Negative attention is still attention
May 20, 2009 Leave a comment
Well, the GOP’s 2012 VP nominee-in-waiting, Newt Gingrich, is out waving his arms and and yelling at the top of his lungs, hoping to draw the spotlight of relevance back to himself.
This time, he is attacking the Speaker of the House, his old post, as a “trivial politician” and saying she has disqualified herself from the office she holds.
But I am not quite sure how. Dig:
“She charged that the CIA, deliberately and as a matter of policy, violated the law by lying to Congress,” Gingrich writes in the column. “And with that allegation, Speaker Pelosi disqualified herself from the office she holds.”
“Speaker Pelosi has damaged America’s safety,” Gingrich also writes. “She’s made America less secure by sending a signal to the men and women defending our country that they can’t count on their leaders to defend them.”
The second graph is the same old bullshit song and dance the Republicans have been doing since they ran out of ideas (and hasn’t worked at all in the past two election cycles, by the way), but the first doesn’t even make sense.
I mean, if the CIA did deliberately and a matter of policy lie to Congress – and frankly, it looks like they did. Repeatedly. At the behest of the Bush Administration, which deliberately and as a matter of policy lied not only to Congress but the American people and even each other. – then Pelosi did her duty (albeit late) in informing the public of said lies.
The problem here is not that she is accusing them of lying, but THAT THEY LIED ABOUT TORTURING PEOPLE.
The real question is how seriously should the Republicans should take Gingrich, whose leadership at first buoyed the Republicans in the 1994 elections. At the end of his career, however, Gingrich bet it all on the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, leading to his party taking a beating in the 1998 midterm elections. Polls showed it was Gingrich’s strategy of impeaching the president for a blow job that cost the Repubs the election.
Within a few days of the election, he resigned his speakership and his seat in the House.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Gingrich was sanctioned by the house for an ethics violation, the ONLY time a Speaker has been sanctioned by the House.
No, Newt, I haven’t forgotten.
So the question is, why should anyone give a shit about what Newt Gingrich thinks about Pelosi’s leadership?
Frankly, my America wants its leaders to be honest and wants the Congress to keep tabs on the other branches (and underlings thereof) of government. The CIA does not get free rein. Especially when it uses that to violate the basic principles of the Constitution and/or violate international treaties.
Besides, don’t you have a third wife to get to cheating on, Newt? You know, the one you were cheating on your second wife with while prosecuting Bill Clinton’s impeachment…