The former speaker is throwing his conservative legacy in the garbage fire to make room for Donald Trump’s agenda.
This is the time of year for beach reading. So imagine you picked up a spy thriller by Newt Gingrich. You may not know it, but the former speaker of the House has written or co-written a whole bookshelf of novels. He’s even got a new one coming out this fall called Treason.
Anyway, here’s some hypothetical jacket copy of a Gingrichery roman à clef about post-Cold War intrigue. The Russians, ruled by a brutal ex-KGB operative turned nationalist demagogue, want the old empire of the Soviets and the czars back. Given Russia’s problems, that’s impossible without first unraveling NATO and gutting Western resolve.
The key to their plan: a sinister American political operative who spent time advising the former president of Ukraine, a loyal vassal of Moscow. This would-be Rasputin has the ear of an eccentric and mercurial American celebrity billionaire who has managed to wrest control of one of America’s political parties. The tycoon routinely says things that are music to the Russians’ ears. He says NATO is outdated, that some of our allies are probably not worth defending, that the European Union is our adversary, and the Russians should probably get to keep the territories they’ve already stolen. He insists the Russian dictator is a great leader, largely because the dictator had allegedly complimented the billionaire once.
Unsure whether the American real-estate baron is a buffoon or a kind of genius, the Russian ruler nonetheless is certain the somewhat-golden-haired American demagogue represents an even more golden opportunity. From inside the Kremlin, he orders his propagandists to start touting the tycoon as a mixture of Henry Ford and Joseph Stalin on the internet and on its agitprop English-language cable network. He uses cut-outs and middle-men to order the hacking of his useful idiot’s opponents.Read the rest of Jonah Goldberg's op-ed HERE.
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