Video: Fred Thompson’s ad for Douglas Hoffman

posted at 8:47 am on October 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Do you think that Newt Gingrich will pick up the phone to tell Fred Thompson that he’s “misinformed”?  I wouldn’t mind hearing that conversation.  Former Senator and presidential aspirant Thompson’s ad hit last night:

If you back Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava, Newt says you’re just not paying attention:

There’s more than a whiff of desperation in this attempt to paint Scozzafava as the true conservative in this race. Gingrich would do better to argue for party loyalty than to defend Scozzafava as a Reagan Republican.

Fred’s ad will play in NY-23, while Fred sends this out to his PAC to get more Hoffman contributions:

TO:     FredPAC Supporters

FROM:   Will Andrews

Exciting news!

As you know, Senator Thompson has been actively backing Conservative Republican candidate Doug Hoffman for Congress in a Special Election in New York.

Just moments ago, a TV commercial was released featuring Senator Thompson.  The Hoffman campaign is airing the spot throughout the district in the final days! …

This ad will help “seal the deal” – it sets out clearly what is at stake in this election.

Your support of Fred PAC is making it possible for real, conservatives dedicated to First Principles to advance throughout the country.  But there is still so much more to do.

Please, if at all possible, send the largest contribution you can to Fred PAC today.  You can donate by going to https://www.fredpac.com/contribute.php

A victory in New York next week will be a resounding call to arms for all conservatives in America.  Please do all you can to help spread the message to return our nation to the Founding Principles.

Newt’s talking about a 2012 run at the Presidency, but if he keeps defending Scozzafava, he may become a Party of One.


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It has been my impression that Hoffman’s campaign and his appeal to voters is his fiscal conservatism and support of smaller, responsible government, not social issues. Scozzafava apparently is a big tax, big-government supporter, based on her history.

Newt is creating a red herring in insisting that Hoffman supporters are pushing a socially conservative agenda. Palin detractors tried the same stunt in order to marginalize her. The thrust of her stumping focused on energy, jobs, lower taxes, and national security.

I’m tired of false narratives about candidates being the received wisdom. These are begun and perpetrated by anti-conservatives in both parties.

onlineanalyst on October 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Newt supporting an abortionist and saying we’re misinformed? Wow, he really lost it.

dogsoldier on October 27, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Well, Fred’s an abortionist too. Or at least he takes their money to lobby. Plus, he will not criminalize it. So, Fred at best is a pro-choice Federalist with a personal believe that abortion should be legal.

tommylotto on October 27, 2009 at 10:21 AM

If Newt was a man, a real man, he would admit a flaw and throw his weight behind Hoffman and make a conservative stand.
Force Dede to back out…and the election would be HOffman’s.

right2bright on October 27, 2009 at 10:11 AM

At the very least, he could attack the Democrat instead of attacking Hoffman and his supporters. Similarly, because I am grateful for what he did in the 90′s and I still like him, I’m trying to avoid attacking Newt on this. But that’s getting haaaaaard!

Loxodonta on October 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Ever since Newt had The Contract With America, he has been devolving. What comes before a newt on the evolutionary tree?

A snake.

GnuBreed on October 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I am hopeful that Hoffman will pull this one out for two reasons. 1) Because we need to get our country back and need to lesson government extremely and 2) Grow Fins said if Hoffman wins he would never post at HotAir again!!!

COME ON HOFFMAN!

deidre on October 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I am hopeful that Hoffman will pull this one out for two reasons. 1) Because we need to get our country back and need to lesson lessen government extremely and 2) Grow Fins said if Hoffman wins he would never post at HotAir again!!!

COME ON HOFFMAN!

deidre on October 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Wish we had an edit button

deidre on October 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

If Newt reeeaaally wants to lead he would convince Dede to step aside and throw her and his support to Hoffman. Simply citing family/personal reasons should allow her to bow out with a measure of grace. Something her entire campaign has lacked up to now. Newt has created a rift by talking down to TP supporters, now is the time to mend that rift or stand on the other side in 2012.

shov74 on October 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Newt’s argument that the local party poobahs made the choice in the selection of the candidate may have some merit in that all politics is local, but the local party poobahs are guilty of the same misreading of the general public’s disgust with out-of-control spending and bloated government.

The local yokels in the party were playing power-making games without seeing where their real power and representation lies–with the constituents.

onlineanalyst on October 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

tommylotto on October 27, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I swear this is a sock puppet AP drags out for FRED! threads. Where ya been, goose?

