Gingrich on endorsing Scozzafava: I know I’m right

posted at 6:09 pm on October 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

Good luck in the primaries, buddy.

“I endorsed the Republican who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, opposes the Obama health plan, signed the ‘no-tax-increase’ pledge, and supports a comprehensive energy plan like I do,” says Gingrich.

Third-party candidates like conservative Doug Hoffman, Scozzafava’s challenger, often serve only to divide the GOP, says Gingrich. “Just look at what’s happening in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race,” he says, pointing to the campaign of independent candidate Chris Daggett, who has siphoned support from Republican candidate Chris Christie. “What’s happening in New York and in New Jersey should be a sober warning to every purist in this country.”

“If you seek to be a perfect minority, you’ll remain a minority,” says Gingrich.

In other words, he’s treating this race as a litmus test to prove how big-tent the GOP can be. But … why? There’s no good reason to make this district, which should be a safe Republican seat, into a bellwether. Get a conservative elected and then find some socially liberal libertarians in purple districts to champion next year. Like Ace says, Scozzafava is so questionable that it’s not clear whether she’d be better than the Democrat, and since this is a special election, she’s probably looking at another challenge from Doug Hoffman a year from now anyway. I don’t get why Gingrich is digging in here: If he runs for president, this’ll be used against him by Romney et al., and if he doesn’t run for president, it’ll hurt his standing among conservatives as a senior statesman/spokesman for the party. Mystifying.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Scozzafava’s own husband was the one who called the cops on John McCormack after he dared ask her a few questions in the parking lot. (Quote from a Scozzafava spokesman: “I have no doubt he intended to follow her home, too. His actions were reprehensible.”) Um, if her husband was right there, what was he so worried about? Did he think McCormack was going to pull a gun or something? More background from Bill Kristol, defending his reporter:

Let me emphasize: I have full confidence in the truth of John’s account. And I won’t allow a desperate campaign to try to tarnish the fine reputation John has built as a fair and accurate reporter — and, for that matter, a very decent and mild-mannered young man.

As it happens, I was standing near John’s desk in the office this past Friday. The phone rang. It was Scozzafava campaign spokesman Matt Burns, who didn’t like something John had reported, and started yelling abusively at him the moment he answered the phone. We could hear Mr. Burns ten feet away. I gather Mr. Burns called later to apologize. I suppose John would accept another apology by the Scozzafava campaign. But it really would be better not to start down the road of berating reporters for accurately reporting the facts, or of calling the police when your candidate doesn’t like the questions reporters are asking.

She’s bad on the issues and bad with the media? No wonder Hoffman’s urging her to quit the race. Well played, Newt.

Update: Actually, here’s the real reason Hoffman’s nudging her. She’s out of gas:

What all sides seem to agree on is that Scozzafava is fading — whether slightly or badly depends on which candidate you support — due largely to her inability to raise enough money to defend herself from attacks from the right (from Hoffman/Club) and the left (from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

While none of the three candidates have filed fundraising reports with the Federal Election Committee yet, it’s an open secret among Republicans that Scozzafava has badly underperformed in the money chase and, as a result, is barely a presence at all on television in the final 14 days of the race.

The Scozzafava fade — assuming it continues — will create a new group of undecided voters for Owens and Hoffman to try and cherry-pick.

Update: Equal time for Newt. Does this make it better? A little?


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The Scozzafava fade — assuming it continues — will create a new group of undecided voters for Owens and Hoffman to try and cherry-pick.

I’m going to predict a third place finish for Scozzafava. The only question now is who wins. Hoffman or the Democrat.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Watch these boys suck up to the girl in the dress here shortly.

Girly Men………..Newt, Lindsay, Steele, all of them on D.C. that are scared of being called a “hater” by Christ Matthews or the other Liberal media “elites” out there.

Earlier I had posted Patrick Henry’s battle cry “give me liberty or give me death” but here’s a more relevant chant to yell back to the GOP!!!

GROW A PAIR
GROW A PAIR
GGGGGRRRRROWWWWWW A PPPPPPPAAAAIIRRRR!!!

PappyD61 on October 21, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Newt jumped the shark a long time ago – about the point when he “debated” John Kerry on global warming and ended up agreeing with everything Kerry said and came just short of kissing his rear end on television. So, Newt is not the most credible Republican out there these days.

And this Scozzafava? She looks like she could be Nancy Pelosi’s younger sister. That does not bode well….

I wonder what more credible conservative like, say, Fred Thompson thinks of this race?

t.ferg on October 21, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The problem with people like Newt, is they’ve been insiders too long. In the 90s Newt came up with a plan that got Republicans the Congress, the first time in many decades.
THey went on to accomplish little.
He then spent the next 10-15 years getting pats on the back from Republicans, and he became a media “go to guy” in Washington.
Newt sold out and so did the Republicans of the Contract for America era. They became fat, lazy, and enjoyed the parties and country club set. They, along with the RNC leaders, have nothing in common with the grass root people that raised them to power. The final proof of it is when the Republican Party can throw a pro-abortion, pro card check supposed Republican at us and expect us to say it’s OK..IT IS NOT OK!

