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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Newt, There is an “I” and an “R” in Conservative, and no “D” or “L”…

right2bright on October 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM

When a man cares more about his ink than his soul, he has met the Abyss.

And fallen into it.

Newt, meet Barack.

TXUS on October 20, 2009 at 6:49 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

I lost the last shred of respect for Newt when he sat on the couch with Pelosi for a green commercial. Another Republican attacking conservatives and conservatism. Keep supporting leftist Republicans GOP it’s working so well so far. Specter, Snowe, McCain, etc, etc, etc…. Newt says fine conservative things until its time to abandon them for his own financial or political gain. Newt Gingrich has no ethics and can rot in hell.

chicagojedi on October 20, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Havent trusted him since the Global Warming ad of 2007.

Newt, just go away.

thebrokenrattle on October 20, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Earth to Newt…the party’s already divided because it continually endorses RINOs/Liberals. We have nowhere to go but up by endorsing real conservatives. What is it going to take for the Republican establishment to get this?

You can’t win without your base and your base is CONSERVATIVE!!!!!!!!!

orlandocajun on October 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Newt Gingrich is a classic case of an autistic savant.

Sigmund on October 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

You know, unless I was living in an alternate universe, didn’t the Contract with America nationize the 94 elections with a broad conservative message.
I don’t remember the Contact with the Upper Northeast, Newt.

jjshaka on October 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

the elites got it backward once again. they take the base for granted and run to the lef tof the base in the general thinking that is the way to win. this is the wrong thinking that cost us in 2006 and 2004. the dems ran canidates to the right of the GOp in the blue dog districts.

what the elites need to understand without the base thety start out with at most 20% of the vote. You then need to get to 51% or you need to get 31% of the base and the moderates to support your guy. If they start with a conservative the base is there and thus they start with as much as 40% of the voters and only need to educate 11% of the voters to their wayof thinking. It is harder to educate or presuade people thus the elites go the easy route. Which is fine AS LONG AS THE BASE IS THERE. The NJ and NY elections are showing the elites in the GOP if they want to listen that the base IS NOT THERE. Thus they face a choice. continue to run liberal RINOs and lose every election or embrace the base and stand a chance of winning. Will the conservative view win every election? no but they stand a good chance of picking up seats and having a platform to govern on once elected.

the rinos will blow what ever the way the wind is blowing

unseen on October 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

meant nationalize- my apologies

jjshaka on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Can we please stop with the Newt-as-savior-of-conservatism meme? He did a yeoman’s work in 1995 but ended up sinking his own ship, anyway.

spmat on October 20, 2009 at 6:58 PM

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

While in general there is something to say about building ruling coalitions this isn’t one of those cases.
Have you looked at her positions lately? She falls somewhere on the line from Spector to Bernie Sanders. IMO closer to Sanders than Spector.

The RNC shot themselves in the foot on this. They didn’t need to select her to win in NY-23. If the Dem wins because of a split vote he/she will be out in the 2010 election anyway.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Oh, sorry. We’ll just go ahead and vote for people that don’t believe in actual conservative values or any silly thing like that.

Might as well vote for a hitler liberal.

No thanks. I’m done supporting RINOs because they are the “lesser of 2 evils” That strategy is pretty much DEAD, or haven’t you been awake during the McCain fiasco?

Spiritk9 on October 20, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Newt is sooooooooooo 13 years ago. That\’s the last I paid any attention to him. Another reason I\’m no longer a Republican.

Joy on October 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

Gingrich is working hard to drive the Republican party apart.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Stop with the Herr Obama speak.

MB4 on October 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Breaking News:

http://biggovernment.com/2009/10/20/breaking-ny-county-gop-chairman-writes-off-scozzafava/

The plug is pulled.

Calling the cops on McCormick was the last straw; she’s toast.

CPT. Charles on October 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Yes, voting for the ‘lesser of two evils’ has worked SO well up until now.

Joy on October 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

A Scozzafava and a Schifoso.

