Gov. Christie: Newt Gingrich Is An Embarrassment To Republicans

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Sending a clear message to the world that there is dissent within the Republican ranks, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shared some harsh feelings  — that I actually agree with — about Newt Gingrich and his campaign for the presidency, according to the NY Daily News.

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Despite the fact that Gingrich just won the South Carolina primary, Christie described Gingrich as an “embarrassment” to the Republican Party.

On “Meet the Press,” Christie went in with his attacks on Gingrich, turning the Republican party on its head:

He was run out of the speakership by his own party, said Christie. This is a guy who has had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment to the party.

Christie mentioned that Gingrich had to pay $300,000 to settle allegations resulting from an ethics probe in 1997.  He also stated that one of the key benefits to endorsing Mitt Romney is that he doesn’t carry similar baggage.

I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party, over time, Christie said. Whether he will do it again in the future, I don’t know. But Gov. Romney never has.

Christie, in spite of the sharp tone of his words, was actually being polite by only pointing out one or two of the problems with Gingrich’s past.  Many of us also remember this “family values Republican” as the man who cheated on all of his ex-wives and abandoned one of them while she was on her death bed.  Gingrich is also the man who has attacked Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac publicly, after taking money from both companies.

To sit and list all the evidence of Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy would be like counting the number of Black people at Freaknik.  This candidate, unlike any other, causes all of his conservative peers to hold their noses while endorsing him.  At the same time, Gingrich is simply guilty of shedding a clear and unambiguous light on the double standards applied by many of the self-righteous participants in Right Wing politics.

Social commentator Yvette Carnell believes that Christie’s remarks are right on point:

Chris Christie is right. Newt Gingrich’s career as a politician was all but dead until it was revived by the right wing fringe, better known as the Tea Party.

How could a hypocritical, philandering lobbyist ever be thought of as the savior for the conservative movement? A lot of people know this and have been whispering about it quietly, it’s just that Christie, always blunt and forthright, was the first to say it.

Carnell’s statement helps us to all make sense of how a political calamity like Gingrich could get this far in the race for the White House.  Unfortunately, Gingrich’s presence has created a “race to the bottom” in Republican politics, where high-quality candidates are being forced out, and political caricatures like Gingrich and Herman Cain are being pushed to the top.  The lunacy should come to an end soon as the party realizes that Mitt Romney is the only reasonable candidate available, but the Tea Party continues to make its presence felt in the circus that has been created on the right side of the aisle.

Obviously, the confusion on the right works well for the Obama Administration.  In spite of their flaws, the Democrats provide a relatively sane, stable contrast to the ugly racial politics being played by the right.  Black people, as insignificant as we are made to be, have become the perfect whipping children for those who make it their quest to prove that they are superior to other human beings.

Rick Santorum’s and Gingrich’s remarks about black people being on welfare and food stamps are sad, unAmerican, and uncalled for.  But then again, it’s what we’ve come to expect from the most primitive among us.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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