Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Atlanta Journal editorial on Newt Gingrich - MUST READ

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
 
groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:05 AM
Original message
Atlanta Journal editorial on Newt Gingrich - MUST READ
Edited on Fri Mar-25-11 08:34 AM by groundloop
Following are a few excerpts of an editorial by Jay Bookman on the subject of Newt Gingrich' flip-flop in a matter of weeks concerning Libya. If you have time go to the link and read the entire piece:

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/03/25/in-lib... /



.....Personally, I cant fathom the disconnect that allows a person to utter such words with a straight face.
Ideally, our elected leaders would be better people than the rest of us: smarter, harder working, more honest. But theyre not. We have a representative form of government, and our leaders are truly representative of those who elect them. A few are crooks, others are honest public servants. Some are pretty dim; others are very bright. Some are lazy; others are as hard working as anybody youve ever met. And that broad range can be found in roughly equal proportions among both political parties. Partisan affiliation offers no guide to character.

Ive written about politics for most of my career now. Over that time, the single politician Ive criticized most harshly was probably President George W. Bush. I thought and still think that he was a poor president who made disastrously bad decisions for the country. But through all of that, I never lost respect for Bush as a person. He had a moral compass, inaccurate though I thought it was, and he was doing what he honestly thought was right.
I cant say that about Gingrich, who has long struck me as an amoral man of no true conviction or character. He cannot do what he honestly thinks is right because he himself has no idea what his own honest beliefs might be. He has no inner core. And while thats a harsh judgment, they are not words that I use lightly, in public or even in private. In fact, I cannot think of another American politician who even approaches him in that regard .............

.........

However, once Obama decided to commit U.S. forces to impose a no-fly zone, Gingrich suddenly reversed his position, condemning the policy he once advocated. Asked on The Today Show this whether the United States should try to oust Gadhafi, heres how the former speaker responded:
I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Gadhafi. I think there were a lot of allies in the region that we could have worked with. I would not have used American or European forces, bombing an Arab country.

And that too was uttered with typical Gingrichian certainty. No politician Ive ever encountered and no one Ive encountered in private life could put on such a performance without showing at least a tinge of shame. But thats our Newt.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:32 AM
Response to Original message
1. I don't want to read anything on Newt Gingrich, I just want him to go away... n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Life Long Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 05:50 PM
Response to Reply #1
6. Wanting Newt to go away is fine.
Wanting any story on Newt to go away is not fine. How is anyone going to know Newt is not fit to be commander-in-chief?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:40 AM
Response to Original message
2. That just about sums it up ....
"amoral man of no true conviction or character"
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:43 AM
Response to Original message
3. Newtie = Exemplar of Republicon Family Amorals
Edited on Fri Mar-25-11 08:44 AM by SpiralHawk
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:44 AM
Response to Original message
4. If you are a woman, do not get too near newtie when he is feeling
PATRIOTIC..........
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 08:47 AM
Response to Original message
5. I'm not sure which is worse
that the voting populace elected such an individual, and did it again in electing the confirmed crook Nathan Deal as governor, but I digress, or such a shallow, amoral, and sorry individual as Newt Gingrich still gets air time in front of a camera. :(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 05:55 PM
Response to Original message
7. "Partisan affiliation offers no guide to character."
Sorry, the author lost me there. A journalist who ignores the news?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Oct 22nd 2014, 05:41 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC