Ladies and Gentlemen, Newt Gingrich

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.

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  • matty1

    “Whether it’s the Koch brothers or [George] Soros on the left or Sheldon,”

    This kind of reads like he thinks the Koch brothers are on the left.

  • colnago80

    In some fairness, Adelson himself has been quoted as saying that the current situation relative to campaign financing is lousy and the influence of large donors on campaigns is undemocratic. However, he, like the Koch brothers and the Hobby Lobby owners will continue to take advantage of the current environment. It should also be said that, unlike the Koches and the Hobby Lobbyers who go to great links to cover their tracks, Adelson is doing what he’s doing in the open.

  • petemoulton

    Well, it’s Newt. He doesn’t typically know his ass from first base.

  • matty1

    That’s actually a fair point, I won’t pretend to know if he’s sincere or not but if I actually believed I was in a group that has undue influence I would feel conflicted over whether it is better to renounce my bit of that influence or use it to try and change things so the system is more balanced.

    Although has Adelson actually lobbied to change the campaign finance rules, or was he just saying that to a particular audience?

  • colnago80

    This just in, the Frankenbergerite gangsters on the SCOTUS have struck again, striking down even more campaign finance laws. I hope the ratfuckers in Florida and New Hampshire who voted for Nader in 2000 are happy as the deciding votes came from Alito and Roberts, the fruits of the Bush victory in 2000.

  • D. C. Sessions

    In some fairness, Adelson himself has been quoted as saying that the current situation relative to campaign financing is lousy and the influence of large donors on campaigns is undemocratic.

    Was he smiling as he said it?

  • dingojack

    Aldelson et al.: Ohh It’s unfair that the mega-rich can ‘buy’ campaigns (Despite doing so for at the very leat a century), it’s undemocratic (as he shovels the shekels into the campaigns of his favourite (undemocratic) candidates).

    Amphibian: Ooh it’s unfair that the mega-rich can funnel funds into campaign (apart from mine). It’s like sooooo unfair!!! (send me mo’ money!!!)

    Politics – it don’t get more transparent than this.


  • Nihilismus

    I suppose it’s possible that Newt didn’t want to have to rely on Adelson’s money and promote Adelson’s pet causes, but he felt he didn’t have a choice when up against other Republicans that were richer or could get more funds from the establishment GOP and less-super-rich corporate donors. Maybe he actually thought to himself, while taking the money, “I wish I didn’t have to do this.”

  • dingojack

    Nihilismus = ‘Never assign to policy that which can be clearly assigned to greed’.

    GOP rule #5.


  • Gregory in Seattle

    Gingrich is just a bitter old maid, envious that wanna-bes no longer court him.

  • fifthdentist

    Late April Fools’ Day post?

  • doublereed

    Newt Gingrich is impressive for having a negative level of self-awareness. It’s not uncommon to see zero self-awareness, but somehow he manages to break the zero. One can only stand in awe.

  • tuibguy

    I get the feeling that Newt didn’t really want to run for president, he just liked spending Adelson’s money and having a forum in which he looked like the least wack candidate.

    I don’t have a lot of respect for him. especially since he converted to catholicism and decided that he and Callista were a seriously moral couple now.