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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Gingrich is an intellectual? Seriously?

"Gingrich has one of the loosest, least rigorous, most pretentious minds in politics. He loves ideas, hes just no good at them; and the idea of ideas is not enough to make a man a serious intellectual. The bloopers in his works of history fiction and nonfiction, and nonfiction that turns out to be fiction are legendary." The New Republic, November 3, 2011.

Gingrich's pretending to be an intellectual while embracing the distinctly anti-intellectual positions of the GOP is not fooling anyone.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Great Article!

The college Drop-outs [Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck] are the mind and voice of the GOP.

And as for Academia --
They have even gone so far as to formed their own scholastic creditials --
Limbaugh's - Limbaugh Institute
& - Glenn Beck University.

Loved this line from the article :
"Nevertheless, the Republican base requires that candidates tack away from science toward the theistic position only God controls climate. More to the point, Rush Limbaugh says that climate change is a hoax and so it must be."

And tobacco doesn't cause cancer or emphysema, right Rush?

Ditto-head might as well mean "DoDo"-head.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Up until very recently Gingritch thought that global warming was a potentially catastrophic issue that needed urgent attention. When he decided he was going to run for the Republican nomination, he immediately changed his mind.

For years Gingritch argued that we needed to reform end of life care in this country. Then Obama proposed doing just that, and Gingritch was one of the first ones on the "death panels" bandwagon.

Gingritch supported the individual mandate to purchase health insurance for many years. When Obama proposed it he started calling it unconstitutional socialism.

If the big criticism of Mitt Romney is that he is a flip-flopper, Newt Gingritch is certainly far worse.

Springville, UT

The GOP is pathetic. It really is.

Casa Grande, AZ

Conservatism is failing. It has been for 400 years since Galileo had the audacity to tell the truth about the earth not being the center of the universe. Conservatives couldn't conserve thier traditions over science and progress then, and they can't do it now.

The tea-party is a small pebble in the road to progress. They don't see they are like ants trying to stop an intilectual freight train that's been gaining speed for nearly 5 centuries. We've done away with serfdom, feudalism, the Inquisition, witch hunts, theocracy, dueling plagues and child labor in the west. They would love to bring it back but the rest of the world is following progressive values, not conservatism.

I could never be part of conservative stagnation.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

The New York Times had an excellent editorial recently that evaluated the qualifications of a good leader, and concluded that religion could be a liability if it restricted the open mindedness of a person. The Republican party has effectively become a religion and closed its collective mind to all nuanced thought. They have only one acceptable stand on most issues including, abortion, the death penalty, evolution, global warming, Keynesian economics, taxes and health care, and no amount of new information, or persuasion can CHANGE THEIR MINDS. This is nothing like the party of Teddy Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, or even Ronald Reagan. We can't prosper as a nation when half the nation has taken all rational discussion off the table.

Cedar Hills, UT

The republicans have the most intellectual and experienced candidates for president. Much more capable than the cabal we have at the moment.
Then the writer uses the global warming scam to butress her idea that the GOPers are dumb. When its the GOPers that are the more curious and inquisitive regarding this marxist plan to redistribute wealth on a grand scale. They ask the real questions like: Who stands to profit from the over-hyped scam? They see how utterly rediculas Carbon credits are. They ask about leftists ties to the Chicago Carbon Exchange and wonder why the DNC media gives the players a free pass on the corruptions surrounding the global warming game.

USS Enterprise, UT

What a liberal shill. The funny thing is that the so called "uneducated" talk show hosts know more about what is going on than the highly educated thinktanks.

The conservative talk show hosts were saying that Egypt was going to end up in chaos, and look at it now, chaos with no end in sight. The conservatives warned that Obama's policies were not going to reduce unemployment, and it didn't. They also warned that the Debt comittee would end up a failure, and it has failed in its purpose. They are more correct and educated about the political world than the politicians are.

If you want to talk global warming, first find me an journal article that meets the 95% confidence interval (results are accurate 95% of the time) criteria that nearly all other scientists have to meet before publishing.

one old man
Ogden, UT


A truthful column.

Salt Lake City, UT

Gingrich is fairly smart; he shows flashes of it, but then seems to reject it in favor of pandering to the base.

Confidence intervals are just things you set to whatever interval you want. For instance this paper in Nature...

Warming caused by cumulative carbon emissions towards the trillionth tonne 30 April 2009
"results in a most likely peak carbon-dioxide-induced warming of 2 °C above pre-industrial temperatures, with a 595% confidence interval of 1.33.9 °C."

If they wanted to calculate a 95% confidence interval they could have. It'd probably yield something like .8C to 4.4C. Alternatively you can see it yields 95% confidence that it's at least 1.3C. Are you not going to care about the paper just because they didn't do that? It's not like they aren't stating it's a 90% confidence interval.

Salt Lake City, UT


*'Obama's TARP Slush Fund' - David Asman - Fox Business - 02/24/10


*'Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox News viewers to be misinformed on key issues' - By Ryan Witt - Examiner - 12/17/10

'Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008.'


*Fox News Viewers know LESS THAN people who dont watch any, news: Study Huffington Post 11/21/11

Fox News Viewers are less informed than people who dont watch any news, according to a new poll from the Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Republicans had BETTER get used to talking with 'anti-intellectuals'...

they've worked HARD to make people as such.

