Is there anything more vengeful than a wounded Newt? I think not. Unwilling to accept his inevitable failure to become the Republican nominee, Gingrich abandons any pretense of bowing out with grace and honor and lashes out at Fox, conservative media and the Republican Party.
I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through. In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.
I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point [who] said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney. And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches FOX.
Distortion out of FOX? Really? It took the Republican presidential primaries for Gingrich to realize that FOX is neither fair nor balanced? Funny.
And how pissed is Gingrich over the treatment he’s received from FOX and conservative media in general?
“They know I don’t care about their opinions,” he said. “I don’t go to their cocktail parties. I don’t go to their Christmas parties. The only press events I go to are interesting dinners when the wife insists on it, so we’re going to go to the White House Correspondents’ dinner because she wants to. And we’re actually going to go to CNN’s table, not FOX.”
Obviously Gingrich has given up any hope of returning to his former gig as a FOX analyst and is instead vying for an Erick Erickson type deal over at CNN. He’ll probably get it too. There can never be too many bullshit pundits on cable news.
Here he is sucking up to teabaggers while dissing his own party.
“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was weird. They could be golfing.”
So there you go. True to form, Gingrich shows that he holds loyalty to no man, woman, political party or propaganda cable news network.
Side note: I’ve always been suspect of any man who refers to his spouse as “the wife” rather than “my wife.” Given Gingrich’s history with women, though, it’s not surprising that he’d refer to Callista in the same way he’d refer to any other inanimate product he could purchase and later discard. The car. The golf clubs. The underwear. The mistress.
Use them, abuse them and lose them. It’s the Gingrich way.
Paul Krugman’s observation that Gingrich is “the stupid person’s idea of what a smart man sounds like” rings truer each day.