Newt Suffers The Newt Treatment
I just watched a video clip of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talking with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball. Mr. Gingrich was asked what he thought about the advertising being broadcasted by his conservative opponent running against him to become the President of the United States, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Mr. Gingrich was taken aback by the spite in what was being said by in the advertisements representing Mr. Romney. He was incredulous that Mr. Romney would stoop so low as to lambast him. Mr. Gingrich asked what would Mr. Romney’s grandchildren think about what was being said? There was no honor and if that’s where they want to go then that’s where Mr. Gingrich was going to go in his endeavors. Whether those endeavors mean getting to the White House or they mean keeping Mr. Romney from getting to the White House may not matter in the long run. Romney’s ass was grass and Newt was the John Deere that was about to cut him down to size.
Really, who’s surprised? For all his talk about running a positive campaign everybody knew it was just a matter of time before Mr. Gingrich’s fangs came out. The man’s public political appearance can be best described as something like a rabid wolverine having a seriously bad day. Every political pundit on television credits this man as the father of Washington, DC dysfunction with the way he led the Congress into shutting government down because he felt he was slighted when he didn’t get a cushy window seat in the executive cabin while flying on Air Force One during a trip with then President Bill Clinton. This is the man who horrendously hounded and routinely criticized and relentlessly attacked Mr. Clinton for lacking the ethical fortitude to avoid have an affair while he was having his own affair. That’s just some of the history of Newt Gingrich. Now this man wants to criticize somebody else for an attack against him. Go figure!
Newt Gingrich once made the statement that President Obama had a Kenyan, anti-colonial worldview that he inherited from his father. Early in the reality show series known as the Republican presidential debates Mr. Gingrich insisted that the conservatives run a positive campaign free of any negativity in order to save their collective conservative vitriol for attacking President Obama. Now I might be wrong but as far as I know Mr. Obama never said a discouraging word against Mr. Gingrich. It was Mr. Gingrich who threw the gauntlet down without provocation. And in typical high profile political conservative fashion he ignores the fact that what goes around comes around.
The other day I saw Mr. Gingrich lose a bit of his composure while he was responding to a question about his late mother. He looked as if he was about to cry. I laughed. But please don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing funny about watching a grown man close to tears. Personally, I’ve broken down in front of people more times than I care to remember. I wouldn’t like it if somebody laughed at me. I think about those things when I see it happen to other people, men and women, but especially when it happens to men. I hope to have learned from my own moments of weakness, where I’m so overwhelmed by my emotions. I would like to think that I’ve learned enough humbleness that if I saw someone else going through something similar I would be compassionate. But why the hell would I have any compassion for Newt Gingrich?
Mr. Gingrich is constantly attacking the black community, describing black people as having little or no work ethic or having a propensity to wait for food stamps instead of trying to earn paychecks. He describes certain poor urban neighborhoods as being void of people who actually work for a living unless it involves crime. But his rancor wasn’t reserved just for black people. He said poor kids need to learn what it means to earn something so they should go to work in schools as janitors. He described people in the Occupy Wall Street and similar organizations as hygiene challenged hippies that need to go take a bath and get a job. This is the man that said homosexuals need to vote for Mr. Obama if they want some kind of government representation. Does anyone really have to wonder why anybody might take a little enjoyment from his personal grief?
Was Mr. Gingrich thinking about his grandchildren when he made some of his own outrageous and unfortunate statements? Did thoughts of his grandchildren inspire him to be civil to black people, homosexuals, or any of the other people that he has slandered without much of any provocation? More than likely that’s a “No”. So the idea that Mr. Gingrich is suddenly the bastion of sensitivity is pretty farfetched. He couldn’t care any less about what his grandchildren think about his statements. He couldn’t care any less what anybody thinks about what he says. In fact, ask him about his outrageous statements and Mr. Gingrich will be more than happy to double down and throw more slanderous fuel to the fire. And he has the nerve to ask what will somebody else’s grandchildren would think.