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John Lithgow performs Newt spokesman's "epic poetry"

By Harriet Staff

Epic poetry? Some news sources thought so: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's spokesperson went on an "anti-media tirade" recently in support of Newt after the candidate went wayward on Sunday's Meet the Press. His "poetry" went partly: "The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. . . . Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world." Continuing: "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."

We're more apt to buy it now that John Lithgow has performed the text on The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert introduced the actor by saying, "You know what, I don't think I've got it in me to convey the epic genius of this verbal spanking that Newt is dishing out here."

Watch Lithgow take a crack at it in this video.

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Originally Published: May 20th, 2011