"I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."Um, under what standards would Newt Gingrich qualify as a "decent American"? A man who is a serial adulterer, a man who divorced the woman he had left his first wife for and replaced her with another woman twenty years his junior that he was having an affair with and blamed his infidelity on his love of country? A man who four years after engineering the GOP takeover of the House and rising become Speaker of the same was disciplined for ethics violatons and fined $300,000, resigned as Speaker and left the Congress in what can only be described as disgrace? A man who profited enormously from his connections in Washington D.C. and seems willing to change positions on issues whenever convenient? A man who can charitably be described as pompous and arrogant?
Gingrich continued: "He's got to come up with some very straight answers to get somebody to take him seriously. Would I be willing to listen to him? Sure. I think the choice of Ron Paul or Barack Obama would be a very bad choice for America."
When asked if he would be able to vote for Paul if his rival won the 2012 GOP nomination, Gingrich said unequivocally "No."
It seems to me that there is more to being a "decent American" than blind support of Israel and a willingness to attack other nations for possessing the same weapons we have possessed for half a century and that we used on a civilian population not once but twice. If Newt Gingrich is the standard by which we determine who is or is not a decent American, I will gladly accept the charge of not being one.