Kistner Invites “The Man Who Broke Politics” to Revive His Lifeless Campaign
Struggling to get his fledgling campaign off the ground and desperate to boost his feeble polling numbers, Tyler Kistner has turned to Washington for a political lifeline. In a desperate attempt to gain traction in the Second District, Kistner has invited former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich – often credited with singlehandedly creating the hyperpartisan and dysfunctional environment that has plagued Congress for decades – to woo supporters at a high-dollar fundraiser this afternoon.
Less than 100 days before Election Day, Kistner has embraced his role as. a partisan politician willing to do whatever it takes to make it to Washington. Unfortunately for his flailing campaign, Minnesota voters have already soundly rejected this divisive brand of politics. When Gingrich ran for President in 2012, he finished dead last in the Minnesota caucus.
A quick reminder of the man Kistner has turned to in his hour of need:
The Atlantic: The Man Who Broke Politics
“During his two decades in Congress, he pioneered a style of partisan combat—replete with name-calling, conspiracy theories, and strategic obstructionism—that poisoned America’s political culture and plunged Washington into permanent dysfunction. Gingrich’s career can perhaps be best understood as a grand exercise in devolution—an effort to strip American politics of the civilizing traits it had developed over time and return it to its most primal essence.”
“His strategy was to blow up the bipartisan coalitions that were essential to legislating, and then seize on the resulting dysfunction to wage a populist crusade against the institution of Congress itself.”
NPR: ‘Combative, Tribal, Angry’: Newt Gingrich Set The Stage For Trump, Journalist Says
“When Gingrich entered Congress in 1979, the Georgia Republican rejected bipartisanship and ‘turned national politics and congressional politics into team sport,” Coppins says.”
“While in Congress, Coppins says Gingrich treated politics as a ‘zero-sum’ endeavor — and he wasn’t above resorting to name-calling, conspiracy theories and strategic obstruction in order come out on top: ‘He was not there to work in the committee structure and deal with constituent services. He was there to foment revolution and declare war.’”
POLITICO: The Millennial’s Guide to Newt Gingrich
“Newt Gingrich brought a new, confrontational, shoot-the-hostages approach to Congress, shutting down the government twice in the process.”
“More than anyone else in the modern history of Congress, it’s Gingrich who observers credit for bringing the hyperpartisan, obstructionist approach to Washington that we associate with the capital to this day.”