Newt Gingrich's schtick is Scorched Earth meets Straw Man. He not only incinerates the hypothetical Straw Man -- he also verbally salts the soil where the Straw Man's make-believe family lives after razing their made-up home.
Your taxes are going up! Your freedom is going away! Muslims are coming to kill you! The president is Hitler, is Stalin, is Marx, a philandering, inebriated African socialist; the president is not like us!