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It’s official: Newt’s campaign is doing drugs

By DOUG THOMPSON
May 19, 2011

In this image taken from video, a protester dumps glitter on a table where GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, were signing books at a hotel in Minneapolis, Tuesday May 17, 2011. The man approached the Gingriches during the signing at a downtown Minneapolis hotel, dumped a cracker box full of confetti on the pair and said, "Stop the hate!" (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

OK. It’s official.

The Gingrich campaign is doing drugs.

Serious 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.

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8 Responses to It’s official: Newt’s campaign is doing drugs

  1. Sandune

    May 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Gingrich taught the GOP how to play dirty to win. He never learned how to lose with class. I wondered why his doctors didn’t put him on drugs to calm down his over-inflated opinion of himself. I had been a Gingrich fan but found myself hating him for his plans for the GOP.

    For the last several years, the GOP has fallen into a total disgrace. They were ready for the dirty tricks and nasty words to tackle anyone daring to run outside the church’s litmus test.

    What Gingrich and his group never understood was that finding credible candidates who had an agenda of individual freedoms would have worked. This desire to direct all actions through a growing Empire took over their political actions. Inject a shot of religion into the mix and America will slowly sink into hell.

    Is there ever a time when the American people can come up with what they really want in government? If they want a religious government, do what Utah did and make one. We have the 10 Amendment to give the states the freedom our political parties what to remove.

  2. b mcclellan

    May 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    A viable candidate vs a viable press.
    One can wish..

  3. Almandine

    May 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Move along… nothing new here to see.

  4. b mcclellan

    May 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    How bout we strap Newt to the latest version of conservatism and let him drag his self over the cliff ?
    Where is, that confounded conservatism ?

    • Almandine

      May 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      He ain’t it.

      • b mcclellan

        May 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        Is this then our Dune, or Done moment ?

        • b mcclellan

          May 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

          The Guild or Sauron, some choice..

          • woody188

            May 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

            Newt’s more like Glossu Rabban Harkonnen.