Monday, May 17, 2010

The Comic Stylings of Newt Gingrich

What is it about Newt Gingrich?

Despite the fact that he hasn’t held a government job for over a decade and he was tossed out of that one because his Republican colleagues considered him to be ineffectual and damaged goods, he keeps popping up on Sunday shows. The question is why?

I suspect it’s because he’s planning on running for president on the platform of family values and other right-wing talking points, and this thrice-married, ethically-challenged paragon of virtue is just such a wonderful combination of hypocrisy and warmed-over Joe McCarthy talking points that bookers on the chat shows just can’t resist. To whit:

Gingrich said that he stands by his argument that the “secular-socialist machine” represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, not in the sense of the immorality of those deadly regimes, but as a “threat to our way of life.”

“The degree to which the secular-socialist left represents a fundamental replacement of America, a very different world view, a very different outcome, I think is a very serious threat to our way of life.

He’s like one of those Vegas stand-up comics that could be reliably booked on the Tonight Show to fill in the gap between the latest starlet and musical guest The Fifth Dimension. He’s the Shecky Greene of punditry. And like that ilk, he never fails to get a laugh but ten minutes later you have forgotten what he said.