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May 16, 2010

IT'S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN.... I'm not sure why, but "Fox News Sunday" invited disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on this morning, giving the strange man a chance to say all kinds of odd things.

Of particular interest, ol' Newt wants to see the Elena Kagan nomination withdrawn.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday that President Barack Obama should withdraw the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.

"I think the president should withdraw it," Gingrich said plainly when asked on "Fox News Sunday" what he thought of the solicitor general's nomination.

If this seems kind of familiar, it's because a year ago this month, shortly after Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the high court, Newt Gingrich insisted that she should be "forced to withdraw," too.

So, to review, a disgraced right-wing pseudo-intellectual, who hasn't served in public office for over a decade, keeps making the same clownish demands. The man has no relevance with anyone other than those who handle bookings for television news programs, perhaps because he says crazy things on a fairly regular basis.

But now Newt Gingrich once again wants the president's Supreme Court nominee to withdraw? I'm sure the White House will get right on that.

Steve Benen 11:55 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (23)

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can't we just say 'deja vu' anymore without obligatorily making the yogi berra joke? That joke was funny...the first thousand times people repeated it. Now, it's just annoying.

Posted by: steve on May 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

More annoying is the pompous ass that is Newt. Can't we just get him to STFU? My God, give the country a break ....

Posted by: BigRenman on May 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

"funny. . . the first thousand times people repeated it. Now, it's just annoying." Rather like Newt himself.

Posted by: jb on May 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe it was the same video of Gingrich from last year and James O'Keefe inserted Kagan for Sotomayor.

Posted by: CarlP on May 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

the only surprise in this post is that benen sez he's "not sure why" fox news has the newtster on the teevee...

NEWT GINGRICH: THE FUTRE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Posted by: neill on May 16, 2010 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Instructions for the Newt Gingrich finger puppet:

"This disgraceful historical figure is ONLY to be worn upon the middle finger as he truly was a WTF character of the late 20th century, and is now simply a clown."

White make-up and redcap nose prop sold separately! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on May 16, 2010 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

Posted by: a on May 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

Newt's father should have withdrawn.

Posted by: Winkandanod on May 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Quod Newt vult, lex fit. It's just a rule of nature.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on May 16, 2010 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe this Mr. Benen did some bad editing here, but perhaps not. Did Newtie even GIVE a reason why Kagan's nomination be withdrawn? Or was it just a pronouncement from on high?

Posted by: artsmith on May 16, 2010 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Dog bites man. No news here, move along.

BTW, to save people the need to click through, the "reason" is that Kagan is supposedly anti-military, because of the whole recruiters-on-campus/don't-ask-don't-tell nonsense.

Posted by: biggerbox on May 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, some of us have better things to do on Sunday morning than watch Fox News. In my case it was barbecuing ribs. Did he say why Kagan should withdraw?

Thanks for keeping us up to date on the latest Newt nuttery.

Posted by: Ron Byers on May 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks biggerbox. Those who kept up realize the recruiters on campus story is really thin beer. I guess it is assumed the Fox News crowd is easily fooled by bright shiny objects.

Posted by: Ron Byers on May 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

"a disgraced right-wing pseudo-intellectual, who hasn't served in public office for over a decade..."

This says to me that we will NEVER see the back of John McCain.

Posted by: Zandru on May 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

"So, to review, a disgraced right-wing pseudo-intellectual, who hasn't served in public office for over a decade, keeps making the same clownish demands. The man has no relevance with anyone other than those who handle bookings for television news programs, perhaps because he says crazy things on a fairly regular basis.

But now Newt Gingrich once again wants the president's Supreme Court nominee to withdraw? I'm sure the White House will get right on that."

I know it's getting bad when Steve Benen gets this close to sarcasm. Not that he's wrong, it's just a good indicator of how high the bullshit is being stacked these days. Newt Friggin' Gingrich, and could you die?

Posted by: Kordo on May 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

artsmith... according to The Hill, Gingrich says, "I see no reason ... why the Senate would confirm an anti-military Supreme Court justice."

If Obama had nominated Gingrich himself for SCOTUS, Gingrich could think of a reason why that's a bad idea.

Posted by: Grumpy on May 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, are you really "not sure why" Fox News keeps inviting disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to talk on the television, and talk and talk and talk? I'm guessing that your "not sure why" line was just a figure of speech, because you're a smart fellow and you know exactly why. :)

Posted by: Helen Highwater on May 16, 2010 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

Feh, it's Fox. What does it matter?

Oh, right, it generates blog traffic to comment on the sun rising in the east today.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on May 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

The problem is that Newt really wants to be president. He is going to do whatever it takes to get publicity, and he is not going to go away, ever. No, I don't think he would ever be a viable candidate, just stating his beliefs.

Posted by: Rathskeller on May 16, 2010 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

You always preface Newt's name with the disgraced former...If he is disgraced, why does he continually appear as a legitimate spokesperson for the Rebpublicans? This does not make any sense. Obviously, someone thinks he is a legitimate voice, and that someone seems to be the "legitimate" press. So, stop with the disgraced...and just say it as it is: one of the more respected voices of the Conservatives...Until his and similar voices are silenced by their former colleagues and the current MSM, the use of disgraced does not track, at least with me.

Posted by: st john on May 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

sheesh..if disagreeing with don't ask, don't tell makes somebody "anti-military" there sure are a lot of somebodies in our great country....as for "disgraced politicians, still continually appearing as a legitimate spokespersons for the Republicans," that's their standard operating procedure...i've lost count

Posted by: dj spellchecka on May 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

Newt was on??? I'm sorry I missed it, I just love Newt. Say, did they play "Eye of the Tiger" as he took the stage? It's amazing the way that makes a crazy old potbellied man look like a virile young buck full of fresh ideas, isn't it?

Posted by: Mark on May 16, 2010 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

Fox News is the television equivalent of supermarket tabloids - three headed babies and all. Rupert Murdoch is a smart man - he has made his fortune selling crap and trash. Newt is part of his circus - a sideshow act meant to fleece the rubes.

Posted by: mudcity on May 17, 2010 at 7:10 AM | PERMALINK
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