Gingrich looks in mirror, cries ‘EXTREMIST!’

According to someone who should know, Newt Gingrich is actually an environmental extremist. Furthermore, Gingrich believes that “to protect clean air and water, biodiversity, and the future of the earth, we have to buy into their catastrophic scenarios and sign onto their command-and-control, anti-energy, big-bureaucracy agenda, including dramatic increases in government power and draconian policies that will devastate our economy.”

Who says so? As Media Matters points out, Newt Gingrich himself says so.

In 2007, in an interview on PBS, Gingrich endorsed addressing climate change by capping the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by industry and then allowing those industries to buy and sell emission permits. According to Gingrich:

“The caps, with a trading system, on sulfur has worked brilliantly because it has brought free-market attitudes, entrepreneurship and technology and made it very profitable to have less sulfur. So people said, ‘Wow, it’s worth my time and effort.’ Americans get incentives. Americans like winning. … What we ought to be doing is inventing a whole series of breakthrough mechanisms that create incentives for people to have a better environmental outcome in an economically positive way, to accelerate the transition to better and cleaner technologies.”

Last week, in an appearance before a House subcommittee, Gingrich blasted those fools who dare to propose a cap-and-trade approach to addressing climate change:

“These extremists would have you believe that to protect clean air and water, biodiversity, and the future of the earth, we have to buy into their catastrophic scenarios and sign onto their command-and-control, anti-energy, big-bureaucracy agenda, including dramatic increases in government power and draconian policies that will devastate our economy. But this is just extremism.”

Citing that widely contradictory position, and a similar turnabout on torture, Steve Benen at Washington Monthly describes Gingrich as “a pseudo-intellectual con man.” That’s the most telling description I’ve seen. He is attracted to ideas like a crow is attracted to shiny objects, but he has no intellectual discipline or honesty.

NOTE: Because I cited Media Matters, someone in the comments below will inevitably type the words “George Soros,” complaining that Soros funds the group. It’s downright Pavlovian — the stimulus will inevitably evoke the response.

My response in turn borrows from that leading figure of the anti-American right, Dick Cheney:

“So?”

Why does that matter? Even if Soros does contribute to Media Matters — the group says he does not — did the “evil Soros” force Gingrich to say one thing two years ago, then turn around and basically condemn his 2007 self as an America-hating environmental extremist? What does Soros have to do with the issue at hand?

Evoking the name of Soros is a tactic designed to avoid the subject. It is believed to be a magical, debate-ending utterance by those who use it, like “ACORN.” They do not understand that to those outside the cult, it has no impact whatsoever.

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Copyleft

April 28th, 2009
10:27 am

I’ll never understand why the media keeps reporting on what Newt says and does, as if he mattered. He doesn’t. He’s a relic of the failed and discredited 90s Republican Lunatic Brigade.

Susan Myers

April 28th, 2009
10:28 am

What is Newt’s favorite musical? I would guess the Music Man. “We got trouble, we got trouble right here in River City.” He is a con man and nothing more, he has a platoon of ex-wives who were sold a bill of goods and dropped like hot rocks when they either got sick or just old. The man is really a useless con but he has one heck of a great booking agent.

Pokey

April 28th, 2009
10:30 am

Jay Bookman looks in the mirror and cries “pseudo-intellectual con man”!

booger

April 28th, 2009
10:50 am

Jay,

So you have put forth an opinion, simulated a comeback to that opinion and then defended you opinion against your own simulation.

You need to take a vacation son.

ty webb

April 28th, 2009
10:51 am

Jay,
what one side calls contradictory, the other side calls “nuanced”.

Reebok

April 28th, 2009
10:52 am

it’s a sign of how bankrupt the GOP is for ideas when their standard-bearers are has-beens like gingrich and never-weres like jindahl & palin.

Wes

April 28th, 2009
10:57 am

Jay,

Out of curiosity where do you stand on environmental issues? Do you have a preference for coal which produces CO2, nuclear which has waste which might be marginally containable, solar and wind which have remarkably low efficiency as well as frequent transmission breaks, or just reverting to the stone age which would limit our environmental impact but would probably lower the average life expectancy to the twenties? Please feel free to suggest other ideas.

The fact that Gingrich isn’t intellectually honest doesn’t really matter as much as finding a solution that we all can live with.