TexasDan on October 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

GO FRED!!!!!

csdeven on October 27, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Aliens have stolen csdeven and replaced him with a Fredhead?

It’s almost creepy to see you type that, dude.

Oh, and Go Fred!

TexasDan on October 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Newt thinks Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Fred Thompson and Dick Armey don’t know the difference between a conservative and a moderate? What about the NY Post? I noticed, too, that Newt avoids bringing up Scuzzyflava’s support for the federal stimulus but points to her opposing one budget by the Democratic governor of NY state, Obama enemy David Paterson. Is Newt even a Republican anymore, seeing how he is aligned lockstep with the White House?

alliebobbitt on October 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

First we get liberal Republicans in the majority, and then we worry about why a Republican majority screws up so badly…

Been there, done that

Chris_Balsz on October 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I don’t get how Newt can confidently say Scuzzy opposes the healthcare bill, either. She never took a firm stand against it and even had someone arrested for asking her explicitly about her position.

alliebobbitt on October 27, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Fred has never towed the party line. That’s why the RNC & the party elites did everything they could to make sure his Presidential run didn’t take hold. Fox news rarely had him on and when they did it was negative. You shouldn’t have to be a show dog to get the conservative vote. Good conservative principles should have been enough. Too bad were not talking about President Thompson’s administration now.

TNHunter on October 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Gingrich/Scozzafava 2012!

Feel the excitement!excrement

mankai on October 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM

FIFY

Jerome Horwitz on October 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Newt’s probably has a new book coming out and wants to remain in the press spotlight until his sales are at an acceptable level.

Mr. Arrogant on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

TNHunter on October 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

+1

Looks like there’s more than one “good ol’ boys” network working within the party—-the DC elite GOB’s and those that appear on the outside that don’t fit their percieved modus—-ie Palin, Thompson. Newt has to be getting the message that “business as usual” isn’t going to fly this time around.

Rovin on October 27, 2009 at 10:44 AM

There is a better chance that Dick Cheney will convert to Islam than there is of Newt running in 2012. He knows his multiple adulteries would make him an even bigger joke.

Speedwagon82 on October 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Hey Fred, LOVE THE FACIAL HAIR!

Looking good my man!!!

katy on October 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Newt’s probably has a new book coming out and wants to remain in the press spotlight until his sales are at an acceptable level.

Mr. Arrogant on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I have a feeling his new book sales aren’t going to be doing as good as the old. Not to conservatives anyway.

donh525 on October 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Newt’s probably has a new book coming out and wants to remain in the press spotlight until his sales are at an acceptable level.

Mr. Arrogant on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

My inside sources tell me there is a book coming out and it is called:

I was Bitten in the a$$ by a pit bull wearing lipstick

Basil Fawlty on October 27, 2009 at 10:50 AM

That doesn’t seem too sound to me. One seat in a one-year term is not going to shift the balance of power. Whomever wins will be getting to DC just in time to start running for re-election. If it is Scozzafava, my guess is that she’d be quick to vote with the Democrats in an effort to pander to the left for the 2010 elections. The more powerful position, IMO, is to send Hoffman as a message to RINOs and blue dogs.

highhopes on October 27, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Like you, I hope that Hoffman wins and sends a message. To be sure, Dede’s selection by the RNC was a major mistake and a misread of the district given this political climate. I’m not defending Newt b/c he obviously screwed up here and is now trying to limit the damage. My point (and his in the abstract) was simply there are times when power is preferable to purity and a few more Republicans right now (read in the Senate) would make things very different for Obama/Reid/Pelosi’s plans; assuming that those R’s don’t pull a Spector/Collins/Snowe and negate party affiliation, which makes your point. Again, I hope that Hoffman pulls this out as I would prefer a pure conservative over a RINO any day.

volnation on October 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Newt has sealed his fate with this poor decision, which is almost as bad as the ad with him sitting on the sofa with Pelosi yammering about global warming.

He is done.

This race is interesting from many perspectives.

First, it demonstrates the shambles in which the GOP finds itself as a result of its being conscripted and hijacked by a bunch of free-spending neocons (GWB, Tom Delay, Dennis Hastert, etc.) 8 or 10 years ago.

