Newt Gingrich wants to have his cake and eat it, too: He wants to laud American industries while also criticizing the auto bailout, he puts on the airs of a morally righteous man while his ex-wives air a different story, and he acts like an intellectually superior blowhard while also trying to be some sort of redneck whisperer…
On Monday, Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich spoke at a town hall at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and criticized the Obama Administration for encouraging Americans to buy more fuel-economical vehicles.
"The President has said, you know, you ought to buy smaller cars," Gingrich quipped. "Now, let me start with a simple premise that most Oklahomans will understand: You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt!"
Gingrich also claims that President Obama is trying "downsize" America's cars by increasing electric car subsidies, which makes total sense if downsizing means "to spur growth." Since it's Opposite Day, let's also agree the auto industry went bankrupt trying to get Americans to buy more fuel-efficient cars.
As a Texan, I agree with Gingrich that a simple premise is required in order to get most Oklahomans to understand it, but I resent him trying to saddle up to the gun rack demographic and insulting their intelligence in the same breath. After all, only East and West Coast elitists are allowed to insult the intelligence of rednecks. That's the only way they know how to protect themselves. Take that away from them, and they may resort to buying guns themselves…
Can't wait to see all the Chevy Volts sporting Truck Nutz and a "Newt Gingrich can take my electric car when he pries it from my cold, dead hands!" bumper stickers.
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Tags: Auto Industry, Energy & Oil, Guns, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans