It’s like deja vu all over again

IT’S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN…. I’m not sure why, but “Fox News Sunday” invited disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on this morning, giving the strange man a chance to say all kinds of odd things.

Of particular interest, ol’ Newt wants to see the Elena Kagan nomination withdrawn.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday that President Barack Obama should withdraw the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.

“I think the president should withdraw it,” Gingrich said plainly when asked on “Fox News Sunday” what he thought of the solicitor general’s nomination.

If this seems kind of familiar, it’s because a year ago this month, shortly after Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the high court, Newt Gingrich insisted that she should be “forced to withdraw,” too.

So, to review, a disgraced right-wing pseudo-intellectual, who hasn’t served in public office for over a decade, keeps making the same clownish demands. The man has no relevance with anyone other than those who handle bookings for television news programs, perhaps because he says crazy things on a fairly regular basis.

But now Newt Gingrich once again wants the president’s Supreme Court nominee to withdraw? I’m sure the White House will get right on that.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.