It never fails: the whiter the primary state, the more Republican candidates talk about black people. Whereas Iowa was a creamy 89% white, New Hampshire is downright eggshell at 92%. So shortly after Rick Santorum made some murky comments of his own, Newt Gingrich heaved himself onto a podium in Plymouth, NH to talk about black people and how they need to get off food stamps.
Discussing a highly-hypothetical invitation to speak to the NAACP, Gingrich said the following:
"I'm prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I'll go to their convention and talk about why the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps," Gingrich said.
The former House speaker has made a habit of calling President Obama the 'food stamp president' — a nickname he used on Thursday as well — and has often painted the contrast between himself and Mr. Obama as a choice between paychecks and food stamps."
Or, in other words the choice between "hard-working" (read: white) values and "freeloading" (read: black) ones. But if that loathsome insinuation isn't clear enough for everyone, Newt will be more than happy to explain in verbose detail. In fact he insists on it.
Of course, in all fairness, it should be noted that Newt's ability to condescend to people transcends race, as it's his standard MO. For someone named after a tiny salamander, the man has a more-than-healthy ego residing in that already Mt.-Rushmore-sized head. But we can at least agree with Gingrich that we could all use more paychecks. After all, if, like Newt, you plan to rack up a half-million dollars worth of diamond debt at Tiffany's, you're gonna need 'em.