Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, was on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS today, and was asked, as part of the interview, his feelings about the final four contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination.
His response, in one paragraph, was absolutely priceless, the best characterization yet heard about them.
Rick Santorum—sounds like a medieval Savonarola, referring to medieval Catholic monk Girolamo Savonarola, who lived in Florence, Italy, and condemned what he considered immoral art, promoted book burning, and attacked the Catholic Church leadership and the Pope for being corrupt and immoral. For a while, he ran a personal theocracy in Florence, but was then excommunicated, tortured and executed by order of Church authorities.
Mitt Romney—spends his time explaining why some of his wealth is in the Cayman Islands, rather than in American banks.
Ron Paul—wants to take America back to the 1780s and the Founding Fathers.
Newt Gingrich—using his credentials as a repudiated Speaker of the House (by his own party) to claim he should be President.
Brzezinski said all four are embarrassing as candidates for the Presidency, and progressives will certainly agree with this assessment!