Newt Is Phonier Than Mitt

From Frank Bruni in the NYT*:

“With Gingrich, the distance between reality and rhetoric isn’t shrinking but growing, and the incongruities mount.  He has lately fallen in love with his rants against ‘the elites,’ and casts himself as their most determined foe, but I can’t for the life of me figure out a definition of elite that doesn’t include him.

Are the elites those hyper-educated intellectuals who use big words?  Gingrich has a Ph.D. in history from a prestigious private university, Tulane, and when it suits him, he plays Cerebellum in Chief with nonpareil diction and derision.

Are the elites rich people with fancy ZIP codes?  He and his third wife, Callista, made more than $3.1 million in 2010 and have an estimated net worth in excess of $6.5 million.  Since 2000 they have lived in the posh enclave of McLean, Va., not Appalachia, and have personally stimulated the economy with expenditures at Tiffany, not Zales.

He lashes out against secularists and trumpets his and Callista’s Roman Catholicism, though the two of them lived for six years in explicit defiance of its tenets.”  Emphasis added.

*”The Gusts of Gingrich”

One comment on “Newt Is Phonier Than Mitt

  1. Roni Jordan says:

    Murdoch’s own WSJ condemned the GOP field today, saying they deserve to lose.

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