Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has undergone a remarkable transformation in his views about intervening in Libya. On March 7, before President Obama acted, Gingrich said that if it were up to him, he would “exercise a no-fly zone this evening…the United States doesn’t need anybody’s permission.” Then, less than 24 hours after President Obama signed off on a no-fly zone, Gingrich accused him of “opportunism,” and this morning on the Today Show, said plainly that “I would not have intervened.”
Did he not remember his chest thumping bellow of “America, F$%& YEAH!” from only 3 weeks ago? Is his mind slipping? Or was he unable to stop himself from automatically opposing Obama despite having previously taken a more extreme position?
Perhaps it was just a simple slip up. After all, a man who professionally lies for a living is bound to forget which lie to tell to which audience on occasion.
Or maybe…just maybe, this is a new, kinder and gentler Newt that would rather find peaceful solutions to the world’s problems?
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