Just when you thought Republicans couldn't say or do anything worse than in the past few months, two of them stepped over the line with gusto.
I'm talking about former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chair of the Broadcast Board of Governors, which controls Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other entities.
Gingrich, a Georgian flirting with a run for president in 2008, let his mouth run--again. At a party fundraiser in South Carolina, he said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and currently minority leader, would bring "San Francisco values" to the House if Democrats regain control of the chamber.
What about "Gingrich values"? Forced to leave the House under a cloud of ethics problems, he sent all the wrong signals of conduct to members of his own party.
The thrice-married Gingrich was a cheerleader for the impeachment of President Clinton since the moralistic Republicans were outraged over his dalliances with Monica Lewinsky.
At the same time, Gingrich was having an affair with a House staffer. His middle name should be hypocrite. By the way, the aforementioned Pelosi has had one husband for a long time and not been touched by scandal.
To add insult, Gingrich said Pelosi represented "an attitude of weakness, appeasement, and surrender" to the country's foreign policy. It figures that he would continue the failed policies of the Bush administration and use the politics of fear against the opposition.
Tomlinson, a former editor of Reader's Digest and a pal of Karl Rove's, must think a federal post is an entitlement program.
He has been accused of misusing taxpayer money, overbilling the government, and giving improper aid to a friend. One issue is that he signed invoices of nearly $250,000 for a friendly provider without the approval of the board.
Apparently, he also spent a lot of time at his horse farm while his desk in Washington was empty. Of course, he blamed it all on partisan divisions within the board. Translation: The Democrats are the bad guys.
Gingrich needs to get a muzzle and Tomlinson could use a job in the private sector. Right now, they are my poster boys for what is wrong in the nation's capital.