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12 June 2014 @ 04:35 pm
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"As critical as Gingrich was, though, he lasted only a few years before flaming out and becoming a historical footnote. It was Fox News that became the ongoing, institutional expression of Gingrichism. The Republican Party would have turned right in any case, but without Fox I'm just not sure Gingrichism would ever have developed a critical mass. Without Fox, our politics never would have gotten so astonishingly toxic that a significant fraction of the nation — not just a fringe — honestly believes that we have a lawless, America-hating tyrant in the White House who's literally committed himself to destroying the country from both within and without."