Monday, December 12, 2011

Land of the Blind and the One Eyed Man

"“Newt Gingrich is what stupid people think a smart person talks like.” - Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman

"Gingrich’s hope is that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will be king". - Tom Maertens

"He defended his philandering by invoking patriotism, saying he worked too hard because he loves this country so much. Huh!? "

"Gingrich, however, embodies the vanity and rapacity that make modern Washington repulsive." - George Will

Newt Gingrich is the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination?

Who slipped acid in my coffee?

Ronald Reagan has been elevated to Sainthood by his GOP brethren, his words importing the infallibility of the Divine.

Reagan famously said that the Eleventh Commandment was "Speak No Ill of Your Fellow 
Republicans." No conservative would dare to violate an admonition of His Reaganness.

Except regarding Gingrich. Apparently everyone who has spent time with him loathes him.

"In endorsing Newt Gingrich for president, the New Hampshire Union-Leader said editorially that he “was a man who stood on principle.” 



Former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards said Gingrich’s only real principles were the pursuit of power. Jack Abramoff, the convicted influence peddler, told NBC’s David Gregory that Gingrich is “engaged in the exact kind of corruption that America disdains.” 

Gingrich was the first speaker to be brought before the full House of Representatives on ethics charges; he faced 84 ethics violations, including tax cheating and converting campaign funds to personal use. He was reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee and fined $300,000.

House special counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich had violated tax law and lied to the investigating panel; Gingrich acknowledged making “inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements.” 

Despite that, Gingrich told a Charleston radio audience recently: “I wouldn’t lie to the 

American people,” and “I wouldn’t switch my positions for political reasons.
He strongly favored cap-and-trade during a February 2007 PBS interview but now denies he ever supported it. He famously appeared in a commercial with Nancy Pelosi urging action on climate change but now doubts anthropogenic global warming.


"The man has chutzpah. In his 1974 campaign, he ran on the slogan, "Newt's family is like your family." A sad but perhaps accurate commentary on life in suburban Georgia. In 1978, he ran an ad blasting his opponent, Virginia Shapard, saying, "If elected, Virginia will move to Washington, but her husband and her children will remain in Griffin." Under Gingrich's photo, it said: "When elected, Newt will keep his family together."

And he did, until he filed for divorce 16 months later. His wife told the court she wanted to stay married although she had "ample grounds" for divorce herself. But she complained bitterly that he failed to support the family. As her petition stated:
"Despite repeated notices . . . plaintiff has failed and refused to voluntarily provide reasonable support sufficient to include payment of usual and normal living expenses, including drugs, water, sewage, garbage, gas, electric and telephone service for defendant and the minor children. As a result, many of such accounts are two or three months past due with notices of intent to cut off service . . . . "

Read more:     Gingrich No Man of Principle        Tom Maertens
Read more:     Newt Gingrich is a Lousy Human Being     Laurence Lewis