Rummy and Newt, War and (In)Fidelity
Donald Rumsfeld and Newt Gingrich have more in common than being out of power. They're both apparently fans of the legendary German composer Richard Wagner (that's pronounced VAHG-ner, while lifting your head and looking down your nose).
Rummy and Newt were spotted Tuesday night - separately - at the Kennedy Center enjoying Placido Domingo's stirring performance in Die Walkure, the second of four operas that make up Wagner's Ring cycle.
Rumsfeld looked to be out on a "double date," according to a Wagner aficionado and Sleuth informant; Gingrich was on a single date with his wife, would-be first lady Calista (if her husband ever officially enters the race).
Wagner touches on two main themes in this mythological opera: war and marital fidelity. We can only imagine how exhilarating the "Ride of the Valkyries" scene was for Rummy. As Washington Post reviewer Tim Page wrote, the "airplanes, parachutes, modern warfare in all of its atrocity -- seemed to be lifted directly from 'Apocalypse Now.'"
And of course we couldn't stop ourselves from imagining how Newt reacted to the scene of Woltan's wife, Fricka, the protector of marriage, railing against the adulterous (and incestuous) love of Siegmund and Sieglinde. (To fully understand what we mean, click here.)
Is there an opera more apropos for these two?
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