SHORTER NEWT GINGRICH….Over a decade ago Newt Gingrich wrote a pamphlet called Language, A Key Mechanism of Control, a primer on how to “speak like Newt.” Among other things, it contained a list of negative words to be used when speaking of your enemies. These words, he said, should be repeated over and over and over.

Well, Newt is still Newt, and that list of words still forms the core of his speeches. In fact, it pretty much defines his speeches, including last week’s all-too-typical blast at the State Department. The speech itself is too long for most of you to want to bother reading it, so instead here is Shorter Newt Gingrich:

… failure … failure … politics … appeasing … corrupt … excusers … murky … deceptive … failed … failure … ineffective … incoherent … pathetic … hand-wringing … desperation … failed … ineffective … ludicrous … unimaginable … undermine … watered down … distorted … disaster … coddling … corrupt … absolute failure … entrepeneurial failure … disaster … bureaucratic … failures … broken … broken … broken bureaucracy … defensive … dangerous … collapse.

Got that?

UPDATE: William Safire chimes in on the same subject today in “Invective’s Comeback.” It’s a little thin, but still entertaining.