Apologies all around, but I just cannot let go of this election campaign cycle. Today I am featuring Newt Gingrich. Believe me, folks, I just love him. I only wish we had him for president. Let’s go to the video tape:
“We tell the truth less effectively than Democrats lie,” he said as class came to order. This was the first of four Newt U sessions designed to fix that, by teaching GOP delegates to tell the truth as well as Gingrich himself. “We want a fact-based campaign,” he said.
Good for you, Newtie. That’s the Republican Party I always knew and loved. Unfortunately, to get the “fact-based campaign” he wishes for, the former Speaker may need to look beyond his own party. He certainly needs to look beyond the pool of former presidential candidates. For many of these the truth is only a sometime thing.
For examples of what I mean we can start with Rich Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and maybe even Herman Cain and Ron Paul. All of this select crowd have publicly proclaimed as fact that which is known to be false. Specifically, all have declared the basic principles of biological science to be false and have stated support for the well discredited concept of “Intelligent Design” or it’s less polished cousin, “Scientific Creationism.” They have also denied as true the basic science behind anthropogenic climate change.
Bachmann is particularly spectacular with pants-on-fire statements:
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on November 3, 2010, when discussing cuts in government spending for Medicare and Social Security suggested by Congressman Paul Ryan, Bachmann was asked what cuts in government spending she would make to reduce the deficit. She cited President Obama’s then-upcoming visit to Asia as an example, saying it “is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day. He’s taking two thousand people with him. He’ll be renting out over 870 rooms in India. And these are 5-star hotel rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. This is the kind of over-the-top spending, it’s a very small example, Anderson.” Bachmann was apparently referring to information in a story from the Press Trust of India, attributed to “a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit”, information that was also published in U.S.-based media such as The Drudge Report. In response to the news report’s claim that 34 warships were accompanying the President, a Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, dismissed the account as “comical”. The White House said that the press report figures were “wildly inflated” and had “no basis in reality”. While stating that they could not give the actual projected figures for security reasons, staffers maintained costs were in line with the official travel costs of previous presidents Bush and Clinton.
But, enough of past history. A staunch Republican and previous candidate has again thrust himself into the spotlight of ridicule, and just in time to showcase Newt’s “We tell the truth” claims. We give thanks to Pat Robertson for brightening our day.
The religious lifestyle show hosted by televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday suggested that Christians in Florida had convinced God to move soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac away from Tampa, Florida to protect Republicans.
Robertson did not personally make such claims this week. This weeks stupefying remarks only reflect a similar absurdity from a few years ago.
Today on the 700 Club, Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent Paul Strand spoke to Jesten Peters of Keys of Authority Ministries who said that her organization’s prayer efforts helped steer Tropical Storm Isaac away from Tampa in order to protect the Republican National Convention. But while Peters and CBN celebrated, Isaac is now heading to Louisiana and Mississippi with potential devastating consequences. CBN’s Pat Robertson in 1985 said that his prayer moved Hurricane Gloria away from Virginia Beach, were CBN is based, and towards New York, and earlier this year said that prayer could’ve stopped a string of deadly tornadoes.
Newt, tone it down. Turn around and take a closer look at the score. The choir is singing a different tune.