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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Monday, June 27, 2022


What If Newt Sees His Shadow?



FROM: Richard L. Fricker

TO: Punxsutawney Phil

Gobblers Knob

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Since you are the global expert on Ground Hog Day and shadows, I was wondering if you could clear up a couple of things.

Is it true, or just urban legend, that if Newt Gingrich emerges from his hotel room tomorrow and sees his shadow, there will be at least three more months of back-biting, virtual campaigning?

And, if he doesn’t see his shadow, does that mean he’s a vampire.



Richard L. Fricker lives in Tulsa, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. His latest book, Martian Llama Racing Explained, is available at


Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.