BLOG: Newt Gingrich, dramatic monologue

Tom Jackson
May 26, 2011

I used to actually kind of like Newt Gingrich. He was unafraid to offer new ideas, even controversial ones. He seemed genuinely interested in history. When I covered one of his speeches, I noticed that it was so well-organized and clear, it was easy to write it up for the newspaper.

But the current Newt is hard to admire. He is running for president, but he seems to be devoid of any ideas. He seems to offer only ambition.

Gingrich said modestly Thursday that his campaign hasn't caught on yet because he's offering "something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas."

That's pretty rich, but it doesn't top the megalomaniac press release his campaign put out earlier this week, after he got criticized after attacking his own political party for trying to contain the cost of Medicare.

You can read the press release if you search the Internet, but it's best experienced as a dramatic monologue by actor John Lithgow. Link is here.

 

Comments

SamAdams

Buff, you wanted to talk about Obama's Ideas: 

1. Restoring America's standing in the world.

Yes, if the "standing" you wish "restored" involves the alienation of our most loyal allies, the alienation of those who are sometimes allies, and the almost complete capitulation to those who will never BE allies. Obama's speech and actions re: Israel is a prime illustration, but only the latest in a series of grievous international "faux pas" that started with the summary return of an historic bust of Winston Churchill to the Brits who gave it to the United States as a symbol of gratitude...

2.  Restoring dignity to the middle class. 

Yes, provided you define "dignity" as job loss, unacknowledged inflation, a refusal to do anything about gas prices (I don't know, like actually develop our own resources, perhaps?) which only further damages businesses (read "jobs") and spending power.

3. Making health care affordable and available to all Americans. 

Health care WAS available to all Americans, and you may as well call it affordable, too, since those who COULDN'T afford it weren't turned away. "Obamacare" will be MORE costly for most of us, whether via increased premiums or increased taxes.

4. Eliminating corporate greed and regulating the out of control Wall Street.

Only if "eliminating corporate greed" means demonizing capitalism and doing anything and everything to minimize profits, and "regulating" means selecting one whipping boy or another (Big Oil at the moment) to distract the rest of us from Obama's abysmal economic policies.

5. So far so good.

Yup. Assuming, of course, that "good" is "bad" and "war" means "peace." Me? The last two and a half years have been double-plus ungood for those of us who DON'T speak newspeak!

Whew! All of this has nothing to do with Newt Gingrich. So here's my take on Newt: Better than Obama. But then so's pretty much anybody else. Relax, Buff, Brutus, et al. Newt doesn't have a snowball's chance of getting the nomination. And if it makes you feel even better, I'm personally dam*ed glad he doesn't!

brutus smith

 Put the bottle down.

gilamonster
Choices, choices, and none good at this point, dumber and dumb.   Obama, His accomplishment is doing on purpose in two years, what it took Carter four years of mistakes to do. Now he supports putting the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt. That’s because they don’t have to play along with the peace treaty that Egypt and Israel have. Then there are the lies, factcheck.org found many just in his April 2011 speeches. I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up under the crescent moon and stars with two more years of Obama, those that care nothing of religion now, will then. Go spread your atheist ideas in a Muslim stronghold country and see what happens, you could get your head chopped off. Maybe I can buy you a ticket to Turkey and you can spread the word.   CIC cannot tell the difference between “corps” and “corpse” and he went to Harvard. “You stay classy Navy corpse men”  Dumbnutz.   Newt, who is more scandalous, him or Willie Clinton, both draft dodgers. Out of touch and mostly bad ideas.   At this point I would vote for Bill Cosby, probably an improvement.      
Marcus M

Good news, bad news.  Good news the world did not end, bad news brutus didn't buy anymore depends in anticipation of the end. Stand by for EPA alert.

brutus smith

 sam, er marcus, the real  news is you have to post under different names. Bawk, bawk bawk bawk.

Marcus M

brutus , I am not Sam but I wonder if you ever had a bad experience with a golf cart?    Don't worry about the rapture you will be taken care of, god watches over the simple of minds, your safe.......

Pundit

 I hear this all the time: Newt has, or had, great ideas.

Such as?

Well, he does oppose the Ryan Budget, so there ya go

 

meowmix

On a side note about the destruction of earth scheduled for yesterday.

I really was hoping for the Rapture. 

Unfortunately,  he didn't get his Viagra prescription refilled.........     :}

I wanted to scream "Oh god" but not in that way. 

Shucks.

kURTje

2meomix:    ekoj:   What is 1problem female atheists have?     When making love they have no one to talk to.          (Oh God! Oh God!)

Return of Dragon II

Pundit a Newt is very slippery..... he now supports the Ryan plan and he warned opponents of using his first position against him because that would be dishonest. 

Buff

Well now, who would have thought little 'ole me could spark such a vigorous debate?  I like it.  Carry on. 

 

Kottage Kat

It will take more than an "eye of newt" and a few bat wings to get this man elected.

Captain Gutz

No newts is good newts.

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