Newt Gingrich isn’t without his quirks, but this afternoon, he may have taken it to another level.

It started off OK:

But then it took kind of a weird turn:

Noting Japan’s “professional brilliance and technological power” on Pearl Harbor Day? Maybe not the most tactful approach. And unfortunately for him, it essentially drowned out his earlier valid observation about the constant and often unpredictable threats we face in today’s world.

A lot of people were left scratching their heads over that one.