Gingrich, the Professor, Lashes Out at the 'Literati' Who Are Bent on Destroying Him

Too much Gingrich? Look away! For those who are morbidly fascinated by Gingrich's inability to cut his losses and shut the hell up, The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone shares the latest spin from the former speaker's spokesman on the controversy over his Medicare comments :

The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment's cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won't be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.

How weird is it for a politician who is routinely described by the press as professorial (he has a Ph.D. in history!) and possibly just too smart for his own good  to lash out at "the literati" who are bent on destroying him because he is not one of them? Pretty damned weird. My own view—which flies in the face of conventional wisdom among "the political elite"—is that Gingrich is just too stupid for his own good. In any case, his pose as an outsider scorned by that hoity-toity inside-the-Beltway crowd is ridiculous not only because he is a well-established Washington figure with easy access to the media but because he had a chance to "disrupt their comfortable world" and blew it. On purpose. Instead of speaking the uncomfortable truth about Medicare (something that Paul Ryan, for all his faults, consistently has been willing to do), he implied during his Meet the Press interview that ferreting out fraud can salvage the program without the need for an overhaul that will entail costs as well as benefits. His main critics in this case are not insular statists but fiscal conservatives who resented his attempt to position himself as a moderate at their expense. They are not the ones who are being cowardly.

[via Politico's Ben Smith]

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  • ||

    Let's make litter out of these literati!

  • Max||

    “That’s too clever, you’re one of THEM!”

  • Max||

    Hey what the hell am I doing? I told myself just one more post! Just one more and then never again! What was I thinking? Why can't I control it? Why?! Mommy!

  • Max||

    Stop spoofing me you fucks!

  • Max||

    You stop spoofing me!

  • Max||

    No you stop spoofing me!

  • dunkel||

    So, it's Max's all the way down? Well, fuck.

  • Jerry||

    Glitter, you mean.

  • ||

    OT, but I really wish there would have been just one copy of the movie "Glitterati" escape out into the intertubes.

    Also, Roger Avary needs to get off his fucking ass and make "Glamorama" already. Fucker's been out of jail for almost a year now. Time to get back to work.

  • Jim||

    OT: I've got a bone to pick with you, Sloopy. Those beers you recommended? Every single one of them said, "No Longer Available [paraphrase: Haha, Fuck You!]" on their website. Thanks for NOTHING!!!

  • ||

    Fuck, man. I distinctly remember saying:

    sloopyinca|5.17.11 @ 8:03PM|#|show direct|ignore
    Well, order a bottle of 11, 12 and 14 then. They are veeeery hard to find, but are among the best beers you will ever drink.

    Go to thefullpint.com or beernews.org and you can find out where you can still get it.

  • Jim||

    I didn't read "veeeery hard to find" as "completely unavailable / out of production", which is apparently what the website was stating. But I'll look at those other sites.

  • ||

    Here's a start on your journey. 14 pops up on page 1. You may have to search a bit harder for the others.

  • Jim||

    This website also lists it as "currently out of stock". I hate you. I'll do some more searching around later at home.

  • l0b0t||

    Thanks Sloopy. After reading the earlier post, I went and found the Barley Wine. It was bloody delicious. The Proprietors Reserve series is pretty easy to come by here in Brooklyn but the seasonal and regular offerings are not distributed out our way (that Velvet Merlin looks good). Wifey & I will be trying the Parabola tonight and the Double Jack tomorrow. The beer recommendation and your fabulous critique of the "Neckbearded Twat" on the Willie Nelson thread have been most appreciated.

  • dunkel||

    Double Jack is fucking awesome. I can't get that stuff in TN, which sucks donkey balls.

  • Matt Squelch||

    I stopped reading at "clip".

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Since the new lawz only allow us tini tiny ones, it shouldn't be any surprise it didn't work.

    Wait, this is VYOLINT ReDORHIC!!!11!!!!one!!!@11!!11!!11!!excamationpoint1

  • ||

    I just don't get it, I guess.

    WHY IS HE BACK?

  • Platypus||

    Seriously. What is he, some kind of vampire?

  • Jeffersonian||

    That would explain the suckage.

  • ||

    He's a disgraced former Speaker, a bloviating asshat with an infinitely generous of himself, and a pathetic hack who has somehow, among the usual gang of TEAM RED cheerleaders, garnered himself a reputation as a man of ideas. It all seems like some final attempt to get the respect he failed to earn when he was SOTH.

    He doesn't have a chance of winning, and it's going to be a sad sort of train-wreck spectacle until he quits. The man cannot stop talking for any reason and seems to be quite in love with the sound of his own voice. As a libertarian I would not vote for him even to unseat Obama, and I would be willing to bet that most self-identified conservatives are so repulsed by him that they'd stay home instead of having to make a choice between Gingrich and Obama.