Huntsville, UT

Gingrich's rise in the campaign is a surprise since he doesn't meet the basic qualifications required by the Religious Right.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL


Here we go again, with another "blame game" while nothing gets done in Congress again by the GOP. President Barack Obama must carry the blame for the failure of the debt crisis supercommittee because he was "absent from the whole process," Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann "BOASTED". But the Minnesota congresswoman pointed out that the House GOP legislators bent to such an extent that they were willing to raise taxes if that is what it took to get a deal. She failed to state, just as long as it's not done to the super ultra elete rich Koch Brother's and friends. "Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves." Insider Trading, IPO Gifts, Self-Serving Earmarks, Encouraging Campaign Donations. Insider Trading - using government information not available to the public at large to predict which companies' stocks will rise or fall. WE NEED "real GOP transparency." The middle-class are hurting, the poor get poorer, more homeless on the streets, the elderly suffer, the disabled and Veteran's rot, the hungry rot, Congress could care less about them.

That's my TRUTHFUL views.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Republicans' struggle with anti-intellectuals?. Yea, themself.

President Obama will pardon the turkeys. Unless of course the Republicans step in and block that.

The latest fashion trend in Hong Kong is eyeglasses without any lenses in them. People just wear the frames. The feeling is that they make you intelligent, even though they're totally useless. Kind of like the GOP congressional supercommittee.

I'm not sure Rick Perry understands Thanksgiving. When they asked him if he was going to deep-fry a turkey, he said, "Well, if he's found guilty."

Last week in New Hampshire, Herman Cain said that presidents don't need to know every detail of every country in the world and he said he's going to take that message across America to all 30 states.

Cain said that we should focus on our neighbor to the south, Mexico, and our neighbor to the north, Cold Mexico.

It looks like the supercommittee chosen by President Obama to come up with a plan to solve the deficit has failed. The best idea they came up with? A bake sale. Unless of course the Republicans step in and block that also.

Where's these GOP jobs?.

That's my truthful views.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: RedShirt | 8:10 a.m. Nov. 22, 2011
USS Enterprise, UT
What a liberal shill. The funny thing is that the so called "uneducated" talk show hosts know more about what is going on than the highly educated thinktanks.

The conservative talk show hosts were saying that Egypt was going to end up in chaos, and look at it now, chaos with no end in sight.

Reply: President Obama came home after a 9-day trip to Asia. Well, he got to see some stuff he never sees at home, like jobs. Where's these GOP jobs here in America for the past decade?. As for Gingrich's rise in the campaign, that's caused by the Koch Brother's looking for more tax loop holes, and more ultra super rich elete "Tax Payer" funded entitlements, and they think they found a new player in their bag of tricks.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Newt Gingrich and the Bilderburgers - The secretive Bilderberg society, a group some believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government, will hold a steering committee meeting in Washington. Among those involved in the discussion of the latter subject will be former U.S. Sens. Gary Hart and Warren Rudman, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, journalist Leslie Gelb and Secretary of Defense William Cohen. McCain, at the special invitation of Kissinger, will speak at breakfast. House Speaker Newt Gingrich agreeBilderberger goals must be met. The UN and IMF will get billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers, and a Gestapo Secret Police network will stifle dissent by Americans who resist the "New Civilization." Newt Gingrich and the Illuminati. Two years in advance, billionaire Jews who comprise the inner circle of the Republican Party leadership have chosen the nominee of the Party to run for President in the upcoming 2012 elections. Newt Gingrich, premier neocon and corrupt former House Speaker, has been given the nod. Already a campaign war chest of over $20 million has been gathered for Gingrich's use. Eventually, up to a quarter billion dollars will be amassed.

Dump Newt Gingrich and the Koch Brother's con?.

Washougal, Washington

As long as the left holds all the microphones, conservatives will be portrayed this way. If the news was truly "fair and balanced" conservatives and libertarians would be swept into office. DNews does a good job however, all things considered.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "atl134 | 10:01 a.m." you show your ignorance of scientific principals and publishing standards. First, you cannot ever have a CI greater than 100%, just like you cannot ever be correct more than 100% of the time.

Next, you show that there are no journal articles that meet the criteria. You see, the thing is that you can't just declare a confidence interval to be applied to your research. If their models are less than 95%, why are we even considering them? It is cold fusion all over again, except this time there is a political adgenda behind it.

To "Brother Chuck Schroeder | 10:48 a.m." I normall just ignore you, but I guess I will respond this time. You seem to forget that while the Republicans were controlling Congress, you know, the body that creates the laws, we had unemployment between 5% and 6%, it was only AFTER the Democrats took congress in 2007 that things went down hill.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To Solidarity: If you needed brain surgery who would you want to do it? A brain surgeon, or someone with good common sense? That's why I trust people who have earned a PhD in Climatology over the deniers who post on this forum.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

It is a sad state when Newt Gingrich is seen as the "intellectual giant" in a field of mice. Gingrich, the politician, has come far in his pursuit of the cash cow, but his analytical skills are lost in the morass of confusion and noise he generates whenever he speaks.

Posing as a historian with strategic analytical skills for those with a conservative agenda, he is simply, as George Will put it, "a retail politician" willing to sell himself to supplement his Tiffany's revolving credit account. However, for any educated person with a modicum of intellectual ability, Gingrich is certainly not very convincing.

William F. Buckley and the intellectual center of conservative thought would be appalled with Gingrich and the current crop of wingnut talking heads. Rather than develop serious arguments based upon conservative principles, these pretenders, as Parker notes, have retreated into jingoistic smear to intimidate their opponents and frighten the base with fear-mongering that the "world as we know it is coming to an end".

Today, this anti-intellectual component of conservative thinking has developed into a media empire which is long on financial support and short on meaningful ideas.

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