Return of the politically living dead

Back in January, a lot of political experts said Newt Gingrich was dead to the world because he had screwed up so royally in his campaign and he had burned all of his bridges to medialand.

They virtually promised we would never have to hear him again.

But Driftglass, of the Professional Left Podcast, said this:

1. David Gregory will continue to pay the vig on whatever unholy debt he has incurred with Newt Gingrich by letting Newt tread the “Meet the Press” boards whenever he chooses and spout whatever happy-horseshit he wishes under Gregory’s iron-clad guarantee that Newt will NEVER be asked any tricky or embarrassing follow-up questions.

Just to reiterate, here’s the podcast for April 27 of this year. Go to around the 64 minute mark. Driftglass essentially says “Newt shall return,” because the Sunday talk shows are corrupt.

So, guess what the promo was on “Meet the Press” this weekend:

Gingrich and O’Malley discuss 2012 strategies and statistics

This confirms where I should be getting my political analysis from. It’s not from NBC.

Political history: a strange legacy

Once upon a time in America, the commander in chief left office after accomplishing the following:

— He was a keen foreign policy type whose diplomatic efforts strengthened our relationships with both established and emerging world powers.

— He implemented the first significant federal affirmative action program.

— He dramatically increased spending on federal employee salaries.

— He oversaw the first large-scale integration of public schools in the South (something the crackers where I grew up were none too happy about).

— He proposed a guaranteed annual wage (aka a “negative income tax”).

— He advocated comprehensive national health insurance (single payer) for all Americans.

— He imposed wage and price controls in times of economic crisis. This wasn’t a terribly good idea, but it was the furthest thing from a conservative idea. Truth is, it was positively socialist.

— He indexed Social Security for inflation and created Supplemental Security Income.

— He created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise.

— He promoted the Legacy of Parks program.

— He appointed four Supreme Court Justices. Three of them voted with the majority in Roe v. Wade.

Today, this president wouldn’t even get the nomination of the Democratic Party because these accomplishments would have been seen as too radically liberal. And at the time he was seen as an extremist right-wing Republican. And let’s just say, he didn’t leave office willingly:

Nixon’s the one!

Just a thought, but if Nixon symbolized the right and McGovern was the symbol of the left (and if you lived at that time, that’s exactly what they symbolized), where was the political center in the early 1970s? And as Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss in The Professional Left Podcast this week, if you consider where the center was then and where the center is today, all the talk about President Obama being a radical socialist just shows how insane one segment of the American voting public has become.

(From a Driftglass and Blue Gal link to Alternet)