DURST: Newt Gingrich, the Dennis Rodman of Politics

Newt Gingrich, the Dennis Rodman of politics, was severely spanked with a reprimand by the full House today on a 395 to 28 vote, and he's been ordered to pay a $300,000 fine. He's the first Speaker ever to receive a reprimand, although it is generally assumed former Speaker Jim Wright would have gotten one if he hadn't RETIRED first, pushed out by the very same Newt Gingrich. Ain't life odd?Shakespeare might have called it "hoist on his own petard", but since so few of can envision raising a petard large enough to leverage a pulley mechanism, let me put it in today's terms; "don't dunk your toilet paper in Tabasco sauce, for someday you might contract hemorrhoids".Now, the Republicans are calling the $300,000 a "reimbursement". I don't think the American people care if you call it a donation to the International Tooth Fairy Slush Fund, or the establishment of a Evil Dough Boy scholarship endowment or even a really good donut waitress tip, $300,000 is more than they'll ever going to see in their lifetime. Where he'll get the money from is up in the air right now, but I'm fairly certain a series of exercise tapes is out of the question.Will Durst hopes the Speaker survives, but then, he's a comedian.


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