“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Newt Gingrich and the Latino Coalition

You tube link here

Newt Gingrich is everywhere talking about everything. He is the political slick spreading in all directions, much of what he is saying, making a lot of sense.

Gingrich is running for something. He won't win anything but he is far more interesting to listen to than Barack Obama.

It makes you wonder: How could a man like Obama become president and a man like Gingrich not?


  1. Historical movements develop through twists and turns, not in a straight line. The far right has attempted to take over the independent movement before.

    In 1994, Newt Gingrich crafted the "Contract with America" to woo Perotistas back into the Republican tent. And in 2000, social conservative Pat Buchanan hijacked the Reform Party presidential nomination, though he was roundly repudiated by independents in the general election.


    The independent movement went left in 2008, after many years of grassroots organizing to link it to progressive leadership. Now the right wants to peel it back.

    GOP Nightmare

  2. Here was a chant, inspired by arsonists and rioters in the 1960s, posing as a political solution. The only thing more mindless than “drill, baby, drill” was the latest self-serving distraction to spill from Newt Gingrich’s bag of cynical ideas.


    He’s right on two points. We can drill here. We can drill now.

    But pay less? No, we always pay more, though the full tab takes a while to show.

    Groundhog Day for Oil

  3. Grow, Baby, Grow.

    Now, we can pay less. That new Buick Regal with the Direct Injection, Turbocharged kick-ass powerful engine will take you all around Iowa this fall for $0.06 per mile.

    Gingrich bores me to tears.

  4. I am sure you will find the next guest speaker far more entertaining.

  5. For those that don't know what I'm talking about, that car gets, essentially, the same mileage on E85 that it gets on gasoline, and E85 is selling for $1.86/gal in Iowa (and, a few other places.)

  6. Thanks, Deuce, for the youtube link.