Newt Gingrich: Pompous Prick Reinvents Himself as a Visionary
Have you ever heard Newt Gingrich speak in person? Most of the information has been gleaned from other sources and assembled with the care of a college professor giving a lecture, which is what he used to do. I didn't sense anything original from the guy - just a carefully crafted set of data he read somewhere, that was designed to impress and even inspire the audience. At the end, I found myself wondering if that was his true strength as a right wing intellectual. Of course, Newt sees himself as much more - he's in the vision business. He's not a mediocre college professor giving us a lecture. No, while the rest of us are mucking about in the present, Newt is already on to tomorrow. Newt is a politician no more - now he's a soothsayer. That's why his site is called, "Winning the Future". Meanwhile, what he really is - and what he will always be - is a prick. That's what drove his political career. That was his strength - not this vision stuff. To me he seemed like a mean, immature guy who existed on the ability to convince his followers that he was smart - without really bringing much to the table. Now that his bloated bully act has worn out, and the Contract for America stuff is fading in light of the horrendous job his party is doing running Congress, Newt has tried to reinvent himself from prick to prophet. I mean winning the future? It has that pseudo-heavy sound of so many of his points. But the thing about the future is you never really get there. And neither does Newt. This weekend he trotted out his new pet theory that we are in World War 3. This amused me because once again he has taken an idea and presented it as if he has a grip that the rest of us don't have - as if he can see ahead and grasp what we will only understand later. Meanwhile, President Bush made the exact same comment about the War on Terrorism as World War 3, weeks ago. When you're taking ideas from President Bush it's time to dust off the old crystal ball. Newt has a good rap - he can bring it with the talking points but he is essentially a mean phony loser. And don't get me started on the family values angle. So I was amused to hear Newt flaming this weekend with his self-important "Winning the Future", college professor jive. I was even more amused just now when I read that former CIA Director James Woolsley said this is actually World War 4. So Newt's borrowed vision lasted all of one day. Do I hear World War 5 anyone?