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I'm trying not to use the formulation "impossible to overstate" anymore, because very few things are impossible to overstate. For instance, it's not "impossible to overstate" what an intellectual fraud Newt Gingrich is. He's just a really huge intellectual fraud.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 8:35 AM ET
 
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This is what Gingrich tweeted yesterday-

In Spanish- @GingrichEspanol Cuanto vale un año mas de tu vida? O un año mas para tu padre o esposa? Y para tu hijo? Lee mas

My translation-

How much for one more year of life?

Oh and one more for your father or spouse? For your child?

Posted by: sasha2008 | August 13, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So when are the Democrats going to take the gloves off and start pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of politicians like Newt, Grassley, etc. who were all for advanced directives, hospice care, and counseling a few months ago, and now proclaim their resemblance to Nazi policies? Why won't anyone in the MSM, state the plain truth in plain English?

Is Matt Taibbi the only one capable of this simple task?

Even more to the point: when does the full-fledged White House/ OFA campaign begin that points out how the Republicans have fought against every Government-sponsored health and social safety net plan since the Great Depression. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and so on were all labeled as socialist and part of a creeping Democratic-party run dictatorship to be unleashed on the American people. Instead they are all indispensable parts of our national social safety net. Ask anyone over 62 if they want to get rid of Medicare or Social Security. Then ask if they support politicians who have consistently fought against those programs. Then point out which party those politicians belong to. There are lots of brief, informative narratives to be explored in this genre with 30 and 60 second commercials.

On the other hand If Obama persists in maintaining his commitment to "bipartisanship" with an opposing party that kicks him in the face at every opportunity, he deserves to be a one-term president.

Posted by: opal22 | August 13, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

You premise seems sound, but your example faulty. No matter how many intensifying adjectives you pile on, you're still not overstating the Gingrich's level of fraud. He may well be the Cantorian (the mathematician, not the dishonest congressman) paradigm of fraud.

Posted by: paul314 | August 13, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Gingrich is definitely a fraud. Just ask wives #1`and #2 (well at least wife #2).

John Dean was right when he identified the man as a pretty standard issue authoritarian (e.g. manipulative and amoral).

Gingrich's "base" to the extent that he has one is on the wrong end of demographic trends. That's the only real upshot. I'm surprised though that anyone gives the man a platform. History will not judge him kindly. It was interesting how he tried to pivot and play the role of a centrist in advance of the 2008 election; however, it was a given that the real Newt wouldn't stay hidden from public view for long.

Posted by: JPRS | August 13, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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