Good Ideas Count

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, March 30, 2007

Good Ideas Count

March 2, 2007

Wednesday night I watched a webcast of a discussion between former house speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York governor Mario Cuomo. The event was held at Cooper Union in New York where Abraham Lincoln spoke in 1860 on slavery, a speech most believe opened the door to the White House.

The Gingrich-Cuomo discussion was supposed to be about solutions to difficult problems – from the size and cost of government, to health care, social security and even the war. Gingrich stuck to the format, co-sponsored by his American Solutions organization. Cuomo mostly repeated the familiar democratic talking points about the alleged failures of the Bush administration; until the end when he seemed to at last catch the vision.

The full two hours is worth watching. In an age when we are drowning in the tawdry and banal, this was stimulating to the mind. You can watch it at I urge you to do so. Newt Gingrich is the best idea man the Republicans or Democrats have. He cares about actually solving problems, not just making political points. Go to and click on webcast. You’ll be stimulated in the right way.


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.