Hyperbolic Newt's Antics Highlight Desperate GOP

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 2:13 PM CDT
Hyperbolic Newt's Antics Highlight Desperate GOP
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.   (AP Photo)

Newt Gingrich is back, and he’s here to stay. “It’s Gingrich time,” Paul Waldman writes for  the American Prospect. That’s not a good thing, for the Republicans or the country. “This is Newt's time again not only because there's a leadership vacuum in the GOP but because the Republicans are back in opposition, and nobody opposes quite like Newt,” Waldman writes. “He is a master of the contemptuous sneer.”

Gingrich is an attack dog with little to say. He’s “often described as a ‘man of ideas,’ though one seldom hears what those ‘ideas’ actually consist of,” Waldman writes. “But ideas are in such short supply in today's GOP that possessing the image of having them is nearly as good as actually having them.” And Gingrich can talk up a storm. “For Newt, hyperbole isn't merely a predilection or a tick, it's his fundamental mode of argumentation.” (More Newt Gingrich stories.)

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