Monday, January 24, 2022

Blast From The Past

Wow, Newt Gingrich is still alive and talking.

“You have — both with Attorney General Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok. What they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.

“And all these people who have been so tough, and so mean, and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every e-mail. I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down.

“And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.” – Newt Gingrich, speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.

So this thrice-married (at last count) disgraced former Speaker of the House is still yammering away, and, according to the Washington Post, is advising the GOP on policy on how to win back the House in the mid-terms.

Given the tenor of the times and the fascistic leanings of the party, he might well get some traction if not some fanboy love from the nutsery, but he’s still a charlatan and a grifter — Elmer Gantry without the charm — and it was his Godzilla-like attempt to take down Bill Clinton that led to his own ignominy.

As for coming up with “new ideas” for the Republicans to run on, most of them are like those old K-Tel record collections that used to be hawked on late-night TV: songs you remember but haven’t heard since you drove the Chevy to the levee for some paradise by the dashboard lights (R.I.P. Meatloaf): golden oldies like more tax cuts, a balanced budget amendment, and a “parents bill of rights.”  The tax cuts got us the biggest deficits in history, the balanced budget amendment is in the same league as making the bible the national book, and most if not all public school districts instituted their agenda such as public posting of curriculum and budgets sometime in the last century.

But go ahead, Newt.  Come up with those plans.  Those will look really hot on your Grindr profile.

Bonus track from Josh Marshall:

Gingrich, both for his malevolence and longevity, is simply a fascinating figure. More than any other single person it is Gingrich who created the political world we now live in, even as his specific actions from the early ’90s can seem tame compared to the baseline of today. And yet here he is, thirty or by some measures forty years later, driving the predation onward, advancing the ball, testing the limits.

Earlier in this segment he refers to people who have been “so tough and so mean and so nasty” – pure Trump. And then that line about wolves and sheep, pure Gingrich. Or is it pure Trump? There’s hardly a difference really.

Robespierre for theses times.

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