpetrated by a young, anti-government zealot. Before Gabby leaves, however, she will attend Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.
Locally, Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig today will unveil a series of changes that he’s making to the department. They include shifting 10 supervisors and 40 officers from specialized units and putting them on street patrol. Among the units being disbanded include the DARE program, which several studies have shown is ineffective. Also, five narcotics units are being consolidated and a new unit solely responsible for policing downtown is being created.
Meanwhile, Craig is also being featured in a new TV commercial for the University of Phoenix. The chief got his Master’s degree in management from the school in 2010, and is now enrolled in its Ph.D. program.
Monday will be an awfully busy day for Craig. After announcing the staffing and organizational changes, the chief will meet with local taxicab drivers tonight to discuss their concerns. The forum is the result of a task force formed by Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young.
Oh, yeah: Some college football coach died Sunday after resigning two months ago for not following up on allegations that one of his assistants was sexually abusing boys.