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 10:14 AM

When Meghan McCain speaks out for gay marriage and against celibacy movements and for a “new Republican party” she does it because she sincerely thinks that’s the right thing to do, good in and of itself, and so why not do it?

When Newt foists this liberal on the Republicans he knows she’s a turkey. We’ve all heard Newt speak from the heart, and he doesn’t talk about avoiding perfection in order to win. He knows this is sleazy but he thinks it will work.

So who deserves more respect?

Chris_Balsz on October 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I expect Flip Flop Mitt to come out and endorse Scozzafava anyday now. Then, three days later, he’ll endorse Hoffman so he can have it both ways.

Percy_Peabody on October 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

So Newt is still sucking off the RINO’s? Guess he thought the Conservative side had cancer or something.

If any of you give an ounce of time to the GOP then you are bigger fools than an Obama cultist.

ClassicCon on October 21, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Newt, give it up. Don’t make this your Waterloo.

marklmail on October 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Back in the ’90′s, I used to think Newt was smarmy.
Now, I loathe him! (He, like McVain, made me hate him!)

His $$$ people call me almost daily for cash–I yelled at the woman last time and told her that Newt’s people better not call me again!
Poor thing!
LOL

Jenfidel on October 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Now he’s pretending to be Goldwater?

The Dean on October 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Newt has so become a disappointment, between this and the Pelosi Commercials I am so disgusted with this man. I have been sending daily emails to Fred Thompson regarding Newt’s betrayal (he supports Doug Hoffman, Fred does) regarding this and urging him to decide to run for the POTUS (For real this time) in 2012. Please join me in doing this all!! We need Fred in 2012, nobody else!

walker_ro on October 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

this going to be a hoot and holler if Owens is elected, which sadly is very possible.

the question is would you rather be governed by politicians that range in their opinion from conservatives to RINOs….or from Spector to Bernie Sanders?????

when push comes to shove I’ll take the former anyday.

Newt wants a governing coalition…yes the word is coalition.

I know that people want the feel good of saying that RINOs are no better than the Left…but here’s the deep problem:

If the conservatives get fractured (even to third party status) the Left will take over for good.

r keller on October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Fear is a great motivator for the GOP.

Let me ask, has the GOP governing coalition ever reduced the size of government?

True_King on October 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM

I couldn’t disagree more with Gingrich. A party must stand for something to attract supporters.

The party must define its platform and then welcome in as candidates all who agree with the fundamental tenets of the the platform at least 70% of the time, and do not flagrantly oppose any.

But if someone clearly falls outside that, then as Ronald Reagan said in 1975, let them go their way.

We did not win in 94 by finding far left liberals willing to run as Republicans. We won by getting as many candidates as possible to stand together supporting the policies stated in the Contract with America. We gave people something to vote for.

In this race, we have a solid Republican district and are running a candidate that would literally fit right in with the House Democratic caucus. She might be too far left for the Blue Dogs. Let her go her way, we can win in this district with a solid conservative.

We don’t need any more Snowe’s giving “bipartisan” cover for Obama. This would be like Snowe on steroids.

The Republican Party should ask her to withdraw and throw its support behind Hoffman.

willamettevalley on October 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

NEWT = IRRELEVANT

PappaMac on October 21, 2009 at 1:50 PM

“What’s happening in New York and in New Jersey should be a sober warning to every purist in this country.”

No, it should be a sober warning to the leaders of the Republican Party that they need to clean up their act and start supporting real opposition candidates. I.e. we need representatives who will stand up for Madisonian principcles. If they won’t, they deserve to lose support. Republicans need to start supporting their supporters, or expect to lose them. Me-too’ing the Democrats is a self-defeating policy, even ignoring the immorality involved.

JDPerren on October 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I wonder what more credible conservative like, say, Fred Thompson thinks of this race?

t.ferg on October 21, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Fred Thompson has endorsed Hoffman, from what I read.

JDPerren on October 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Newt Gingrich, the inevitable result of embracing Pragmatism. For such people there’s not a view or value they won’t compromise or betray. They are the rubber tube Rand described that drains the lifeblood from the living. In this case, it only helps the zombie socialists who refuse to stay dead.

JDPerren on October 21, 2009 at 2:26 PM

All the Republicans should flip over to the Democrat side, it would be the more honest thing to do…and the mainstream media wouldn’t know what to do anymore

Conservative Voice on October 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

If the conservatives get fractured (even to third party status) the Left will take over for good.

r keller on October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The Right wants to reverse the policies of the Left.

If you want the policies of the Left reversed, do not elect the Center.

I once agreed with you, but when it comes down to it the Center won’t move Right. They also gain seniority over the Right and therefore, power within the party beyond their numbers. EG, Specter as Chair of Judiciary.

Chris_Balsz on October 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Newt is a weasel! With republican like him who need enemies?

MCGIRV on October 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

A fool and there majority are soon departed.People stand up to these RINOS everywhere .Tell them there days of compromise are over we the people are who you work for.No more will be just sit back fat dumb and happy.Now a word of caution to people like Hannity and others who kiss up to people like Newt,Huckabee,McCain and other RINOS be very careful who you hang out with you could go down with them.

thmcbb on October 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

This is, by all accounts, an entirely defensible GOP district. There’s no reason to run someone like Scozzafava here.

