You gotta love Newt Gingrich...a Republican so obnoxious on a historic scale that he is incapable of recognizing the hideous stench of his own asshole. It takes a special kind of serial loser to do that. Newt Gingrich unveiled yesterday what has to be one of the sillier ads of the campaign, accusing Mitt Romney of—quelle horreur!—speaking French! Yes, Mitt Romney speaks French, albeit a rather stiff, strange and badly pronounced version (and believe me I know badly pronounced French when I hear it...I have the bruises on my shins from my wife kicking me under the table at dinner parties to prove it) of a person reading a teleprompter, owing to his time as a Posh Mormon missionary, living in a particularly luxurious Hotel Particulier in Paris in the late 1960s. Now I don't know what languages Newt studied in school, but interestingly enough, his Ph.D. thesis is on "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945-1960." You can read Gingrich's thesis here, but I'll just highlight some of the citations:
Jean-Jacques Servan-Schrieber, Le Défi Americain, (Paris: Denoël, 1967), p. 115.
Jean Stengers, Belgique et Congo; L'élaboration de la Charte Coloniale, (Bruxelles: La Renaissance du Livre, 1963), p. 9.
Marcel Nihoul, L'Annexion au Congo et l'avenir belge, (Brussels, N.P., 1901), pp. 5, 13.
Those are just three citations plucked at random—there are many more where that came from. I would also note that Newt Gingrich got his Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, and that Gingrich's thesis supervisor was Pierre-Henri Laurent—a Belgian immigrant, distinguished academic, and native French speaker.
Given that it appears Newt Gingrich has more than a passing familiarity with the French language, it sure seems like this odd indictment of his opponent is just another link in the bizarrely perverse circular firing squad that the Republican Candidate's 2012 Campaign has degenerated into. You Go Guys......