Susan Myers

April 28th, 2009
11:02 am

Speaking of Palin…

Two words that should never be used in the same sentence – ethics and Palin.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gCtWK2H4DB8_dsDrOrfpgC_9RrRwD97R7AJ01

demwit

April 28th, 2009
11:09 am

Media Matters!?? Talk about exsqemists….

Taxpayer

April 28th, 2009
11:13 am

Anything for a buck, Newt. He’s the perfect co-operative leader for the GOP. He and Cheney and Limbaugh and Boehner and Bachmann, etc. They should get together and do a time-share plan.

demwit

April 28th, 2009
11:14 am

What do progressive journalists have in common with artificial intelligence? They both think on a third grade level..

Joey

April 28th, 2009
11:15 am

Jay; It appears that you have concluded that Newt is someone who is extra special to most or all Conservatives. That could be correct, but not as a future political candidate.

Most of us wrote Newt off as an electable politician several years ago, long before he hitched his wagon to the Man-Made Global Warming crowd. He is intelligent, he has some good ideas, but he is short on the commitment and the follow through. As evidenced by his Global Warming Phase and the recent return to the reality of the Global Warming Hoax. Jay, you might add his lack of commitment to a spouse as even further evidence.

He is searching for a way to persuade Republicans and Conservatives to choose him as their Presidential Candidate. And he wants to make a lot of money along the way. I have no doubt that Newt will announce for President in late 2010. And even though it might excite you if Newt were the Republican Nominee, he has no chance.

Sorry Jay. But please continue to cast Newt out as chum for your readers. In his mind there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Taxpayer

April 28th, 2009
11:15 am

A solution that we can live with — from the GOP! Oh! That’s to die for! hehehehe

Bosch

April 28th, 2009
11:19 am

I’m with Copyleft on this one – why do people even care what this washed up neo-con nut job has to say?

Oh, that reminds me – I miss “Right Wing Nutjob in Full Glory.”

TnGelding

April 28th, 2009
11:23 am

Newt is just positioning himself as the alternative to Obama with the tea-bagging crowd. But I never liked how he introduced and encouraged the use of key words and phrases to dishonestly alter debate. He didn’t have the skills or personality necessary to serve as speaker and should never have sought or taken the position. And apparently he lacked the courage to challenge Bush in 2004, but is now ready to save the nation.

ByteMe

April 28th, 2009
11:24 am

Joey: you’re close. Newt will dance around the subject of running for President in 2010 just as he’s about to release another book — while the breathless media reports his every utterance for days on end and that he has a new book coming out! — and then decide that he’s better off not running, but it pushes his book higher on the Amazon bestseller lists. Same old, same old.

Stan

April 28th, 2009
11:28 am

ByteMe:
yup you nailed that one.

Dusty

April 28th, 2009
11:37 am

OOh la la,

Jay Bookman at his finest, twisting and turning and delivering the lib litany.

We know Bookman does not like Gingrich. It does not matter what Gingrich says. Bookman knows that it is ALL WRONG.

I, too, would love green and gorgeous, land as lovely aa velvet and air as sweet as spring in the morning. But, as Gingrich suggested, I do not wish some “world agency” telling us how to run OUR business while China and India puff our contaminants every minute of the day and night.

Gingrich suggests a consolidated form of new technologies and supportive measures to improve our environment. We do not need to break our manufacturers and producers in one immediate vast moneylosing scheme led by “world scientists” and pseudo scientists such as Gore. There needs to be a better plan not run by heretics.

Bookman is not a scientist but he is a Democrat who never veers from the “party line”. We know what that is: The icebergs are melting and GOP wants to kill polar bears.

I guess we will hear next that swine flu is caused by contaminated air. Today, it is Gingrich’s extremism. Uh huh. Sure! What’s for tomorrow? Bush did it?

You know. I think just maybe…..Bookman is an EXTREMIST!

RW-(the original)

April 28th, 2009
11:39 am

That italicized note is hilarious, but now we know why Jay B has been writing about paranoia for the last few weeks. Projection.

Jay B, I second the poster that said you may need a vacation if you feel the need to build and destroy your own little straw men at the end of your story and before you open the comments.

The body of your story reminds of something I read the other day that I believe was in WaPo that described a debate on anthropogenic global warming between Al Gore and Newt as one between political giants and polar opposites. Since one believes man is single handedly destroying the planet and the other believes man is just mostly destroying the planet it’s kind of hard to see their point.

Off to London, later y’all!

