I did something this week that I never thought possible. I was booted and blocked from Newt Gingrich’s Facebook page. Seriously. Now, if you’re familiar with political figures’ Facebook pages, you know that all of them have proponents and opponents posting and commenting on them. People are always debating the candidates and the issues on those pages. It’s just the way it is. But today, a friend on Facebook had commented on something on Gingrich’s page and I had never seen it come up in my news feed. I went to the page and, sure enough, I couldn’t comment on any posts. I tried to “re-like” it and when I did I could only read the posts, not comment on them.
Now there are still tons of people who oppose Gingrich still posting on on his wall. Sure, a lot of people talk about his affairs and divorces and the timing of the second divorce/third wife, but that’s not really of concern to me. (Nor is is apparently a concern to tons of Republican “values voters” who hated Bill Clinton. Some values.) Gingrich’s positions on the issues should be enough to disqualify him from consideration from conservatives, especially the “Tea Party” types. Instead, in South Carolina, Gingrich scored about 45% of the vote of people who support the “Tea Party” movement. Issues like the health care mandate, TARP, foreign policy, and the drug war are debated, discussed and cussed ad nauseam, mostly because we like to harp on them all. So what on earth would get me kicked off of Gingrich’s page?
My most recent activity included linking this video (or at least one of the various other videos like it), which is apparently nearly kryptonite for Gingrich in his quest to dupe conservatives into thinking he is one of them:
Off all of the issues on the table and of all the history there is to observe with Gingrich’s time in various offices and as an influence peddler, it’s a video that points out Gingrich’s Progressivism that gets me booted and blocked. I’m not the biggest Glenn Beck fan–oftentimes he’s been looking way too much for black helicopters–but as far as “conservatives” and “tea party” supporters go, this video should be reason enough for any true conservative to seek elsewhere for a nominee. It’s obviously a sore spot for the Gingrich campaign.