Newt Gingrich, the man who orchestrated an impeachment effort against Bill Clinton while he himself was carrying on a long-term extramarital affair with an employee, a man who turned his party’s entire 1998 House campaign into a referendum on Clinton’s infidelity and then lost, a man who asked his second wife for an open marriage so that he could continue to carry on with the woman who later became his third wife — last night, that same Newt Gingrich accused Megyn Kelly of Fox News of being “fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”
Even better, Gingrich made the remark in defense of Donald Trump, the Manhattan playboy, serial groper, beauty pageant fanatic and all-around cad, a man so sex-obsessed and dismissive of women as anything but an object of sexual desire that he welcomes his own accomplished daughter being called a “piece of ass,” in his own presence.
The notion that Trump prefers or could even cogently participate in a debate about public policy is laughable.
Remember, it was the Trump campaign that decided to parade out four long-ago accusers of former President Bill Clinton at the second presidential debate, hoping to arrange a live personal confrontation with the former president before a national TV audience. Those four people were not brought there to discuss the foreign-policy implications of the siege of Aleppo. They were brought there because that’s the only kind of campaign that Trump and his people are capable of conducting.
In fact, watch Newt in the clip above, because his hypocrisy rises to such heights as to defy Newtonian physics. After his brief attack on Fox News for ignoring public policy, he launches into an extended, emotional diatribe on Bill Clinton’s sexual history and the media’s alleged failure to cover it, resurrecting the very line of attack that was litigated before the voters two decades ago. He just cannot help himself. He epitomizes what he attempts to condemn, and by now everybody knows it.
Overall, this is a man, a campaign and a candidate in the process of losing it. They are staring into the abyss, and as Nietzche put it, “if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”
And the irony is that all this has been so predictable as to be almost pre-ordained. “We didn’t blow it because of Mitt Romney,” as one prominent Republican explained in the aftermath of their defeat four years ago. “We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to think through what the average American needs for a better future.”
That of course was Gingrich, who also warned that “if the competitor in ’16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. The Republican Party is incapable of competing at that level.”