Second, it shows that conservatives are not interested in the GOP brand. I would rather have our country run by an opposition party than to be completely betrayed by the party with which I have identified for over 35 years. I do not remotely identify with today’s national GOP, even though I support it at the state level (but not in US Senate races).

Third, it shows that a third party candidate, at least at the Congressional level, can launch an effective (and very possibly successful) campaign.

Fourth, it is noteworthy that Sarah was one of the first to endorse this fiscally conservative independent candidate. Others have followed her lead, such as Tim Pawlenty last night or today. Mitt and Huck are sitting on their hands, which is not surprising to me, but more conservatives will follow.

Fifth, it makes me think of President Reagan’s “Morning in America” speech. I believe that we can reclaim our country. The GOP can lead, follow or get out of the way, but we don’t want anything to do with the existing intelligencia (Charles Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, John McCain, etc.). We are through with these clowns who, in the name of bipartisanship (are we really supposed to think that this is some kind of good thing?), have sold us out and mortgaged our future. Good riddance.

This is an exciting time and I think that this race will one day be shown to be a pivotal point in our political history.

molonlabe28 on October 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

There is a better chance that Dick Cheney will convert to Islam than there is of Newt running in 2012. He knows his multiple adulteries would make him an even bigger joke.

Speedwagon82 on October 27, 2009

Maybe Newt thinks his adulturousness won’t look so bad compared to a socialist coke-head.

SKYFOX on October 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

What’s this B.S. claim Newt makes that Hoffman doesn’t even live in the district?

KittyLowrey on October 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Newt/Allahpundit 2012!

DanSC on October 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Never forget that Newt began his career as a Rockefeller Republican.

Percy_Peabody on October 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I hope that Hoffman pulls this out as I would prefer a pure conservative over a RINO any day.

volnation on October 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I don’t know if Hoffman is a pure conservative or not. Newt was a pure conservative at one point too. It really doesn’t matter. The point here is the message that Americans reject the liberal agenda and that Republicans reject this constant stream of liberals who get the nomination in the name of going along to get along with Democrats. Hoffman could be a loose cannon and the biggest mistake NY-23 ever did but it is only for a year and the message would be clear.

Specifically “Mr. President get your filthy paws off my country and Mr. Gingrich get your filthy paws off my party.”

highhopes on October 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

This is the beginning of the end for Newt. Too bad.

RedNewEnglander on October 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Wish we had an edit button

deidre on October 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Well, government does need to get schooled.

Count to 10 on October 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

What’s this B.S. claim Newt makes that Hoffman doesn’t even live in the district?

KittyLowrey on October 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Hoffman’s residence is in a different district, though he has business in NY-23.

Count to 10 on October 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Fred!

Y-not on October 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Newt’s probably has a new book coming out and wants to remain in the press spotlight until his sales are at an acceptable level.

Mr. Arrogant on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I think this one came out 10/20.

http://www.amazon.com/Try-Mens-Souls-Washington-American/dp/0312591063/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256657002&sr=1-1

Oh, and I do have to say “Pearl Harbor” was very good.

cs89 on October 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM

FRED THOMPSON, YOU’RE MY MAN!!!!! I HOPE STILL TRY TO RUN IN 2012. I DON’T MIND IF YOU DEFEAT SARAH PALIN IN 2012! IF SHE DEFEATS YOU, IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME. Just make sure you two fight it out on a principled, fair manner like Real Statesmen do.

YOU TWO ARE MY MOST TRUSTED PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHEN IT COMES TO “KNOWING AND DOING THINGS RIGHT!”

You and Sarah have the same motto: Government position is not the end … it’s just a means and sometimes, an inefficient means. I hear both of you said: “If I die, I die”.

You two are truly remarkable Americans of our time.

TheAlamos on October 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Newt keeps making the same tired old arguments on every show. He is showing something about himself…. he will dig in even when wrong rather than admit he made a mistake. I don’t want another prideful president.

Newt talks about what a travesty it will be if Hoffman siphons off just enough to allow a Democrat victory. But what if Hoffman wins? Then what is he going to say?

The fact of the matter is that this is local control in action. If Hoffman wins, this is all about the locals. What Newt refers to as “local control” is “local brass control.” It has nothing to do with the local citizens. It’s about time that it had everything to do with US and not the one-party system posing as two parties!

PrincipledPilgrim on October 27, 2009 at 12:04 PM

He keeps jabbering about these “four Republican meetings” that we’re all supposed to bow down and pay fealty to.

