Santorum and Gingrich Lies Dangerously Throw Gas On The Obama Hate Fire

The fact that Newt Gingrich told a baldfaced lie at Wednesday night’s GOP debate in Arizona when he said President Obama voted in favor of infanticide some years ago when he was a senator from Illinois hardly qualifies as a headline story because the words ‘Newt Gingrich’ and ‘liar’ are pretty much the same thing. I’m quite sure it won’t be long before his face will be displayed in Webster’s Dictionary as an illustration beside the word that best characterizes who and what he is; ‘liar’.


The more relevant point to be made here is that Newt – together with Rick Santorum in particular – are utilizing these lies in a dangerously divisive manner designed to stir up the hatred of Obama to the boiling point. This is the sort of mentality that actually craves chaos and disorder. It is the energy that fuels the rabid right wing of the Republican Party, the wing being courted desperately by the campaigns of both Gingrich and Santorum. Since their chances of leading this nation are located somewhere between slim and none, then their strategy is to set it on fire and try their best to spray Obama with gasoline.

Just as a reminder, here is what Newt said last night:


From the Huffington Post, “You did not once during the 2008 campaign ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide,” Gingrich said. “If we’re going to debate about who is the extremist on this issues, it is President Obama, who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies.”

And then just for clarification, so the facts are known, here, as my colleague Jason Easley pointed out in an earlier post, is what had to say about the whole sordid issue back in 2008:

Anti-abortion activists accuse Obama of “supporting infanticide,” and the National Right to Life Committee says he’s conducted a “four-year effort to cover up his full role in killing legislation to protect born-alive survivors of abortions.” Obama says they’re “lying.”

At issue is Obama’s opposition to Illinois legislation in 2001, 2002 and 2003 that would have defined any aborted fetus that showed signs of life as a “born alive infant” entitled to legal protection, even if doctors believe it could not survive.

Obama opposed the 2001 and 2002 “born alive” bills as backdoor attacks on a woman’s legal right to abortion, but he says he would have been “fully in support” of a similar federal bill that President Bush had signed in 2002, because it contained protections for Roe v. Wade.

We find that, as the NRLC said in a recent statement, Obama voted in committee against the 2003 state bill that was nearly identical to the federal act he says he would have supported. Both contained identical clauses saying that nothing in the bills could be construed to affect legal rights of an unborn fetus, according to an undisputed summary written immediately after the committee’s 2003 mark-up session.

Whether opposing “born alive” legislation is the same as supporting “infanticide,” however, is entirely a matter of interpretation. That could be true only for those, such as Obama’s 2004 Republican opponent, Alan Keyes, who believes a fetus that doctors give no chance of surviving is an “infant.” It is worth noting that Illinois law already provided that physicians must protect the life of a fetus when there is “a reasonable likelihood of sustained survival of the fetus outside the womb, with or without artificial support.”

It is easy to dismiss this sort of lunacy because it is exactly that; lunacy. But as we have seen by the reactions of too many right wing crowds at so many rallies – from those supporting Sarah Palin to those deranged, bloodthirsty crowds at recent Republican presidential debates – there are a few too many crazy people out there. They are like walking triggers in search of an explosive device.


Nothing good can happen when you place hatred over a fire.





11 Replies to “Santorum and Gingrich Lies Dangerously Throw Gas On The Obama Hate Fire”

  1. Of course, the operative fantasy behind this charge is that President Obama specifically delights in killing *white babies* – and he is an anti-colonial, white-hating Mau Mau cannibal. The purpose of turning him into this kind of ogre may well be some idea that if he cannot be defeated by ordinary electoral means, no matter how incendiary the campaign rhetoric nor how rigged the voting, this sort of demonization will make the public at least acquiescent to a more blatant takeover-anything from faithless electors to a military coup. Furthermore, stochastic terrorism and mob violence are both tools for totalitarians seizing ascendancy. Will they succeed? It’s far from certain. Vigilance and denunciation can defeat them. That’s why, when the presstitute corps is so derelict of its duty, sites like this one are more vital than ever.

  2. No different than the NRA spreading lies about Obama going to take your guns. The American people are brain dead. People can’t think for themselves. The gun makers are laughing all the way to the bank.

  3. Talk about Newt’s Whoppers: read Josh Marshall who caught Newt’s claim he will cut $500 billion from the payroll for civil service employees.

    The problem is that the federal government’s entire payroll, even including the military, came to just $432.6 billion in fiscal 2011.


  5. I found it especially disconcerting that firearms’ sales were so good during this past Christmas season, less than a year after the shootings in Tucson.

  6. “Santorum and Gingrich Lies Dangerously Throw Gas On The Obama Hate Fire”

    So what else is new? This is how Dubyuh and the Repugnicants won 2004…by playing to the fears of the American public so soon after 9/11. And they’re doing it again because so many were fooled into voting for Dubyuh eight years ago, and the Repugnicant party hasn’t gotten any smarter!

  7. Well, we have a morannic imbecile US Rep. J. Sullivan of Oklahoma stating he needs to shoot a couple of senators to get the Ryan Plan passed…this is all they ever think about – hate and divisiveness and violence against anyone disagreeing with them. The RePigs are more dangerous than any terrorist from a foreign land.

  8. Yes, there’s a bunch of sociopathic, pathological liars running for the gop nom. The corporatemediawhores don’t talk about it..we have a huge challenge getting the facts out there and to get President Obama re-elected.

    I’ve been looking to see who wrote this piece? I know you all have been having trouble with this site and it’s good to see you back but I always look to see who writes the article and it’s missing.

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