George Graham

Revenge of the Misfits: Newt as President

If ever there was a cranky crew of misfits, it’s the Tea Party. I thought they were finally fading away but no, they’re still here, and they’ve got a death grip on Republican politics.

Their goal is revenge. For what? Who knows?

To vent the myriad disappointments of their mean little lives, they make up stuff as they go along, stuff about President Obama being a socialist dictator who was born in Kenya and schooled in a Muslim madras… stuff about death panels and welfare queens… stuff about the government coming to seize their hunting rifles…

Enraged by their own fantasies, which are fueled by unlimited cash from self-serving tycoons like the Koch brothers, they would do anything to wreak vengeance on the president.

So they’re “sicking” Newt Gingrich (caricature above) on him.

Gingrich is the perfect attack dog. He will say anything to hurt you, true or not. And he has the skin of an alligator so you can’t hurt his feelings – if he has any, which is doubtful.

Click here to learn more about Gingrich.

Former Republican Representative Guy Molinari, who represented Staten Island in Congress, sums up the man in one word: evil.

Inspired by the Tea Party, Republicans are coalescing around Gingrich. He is surging in the polls and – as a repentant prodigal – is being welcomed back into the religious fold by the “Christian Right.”

Salon writer Michael Tracey reports:

Newt’s mixture of blarney and bombast is going over well with Republican voters, especially those whose priority is the complete evisceration of Barack Obama. A Des Moines Register poll released later on Saturday showed Gingrich with the lead in Iowa, at 25 percent — followed by Ron Paul in second and Mitt Romney in third.

 And Nobel prizewinning economist Paul Krugman notes in yesterday’s New York Times column:

Given the terrible economic picture and the tendency of voters to blame whoever holds the White House for bad times, even a deeply flawed GOP nominee might very well win the presidency. 

 He is talking about Gingrich! Does that send shivers up your spine, or what?

Comparing the Republican Party in its present state of disarray to a dog chasing a car, Krugman writes:

If the dog actually catches the car — the actual job of running the U.S. government — it will have no idea what to do, because the realities of government in the 21st century bear no resemblance to the mythology all ambitious Republican politicians must pretend to believe. And what will happen then?

 What indeed?

I keep thinking of Samson, the biblical strong man, who in his anger at the Philistines pulled down their temple, killing a lot of them – and himself.

And I wonder if the embittered Tea Party activists are so consumed by the desire for revenge that they are prepared to tear down their country and sacrifice themselves, their children and their grandchildren in the process.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for