Sacha Baron Cohen's "Interviews" With Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul Tell Us a Lot About the 2012 GOP Field

Last night on MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell quoted Newt Gingrich saying that his bipartisan climate change ad with Nancy Pelosi (remember the one?) was the "dumbest single thing" he's done in recent years. "Oh yeah?" asked O'Donnell. What about his 2006 appearance on Da Ali G Show, during which Sacha Baron Cohen completely owns Gingrich on welfare, among other topics. (During the interview, Gingrich never did figure out that the show was a joke.)

A few years later, in character as the flamboyant Bruno, SBC targeted yet another GOP presidential hopeful, Ron Paul. (Bruno hits on Paul, eventually taking his pants off. "That guy is queerer than the blazes," Paul says after storming out of the room.)

What do SBC's antics tell us about our 2012 GOP candidates? O'Donnell discusses below.

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 29, 2011, 4:46am

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