The same Newt Gingrich who built his career by stoking resentment toward racial minorities and the poor and who insisted that Occupy Wall Street protesters objecting to massive income inequality and unemployment should “take a bath” and “get a job,” is now mourning the outsized influence of the wealthy on American politics.
Bitter and frustrated about his massive slide in the polls, which followed Mitt Romney’s Super PAC spending millions on attack ads against him, Gingrich responded to a question about the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that makes such campaign spending possible by taking a position that’s more Russ Feingold than Mitch McConnell.
“I think the current mess is a disgrace,” he said of the floodgates opened for outside spending by the decision. “I think it debilitates politics. I think it strengthens millionaires, and it weakens middle-class candidates.”
Most middle class people don’t spend millions in shopping sprees at Tiffany’s. But who’s keeping score?