Can someone be worse than the Devil?
(National Journal) — Newt Gingrich has finally found a politician he considers even worse than the president he calls socialist, anti-colonialist and radical. That would be his fellow Republican Ron Paul.
“I think Barack Obama is very destructive to the future of the United States. I think Ron Paul’s views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American,” Gingrich said Tuesday in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer.
Could he vote for Paul? “No.” If it came down to Paul vs. Obama? “You’d have a very tough choice at that point.”
Gingrich’s fencing with Mitt Romney seems like an afternoon at a gentleman’s club compared with his slams on Paul. “As people get to know more about Ron Paul, who disowns 10 years of his own newsletter, says he didn’t really realize what was in it, had no idea what he was making money off of, had no idea that it was racist, anti-Semitic, called for the destruction of Israel, talked about a race war — all of this is a sudden shock to Ron Paul?” he asked. “There will come a morning people won’t take him as serious person.”
Gingrich unloaded on Paul after Blitzer showed a tough Paul attack ad accusing Gingrich of “serial hypocrisy.” Gingrich said Paul’s “total record of systemic avoidance of reality” makes him unthinkable as a president. He is, Gingrich said, “a person who thinks the United States was responsible for 9/11, a person who . . . wrote in his newsletter that the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 might have been a CIA plot, a person who believes it doesn’t matter if the Iranians have a nuclear weapon.”