Tag Archives: Gingrich

Gingrich, Grinch – Newt’s unfortunate name problem as Christmas approaches

Thanks to aFrankAngle for this gem. He dropped it in comments on the last post.


Nothing is forever, Newt: Mitch Daniels and the nominating convention

I agree with David Frum that despite all the giggling over his ‘frontrunner’ status, there is no question that Gingrich will implode. It’s never been a question of if,  it’s always been a question of when.

He's tanned. He's rested. He's ready.

Which is why my mind turns yet again to the possibility of a brokered convention. What if the Newtster can hide his real self from those who right now drape him with public accolades, which he so craves, right up to Super Tuesday? What if he even holds his water and performs credibly on that day?

Imagine the GOP political establishment counting down to Tampa and staring speechless as Newt counts up the delegates in his pockets.

I wonder how many are this very day camped out on Mitch Daniels’ doorstep? Taking the reluctant spouse aside and saying puh-leeezz-eee. And perhaps they work on Mitch long enough, perhaps they convince him his party is in crisis. Enter the alternative. A steady hand, more intellect than ego. And electable. Mitch Daniels. Whaddaya think?

Dear Elvis, here I go again. Krauthammer’s got a good column

He looks at Gingrich’s new rise and at Newt vs. Mitt – he seems not to like the Newtster much, which is a tough place for a conservative who’s not too enthusiastic about Romney either. Krauthammer, eminence grise of the conservative press, doesn’t come right out and say so but he makes it abundantly clear between the lines.

He offers the best explanation I’ve seen of why Gingrich might sneak through for quite a while in spite of his myriad political errors, not the least of which is flipping his flop for money and showing off (think the global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi). And, of course, his cozy relationship with the  satan Freddie Mac who, as Sean Hannity knows, caused the global financial meltdown.

The list is long. But what distinguishes Gingrich from Romney — and mitigates these heresies in the eyes of conservatives — is that he authored a historic conservative triumph: the 1994 Republican takeover of the House after 40 years of Democratic control.

Which means that Gingrich’s apostasies are seen as deviations from his conservative core — while Romney’s flip-flops are seen as deviations from . . . nothing.

But (as I’ve been saying) he’ll eventually shoot himself in the foot . . .

Gingrich has his own vulnerabilities. The first is . . . characterological rather than ideological: his own unreliability. Gingrich has a self-regard so immense that it rivals Obama’s — but, unlike Obama’s, is untamed by self-discipline.

Also, even though . . .

. . . many conservatives seem quite prepared to overlook his baggage . . [but] independents and disaffected Democrats . . .  will not be so forgiving . .  harder to overlook the fact that the man who denounces Freddie Mac to the point of suggesting that those in Congress who aided and abetted it be imprisoned, took $30,000 a month from that very same parasitic federal creation.

Finally . . .

. . .  Who is more likely to prevent that second term? And who, if elected, is less likely to unpleasantly surprise?

Why Newt won’t win

Aside from the lobbying, the half million dollar Tiffany bill, the three wives and his famous thin skin, there is this (h/t Don). (Also, those thin lips . . .)

The Newtster has some advice for Herman Cain

My first advice is what he hasn’t done, which is say nothing until you sit down with your lawyers and with the people who know the facts,” Gingrich said. “You thoroughly and completely understand them and you go through a period where everybody asks you —  in your team —  every possible negative question so you thoroughly understand what will happen.”

Got that?

Mr. 4-to-9 Percent also thinks it’s between Romney and his excellent self now.


That didn’t count

If Obama does it, he hates America. And it doesn’t make any difference at all if Bush did it too, because, well, Bush wasn’t a Kenyan born black Muslim elitist.

It seems Obama has asked that terrifyingly Muslim imam, director of the Cordoba Institute in New York near Ground Zero, to attend a dialogue in the Middle East and speak about being a Muslim in America. He asked, because Feisal Abdul Rauf is an old hand at this. He did it for Bush.

Yup, George Bush sent Rauf on a friend-making tour to the Arab world with Bush staffer Karen Hughes, where they visited multiple countries and were part of the February 2006 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar.

But still, outrage is always good television.  Just ask Hannity and Gingrich on FOX. (The video won’t embed dammit – and it’s a good one. If I have the time and energy, I’ll try to find another one and save you, gentle reader, from the arduous task of clicking through.)

Gingrich is offensive here. Just offensive. I love the part where he says this imam deliberately bought that property to be controversial. Cordoba Institute bought the property before 9/11. I expect this ignorant nonsense from the ratings whore Hannity. Gingrich here shows himself to be completely without a concern for the national good and utterly contemptuous of the US Constitution. But then, these guys have never been big fans of the Bill of Rights.