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OK. It’s official.
The Gingrich campaign is doing drugs.
Nothing else can explain the hyperactive overreaction this week by Gingrich campaign press secretary Rick Tyler to a simple question about press coverage of the former speaker’s massive FUBAR on “Meet the Press” last Sunday.
When Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post asked Tyler for a response, the press secretary for the Mouth that Roared fired back with this:
The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.
Campaigns — especially Republican ones — have longed blamed the press for their own mistakes. Gingrich — always a loose cannon — doomed his already long-shot political chances on Meet the Press when he accused the GOP of “right wing social engineering” in its budget proposals and attacked the darling of the right wing — Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.
Gingrich went into a “it’s not my fault because I was set up by the press” defense his week, claiming he was “setup” by Meet the Press host David Gregory — an odd claim for a man who had appeared on the show 34 times before last Sunday.
But verbal gaffes, screwups and temper tantrums are a Gingrich trademark. This is, after all, the man who — as Speaker of the House — shut down the government because he thought he was slighted on Air Force run on a Presidential trip. This is the man who attacked Bill Clinton for an affair with a White House intern while Gingrich was screwing a committee staffer behind his wife’s back.
In the end, Gingrich is what he has always been — a national embarrassment and just another fringe candidate in a crowded field of Republican wackos.