A Snake in Newt’s Clothing

April 22, 2007

Newt Gingrich.

How much is conveyed by those two words, and yet at the same time, how little.

How much grandstanding, hypocrisy, intellectual fraud and sleazy, sweaty-palmed ambition. How little judgment, moral intelligence, taste, political savvy and simple decency.

Here he is, bloviating away on television, blaming the Virginia Tech killings on video games, the McCain-Feingold Act, Halloween costumes and — hey, how did you guess? — liberalism:

I think the fact is, if you look at the amount of violence we have in games that young people play at 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 years of age, if you look at the dehumanization, if you look at the fact that we refuse to say that we are, in fact, endowed by our creator, that our rights come from God, that if you kill somebody, you’re committing an act of evil.

 

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what does that have to do with liberalism?

 

GINGRICH: Well, who has created a situation ethics, essentially, zone of not being willing to talk about any of these things. Let me carry another example. I strongly supported Imus being dismissed, but I also think the very thing he was dismissed for, which is the use of language which is stunningly degrading of women — the fact, for example, that one of the Halloween costumes this last year was being able to be either a prostitute or a pimp at 10, 11, 12 years of age, buying a costume, and we don’t have any discussion about what’s happened to our culture because while we’re restricting political free speech under McCain-Feingold, we say it’s impossible to restrict vulgar and vicious and anti-human speech.

 

And I would argue that that’s a major component of what’s happened to our culture in the last 40 years.

The old phony must be slipping. How else to explain the fact that he let Dinesh D’Souza get ahead of him in the race to exploit the Virginia Tech atrocity with bizarre, contemptible linkages?

Newt was much faster off the blocks back in his halcyon days in the House of Representatives. When South Carolina housewife Susan Smith drowned her two young sons in October 1994, Newt was right there to tell the world that the double murder was yet another consequence of rampaging liberalism. Later on, it came to light that Smith’s background included a long history of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, a member of the Christian Coalition and a prominent Republican Party figure in the state.

With a batting average like that, you’d think Gingrich would want to hang back a bit before rushing in to foul another crime scene. But hey, if the man had a sense of shame, he wouldn’t be Newt Gingrich.

It really is a pity that this creep shares a name with one of nature’s cutest and most innocuous creatures. He’s more akin to a spitting cobra, albeit one with such bad aim that nine times out of ten it sprays itself instead of its intended victim.

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