Overweening Generalist

Monday, January 16, 2012

Newt Gingrich Quiz

Friends of Newt have made which of the following statements about him?

a.) "I don't know whether the ambitious bastard came before the visionary, or whether he's a visionary, but he realizes you have to be tough to get where you need to be."

b.) "Newt uses people and then discards them as useless. He's like a leech. He really is a man with no conscience. He just doesn't seem to care who he hurts or why."

c.) "You can't imagine how quickly power went to his head."

d.) "The important thing you have to realize about Newt Gingrich is that he is amoral. There isn't any right or wrong, there isn't any conservative or liberal. There's only what will work best for Newt Gingrich."

e.) "He's probably one of the most dangerous people for the future of the country that you can possibly imagine. He's Richard Nixon, glib. It doesn't matter how much good I do the rest of my life, I can't ever outweigh the evil I've caused by helping him be elected to Congress."

f.) "Newt's like a bully. Remember when you're kids and there's always some tough-talking little kid, and when somebody stands up to him he caves in? Newt's never had anybody stand up to him. Newt's scenario is always, 'We're talking the truth and you're playing dirty.'"

g.) "Newt has problems with interpersonal relations. I tell him that every day."


ANSWER: All of the above. Sorry! Trick question! Statement (a) was made by Chip Kahn, who ran two of Newt's campaigns, and has known him since 1968. Statement (b) was made by Newt's then-wife, Mary. Statements (c), (d), and (e) were made by L.H. Carter, who was one of Newt's closest friends and advisors until they had a falling out in 1979. Statement (f) was made by Lee Howell, Newt's first press aide. Statement (g) was made by Vin Weber, who was a Republican congressman from Minnesota.

-I ripped off this whole post from a 1995 book by Ted Rueter titled The Newt Gingrich Quiz Book. It's brimming with data on this colossal sociopathic asshole. Note you can get a used copy of it for a penny via Amazon. I guess after Newt was thrown out of Congress for massive ethics violations no one thought he'd ever come back because he'd been shown to be such a fascistic blowhard and loudmouth second-rate pseudo-intellectual. Well, that's my nightmare, folks: no one remembers anything! This book is 17 years old. Almost old enough to vote.

Apologies to regular OG readers who expected something interesting. I just had to blow off some steam over this piece of shit, who played the race card in a massive way in front of a bunch of sheetless KKKers in South Carolina tonight. I really can't stand any of the Republicans running, but the idea of President Gingrich is horrifying, and I remember saying the same thing when W said he was running in 1997-98. No one thought such an obvious moronic rich kid-loser-alcoholic could possibly win. At that time I had no blog. Well...Ya does what ya cans.

"Is it any wonder this country is leaderless when we are literally governed by criminals?"
-Gingrich, October 14, 1976, gleaned from John K. Wilson's 1996 book Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors Get it from your local public library, if they have it, and you can stomach reading about this vile, marshmallowy d-bag-racist.

Newt Gingrich, Cry-Baby. More history.

"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." - Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses

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