For some reason, I just find Newt Gingrich a fascinating character. I've already done about five blog posts on the guy (check the index in the right column), pointing out his contradictions and inanities. Newt's antics this month have already been well covered elsewhere, but I can't resist chiming in.
For anyone who missed it, here are Gingrich's comments at the beginning of the month, chastising the Obama administration for not acting more quickly to get rid of Qadaffi:
And here he is more recently, attacking the Obama administration for doing pretty much what he had said a few weeks before, that they should do.
Gingrich then tried to explain these apparent inconsistencies, but only created even more confusion about what he was advocating.
Why trip all over yourself, Newt, trying to set forth a coherent position? People will only accuse you of flip-flopping. What they don't get is that you're not flip-flopping at all. The real explanation is simple, and a lot of people probably find it entirely acceptable (and of course I'm not the only one to point this out): whatever Obama does, Newt is just going to be against it. If Obama says the sun is shining, Newt will tell you it is cloudy. If Obama gets up on the right side of his bed, Gingrich will say that he should have got up on the left. Even if President Obama does something that Gingrich was for a couple of weeks ago, Newt Gingrich must now be against it, for the simple reason that Obama is for it. He doesn't have to be coherent; he doesn't have to be consistent with his own positions; he just has to oppose everything the president does. Listening to Newt makes as much sense as sitting next to any rabid sports fan. Whatever the opposing team does, his job is just to boo. Will people get tired of this? Will they find it unnecessary even to listen to Newt Gingrich any more? I don't know. I think Americans generally like the logic of sports.
That means it's just pointless to try to embarrass Newt Gingrich with videos of him acting all nice and friendly with Nancy Pelosi.
Because once again, there is no inconsistency here. If he was for taking action on climate change back in 2008 when George W. Bush was still president, well that was 2008 when George W. Bush was still president. Now that the Obama administration wants to take action against climate change, and Newt Gingrich wants to run for president, you'd better believe that Newt Gingrich must think it's a terrible idea to do anything about climate change. Right, Newt?
Newt Gingrich obviously learned his political philosophy from Marx. This Marx: