Newt Gingrich used to be just vile. Now he’s pathetic, desperate, and vile.
The former disgraced Speaker of the House, who tried his utmost to get Bill Clinton impeached for sleeping with an intern when he himself was having an affair, has been trying over the past decade to reinvent himself.
First, he tried to make it as a thinker and a pundit, but now he’s trying to outPalin Palin for the Republican nomination.
He supplied the gasoline for the burn-the-Koran controversy by comparing those who want to build the Islamic community center to Nazis, and the center itself to a monument to Pearl Harbor.
And over the weekend, he claimed that Obama’s behavior is totally inexplicable unless you “you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior,” referring to the supposed influence Obama’s father has had on the President’s mindset.
Never mind that Obama’s father was absent almost the whole time he was growing up and had very little influence on him.
Facts don’t matter to Gingrich.
Only mud matters.
And if he can sling it, and gain from the splattering, that’s all he cares about.
He doesn’t care about inflaming the worst sentiments among the public.
He cares only about power, which he’s been missing all these years.
Which should give you an idea what he’d be like if he got even more power than he once had.
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