Now that Newt’s told us he wants to turn impoverished schoolkids into school janitors we have a better idea of what these Republican presidential aspirants mean when they say we’re being strangled by regulations. But there’s nothing new about this. It’s because of people like Gingrich that we’ve had to establish a set of laws to protect us from people like Gingrich. In his case he has a way of saying the most hideous things quite matter-of-factly, as though he’s explaining simple math to the small children he seeks to recruit for industrial cleanups, and somehow it sounds less ghastly: Of course, it makes sense to abolish the Food and Drug Administration. The free market will determine which food and medicine is sound and which reeks of poisons.
Sure, we should employ little kids to plant blasting caps in coal mines. Then we can burrow smaller tunnels. Brings down costs.
This is one dangerous dude. When we employed him in the House of Representatives he detailed one of his staffers to follow him around and record everything he said. No kidding. Some of them shared this dirt with Mother Jones.
Seems Newt thought he was such a great thinker and statesman that his every little word must be kept for posterity. He made a very big deal out of this and fined these government workers when they failed to record him. Sounds very much like Mussolini, only with greater helpings of sociopathic narcissism. Everything, you see, is all about him. The rest of us are bit players in the Frankenstein show that goes on inside his head.
And why are Republicans flocking to his colors? Because he’s not Mitt Romney and he'll fling really atrocious insults at Obama. But I’m not convinced that’s the best way to choose a president. Newt is like the Doomsday Machine in Dr. Strangelove. He appeals to that crazy gene we try not to listen to when it tells us to throw the mortgage on the dice table and see what happens. But the story doesn’t end like one of those old Mickey Rooney movies. It ends more like Apocalypse Now. One by one, everyone in the river boat pays the price while the general is back in his mad, artificial world dining on roast beef.
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