Newt’s back and still crazy after all these years

Newt Gingrich is back and as rabid as ever, lobbing verbal bombs at anyone who disagrees with his narrow, right-wing view of the world.

Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, Gingrich was his usual bombastic self, offering doomsday scenarios, predicting "one or more" American cities would be destroyed by a nuclear bomb or biological attack by terrorists, comparing the Iraq conflict with the American revolutionary war and claiming, in true war-mongering Republican fashion, that the only answer is victory in the Iraq war.

When moderator Tim Russert asked Gingrich how he would win the war in Iraq, he answered:

First of all, you, you would empower General Petraeus. You'd pass the supplemental immediately. You'd give him the money. Second, you would encourage the Iraqis to triple the size of their regular army. Third, you would, you would encourage the development of a, of a military tribunal system to lock people up the way Abraham Lincoln would've done it. Fourth, you would establish a nationwide ID card with biometrics so you can actually track everybody in the country. Fifth, you would make sure that the State Department actually staffed the embassy with people in favor of winning the war and you actually had your fully, fully equipped intelligence and economic development teams. Six, you would say to the Iranians, "If you don't cut off everything you're doing, we'll begin to bring enormous pressure to bear with you," if necessary, blockading the flow of gasoline into Iran, which has to import 40 percent of its gasoline because it only has one refinery in the entire country.

So I would take-I would lean forward and say to the world, "We are, by George, going to make sure that the allies of America and the forces of freedom win, and we are the most powerful nation in history, and we have more than enough assets to do this." And we ought to do what it takes to win, not tolerate legislating defeat.

In other words, let's be even more of an international bully than we are now, set up a KGB "your papers please" national ID system in Iraq that is no doubt a prelude to putting one into place in this country and institute the same military tribunal system that courts in this country have found un-Constitutional.

This is what the Bush administration calls "exporting Democracy." It also is a chilling look at the kind of totalitarian, personal-freedoms-be-damned government that Bush, Gingrich and the Republicans would like to see not only in Iraq but also here in America.

In the interest of full disclosure, I worked inside Republican politics on Capitol Hill from 1981-84, serving as press secretary to two GOP Congressman and chief of staff to a third. I also worked for Gingrich in 1992, raising money for GOPAC, his political action committee.

During that stint, I came to know Gingrich and saw first hand how he operated. Once I did I quit and walked away from politics for good and returned to journalism. His demagoguery, immorality and radical, dangerous ideas both disgusted and scared me. He was, and still is, a deranged, dangerous man.

When Republicans took over control of Congress in 1994 and elected Gingrich Speaker of the House I wrote that it would be just a matter of time before his hypocrisy and right-wing extremism brought him down. It didn't take long. After leading the GOP charge against Bill Clinton's infidelity, Gingrich resigned in disgrace when his own affair with a House staff member emerged and he got caught scamming funds from a book deal.

But Washington has a short memory and Gingrich is back, belligerent as ever and considered a prospect for the GOP Presidential nomination because the right-wingers need a conservative nutcase in their midst.

I hope he runs. It will be fun to take Newt Gingrich down one more time. Easy targets like him are a journalist's dream.


  1. average aussie

    average aussie
    Just where do these lunatics keep popping up from? Isn’t there anybody in the whole of the us with any semblance of sanity? Or are they just too damned frightened to speak up? Just what the hell is happening to the “good ol’ us of a”?
    What a sick, sick country, you have a liar as president, you have a liar as attorney general, you have a liar as vice president, you have a liar as secretary of state, on and on it goes. Don’t you realise that the country is so full of bullshit you are all starting to drown in it? And the rest of the world is watching you self destruct, and laughing? And yet you still put up with it?
    If you are willing to persevere with the crap that this fool sprouts, you deserve many more 9/11s! For Gods sake, WAKE UP!!!!

  2. Paolo

    Newt Gingrich is about as vile as Republicans come. And that’s pretty darned vile.

    Not only does he want to expand the Iraq war; he wants to crack down on anyone who disagrees with the war, through national ID cards with biometrics and through Lincoln-style military tribunals.

    For those of you who don’t know about Lincoln’s many crimes, one of them was arresting people for expressing disagreement with his war policy. He literally had newspaper editors arrested and subjected to military kangaroo courts, and thrown in jail to shut them up. In other words, he was a tyrant.

    Newt Gingrich wants to emulate Lincoln in this regard, complete with all the modern technology that will make his suppression of dissent even more complete than Lincoln’s.

    Mussolini could only have dreamed about such totalitarian power. Gingrich wants to make it a reality.

