GINGRICH KEEPS GODWIN’S LAW INTACT…. About a month ago, when he first started campaigning against the Cordoba House, disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) insisted the United States should follow Saudi Arabia’s lead when it comes to religious liberty.

That argument didn’t prove especially persuasive, so on Fox & Friends this morning, the scandal-plagued, pseudo-intellectual Georgian took his hysteria slightly further, comparing American Muslims to Nazis.

Gingrich insisted, without proof, that the cultural center’s leaders are “radical Islamists” who intend to demonstrate that “they can build a mosque next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by Islamists.” (The former Burlington Coat Factory store is not, in reality, “next to” Ground Zero.)

He added, “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the holocaust museum in Washington.”

We’re well into the realm of farce at this point, and Gingrich seems to be playing a little game with the media establishment — let’s see just how ridiculous he can be on national television, but still be treated as a “serious” person, and still be invited back.

Of course, there are no limits for conservatives, so it’s a game Gingrich is bound to win. Ideally, sensible people would think, “Wow, ol’ Newt just compared a community center at a former clothing store to the Nazis. He must be insane.”

But that never seems to happen, so Gingrich will continue to spew his garbage.

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