Terry_Dyne on October 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

CPT. Charles on October 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Whaoh! Awesome. Makes Newt look even dumber now.

AUINSC on October 20, 2009 at 7:05 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

think over the last 21 years since reagan and tell me how the left has not ALREADY taken over for good. the entire federal government has grown gotten new improved powers that are not consitutional, has butted into the American’s lives on a daily basis, has promoted open borders, Bush’s AJ even fought the Keller case for gun control, emeint domain now says government can seize your poperty for higher taxes ( or economic reasons), a $1.4 trillion dollar hole in the budget, 2 wars that have still not been won and never will due to ROE and pussification of the military. PC is excepted in schools, universities and workplaces, multiculturism has replaced the meltingpot giving huge regional divisions within the USA for the first time since the end of the civil war. A entire new department with sweeping powers has been installed in the homeland secuirty.

Your solution has already handed the left all they ever wanted with a GOP figleaf over it to say its ok.

unseen on October 20, 2009 at 7:05 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

You’re assuming that conservatism needs the GOP. We don’t need a big tent. We need principles. If the people the republicans nominates are as bad the democrat leftists then people will continue to see both parties as the same old brand of unwanted big government hacks. Principles will win. We don’t have to all think alike but at least stand for something. Have basic conservative principles that every GOP must accept and meet. Otherwise what’s the point of the GOP? Then it’s only about money and power. What is the benefit of having Dede Scuzzbag in office? She’ll vote the same as the democrat. Continue to tarnish the GOP in the public’s eye. Ensure that democrats occupy a seat historically republican for the next 20 years. How is that a victory? How will that not tear down the GOP? I’d rather the GOP lose every damn election in 2010 and learn the lesson that need to STOP NOMINATING LEFTISTS! I couldn’t give a crap about the GOP. I care about my family. I care about my country. Conservatism is the answer. If the GOP won’t realize that then I’ll take my vote somewhere else. You know what will prevent the GOP from tearing apart? Nominate conservatives who can actually win.

chicagojedi on October 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Who has torn the party apart? 41% of Americans self identify as Conservatives and only 22% as Liberal. NY-23 is a Northern New York conservative district. Why did the NRCC support a very, very Liberal candidate. In this case the Party is causing the problems not the conservatives. So I will nominate you for the Cranium in Rectum award for October 20, 2009.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

It looks like Newt and the Republicans can’t see the woods for the trees.

We have a cadre of Marxist’s running the White House and Newt goes and supports this radical. I hope Hoffman wipes the smirk of both their faces.

I lost all respect for Newt when he sat on that sofa with Pelosi.

Wake up Newt your on the wrong bus.

Sandybourne on October 20, 2009 at 7:07 PM

I hear she supports card check.

So um yeah… not happening.

jhffmn on October 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

I know I’m right. Really? He’s not right about Scuzzyfava, global warming-oops I mean climate change, big tent, etc. Sure he’d be a better president that what we have now but this guy is THE RINO.

Alfresco on October 20, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Newt is wrong. Not only is he wrong he is likely to be the first of the elites to learn the hard way. I really really hope that happens. Better now than 2010.
Go Hoffman.

ORconservative on October 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Add Newt to the list with McCain, Graham, Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, Todd-Whitman, etc, etc…….

I tried compromise with McCain, and the truth is, Liberal Lite didn’t work. Why continue to try it, that’s dumb.

davecatbone on October 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Maybe Newt can support Howard Dean for the 2012 Republican nomination. Big tent, not having a “perfect minority”, blah, blah, et all.

MB4 on October 20, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I donated to Doug Hoffman in New York yesterday and donated to Marco Rubio in Florida today. I called the National Republican Senatorial Committee in DC about Rubio and Hoffman and they basically told me to kiss it. The RNC and RCCC are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Scozzafava’s campaign. Money that were donated to support the Republican party platform, and are now being used fraudulently to oppose that very platform. Shame!

