If there is one thing that Gingrich has taught us over the years is that words and terms have no meanings. Gingrich uses language as a weapon to blow away his opponents. Truth is only an obstacle in an effort to meet political objectives.
Enter case point 4,580.
Recent comments by Mitt Romney in which he contemplates a Value-Added Tax and Co-Insurance are becoming fodder for his rival presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign, which has taken to calling Romney a “Massachusetts moderate” and now says Romney has looked at “European Socialist ideas.”At least he got the European part right. A value added tax is popular in Europe. Not sure if it is socialist though. Actually, I am sure. It is not. Regardless, don't hold your breath because I am sure next week we will find out that Newt supported it a year ago. That's why he can't really tag Romney's health care reform as "socialist" because he was effusively praising it right before he decided to run for President. This is ironic because most of the ignoramuses that try to label the multi-millionaire venture capitalist as Karl Marx reincarnate usually lead with his past health care positions. But Newt can't do that because he loved individual mandates back when loving individual mandates was what the cool kids did. So he is stuck with using Romney's half-hearted and flippant comments about possibly having a VAT as proof that a man who Obama will portray as a creature of Wall Street is really a pinko, egalitarian-loving commie.
I am grateful for Newt because he is proof that those who live by the sword eventually perish by their own devices. Normally, it would be sad to watch a pathetic man fail at yet another attempt at relevance. But with Newt, I will gleefully watch him flounder and collapse. It will give me a great sense of joy knowing that the very bomb-throwing rhetoric that he so often deploys will be the same mechanism that prevents him from ever getting close to decision-making power in our government.
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