Continuing in the tradition of blaming Democrats for the very things Republicans had only weeks before had been advocating in favor of, Newt Gingrich made an appearance on the reliably psychotic Pat Robertson's 700 Club, where, in spite of its host having previously advocated even for an Egypt-style military coup in order to stop Obamacare, Gingrich blamed President Obama for the government shutdown following the House's final repeat efforts to attach a delay or repeal of Obamacare to the spending bill.
Gingrich should be an expert on the subject. It was during his time as Speaker of the House that the U.S. government had last shut down in 1995.
But instead of revisiting the lessons that should have been learned by his own failures as Speaker, or even reiterating the dusty old rhetoric he had previously used against President Clinton, Gingrich took his time instead as an opportunity to once again perform some good old-fashioned race baiting.
"The big problem is that President Obama refuses to behave like an American president," said Gingrich.
Gingrich also charged that "this President puts himself above the Constitution and that's very dangerous for our freedoms" by rebuffing the House's ransom note, which in effect is undermining "the core things that protects us from dictatorship."
He failed to elaborate on exactly what an American president should behave like, and also neglected to address whether Bill Clinton had shut down the government by secretly being Kenyan too.