Thrice-married Gingrich set to run for president—as a religious Catholic
And to think some of us thought a Palin candidacy would be bad news for conservatism. Gingrich is a life-long techno-utopian who has soullessly betrayed and abandoned two wives, and now he’s going to run for president as a values candidate.
It’s beyond parody. It would be like … Mitt Romney running for president as an opponent of government-controlled health care.
Nothing communicates the idea of “values” like that All-American couple Newt and his Stepford Wife Callista:
That photo of Newt and his wife made me laugh out loud. Especially Callista! I have always wondered what she looked like, as he seems to mention her name at every given chance. That has to be one of the most insincere, botoxed facial expressions I have ever seen. Stepford Wife is right. She looks utterly programmed.LA replies:
In fact, the first photo of her I ever saw is in the NYT article linked at the beginning of this entry. When I saw it, I figured that it was just one photo, possibly atypical, and that I should not conclude anything from it about the way she looks. But, as it turns out, it’s just like the photo of her that Paul sent:John L. writes:
I met Mr. Gingrich at a screening of his film on John Paul II at the Pontifical North American College, the residence of American Catholic seminarians studying in Rome. Could you image a friendlier audience for a recent convert to Catholicism showing an anti-Communist film celebrating a Pope?LA replies:
Well, there are such politicians from time to time. Think of Richard Nixon. But it is unusual, since perhaps the single most common trait of politicians is that they like other people.Doug H. writes:
It’s sad to see the current state of the Republican party. To think they could seriously consider Newt or Huckabee sickens me. They are both unprincipled and weak men. They will not confront Obama without later apologizing for whatever they say negative about him. The Drudge Report would lead you to believe Newt called for Obama to be impeached. Later, I thought Newt was about to grovel when he backtracked and said he didn’t really mean Obama should actually be impeached. Huckabee was on Fox today. He said Obama had made a huge mistake and lost his power when he said he wouldn’t enforce DoMA. Chris Wallace asked him if he was serious when he said Obama had lost his power. Mike made a small apology then went on to make one of the most stupid remarks I have heard. He said Obama had alienated the African American vote, because they support DoMA. How appallingly simple minded. Blacks have not and will not abandon Obama.LA replies:
“He said Obama had alienated the African American vote, because they support DoMA.”Dan F. writes:
You wrote:Karl D. writes:
Doug H. mentioned the interview with Huckabee on Fox this morning and his comment about blacks and DoMA. I watched that same interview and again laughed out loud at his idiotic statement. Either he is delusional, an idiot or is just a plain old liberal if he actually believes blacks will abandon Obama over DoMA? Marion Barry couldn’t lose the black vote with a crack pipe in his mouth and a videotape to back it up. Besides that, Huckabee’s whole persona is just so clownish. Like an overgrown kid. Does anyone really believe that any hostile foreign country or jihadis would feel threatened by this man at all? I hate to say this but by comparison he makes Obama seem tough. It really is quite depressing thinking about the 2012 prospects of Huckabee, Gingrich and Romney. And this Mitch Daniels is pretty weak too. Saw him on Fox this morning as well and it seems he is looking to play pattycakes with the Democrats. I remain hopeful however that someone will rise out of the ashes.LA replies:
It’s almost March 2011. By around June 2011 candidates will have to have declared themselves in order to be competitive in the 2012 primaries. That’s three or four months. Not an infinite amount of time for some plausible figure(s) to appear.Gintas writes:
That crazed look in Callista’s eyes—is it any different from the look he seeks in the eyes of devoted GOP followers?Thomas Bertonneau writes:
Seeing the image of Callista Gingrich tripped a memory. Where had I seen her before? Then it came to me: the artificial femme fatale from the cult-movie Mars Attacks:
Alex A. writes from England:
The photograph of the toy woman who is married to Newt Gingrich made me laugh. But she’s not about to run for president. What about the self-satisfied countenance, or even the name, of “Newt” himself? Neither inspires much confidence.James P. writes:
Your readers call Callista a “Stepford Wife”—but she doesn’t look all that docile and submissive …LA replies:
Well, we could say that there are two aspects of a Stepford wife—that she is artificial and plastic, and that she is docile and submissive. Callista would seem to fit the first aspect, though not the second.Rick Darby writes:
I happened to see Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich at a Thai restaurant near where I live. It was a Sunday. Newt was wearing ultra-casual running clothes. His other half was dressed up as if for a cocktail party.LA replies:
In fact, that is the standard look of many young and youngish couples today: the male sloppy, the woman together-looking and well dressed. It’s a bit more unusual with a couple in their fifties or sixties.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 27, 2011 07:49 AM | Send