“I am a joke.”
The one word that can be used to describe completely unserious human being, Newt Gingrich, is “disgrace”. As in “disgraced former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich.” As in, the kind of disgrace that has an affair while his first wife is suffering from cancer and asks the woman that will become his second wife to marry him before he is officially divorced from first wife. As in, the kind of disgrace that does the same thing eighteen years later to his second wife, when he has an affair with a young congressional aide who would go on to become his third wife.
Newt Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne Gingrich, said the following about him in an August 2010 profile in Esquire:
But there was something strange and needy about him. “He was impressed easily by position, status, money,” she says. “He grew up poor and always wanted to be somebody, to make a difference, to prove himself, you know. He has to be historic to justify his life.”
She says she should have seen the red flags. “He asked me to marry him way too early. And he wasn’t divorced yet. I should have known there was a problem.”
Within weeks or months?
She looks skeptical. “It’s not so much a compliment to me. It tells you a little bit about him.”
And he did the same thing to her eighteen years later, with Callista Bisek, the young congressional aide who became his third wife. “I know. I asked him. He’d already asked her to marry him before he asked me for a divorce. Before he even asked.”
He told you that?
“Yeah, he wanted to — ”
But she stops. “Hey, turn off the tape recorder for a second. This is going to go places …”
Newt Gingrich is the kind of disgrace who could grow up poor and proceed to say the following about people who grow up poor:
“They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal.”
The kind of disgrace that mocks child labor laws by saying:
“I believe the kids could mop the floor and clean up the bathroom and get paid for it, and it would be OK.”
The kind of disgrace that portrays himself as a serious intellectual, and yet, would have you believe that he doesn’t know exactly what he is doing when he engages in blatantly racist rhetoric like the following:
Gingrich sought to lay blame for the recession, as well as the economic and social upheaval in Detroit, on Obama and his policies. “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history,” Gingrich said. “I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”
The kind of disgrace that would have the audacity to say the following about the first biracial President of the United States of America:
“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asked, according to the report. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich said.
“I think Obama gets up every morning with a worldview that is fundamentally wrong about reality,” he added. “If you look at the continuous denial of reality, there has got to be a point where someone stands up and says that this is just factually insane.”
Somehow, this disgrace is the current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. This is who the base of the modern Republican Party wants to serve as their representative to the rest of the world.
I dare you clowns to nominate Newt Gingrich for President of the United States.
I dare you.