Kurt Nimmo
October 25, 2011

It’s a new low for the shanghaied Tea Party – a “modified Lincoln-Douglas debate” between two deep insiders, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. The Lincoln-Douglas debate was an 1858 effort to take presidential debates directly to the people.

Bill O’Sullivan, treasurer of Texas Tea Party Patriots, told National Review Online that the recent debates between establishment Republican contenders have been “superficial” and “frustrating.”

NRO is the online version of William F. Buckley’s National Review. The late Buckley was a “conservative” who worked for E. Howard Hunt in the CIA’s Special Activities Division responsible for covert ops.

Gingrich says that if nominated, he will challenge Obama to “seven forums akin to the Lincoln-Douglas debates — each of them three hours apiece,” reports USA Today.

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in January that the supposed “intellectual stimulation” of such a protracted event “would be fascinating to watch.” Steele did not specify who exactly would find three hours of establishment talking points fascinating.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is heavily steeped in the neocon faction supported by the ruling elite and is a member of a number of warmongering neocon organizations, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution. He participates in the “leadership council” of the Clifford May-run Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (which is linked to the CIA’s National Endowment for Democracy). Gingrich also served as a member of the Committee on the Present Danger and as an advisor to the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.

Gingrich is a committed globalist who supported Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, the orchestrated effort to impoverish American workers by sending manufacturing jobs to third world slave labor gulags in Mexico and then China and Asia. He also supports GATT, WTO and other globalist “trade” treaties.

It is not clear what sort of “debate” would ensue between two globalist insiders who essentially share the same political and economic philosophy. Ditto the “debate” between Gingrich and Cain.

All we need to know about Herman Cain is that he is a former chairman (Omaha Branch board 1989–91), deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Supposed political ”debates” between vested insiders like Gingrich and Cain are designed to establish the aura of street cred for the elite’s hand-picked candidates. It is nothing less than a public relations stunt designed to sell us the same old political snake oil, this time gussied up with nostalgia for a historical moment taken radically out of context – not that most reality-TV mesmerized Americans are even vaguely aware of the Lincoln-Douglas debate and what it represented.

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