According to Gingrich, all of a sudden, smoke-filled backroom deals are the very heart and soul of federalism!

Hey guess what, Newt: It’s the liberals who have a stranglehold on the Republican Party leadership that each and every single one of us individual republicans are pissed off about. And it doesn’t get any more “local” than that.

Nobody is stupid enough to believe that this argument is about you – a Georgia state resident – defending the poor, parochial voters of New York District 23 against all the OTHER evil “carpetbaggers” out there. It isn’t even about Republicans versus Democrats.

This is about the Republican Party LEADERSHIP squaring off dead-set against Republican VOTERS who’ve finally gotten sick and tired of accepting every leftist candidate they decide to shove down our throats. And you, sir, are not on my side of this battle.

logis on October 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM

You know…..I’m just saying, would we be where we are right now if President Thompson was at the helm?

signed, a bitter clinger to teh Fred.

ihasurnominashun on October 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Fred Thompson is great at telling it like it is. This is the role he is good at. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the fire in the belly to be POTUS. But that’s OK, he is still one of the most valuable players on the team.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement seems to have really done something here. Now who knows how much of this is Sarah’s endorsement, and how much of this is just people learning more, but it’s clear that since her endorsement, Doug has went from third place to first, and done it almost over night.

As someone else posted out, Sarah has also said something about Virginia and NJ this morning. More of a statement on the future of America.

It’s interesting though, that she is behind the Republican Governors Association 100 percent on their efforts to find great candidates. This is incredibly smart, and as a former member and leader in the group, sincere.

This should also calm down a lot of the insane third party talk, as well. Sarah, as well as most of us know that starting a new party is too expensive, and would be a disaster. Much easier to fight and take the Republican party back. Reagan knew it, Sarah knows it.

God bless Fred though, he is a real treasure in our party.

Oh, and here’s the link to the newest poll:

NY-23 Poll: Hoffman +5
–>

For the second time in two days, a poll released by a conservative group finds Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman leading the Nov. 3 special election race for New York’s 23rd District. Neighborhood Research polled the district for Minuteman PAC, the political arm of the Minuteman Movement, which has endorsed Hoffman and is airing ads on his behalf.

Hoffman leads Democrat Bill Owens by 5 points and GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava by 20 points.

Hoffman 34
Owens 29
Scozzafava 14
Und 23

The poll was taken Oct. 25-26 of 366 likely voters. The three candidates are vying to replace former congressman John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was appointed by President Obama to be Secretary of the Army.

Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative group, released a poll yesterday showing Hoffman up 4 points. CfG has also endorsed Hoffman in the race.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/2009/10/ny23_poll_hoffman_5.html

gary4205 on October 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

When did Fred do this video? I thought he hibernates during the winter months.

LevStrauss on October 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I’ve admired Newt in the past, but this time he’s just wrong! He’s stuck on the party label. If he’s been paying any attention to the populace, he would know that party label means nothing to most of us any more. I blame both parties for the condition our govt is in.

This woman, Scozzafava, is not a republican, she’s definitely a RINO, she’s more of a democrat in republican disguise. She was actually approached and discussed with the local democrats about running on the democratic ticket!!! Hellooooo NY!? She’s endorsed by ACORN – that would certainly make me vote for her – NOT!

Newt says 4 local meetings gave her the thumbs up to run over Hoffman, big whoop! Most local govt is no more pure than federal govt, this is a valid reason to endorse her?

I hope Mr. Hoffman wins, to send a message – We aren’t going to take it anymore, this insane govt takeover has got to stop. He might be in over his head based on “politics as usual” but maybe that will allow him to legislate with common sense and within the confines of the Constitution. What a novel concept.

Personally I think the Palin, Pawlenty, Thompson et al endorsements of Hoffman pack a more powerful punch that Mr. Gingrich’s endorsement of a woman who should be a democrat.

ladyhawke53 on October 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I believe Newt has been sippin some Kool Aid. Dede has ties with ACON and the Working Families Party.

BigMike252 on October 27, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I only read the title but I am confident and happy to say,

FRED 2012!

(Now I’ll read it the whole thing.)

shick on October 27, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Leftists infiltrating the GOP will not make it stronger, it will disinigrate it. It will give Leftists total power.

Leftists and Leftist media were more than happy to give McCain the Rep nom during the last election.

