Whupping Up on Newt
You think I've been tough on Newt? Check out this whup-fest....
Conservative opinion writers are competing in something of an arms race to see who can describe Newt Gingrich, whom most of them despise, in the most apocalyptic terms. Here’s a list of ten of the most over-the-top takedowns from the right of the former Speaker of the House and current Republican Presidential frontrunner:
1. “Gingrich … embodies the vanity and rapacity that make modern Washington repulsive…. There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrich’s unrepented role as a hired larynx for interests profiting from such government follies as ethanol and cheap mortgages. His Olympian sense of exemption from standards and logic allowed him, fresh from pocketing $1.6 million from Freddie Mac (for services as a “historian”), to say, ‘If you want to put people in jail,’ look at ‘the politicians who profited from’ Washington’s environment.”
Bonus phrases: “grotesque opportunism … tarted up as sociology”; “would have made a marvelous Marxist”; “hubristic volatility”; “unstable as water.”
2. “As president, Gingrich would be forced to repudiate his previous views out of strategic necessity. But those views demonstrate a disturbing tendency: the passionate embrace of shallow ideas.”