And I mean everything. Whatever veneer of civility existed in the US Congress was very deliberately extinguished in 1994 by Newt Gingrich when he instructed his caucus that their Democratic colleagues were no longer ‘the opposition’. They were ‘the enemy’.
After that, and after being tossed out by his own party just a few years later, and after a few more wives, and after a near bankruptcy or two, and after a vanity campaign for president, and after being hired by CNN – proving their irrelevance once again – to resurrect the reviled show Crossfire (perfect casting, I must say), comes now his call for John Kerry to resign as Secretary of State. Because climate change you know.
There’s no getting rid of this guy.
Posted in broken government, Cable News, environment, Gingrich, Media
Tagged Cable News, climate change, Crossfire, Gingrich, John Kerry, Media, partisanship
I don’t usually read Dan Milbank, but he delivered a fountain of pure deliciousness today and here’s some more:
The Republican lawmakers may be so muddled because their thought leaders can’t agree on the proper line of attack. . . .
The confusion grew so intense during Obama’s intervention in Libya that some Republicans contradicted their own critiques in the span of days. Gingrich, for example, demanded in early March 2011 that the United States should “exercise a no-fly zone this evening.” Two weeks later, after Obama took the action that would bring down Moammar Gaddafi, Gingrich said, “I would not have intervened.”
In December of 2011 Newt Gingrich needed 10,000 signatures to get his name on the Virginia presidential primary ballot. Adam Ward, 28, collected more than 11,000 signatures according to prosecutors. More than 4,000 signatures could not be verified by investigators.
Tuesday night, Ward pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury in Augusta Circuit Court.
Sentencing is scheduled for December.
I didn’t know young people, college kids and blacks in Georgia were so enthused about Newt.
I’m just catching up with Moonshinepatriot’s Bobblespeak Translations, which goes up weekly – most weeks amyway – after the Sunday gasbags finish with their weekly full frontal assault on reason – and the poor beleaguered English language.
Here’s’ a delicious little bit of ’translation’ from May 27, Meet the Press.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Blogsphere, Gingrich, humor, Media
Tagged elections, Gingrich, humor, Media, Meet the Press, Politics, Sunday gasbags
I think Newt’s just jealous of all the press attention being paid to Jeb Bush for speaking truth to power. So of course:
Newt Gingrich: elections are rigged for the rich
More from that Barney Frank interview in the NY Times Magazine Orhan posted about the other day.
Q: You recently said about Newt Gingrich: “He’s just one of the worst people I know of who didn’t commit violence on somebody.” Did he kill your dog?
A: He transformed American politics from one in which people presume the good will of their opponents, even as they disagreed, into one in which people treated the people with whom they disagreed as bad and immoral. He was a kind of McCarthy-ite who succeeded.
For those who don’t remember, this article was written in 1995, after Gingrich became Speaker of the House. Here are the words that Gingrich, in a memo, urged his fellow Republicans to use when referring to Democrats:
decay… failure (fail)… collapse(ing)… deeper… crisis… urgent(cy)… destructive… destroy… sick… pathetic… lie… liberal… they/them… unionized bureaucracy… “compassion” is not enough… betray… consequences… limit(s)… shallow… traitors… sensationalists…
endanger… coercion… hypocrisy… radical… threaten… devour… waste… corruption… incompetent… permissive attitudes… destructive… impose… self-serving… greed… ideological… insecure… anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs… pessimistic… excuses… intolerant…
Gingrich was never interested in cooperation - without which there is no possibility of governing in a democratic process. (Remember when he shut down the government? Twice? Such good times.)
As he exhibited yet again in his absurd presidential campaign, Newt is interested first in Newt, and in his place in history which he thinks he has earned. He’s right about that at least.
Posted in broken government, Congress critters, Gingrich, Government, History, language, partisanship, Politics, Right wing talk machine, talk radio
Tagged Gingrich, GOPAC, language, Newt Gingrich, partisanship, Politics
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Gingrich would have had the best chance of beating Obama in open debate…plus I particularly enjoyed watching him give the mainstream media the lambasting it so richly deserves.
