Gingrich Has Some Serious New Age-y Baggage

His ties to spouters of 'cyber-babble' are sure to come up: Ann Coulter
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2011 3:20 PM CST
Gingrich Has Some Serious New Age-y Baggage
Newt Gingrich speaks during a business forum Thursday in Greenville, S.C.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – About the time Newt Gingrich became House speaker in 1994, he was running around spouting ridiculous "cyber-babble" that came from his new-age mentors Alvin and Heidi Toffler, writes Ann Coulter at Townhall. He spoke of things like a "Third Wave information revolution" and embraced Toffler nonsense such as "social wavefront analysis" and "decision loads." Gingrich pushed their books to fellow lawmakers even used their concepts to try to guide legislation. Expect to hear a lot more about this history if he becomes the candidate, Coulter warns.

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Who are the Tofflers? "A couple of old folks who couldn't figure out how to program their VCRs, so they began writing about the 'shock' of technology and how we needed government planning to deal with technological overload," writes Coulter. They've been proven dead wrong, and Gingrich was a devoted "acolyte" even though their vision had little to do with small-government thinking. It's yet another strike against him, she warns Republicans rushing to embrace him. "It's true that the liberal media attack Republicans unfairly," she writes. "But that's a fact to be dealt with, not ignored by nominating a candidate who keeps giving the media so much to work with." Read the full column here. (Read more Newt Gingrich 2012 stories.)

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