Monday, September 13, 2010

Gingrich: Obama's Behavior Is "Kenyan, Anti-Colonial"

Newt Gingrich is filled with praise about the psychological gibberish espoused by Dinesh D'Souza in Forbes Magazine purporting to explain "How Obama Thinks." Obama is apparently acting out the frustrated, anti-colonial dreams of his father:

...our President is trapped in his father's time machine. Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. ...America today is governed by a ghost.

In an interview with National Review Online, Gingrich praised D'Souza's article for plumbing the psyche of our heretofore incomprehensible president:

Gingrich says that D’Souza has made a “stunning insight” into Obama’s behavior — the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.”

“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.

Gingrich is spreading the same tripe as the birthers. Instead of contending that Obama is a Kenyan, he states that the president exhibits "Kenyan behavior." It is no coincidence that the first black president is cast as an alien, an "other," "outside our comprehension." It entirely fits that an African nation is associated with this race-baiting theme.

DNC press secretary Hari Sevugan points out that it is Gingrich and his party that out of touch, "With a worldview shaped by the most radical and fringe elements of the Republican Party, which are more dominant with each passing day."


me said...

Eugene Robinson touched upon this on his WaPo editorial this morning. I can see how Mr. Gingrich can seem to be tripping the life fantastic. But the paranoid in me sees something different.

Just like Richard Nixon predicted that the religious vote in the South would one day become a formidable force, I think Gingrich is not only predicting in subtle fashion the rise of the angry white male voter, but he is actually speaking the language of this specific demographic. In the event he runs, he will then have a readily primed base, ready to do his bidding.

Then again, I did say that was the paranoid side of me speaking. I hope I'm wrong.

Jeff Tone said...

You're not paranoid. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, he told an aide, "We have lost the South for a generation." The Republicans' "Southern Strategy" tapped into that angry white male voter.