Robert Becker

Robert Becker
California, United States
January 01
Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) I left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92; from '92-02 I did marketing consulting & writing; from '02 until now, I scribble on politics and culture, looking for the wit in the shadows.

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DECEMBER 19, 2011 3:43PM

Gingrich’s Messiah Complex, a verse satire

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Note: I gave up trying to take Newt Gingrich seriously enough to write satiric prose for, like Kissinger per Tom Lehrer, he's moving beyond being an object of satire.  But I found a thesis and inspiration from that famous lyric celebrated by heavy drinkers.  


By Robert S. Becker


Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should this self-adoring crackpot,

Not by satire be enshrined?


We’ve fallen hard, to grisly bottom,

Underneath Perry, Bachmann, Cain –

Halfwit hayseeds spewing hokum –

Now worse – a cynical pimp urbane.


Yes, next to Romney, stilted, wary, 

Newt’s a churning “idea machine;”

Playing bombastic clown contrary,

He taints “debate” with gab obscene.


Newt dismisses his crimes in arrears,

Touts the “historian,” Tiffany-rich;

Yet reprisal for his career of smears

Explodes as victims openly snitch.


Newt dumped both used-up wives, 

Twin “family values” disgrace; 

Yet full absolution he contrives,

Self-pardoned by self-anointed grace.


Driving this facile self-deception

Conversion to the Roman church:

What better feeds self-genuflection

Than “St. Newt,” risen, un-besmirched?


In his mind a legend, past and present,

Wielding God's infallible sword,

Newt's hubris locks on transcendence

Just install his throne near the Lord.


Join his holier-than-thou campaign,

The sinner with self-expiated sin,

Redemption past the material plane,

In case Jesus needs a stand-in twin.

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oh you honor this reptile.... that gives them a bad name,
please place him back under the rock -
and forget his name...
what, are you putting me out of business? If I don't get to sound off on folks who get my blood boiling -- or amuse me, like Newt -- how do I purge my outrage. I hardly think if Newt read this, he's take it as an honor. More likely to sue! Bring back Palin, I want Trump, and where's the next Bush. My little world needs objects of disgust, as you well know.
I want attempt poetry, but you nailed Newt. It's hard to come up with an insult he won't fit into.
We ought to go on the Road together! Check out my Feb. 13th ode to Newt. I will give you 2 thumbs up for "un-besmirched"! R
Thanks, Marilyn. Sure, as long as the road gigs are in Northern California! If you liked this ditty, I actually have one that's better, and on Obama, To a Coy President--