From the Burns & Haberman blog on Politico today:
Asked about polls suggesting many in the public continue to think Obama is a Muslim, Gingrich said in Louisiana that he takes Obama “at his word” that he believes in Christianity.
Then he launched into a riff on how Obama’s policies are excessively sensitive to non-Christian, non-Jewish faiths, suggesting it could raise doubts for some about where the president’s impulses come from.
“Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?” Gingrich said. “You have to ask, why would they believe that? It’s not cause they’re stupid. It’s because they watch the kind of things I just described to you.”
Yes. This is one of those delightful two-step moves performed so effortlessly by so many shameless people in today’s Republican Party, whereby they cosy up to the foaming-at-the-mouth racists on the far right, and then walk it back just enough to be acceptable. So Gingrich doesn’t agree with the huge trunk of his party’s base who believes that Obama is a Muslim (not, for heaven’s sake, would there be anything wrong with that even if he was, but that’s a whole separate blog post). No, he doesn’t agree with them, but they aren’t stupid (actually, yes they are), Obama must be doing something to make all of these sensible, level-headed, god-fearing Americans believe that he is a Muslim. Y’know, other than being black.
Jowly, pompous moron needs to shut up for awhile.
That is all.