REQUIEM FOR A CORRUPT, PATHETIC, SHAMEFUL, DECAYING, HAS-BEEN*….Daniel Larison notes that Newt Gingrich is pimping nine “acts of real change” on his blog, including something he calls the “more energy at lower cost with less environmental damage and greater national security bill”:
This will also be known as the No Trade-Offs/Free Lunch Act of 2008. Gingrich forgot to mention introducing the bill to protect endangered unicorns. Gingrich supplements this with such proposals as, I kid you not, an earmark moratorium (take on those tough issues, Newt!), a gas tax holiday that will allegedly be paid for by “cutting domestic discretionary spending,” using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to manipulate oil prices (very slightly), tackling all of the outrageous waste at the Census Bureau (?), and, naturally, banging the drum about the judiciary….I can just see the average voter now as he hears about these proposals, “Sure, the GOP exploded the deficit, created a huge new entitlement and backs a war two-thirds of us want to end, but they are on top of that Census Bureau problem, so all is forgiven.” If this is the best they can come up with, they may be in bigger trouble than I thought.
This isn’t fair. Daniel fails to mention that Newt also demonstrates his 21st century visionary bona fides via some vintage union bashing and angles shamelessly for the angry-white-man vote by proposing we make English our official language. He also fails to note the real tragedy here: that the guy who wrote “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” a decade ago can’t do better than the “more energy at lower cost with less environmental damage and greater national security bill.” Kinda sad, really.
* In case you don’t get the joke, click here.