We all know the famous boast from Al Gore that he “invented the Internet” (in fairness it was misquoted and taken out of context, but those are the breaks in politics and media). Well it seems that Newt Gingrich may have had his own Al Gore moment yesterday in an interview that aired on Fox News.
Newt Gingrich, who has often blasted the press for “stupid,” “gotcha” or insider questions, focused closely on process in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News tonight.
Via ABC News, which was given a partial transcript, Gingrich listed his accomplishments this way:
“I helped Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp develop supply side economics. I helped lead the effort to defeat communism in the Congress.”
Oh. He helped. It’s so cute. It’s like a small child pointing to a four course meal and saying “I helped!” because they filled the butter dish. It’s harmless and you’re basically glad they are feeling proud of themselves.
But in this case Newt is simply doing what he does best; filtering poorly chosen words through his massive ego. Not content to run on his own (rather shoddy) record of conservative achievement, he decides to claim credit for two of the things the right holds dear, supply side economics and the “defeat of communism” (which, I’m reliably informed is still alive in a small, non-influential country called China).
But Newt’s bad day did not end there. Ron Paul released a devastating campaign ad today called “Serial Hypocrisy” which reminds voters of Gingrich’s past statements and actions -which were anything but conservative. And to add insult to, well, insult The National Review’s Jim Geraghty published a list of Newt Gingrich statements over the past few decades. Who could forget this gem?
In December 2008, he criticized the RNC for its ad attacking Obama’s connections to Rod Blagojevich, calling it “a destructive distraction.”
Yes, the temporary fascination with Newt Gingrich on the right is beginning its descent. Please turn off all electrical devices and return your trays to the upright position. Next stop, New Hampshire.