RetLTC

April 28th, 2009
11:41 am

Bobby Jindal had it right when he basically stated that Dick Cheney needs to STFU. The same applies to Newt and all the other same old likely suspects, i.e. Rush, Hannity, et al, that constantly remind the American public exactly why it is we’re in the mess we’re in today, and why the Republican party is for all intents and purposes DOA. Yes, the 25 percenters on the right that still hang on to the laughable notion that they are the voice of the party and can somehow rise back to power doing the same dumb stuff with the same parade of faces. A case can be made that Newt Gingrich laid the foundation for the destruction of the Republican party as far back as 1994. Until the Republican party gets some new ideas, and God knows some new faces and mouthpieces, along with greater inclusiveness, they are no longer relevant. When the party gets what Jindal gets they can began a comeback. Will they? That’s doubtful because that would involve as Jindal did in Cheney’s case, telling the right wing to STFU and get with the program.

RW-(the original)

April 28th, 2009
11:43 am

Oh geez, does Obozo spend a little too much time contemplating his own navel? He just congratulated the FBI on their first 100 DAYS.

Bye!

booger

April 28th, 2009
11:47 am

You could have saved a lot of effort and just stated:

Newt…conservative….BAAAAAAAAD!
Soros..Liberal………GOOOOOOOOD!

You’d pretty much get the same responses.

Dave R

April 28th, 2009
11:49 am

Susan, Susan, Susan.

You might wish to google a bit more, and find some of the vaunted “links” you like to demand from others regarding Palin.

She is being dogged by a couple of local nut-cases who file frivolous ethics charges at the drop of a hat just to keep her occupied and keep their names in the news. We in the elected official realm have that happen regularly.

Wake up and smell the coffee. Or get off your drugs.

Two words that should never be used in the same sentence regarding Susan Myers – intelligence and honesty.

I Report/ You Whine

April 28th, 2009
11:50 am

Soros!

Happy now?

HB

April 28th, 2009
11:54 am

Dusty and RW(Original) always seem to appear at the same time. Could they be one and the same?

Paul

April 28th, 2009
11:54 am

This topic is proof positive that Liberals believe in God and pray.

Newt Gingrich: the Democrats’ answer to prayers that they’ll win the next election.

Hey Bosch, t-shirt time!

Susan Myers

April 28th, 2009
11:57 am

Ah Dave R, you again. I thought you were squashed long ago. You who never gives links to your nonsense. Why? Because you invent it all.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

April 28th, 2009
12:00 pm

Newt should not be taken seriously as a Presidential contender, but may play an important policy role, formal or otherwise, in the Republican reconstruction administration that will be charged with cleaning up the Ob-amateur mess after the 2012 election.

I, for one, have reached the conclusion that I would support Laura Bush were she to run for President.

AmVet

April 28th, 2009
12:00 pm

Our very own, beloved Cobb Country fraud is a third of the GOP’s unholy trinity – Ronnie/Newt/Georgie.

The trio that sent the GOP augering in. (Which I augured back in the 80’s!)

No wonder these clowns keep getting their teeth kicked in every other November,

Get used to it toothless shuckers and grinners.

61 – 4.

And likely to get even worse for the Party of No…

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

April 28th, 2009
12:02 pm

On another front, “in-the-know” sources have told me that the Obamas have repainted rooms in the White House residence purple, gold, and other ethnic colours while adding tiger and other fur accents.

Swami Dave

April 28th, 2009
12:10 pm

Let’s see…..

During the campaign, there was going to be a 5 waiting period between the time legislation is published until it receives a vote. That requirement goes by the wayside once the candidate became the winner.

During the campaign, there was going to be no lobbyists nominated to positions. That requirement goes by the wayside to the extent that the only way to identify “non-lobbyists” is look for the tax cheats like the one running the Treasury Department.

So yeah, we should set high standards for “consistency” and refusal to allow individuals to change their mind on issues from 2 years or more, but ignore and overlook it from someone who can’t follow him own statements and plans voiced less than 6 months ago.

….and so long as Media Matters and Soros are as blatantly partisan as those whom they claim to be “monitoring”, rational & knowledgeable people recognize that their claims to being “watchdogs” is laughable.

Defenders of a failed political theology like collectivism that is based entirely on revisionism and lies can rarely be trusted for any honesty when commenting about their opponents or trying to artifically prop up their own preconcieved notions and biases.

