Friday, February 25, 2011

(updated: Newt Gingrich, plagiarist)

The right-o-sphere is all a-flutter about a recent Limbaugh monologue that's being presented (at The Right Scoop, Fox Nation, et cetera) as the ultimate summation of the horrors of the Obama administration. Do you want to know why right-wingers are upset? This is what they're upset -- it's the double standard, dammit! It's all so unfair! No Republican could ever get away with all this!

From the transcript at Limbaugh's site:

...Imagine, for the fun of it, Sarah Palin is elected president. I pick Palin only 'cause they hate her the most (and I'm not running). Imagine that Sarah Palin appoints scores of czars who are not confirmed by the Senate. These czars run the government out of the White House; they bypass the cabinet structure. Imagine that President Palin appoints as attorney general a politically partisan conservative. Imagine that attorney general takes orders from Palin on active cases, and she orders that attorney general to stop defending lawsuits against aspects of Roe v. Wade, to stop defending lawsuits against Obamacare, to stop defending lawsuits against the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations.

Imagine if President Palin directs her attorney general to sue California to enforce border security and to stop granting taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens, in violation of the supremacy clause. Imagine if President Palin did all this. Imagine President Palin ordering the Republican National Committee to work with businesses, managers and executives that contributed tens of millions of dollars to her campaign to defeat her political opponents (especially Big Labor) in places like New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California; intervening in the affairs of states. Obama's doing this. Imagine if President Palin did it. She gets hold of the guy that runs the RNC, says, "I want you to have meetings with businesspeople that contribute a lot of money to my campaign."

Imagine President Palin decides that she will not comply with federal court rulings that she disagrees with, as in Florida and Louisiana. Imagine, if you will, President Palin meeting weekly with CEOs of the oil industry, of the insurance industry, and of the health care industry in order to help them profit and prosper. Imagine if President Palin meets with these groups to try to repair the damage done by the previous president, Barack Obama....

Wow ... it's just -- just inconceivable! A Republican president having czars! A Republican attorney general who's a naked partisan! A Republican Justice Department that ignores violations of the law related to abortion! Republicans in the executive branch secretly meeting with industry leaders! No matter how hard I try, I simply can't imagine any of that ever happening! Can you?


UPDATE: So now I'm seeing this at Newsmax:

Gingrich: If Palin Took Obama Actions, There Would Be Calls for Impeachment

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama's decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law eventually could lead to a constitutional crisis, as he has directly violated his constitutional duties by arbitrarily suspending a law.

Gingrich even suggested that, if a "President Sarah Palin" had taken a similar action, there would have been immediate calls for her impeachment. Asked directly whether President Obama could be subject to articles of impeachment, Gingrich said, "I think that's something you get to much later. But I think clearly it is a dereliction of duty. Clearly it's a violation of his constitutional oath. Clearly it is not something that can be allowed to stand." ...

The big story here is that Gingrich is hinting at a constitutional crisis and impeachment -- but please note that he's just plagiarizing the Limbaugh I quote above. (And if you go to the video at the Newsmax link, you see he makes exactly the same comparison Limbaugh makes to a President Palin refusing to enforce Roe.)

This is possibly the most outrageous thing he's said since he accused Obama of having a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" mindset -- a point he nicked from Dinesh D'Souza. (Though that time, at least, he gave credit.) Hey, isn't he supposed to be the GOP's big idea guy?

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