    So, basically, he's a self-important blowhard and a media whore, and his media lapdogs (like Hannity) are loud enough to get him noticed. That's why he's back.

  • ||

    "infinitely generous opinion of himself," is how that should read.

    Look, I would pay to post comments here, and register, if we could get an edit function.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Everyone remembers that he was Speaker of the House when the government shut down in 1995. That's going to cost him a lot of votes.

  • ||

    For those who are morbidly fascinated by Gingrich's inability to cut his losses and shut the hell up

    I am morbidly fascinated by why it is that almost every member of the ruling class is a fat fuck with enough chins to feed a small Somalian town.

  • ||

    Have you seen the size of Bill Bennet's head? Apparently indefatigable gluttony is not a vice in his worldview.

  • OO||

    alittle redundant

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    How do these overweight people keep getting elected?

    +1 for Gary Johnson.

  • ||

    Drink!

  • Warty||

    1) Gingrich calls himself a Washington outsider.
    2) It's not a motherfucking clip, it's a motherfucking magazine, you monumental tub of bitch-tits.

  • Almanian||

    1) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    *slaps knee*

    Ohhhhhh, good one, Newt!

  • Warty||

    Ok, so Gingrich wasn't the one calling himself the outsider. Whatever. Fuck you, facts.

  • ||

    tub of bitch-tits.

    Wanna see a cool picture?

  • ||

    Goddammit you spoof name.

    [shakes fist at mirror]

  • Almanian||

    CAPTION:

    "Hey, Paul Ryan - GET A DACHSHUND!!"

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    You know, having a dog might give him more populist appeal...

  • fish||

    Though the fat Gingrich might go full on North Korean and eat it!

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    That image isn't going away for a while.

  • fish||

    Best press conference.....ever!

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Breaking News: Newt Gingrich eats Paul Ryan's puppy in Republican Budget Battle.

    In other news: waffles.

  • fish||

    Ooh almost! You just missed the Bill Hicks close.

    "Now here's Ken with the weather."

  • Jim||

    You know who else had a dachshund...

  • ||

    Max Schmeling?

    God, newspapermen sure could write 80 years ago. Even money says most college journalism students would need a thesaurus just to get through this sports page article.

  • Jim||

    Ah HA! A German. The pieces are all falling into place...

  • ||

    I've been outed! Just because my great-grandfather was Albert Speer's second cousin (by marriage)* doesn't say anything about me.

    *True story.

  • Warty||

    The poem in my link was published in a newspaper column. Just try to imagine a current newspaper columnist having the ability or desire to write literature instead of spewing regurgitated political talking points. You can't do it.

  • ||

    What link are you talking about? I'd kinda like to read it. Occasionally, I like to rise above dicktits gifs and the like.

  • Warty||

    Click my name. And then read as much of Don Marquis's work as you can.

  • rather ||

    blogwhoring? :-)

  • ||

    ""Too much Gingrich? Look away!"'

    That's all I needed to see.

  • ||

    But you can't look away!!!

    Oh wait, hell yes you can. It's easy. Newt who?

  • ||

    You may know him as "Newkular Titties".

  • ||

    Ah, we've achieved brand confusion. Excellent. Soon, yes, soon.

  • Spiny Norman||

    Sheep with guns and cocktails. Billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia. Newt emerging to lead those who won't be "intimated."

    With Rick Tyler on his side, how can Newt lose?

  • fish||

    “The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding...

    Who does he think he works for? Dr. Evil? Throw me a frickken bone here!

  • ||

    Was his father a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery?

  • fish||

    Epi some things are self evident.

  • Platypus||

    You had better be ill-tempered with a frickin' laserbeam on your head.

  • ||

    Well, at the age of fourteen, did a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shave his testicles? There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum...it's breathtaking; he highly suggests you try it.

  • T||

    That monologue is proof of Mike Myers' brilliance, no matter what he may have done since then.

  • ||

    He was, at one time, great.

  • ||

    What, there was something wrong with "The Love Guru"?

  • Newt||

    I had the literati liquidated, you little shit. They were insolent.

  • ||

    If Sista Sarah is even remotely thinking about running she should stay holed up in Wasilla until about October and then keep with the softball Fox News interviews until Iowa.

    Wait till Cain goes out for a real interview - next trainwreck there.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Please no. We need Palin off the possiblity of being on the ballot as soon as possible. I was still a neo(semi-theo)con in 2008, but since then, she just seems ridiculous.