The Grand Old Party (GOP): You Left Me Just When I Needed You Most

luckybogey on October 20, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Wow … who knew the stake thru Newt’s heart would have been an unknown LIBRINO like Scozzafava?

darwin on October 20, 2009 at 7:18 PM

I lost all respect for Newt when he sat on that sofa with Pelosi.
Wake up Newt your on the wrong bus.

Sandybourne on October 20, 2009 at 7:07 PM

I wish to revise and extend my remarks. Earlier I’d paired Newt with the Rev. Sharpton on that sofa.

Well, same difference, I suppose.

Newt’s not on the wrong bus…

Just under it.

TXUS on October 20, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Gingrich = RINO

MaximusConfessor on October 20, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Newt’s done. I emailed Hannity as to the next time you talk to him, ask him why he supports Scozzafave.

Scoreboard44 on October 20, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Doesn’t want to start a precedent of abandoning the official GOP candidate.

There are other Conservative, and I use the word loosely, candidates in the mold of the Paultard who would love nothing more than to campaign as “True conservatives” and elect Democrats in the process.

jp on October 20, 2009 at 7:23 PM

There was a time I would have supported Newt for pres. Now I am waiting to see him “Danceing with the Stars”. Or is it “Danceing with the Dems”.

mechkiller_k on October 20, 2009 at 7:24 PM

“Third-party candidates like conservative Doug Hoffman, Scozzafava’s challenger, often serve only to divide the MY GOP, says Gingrich. “

Newt helped kick start the conservative revolution in the early 90s but hidden in the bowels of the movement was an amoral parasite that brought down all of our best efforts to guide and maintain the only straight and narrow course that could work or ever will work.

Speakup on October 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Newt is missing the point in a big way. Voters are either dropping or ignoring their party affiliations. More and more are identifying as Independents and voting for the candidate rather than the party.

With the declining economy, more Americans are showing interest in fiscal restraint, smaller government, and national security—all traditionally conservative ideas.

Fox News claims lots of Independents in its viewership numbers. The message of demanding an accountable government is growing. More voters will be attracted to a conservative with principles and a record to prove them, regardless of party affiliation.

Gingrich lost me when he sat on that couch for far-Left Pelosi, touting nonsense about climate change.

Let the Dems be the party of LeftieLunacy. Their numbers will dwindle.

The tent of conservatism is wide because it embraces liberty and individuality. As that is the growing reality to taxpaying voters who are coming out of their sleep, along with others, I donate to candidates rather than party these days.

onlineanalyst on October 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM

If anyone mentions this stupid idiot Gingrich for president again, I am going to beat them with a tire iron (not litterally of course).

Mr. Joe on October 20, 2009 at 7:28 PM

To Newt, et al:

Look, I understand why sometimes you guys yield. The cultural institutions are weighted against you and you don’t have the strength to change them. But they have their own issues, and may not be able to stand up under the weight of their contradictions.

You think you guys can just hold the line for another three years or so? Three years. Let the future of the GOP take care of itself–stop trying to position for relevance in twenty years by accepting defeat today. Have a little faith. Hold the line.

Horatius on October 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Ace nails this issue today.

Mr. Joe on October 20, 2009 at 7:42 PM

It is becoming clear that conservatives have reached a point of no return. They are ready to take a chance on losing than to feel like crap electing people they can’t stand. Let the chips fall where they may. We’ll see who the people want to represent them. At least conservatives can be comforted that they are standing on their principles – which is a mighty solid foundation.

One thing I do know is that even if conservatives lose this one, they will still be conservatives and have the same principles. I guarantee that if the RINOs lose they’ll be scurrying around trying to find a new schtick they can sell to the people.

KickandSwimMom on October 20, 2009 at 7:43 PM

How many times to you have to be sold out before you realize that Newt and the rest of the Rockefeller Republicans in the GOP are not conservative but sellouts.

All you really have to do to Identify the traitors, is go over to the Council on Foreign Relations, CFR, website and look up the membership roster. Almost every single RHINO or Traitor to conservatives is a member of the CFR.

