Newt Gingrich fires back at Robinson column

Monday, September 20, 2010

In his Sept. 14 op-ed, "Gingrich, unhinged on Obama," Eugene Robinson seemed to be the one who is unhinged.

Speculation on the origins of the worldview of world leaders has been going on since there have been world leaders, and the influence of fathers is often the strongest influence. The reaction to Newt Gingrich's remarks has bordered on irrationality. Mr. Robinson asserted that merely bringing up President Obama's father in this way is equivalent to doubting that the president is a U.S. citizen, and others have gone so far as to suggest that doing so is coded racism. What is so off-limits about Mr. Obama's past, specifically his father?

Mr. Robinson also mentioned Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Mr. Gingrich rightly pointed out that her "wise Latina woman" statement was racist -- unless you buy into, and apparently Mr. Robinson does, that some groups of people are excluded by virtue of their status to the charge.

He also mentioned Mr. Gingrich's reaction to Shirley Sherrod's remarks. That reaction came after the Obama administration fired her (apparently it had the same reaction that Mr. Gingrich did) and before the full context of her remarks were known. But, hey, why be accurate when you're on a roll?

Lastly, Mr. Gingrich never made a moral equivalence between supporters of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero and Nazis, as Mr. Robinson seemed to suggest.

Rick Tyler, Washington

The writer is spokesman for Newt Gingrich.

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