January 12, 2012

The Mole

Yeah. Right.: "As a Reagan Republican it frankly never occurred to me..." Newt is now out-Mitting Mitt

Control: We have a rotten apple, Mitt.

Control: [to Romney] There's a mole, right at the top of the Republican Circus. And he's been there for years.

If you've seen the new remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the last few weeks, you've seen the last few weeks of the Republican Party's endless quest to shoot itself. After all, the party has not just nurtured a single spy but a whole festering nest of spies and turncoats in its upper reaches for decades. Indeed if you have any position at all in the Republican Party you are, in essence, a stealth Democrat.

Proof? Cast your eyes on the survivors of the run for the presidential nomination. Got it?

Now ask yourself why most of the rank and file of Republicans in the country alway throw up a little in their mouths when considering them. I rest my case.

But who is the biggest mole of all? Easy. Newt Gingrich. Something he proves with every passing day.

The problem with Newt, however, is that he's not a very secret mole. He can't help blowing the gaff by revealing what a stealth Democrat he actually is at every opportunity. After all, you don't sit on a couch playing hothands and tonguewrestling with Nancy Pelosi and ever get cured from that infection; it's a kind of political Hepatitis. Taken all in all Newt is a lot like Warren Buffet (without the money) except he's not as honest as Romney about it. That's why it is such a gaff to wander around sucking up some loose change from some Vegas highroller and squeezing off a movie that harms the once and future front-runner.

Newt's the mole, and always has been. He's just never been very good at it, only compulsive. As we learn in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, "Treason is very much a matter of habit."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 12, 2012 12:21 PM
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HTF did hepititus (very sic) get past you spell checker? It needs a quick shot of antibiotics perhaps? Careful - it's catching. :-)

Posted by: Frank P at January 12, 2012 10:42 AM

And now Newt wants to sue the Romney PAC for saying he was fined $300,000 for ethics violations. So it was called a "penalty" and not a fine. Of course, Newt says it was "reimbursement."

He has had his attack dog send a letter to the TV stations telling them they better not run any ads like this or cease now if they already are.


Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at January 12, 2012 10:46 AM

Good catch Frank. Thanks.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 12, 2012 10:52 AM

They're all moles. The Harlem Globetrotters couldn't play themselves for the crowd--they had to invent the Washington Nationals, and let them score a few points without changing the outcome. The difference is the Nationals knew exactly what they were there for.

Philosophic systems that destroy human individuality will have secret attractions for men who live in a democracy. What concerns me in our democratic republics is not that mediocrity will become commonplace, but that it may be enforced.

Posted by: james wilson at January 12, 2012 10:53 AM

anyone who thinks Newt is a stealth Democrat is simply deranged, ignorant and a fool ... not always in that order ...

on every single issue Newt has always been as far or farther right than Romney ... yet in your eyes Newt is left of Romney ...

Posted by: JeffC at January 12, 2012 11:34 AM

No, in my eyes Newt is far more insane and self-destructive than Romney. Always has been and always will be... which is why he is now a has-been. The grown-ups have simply not told the kids yet.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 12, 2012 12:32 PM

Left/Right has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 12, 2012 12:32 PM

At this point, I've given up. And started drinking in the afternoon.

Posted by: asdf at January 12, 2012 1:04 PM

I think the problem with Newt is that he's an academic first and foremost. I was fine with his quick rise and the enthusiasm for him, but a little voice kept reminding me of his professorial background. There is an exasperating head-up-the-ass quality to "perfessers" for some reason.

Academics should never be given either political or bureaucratic power, ever. They create terrible mischief when they wander off campus. They should also be lightly regarded as advisors to politicians, another way that they insinuate themselves into the governing process.

The current administration is the most egregious example ever of this menace, but not the first. Woodrow Wilson, FDR, JFK, Clinton, all relied too heavily on their "brain trusts," which included way to many academics.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 12, 2012 3:37 PM

Don Rodrigo:
Newt has a great deal in common with Obama, to a degree I didn't think possible just a couple of months ago.

He has a massive ego, along with an invincible faith in his own intellect.

I think I'll pass on a Gingrich Presidency.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2012 5:42 PM

Bravo Gerard!he's doing axelrod's work very effectively, unreal really! Something strange about college professors

Posted by: pinklady at January 12, 2012 6:38 PM

I had a history prof in lower division college. He spent the hours between afternoon lectures and the evening classes drinking at the neighborhood gin mill. His evening lectures were superb and delivered with passion. It was driving home after 22:00 hrs when he got into trouble.

Posted by: ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ at January 15, 2012 3:11 PM