A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

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Tag: Newt Gingrich

Yawning is Better Than Hating, GOP Edition

by evanmcmurry

My favorite line in this article on how Floridian women voted in high numbers for Romney over Gingrich: “Romney’s yawning lead among women…” Perfect way to capture that just because Romney got the female vote doesn’t mean he is in any way interesting to them.

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“[Obama] can’t attack Newt as an elitist – they’re both professors.”

Second-Hand Socialism

by evanmcmurry

Yesterday I said that Gingrich’s rhetoric was sounding an awful lot like what he himself had called Socialism. Apparently, he agrees: “It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect.” In other words, Obama is SO Socialist that he causes second-hand Socialism. Which is 40 times more dangerous than original class warfare.

Adventures in Metaphors

by evanmcmurry

“Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign may be going down in flames, but he’s determined to burn GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney as badly as he can before the crash. He could singe his future standing within his own party while he’s at it.”

Apostasy, Free Market Edition

by evanmcmurry

Two weeks ago, saying this out loud would have been Socialism: “But in laying out a way forward, conservatives might remember that Bain Capital isn’t capitalism, that capitalism by itself isn’t freedom, and that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in the Gospel of Wealth.” –Bill Kristol

This, too: “I’m using the language of classic American populism…There’s a big difference who go out to create a company — even if they fail — if they try in the right direction, if they share in the hardships, if they’re out there with the workers doing it together, that’s one thing. But if somebody who’s very wealthy comes in, takes over your company, takes out all the cash and leaves behind the unemployment, I think that’s not a model we want to advocate. And I don’t think any conservative wants to get caught defending that kind of model.” –Newt Gingrich

There Oughta Be a Law, Conservative Small-Government Version

by evanmcmurry

“I think there ought to be a review panel, or something like that,” said Kelly King, waiting for a chance to shake Gingrich’s hand in Council Bluffs. “You shouldn’t be allowed to run these things that are totally negative and wrong.”

Presumably, when she met Gingrich, the two discussed his various plans for deregulation.

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“[Romney’s ad] also makes an unspoken contrast to Gingrich, whose commitment to marriage is measured in frequency not longevity.” –John Dickerson, in Slate.

Newt Gingrich: A Still Life (2)

by evanmcmurry

I hate to praise George Will (just as much as I hate to praise M. Dowd), but his article on Gingrich was enjoyably savage:

“There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrich’s unrepented role as a hired larynx…”

“Gingrich, who would have made a marvelous Marxist, believes everything is related to everything else and only he understands how. Conservatism, in contrast, is both cause and effect of modesty about understanding society’s complexities, controlling its trajectory and improving upon its spontaneous order. Conservatism inoculates against the hubristic volatility that Gingrich exemplifies…

“Gingrich might stop being (as Churchill said of John Foster Dulles) a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.”

If this anti-Gingrich artistry continues, it may rehabilitate columnists as much as it takes down Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich: A Still Life

by evanmcmurry

I don’t like Maureen Dowd any more than the next literate human, but every once in a while she nails it. I’ve never heard Gingrich’s combination of legitimate historical/political knowledge and say-anything-with-extreme-force style put better than “He plays air guitar with ideas.” Read the whole thing here, and I promise never to link to Maureen Dowd again.

Today in American Christianity

by evanmcmurry

Today in American Christianity: Newt Gingrich, two-time adulterer, received absolution from Bob Vander Plaats, chief executive of the FAMiLY Leader. “There’s been a sincere life change for Newt Gingrich,” he told a group of evangelicals in Iowa. Meanwhile, an interracial couple about to married were banned from a Kentucky church after performing a hymnal together. The church said “it does not ‘condone’ interracial marriage, and any interracial couples would not be received as members or allowed to participate in worship services. The only exception? Funerals.”