John Lithgow ‘Performs’ Gingrich’s ‘Literati’ Battle Cry (Video)

May 20, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—It’s official. Newt Gingrich’s massive square head is just too minuscule to contain his burgeoning megalomania. After getting smacked around by members of his own Party for stating the obvious about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-MN) budget plan to end Medicare as we know it, Gingrich’s flack, no doubt a frustrated wordsmith of the pulp fiction fantasy genre, issued an overwrought press release portraying Gingrich as an heroic knight ready to do battle with the evil “literati” and “sheep,” otherwise known as the lamestream “gotcha” media. The “epic” and “florid” press release was universally mocked by just about everyone. But it took Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert to properly skewer the ridiculous press release and Gingrich’s delusions of grandeur. Colbert brought on acclaimed actor John Lithgow to “perform” the press release “verbatim.” It was truly epic.

During last night’s show, Colbert said “I don’t think I have it in me to properly convey the epic genius of this verbal spiking that Newt is dishing here.”

Characterizing Gingrich press secretary Rick Tyler’s unintentionally hilarious defense of his boss from the DC “firefight,” launched by “cowardly” enemies of Newt’s heroism, as “epic genius,” is meant to be taken as snark, obviously.

Check out the now, famous missive.

“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 by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.” …

Lithgow’s dramatic reading may go down in history as surpassing William Shatner’s verbatim poetic rendition of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial farewell speech on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.

Watch Lithgow at his dramatic best:

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