-Swami Dave

getalife

April 28th, 2009
12:10 pm

Specter leaves the dark side to give the dems a filibuster proof majority.

I Report/ You Whine

April 28th, 2009
12:19 pm

Looks like We The People agree with good Newt-

The House may not vote on a climate change bill this year, according to a high-ranking Democratic leader. Republicans have already invested significantly in attacking Democrats on cap-and-trade, referring to the bill as “cap and tax” and hoping to drive a wedge between Democratic leaders and their most politically vulnerable members.-The Hill

Even with the Rinos it has no chance.

Stick it up your butt, al-Gore.

Daedalus

April 28th, 2009
12:21 pm

getalife

April 28th, 2009
12:22 pm

Newt is another hypocrite that flipped on torture.

He will not win for office and should go away.

Let the gop politicians argue.

I Report/ You Whine

April 28th, 2009
12:25 pm

Looks like We The People agree with the 2002 members of the House Intelligence Committee-

Poll: 62% Of Public Does Not Want Torture Probe-See BS

bwa

Corporal Punishment

April 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

Newt who?

The guy with the big head who did the Contract on America? Whatever happened to him?

getalife

April 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

Yeah Andy,

We have too many good little germans that do not want accountability for government.

They will give the dems a free pass to break the law too.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 28th, 2009
12:28 pm

Here’s a link to Specter’s announcement.

And Franken makes 60, barring the SCOTUS’ intervention.

BDAtlanta

April 28th, 2009
12:28 pm

Breaking News 12:04 PM ET:

Senator Arlen Specter to Change Party Affiliation to Democrat

DB, Gwinnettian

April 28th, 2009
12:29 pm

So Jay, why bother with the Media Matters caveat? Those who complain about such things can’t be reasoned with anyway.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 28th, 2009
12:30 pm

….and so long as Media Matters and Soros are as blatantly partisan as those whom they claim to be “monitoring”

See what I mean?

I Report/ You Whine

April 28th, 2009
12:31 pm

Spectre is throwing a hissy fit in hopes of making Toomey go away.

All liberal democrats are diaper wearing toddlers, he’d fit in perfect with y’all.

Want McCain too?

DB, Gwinnettian

April 28th, 2009
12:33 pm

…62% Of Public…

Per usual, IR/YW gives no linkee.

I gots a poll linkee for you. But you’re not gonna like it.

getalife

April 28th, 2009
12:33 pm

McLoser is all yours Andy.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 28th, 2009
12:33 pm

Personally I’m opposed to cap and trade. We should have whatever emission standards we are going to have and make everyone abide by them. To me, cap and trade is a way to let some buy their way out of abiding by the regulations.

As for energy, I don’t believe we should put all our eggs in one basket. Wind and solar will work in some areas and not in others. Wave power could work some places. So tailor the solutions to what works best for a region.

In the early days people in some parts of the country built houses of wood, on the Plains they built sod houses, in the Southwest they built adobe houses, etc. They were finding the best solution with the resources they had. That’s what we should do with power generation.

Dave R

April 28th, 2009
12:34 pm

Sorry, Susan, but intelligence and logic can’t be squashed – unless you join the Democrat party.

Now, go do your research on your links. That is, if you want the truth.

Wes

April 28th, 2009
12:37 pm

SO what does everyone think of Specter changing parties?

Mrs. Godzilla

April 28th, 2009
12:37 pm

Arlen Spector #59….Cool!

I suppose this will slow Norm Coleman down even further!

maxwell

April 28th, 2009
12:38 pm

Whiner, And here I thought it was David Vitter (pervert-La) who wore the diapers! Silly me……….

Paul

April 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

G’morning, DB-Gwinnettian

Intervention? Interesting choice of words. I think it likely the Court will accept – and Democrats better come up with a real good argument, as the same issues at play in Florida will likely be in play in this case, centering around equal protection i.e., is it Constitutional to have differing standards for counting ballots throughout a state, or within a state, to have standards at one point in time during a count, then to have different standards in play that invalidate ballots, when other ballots have already been counted according to the criteria?

There’ve been some pretty creative arguments presented to the Wisconsin court but I’ll bet they won’t play as well before the Supremes.

Dave R

April 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

Great move by Specter. He saw the writing on the wall and knew he couldn’t win in a Republican primary against his record, so he caved and ran to the Democrat side.

Where I predict he’ll lose the primary there as well.

