Iowan to Gingrich: “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself”

posted at 5:55 pm on May 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Conn Carroll at the Examiner, the merriment with which this story is being kicked around on Twitter makes me think Newt is now officially RINO-in-chief for online conservatives for as long as he’s in the race.

It’s your lucky day, Mitch Daniels.

As he was getting ready to leave a speaking engagement Dubuque resident Russell Fuhrman approached him in the lobby of the Holiday Inn:

“Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself,” Fuhrman said directly to Gingrich.

Gingrich, visibly stunned, quickly moved forward to talk with other guests…

“I’m a strong Republican but he’s an embarrassment to our party,” Fuhrman said.

Fuhrman later clarified that it was indeed Gingrich’s sandbagging of Paul Ryan yesterday that had made him mad. I’ve already written about my mystification at his comments, but Philip Klein adds a good point to deepen the mystery: Why would a guy like Newt whose brand has always been about Big Bold Solutions criticize Ryan for offering … a big bold solution? (Especially one which Newt himself once seemed to support.) His best argument against the rest of the field was that he’s always been willing to consider radical policy alternatives that more timid conservatives wouldn’t; now Ryan comes along trying to solve the entitlements crisis and suddenly Gingrich goes cold. What exactly is the argument for his candidacy, then? That he’s willing to confront the tough problems that others won’t — except for the one that’s driving the country to fiscal ruin?

Via Mediaite, here’s Rush Limbaugh from today’s show as astounded as the rest of us are. Exit quotation from Bill Bennett: Gingrich “has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race.”


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Agreed, no chance in He!! now.. The candidate who will win isn’t in the race yet, and I’m not talking about Daniels.

reshas1 on May 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Keemo on May 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I agree. Sean and Newt had a semi-terse interview after Newt endorsed dede scuzzafavva and I thought the same thing. Hannity was visibly disappointed with Newt.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Dr. K just said he’s done so it must be true…

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I knew Hannity would have Newt on to do damage control. I think Hannity’s a tough fighter, but he’s just plain wrong here. Newt blew it, and he blew it because he wants to be liked by liberal politicians and the media. It’s the same reason he sat on that couch with Granny McBotox. That makes Newt weak, weak, weak. We don’t need no weaklings seeking accolades from loony lefties.

Rational Thought on May 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

And on a brighter, more optimistic note than the Gingrich fiasco, Ryan responds today with a genuine plan and purpose:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/267385/ryans-response-hits-right-note-james-pethokoukis

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Never planned to vote for Newt.

Don’t. Trust. Him.

Not now. Not ever.

Go way, Newt.

GrannyDee on May 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

That was a brutal video, kind of felt bad for Newt. Kind of think the guy took it a little too far. Newt has done a lot for this country.

WoosterOh on May 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Whoever above wrote that Gingrich is jealous is right. Gingrich on Levin is saying “we want to produce the reform”, etc., with the focus on “we.” “I did this” in the 90′s, I helped transform welfare, I wrote a positive piece about this a couple of months ago. Gingrich has no cricism of Ryan’s plan other than that there have not been enough meetings about it and he is not seen as the author of it. Gingrich is caught here in his focus on himself and process. He is thrashing around, looking for a board to keep himself afloat.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Lawdawg86 on May 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I like it. Here’s my take.

Gingrich has devised a long-game strategy based on Palin.

He believes Palin will run and will wipe out all current pretenders. In Gingrich’s mind: Pawlenty? A lightweight. Cain? Don’t make me laugh. No non-politician neophyte has ever won the Republican nomination. Daniels? Attractive to the establishment but in a precious way; not a big leaguer who can take and hand out abuse. Romney? A pathetic figure — the tall handsome boxer with perfect form who turns out to be a “bleeder.” The establishment has already moved on.

Gingrich sees himself as the go-to guy when the RINO nightmare of Palin starts rolling and they have no other choice. He’ll have the name recognition and so-called gravitas to galvanize party powers. He combines all the classicly failed “virtues “ and conceits of RINOs in a hardy and impressive package. He sees himself as the last man standing between Palin and the nomination, and thinks the old guard will pull every trick and dollar out of their hats to carry him over the line.

rrpjr on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

it looks like he will stay in the house for now…no senate run via politico

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Thank God. Only 536 more days of this crap.

