In an ocean of Sarah Palins and Mitt Romneys and Jim DeMints, I used to sort of respect Newt Gingrich.
Wait. Hold on. “Respect” is probably a smidge too strong. But I at least respected the fact that he was intelligent and reasoned—at least compared to most in his party. I loathed the way he handled the Clinton impeachment, obviously, but in the last few years he came off as relatively decent on TV. He was never a guy calling to tar and feather Obama or calling the Dems evil or … eh … ahem … uh …
Like John McCain, Newt Gingrich has gone bonkers. He’s the latest Republican to hear the Tea Party bellow of “Attack!” and then immediately respond. His latest words, RE: Obama, come in reaction to a Forbes story by someone named Dinesh D’Souza (“Ann Coulter-in-pants,” says Maureen Doud). The piece was apparently a racist, xenophobic ode to all the Republican Party stands for in 2010—and Newt LOVED it. Geingrich told The National Review Online that it was the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama” and that the president “is so outside our comprehension” that you can only understand him “if you understand Kenyan, anticolonial behavior.”
Three … four … five years ago, when we were in a “war” (as opposed to now, when we’re merely in a war), Republicans lambasted anyone who had to audacity to slam the president. Remember the Dixie Chicks, who were all but banned from country radio? The president was the commander in chief, after all, and what he said … blah, blah, blah.
Now, however, it’s fine and dandy to call the president a traitor, a lier, a socialist, a communist. Why? Because ot’s convenient, and Newt Gingrich is nothing if not convenient.