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The Full Gingrich

The Full Gingrich

It takes a special kind of 3-D hyperbole to simultaneously curl your eyelashes and drop your jaw. Newt Gingrich's declarations produce an Andy Kaufman type of discomfort, where I don't know if what I'm hearing is brilliant, offensive or intentionally comedic.

'What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?' Gingrich asked Americans to ponder last month. 'That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.'

Wait, so who's pro-colonial? Weren't the Founding Fathers 'anti-colonial?'

Gingrich's schtick is Scorched Earth meets Straw Man. He not only incinerates the hypothetical Straw Man -- he also verbally salts the soil where the Straw Man's make-believe family lives after razing their made-up home.

So, if you're imaginary -- meet your worst nightmare: Newton Leroy Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, now testing the waters for a 2012 presidential bid.

In the '90s, while beating the drum of morality against President Bill Clinton for his affair, Gingrich brazenly had his own extra marital affair with a congressional s