Pretty exciting, a two person race for the the GOP nomination – Romney and Gingrich. Well, that lasted for about a week. How quickly (and consistently) the US press forgets. Remember Gingrich is in this to sell books, nothing more. If he gets the nomination (which is beyond a long-shot), even better. That just means more books sold. He doesn’t have the right motivation, intellect or moral compass to be considered for President – he and everyone else knows this.
Is it because that in a 24/7 news cycle that the US press is so desperate for news, any news, even if they have to make it up. Or is it because like many other segments of the nation, there is a ‘crisis of competence’ occurring in the corporate ‘news making’ press machine. Both actually. In fact a new study shows that given the choice of watching no news versus watching Fox News, you would be better informed if you watched no news. Yes, it has gotten that bad.
The latest example of Gingrich’s mastery of history and facts – the Palestinian people are ‘invented’ – kind of like his title of ‘professor’. Now, this does not only tip his hand with respect his radical views (which would actually make the majority of Israelis nervous), but it shows that he does not have a grip with basic world history – the really simple stuff – the stuff you learn in the 5th grade. Either he is so arrogant that he thinks that by him just saying it, it will become true (it happens on the right), or is it a different type of arrogance – the one that tells him that he actually know something about history. In either case it is stupid and a waste of time. Gingrich should be that mumbling asshole at the party that has the extreme offensive views and used to ‘be in congress’ as opposed to someone that is being seriously considered for anything.
With that said, I wish he would shut his mouth and get the nomination already. The Democrats need to be free to focus on the House and Senate.
Below is a clip from Bloomberg about his most recent Palestine comment:
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — Palestinians are an “invented” people and the peace process in the Middle East is “delusional.” Newt Gingrich, a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, said
The Obama administration has pursued a foreign policy of propping up “people who hate us” with an “even-handedness” that’s “favoring the terrorists,” Gingrich said in an interview with The Jewish Channel, a cable television network.
“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community,” Gingrich said in the interview. “And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and I think it’s tragic.”
Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, issued a statement today saying Gingrich “is wrong to think his attempt to turn the Palestinians into a non-people with no claim to a state will appeal to his audience on the Jewish Channel.”
“Gingrich’s cynical efforts to attract attention to himself with divisive and destructive statements will not help his presidential ambitions,” Levin, who is Jewish, said. “Gingrich offered no solutions –just a can of gasoline and a match.”
The Republican presidential contenders are scheduled to debate in Iowa today. The debate, sponsored by ABC News and the Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, is the first to be held since the ascendancy of Gingrich in polls.
Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker from Georgia, has emerged as the leading challenger to Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, with less than a month before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses start the party’s nomination contests.