Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Gingrich That Stole Christmas

Ah, it's Christmas time. And the classic Christmas stories come out. Of course, there's a tradition of grumpy men putting down the season of peace on earth and good will to men. The Grinch. Scrooge. And now Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich? Yeah. The leading Republican candidate for his party's nomination for president, Newt Gingrich has just demonstrated he could become a new grumpy and mean character in our twenty first century Christmas tale. Newt has previously said that children as young as nine should work as janitors for their schools. And on Friday, he doubled down. He said poor children have no "habit" for getting to work on Monday and that their only relation to obtaining money is to obtain it through crime. Now don't get me wrong, I concede that some of that is correct but he takes a paint brush and smears all poor people. In the video piece by Al Sharptron's TV show Politics Nation, Newt is caught on tape saying there are millionaires getting food stamps. Really? And before I forget, Gingrich in the nineties advocated that mothers on welfare give up their children to orphanages. How Dickensian.

One wonders if Gingrich will get some type of redemption as those grumpy characters in the classic Christmas tales did. Not likely. Gingrich has already backtracked his criticism of the Paul Ryan budget as right wing engineering. He's called doing a commercial with the evil Cong. Nancy Pelosi about combating global warming as "the dumbest single thing I've done." So unless we see Newt proclaim his love for humanity, it's doubtful this Christmas tale has an uplifting ending.

Let's end this post on a fun note. I've embedded some classic Stephen Colbert pieces done this year on Newt Gingrich, including the infamous over the top press release by his campaign from last spring.

Al Sharpton's MSNBC piece.

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