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Kerry and Gingrich Prepare for Smackdown

Out of the presidential race but still itching to be a part of it all, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) seems to be trying to position himself as the Newt Gingrich of his party. You know, the thinking man who tries to steer the debate, frame the issues that candidates should be discussing, and hog air time.

We'll see how well Kerry does in his aspiring role next week when he goes head-to-head with Gingrich in a debate on the environment.

Hosted by New York University's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, the forum, which may seem boring on its face, has some realSmackdown potential: big hair, big egos and lots of hot air.

Gingrich, who still hasn't ruled out a presidential run, and Kerry are both skilled orators and debaters. (They're practically poster children for the National Forensic League, aka the high school speech and debate club.) And both, perhaps Gingrich more than Kerry, are convinced they know best. Kerry, after all, doesn't have the time-tested gimmick Gingrich has: a "Contract with America for the 21st Century."

Kerry aides are psyched for the Big Event, though they don't expect it to get quite as much attention as Wrestlemania's "hair match" this week between the Donald and the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment. "The wrestling fan in me knows this event doesn't boast the high stakes of Vince McMahon and Donald Trump putting their hair on the line at Wrestlemania," Kerry deputy chief of staff David Wade says, "but maybe debating the fragile future of our planet is reason enough to come early for a ringside seat."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 4, 2007; 5:00 PM ET
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Posted by: William | April 4, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Having closely and consistently observed both Kerry and Gingrich over the decades, it is clear that Newt has a think tank like ability to express valuable insights and create viable suggestions/solutions to 21st century challenges.

Comparitively, Kerry is a vacuum. At best, he offers the nation silly excuses for highly questionable decisions..voted for before against like inanities.

Smackdown? You need two champs for a smackdown. This will be Gingrich taking Kerry to school.

Posted by: bruceh | April 4, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jwh | April 4, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Smackdown? You need two champs for a smackdown. This will be Gingrich taking Kerry to school.

Posted by: bruceh | April 4, 2007 08:07 PM
Gingrich may be a better debater but Kerry has the scientific facts on his side. He will either have to make the case that two plus two doesn't equal four, or he will end up saying it's too late to do anything about global warming anyway seeing how India and China are going to be as bad as we are soon.
Kerry should make the case that conservation and finding alternative fuel sources will not only benefit the environment, it will benefit our economy and make us safer from the threat of terrorism.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 4, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hot Air...

Sure, from you...

The issue is an important one. I have absolutely no clue on where Newt comes out on this, but Kerry has been involved for a very long time now. (Too bad the Post cannot be bothered knowing facts).

As for Kerry's ability as a debater, that some here seem to denigrate, may be you want to ask Bush, or Bill Weld, formerly from MA. I would not bet on who will win this debate, as both of them are excellent debaters.

Posted by: FromMA | April 5, 2007 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Gingrich has been irrelevant for quite some time but he may the best the current Republicans have to offer. He considers himself an historian but is actually a historical revisionist. Gingrich typifies the right wing wimps.

Posted by: taters | April 5, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey, you know who should be impeached? George W. Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Kerry? who dat? a debater? more like a baiter. Kerry can't say more than two or three words without taking his voice teachers' deep thoat in an effort to make the two of three words sound important. But we never know if they are because he can't complete a sentence. For what it's worth nothing will wreck a thought process or a brain's ability to function more quickly than alcolhol or mary jane. (marijuana to those who can't remember the stupidity of the 1960s)

Posted by: Phil | April 5, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth nothing will wreck a thought process or a brain's ability to function more quickly than alcolhol or mary jane. (marijuana to those who can't remember the stupidity of the 1960s)

Posted by: Phil | April 5, 2007 12:29 PM
I'm don't think Kerry ever smoked pot. We do know for sure that while Kerry served honorably in Vietnam, George Bush snorted coke and drank himself silly while performing dubious service in the National Guard.

Posted by: Sonofabastard | April 5, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What? "Gin-gritch" (The Wife-swapping Hipocrite) going "to war" with Kerry is like Cheney ("I had other priorities.") teaching Army combat skills at Walter Reed. "Neut", "Shrub" and "Fatman" are at their very "manly" best when they are "gay-bashing", not fighting like real soldiers. Which is why their supporters aren't enlisted men, but fat pigs like Karl (MC) Rove, who never served either. If you haven't been in combat, you have "Nothing to say." So, shut up, or enlist, "little 'wannabe' people."

Posted by: Dan Longworth | April 5, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Dear John, Please don't. You have too much heart and concern to be able to spar with someone with standards so much lower than yours, unless you want to toss the rules of engagement and roll around in the muckracking mud. Thank you for your years of service. It's not like you needed the money.

Posted by: Sonja | April 5, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same Newt that thinks spanish is the language of the ghetto?

Posted by: Bill MacLeod | April 6, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Kerry has admitted to marijuana use. Gingrich led the republican revolution and will smack the stoner down. This is the real hair match! Giuliani or Fred Thompson will be the next president, in case you're wondering. What does the left have? A first term Muslim bred not quite black senator, a neo-nazi feminist who comes off as a bull dike (not that there's anything wrong with that), and a cut throat trial lawyer who has added billions to the cost of health care with his multimillion dollar malpractice lawsuits.

Posted by: Dr. Ralph | April 7, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

This is an outstanding match up. John Kerry is one of the best debaters on the Hill... the presidential debates of 04 showed his mad debate skills as he made Bush look foolish. This is where he excels.. and is a tough draw. He's the debate champ and would easily school Hillary, Romney, McCain, Obama, etc.
Newt is an awesome debater, kinda zanier in the sense that he's a Republican that can occasionally think outside the box and I always enjoy his discussion. He and Schumer had an excellent book review discussion. I think this is an opportunity for two people that will be involved with the Government and have some influence on policy to "distance themselves" from the partisanship and share some new and perhaps con flicting ideas. Maybe they could work these out.
As far as subject matter... when you have an energy policy thats written by the industries that abuse it... I give the edge to John Kerry. (Plus he and Theresa have a new book out which is unique and has an inspirational message... a collection of people all across the country "fighting the good fight" for our environment. It's an inspiring thoughtful work targeted at everyday people. Newt had contract with America, which was excellent, but the GOP's in clear breach of its "Contract with America", esp. when it comes to the Environment.
That being said... a good one.. look for
KERRY over Gingrich

Posted by: Jesse Walker | April 7, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Also... not that it's any of my business... but just observing, they should make tasteless and degrading name calling blogs in a separate category from people discussing the articles. All replys should be in regards to the subject matter. I don't know how inaccurately slurring other candidates comes into the picture... very tasteless, perhaps Washington Post moderators need to do a better job removing this. Kerry and Gingrich are both great debaters. period.

Posted by: Jesse Walker | April 7, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Kerry and Gingrich will probably agree more than they will disagree concerning the environment. The disagreements will be on what to do about it and how to do it. Gingrich will support new ideas of which he is, by his own admission, the principal purveyor and thus most eligible for a coming opening at the White House.

Better that Brademas get a public debate going between Bush and his advisors Bodman (Chief at DOE) and Hays his Chief science advisor and leader of the U.S. delegation at the recently concluded Paris conference on global warming.

Since the report contradicts 6 and a half years of Bush denials on the environment, thus measurably contributing to the global problem due to his inactions (thank you U.S. industry CEO's) Brademas should advise Bodman and Hays of their fifth amendment rights should they be called to congress to testify after the debate. Just following the DOJ example ya see.

Posted by: Cyberman | April 9, 2007 3:03 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: alvaro gomez muriana | April 16, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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