Newt Gingrich is a Wackjob!
Now that Newt has jumped on the Trump Crazytrain, he is definitely a certified loon! With pretty much the whole Republican party calling the upcoming Trump moderated debate a clown show, even Romney bailed on Trump, Newt just keeps the crazy flowing, just check out the following;
As someone who would absolutely love to see Newt Gingrich take on Obama in the general election next year (he is the epitome of the regional candidate), I have seriously begun to worry about Newtie’s hubris. I mean, its always been there, it’s just that no one cared when he was polling in the single digits. Now that he is the semi-official “Not Romney” (hey, Santorum hasn’t had his shot yet) and surged to the lead in several polls, I have concerns that he’s starting to feel just a bit too good about himself.
Already, Newt has expressed that he is the inevitable nominee after just a couple of weeks as the newest alternative to Mittens. The fabled historian seems to have a true blind side for recent history as well as a propensity for revising any and all history. He seems blissfully unaware of the recent rotisserie of non-viable, right-wing desperation candidates that fly past Romney only to crash to earth unable to support the weight of their own foolishness.
As if that isn’t bad enough, Newt has decided that not only is he running for president, he is also laying claim to the crown of the King of Making Shit Up (You didn’t think Karl Rove could hold it forever, did you?)
Recent cases in point:
–Newt stated that he was not a lobbyist for Fannie and Freddie, but rather an extremely well paid ($1.6 million) “historian.”
–He has taken credit for the fall of communism when we all know that Ronald Reagan did that all by himself.
–He said of the Occupy movement, that they should “go get a job after you take a bath.” Because as everyone is aware, you can then go jump on the back of the job unicorn who will take you to the land of jobs where the man behind the curtain will open the drapes and expose the place where there aren’t 4 job seekers for every job. I think that place is called China.
–Then he pointed out that poor people have no work ethic and no understanding of what it’s like to have a job unless they are involved in an illegal activity. His solution, is to channel Marie Antoinette, ignore child labor laws, turn them into janitors, and let them clean shitters. Nevermind that by far, most poor folk are of the working variety and often have multiple jobs that may just allow them a hand-to-mouth existence.
Now, maybe you think Newt can’t top those doozies, but if we have learned one thing from Newton Leroy Gingrich, it’s that in his case, you should never challenge “worse.” If there is one thing he is capable of, it’s exceeding our expectations when it comes to the art of spewing nonsense.
Which brings us to this:
“More Americans now get food stamps therefore and we now give it away as cash. You don’t get food stamps. You get a credit card and the credit card can be used for anything. We’ve had people take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii.”–Newt Gingrich campaigning in Iowa on 11/30/2011.
Politifact took one look at this assertion and gave it their fabled, “Pants on Fire” rating.
“We have people who take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii.”
If the food stamp system bars beneficiaries from buying decorative gourds rather than pumpkins, you can be sure it also bars the purchase of airline tickets. (Our guess: The benefit amount would be less than the tickets anyway.)
Yes, you read that correctly, the Food Stamp Program, disallows the purchase of decorative gourds, but according to Newt, you can just take that card and swipe it at the airport and land in Honolulu later in the day, or conceivably, Mordor.
Politifact closes their analysis of the Gingrich food stamp fantasy with this statement:
Each of Gingrich’s claims about food stamps is so ridiculous — especially for a self-styled policy wonk — that we wondered whether he was really intending to be serious. (By publication time, we did not receive answers to several queries made to his press staff.) But the transcript makes it sound like he wasn’t joking, so we’ll assume he wasn’t. For being so ridiculously wrong in so many ways, we rate his statement Pants on Fire.
Which leaves us with this question: ”Why would Gingrich make these claims, and what the hell is he thinking when he does?” Well, Newt is laying a bet that becoming the master of the right-wing dog whistle plays well with a republican primary electorate that has little use for pesky things like facts or evidence. And you know what? He’s probably right. The republican field has only one candidate in it that is neither a clown or certifiable and his name is Jon Huntsman. And the former governor of Utah is polling so low nationally, that he has not even qualified to attend the two upcoming Iowa debates.
On second thought, I’m not that worried at all.