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"Massive, adulterous, hypocritical [temerity]."

That was my first thought* when I read JLfinch's rec-listed diary on Newt Gingrich's new proposal to scrap child labor laws and have kids as young as 9 work as janitors in schools.

(In retrospect, my first reaction should have been "this evil bastard has absolutely no moral compass and is dumber than a sack of hammers, yet this fat-headed moron is somehow what passes for an 'ideas man' in the GOP," but that came later for some reason.)

The reason I had such a reaction was that I remembered the first campaign I ever volunteered for, back when I was a 13 year-old kid in Cobb County, Georgia. I stood for hours each week at the corner of Johnson's Ferry Road and Roswell Road, holding up a yard sign on a picket for a guy named Michael Coles.

For those who don't know Georgia political history, Coles was the 6th district Democratic nominee in 1996, and the nominee to challenge Paul Coverdell for the US Senate in 1998. He was the founder of the Great American Cookie Company (God's gift to mall food courts everywhere), and a former paraplegic who regained the use of his legs and became a record-holding cyclist.

Well, faced with a self-funding challenger whose general humanity reminded everyone what a lecherous asshole our representative was, Newt did what Newt does, and went negative.

Here's the fun part:

Newt's negative campaign centered around an incident at a Great American Cookie Co. outlet, where (as I recall the story) a few employees had let their underage friends ride in a freight elevator. The store was cited for...wait for it...violating child labor laws.

Here's a New York Times report of one of the debates between Gingrich and Coles:

The two candidates exchanged accusations at a furious pace because the debate, in the studio of the public television station here, lasted only 30 minutes.

Mr. Gingrich repeatedly linked Mr. Coles to what he characterized as the Democratic Party's liberal leadership in the House, ridiculed him for refusing to announce his Presidential preference, and made much ado about a minor violation of child labor law that was committed by Mr. Coles's cookie company.

The attack included radio spots on local stations calling Coles "a liberal millionaire" and condemning him for violating child labor laws. It was the cornerstone of Newt's campaign against Coles.

Gingrich won the election, was almost immediately thereafter reprimanded by the House for ethics violations (the first such reprimand for a Speaker ever; he was also fined $300,000), was forced from the Speakership immediately after the 1998 elections, and announced his resignation from Congress before the year was out.

So remember, the GOP's "ideas man" is not only a raging hypocrite about sexual affairs, fiscal policy, and personal financial responsibility: he's also a full of it on putting kids to work. What was good enough to campaign on in 1996 is now "truly stupid."

Anyone wanna bet the press bothers to ask him about this flip-flop? Yeah, me neither.

* - My "first thought" used naughtier words, actually.

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  •  Tip Jar (34+ / 0-)

    ‎"Our greatest asset as advocates is a deep cognizance of our own ignorance, plus a willingness to do something about it." -Joseph Mitchell Kaye, 1966.

    by JR on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 11:07:52 PM PST

  •  do it with a Mic Check at one of his.... (13+ / 0-)

    .... public appearances.  Preferably one that's indoors in a small enough space that you can be heard over the anguished cries of his supporters when you do it.

    Bring up his serial adultery.

    And bring up his proposal to take poor peoples' children away and put them in state orphanages.  

    Make him squirm.

    Finish up by telling him to wash his hands after he poops.  Because by the time you get to that one, he'll have built up a predictably defiant mood.   So there's a good likelihood that he'll stop washing his hands after he poops, just out of spite against "liberals."  And if he does that, then sooner or later he'll refuse to wash his hands between pooping and eating.  Which increases the probability that he'll come down with an intestinal bug and miss one or more campaign appearances.

    And that would serve him right.

    "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 11:41:33 PM PST

    •  I almost feel guilty about (4+ / 0-)

      tipping you for that comment, G2.

      Almost.

      But your comment almost made me snarf, so...tipped you are.

      (BTW, I'm still giggling.)

      Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 12:47:27 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  hey, this is war, so...! (2+ / 0-)
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        Throw The Bums Out, Youffraita

        Think in terms of "statistical probabilities."  

