GOP, Gingrich's Party of Nasty & Viciousness reaches new heights

The GOP has brought Newt Gingrich’s plan of disunity and love for vandalizing our civil democratic system of government into the pure viciousness of a grudge match with nothing to lose and so much left to destroy.

May 19, 2023 #msnbc #gop #newtgingrich

Alex Wagner looks at how Newt Gingrich’s encouragement of his Republican colleagues to be more nasty has come to fruition over the years, making the party more difficult for subsequence speakers to lead and more dangerous to the stability of the United States.

Here are some links down memory lane, though the list could be many times longer, it’s a reasonable summary of the GOP vandals’ love of hatred for civility, and fundamentally for a half to two-thirds of this country. As though liberal progressive people don’t deserve to exist in their eyes, so their War Against America knows no bounds. Sadly our people seem to have become too much of a herd of sheople, (rather that intelligent engaged stakeholders) for most to care enough to notice. What’s sad is ignoring it, will only make this juggernaut of self-destruction stronger.

Nov 16, 2011, Erik Kain
But as Michael Brendan Dougherty notes, Newt Gingrich is the worst possible candidate for conservatives looking to replace Mitt Romney as front-runner. Too angry, too petulant, too prone to react at small perceived slights, Gingrich is hardly even the conservative that many Republicans think he is, let alone the intellectual.

But he is a lot of other things. …

The Chameleon.

On numerous past issues, Gingrich has taken a far more moderate stance than he does today. Dougherty lists several:

When it all comes down, Gingrich is every bit as disingenuous as Rick Santorum, every bit as likely to flip as Romney, and every bit as popular as Jon Huntsman.

What we have is a candidate who represents the worst qualities of all the other candidates. Newt Gingrich is beyond mediocre, he’s downright awful.

He’s the perfect candidate, in other words, if you’re a Democrat.

Update: After Newt’s latest debate I revise my opinion of him somewhat, discovering that at his best Gingrich can be a decent sort of moderate Republican. The problem is you can’t believe a thing he says and he’s too quick to couple his reasonable ideas with absurd, over-the-top rhetoric. Read the post here.

The Millennial’s Guide to Newt Gingrich

Who is Newt Gingrich, and why do people get so worked up about him? Here’s your primer.

By JULIA IOFFE - July 14, 2016

… For a guy like Trump, that would be very helpful.” He’d be the link, the thinking goes, between the rodeo that is Trump World and the stuffy Washington establishment. … But hold up. Seriously? Newt Gingrich? For anyone who lived through his first, scorched-earth tenure in Washington, the idea that he’s reemerging as some kind of reality-based, ambassadorial elder statesman is nothing short of bewildering. Gingrich, former Obama adviser (and Gingrich friend) Van Jones told me, “was a bomb thrower’s bomb thrower.”

“He’s always been on the edges of what was acceptable,” said one former Hill staffer from Newt’s congressional heyday. “Donald Trump is making Newt look like a fairly conventional politician,” the staffer said. …

November 1, 2018
This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. “The Man Who Broke Politics” is the headline of an article about Newt Gingrich written by my guest McKay Coppins, a staff writer for The Atlantic magazine. It’s about how Newt Gingrich pioneered a style of partisan combat, replete with name-calling, conspiracy theories and strategic obstructionism, that paved the way for today’s divisive politics. Coppins says few figures in modern history have done more than Newt Gingrich to lay the groundwork for Trump’s rise. …

Timothy McNulty & Brendan McNulty - Published Aug. 11, 2019

Excerpted with permission from The Meanest Man in Congress: Jack Brooks and the Making of an American Century

Representative Newt Gingrich of Georgia was a rising star in the GOP by 1987, either despite or because of his aggressive political tactics toward other members. Almost as soon as the Georgian had entered the House in 1979, he began making ethics charges against colleagues for alleged improprieties, notably against Barney Frank and Charles C. Diggs. In addition to personally spearheading these investigations, he transformed the speech of the political right from pointed rhetoric to sheer vitriol, referring to past and present Democratic speakers of the House as “crooks,” “traitors,” and “thugs.” This kind of personal attack against the opposition and even fellow Republicans would be seen again and again in the rise of other ambitious politicians in the years ahead. …

By Jennifer Szalai - Published July 4, 2020

It’s a tried-and-true strategy in the frantic trajectory of American politics since the 1970s. As Julian Zelizer shows in his briskly entertaining (if politically dispiriting) new book, “Burning Down the House,” an ambitious and impatient Republican from Georgia by the name of Newton Leroy Gingrich long ago figured out that corruption was a useful charge for a young upstart to deploy against establishment politicians — a way of turning their vaunted experience against them. More political experience meant more connections with powerful constituents, which meant more of a chance that some of those connections smelled bad, or could be made to seem that way.

