Sometimes a politician lets loose with a statement so mind-blowingly hypocritical that it just leaves my jaw agape. This often involves Newt Gingrich, who reacted to prospective Republican presidential candidates flocking to Las Vegas last weekend to court Sheldon Adelson with this doozy:
Newt Gingrich says all the attention to be paid in Las Vegas by GOP officials and wannabe presidents this weekend to billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson—a patron of Gingrich’s 2012 White House bid—is something that won’t go away until genuine campaign finance reform occurs.
“Whether it’s the Koch brothers or [George] Soros on the left or Sheldon,” said the former House speaker in an interview with National Journal on Friday, ticking off other campaign mega-donors, “if you’re going to have an election process that radically favors billionaires and is discriminating against the middle class—which we now have—then billionaires are going to get a lot of attention.”Gingrich was asked about the gathering of some top Republicans in Las Vegas for what officially is the spring meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Uh, Newt…Adelson spent $15 million on your campaign in 2012. He was pretty much the only person propping up your campaign, for crying out loud. I didn’t think he’d be able to top carrying on an affair in the late 90s while throwing a fit about Bill Clinton’s affair. Oh me of little faith.