Can’t wait to see the word “former” in front of his title. What a waste of oxygen.

Midori

April 28th, 2009
12:41 pm

Wes,

I can’t trust anyone who comes up with such nonsense as “the magic bullet theory”

Talk about defying logic….

N.J,

April 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

The real problem is that conservatives continually stall on finding those solutions. 30 year ago the president at the time warned us that we had better find alternatives to coal and oil before the need to do so arose, rather than wait and have another Sputnik moment when some foreign power beats the United States to the punch.

Europe is already using high speed rail transportation. But the most commonly used type of high speed rail was invented in the United States, by an American who could not sell the invention in America, so it was bought by a Swedish/French conglomerate who now control the manufacture of all high speed trains of this type in the world. This is the only type of high speed train that can use existing rail lines.

The United States had to purchase the trains for the high speed ACELA line between Washington DC and Boston from this company, at a premium price, because America stopped looking towards the future decades ago, and started looking backwards.

Paul

April 28th, 2009
12:44 pm

Hi Midori!

Heard from your brother in Houston? My son (west of Houston) had 13 inches of rain in 12 hours. Not going to work today – the water’s flowing into the city and the flood guy said it’ll be a mess this evening. One district even cancelled TAKS (the math annual assessment tests) today – unprecedented, I believe. Anyhow, hope your brother’s doing well.

Mike

April 28th, 2009
12:46 pm

I can only laugh at Jay’s hypocrisy. Is the response of Jay and his readers to anything that Fox News says any less “Pavlovian”.

The statement “They do not understand that to those outside the cult, it has no impact whatsoever” applies to a large percentage of Jay’s own prejudices.

As usual, Jay’s stunning lack of self-awareness prevents him from seeing how much he has in common with those he detests so much. But Jay wouldn’t be Jay without the incessant hypocrisy.

Doggone/GA

April 28th, 2009
12:47 pm

The most frightening thing I ever heard Newt (was there ever ANYONE more aptly named?) say, was: “Everyone should be more like me”

God forbid

Andy the Teabagger

April 28th, 2009
12:48 pm

Looks like Arlen got tired of teabagging America. Good for him.

Dave R

April 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

NJ, you can’t force people to travel in any way you want, despite what you liberals try to do.

He couldn’t sell high speed rail, because no one could make a buck off of it.

Mass transit isn’t viable in the U.S. Only the government can make it come to fruition because they don’t care if it makes any money.

Copyleft

April 28th, 2009
1:14 pm

Yeah, libraries aren’t viable either. They just keep sucking money away and never turn a profit. What kind of crazy setup is that? It’s anti-American, dangit!

Midori

April 28th, 2009
1:17 pm

Paul,

this is the first I’ve heard about the flood.

thanks for the info.

booger

April 28th, 2009
1:26 pm

getalife,

Specter already voted with the dems. most of the time. He’s doing this because he will likley not get the rep. nomination in after voting for the stimulus bill.

12:48 The Stroker

April 28th, 2009
1:28 pm

Yeah, so he joined the political party of the homos.

eewwww

Redneck Convert

April 28th, 2009
1:40 pm

Oh me! This turncoat Specter done went Democrat on us. It won’t be long till the libruls start telling godly Republicans where to stuff their No. When this Franken gets to be a Senator the librul Democrats will just ram everything up our rear ends. They’ll be coming after my anti-tank weapon and two machine guns next. The U.S. of A. is turning into a evil country.

Dave R

April 28th, 2009
2:38 pm

Copylefty, actually, well-run libraries ARE profitable. Or at least revenue-neutral.

You need to get out more. Maybe – I don’t know – work for a living, perhaps?

Copyleft

April 28th, 2009
4:00 pm

More fact-free assumptions and personal attacks, I see. About all that Dave R can ever offer, despite his repeated claims of “logic” and “reason.”

Evidence, please. Facts. Or else go back to spewing hateful noise, as usual.

catlady

April 28th, 2009
5:16 pm

Newt is symptomatic of how many “Conservatives” live their lives. I sure don’t want HIS family values. I have nothing but disgust for someone who talks the talk (by shouting) but won’t walk the walk.

Just like Bill Clinton will forever be remembered for the BJ, so will Newt be remembered for preaching family while screwing around.

The Snark

April 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

Everything Newt has ever said can be boiled down to this:

“Look at me! Look at me!”

Anyone looking for other forms of consistency will wind up with a splitting headache.