I saw former Speaker Newt Gingrich making the rounds on the tee-vee political shows and having to respond to questions about the heat that he's been taking from Glenn Beck., Rush Limbaugh, etal. Still, Newt bit his tongue and even went so far as to say that both Beck and Limbaugh are both "decent people". However, he did add.
"If some people in the Republican Party want to go around the country purging everyone they disagree with, they’re going to rapidly make this a minority party for a generation and they’re going to guarantee the re-election of President Obama and they’re going to guarantee Nancy Pelosi stays as Speaker for the rest of her life."
They're all over this rift between Fox News and the White House while The Republican Party as a whole, or rather the factions it has splintered into is coming apart like a cheap sweater. They've spent the better part of a decade spoon feeding the missive of the day to people like Coulter and Limbaugh, Hannity and Oreilly, and now Beck fully content with the hateful spin that they'd apply before retransmitting it to the public.
One by one, they all took part in bringing these people into the inter sanctum of thier party and with a wink and a nod and stood ready to defend them when they took it too far. Some of them (Ahem- John McCain) literally brought them into the mix. I mean Sarah Palin didn't just show up with her fucking carry-on! - She was looking to sit and stay for a while.
You guys are like a bunch of school girls on a sleepover. You've been fucking around with the Ouija Board all God damn night, calling up the spirts and guess what? - They'rrrrrrrre Heeeeeeeeere...
You let Sarah Palin take it on the heels after the election with 1/3 of your base, if not more! - Now you got Newt Gingrich running around marginalizing Rush and Glenn. And speaking of Glenn Beck, he's gone so far over the top, the GOP now has to decide are they the party of hatefulness, denial of reality, racism and lies or are they going to come up with some ideas and principles.
Either they cut the Limbaughs, Coulters, Becks and Hannity's off at the knees and show they are reasoned adults or they embrace the horror. At this point I think they don't believe they can win without turning out these wingnuts.
GINGRICH: "I just find it fascinating that my many friends who claim to be against Washington having too much power, they claim to be in favor of the 10th Amendment giving states back their rights, they claim to favor local control and local authority, now they suddenly get local control and local authority in upstate New York, they don’t like the outcome. [...]"
"So I say to my many conservative friends who suddenly decided that whether they’re from Minnesota or Alaska or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don’t think so. And I don’t think it’s a good precedent. [...]"
"And so this idea that we’re suddenly going to establish litmus tests, and all across the country, we’re going to purge the party of anybody who doesn’t agree with us 100 percent — that guarantees Obama’s reelection. That guarantees Pelosi is Speaker for life. I mean, I think that is a very destructive model for the Republican Party."
Newt seems to have forgotten that when he decided to get in bed with the rabid right wing to ’solidify’ the Republican base, this was the ultimate outcome that everyone in the Republican Party feared, that the rabid right wing would become the defacto drummer that set the beat and now he's concerned that Limpbaugh and Becky are exactly that. The seeds for this sad state of affairs was largely sown by Newt himself and his “Contract on America”. It was then that these rant-radio snake-oil salesmen first realized how gullible and foolish the right-wing base was and is.
Conservative bloggers are now going after Gingrich for lashing out at his critics, with the Other McCain writing, “I was disgusted just now to see Newt Gingriche's appearance on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News Show tonight. - Newt Gingrich disappointed national conservatives again tonight." Gateweay Pundit added.
"WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECIEVE."