Monday, August 13, 2007

A Salamander in Sheep's Clothing

Recently I was intrigued by an item in the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Newt Gingrich says the war is phony.

Huh? Do I hear bipartisan bells ringing?

Yes, Newt has turned into a statesman, or so he’d like you to believe. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also quotes him as saying: “We have got to get past this partisan baloney where I’m not allowed to say anything good about Hillary Clinton because 'I'm not a loyal Republican,' and she's not allowed to say anything good about me, or she's not a 'loyal' Democrat. What a stupid way to run a country."

Well, yeah. But Newt hasn’t really changed his tune –just his tactics. He's as slimy as ever, as Article III of his 21st Century Contract with America demonstrates:

Recenter on the Creator from Whom all our liberties come. We will insist on a judiciary that understands the centrality of God in American history and reasserts the legitimacy of recognizing the Creator in public life.

Well, that’s a little troublesome. Guess all that poppycock about the First Amendment is a little inconvenient, so we’ll just be throwing it out. Newt also calls for making English the official language of the US and for decimating Social Security in favor of private accounts.

Somehow I don’t think he’ll be praising Hillary any time soon.

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