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Newt Gingrich's Dog-Whistle Politics

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Newt Gingrich's Dog-Whistle Politics

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Cynthia Tucker argues that Newt Gingrich’s comments on poor children in America were clearly intended to exploit racial tension in her column, “Gingrich Still Relishes His Role As Provocateur:”

Newt Gingrich has always had a way with words — provocative words, harsh words, incendiary words. He and GOP consultant Frank Luntz pioneered Republicans’ use of catchy phrases and misleading language not only to demean their rivals but also to redefine their rivals’ policies.

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  1. rustacus21 December 13, 2011

    …further & deeper & give us in the media consumer market a bit more to “chew” on. I love her writing, but see all too little of it. This, I’m sure, is a condition of her political orientations, but the tragedy is her being essentially “locked” out of popular & prominent dialogue, simply b/c she has a keen eye & razor-sharp intellect, which uncovers starkly, “Pavlovian” theory, or how anti-intellectualism takes on peculiar significance when an intellectually endowed individual is reviled simply for rising up to the zenith of his own personal abilities & rewarded publically for such, as he enables others w/similarly expansive cognitive capabilities to “shine” as well (i.e., both Bill Clinton & Barack Obama & their ultra diverse & capable cabinets). Ms. Tucker is a pleasure to read & a national treasure which is fresh air in a stodgy, inhibited corporate media purgatory…

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