Gingrich’s lasting innovation, Zelizer says, was to turn a rhetorical gambit into an actionable weapon. “Burning Down the House” looks at Gingrich before his lofty Contract With America and his down-and-dirty government shutdown, before he became President Bill Clinton’s archnemesis as a gleefully obstructionist speaker of the House. …


Pundits and scholars looking for someone to blame for the dismal state of our politics often end up pointing their fingers at the same man: former U.S. representative and speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank argues in a recent column (and in his new book The Destructionists) that Gingrich “bears a singular responsibility for precipitating the ruin of the American political system.”

It’s an appealing argument, especially to those of us who worked on the Hill when Gingrich was there and witnessed his incendiary style of politics first-hand. But while Gingrich did help change the way congressional parties operate, his critics greatly overstate his influence on American politics. …

Still, Gingrich did not singlehandedly coarsen our political oratory. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, for example, was a master of provocative language and was heard by far more people than Gingrich. By 1990, Limbaugh’s show aired on close to 300 radio stations and boasted more than 5 million listeners weekly. His success helped boost the careers of other conservative commentators, like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, who are watched by millions of Americans every day. …

In short, Gingrich should rightly be credited (or blamed, depending on your perspective) with helping to mold both parties in Congress into more unified entities that emphasize partisan position-taking over bipartisan legislating. Still, despite his lasting influence, no one person – not even Gingrich – can be held singularly responsible for all that plagues our political system.

Who claims he did it all? I’m just expecting people not to forget about all the damage he’s done, in collusion with others. I didn’t notice Murdoch media mentioned in the article.

GOP’s politics of grievance and revenge, sowing the seeds for America’s self-destruction? It could happen considering how many still embrace the trump monster and his pea brain that never goes a millimeter beyond his own perceived self-interest and his bully’s victim complex.

May 31, 2023 #msnbc #trump #fbi

Peter Strzok, former FBI counter-intelligence agent, talks with Alex Wagner about new reporting from Rolling Stone that Donald Trump is trying to build a list of federal investigators and FBI agents who have been involved with investigating his many transgressions so that he can make sure they lose their jobs if he becomes president.

February 6, 2020

May 31, 2023 #msnbc #trump #jacksmith

Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks with Alex Wagner about the unusual number of Donald Trump’s lawyers who have testified to special counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury or investigators, and the worsening infighting among Trump’s various legal representatives in his myriad probes, investigations, and prosecutions.

July 14, 2023 Democracy Watch with BTC and Marc Elias

Democracy Watch episode 11: Marc Elias joins to discuss the Republicans’ new national voter suppression bill.

By Nick Corasaniti and Alexandra Berzon
May 8, 2023
Behind the efforts is a network of billionaire-backed advocacy groups that has formed a new hub of election advocacy within the Republican Party, rallying state activists, drafting model legislation and setting priorities.

House Republicans have unveiled a bill that would open up the spigots of dark money nationwide and make voting more difficult, especially in D.C. What they are calling the American Confidence in Elections Actintegrates nearly 50 stand-alone bills that House Republicans have introduced to please their grass-roots base and major donors.

This partisan power grab masquerading as a defense of election integrity would nullify President Biden’s 2021 executive order aimed at making voting easier. It would ban federal agencies from helping register voters or even encouraging people to participate in elections, as well as reduce transparency by ratcheting back disclosure requirements to allow individuals and corporations to stay anonymous more easily as they pour money into electioneering.

It would also treat the District as the proving ground for a wish list of aggressive proposals to make it harder to vote.

(Owen Bacskai | Brennan Center for Justice)

The ACE Act would impose unnecessary restrictions on voting rights and election administration nationwide.

