Posted by: mulrickillion | February 4, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s Quieter Gaffe

Posted by So Well Read, Feb 3, 2012 —

The Republican presidential field is so prone to gaffes — Mitt Romney’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” Rick Santorum’s comparison of gay relationships to “man on dog” — that the subtler horrors coughed up daily by the candidates often go unnoticed. You have to give Mitt Romney credit; despite his wooden affect and G-rated vices (hot chocolate!), the man suffers from such an advanced case of foot-in-mouth disease that he’s been able to overshadow the King of Ridiculousness himself, Newt Gingrich. It takes a lot — namely, a $10,000 bet or a fondness for firing people — to outdo moon colonies and schoolkids working as janitors. So it’s no surprise that this gem from Gingrich, delivered at a campaign event at a cowboy bar (don’t ask), flew under the radar:

We think it is the left which has abandoned and betrayed the poor because its safety net is actually a spider web and it traps people in dependency. My goal is the exact opposite of Governor Romney’s. My goal is to turn the safety net into a trampoline to allow the poor to rise and be like the rest of us.

Coming from the guy who chastised Romney for even suggesting a difference between the rich and poor, saying “I am fed up with politicians of either party dividing Americans against each other,” this is pretty rich. The bizarre image of food stamp recipients performing aerial gymnastics notwithstanding, there are several things I find offensive about Gingrich’s statement. . . .

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