        For example if you have a picnic for a bunch of Republicans the day before election day, and serve lots of alcohol, chances are some of them will have side-effects that keep them away from the polls.  Bran muffins with lots and lots of bran could keep some of them home too.  Grape juice can have a similar effect.  Nothing violent or even slightly illegal going on here, just playing the probabilities.  

        "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 05:32:58 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

          I have friends who bartended in their day.

          They tell me ExLax has similar effects.

          I do not recommend putting ExLax into someone's drink or food.  I'm just sayin'...

          Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

          by Youffraita on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 05:56:04 PM PST

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    •  His health care benefits are the best in the world (2+ / 0-)
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      Kimball Cross, G2geek

      Assholes like him NEVER die early enough to be of benefit.

      (Sue me)

      •  who said anything about dying? (1+ / 0-)
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        Throw The Bums Out

        If he's laid up with the runs for a few days, and he misses a couple of campaign stops ("No, I will not wear a butt plug!"), that'll suffice.  

        "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 05:28:40 AM PST

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  •  I'm surprised Newt Gingrich hasn't been caught (6+ / 0-)

    taking candy from babies at this point.

    Talk about a scumbag.

    We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.

    by progdog on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:18:37 AM PST

    •  Too busy taking milk, formula, diapers clothing (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      health care from babies and mothers.  The candy just isn't there to steal anymore.  Mom and dad can't find decent work and the grandparents are scrambling to find work too, or worried how much reduced Social Security and Medicare benefits will hurt them in the coming years. It's amazing that Republicans after bashing unions, teachers, anything liberal, now go after unrepresented poor children...how amazingly pro-life of them.  
      Hey, Newt!
      CHECK! MIC CHECK!
      If they're old enough to work,
      they're old enough to vote!
      If they're old enough to work,
      they're old enough to form PACs!
      If they're old enough to work,
      they're old enough to form unions!

      17 million kids living in households scraping along on 50% of poverty line income, without health care, vulnerable to quite a wide range of discrimination, predation, malnutrition, exposure to disease, addictions and abuse.  And in Newt's ideal America, such children must be made available to work--to compete for low-income jobs against voting citizens, especially those union jobs.  His way of leaving no child behind is to hand them a mop and tell them to scrub the bathroom floors.

      50 million people in families under the poverty line, 100 million living near the poverty line, lacking living wage employment with benefits, lacking in educational opportunity, lacking advancement opportunity, lacking decent childcare, and now Republicans want to take even more of their income away in taxes, and cut any meager social safety net benefits they may be getting, to offset even more tax breaks and subsidies for the rich.  Too bad the richest 1% hasn't actually been investing in more production and jobs within the USA, after years of experiencing the lowest tax rates in decades, and these last few years have been the lowest in 60 years.  And Republicans want to enable more of this for all the good it's doing for the 99% of us.

      Newt and RNC pro-family reasoning seems to be, "As long as these poor families are already down and out, kick and roll the lazy ungrateful wretches and their delinquent children, again, for all the loose change you can get.  The rich will thanks us for that.  And, that's real education - it will teach them not to be poor, lazy and helpless, and motivate them to work even harder (than juggling 3 part time jobs) to become successful and rich, and not bother us successful people anymore.  Then we'd have our 'Great Society' of 'Christian' greedy great American self-sufficient, self-reliant citizens, each one armed to the teeth and waiting for Fox News to target the next enemy opposed to our success.'"

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:19:17 AM PST

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  •  As I have always believed.... (4+ / 0-)

    No Newt is good Newt....

    Or something like that.

    OSL....Occupy this Sig Line......

    by left my heart on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:19:51 AM PST

  •  Please Let Him Beat Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    kestrel9000, Kimball Cross

    Maybe we should lay off the easy target that Newt is until he is on his way to the nomination.

  •  Newt's a Mega-Hypocrite: in the 1980s.... (4+ / 0-)

    he supported medical marijuana.

