In Marquette, Wisconsin for a showing of his film that seemed more like a campaign stop, Newt Gingrich touted Governor Walker as a good county executive and claimed that people would like Walker once his programs were proven successful by creating jobs.
Newt Gingrich led the “Republican revolution” against President Clinton as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999 and resigned his seat in disgrace after bringing the Republican Party’s short majority to a close by trying to oust President Clinton from office over what turned out to be exceptionally hypocritical claims to family values, given that Newt left his first wife while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer in 1980 and then after marrying his mistress, cheated on her with a House of Representatives staffer 23 years younger than himself while he was screaming about Clinton’s blue dress. Newt has recently claimed that love for his country drove him to have these affairs.
In case you’ve been in a cave and forgotten just how petty Republicans can be, as he left, Newt whined, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”
In our last flashback to Newt’s leadership skills — after all, praise should be vetted via the source — Newt shut down government after he felt slighted by President Clinton who refused to discuss the budget with Gingrich on the plane ride home following a funeral. In spite of having ruined the GOP with his pettiness and hypocrisy, Gingrich is still touting his shut down of government as “doing what Americans elected them to do” and says it was definitely not a mistake. In 1997, he also made history as the first Speaker to be disciplined for ethics violations. All of this should warn you that he is a shoe-in for the Republican candidacy.
At Marquette University Tuesday for his film on Pope John Paul II (Newt is now a Catholic, which can be seen as a sign of his flexibility in bending to his various wives’ values — for a time, at least ), Newt took swipes at President Obama, suggesting that Obama would be easy to beat unless he magically makes the world a better place (you know, like Republicans are in Wisconsin and Michigan and Florida). Newt said, “If the economy is at 7 percent unemployment and coming down, if the budget has gotten dramatically less expensive, if Libya turns out to be wildly successful, and his next Final Four picks don’t all crash and burn, I can imagine a circumstance where Obama will be fairly formidable.”
Of course, Newt doesn’t deal with reality well, being a Republican, so he must not have heard about the latest Michigan poll that shows the President beating him in an approvals match up with Obama at 53% and Gingrich 37%. The same poll places Gingrich just above Governor Scott Walker, whom Gingrich praised on his campaign stop, with Barack Obama at 52% approval, leading Walker whose approval is a shame-inducing but well earned 32%.
Speaking of the universally loathed and proving himself to be as out of touch with the public now as he was in the late ’90’s, Gingrich praised Governor Scott Walker to Wisconsinites, saying he was very fond of him and that after Walker’s plan creates jobs, people will embrace him.
Jim Cryns reporting for WisPolitics:
Gingrich said he didn’t meet with Gov. Scott Walker while in town, but said he liked him very much and was with him the last week of the campaign.
“I’m very fond of him. He was a very good county executive,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich said he suspects as people understand Walker’s effort to create jobs for the state, they will embrace his administration.
“He will turn out to be a very good hands-on leader,” Gingrich said.
I wonder if Newt realizes that creating lower paying jobs to replace the higher paying jobs Walker gave to the Koch brothers isn’t going to go over well, and while wealthy Republicans who do not live paycheck to paycheck might not notice a $200.00 a week change in their pay, for struggling families it can mean the difference between losing their house or not. Something tells me Wisconsinites won’t forget that very soon.
Meanwhile, back in crazy land, Gingrich patting himself on the back as a Presidential candidate, said, “I’m not talking about ‘Gee, I’d like to do this.’ I’m talking about ‘Well, this is how we did it last time. Wouldn’t it be good to balance the budget again, go back and reform things again?”
Just how many times can these boys run on “reforming” their own bad policies with the same bad polices before the public catches on? Reform. That’s so 1997, Newt.
Please note people that when a Republican talks about “creating jobs”, you should immediately flash to Wisconsin and Michigan and ask yourself, creating jobs for whom? Serfs? And remember that when they “create” these jobs, they will do so by reaching into your wallet, your grandparent’s wallet, and your sick friend’s wallet, and they will take every last dime out of the wallet, with a stern lecture about entitlements, and they will proudly hand your dimes to the Koch brothers, who will then “create” jobs for you, where you will be entitled to earn your dimes back one year at a time, working 18 hour days.
Who is going to tell Scott Walker that in the modern age of branding, when Newt Gingrich approves of the job you are doing, your career is doomed? Newt and Walker, looking down from their castle window at the little people, have no idea just how mad the serfs are. And this isn’t the ’90’s. We have the internet now.
Clueless, boys. Just clueless.