I generally do not go trolling for my “idiot of the week” … no need to, as they usually jump our and smack me in the head, or fall into my lap! There are just so darned many to choose from. This week, however, I nearly forgot, being tied up with multiple other issues about which to write. But today two jumped out and caught my eye … Newt Gingrich was the first, and the other was none other than America’s #2 Bimbo, saying … Me, me, me … choose ME for Idiot of the Week!!! There is, after all, a reason she is America’s #2 Bimbo. However, I will start with Mr. Gingrich, primarily because there are people who actually take him seriously, whereas most everybody sees Ms. Bachman for the fool that she is. If time and space permit, I will honour Ms. Bachman with the title in another post.
Newt was one of the final three under consideration by Trump for running mate, but as earlier noted, he lost out to Mike Pence, governor of Indiana. But Newt is not disappointed, as “I will be sort of the leader in how we rethink and how we reformulate the entire federal government,” he claims. NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo! Say it ain’t so! It is interesting, in light of the fact that just last month Gingrich referred to Trump as “an absurd amateur who needs to learn from his mistakes”. Gosh, Newtie, might you be one of those mistakes?
All politicians, all people in the public eye, in fact, say stupid things that they kick themselves for later. But some … well, it seems they just open their mouths and out flows the stupid. Of course Trump/Palin/Bachman take the prize for that, but Gingrich has had some ‘moments’ as well (my own snarky barbs in blue):
- “I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” Choke, cough, laugh, gurgle, choke …
- “If the Soviet empire still existed, I’d be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.” Guess that is why he felt qualified to run in 2012, huh?
- “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” Um … yeah, sure. Those guys just donate out of the goodness of their hearts, with no expectation for an … shall we say, favours … in return.
- “The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.” Huh? Are not the terms ‘too little’ and ‘not enough’ essentially the same thing?
- “I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power.” No display of ego here, huh?
- “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” Do as I say, not as I do. For I am the Great and Powerful OZ!
- “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife.” (Speaking of his first wife, Marianne, after divorcing her) Yessir, he and Trump are two peas in a pod. At least she looks more down-to-earth than Melania Trump!
- “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” Huh? Which is it, Newt … secular atheist or radical Islamist? The two are 180° apart!
- “I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, and loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words.” Well no worries now, Newt … Trump has rectified that ‘problem’ and taken nasty to previously unheard of levels!
- “So let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.” Again … huh?
- And the very worst one yet, the one that led to my decision to name him Idiot of the Week, “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia law, they should be deported.” No snarky barb on this one … his words speak for themselves.
It is unclear who initiated the phrase, but I have heard it said more than once that Newt Gingrich is ‘A Stupid Man’s Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like’. That sounds about right. Now, granted there are bigger idiots I could have chosen for Idiot of the Week, but given that Newt is apparently to have a leadership role in “reformulating the entire federal government” if Trump is elected (please no please no please no), and given that he just threw the entire 1st Amendment in the fire with his statement about Muslims, I think it is important that we get to know the man and come to understand that, like so many in the Trump camp, he is certainly deserving of the Idiot of the Week designation. Next up … Michele Bachman … unless somebody else jumps in my face first.