Fox News wants you to think that Newt Gingrich would make a great Speaker of the House again.
Gingrich has been back on Fox News for about five minutes and already the “fair and balanced” network is trying to get him a new job. But I don’t think it’s because they want to get rid of him. No, they want him to help shut down the government.
As Media Matters noted last week, both Fox & Friends and Sean Hannity promoted this “skill” of Gingrich’s.
From Fox & Friends:
BRIAN KILMEADE: You won’t get anything done. Does anyone want to have a caretaker for 16 more months, get nothing done?
STEVE DOOCY: Well, maybe they could actually get a lot—if it were somebody like Newt Gingrich, I mean, he would be great - a great counterbalance to the Iran deal, he knows all about the debt limit, closed down the government once upon a time. So there are a lot of people are thinking, maybe that makes sense.
Hannity also tweeted his preference for Gingrich “by far,” partly because he’s “not afraid to shut down the govt.”
Friday night, Gingrich was a guest on Hannity. Once again, Hannity extolled Gingrich’s willingness to shut down the government. From the Fox News transcript:
HANNITY: It seems that all President Obama and the Democrats have to do is threaten a government shutdown. You weren’t afraid of a government shutdown. Isn’t that how you achieved a lot of your success? Isn’t that what your legacy is, in part, based on?
And Gingrich indicated a willingness to do it all over again:
GINGRICH: I read this piece this morning. It talked about the catastrophic 2013 shutdown. One of the most successful Republican elections in history was 2014, highest number of House members since 1928, took control of the U.S. Senate, largest number of state legislators since—in the history of the party, since 1856, largest number.
Yet this Washington reporter says this was a catastrophic shutdown. Give me three more catastrophes, and we’ll control everything! I mean, we have to understand Ronald Reagan didn’t look at weekly polls. Margaret Thatcher didn’t look at weekly polls.
… I would say to the president, you’re out of money. You want to close the government, close the government. Let’s go to the American people and talk about it, but we’re not going to allow you to sell out America to the Iranians, who, by the way, are now the Russians’ allies in Syria. We’re not going to allow you to destroy the 2nd Amendment by executive fiat.
Watch Fox love a government shutdown below, from the October 9 Fox & Friends, via Media Matters, and the October 9 Hannity, via Fox News.
As Truman said think Speaker Gohmert, the dumbest member of Congress (in history?). But the list is endless.
There could be a Speaker Steve King who needs no introduction. If you’re into family values there’s Speaker Scott DesJarlais (wife beater, multiple affairs – twisted one girl friend’s arm he cheated with to get an abortion). Come to think of it he’s a good choice for Fox News since he’s like Newt on steroids (or overdosed on testosterone)! ;^)
My personal favorite choice – who has actually been suggested as a serious candidate – is a man who I don’t think I’ve ever seen softballed on Fox News where he wasn’t so outraged all he did is shout: Trey ‘Benghazi!’ Gowdy. Last night Greta kicked off a series of softballs to allow Gowdy to filibuster in full red-faced scream mode to defend his Benghazi! kangaroo committee determined to defeat Hillary in 2016.
But you could basically throw a dart at a dart board filled with House names and pick a ‘winner.’ Ever heard of Glenn Grothman? Another nobody freshman like my own right-wing nut-job Republican representative (who scrubbed his personal whacko web site during his first-time run it was so radically insane with anti-government Libertarian vomit) Dave Brat. Grothman wants to put a gag order on teachers discussing anything gay and thinks libs want babies to be born just so we can do medical experiments on them. Seriously.
Speaking of retired Congressmen, another Republican going down memory’s lane, Tom Cotton, has suggested big Dick Cheney would make a great Speaker. But he’d be too busy continuing his hunt for Iraqi nukes to shutdown the government so maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea after all. ;^)
Yeah, the Republican Party has simply gone insane. All of it.
Speak about screeching, Hannocchio is dragging his long time love Annie with him to various speaking engagements. Awww!