Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Chutzpah of Newt

Newt Gingrich just blows me away with his arrogance and, how do the Jewish spell it, "chutzpah" (defined as "audacity with no shame").  This glib Republican politician, who has a slick mind and even slicker mouth, is about set to announce for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.  His latest book is, if you can believe this, "Rediscovering God in America."

This comes to us from a man, 67, who is now on his third marriage (including one affair going on while he was simultaneously going after Bill Clinton for his dailliance in the White House!).  And now, guess what, he has suddenly found God.  He converted to Catholicism two years ago, at the age of 65. So, according to the New York Times (which article is entitled "On the Stump, Gingrich Puts Focus on Faith") he's going around to Pro-Life rallies and trying to pass himself off as a conservative Catholic (so that, I suppose, they'll vote for him for President) and writing about how much America needs God. 

What a farce.  How convenient it is to have found God at long last at 67 years old, and then use it to further your political ambitions!  Supposing that he sincerely believes these things, now at the ripe old age of 67, why would anyone believe this man, given his past, and reward him with the most powerful political office in the world?  He's obviously counting on the sheer gullibility of the American public, along with the power of the Fox News to 'persuade' the people that here is a politician worth believing.

It boggles the mind. 

I have a suggestion for Newt.  If he thinks that America needs Gods so much, become a priest, become a Catholic missionary, go stand on the street corner and evangelize, start a TV ministry, or whatever else your local priest might suggest.  But, for crying out loud, don't use your newfound religious faith to try and win the Presidency.  That is SO cynical.

1 comment:

  1. Newt also served his wife with divorce papers in her hospital room while she was recovering from cancer surgery. He is a "real gentleman" isn't he? But he isn't the only one selling himself with religion. Having a religious affiliation seems to be a litmus test to get elected now. Here in the "deep south", we also have businesses that sell their services with scripture in their advertising and on their storefronts. I refuse to do business with anyone who would stoop so low as to use scripture to sell anything. This is not because I am religious but because it dupes people of faith into believing that they are honest and trustworthy vendors because they quote scripture. Separation of Church and State...and business.