  • GILMORE||

    The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding

    Translation: "Some 'smart' people pointed out that we are stupid. Now as we all know, 'smart' people are inherently untrustworthy. Populist anti-intellectualism is a perfectly legitimate defense in the face of appeals to 'facts' or 'reality' by elitist intelligentsia whose motivations are tainted by their inability to appreciate that what people say isn't always what people mean that they say or what other people understand what they mean to say, but rather what that person later decides they meant, regardless of the actual utterances. This base, unfair, and ungenerous expectation that people are actually accountable for their own statements and can't later amend, qualify, disown, or completely contract themselves is an example of pure political backstabbing and is likewise suspiciously atheistic, unAmerican, and we wouldn't be surprised if these unnamed Elite Literati are also all pedophiles that want the Terrorists To Win.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    You forgot teh joowz!

    Sounds about right, actually.

  • Neu Mejican||

    Surely you could have worked a semi-colon in there somewhere; worked it in for the elitist street cred, that is.

  • Kolohe||

    Gilmore, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded

  • GrizzlyAdam||

    "How weird is it for a politician who is routinely described by the press as professorial... and possibly just too smart for his own good to lash out at "'the literati'"

    Are we talking about Newt, or Obama?

    The GOP field thus far is amazingly terrible. Johnson is intriguing. Paul is good. The others are just too easy to shoot down with one-liners.

    The good news about both Johnson and Paul, is that they will help reveal the statism within the GOP.

  • fish||

    "How weird is it for a politician who is routinely described by the press as professorial... and possibly just too smart for his own good to lash out at "'the literati'"

    You'll know it's over when he pulls a Lamar Alexander and shows up in a flannel print shirt.

  • ||

    Romney will triumph over all. It is invevitable.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    I hope not.

  • fish||

    And then the Big O will stomp an electoral mudhole in upper management hairs chest!

    That's inevitable!

  • ||

    I simply insist that Hit & Run use "Newcular Titties" for alt-text at least once. Come on, it's okay. We won't tell.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    What's with the Gingrich articles today. Did he just now announce his candidacy or did I sleep through something?

  • ||

    Until he announces the name change, I'm ignoring it all.

  • ||

    Funny, the editors of Reason (I needed a drink, thank you very much) succumbed to the Pauly Krugnuts meme without so much as a "by your leave."

    I'm with Pro L. Every Gingrich story will be met with disinterest until Newclear Titties makes the alt-text cut.

  • ||

    Its the epic self-destruction of a narcissistic blowhard weasel, Dr. K.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Can we post it on Youtube? Sounds cool.

  • JT||

    A BA and PhD from Emory and Tulane, respectively, the Magnolia league

  • ||

    What's wrong with Tulane?!

  • Platypus||

    "Shut up", he explained.

  • fish||

    Hey you fucks....I thought Hit & Run was in the tank for the GOP!

  • Tony||

    They are.

  • Max||

    A two word reply.

    Good!

    You seem better today....clearer! See things are better when stay on the medication.

  • fish||

    Shit! Caught spoofin.....

  • Almanian||

    Been caught spoofin
    once
    When I was 5
    I enjoy spoofin
    It's just as simple as that

  • fish gump||

    spoofin is tough

  • Tony||

    Everyone finds spoofing annoying except the spoofer, who is a juvenile. I've not been around for a few days... so the stuff you've been reading was a spoofer. So, what, is this you having a conversation with yourself as two other people?

  • fish||

    You're right I'm sure everyone here prefers the real you.

  • rather ||

    Tony, my spoofers have more of a work ethic; I left for three months, and managed to post everyday

  • ola||

    Newt should of just said Ryan's plan sucked not only for medicare but his whole budget sucked because of the fact it will require the congress to raise the debt ceiling from 14T to 23T over the next 10 or so years. The hell with medicare, how about the ballooning debt even with Ryan's plan? Cmon Newcular, if you're going to trash a plan, at least trash the right part for the right reasons. You should have call bullshit on the House repubs by calling them hypocritical knobs because they just passed Ryan's budget which in essence requires them to raise the same debt ceiling that they are now hyperventilating about. Scumbags. Where are sovereigns when you need them?

  • ||

    Exactly. Ryan's plan punts until 2022 while it piles current debt up till then. That is why it sucks.

  • ||

    Just out of curiousity, how much will they want for Hawaii in the US bankruptcy auction?

  • ||

    Pay to the order of The United States of America: One dollar and nine cents.

  • ||

    Is that $1.09 US, Canadian, Australian or Zimbabwean?

  • ||

    Ask Mrs. Wilbur Stark or Iron-Balls McGinty.

  • fish gump||

    Well if the property records are anything like Obamas birth records the title probably isn't clear.

    That'll drop the value.

  • ||

    'Hindenberg' Gingrich: A bag of gas going down in flames.

    "Oh, the hilarity."

  • Joe M||

    Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world.

    The idea of Gingrich as an outsider literally made me laugh out loud.

  • ||

    I'm going to buy a parrot and name him Newcular Titties. He will sit on my shoulder and say: "Waste and Fraud, Waste and Fraud*"

    *Imagine being said in parroty voice.

  • ||

    *Imagine being said in parroty voice.

