Most of you who grew up in the 90's will remember the children's cartoon Pinky and the Brain. For the rest of you I apologize that I have not taken the time to find a copyright-free illustration of the duo. The show was based on two lab rats, one of which was an evil genius bent on world domination, the large-headed and aptly-named Brain. His counterpart, Pinky, had a brain more befitting a rat and was loud, clumsy and obnoxious in addition to being stupid. The show usually included the following lines in the opening scene:
Pinky: What are we doing tonight Brain?
Brain: The same thing we do every night Pinky - try to take over the world.
Newt Gingrich has always reminded me of Brain, more so in looks than in deed. No doubt this is attributable to his large crown, adorned with puffy, lab-rat white hair and his saggy jowls. While an argument may be made for his quest to rule the world, few would consider Newt a genius on the level of Brain, the Stewie Griffin of my era. With the race for republican presidential nominee shaping up the way it is, Mitt Romney stands in as a serviceable Pinky to Newt's Brain with his comparatively slender head and body. The thought that keeps me up at night is either one or both of these characters "running" our country and committing themselves night after night to "try to take over the world".