About This Blog
The blogger Digby has one of the keenest keyboards in the progressive blogosphere. There are only a few bloggers I read every day....Atrios at EschatonBlog, Glenn Greenwald at Salon, and Digby at Hullabaloo. I highly recommend these three sites to any readers who can stand to have their viewpoints challenged.
This week, Digby posted a blog explaining why it is that the Republican primary spectacle has decided...at least for now....to settle on Mr. Newt Gingrich as the frontrunner. In so doing, Digby reminds readers what really energizes the self-radicalized, American right in the 21st century.
Gingrich, September, 2010.....
"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
“If you want to put people in jail, you ought to start with Barney Frank, Chris Dodd.”
November, 2011....concerning Occupy Wall Streeters...
“the destructive, hostile, anti-civilization of the so-called ‘Occupy Wall Street’ crowd.... They want to tear down our country.”
“Go get a job, right after you take a bath.”
Gingrich has a virtual library full of these rhetorical bombs going all the way back to the 80's. His only consistency has been found in his bombastic rhetorical...well....nastiness....directed towards progressives or Democrats.
As Digby points out, Newt's nastiness is just what the conservative "hardcore base craves." Many on the right thought, and hoped, that Texas Governor, Rick Perry, would be just the anti-progressive rhetorical bomb thrower they were looking for....but Texas Rick has proven to only be a GOP-jihadist wannabe....all hat, all gun fetishizing, all cowboy boots....but no cattle. Earlier, the conservative audience for GOP political bomb throwing thought that Mr. Donald Trump would fill the jihadist bill. Trump's brief rise to the top was directly related to The Donald's outrageous rhetorical blasts against Obama.
Self-radicalized conservatives lust after Republican Leaders who sound and act like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Limbaugh and Coulter's primary attraction for conservatives is the hateful and nasty way in which they talk about anything, or anyone, who is progressive or liberal. When Limbaugh accuses Michelle Obama of "uppity-ism", when Coulter tells her fans that Tim McVeigh just got the wrong building...he should have hit the New York Times building.....they do it to send a ripple of glee down the spines of conservatives who detest all things progressive or liberal.
That's where Newt Gingrich comes in. Here's Digby....
This is what the hardcore base craves now more than ever and Newt can give it to them. In fact, it's the only thing he has to offer. His organizational abilities are nil, his only example of leadership as Speaker of the House ended with a failed coup from his own lieutenants and eventual resignation. He has caused endless headaches among the establishment elders and his ego is so inflated that it threatens to explode him at any given moment.
But when it comes to an overarching theory of conservative righteousness and snarling contempt for liberals, he's the only politician in the party who can do it with the kind of panache the folks usually only get from wingnut giants like Limbaugh and Coulter. He just sounds like one of them.
Obviously, if Gingrich becomes the GOP nominee, he will drag the Republican Party down to its biggest defeat in over 40 years. But right now, Gingrich is polling ahead of Romney 33-22% in South Carolina, 32-19% in Iowa, and (unbelievably) 41%-17% in the swing state of Florida.
Even though Village media continues to treat the role of Romney's Mormonism as a "thing we do not speak of", it is still a fact that many, many evangelical Republican voters are turned off by Romney's "cult" religion. Almost half of all GOP primary voters are made up of the religious right. The failure of Romney to generate much enthusiasm among the GOP base is, at the very least, partially attributable to his Mormon faith. That fact has led to the very interesting "frontrunner of the month" phenomenon we've witnessed all year long.
A short 5 weeks before the first GOP primary in Iowa, Newt Gingrich has become the GOP flavor of the month....not because he can win the presidency, but because he most closely resembles AM talk radio haters. Newt's not afraid...like Romney is....to spout the craziest, most hateful sh*t against Democrats and progressives that he can manufacture out of whole wingnut cloth. Newt is willing to distort and twist history to suit his rhetorical jihadism against the American left.
In other words....Newt Gingrich, rhetorical bomb throwing political jihadist, may just be the guy the faith-based, dead-enders on the radical right have been looking for.
And, I'm sorry....but that's just sad.