I often wonder if the whole concept of Newt Gingrich is meant to be a cruel joke poking fun at the Republican base. Jonathan Cohn has found another little priceless gem of Newt supporting one thing and then quickly denouncing it with apocalyptic fury. The year was 2008. The mode was the editorial pages of the New Times. The cohort was John Kerry. If you were to write a novel about this stuff, nobody would believe it. And yet, Newt supported the very kind of institution that Sarah Palin would later dub a "death panel." Now, of course, Gingrich thinks that Obamacare is a poison from the pit of hell. The amusing lesson that we are learning from Republican voters is that the only thing they care about is warrior-like rhetoric. It doesn't really matter to them if the very policies that Gingrich lambastes are the very policies that he supported three years ago with John Kerry on the pages of the New York Times. As long as he gives Obama hell. And, oh, he is just so very smart.
It is the comparative effectiveness studies that Huckabee recently wrote "planted the seeds from which the poisonous tree of death panels will grow." I admit that Huckabee knows practically nothing about health care policy, but that kind of crap is precisely what his fan base in Iowa believes. So I suggest that Romney's attack dogs make mention of this from time to time. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Gingrich deserves to be destroyed. He helped to create the partisan environment that has inflicted our nation. It is only fitting that his political career end because of it.
So where are the angry legions protesting against Newt's cold, bureaucratic euthanasia policies? Gingrich wants to kill grandma.
(P.S. The main reason why I included Sarah's name in the title is that I wanted to see if Right Wingnut would read this post)