The left-wing Media Matters group pounces on Gingrich and releases an overblown list ostensibly detailing Gingrich's "history of making bigoted and offensive statements." Pundits follow. Maureen Dowd opines, "(T)he smear artists are claiming not only that the president is a socialist but that he suffers from a socialism gene."
The problem with this whole process: Like the Newter himself, it takes Gingrich and his pronouncements way too seriously. Gingrich always did talk like a blurb writer: Every subject he touches warrants hyperbole, and he has no attention span. It's wrong to respond to anything Gingrich says as if he thought about it.
This year, Gingrich is playing to the tea party crowd. He and his wife are about to release a new movie, "America at Risk" on national security threats. As a tea party courtier, he rails against carbon taxes. His political action committee has raised $250,000 from an Oklahoma natural gas and oil producer, and $100,000 from Arch Coal of St. Louis, Politco.com reported.
Two years ago, however, the Newter was seated on a loveseat next to Speaker Nancy Pelosi starring in TV ads for Al Gore's global warming campaign. Quoth Gingrich, "We do agree, our country must take action against climate change." And: "If enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation we need."
Consider Gingrich to be the right's Jerry Brown. Like the former and would-be next California governor, Gingrich talks big, but has no loyalty to his ideas. He was for tax cuts before he was against them. He supported a $35,000 congressional pay raise (SET ITAL) and (END ITAL) leaner government.
Like Brown, Gingrich's real skill has been in seeing a trend early and jumping on it, unencumbered by any past positions.
Then armed with a trendy vocabulary, Gingrich blusters on. During the National Review interview, he asserted Obama is "authentically dishonest." Authentically dishonest? If anyone should know what that means, it's probably Gingrich.