Gingrich: Fire Liberal Federal Employees

Newt Gingrich continued his brave crusade to drive all rationality from the presidential race and prove himself far worse than even his opponents already knew him to be when, at Mike Huckabee’s presidential forum in South Carolina, he said he would want to fire federal employees who are too liberal.

“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.”

And I think an intelligent conservative should know that this is illegal. You can, of course, hire political appointees according to their political views; you cannot, however, discriminate against actual employees on that basis. The Bush administration did exactly that at the DOJ, hiring career attorneys based on their political and religious views, and got smacked down for it.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • ewanmacdonald

    “Fire” is such an ugly word. I think the one he’s looking for is “purge.”

  • Mr Ed

    …or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.

    Did Newt just come out against himself?

  • Brownian

    “Fire” is such an ugly word. I think the one he’s looking for is “purge.”

    +1.

    And what fucking conservative is efficient? They’re too fucking busy whining about all the illegals and praying in school and before meetings to deliver any services.

  • dingojack

    The day after The Amphibian’s triumphant ascension to the Imperial throne of the Theocratic Evangelical Holy Grand Empire of Yahweh (formerly known as the USA), he fires all those more ‘liberal’ than himself.

    Day two dawns with the news that the unemployment has reached 100%. Woo-hoo! We’re number one!.

    Dingo

  • Artor

    Mr. Ed beat me to it. “…those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.” Does Newticle mean people who want to fire anyone who doesn’t think like him? Those people who want to dictate to the rest of us? Yeah…

  • scienceavenger

    “…those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us”

    You mean like federal employees who refuse to follow the law when it conflicts with their personal religious views on issues like gay marriage? Or how about science teachers who refuse to teach evolution?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • Larry

    “Fire” is such an ugly word.

    It sounds much better in the original German.

  • lclane2

    Newt’s lying when he says conservatives want federal employees to deliver services in a “highly efficient way”. It’s well known that conservatives want federal employees to be incompetent to encourage the notion that government is inefficient.

  • bahrfeldt

    to paraphrase a comment from another blog- corrupt, dictatorial, arrogant, overpaid, under worked federal employees. Oh, you mean the politicians! Well by all means, fire all them bastards.

  • raven

    “Fire” is such an ugly word. I think the one he’s looking for is “purge.”

    Newt is sounding a whole lot like Joseph Stalin or Chairman Mao these days.

    So, after these liberal federal employees are purged, which part of the Gulag will they be sent to for “reeducation”?

  • raven

    I don’t think it is even legal to arrest federal judges or federal employees that one doesn’t like. Something about due process and the rule of law.

    Newt seems to have given up any hope of winning anything and is now just babbling like a loon for attention.

    Nothing to lose so why not? It sounds like fun in a twisted sort of way to just say shocking things to rational adults, although a bit childish.

    I do hope he ups the crazy and beats out the serious competition for nutcase of the year. He does have Rush Limbaugh, Bryan Fischer, Jeffres, Bachmann, and Palin to surpass. Concentration camps for atheists, forced conversions for Moslems, the slaughter of the scientists, stoning all adulterers to death like it says in the bible (oops, Newt just sentenced himself to execution there), predicting the imminent Second Genocide of jesus (again), or whatever his warped mind can dream up.

    So much crazy, so little time.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    So, what would he do? Implement a policy to quiz all federal employees and if they say “yes” to the question of whether they agree with allowing same-sex marriage they’re fired?

    What an ass.

    No, that’s actually pretty low for an ass. I say we use the term “Gingrich” for a person so incredibly vile and hateful that the term “asshole” doesn’t even fit.

    Newt is a major Gingrich.

  • DaveL

    Newt dreaming aloud about firing everyone who disagrees with him politically, or want to dictate to everyone else, is about as rich as Herman Cain saying he would never hire Muslims because he doesn’t have the time to discriminate on the basis of religion.

  • d cwilson

    Gingrich has the same respect for the law that he does for his wives.

  • John Hinkle

    And Jesus, when he had found a young Gingrich, sat thereon; as it is written,

    Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an Gingrich’s colt.

  • MikeMa

    What a dick. Amoral, vindictive, slime mold, with all due apologies to slime mold.

    While this may just be yet another dog whistle it sure does lower the the level of debate and intelligence even further. In a time not far in the past, this would have been too stupid to utter outside a bar full of buddies. Now we see the (self-proclaimed) smartest candidate pushing it.

