Newt Gingrich’s remarks invoking Nazis to reference the Cordoba House have not only been incendiary, but anti-American given our Constitution. Invoking Nazis always a sign that you’ve run out of intellectual energy and have decided to take the gas hose and have a big suck, which no doubt thrilled Bill Kristol, who hasn’t stopped beating the drum on this since it began and now declares “the beginning of the end of the Ground Zero mosque.” Democrats can only hope.
Sarah Palin at least asked a pertinent question: Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. [...] But her “stabbed in the heart” comment was just plain ridiculous.
It’s too bad Pres. Obama left himself open to it.
But finally, somebody blasts Newt Gingrich on his horrendous marital history, which is pertinent given how Republicans preen as paragons of moral virtue. Considering he’s rising among 2012 hopefuls, starting with Iowa, it’s about time, because it reveals his disrespect for women.
Mike Barnicle rightly received some fresh hell from me this morning over moaning about Tom Delay’s investigation taking six years, while ignoring a much harsher hunting of the Clintons. But credit where it’s due, Barnicle today became one of the very first talking heads to publicly excoriate Newt Gingrich for his “badly failed marriages.” Newt’s horrendous history mostly ignored while he waddles around like he’s God’s gift to the conservative “family values” crew.
“… It is no longer about freedom of religion… It’s about the lowest common denominator of politics taken there by people just like Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, who apparently, because he has had two badly failed marriages, quite publicly failed marriages, has now married his ambition to his ignorance on this issue in a craven attempt to get votes as he thinks he’s going to run for president of the United States. That’s what it’s about. That’s what it’s about in Nevada… Harry Reid is just one of a long line of candidates who will now be asked no matter what the domestic situation is in their district… they will be asked this question by local reporters from coast to coast. Thank you very much.” – Mike Barnicle (video – around 12:35 in stream)
Just maybe Mike Barnicle could segue his current “Morning Joe” sidekick routine into becoming the curmudgeon of MSNBC, sort of their Jack Cafferty.
Esquire eviscerated Gingrich in a profile to be printed in September, once again detailing how he asked for his divorce, but also the lies weaving through his life.
They kept the conversation going on the phone, often talking late into the night. Although he was still married to his first wife, Jackie Battley, Gingrich told Marianne they were in counseling and talking about divorce. That summer, she went to Washington to visit him, and soon afterward he introduced her to his mother and stepfather. “They were thrilled because they hadn’t wanted Newt to marry [Jackie]. I think his stepdad wanted to be able to say, ‘Look, we always knew this wasn’t going to work.’ ”
At first, she had no idea that the wife he was divorcing was actually his high school geometry teacher, or that he went to the hospital to present her with divorce terms while she was recovering from uterine cancer and then fought the case so hard, Jackie had to get a court order just to pay her utility bills. Gingrich told her the story a little at a time, trusting her with things that nobody else knew — to this day, for example, the official story is that he started dating Jackie when he was eighteen and she was twenty-five. But he was really just sixteen, she says.
There isn’t a female conservative Republican who should support this misogynistic, bomb throwing cretin. If you want to make sure moderate Muslims are further marginalized Newt would do it. What he’d no for the Middle East would make John Bolton’s efforts pale.
If Newt comes close to the Republican nomination I bet we’ll see an Independent candidate jump in. It’s the only up side to Newt getting anywhere near a presidential candidate slot.