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Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Politics, Religion, Society | 8 comments

Newt Gingrich’s Grand and False Allusions — and Illusions

After listening to Newt Gingrich’s tasteless and graceless concession speech where he invoked the almost sacred words of both President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address and of the signers of our Declaration of Independence in an absurd attempt to link himself to our Founding Fathers, I posted the comment:

Many feel that Gingrich — albeit he is the big loser in Florida — gave a pretty good “non-concession” speech.

I thought it was as imperial and grandiose as usual — perhaps even more than usual.

Especially his closing promise of pledging his life, his fortune and his sacred honor. Something right out of the Declaration of Independence.

I am only surprised he did not start his spiel with the words: “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to sacrifice himself for the good of many, let it be Romney”

This morning I re-read that Declaration along with Gingrich’s speech and was tempted to further paraphrase excerpts of the Declaration to elucidate Gingrich’s grand allusions.

But I thought better of it — and I wish the former Speaker would also have done so.


Because, as Jennifer Rubin, quoting Gingrich’s obnoxious pledge of “My life, my fortune, my sacred honor,” put it so well this morning: “But he’s not doing any of that. And it’s quite an insult to American patriots who have said that and meant it.”

Because Gingrich has already sufficiently linked and grandiosely compared himself to Churchill, Reagan Margaret Thatcher, Charles De Gaulle, etc. and has even managed to use a campaign management disaster (failure to register in Virginia) to allude to the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor — an insult to all those who died and were injured there.

Because Gingrich has already unnecessarily and indecorously invoked ad nauseam the U.S. Constitution, the Gettysburg address, religion, patriotism, love for God and country — not necessarily for noble, unselfish reasons.

Take for example his “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” to excuse or rationalize his infidelity.

Because, again quoting, Rubin:

Gingrich has been reduced to a smaller-than-life figure. He’s a guy with a lot of words and very little appeal, whose meanness got the best of him and helped to wreck his campaign on a heap of attacks, insults and downright vile accusations (the latest being his claim that Romney is hostile to religion).

Yes, Gingrich’s big loss in Florida was also a big reminder as to why he lost — and why we should not misapply our Founders’ and patriots’ words.


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  • The_Ohioan

    I watched him pontificate about all he was going to do when elected president and wondered if he’s so out of touch with reality that he really thinks he will be elected and do those things, or if he is gathering forces for a third party or convention upset. I still don’t know which.

    I do know that that “life, fortune, sacred honor” phrase is used by militant right wing bloggers and by the shady Oath Keepers organization.

    I hope it’s just delusion, but am wary of a more sinister possibility.

  • slamfu

    Well the man was talking about his plans for a permanent base on the moon by the end of his second term, so yea, I’m going to say he is a bit out of touch.

  • bluebelle

    Its not that hard to understand. I read that Gingrich sees himself as a pivotal figure, a historical icon who was born to do great things. He is Napoleon, Churchill, Alexander the Great, and Thomas Jefferson all rolled into one.
    Mitt Romney is thwarting the Speaker’s manifest destiny, lol and so must be crushed with the forces of the ages.
    Sometimes I wish I were a psychologist so I could analyze this “legend” in his own time.

  • bluebelle

    BTW, the nasty little attack muffin didn’t even have the grace to call Mitt Romney and congratulate him for the big win—- so we see Newt is incredibly narcissistic even for a politician.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist


    Several sources are reporting on this lack of “etiquette” (i.e.poor loser) on the part of Gingrich.

    Such as here:

  • Rcoutme

    Legend in his own time? Or…legend in his own mind?

    I posted the criteria from Wikipedia for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It is really revealing reading.

  • bluebelle

    Yes, rcoutme– you don’t need a doctorate to realize that he’s a textbook case. I know that he can imagine himself in the WH – its been his goal for most of his professional life. Unfortunately for him- most Americans can’t.

  • StockBoyLA

    You know Newt is lying when he talks about his sacred honor. He has none whatsoever.

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