Newt-check
Graham-check
Specter-check
John McCain-check
Olympia Snowe-check
Richard Lugar-check

I could go on and on but until we get the elitists out of the RNC that want a New World Order they will continue to sell us conservatives down the river.

JB Williams has got a great plan to do just that:
“They do NOT need to form another third political party. But they do need to form something along the lines of a New Tea Party 527 organization through which they can raise money and seize control of the RNC.”

ScottyDog on October 20, 2009 at 7:47 PM

So Newt now supports card check, government ran health care, the SEIU gangsters, cap and trade, reduced energy production, and higher taxes? Cause that’s what his super duper liberal GOP candidate supports. GOP now stands for Graying Overweight Pansies or what? Get out of the way Newt, you are now part of the problem, not the solution.

ray on October 20, 2009 at 7:48 PM

“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.

Had the GOP picked Hoffman as it’s candidate (which they had the opportunity to do before picking the Scozz) … then right now Doug Hoffman would be leading with around 60 percent support.

You can look at this two ways – either the Conservatives are being too hard core – or the party is going too far in it’s moderation efforts.

Since obviously we’ve proven that Hoffman could win in this district if he’d been selected as the GOP nominee – you can only conclude the latter.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I am not sure there is much difference between Scozzafava and the Democrats. I wonder why she is even running as a Republican.

Newt has a point about being too pure but I am not sure it applies here in this particular race.

Anders on October 20, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Newt Gingrich is the poster child for what ails the Republican party. He is ever, and only, about elevating himself. He is the cancer that sabotaged the “contract with America”, and betrayed the true conservatives who he duped.

Puddleglum on October 20, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Newt’s been neutered.

beachgirlusa on October 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

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

Nah. Accuracy demands a Ché T-Shirt while he yammers conservatism. The Three Faces of Eve Newt.

Feedie on October 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Newt is just another self-centered pol. Newt is for Newt first, party second (because being for the party helps Newt), then maybe he’ll gift the masses with his wisdom (especially if it helps Newt get publicity and sell books, see first priority.)

obladioblada on October 20, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Here’s Newt again talking out of both sides of his mouth. There is ample evidence that seasoned politicians are more for themselves than the people. We need new blood in there every time. We have the power to do it, but when people continue to view their reps as they do public schools (mine is OK; it is everyone else’s that is rotten), then expect no real change.

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” –John Adams

PrincipledPilgrim on October 20, 2009 at 8:02 PM

I went to Newt.org and sent him a farewell message …

Sorry man – you’ve lost me. First cuddling up to Nancy Pelosi on Global Warming and now endorsing “The Scozz” in NY-23.

Have a nice life Newt – thanks for the GOP victory back in 1994 – that was really a blast but I think now you should leave politics and create your own signature Barbecue Sauce or something.

Bye.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM

So he’s basically suggesting compromising ones values to be liked more and hopefully elected?

Why?

Itchee Dryback on October 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM

“The Scozz” in NY-23.
HondaV65 on October 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM

At first, I read it as “The Scuzz”, heh.

Feedie on October 20, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Some Ideals cannot be compromised.

ronsfi on October 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc

As opposed to what, having 50% be democrats who call themselves democrats, and 50% be democrats who call themselves republicans? Either way it’s 100% democrat.

Democrats have to go, no matter what letter is beside their name. Not getting that makes YOU the one betraying this country.

xblade on October 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Newt is an idiotic machine politician and we should stop listening to him. Any old loser with an R next to their name is good enough for Newt… which, I’m sorry, just isn’t good enough.

Lehosh on October 20, 2009 at 8:43 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Why would settle for “Thunderbird” … when you can drink Champagne?

Not sure if you’re paying attention friend – but the Democrats are in full meltdown. Obama is falling in the polls and every day he eliminates another voting demographic from ever supporting Democrats again.

Why run Pro-Abortion candidates when we can win with PRO-LIFE? News flash – Americans fear Democratic intrusions into their healthcare, their eating choices, their lifestyle choices, their choice of beverages MORE than any phony “I see Elepants in jur bedroom” charges against the GOP.