Now, the question for folks like her labor-organizer husband – do they pump money into her campaign, even though she’s toast, in order to split the GOP vote and get the Dem candidate a win?

Gingrich’s idea of a “comprehensive” energy bill is full of climate-fraud and statist regulation.

JEM on October 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM

“I endorsed the Republican who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, opposes the Obama health plan, signed the ‘no-tax-increase’ pledge, and supports a comprehensive energy plan like I do,” says Gingrich.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
Twelve days before Ms. Scozzafava took the pledge, the state assemblywoman told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that she would never sign it because more constituents could be affected by refusing to raise income taxes and being forced to raise other taxes and fees instead.

She said Friday she “doesn’t feel that it does bind my hands.”

Mr. Hoffman said Saturday that Ms. Scozzafava’s willingness to sign now was directly related to her “dropping in the polls.”

RadClown on October 21, 2009 at 5:45 PM

That settles it.

Newt Neutered Gingerich is a transvestite whore!

Mcguyver on October 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM

I don’t get why Gingrich is digging in here: If he runs for president, this’ll be used against him by Romney et al.,

Well, after Scozzafava’s little press conference out front of Hoffman HQ’s, I’d say Gingrich is toast as well since this will most assuredly be used against him. Good grief!

glennbo on October 21, 2009 at 6:21 PM

More shrewd, intelligent Republican positioning: “Senate Democrats Call On GOP To Stop Holding Up Unemployment Insurance Extension”

The worst labor market in decades. Republican brainstorm: “Hey, let’s block unemployment compensation extensions! Yeah! This is a great place and time to hand the Dems a political victory!”

Django on October 21, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Django on October 21, 2009 at 6:34 PM

It is most likely tied to some other objectionable legislation that the GOP can’t/won’t/shouldn’t sign on to. This is what is wrong with how laws are passed.

glennbo on October 21, 2009 at 6:38 PM

It is most likely tied to some other objectionable legislation that the GOP can’t/won’t/shouldn’t sign on to. This is what is wrong with how laws are passed.

glennbo on October 21, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Yeah, that was my first thought but, from what I’ve been able to find on the internet, The Republicans are trying to attach legislation re ACORN and other things to the bill. I hate ACORN as much as anybody but this is not the time or place for such a thing. It just hands an easy and obvious propaganda victory to the Dems.

I’d be happy to be proven wrong on the reasons for the delay.

Django on October 21, 2009 at 6:48 PM

First last and always a situation ethics politician, saying what ever it takes to get elected.

lsheldon on October 21, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Does the more conservative republican candidate have more of a chance of winning in general election than the RINO?

If not then I don’t understand what the problem here is… i’ll rather have a republican in that seat than a dem who will probably vote yes for Obamacare.

TimeTraveler on October 21, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I live in McHugh’s 23rd Dist. and “O” gave him the Sect. Of The Army job and ACORN and Newt gave their nod to DeDe another RINO to replace another RINO. Smart politics by “O” culling out GOP Congressman slipping in another that will be controllable. I’m for Hoffman in November.

mixplix on October 21, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Uh, Newt, does not attempting to make a perfect minority preclude Republicans from making it a better minority, or even making it a better majority?

applebutter on October 21, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Newt is a populist fraud. Always has been. His true colors are starting to shine now. It\’s one thing for him to support a Liberal Republican against a Democrat. It\’s an entirely different thing to support a liberal over a conservative republican. Newt is big government solutions, pro-enviroment, and is only second to Bill Clinton in being self absorbed. Those of you that support him please look closer at this fraud. I did over 8 years ago and found a very different man that one he presents himself as.

MichiganMatt on October 21, 2009 at 11:22 PM

What? This is True?? Have been away from the news today…. Oh my goodness. He been hangin with Colin?

shar61 on October 22, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Does the more conservative republican candidate have more of a chance of winning in general election than the RINO?

If not then I don’t understand what the problem here is… i’ll rather have a republican in that seat than a dem who will probably vote yes for Obamacare.

TimeTraveler on October 21, 2009 at 7:10 PM

That seat has been a Republican Gimme seat for over 60 years. There’s NO reason to think Hoffman wouldn’t take it as a Republican. Newt’s full of CRAP just like the rest of the POS that run the GOP. They are CHOOSING Scozofava, a pro-choice, pro-gay, union shill to be THEIR CANDIDATE in a conservative Republican district. Just like they stab Rubio in the back in favor of the two faced coward Crist.

No conservative should EVER send any money to the crooks and liars at the RNC or any of their funding committees. They need to be rooted out and abused.

rcl on October 22, 2009 at 7:58 AM

One more thing; to Michael Steele…

Style isn’t the main goal of that job Michael. I had hoped you’d discipline the Party to focus on a unified conservative message in every district. Putting a Happy Face on the Same Ol’ Phony Crap isn’t real Change is it?

I was looking for heads to roll but looks like you’re the one getting rolled to me.

rcl on October 22, 2009 at 8:05 AM

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