The bill would impose several new national rules for federal elections that would erect barriers similar to voting restrictions enacted by a number of state legislatures over the past few years. These new rules, typically rooted in misinformation, would make voting harder and undermine election administration, often in ways disproportionately impacting voters of color.

The bill would institute a de facto nationwide ban on most third-party ballot assistance (sometimes pejoratively called “ballot harvesting”) by restricting federal funding — on which all states depend to help run their elections — for any state that permits it. Ballot assistance is a process by which a third party — often a political party or grassroots organization — collects and returns a voter’s completed mail ballot. It is a legitimate practice that has long been critical to helping many different groups, including Native American, rural, elderly, and low-income voters, access the vote. Both major political parties make use of this method where it is permitted. Opponents have tried to link ballot assistance to voter coercion and ballot tampering, which are already illegal, but there is no evidence that it actually exacerbates the risk of these crimes.

While the ACE Act largely offers recommendations for states to adopt, it would enact sweeping changes to election policy in Washington, D.C. as part of Congress’ authority over the nation’s capital. The changes to Washington, D.C. elections are intended to become a model for other states to emulate. The bill would:

  • Require a photo ID to vote, both in-person and by mail,
  • Ban same-day voter registration and require annual list maintenance cleanup,
  • Prohibit community ballot collection and restrict drop boxes,
  • Bar universal mail-in voting,
  • Mandate signature verification for all mail-in ballots,
  • Direct the district to only count mail-in ballots that are received before the polls close on Election Day and
  • Require audits after every election.

Read the American Confidence in Elections Act here.

Track the status of the bill here.

Make it compulsory to vote
Make election day a public holiday
Make sure every one has access to an election booth
Make corporate donar money illegal
Make the media give equal air time to all candidates polling above 10%
Make debates compulsory in primary run offs

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And stop the mudslinging in political ads.

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Make it illegal as it is for slander . Why is slander permitted as a measure who is the “best man for the job”?

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An unborn sick embryo has more rights than a woman, South Carolina Supreme Court rules.

Aug 27, 2023
Michael Popok of Legal AF reports on breaking news with the All Male South Carolina Supreme Court upholding a new law banning abortion after 6 weeks, and finding that . . .

This stuff is for real. Vandalism and destruction are easy -

‘Rule or ruin’: Tactics of extreme right slammed by Rep. Raskin as House speaker fight continues

Oct 19, 2023 #JimJordan #Republicans #Politics

… The GOP path to electing a House speaker remains unclear as a third speaker voter is scheduled for Friday morning. The Republican House caucus is still leaderless, with Jim Jordan vowing to make yet another effort to win the speaker’s gavel. Rep. Jamie Jaskin joins Joy Reid to discuss.

“… This all goes back to Jan 6th. If you fail to renounce political violence in very clear and explicit terms, it’s going to come back to haunt you. So, first they come for Vice President Pence, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, then they come for Liz Cheney, then they come for Adam Kinzinger, then eventually they come to you, anyone who does not completely tow the line of trump sycophantic MAGA right and that’s where we are right now. …”

[First they came ... - Wikipedia…]

Yeah, there is that?

Chicago, in the 60s it was a public discussion how could such a good and noble people (Germans) become such monsters, I remember when that was actually being discussed and wondered about. Lots of highbrow opining, but in the end, look at how fast it’s happenings again. Of course, it’s way different, same old poop, more people arguing.

I’m flabbergasted at the racist backlash after Obama became president and how it completely blindsided the left and public awareness. And how easily the Alt-Right’s built upon a structure of calculated strategic lies, quite literally. Now we have a few people in Congress who literally want to tear it down, and frankly if they can’t destroy it, they are wanting to damage it as much as they can get away with.


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And these people are supposedly the best of our society, chosen by popular demand!


I learned about gerrymandering before I was 21. I think it was on 60 minutes. I figured since it was mainstream, other people would take of that. So, I did what everyone else was doing, I got a job, contributed, volunteered, read some books, voted, and kept my celebrations quiet enough to not attract the police.

Boy, that was a dumb strategy. I know we have idealistic people who grew up fighting the system, that are now inside, doing good work, but we have a dozen or so people who got in there because of money and manipulation of the laws. They were not chosen by popular demand, not by a long shot.

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And the courts are beginning to reverse the gerrymandered districts.