    Once he decided to become EVIL and move upwards through the ranks to become the Mega-Prick that he is now, he threw out his
    compassionate conservatism and then began writing draconian marijuana laws including the death penalty for pot

    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich has proposed increased death penalty provisions for drug dealers as a way to curb the flow of drugs into the U.S. ("Gingrich on Drug Dealers," New York Times, July 15, 1995, p. A9; Reuters News Service, July 14, 1995; "Gingrich Urges Death Penalty for Illegal Drug Smugglers," Washington Post, August 27, 1995, p. A16).

    In a speech before a Republican National Committee meeting in July, Gingrich said that increasing the number of offenses punishable by the death penalty would be a way to stop illegal drug smuggling. "You import commercial quantities of drugs in the United States for the purpose of destroying our children, we will kill you," he said.

    When republicans want to become biogtime in the GOP they HAVE to swear fealthy to the God of Reefer Madness.

    Period.

    Ron Paul is tolerated by the GOP much like Blue DOgs are still tolerated in the Democratic party - he holds an area filled with backwards people that "we don't want the other side to have".

    Newt is also one of the bigges assholes to ever squat on planet eart.

    •  It's all just a game to these guys (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      politics is just a big game - the biggest losers are the very people that they so sanctimoniously claim to  "represent".

      The "pundits" are all in on the game to for money, fame and influence (in The Game, not to influence policy or discussion in any way that is useful for the populace.)

      We're just like silly game pieces on a board - moved around, discarded, hoarded - but NO ONE CARES about the reality that makes real people struggle and suffer.

      And most of the game pieces just seem to think this is "the way it is", it's just life, it's normal....

      I hope OWS is helping wake a lot of them up....we are real people with real lives and we've let the "politcal class" run amok for far too long.

      I want my country back, to borrow a phrase.

      In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. John Adams

      by blue armadillo on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 07:38:29 AM PST

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  •  Like you, I've been watching Gingrich's rise, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JR

    fall, fading into obscurity, and resurrection for much of my life, except I was 28 when he first won his US House seat.

    Lea: "You're not going to fly into an asteroid field, are you?" Han Solo: "They'd be crazy to follow us, wouldn't they?"

    by Kimball Cross on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 04:22:06 AM PST

  •  now that that herman guy is truly finished, newt (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    davidkc, exlrrp

    gets his handful of days center-stage...but c'mon, to say this guy is vulnerable to attack is like saying flipper is a decent swimmer

    sittin' pretty, salt lake mitty!

    Kick a "job creator" in the balls today!

    by memofromturner on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 04:39:27 AM PST

  •  Consdervatives ALWAYS hated child labor laws (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Calamity Jean

    Nothing new there. But to have Newt attacking someone for a perceived child labor law violation is like Repuglicans trying to say they're trying to save Medicare

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 05:01:31 AM PST

  •  in my hometown, if you wanted to work (0+ / 0-)

    below the age of 16, you had to prove that you were capable:

    you had to get a work permit --- in order to get one, you had to get permission from your parents, from the police chief, and most importantly, your school's principal.  

    the town's thinking was that you had to be responsible at home, community, and with schoolwork.    learning was the student's FIRST job.

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 05:28:13 AM PST

  •  Validating the belief: Newt will say or do (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JR

    anything, anything at all in order to get elected.

    Funny, I was thinking about that earlier this morning, before I read about the toilet cleaning advice. He's like the worst kind of movie type caricature of the worst type of candidate.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 07:25:37 AM PST

  •  Easily Dealt With (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    He'll just issue a statement that anyone who quotes that ad from '96 is a liar.  Really, he never believed in child labor laws, so there isn't any flip-flop here.

    You want to call out Newt?  This is the paragraph to emphasize:

    Gingrich won the election, was almost immediately thereafter reprimanded by the House for ethics violations (the first such reprimand for a Speaker ever; he was also fined $300,000), was forced from the Speakership immediately after the 1998 elections, and announced his resignation from Congress before the year was out.

    This shining light of conservative thought barely lasted three years before being drummed out of the congress while his own party was in control.

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