Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has evolved into both one of the most polarizing voices in the right wing of the country, taking a strong stand against replacing the Constitution with Sharia Law and attacking President Barack Obama‘s Kenyan roots, and one of the most respected, even being tossed around as a potential presidential candidate. For some, his political status is a given. For Chris Matthews, it’s a complete mystery.On tonight’s Hardball, Matthews earnestly wondered why it is Americans continue to listen to Gingrich at all. “Is there something in the style book about the status of Newt Gingrich,” he asked, where he is off-limits in ridicule? His guests, Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert and Salon‘s Joe Conason can’t find much in his record other than the fact that he is a, as Boehlert put it, “failed Speaker of the House from a decade ago” to justify his leverage.
Meanwhile, Matthews used Colin Powell as an example of what a reasonable Republican should sound like, and upon asking why more Republican’s don’t argue the way Powell does, Boehlert argued that there was “no adult supervision” in the party, allowing “media carnival” figures like Gingrich to have a say.
The discussion from today’s Hardball via MSNBC below:
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