    WTF GOP? Have you no shame? Or brains?

  • Doug Little

    The great conservative ideas man… There’s nothing more to say.

  • eric

    Raven @11:

    Newt seems to have given up any hope of winning anything and is now just babbling like a loon for attention.

    Unlike you and Ed, I think he believes he can win. The problem is that like practically every republican today, he is firmly convinced that any and all failures at the polls must – and can only – be explained by “not being far enough right.” Like the pigeon in a skinner box, he just keeps pecking away at that button, even though it only randomly or irregularly yields a reward.

    What’s that pop-psych definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? Newt moves right…and fails. So he moves right…and fails. So he moves right again…and fails. Hmmm…I must need to move right!

  • abb3w

    For the curious, the statute in question is 5 USC 2302(b).

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful…

    Jebus help us.

    It is exceedingly clear that American conservatives, intelligent or otherwise, have become completely indifferent, if not downright hostile, to the very concept of good governance. Getting the government to run as efficiently as possible would ruin their narrative that the government is wasteful and doesn’t do anything to help anyone anyway. So they practice a “sand in the gears” approach to governing. Let various agencies rot through neglect, appoint people based not on merit but on political payback, and let powerful corporate constituents pillage to their hearts’ content and write their own regulations. Not only does this help consolidate your political power, it’s also easy. You don’t need to understand what executive branch agencies even do, much less run them properly — you just extract the maximum personal value you can out of them. And when the whole thing gets mired in corruption and incompetence, you sit back and wax eloquently about how this validates the conservative vision of the world.

  • Moggie

    Newt, you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

  • Aquaria

    I’d appreciate it if Newt could get the conservative workers to do their damned jobs.

    At every place where I’ve worked the most awful people to work with have overwhelming been conservatards. And I’m not talking about their personalties alone, but about their general laziness and unprofessional behaviors.

    Like the conservatards I worked with who liked to talk on their cell phones…while waiting on customers. Yeah. So professional. You know, I thought it was just one selfish fuck of a co-worker doing that–but then I was in a new facility, and lo and behold there was another one doing it. And it wouldn’t be the last time I saw it. Happened at the grocery story last week–instead of bagging my groceries, the bagger was monkeying around with her cell phone. When I mentioned it to my husband, he rolled his eyes, and said she was one of his least favorite people. I asked if she was a Fox News fan, or a tea partier.

    “How did you know?”

    Yeah, how did I know?

  • Aquaria

    Oh–the bagger with the cell phone was working at my husband’s store. He was not amused. Especially since he was with me during the checkout.

  • http://confessionsfromthepeanutgallery.blogspot.com/ YankeeCynic

    Sadly, this was the same logic used in the Bush II Administration after the invasion of Iraq, where they strictly screened potential Coalition Provisional Authority staff through a strict ideological lens. They even asked them about their views on abortion.

    The result? The whole place ended up getting managed by Liberty University graduates, and you had staffers obsessing over copyright law while car-bombs were leveling large sections of Baghdad.

  • exdrone

    Newt’s proposed policy was rolled out by Jim O’Beirne in hiring amateur incompetents for the post-war Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (see Washington Post: “Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq”). You get what you solicit for.

  • sailor1031

    “So, after these liberal federal employees are purged, which part of the Gulag will they be sent to for “reeducation”?

    They’ll be shipped to the FEMA camps – that already exist:

    http://revlu.com/camps.htm

    Only there won’t be any “re-education”….

  • interrobang

    It is exceedingly clear that American conservatives, intelligent or otherwise, have become completely indifferent, if not downright hostile, to the very concept of good governance.

    Sadly, my friend, it’s not just American conservatives. Speaking from personal experience, it’s the Canadian ones, too. What’s even worse is that we’re constitutionally guaranteed “peace, order, and good government,” and so far, they’re failing miserably on all three. (I don’t remember seeing any other examples of agents of the state firing rubber bullets at people standing peacefully in the street and singing “O Canada” under any other government, ever.)

    That’s why I think that at least in Canada, it should be unconstitutional for neocons to hold public office. We’re guaranteed “good government,” and they’re ideologically committed to the precept that there is no such thing.

  • Uncle Glenny

    Can’t the unitary executive just declare certain organizations to be terrorist organizations (you know; HRC, NGLTF, Lambda Legal, PFLAG, GLAAD, GLAD, ACLU)? Then anyone who’s supplied material support can be put into indefinite detention. Or FEMA camps.