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April 3, 2014

Gingrich: Schmuck or Putz?

The fact that the nation takes seriously a guy like Gingrich on anything, much less issues he is uniquely unqualified to discuss is far more worrisome than solar flares or an EMP attack.
Gingrich is a crank and not the funny entertaining type either. He is the weird guy who lives at the end of the lane type of crank. The guy parents warned their kids to avoid. .... Gingrich has always been at the center of the “conservative movement.” His weird social engineering ideas should never get a purchase in a movement that makes claims to liberty and small government. His central role in conservative politics over the last two decades says “conservatism” has been nothing but a fraud. That’s why we are doomed. Without an alternative to the Cult of Modern Liberalism, they are free to do as they please for as long as they please. -- The Z Blog › Why We’re Doomed

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 3, 2014 11:24 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I'll always respect Gingrich for the 1994 revolution, he did a lot of good then and it was a great time. Since then he's gone very weird, but there are few people on the planet as capable of explaining conservative fiscal concepts as well as him.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 3, 2014 12:20 PM

"It’s not that Gingrich is a festering carbuncle of man or that he is a moral nullity. Politics, going back to the Alcibiades, has been populated with loathsome parasites. If the country could weather the Kennedy family it could handle another degenerate in a powerful office. The thing that was the clincher for me was how Gingrich was talked about as some sort of deep thinker."

And that situation has only gotten worse. Name one actual politician in DC today that one could even remotely consider a deep thinker.

Paul Ryan is as close as I can come.

Posted by: B Moe at April 3, 2014 1:08 PM

When it comes to ideas and explanations, the measure that counts is in the ideas and explanations themselves, not the person who advocates them. Content, context, factual basis, real-life results, etc.

Our electric grid is vulnerable, and we rely on it. It needs the best practicable defense possible.

Personally, I think Gingrich is not always right but he is always worth listening to.

Posted by: Minta Marie Morze at April 3, 2014 1:27 PM

At best, the average US politician would make a poor used shoe salesman. Yeah, shoes. It's THAT bad. But there is no shortage of worthless punks anxious to put their faith in them.

"It's not the politicians, it's the people that empower them."
--gs, 2014

"You may indeed have enough ammo but there is no way in hell you can pull the trigger fast enough to keep them from chewing your face off."
--gs, 2014

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 3, 2014 1:50 PM

Newt Gingrich was largely responsible for making research into Strategic Defense a reality. "Star Wars", the sneering traitor Left dubbed it, the outlandish notion that the government ought to try to defend the country against nuclear barrage.

Newt Gingrich was right about that idea then, and defending the United States is the right idea still. It's a legitimate function of a government, trying to defend its' territory and people, little though the Obama voters might deserve it.

With respect, Gerard, not thoroughly a schmuck, not completely a putz.

Posted by: Mike James at April 3, 2014 2:30 PM

Ginghrich / Obama you make the call.

Posted by: tripletap at April 3, 2014 2:46 PM

Yes, it's true what C. Taylor said, far as he goes. But when Newt failed to follow his own term limit advice, fiscal advice and personal moral advice, he became just another asshole. Worse he became the asshole Proggs point to when they cry 'hypocrite'. And I agree.
He could have been somebody, he couldah been a contendah. I weep for what could have been.

Posted by: dr kill at April 3, 2014 4:06 PM

Baloney. Newt Gingrich is a brilliant thinker -- often so far ahead of everyone that it's scary. Go to David Horowitz's org. website and look up Gingrich's speeches at the last several conservative conferences put on by his Freedom Center. Gingrich had it right in the last presidential election -- if the GOP had backed someone who doesn't care about polarizing the electorate, they wold have won. It's when the GOP backs a wishy-washy middle-roader that we get beat every single time! Gingrich knew we could win because right of center voters are in the majority. That was a no-brainer and still the Repubs couldn't get it right.

Posted by: AbigailAdams at April 3, 2014 6:37 PM

I remember how Gingrich betrayed Conservatives when he undercut House Republicans in the Budget wars of 1995. He and 'Go Along, Get Along' Dole rolled over for Clinton, when the Pubs were making headway. They handed everything to Clinton, even stuff he had agreed to give up.

Posted by: Lorne at April 3, 2014 7:37 PM

argumentum ad hominem is easy ... citing facts is apparently much more difficult as the author didn't ...

Posted by: Adriane at April 5, 2014 9:23 AM

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