  3. justanothercoverup

    It’s interesting that with public opinion polls overwhelmingly favoring withdrawing our troops from Iraq – this certified nut-case is banging the war-drum harder than ever; Common sense would seem to indicate to any candidate that such a rabid stand on the Iraq War and our personal freedoms will go over like a lead-balloon – and while Newt may be a Neo-conservative and has ridiculously pro-war views, he has to know he has no chance of ever winning the nomination.

    Why then, all of the bluster – and why would he even consider a run at the Presidency when he has little or no chance of winning?? Is there any way to skim campaign donations for your personal use? Or, in the alternative, is he using his newly gained publicity to line his pockets with money made from speaking engagements?

    This guy’s almost as sinister as Bush/Cheney, and that means his motives for anything he does are suspect – but ultimately, Newt will probably use this “political opportunity” as a means to enrich his own bank account, laughing all the way to the bank and at the stupidity of those who threw money into a lost cause.

  4. Ardie

    I watched him, too, Doug. He was spitting out lies and distortions so fast I could hardly keep up with him. By and large, Newt unmasked himself as being a Leviathan who wants to give the state even more power which means, of course, individuals are sure to have even less freedom than they have now.
    Also, Newt is a brilliant man when it comes to possessing a cunning intelligence. It took the Democrats forty years to master the art of political corruption. Under Newt’s leadership, it only took the Republican’s ten years to outdo the Democrats.
    Newt made a number of gratuitous comments which I found confusing. He babbled on about the Second World War and Pearl Harbor. He talked about the rope-a-dope. Then Newt threw out some paranoiac nonsense about losing American cities to a nuclear or biological attacks. I didn’t quite get his analogy between the war in Iraq and our Revolutionary War. I was under the impression that we started the war in Iraq which caused a great deal of damage to the infrastructure of Iraq which, to this day, we haven’t reparied. I mean, basically it is America’s fault that Iraq is FUBAR.
  5. Carl Nemo

    Doug, truly a great indictment concerning this evil, republican “loon”! This man is an absolute, total disaster, not only politically speaking, but also in his personal life. If we had to do a “dipstick” check concerning the values and ideas coming from a republican such as Gingrich, we’d find some truly grungy crap in his crankcase.

    Just as dubya has dismissed former President Jimmy Carter as “increasingly irrelevant”, the American people can do the same concerning “newt”!

  6. JudyB

    How much more power does a President need? This President was given carte blanc by his 1st Congress, and there are no checks and balances. This action has allowed him to be what I think of as a dishonest, warmongering and spendthrift dictator. I haven’t heard of him having any of our citizens arrested for dissagreeing with his war policies, but I wouldn’t bet he hasn’t….he instead labels us as traitors and the enemy. This country does not need or want another spendthrift, warmonger and that is exactly what Newt is promising us if he were to be elected. Thank you Doug for another accurate article.

  7. Wayne K Dolik

    Great feature article. Newt is another example of a traditional Republican turned Neo-Fascist Neo-Con. He made the leap when he declared that the “war on terror” was the beginning of World War III.

    Newt is a fine example of a guy whose time has come and went. He is a good example of the type that hijacked the Republican Party. Be afraid be very afraid, especially if Newt gets in.

  8. mary cali


    Newt as the face of the GOP indicates how dysfunctional and dangerous that party has become. Dysfunctional because of corruption, cronyism, lack of checks and balance, and general incompetency from the WH to the previously led Republican congress. Dangerous, because they took us into an unnecessary and unwise war then mismanaged the occupation, throwing gasoline on the volatile Mid East.

  9. bryan mcclellan

    I told newt the other day ,it doesn’t pay to mix schrooms and lsd..Seriously folks,this joker has plenty of rope and he’s doing a fine job of hanging himself. When push comes to shove the neocommunazi’s will lose.I personally invite them to put a camera on me so they can count the hair’s on my middle finger.Why should they worry about us anyway, they rigged the elections,trashed the economy,gas is so high many will be forced to quit they’re jobs,and the food we buy is tainted,plus the border is wide open,what more can they do that would be worse,stick an RFID up our asses?When we’ve had enough smoke blown up our nether regions we will act. IT’S THE AMERICAN WAY

  10. SEAL

    He is the scary radical, spreading the gospel of world domination and instilling fear. Projecting a senario that will certainly be rejected. However, what he accomplishes is to soften us up for the not nearly as radical measures to follow that would have, also, been rejected out of hand if not for the insane version that proceeded it, via the Newtcase.

    That is the real danger from people like Newt Gingrich. Consider him a tool of the Cheney cabal. They need doomsayers to prepare us for the “planned terrorist” disaster so many fear is coming – again. However, since the democrats have conceeded the war funding to Bush, today, with no timelines, Bush/Cheney will be swaggering with so much confidence and power they may not feel it necessary to impliment such drastic measures to hold their power. Perhaps that is the fear that causes the democrats to give in to them? Something to consider.