Newt Gingrich, the Family Values candidate who practices serial adultery, serves divorce papers on women recovering from cancer, and flips positions with the frequency of a ham radio (“Whatever Obama said, I’m against it!”), has once again demonstrated why Republicans consider him the smartest man in the room:
I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.
It should be no surprise that what comes out of Gingrich’s mouth is at odds with anything remotely resembling reality – Newt has built his career flying in the face of facts and ignoring plain truth, but it’s remarkable that the man can fundamentally contradict himself within the span of a single sentence. And it’s not merely the flagrant imbecility of conflating “secular atheist” with “radical Islamist”, but the the rather more insidious and ugly fact that what Newt would like to see created in order to prevent those two polar opposites from becoming the same thing (!) is a theocratic Christian state where creationism is taught in the science class and women would be forced to remain pregnant for Jesus.
Is there no level of stupid at which even Americans realize they’re being played like a rube in a three-card-Monty scam?