Newt Gingrich holds the unfortunate distinction of being the first Speaker of the House to be disciplined for ethics violations while serving in that capacity during the Clinton administration. Mr. Gingrich has also been credited for helping the Republicans win back the House of Representative in November of 2010 with his 527 Group, collecting donations from unknown donors and funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates in various districts throughout the country.
Now today Mr. Gingrich, who many believe is planning to run on the Republican ticket against President Obama in 2012, will be immortalized for having a few choice words for Sarah Palin: If you have a brain, use it to think before you talk!
Well, that’s not how he put it, but he might as well have…
Gingrich appeared today on ABC’s Good Morning America, and after host George Stephanopoulos suggested that Palin’s favorability was at an all time low according to a new Gallop poll, he was asked how she can turn things around. He answered;
“I think that she’s got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she’s saying and how’s she’s saying it. There’s no question that she has become more controversial. But she is still a phenomenon. I don’t know anybody else in American politics who can put something on twitter or put something on Facebook and automatically have it become a national story. So she remains a very formidable person in her own right.“
Yeah, right. Sarah Palin has been criticized by many on the left for her reckless incendiary language, and was even mentioned in an interview by congresswomen, Gabrielle Giffords who claimed that Palin used crosshairs to target her. Giffords, you may have heard, was shot in her head by a gunman and in the hospital in critical condition.
Given a chance to create a more civil tone, Sarah Palin instead went on to create a video where she blamed everyone from specific media groups to the public-at-large for actually creating the national negative atmosphere. She used the phrase “blood libel”, a term used to defame Jews, then on Monday did an interview on FOX NEWS, where the blaming continued.
She’s a phenomenon alright.
The poll taken after the shooting in Tucson Arizona shows Palin’s favorability rating at an all time low of 38%.
- Newt Gingrich Says Obama ‘Very Effective’ in Response to Arizona Tragedy (politicsdaily.com)
- Gingrich To Palin: Slow Down And Be Careful (alan.com)
- Gingrich warns Palin: ‘Be more careful’ with your words (crooksandliars.com)