The exodus of Rick Tyler, Newt Gingrich's long-time aide from the former House speaker's White House effort, provides a good excuse to remember his overwrought defense of his former boss which he emailed three weeks ago to the Huffington Post. Instant classic:
"The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment's cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won't be intimated (sic) by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces."
Alas, Gingrich will be taking on those challenges and the billowing tweet smoke without his once-loyal sidekick Tyler.
Addendum @ 7:24 pm ET: Commenter xando foote noted that I failed to include John Lithgow's performance of Tyler's news release on the Colbert Report. I hate to admit this, but I was unaware of it until xando brought it to my attention. So, without further ado, here it is: