Honestly, I continue to be amazed that the GOP keeps having the things. It’s not like they realy make anyone in particular look good, or anything. Rather, it just seems like it’s kinda fatigueing for everyone involved, frankly.
And, true to form, the “NBC-Facebook” (ugh, ::cringe::) debate on Sunday featured a panoply of terrible people saying terrible things. But the greatest gem of all came from Newt Gingrich, who likes to pretend to be a historian and an “intellectual” in public life, and demonstrates this by making broad, condescending and deeply arrogant assertions that are fundamentally at odds with reality:
When asked to support his claim that the EPA is terrible and needs to be done away with, Newt Gingrich cited the fact that the EPA regulates particulate matter as evidence that the EPA is “out of touch”, and “imperious”. After all, “historian” Gingrich argued, how in the world is dust, in Oklahoma and the Southwest, an “environmental” issue?
Again, just to recap: Dust. Oklahoma. Historian.
Why does anybody with a high school education give this person a public forum, again?
EDIT: Also this is slightly moot because Gingrich was apparently citing a non-existant rule, also too. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to decide whether “flagrant, prolific liar, who gets away with it because the American right is a completely post-facts political movement,” or “abject moron who waves around his previous job in loosely-defined ‘academia’ like an Internet Troll claiming to have ‘two relevant degrees’” is a better of the reasonable options here, but I personall prefer to assume that Newt Gingrich is both a liar, and an idiot, simultaneously.