Atlanta, Georgia (IPP) - Most reporters are not talking about how Newt Gingrich wrote the Republican book on political dirty tricks and how those tricks will be applied to this year's presidential campaign. The strategy that he invented involves the old "end justifies the means" philosophy that was rejected by true conservatives from the past.
Newt asked this reporter to lunch and spilled the beans on his old political bag of dirty tricks - a remnant of the now long forgotten Republican Contract Against America.
The vicious verbal attack on paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Max Cleland from Georgia is just one of the many ideas that Newt is so proud of. Newt says to look it up on any search engine if you are not aware of that scandal. Another example of Newt's strategy was to keep Clinton focused on minor personal issues rather than allow him to go after Bin Ladin and other muslim fascists which led directly to 9-11.
Another trick was used in the Senate race in Tennessee in 2006. Republican Bob Corker was running against a light skinned black candidate by the name of Harold Ford Jr. Tennessee is full of folks whose attention to what really matters in politics has been easily focused on other issues that involve their insecurity about race.
Republican Corker's campaign aired a political ad which showed a white woman giving the Democratic and black candidate Ford a message for him to "call her" and then winking. The implication here is that the entire white race is in danger of disintegrating because a white daughter from the whiskey state of Tennessee is seeking to couple with a black skinned candidate. Vote Republican to avoid the destruction of the local inbred race was the message here.
Adherents to Republican talking points strategists and Gingrich deciples will most likely run a similar ad against Obama in this year's campaign if Obama makes it that far.
The sad fact is that politicians can easily push the immigration and race buttons to take Americans focus off of the scandal of veteran's benefits sliding in reverse. The same thing can be said about the social security scandal where 66% of Americans who apply for social security disability benefits are being denied the same. There is a 2 year backlog that awaits anyone who has been denied their diability claims to social security benefits.
Not mentioned here are the fact that America is dead last in health care out of all of the industrial nations. America has the largest prisoner per capita population in the world. Americans are suffering from broken insurance and pharmeceutical systems with deadly consequences. America is now well on its way to a Bush induced recession. In the meantime congress just gave itself a raise and its members enjoy a $200,000 a year wage and insurance and health benefits for life plan that the average working man cannot even imagine.
There is also the matter of one-trillion dollars of American treasure being squandered in the middle east while there is no money for sick folks in America and the same is true for America's crumbling infrastructure.
Unfortunately there is hardly any hope to look forward to from the Democrats. They are simply the "other side" of the same political coin that the Republicans come from.