Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gingrich View: Understanding President Obama

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Newt Gingrich keeps his name in the public view by whatever means is necessary.  Most recently, in an interview with the conservative website National Review Online, he adds his view on how to understand our President.

Gingrich said the following: "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" According to Newt, this is "the most accurate, predictive model" for the president's actions, or policies or something.

According to Eugene Robinson, Washinton Post, Gingrich was speaking in praise of a big gob of gibberish in Forbes by conservative "intellectual" Dinesh D'Souza. In the piece -- much of it strikingly lazy -- D'Souza argues that Obama somehow absorbed a fully elaborated, frozen-in-time, anti-colonial worldview from his Kenyan father. Who left the family when the future president was 2.

This is just the latest ff the wall offering from Gingrich.Last year during the confirmation hearings for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, when he used her "wise Latina" remark to prove she was a "racist." He made the same lightning-quick allegation of racism against Shirley Sherrod.Gingrich's stupidity reached a new high, or a new low, last month when he accused supporters of the Lower Manhattan mosque of "triumphalism" and compared them to the Nazis.

How do people forget Gingrich's history? In 1997,the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The House ordered Gingrich to pay a $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a Speaker for ethical wrongdoing. Gingrich denied the charges over misuse of tax-exempt funds; however, he admitted to providing inaccurate statements during the probe over the college course and agreed to pay $300,000 for the cost of the investigation. The House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules.

What we ought to be doing is understanding Newt Gingrich.  You don't need to find a reason or rationale for Gingrich's crazy views and provocative comments.  It's simple. He just wants to stay in the spotlight, sell copies of his books and get more gigs on television and radio making comments on whatever.  He's another "celebrity" trading his comments for a few more dollars and fifteen more minutes of fame.

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