Newt Gingrich: "Like Viagra for the National Psyche"

Jan 27, 2012 Full story: www.theatlantic.com 34

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Newt definitely isn't interested in rational problem-solving, writes The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf, and his fascination with moon colonization reveals why.

Friedersdorf hones in on a revealing moment in which Gingrich defends his "large" visions:

"The reason you have to have a bold and large vision is you don't arouse the American nation with trivial, bureaucratic, rational objectives."

"That is telling," says Friedersdorf. "Problem-solving isn't [Gingrich's] object. He aims, as he tells us, to arouse the American people."

Friedersdorf riffs on this to create a "bold" slogan for Gingrich's campaign:

"Newt Gingrich -- he's like Viagra for the national psyche." (Side effects may include nausea, bigger deficits, self-aggrandizing speeches, foreign wars, demagoguery against Muslims, ethics scandals, and shameless demonstrations of moral hypocrisy. Not to be combined with actual executive power.)

Weigh in: Is Gingrich right - should the president excite Americans with bold visions, or focus on the nuts and bolts of problem-solving?

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“The Commander-in-Chi ef”

Since: Jun 07

Always bet on Black

#1 Jan 27, 2012
With all the screwing around on each one of his wives Iím sure thatís not good on the psyche of American children.

Indecent and disgusting; but thatís those good old right-wing republican family values.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#2 Jan 27, 2012
HAHAHAHAHAAHAH!

Gosh, GingRICH is giving out gifts, imagine, not only are we going to the moon, we are going to build a colony and claim the moon for the USA.

On top of him thinking he'd get elected in the first place, and re elected in the second.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Too bad he won't make it through spring, this is very funny stuff!

“Science not Conservatism”

Since: Jan 12

Progress, not Denial

#4 Jan 27, 2012
I think a good President does both, but Gingrich would never make a good President. He's a small-minded, petty, self-obsessed, unethical politician, not a man of vision.

He is, as has been noted, "grandiose." And that's not a compliment, whatever he may think.:)
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#5 Jan 27, 2012
And the GOP kingmakers say RON PAUL is the lunatic. LOL

They are all clowns. In addition, Newt is a self-professed lunartic.

RON PAUL 2012!

“Science not Conservatism”

Since: Jan 12

Progress, not Denial

#6 Jan 27, 2012
He's more like a dose of Ex-lax than Viagra.

Just sayin'
Gunnery Sgt Hartman

Freeport, NY

#7 Jan 27, 2012
President Fcukin' Moonbeam.

“"I'm A Great American!"”

Since: Sep 08

Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#8 Jan 27, 2012
LOL!!!

Mr Newt needs to put 'lil Newt inside his pants and keep his zipper zipped.

It'll do wonders for his marriage (the current one anyway...) and he won't creep out the women...
Lance Winslow

Berkeley, CA

#9 Jan 27, 2012
tha Professor wrote:
I think a good President does both, but Gingrich would never make a good President. He's a small-minded, petty, self-obsessed, unethical politician, not a man of vision.
He is, as has been noted, "grandiose." And that's not a compliment, whatever he may think.:)
At this point in the race, all he has to be is less disliked than Romney.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#10 Jan 27, 2012
Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>At this point in the race, all he has to be is less disliked than Romney.
He's lost, in other words.
Sheik Yerbouti

Warrington, PA

#11 Jan 27, 2012
Neuter newt!! His moon proposal sounds more like Ralph Kramden than anything!

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#12 Jan 27, 2012
PooPoo Platter wrote:
LOL!!!
Mr Newt needs to put 'lil Newt inside his pants and keep his zipper zipped.
It'll do wonders for his marriage (the current one anyway...) and he won't creep out the women...
It wouldn't just creep out the women-

Small children would start screaming, and men would start vomiting.

LOL

For a candidate who uses Saul Alinsky in every speech as a negative, is himself using Alinsky's tactics point by point to divide and conquer.

Hypocritical freaks, the Republican Reich.
Frank Rizzo

Santa Rosa, CA

#13 Jan 27, 2012
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
With all the screwing around on each one of his wives Iím sure thatís not good on the psyche of American children.
Indecent and disgusting; but thatís those good old right-wing republican family values.
Yeah. He's almost as bad as that other republican. Bill Clinton. I mean that other Democrat.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#14 Jan 27, 2012
a collection of the best minds the "topix left" has to offer...

not a rational post among them.

who da thunk it?
Frank Rizzo

Santa Rosa, CA

#15 Jan 27, 2012
Caribou Barbie wrote:
<quoted text>
It wouldn't just creep out the women-
Small children would start screaming, and men would start vomiting.
LOL
For a candidate who uses Saul Alinsky in every speech as a negative, is himself using Alinsky's tactics point by point to divide and conquer.
Hypocritical freaks, the Republican Reich.
I've listened to every debate and speech from newt. He's only mentioned Alinsky one time. By contrast, Obozo has given us almost 4 years of Alinsky.

Newt is the only one to call like it really is.

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#16 Jan 27, 2012
Frank Rizzo wrote:
<quoted text>
I've listened to every debate and speech from newt. He's only mentioned Alinsky one time. By contrast, Obozo has given us almost 4 years of Alinsky.
Newt is the only one to call like it really is.
I counted SIX mentions of Alinsky since the SC primary.

Obama hasn't ONCE used an Alinsky "rule" for radicals. Sadly so, I wish he had, but Gingrich has used most of them, and the Fleaparty has used ALL of them.

Proves they work.
Pamela

San Francisco, CA

#17 Jan 27, 2012
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
With all the screwing around on each one of his wives Iím sure thatís not good on the psyche of American children.
Indecent and disgusting; but thatís those good old right-wing republican family values.
At least he can get women. You're best catch is a dead rat.
Pamela

Viry-ch‚tillon, France

#18 Jan 27, 2012
Caribou Barbie wrote:
<quoted text>
It wouldn't just creep out the women-
Small children would start screaming, and men would start vomiting.
LOL
For a candidate who uses Saul Alinsky in every speech as a negative, is himself using Alinsky's tactics point by point to divide and conquer.
Hypocritical freaks, the Republican Reich.
You are really stupid.
Pamela

Viry-ch‚tillon, France

#19 Jan 27, 2012
PooPoo Platter wrote:
LOL!!!
Mr Newt needs to put 'lil Newt inside his pants and keep his zipper zipped.
It'll do wonders for his marriage (the current one anyway...) and he won't creep out the women...
Just keep trolling for dykes and little boys. You liberals are the worlds sex offenders.

“"I'm A Great American!"”

Since: Sep 08

Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#20 Jan 27, 2012
Pamela wrote:
<quoted text>Just keep trolling for dykes and little boys. You liberals are the worlds sex offenders.
Sex with you is out of the question?

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#21 Jan 27, 2012
Pamela wrote:
<quoted text>
You are really stupid.
And you're mentally deranged.

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