It’s not the fault of Conservatives that Scozz is loosing – it’s the fault of the GOP Ayatollahs for picking her to begin with.

For crying out loud – you know there’s trouble when your candidate won’t even promise not to switch parties … NEXT YEAR. The Scozz won’t even vow to remain in the Republican party for ONE YEAR.

What part of that leads you to conclude we’re the ones at fault here?

HondaV65 on October 20, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Way to betray people with functioning brains, dickeater. Way to betray men, girlyboy.
Way to betray the right to a private ballot, union commie.
Way to betray people who actually have a set of guiding principles, and don’t just look for an “R” next to the (lame ass) candidate’s name.

GFY, dbag.

Jaibones on October 20, 2009 at 8:53 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

I have one, short, simple question for your entire line of reasoning:
Would you DIE for your principles?

Blacksmith8 on October 20, 2009 at 8:55 PM

And the Civil War continues. You all won’t be satisfied until you’ve torn the party apart and elected 100% Democrats from coast to coast.

Way to betray our country, folks.

AngusMc on October 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

A famous person said “Politically speaking, if I die, I die.”
 
I’d rather die with my principles entact than live one second after caving in to some limp fantasy of survival under a dhimmicrap. When I stand before GOD and answer for what I have done and what I have failed to do, it is my fervent prayer that the answer is ‘Well Done, thou good and faithful servant’.
 
I doubt that you truly understand the gravity of the situation our country is in. You say I’m betraying my country. I say you have already committed TREASON in act and word.
 
FREEDOM!

Blacksmith8 on October 20, 2009 at 9:04 PM

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

Newt’s an idiot, and you all need to go here and tell him so. Quick poll — when was the last time Newt’s opinion on anything mattered? What decade? Anything.

Jaibones on October 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Sorry. Gingrich and Hannity don’t own me.

johnnyU on October 20, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Liz Cheney on Hannity, tearing Obama a new one. Love it.

Daemonocracy on October 20, 2009 at 9:17 PM

I am an Independent is Newt serious? If I want to vote for a Liberal I’ll vote for a Liberal Democrat. I got off the fence when Sarah Palin entered the Presidential Campaign.

What does it take to get it into their THICK SKULLS, this isn’t Business as usual? I won’t vote for a Liberal Republican I would vote for a Conservative Democrat first.

Gingrich is WRONG.

What’s that SMELL it SMELLS like Populism! So the Republicans want to sit out another election cycle? Politicians have a real poor learning curve.

Dr Evil on October 20, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Pack your bags, Newt… It’s ON!

on fire on October 20, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Any Conservative arguing that we need to have a RINO in NY-23 is analogous to Joe Biden when he said “Hey, lets divide Iraq into three countries!!”

Bush proved that you don’t have to divide Iraq into three countries to win in Iraq.

And you don’t have to run RINOs to beat Democrats in this environment.

If Owens wins – it’s the fault of Newt and the GOP Ayatollah’s – because they are infected with Joe Biden disease.

HondaV65 on October 20, 2009 at 9:27 PM

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.

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

Good luck with that. And your premise stinks. Dede what’s-her-name calls the police when she’s asked tough questions. That’s as leftist as you can get, and not an option in any world I want to live in. She can go to hell, and so can Newt.

rrpjr on October 20, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I’m tired of hearing Gingrich……NEWT YOU ARE YESTERDAY’S YESTERDAY…

He whores himself to whatever media outlet will have him. I’m sick of having GOP Lapdog Hannity trot him out and lavish praise on him (like he does JC Watts, and other near-RINO’s).

As for Newt’s “minority” quote. HAVING THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IN THE GOP has done wonders for this country has it not Newt?

Newt is part of the “showbiz” of D.C. politics. It’s all a game to the Beltway crowd.

You should see Jesse Ventura talking about how politics in D.C. is just all a big show and THAT is why behind close doors all the back slapping goes on and the chuminess is there.

NEWT…………RINO!!!

PappyD61 on October 20, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Newt loves to talk about history……”

Newt here’s one for you and all your talk about being a minority, etc.

