In the face of protests from some students and faculty, former Bush National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew as featured commencement speaker at the upcoming graduation ceremonies for the Rutgers University class of 2014. Predictably,conservatives were apoplectic, complaining “College campuses essentially operate on mob rule at this point.” Former House Speaker, failed presidential candidate and CNN Crossfire hostNewt Gingrich went further, denouncing “growing liberal fascism on campus.”
That’s a pretty stunning position for frothing at the mouth conservatives in general and Newt Gingrich to take. After all, five years ago they were largely united in calling on the University of Notre Dame to rescind its invitation to its 2009 commencement speaker, President Barack Obama. As it turned out, Obama was only following the footsteps of another pro-choice, African-American graduation speaker, Condoleezza Rice.
Having burned through three wives and three religions, it is understandable that Newt Gingrich might forget what he believed in at any point in the past. And in March 2009, just hours after he formally became a Catholic, Gingrich tweeted:
It is sad to see notre dame invite president Obama to give the commencement address Since his policies are so anti catholic values.
Please read below the fold for more on the commencement of graduation hypocrisy.