Newt is acting a fool on this issue.

nottakingsides on October 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Man, oh man, do I ever hope Hoffman wins. If for no other reason than to make Newt look stupid.

darwin-t on October 27, 2009 at 1:07 PM

This is the beginning of the end for Newt. Too bad.

RedNewEnglander on October 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

No, the beginning of the end for Newt was when he sat on the couch with Nancy Pelosi.

darwin-t on October 27, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Fred’s campaign last year left me cold, but I’ll tell you what, he is one of few who is there for conservatives when needed. Good for you, Fred.

james23 on October 27, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Newt is basically saying that you can’t elect conservatives and you have to take “conservative enough” or the Democrats will get elected. I think he’s lost his mind! And that’s not being a “principled conservative”. That’s being a strategic politician and demanding that the constituents take what is offered and STFU just like Democrat pols do it. Fred just neutered Newt. Hah!

Sultry Beauty on October 27, 2009 at 1:20 PM

ihasurnominashun on October 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM

You are not alone. I’m a bitter clinger too! Just listening to that man in this ad soothes my heart.

Sultry Beauty on October 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Everytime I see Fred, I get sick at the thought of what might have been.

LevStrauss on October 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Um, hate to tell you, but it isn’t winter, Lev. This is called Autumn. Sheesh.

pannw on October 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Not to be a downer, but even if Hoffman wins, and I would love that prospect. Nancy Pelosi is still the stupidest person ever to sit in the Speaker’s chair. That’s not going to change.

Just remember, Nancy Pelosi is dumber than a box of hammers.

JP1986UM on October 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Fred Thompson is great at telling it like it is. This is the role he is good at. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the fire in the belly absolutely unquenchable need to acquire power at all costs to be POTUS.
gary4205 on October 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I’m not sure precisely when it became accepted common knowledge that a republican (small ‘r’) political candidate and a totalitarian dictator require the same personality type. But it needs to stop.

And I mean that literally. There is no way that democracy can possibly survive this.

logis on October 27, 2009 at 2:03 PM

He keeps jabbering about these “four Republican meetings” that we’re all supposed to bow down and pay fealty to.

According to Gingrich, all of a sudden, smoke-filled backroom deals are the very heart and soul of federalism!

logis on October 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Amen! All this talk about Hoffman being a carpetbagger and a millionaire is ridiculous, too. I don’t remember anyone complaining about Hillary Clinton. Hoffman has a business in the district and lives in a neighboring district, as well. It’s not like he’s Robert Wexler or something. He works with the GOP in the community where he lives. He works in the community he wants to run in. He also wants to vote with the Republican party platform more than their own party nominee. This is just sheer stupidity from Newt and the NRCC.

alliebobbitt on October 27, 2009 at 2:19 PM

It is not Scuzzy’s fault that she’s a lib. The back room GOP committee people giving her the nomination need to be called out by name.

How about a separate post as a wall of shame?

Valiant on October 27, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Someone let newt know that he is no longer electable.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2009 at 2:45 PM

F Newt.

elduende on October 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to the GOP?
Rick: My philosophy. I came to the GOP for the conservatives.
Captain Renault: The conservatives? What conservatives? We’re Republicans.
Rick: I was misinformed.

Apologies to Casablanca.

malclave on October 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

tommylotto on October 27, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Tommy Boy is back!!

Nothing like a lawyer to add credibility to an arguement.

TERRORIST SUPPORTER!!!elenty!!1!!11!!!

omnipotent on October 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Fred looks good with a goatee and mustache. I heart Fred, wish he would run again!

Susanboo on October 27, 2009 at 4:17 PM

It is not Scuzzy’s fault that she’s a lib. The back room GOP committee people giving her the nomination need to be called out by name.

How about a separate post as a wall of shame?

Valiant on October 27, 2009 at 2:30 PM

NO! Newt is right: The Unseen Council of Republican Elders has issued its proclamation. And we ignorant outsiders have no business questioning their will.

Don’t you understand? This is the only way that democracy can be preserved.

logis on October 27, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Fred looks good with a goatee and mustache. I heart Fred, wish he would run again!

Susanboo on October 27, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Ehh…

Maybe in person it looks distinguished. Or maybe it’s not fully grown-in yet. But in that clip, I thought it just looked like a smudge.