Patrick Henry….1775
Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Pappy D……2009
Dear Lord! — I know the course of this ruling class but as for me, give me liberty from Nanny or give me death!

PappyD61 on October 20, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Newt ….. this is 2009.

You no longer “get it”.

bannedbyhuffpo on October 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM

My God. Now this “GOP candidate” is leaking email exchanges to left wing blogs to try and discredit the Weekly Standard reporter she tried to have arrested! This is insane. She’s running to lefty blogs for help! Stick a fork in her. She. Is. Done.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/10/20/795280/-NY-23:-Refereeing-the-conservative-pissing-match

Rational Thought on October 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Rational Thought on October 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM

I read it but the blogger is taking the weekly standard’s side on the email exchange…so more than likely this woman is similar to the Liberal Democrat NY Congress woman, who said, holding a town hall meeting was beneath her…I don’t think people get this is a regional thing. But I bet there are a lot of out of work New Yorkers…and when I state ,New Yorkers not just the ones living in the Greater New York City area…now how does her Republican “Conservative” Opponent get them to the polls for him?

Obviously Newts not the least bit interested in backing a Conservative. Doesn’t that look funny just reading it. So Gingrich is a PHONY? That’s not going to be helpful to the Republicans trying to take back the house and senate.

Sarah Palin had to go rogue, look at who she has had to deal with.

Dr Evil on October 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Just got a call from “Newt”s group…

Told em that as a Conservative, I don’t support RINOs or those who support RINOs…

Romeo13 on October 20, 2009 at 10:20 PM

I’m starting to smell something fishy in both the NY and NJ races… Why is that in both states the Rep is leading… And suddenly there are 2 Reps (read non-Dems) to split the vote between?
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And as to Scozzafava running out of cash, does the WH know about this, or maybe Soros? I smell a bought and paid for party split in both cases.
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Also, Gingrich is starting to act like he is looking for lots more DC elite party invites in his old age. Man up dude. Call for a clear distinction between the party of death and taxes, and the conservative party. Demand a real choice. Stop looking to be libby-lite…
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RalphyBoy on October 20, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Hmmm

1. I don’t owe the GOP my vote.

2. I vote ONLY for conservatives.

3. It is the responsibility of the GOP, if they want my vote, to put up conservative candidates.

4. Don’t like it? STFU.

memomachine on October 20, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I bet Newt supported Lincon Chafee, Jim Jeffords, and Arlen Specter.

Jasper61 on October 20, 2009 at 10:58 PM

F*ck Newt. With a cactus.

He is now dead.

Absolutely insane what he did in endorsing the GOP equivalent of Pelosi.

He needs to apologize now and back Hoffman.

Oh, and you can FORGET any possibility of him running for POTUS. His support of the GOP-Pelosi has already killed him much like Romneycare has killed Mitt.

When I’m playing Fallout 3 and I finally cross over the Potomac into the DC Wasteland, I fully expect to meet the zombie Gingrich on the steps of what’s left of the Capital Building and defeat him in bloody righteous combat.

(yes, i’m a little upset over this)

Sapwolf on October 20, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Just got a call from “Newt”s group…

Told em that as a Conservative, I don’t support RINOs or those who support RINOs…

Romeo13 on October 20, 2009 at 10:20 PM

How many 4-letter words you get in?

Sapwolf on October 20, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Newt, John McCain, Gramnesty, Snowe, Collins, Sphincter, It has to stop. Principles are all we have left. If we continue to sell out we will lose our soul in addition to our Country.

Three Precenter for life!!!

TNHunter on October 20, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Gingrich has Stockholm Syndrome after getting kicked by Clinton.

ddrintn on October 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Newt’s e-mail comms
get 1 click into the garbage file…
The SOB can’t be trusted anymore,
Still get nauseous when I recall the image
of Prof. Newty and Ms Pelosi schmoozing on the couch…

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on October 20, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Note to Newt:

Piss off.

thebronze on October 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM

I’d rather die with my principles entact than live one second after caving in to some limp fantasy of survival under a dhimmicrap. When I stand before GOD and answer for what I have done and what I have failed to do, it is my fervent prayer that the answer is ‘Well Done, thou good and faithful servant’.

