Racism Fuels Newt Gingrich’s Campaign

Newt Gingrich has always painted broadly outside the racial lines, and his deft ability to cocoon himself inside of a pseudo-intellectual balloon curries favor for him in conservative circles on issues of race.  This quote deserves and demands more examination:

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War.
Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama would lead to four more years of “radical left-wing values” that would drive the nation to ruin.
Gingrich also blasted Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in modern American history.”
Gingrich has managed to tie Obama in with food stamps, an effective method of reducing the president to an enemy of white capitalism.  The brown skinned man helping his brown skinned people.
He’s mastered the art of pandering, there’s not question about it.  He’s also adept at juxtaposing racially tinged memes with mainstream political rhetoric.  It’s a dangerous molotov cocktail, and the only theme that seems to resonate with his base. Racists tend to do that, especially when they’re light on facts or solutions. 

Forget about how irresponsible it is for a moment–this quote is from the GOP’s intellectual.  Someone who should know better.  Someone whose record under closer examination, is full of flip flops, half truths, and empty meandering.

Since opening his campaign for the presidency under a befuddling cloud of lies late last week, Gingrich continues to confound and expand upon his less than stellar qualities for high office.  He  is off to the start I expected.

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