another american election still about a year away, yet the news channels are full of it, are english viewers really interested in it all this at this stage. we dont have all the election dribble from other nations so why american.
From my point of view I simply cannot understand how the Republican party have ended up with such a large number of no hopers especially at a time when the incumbent Democrats are having such a hard time of it. Do they know something we don't?
"I can't help wondering what his parents were thinking - 'I know, lets call him Newt'"
But of course they didn't - they called him Newton, as Lazarus The 2nd points out.
It's worth considering how some of the names we encounter on this side of the Atlantic might sound to American ears, and remembering the old adage that people in glass houses... etc.
I'm sure that someone in Montana might find it difficult to understand how someone called Menzies Campbell insists that he's really 'Mingis' Campbell. All of us obviously know that it relates to the "yogh", but most Americans wouldn't, any more than they would know that Mr. Dalziel should be referred to as Mr. Dee-ELL.
Then there's that place in Dumfries And Galloway called Glenzier, except that the people who live there call it Glinger.
Norman St John Stevas (of silk underwear fame) couldn't understand why anyone didn't know that his surname was pronounced 'SinJun'. Newt Gingrich would probably think it a bit odd, although Mr.Sinclair (that's St. Clair to the uninitiated) wouldn't bat an eyelid.