Lessons in pandering at the NRA (or “how you too can jump the whole shark with just a single sentence”)
The right to bear arms comes from our creator, not our government,” Gingrich said. The NRA “has been too timid” in promoting its agenda beyond American borders. The Bill of Rights was not written only for Americans, he said. “It is a universal document.”
By the way, do you know the American citizenry has the 2nd highest rate of gun ownership in the world? Do you know who’s first? Yemen.
ALSO: thanks to friend Jane for directing me to this article in The New Yorker, a fascinating history of gun concealment laws and gun control in the US (pre modern NRA). I didn’t realize how different things were back when – even in Dodge!
The first thing the government of Dodge did when founding the city, in 1873, was pass a resolution that “any person or persons found carrying concealed weapons in the city of Dodge or violating the laws of the State shall be dealt with according to law.”
Another one in Texas 20 years later:
As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder”.
Posted in Civics, corporate power, Gingrich, guns, History, Media
Tagged concealed carry, Gingrich, Gun control, guns, NRA, Politics
The debate fun is over.
I hear that the pudgy ethically-challenged, three-times-married, removed-from-office-by-his-own-party “candidate” for the GOP nomination is maybe not running anymore.
Santorum’s gone too.
TPM has all the races covered here - they’re updating continuously in real time.
Breaking news! Breaking news! Breaking news!! Newt wins Georgia. Just wow, eh?
Not intended I’m sure, but damn they went and made the man appealing.
Today’s big news is that Romney lost three caucuses last night. Anyone remember who won them in ’08? Of course not. No delegates were even in play last night; in a few months it won’t matter a bit.
Our elections – as they often are – could be decided by events over which neither the President, nor any candidate has control (most of which even the United States can’t control); we can only mitigate them. So who the Republicans ultimately nominate and who wins the November election may depend on:
- the state of the ‘Arab spring’ by July
- the state of the European economy this summer, and thus
- the state of the US economy
- Afghanistan and, yes, Iraq where conflicts are still largely religious and more violence is inevitable
- the price of oil
Any or all of these things will factor in our elections (as will the conservative success in spinning them as Obama failures). In normal times, even with these problems, I think Romney would still be the likely candidate. (And I still think Obama would win the election.)
But what if times aren’t normal? What if one of those things explode? What if that happens before the Republican convention . . . if that happens, bombast could take the day. Fear could triumph.
Much as we allowed ourselves, in our fear, to be lied into Iraq discarding both the truth and history, could the GOP do the same and reject Romney?
If that did happen, frightened delegates could be seduced by a radical voice articulating their fears. We all know who that would mean.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Afghanistan, Civics, economy, Egypt, Gingrich, History, Iraq, Middle East, Obama, Politics, Right wing talk machine, Romney, war
Tagged elections, Gingrich, news, Politics, Romney, War
Newt likes to complain. He didn’t get onto the ballot in Virginia because he failed to meet their requirements on time. So he went to court. They said sorry, the rules is the rules. ‘
Now Florida: he lost, so he’s gone to the Florida Party, in true Newt fashion, claiming that the winner-take-all rule is not fair!
It’s never fair when it doesn’t go his way.
Imagine the pudgy face of the serial-adulterer and debater-in- chief in place of Margaret Hamilton’s iconic visage here.
Polls not looking good for Mr. “I will be the candidate”.
. . . after several days in which Romney has hammered Gingrich over his consulting work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the former Massachusetts governor leads the former House speaker, 40 percent to 32 percent.
The one, the only, Patsy Cline. (Listening, I sorta picture Newt doing this about 11pm last night. The ‘you’ he’s searching for, of course, would be himself.)
Andrew Sullivan surfed the interwebs tonight so we didn’t have to and gathered this damning round-up of conservative post-debate commentary. Not seeing anything but good news for Romney here:
Rod Dreher thought Romney wiped the floor with Gingrich:
Romney won this debate, and probably Florida, and so the nomination. Newt collapsed, as bullies and blowhards often do when somebody fights back. Santorum auditioned for Romney’s VP, and greatly enhanced his chances. Ron Paul shines on, that crazy diamond [great line].
