Mad Man

More on Newt Gingrich's commentary over the weekend regarding a psychological theory on the motivations of Barack Obama. Newt told reporter Dave Weigel that he was fascinated with a theory from writer Dinesh D'Souza that the president may be guided by a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview (more below). Last night, Chris Matthews scolded him when he thought Weigel was taking the matter too lightly.

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asked. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president," Gingrich added.

"I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating -- none of which was true," Gingrich continues. "In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. ... He was authentically dishonest."

The non-Kenyan part of the commentary strikes me as right on.