A Colonel Sanders might actually work for him, but thin grey beards don’t look that good on TV.

logis on October 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Newt – seems you’re the one who’s misinformed. So let me spell it out for you. Sit The F^ck Down and Shut The F^ck Up

jackal40 on October 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I sent Hoffman a contribution this morning and will do so for every true conservative I hear about. My RNC fund raising requests go to the burn barrel.

amr on October 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Here in TN, we know Fred Thompson well.

When Fred Thompson announced he was running for POTUS, the laughing was loud and long. It was real entertaining watching cheerleaders like KJo over at NRO learn day by day what we already knew about Fred.

Fred does a good ad. He should, he’s an actor.

Moesart on October 27, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Hey Mobylotto! Where ya been, reptile?

rhodeymark on October 27, 2009 at 7:40 PM

When our Republican party went bad in our county, we took it over and through their butts out. We turned out 10 to 1 at the convention and took it over. It is time for the conservatives to stand up to the libs in the party! This makes me sad about Newt saying we have to take what the party gives us. BULL!

livermush on October 27, 2009 at 9:00 PM

I will never trust Newt again. I hope he is not the Republican candidate for president in 2012.

theaddora on October 27, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Its time for Newt to move along, his time has come and passed, or perhaps it is time for me to move along like to a Conservative party. I had respect for him because he pushed the “Contract for America”, but he has proven himself to be a party hack. He has no principles to stand on except getting someone in office with an R after their name regardless of where they stand on the issues.

SGinNC on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 PM

At the very least, he could attack the Democrat instead of attacking Hoffman and his supporters. Similarly, because I am grateful for what he did in the 90’s and I still like him, I’m trying to avoid attacking Newt on this. But that’s getting haaaaaard!

Loxodonta on October 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I got over that when he sat on the couch with Pelosi. At that point, he became just another party hack.

AZfederalist on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 PM

The way Newt talks, Satan could have passed four local meetings and he would support him. Wow, I used to really respect this fool, now I feel foolish.

SGinNC on October 27, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Newt has been misinforming people for years, claiming he wrote the Contract with America, which is FALSE.
Newt, go back to having William R. Forstchen write books for you.

nelsonknows on October 27, 2009 at 11:00 PM

To go with the Captain Louis Renault Award for Underground Gambling, we now have the Rick Blaine Award for Casablancan Baths – and Newt’s the first nominee.

Blacksmith on October 27, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Newt, just admit you screwed up and don’t make the same mistake again.

- The Cat

MirCat on October 27, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Newt reveals, unwittingly, how mixed up and confused he really is. He keeps saying that the people of the 23rd district have the right to choose their own candidate. And the election hasn’t even happened yet, Newt!! Can’t we see how embedded Newt is with the GOP Machine. He thinks that the Party Hierarchy are the ones who should choose the candidates and that the voter should accept what crumbs are thrown to them without question or complaint.

Newt is a brilliant man. But brilliant people veer off course, too. And this man has strayed far off course. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on October 27, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Newt is a disappointment.

justltl on October 27, 2009 at 11:50 PM

Hey Newt. You’re now officially a RINO. Shut up, give up, and go away. You’re not needed or wanted anymore.

Livefreeordie on October 28, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Newt’s talking about a 2012 run at the Presidency, but if he keeps defending Scozzafava, he may become a Party of One.

Newt already is a Party of One. He got bit last year by the “Inside The Beltway” syndrome, and hasn’t been able to wake up to the fact that beltway style politics are precisely what the majority of us are rebelling against. Newt wants to go along on all the wrong issues, in order to get along, or appear to be able to reach across the isle to work with the Dems/Libs/Progs.

I don’t care if they make up nearly half of this country’s population, the Dems/Libs/Progs have nearly destroyed America and America’s greatness by their vicious, manipulating socialistic programs, and their politics of personal destruction.

It’s crucial that an evolving civilization learn from past mistakes. It is my sincerest hope that the Silent Majority has truly learned this time, and keeps the momentum and the Tea Parties and the revolution going so that we can clean up Washington, and clean out the parasites once and for all.

KendraWilder on October 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Being turned into a Newt has gone back to being a bad thing.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Memo to Newt the Neocon GOP Cheerleader

SCREW YOU!

BobAnthony on October 28, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Interesting. Newt expresses what I was saying the other day. This is truly a local election. I’d have to agree that national attention isn’t always helpful, although he actually started the problem with his endorsement.

The others are sure free to give their endorsement, then.

AnninCA on October 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Newt.

Neut.

entagor on October 28, 2009 at 12:12 PM

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