September 15, 2010 12:40 PM

Commentary: Newt Gingrich is pandering to rightwing's fringe

Political combatants from both major parties share responsibility for the steady degradation of civil discourse of recent years. Yet when it comes to innuendo, stereotyping and attempts to fan racial prejudices, Newt Gingrich continues to explore new frontiers. Gingrich's latest dip in the primordial ooze came this week, after he fell in love with a nutty article in Forbes magazine by Dinesh D'Souza, well known for his advocacy of repealing civil rights laws. In this article, D'Souza attempts to argue that President Barack Obama's support for higher taxes on the wealthy is explained by the supposedly "anti-colonial crusade" of his late Kenyan father, whom Obama hardly knew.

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