It is possible that Newt Gingrich is not the most irrelevant and petulant politician in modern history, but highly doubtful. Newt has made a career out of blasting the federal government and extolling the virtues of the ‘market place’, but he has never actually worked in the private sector. This is a man who sat out the Vietnam War but compared his service in congress as being just as brave as those who saw combat, when he was quoted in a 1985 Washington Post article as saying:
"Temporarily in the short run," Gingrich admits that Vietnam combat veterans in Congress have "the credential of personal courage." But he counters "What do you think it took to stand up on the House floor as a freshman to take on (the expulsion of) Rep. Charles Diggs?"
Yep, Newt has always been a real profile in courage. I am not sure what I find more inspirational about Newt, his commitment to his various wives or his commitment to his various religions. Newt was raised a Lutheran, but like most of us, he was living the wild life while at college and it was there he became a Southern Baptist. Never really making a commitment to any religion Newt became a Roman Catholic when he married for a third time. That’s right, three marriages and three religions. That is definitely a lot on your plate, Newt. I can see why you are always preaching about personal responsibility.
Well, the paragon of consistency has finally weighed in on the ridiculous rape comments made by Indiana Tea Party Senate Candidate, Richard Mourdock. Mourdock is a member of the Tea Party but is now running as a Republican. Even in the Red State of Indiana his views are considered extreme. Mourdock’s views just might be extreme enough to give his Democratic opponent, Joe Donnelly, a victory in the fight over Dick Lugar’s senate seat. While his views might be too extreme for Indiana (and anyone else with a functional brain) they are certainly not too extreme for the paragon of consistency, Newt Gingrich.
On October 23, 2012, during a televised debate, Mourdock attempted to explain why he can only support abortion if the life of the mother is in danger. He was specifically asked if he opposed abortion of a pregnancy that results from of rape and he said:
“Life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen."
On Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, (one of the many Sunday morning political shows that laughingly claims to offer ‘political analysis’) Newt said that it was time for everyone to just get over Mourdock’s statements. Mourdock was misunderstood and what he said was not that controversial so just shut up already. What Mourdock said, is in fact not that controversial, if one is a conservative. Mourdock’s views are main stream for today’s hyper conservative Republican Party. Even Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan believes in such strange concepts as ‘forcible’ rape.
It’s difficult to know exactly how many pregnancies result from rape. One study sponsored by the National Institute of Health states that between 5 and 6 percent of rape victims, who are of child bearing age, become pregnant as a result of their assault. This means that up to 32,000 pregnancies a year result from rape. Regardless of the number, Richard Mourdock believes that the women who are raped, and become pregnant, no longer have the right to decide what to do with their body. Mr. Mourdock believes that it is the role of the government to ensure that a woman gives birth to the baby of her rapist. Despite his purported love of small government, Newt also wants the government to force rape victims to give birth to the children of their rapists. Once again, conservatives are demonstrating their unique brand of limited government and Taliban values, sorry, I meant Christian values. It is not the role of government to force any woman to give birth. It is time for the Richard Mourdocks and Newt Gingrichs of America to shut up, find a nice rocking chair for their porches and spend the rest of their days shaking their fists at the rest of America. Gentlemen, the women of America will be able to take care of their uteruses just fine without you.