“…a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.” ~ Newt Gingrich as described by Paul Krugman
At various times another candidate pops out the Republican clown car to enjoy their moment as the media darling and the new Flavor of the Month. Previously, I’ve chronicled the misadventures of Michele “Batshit” Bachmann, Jon “Hopeless” Huntsman, Horny Herman Cain, cranky old Ron Paul, and Slick Rick Perry.
Time to neuter Newt Gingrich while he suns himself on a rock.
There isn’t a nastier, more egotistical, unpleasant, and negative candidate than the former Speaker of the House. He combines Perry’s sleaze, Romney’s hypocrisy, Bachmann’s fondness for crazy ideas and stupid statements and a lack of moral scruples that would make Cain blush, if he weren’t Black and incapable of doing so.
Newt comes up with these weird, but stupid ideas like firing the unionized janitors and hiring schoolkids to clean their own schools. Gingrich says child labor laws are “stupid” and thinks taking jobs away from adults and giving them to kids instead is a swell idea.
Whenever another one of these fatally flawed candidates bubble up to the top of the murk that is the Republican presidential pool, the speculation begins that while they may be less electable than Romney, it positions a Gingrich or Cain as a possible running mate for Mittens.
I dunno. I’m trying to see the upside for Mitt to tap Newt (Mitt & Newt 2012?) and I can’t find it. The conservative base doesn’t like Gingrich that much more than Romney and he does nothing to stir up evangelicals, Tea Party patriots, and Latinos.
Also, Gingrich is already 68 years old. If Romney were to win and serve two terms, Newt would be 76 by the time his opportunity to replace Romney came up. He doesn’t seem to be a guy who’s going to age gracefully into his seventies.
We are a month out from the Iowa caucuses where we will get the first meaningful stress test of the GOP field and not everyone will emerge in good condition to carry on to New Hampshire and South Carolina. Mitt is all-in for Iowa after not being able to make up his mind (surprise!), Newt is surging in the Hawkeye state and don’t sleep on Ron Paul’s ability to make things interesting. The rest of the also-rans, including Horny Herman are pretty much mashed potatoes, gravy and a roll.
“In Iowa, it’s long been a two-person race between Romney and someone else,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll for Bloomberg. “It is now a four-person race between Romney and three someone elses.”
Poll participant Nate Warwick, 34, a machine operator at a packaging factory who lives in Story City, Iowa, is leaning toward Romney, primarily because he thinks he has the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012. Still, he’s not excited about his choices.
“There’s nobody out there who is really grabbing my attention, wholly,” he said. “I don’t think the Republican Party has a candidate that can beat Obama right now.”
Everything people disliked about Newt Gingrich before they still don’t like and no matter how “old news ” it is, they still aren’t going to get into a guy who talks smack about “values” while living a life that is the antithesis of it.
“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
Feeble explanations and short-term memories aside, Gingrich is still the same unlikable loser he was three or four months ago. Sure, he has ideas as opposed to dopes like Cain, but a lot of them are bad ideas like this one.
Newt Gingrich is facing criticism for yet another idea he has floated during his presidential campaign — that the country bring back tests for voting, which were banned by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a tool used to suppress African-American voters. Now, Think Progress reports, none other than Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL), an African-American, is disagreeing — and referring to the sort of discrimination that his own parents faced.
Think Progress asked West about Gingrich’s position that there should be a required knowledge of history in order to vote.
“I mean, that’s going back to some, you know, times that my parents had to contend with,” said West, who then segued into discussing his concerns with America’s education system failing young people, and his admiration of a high school student in his district who has sought to be an intern for him.
He returned to the subject in conclusion: “I think that we need to do a better job educating our young men and women in school, but we don’t need to have a litmus test, no.”
Fun fact about Gingrich and West: The Newster once said he would consider West as a potential vice-president running mate. Throw another folder in the Newt Gingrich Opposition Research File. How many cabinets does that make anyway?
The splendid humor in this is how it reaffirms yet again how unappetizing Mitt Romney is to the mainstream Republican palate. The more the GOP establishment tries to force feed him to the base, they more they back away like balky three-year olds shaking their heads saying, “Nuh-uh. Don’t want none.”
A guy named Newt versus a guy named Mitt to decide who earns the right to take on a guy named Barack. This is good stuff.
It gets better as Ron Paul rips the Newt a new hole in a web ad.
I for one, say bring it on. Clash of the Right-Wing Whackjobs. This is better than ultimate fighting and whatever is on NBC.
Newt is a smart guy who has some interesting things to say about the presidency. That said, he’s also a hopelessly greedy, unethical and morally challenged career politician who should never be elected president.
An egocentric egomaniac. A hack politician who hasn’t held a job outside of politics and influence peddling in 40 years.. A philandering hypocritical man-whore who dogged Bill Clinton for his sexual escapades while excusing his own.. A really mean S.O.B. with delusions of grandeur. That’s your new frontrunner, Republicans. Hope you like him..