Newt Is Dumb

Andrew Sullivan —  Nov 15 2011 @ 2:48pm

From a linguist's perspective, John McWhorter explains that Newt Gingrich is not smart ("you'll find that he's using artfully constructed rhetoric to cloak ideas that are simply wrong"):

Gingrich's patterns of speech are largely analytically acute, and sometimes aesthetically interesting, but substantively, they are very often lacking. Language is supposed to be a package that carries substance, but Gingrich is sometimes so pleased with his uninterrupted stream of words, that he mistakes it for an actual flow of ideas.

Only in Washington could such a half-baked, narcissistic, know-nothing blowhard be regarded as an intellectual.