Will Wilkinson seconds him:
Romney started strong, completely obliterating Newt on immigration and questions about his finances, and then stayed strong. Santorum again turned in an admirably dogged performance, but so what? Romney won the debate and the nomination.
Larison likewise expects a Romney win in Florida:
Romney held off Gingrich, and Gingrich was flailing most of the night. Unless something strange happens in the next few days, Romney should hold his lead in Florida. Santorum may have gained a little, but nowhere near enough to challenge for second place. Paul did a decent job tonight, but Florida is not a good state for him and he’s already looking to the caucus events in February.
There’s much, much more at the link. All of it worth a read if you’re interested in the Florida vote on
Or just read the rest here after the jump.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Blogsphere, Gingrich, internet, Media, Politics, Romney
Tagged elections, Gingrich, news, Politics, Repubican debates, Romney
National Review Online is going after Newt. There’s a devastating statement by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole - and here (on the left) is the poll on their homepage. Bill Buckley, the late NR publisher, conservative deity and very definition of the elite Ivy League northeasterner of whom Newt is so contemptuous (actually I think he’s really jealous), would likely approve.
The piling on is getting serious now. Newt could yet win in Florida, but his time in the sun is running out.
From Dole’s statement:
. . . it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself.
. . . Gingrich [as] nominee could result in a landslide victory for Obama and a crushing defeat for Republicans from the courthouse to the White House.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Congress critters, Gingrich, History, Politics
Tagged Bill Buckley, elecitons, Gingrich, history, National Review, Politics, Republican primary
Anyone know how many jobs these two ‘job creator’ guys have created in the last few years?
Isn’t that why we have to protect them from taxes?
Ethically-challenged candidate Newt started out strong at last night’s debate, but without that audience reinforcement to which he plays, the fella’ quickly lost energy.
Maybe it’s time for him to again whine that it’s not fair!
This is from Andrew Sullivan (his headline too – paraphrasing it only weakened it) at The Daily Beast. There’s a graphic at the link that for some reason I’ve been unable to use here. Can’t save it, snip it or copy it. Well, I can, but when I try to insert it here . . . FAIL. Don’t now what that’s about. So be it.
At the site, there’s a pix of the serial adulterer, Mr. Gingrich. It features this text:
Using daughters from your first wife to convince everyone that your second wife is lying about your third wife.
The Newtster is sure having him some fun and dreaming dreams of what I think is his real goal – “a series of three-hour Lincoln-Douglas style debates”. Without a moderator of course. It’s not a stretch to think he’s less interested in the Presidency than he is in 12 hours in front of the cameras with a real President.
But it’ll still be Romney. Here is why a Newt nomination is a mirage. From the last six months of national polls:
In August 2011, Gingrich had a favorability rating of 26% and an unfavorability rating of 57%.
By December 2011, he was up to 43% favorability. Big jump.
And yet? Last week, Gingrich has a favorability rating of 26% and an unfavorability rating of 60%.
Even more people don’t like him. That’s how it always goes with Gingrich.
Well, well, well. Aren’t we the little opportunist.
Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, likes Newt Gingrich. Really. This very morning, on the teevee, he made that clear. He wasn’t asked of course how this could be since up to last week he was publicly cautioning against Newt. As someone who served in Gingrich’s Congress, Graham experienced a volatile, unreliable, scatter-shot and dangerous man. And the Senator has been saying so.
Graham even likes Gingrich’s immigration position!
Whee! Haley Barbour too! Not endorsing, but softening the anti-Gingrich rhetoric. He’s still a Romney man, but old Haley is cautiously hedging his bet. A smart politician sets up his eventual flip flop.
Breathing was briefly interrupted tonight in board rooms, banking houses, country clubs and genteel neighborhoods all over this nation as news spread that the chubby, ethically challenged serial-adulterer Newt Gingrich had bested Romney by double digits.
It’s a blow; now comes the panic.
(And I bet Mitch Daniels’ phone is ringing again)
“Newt Gingrich signed a ‘no adultery’ pledge. Out of habit he signed it John Smith.” – Jay Leno
The ones he married
I know it’s silly to waste space on this – Gingrich is finished in this primary – but his sanctimonious moralizing really annoys me.