Voice of the purple
New York elites, drop dead
The politics of demonization got a tryout in Newt Gingrich’s short victory speech on Saturday after his South Carolina primary victory. Some quotes:
• “...the elites in Washington and New York.”
• “...elites trying to force us to quit being American.”
• “...you have a chance no matter what the elites in Washington and New York say.
• “...I will take this straight to the elites...”
• “...the growing anti-religious bigotry of the elites...”
• “...this makes the elite media nervous..”
It was a foretaste of a campaign that would be aimed at xenophobes and all those frightened by the “outside” world. Sarah Palin, who publicly endorsed Gingrich, did the same thing by dividing the country into “real” Americans, and all the rest.
Grandiosity was in ample supply. Gingrich challenged Obama to debates while modestly attributing his powers as a debater to his ability to “articulate the deepest values of the American people.” He termed support offered by an ex-army general, “a moment of patriotism.”
“I helped create four balanced budgets,” he crowed, heaping credit on himself for the growth in jobs and balanced budgets achieved by President Bill Clinton.
With Gingrich in charge, “...no American president will ever again bow to a Saudi king,” referring, one must conclude , to George W. Bush, the only President to entertain Saudi royalty on his own (instead of U.S. government) property.
“We fought and beat Germany and Japan in 3 years 8 months,” he said. He was two years old when WWII ended, and at 19, married his high school geometry teacher, quickly had kids, and thus dodged the draft that sent so many young Americans to Vietnam. (The details of their bitter divorce will be revealing.)
His victory speech was a dismal sample of what we can expect if the Republican Party loses its mind entirely and sends this bloated pandering, morally challenged hypocrite into the race for the U.S. Presidency. Democrats, however, would celebrate.