Blacksmith8 on October 20, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Good stuff, blacksmith.

rrpjr on October 21, 2009 at 12:23 AM

What happened to the Newt Gingrich who called Bob Dole a “tax-collector for the Welfare State”?

Back then, Democrats would pass new spending programs without funding them (some things never change). Dole would come along and say: “Look at these awful deficits! I guess we’d better raise taxes.” Democrats would laugh all the way to the polls; they got credit for the spending and Republicans got blamed for the taxes…perfect! Then they would Lather, Rinse and Repeat.

Until Newt came along and called them out on it.

And I remember the ’94 election a little differently; Bill Clinton overreached and Republicans offered a specific list of conservative principles and policies. They did not draft David Gergen. Now Obama has overreached and Republicans should…punt?

Ronnie:

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. …And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”

“We are not a cult, we are members of a majority. Let’s act and talk like it.”

Picking a left-leaning Republican to run in an essentially conservative district is playing it safe. It’s not acting like we’re a majority and it’s not how Reagan built his revolution and its not how we’ll win ours.

Noel on October 21, 2009 at 12:28 AM

Well, here’s another GOP leader leading us down the middle of the left path. Is there anyone in the upper echelon of the GOP party not an appeaser, a moderate, willing to abandon core conservative principals…. was Gingrich ever a true conservative?

So disappointing, it’s better to win than build the conservative base. Why not just let in the Marxist like the democrats have?

Kini on October 21, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Newt, go back to sucking Nazi Pelosi’s butt on global warming oh, and remember when you were FOR Amnesty for illegal aliens BEFORE you were against amnesty?
Scozzafava is a fraud just like Newt, McShamnesty, Grahamnesty, Collins, Snowe, Lugar, Voinovich and Romney.
The NRA gave Romney an A rating AFTER Romney signed two gun bans in MA and had the fraud, Michael Steele speak at their convention…Steele ALSO supports gun bans.

nelsonknows on October 21, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Newt needs to write another history fiction book like Gettysburg. That book is a piece of total crap.

Wade on October 21, 2009 at 12:56 AM

Newt proved his total lack of value when he tossed the towel into the ring the very first minute of his (so-called) debate on global warming with John Kerry. His “quit in the first minute of debate” and “let’s meet them on their terms” tactics reveals the man behind the mask, the a$$ in elephants clothing.

nwnelson on October 21, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Would somebody please tell Newt that the best swimming hole in the world is the La Brea Tarpits?

platypus on October 21, 2009 at 2:48 AM

I forgive Newt and to some extent the other RINOs. Not being in their position, I can’t fault them for not having found the balls to boldly state the Truth the way Glenn Beck and Rush have.

Problem is, I don’t think the pool of electable Conservatives is all that big. Yeah, RINOs suck, but that may be about all we have left for the most part and I’d (swallowing hard here) take them over these far left Democrats any day.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 21, 2009 at 2:52 AM

Which party is Newt working for? Supporting Scozzafava does not help Republicans or conservative issues. With Scozzafava\’s poll numbers dropping, I think the good people of NY-23 district have figured out that Scozzafava does not represent them. Shame on Newt for pushing a candidate that isn\’t a conservative.

Buffalo on October 21, 2009 at 4:43 AM

Jaibones on October 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Of all the things Newt Gingrich is, “idiot” is not among them. Unprincipled, increasingly irrelevant as an endorsement, yes; idiot, no.

DrMagnolias on October 21, 2009 at 5:25 AM

Newt is off the reservation.

csdeven on October 21, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Gingrich on endorsing Scozzafava: I know I’m right

This is Newt doubling down on bad hand. That he dealt himself.

Physics Geek on October 21, 2009 at 8:26 AM

The elites, who think they run the Republican party, will end up killing the party.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2009 at 8:37 AM

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