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One Man Wrestling: Newt vs Gingrich Edition Round 1 (Libya)

Yes, you’ve seen clips of Newt lips flapping about Libya before but it is worth watching again and again because without repeated viewing, it is hard to grasp that even a politician as base as Gingrich can spin 180 degrees this fast with such appearance of sincerity and no hint of embarrassment. The two opposing clips are longer than you may have seen, about 1 minute each, to make clear the context and the fact that neither was a slip.

Frankly, I am dumbfounded that Gingrich is a serious candidate. You’d think that his history of financial scams alone would disqualify him.

Like all hypocrites, Newt holds others to a far higher standard than himself. Like many other politicians, Newt’s criticisms of opponents usually offer greater insight into his own identity than that of his opponent. For example, in 2004 Gingrich said of John Kerry:

I think Kerry’s problem is one of identity… He can’t quite decide, you know — and so I think what you’re going to see more likely with him is a kind of schizophrenia. And if the moderator’s at all serious with Kerry, and puts Kerry on the spot as saying, now, you said a, and you said b. Which is it? I think Kerry’s got a big problem.

John Kerry was a relative amateur flip flopper whose experience and views were grossly and dishonestly distorted by opponents. Gingrich is the real thing flip flopper. In 2004, Gingrich also said, “You can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief.” I hope he was right.
– Iron Filing