    Don't have to. Just listen to the original.

  • Allegro ma no troppo||

    Enema, «clisma» (término antiguo), «lavado» o lavativa, es el procedimiento de introducir líquidos en el recto y el colon a través del ano.

    Los enemas pueden llevarse a cabo por razones médicas o de higiene, con fines diagnósticos, o como parte de terapias alternativas o tradicionales.

    Tipos de enemas

    Los enemas médicos o por higiene se usan desde hace siglos y son básicamente de dos tipos:1
    Enemas evacuantes

    Los enemas evacuantes que generalmente actúan de inmediato ( 15 a 20 minutos máximo), se usan para tratar la retención fecal, eliminación de fecalomas, o el estreñimiento, como por ejemplo en las mujeres embarazadas se usan para aliviar la molestia causada por el estreñimiento que a algunas les produce la ingesta de suplementos nutricionales de hierro; también se usan para aliviar el dolor durante la defecación por la episiotomía o los puntos de sutura en la zona vaginal que son muy dolorosos durante los primeros días del puerperio.
    Enemas de retención

    Los enemas de retención que requieren la retención de la sustancia introducida por minimo 30 minutos a varias horas, se usan para introducir medicamentos o sustancias radio opacas, como el sulfato de bario, y así visualizar con rayos x imágenes del tracto intestinal inferior con fines diagnósticos (Ver; enema opaco). También existen los enemas para alimentación vía rectal, medida en desuso.

    Los enemas clismafilicos son los que se realizan como vehículo para obtener excitación sexual, es decir hacen parte de practicas sexuales, como expresión o variación de parafilias, sobre todo sadomasoquistas.2
    Sustancias para enemas

    Los enemas evacuantes se realizan con agua, solución salina, soluciones jabonosas, emulsiones con aceite o glicerina, soluciones hipertónicas y existen también preparados comerciales. Generalmente todas estas sustancias se aplican a temperatura corporal (37 °C).

    Los enemas de retención (a veces precedidos por enemas de evacuación o limpieza) se hacen con aceite de oliva (enema oleoso o emoliente), medicamentos diversos como antihelmínticos o laxantes y antisepticos, sulfato de bario y líquidos con nutrientes en caso del enema alimenticio, así como líquidos para hidratación (proctólisis)
    [editar] Contraindicaciones

    Generalmente se deben evitar practicar enemas en los siguientes casos:3

    Inflamación intestinal o colitis y apendicitis
    Peritonitis
    Traumatismo abdominal
    Posoperatorio de cirugías abdominales

  • ChrisO||

    Stop takin' our jobs!

  • ||

    I didn't know Hercule Triathlon Savinien (HTS) was bilingual.

  • Almanian||

    This is Hercule's cousin who's in 'murca illegally, Hector Trujillo Sabado Gigante.

    EEEE. TUK. RRR. JERRRRRBS!

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Great news: his blog is as ridiculous as his posts.

    http://herculetriathlonsavinien.blogspot.com/

  • P-P-Piglet||

    Too much Gingrich? Look away!

    I'm looking down.

  • Almanian||

    So, is the it the Literati who are in cahoots with Teh Maisons to overthrow the Bilderbergs?

    Wait, no...that's the Lumieres, right?

    I can haz confyooz wif kahnspeeracy!

  • ||

    WESLEY: Is Mister Ryan like he sounds? A joke?

    TRAVELLER: No, that's too cruel. He has sensed some small part of this...

    WESLEY: (slowly)... that spending and revenue and deficits aren't... well, aren't the separate things they seem to be?

    The Traveller looks at Wesley in such a strange way that he becomes nervous.

    WESLEY: I... I just thought the formula you were using said something like that...

    TRAVELLER: Boy, don't you ever say that again. At least, not at your age, in a world that's not ready for such... (considers it)... such dangerous nonsense.

  • ||

    Fucking Wesley. Not only was he a profoundly annoying character, they had to write in his apotheosis to the God of Annoying. It's a wonder Wil Wheaton survived that role--poor guy.

  • Almanian||

    Ed Asner is on O'Reilly's Auto Parts right now. What a cunt pickle. I thought HE was dead. No such luck...

  • EcoDude||

    Wil seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about a lot of things...

    http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/

  • rather ||

  • ||

    He inexplicably showed up at Riker's wedding in Nemesis and was hitting on chicks at the reception in a deleted scene. (guess he got bored with that higher plane of molestation he went to with the Traveler)

  • ||

    You know there's something wrong when you know that the actor himself, in a nonfiction/fiction time traveling accident, would kill his own character. With that painful disruptor that guy who kidnapped Data owned.

  • Skip||

    If Newt is representative of the kind of dorks that Republicans were running in Georgia before the 90s, its no wonder it was dominated by Democrats until recently.

  • jacob||

    Was he confusing this term with Illuminati?

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