Firmworm on May 16, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Newt sounds deservedly beaten down. I was trying to be open minded about him, but he relieved me of that burden.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Whoever above wrote that Gingrich is jealous is right. Gingrich on Levin is saying “we want to produce the reform”, etc., with the focus on “we.” “I did this” in the 90′s, I helped transform welfare, I wrote a positive piece about this a couple of months ago. Gingrich has no cricism of Ryan’s plan other than that there have not been enough meetings about it and he is not seen as the author of it. Gingrich is caught here in his focus on himself and process. He is thrashing around, looking for a board to keep himself afloat.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Agree with you, GBA. Newt’s not only thrashing around for a plausible excuse, but he sounds very tired and worn out trying to defend himself.

GrannyDee on May 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Newt had zero chance from the get go. Part of it was just a vanity play. But you know you have had a bad day when Rush unloads for 4 minutes on you.

So now we can drop him from the list (please, let’s just drop him from the list)

r keller on May 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM

GrannyDee on May 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

time to head back to the couch with nan

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Gingrich was never very conservative or smart. In his best days Gingrich’s only good quality was that he was willing to mix it up with democratics and get in the collective liberal face. Now he doesn’t even have that.

jaime on May 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

A single guy looks for the perfect woman for him, and 20 years later, he’s still single. The perfect woman doesn’t exist. But there are plenty of wonderful women out there, if he’d just realize nobody’s perfect.

That’s how the conservatives are. No one is ever perfectly conservative enough for us, so what do we end up with? The likes of 0bama.

Newt has his warts, but he’s a solid conservative. His experience as a historian is, I believes, his finest attribute. But he’s not perfect, so throw him over the side the first time we disagree with him. Ok, whatever.

Looks like we’re fixing to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

FlatlanderByTheLake on May 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Newt is a split the difference kind of guy. To his way of thinking the Conservatives have nowhere else to go, so why not push the liberal-light kind of solution? Going halfway towards Obama, means he keeps all the Republicans, gets most of the Indepedents and even gets some Democrats. That is, between Newt or Obama, most people would hold their nose and vote for Newt, so what does he have to lose? Of course, why do we need him to conceed our core positions before we even get anything in return for them?

Fred 2 on May 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I think Newt at one point was a conservative. But over the years he decided invitations to the right DC parties was more important than sticking to his beliefs.

angryed on May 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Trump as much of a joke as he was in many a way, was a better choice than Newt.

I would tell Newt to go away before he wizzes all over his past accomplishments, but he whipped it out and started doing that around the time he posed with Nancy “Bugeye” Pelosi.

And who wants anything to do with “I screwed around because I love my country so much.”

Even the Slickster didn’t utter that. Close with his use of his CIC status, but not that bad.

TiminPhx on May 16, 2011 at 7:02 PM

If our reward for all the work over the past two years is Candidate Newt, I will not vote.

Hucklebuck on May 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Newt has his warts, but he’s a solid conservative.
FlatlanderByTheLake on May 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Solid conservatives don’t advocate amnesty. He can’t even bring himself to say the words illegal alien. This from Dec 2010:

“We have to design a solution to the current problem of undocumented workers which gives us a reason to believe that within five to 10 years, everyone in the United States will be legal,” Gingrich said. “We are not going to deport 11 million people.”

TxAnn56 on May 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM

it looks like he will stay in the house for now…no senate run via politico

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Actually, I prefer that Ryan stay in the House, where he is the strongest, most articulate champion of a feasible economic plan. As Budget Chair, he has a lot of power, which he would lose in the Senate.

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

he RINOs are dropping like flies….Me likey

Norwegian on May 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Thread winner. Lets hope so

bernzright777 on May 16, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I feel so bad for Newt. Honestly, in his heart I think he means right but he’s just so messed up. I think he was just beat up so much as Speaker back in the 90′s it has effected his thinking.
He will forever deserve a big statute and a place of recognition for the Republican revolution back in 94. And that’s about it.

Run for Governor somewhere Newt. It would be wonderful to see what you would do.

JellyToast on May 16, 2011 at 7:12 PM

A charitable assessment of Newt’s campaign at this point would be “Burning and listing to port at 45 degrees”, but realistically, it’s a burning oil slick and air bubbles on the surface.

So, let’s check the ol’ scorecard…

Newt Loops (It can’t be more over than when people walk up to you off the street and tell you to your face that you’re making a fool of yourself.)
The STrumpet (Not running)
The Huckster (Not running)
Willard RomneyCare (Fading…fading…fading…)
T-Paw (Only in the fever-dreams of George Will The Mad.)
The Mitch* (* “If my wife says I can!“)
Citizen Caine (Of the declared, the only one left with a shot of convincing me.)
Bachman(Sorry Michelle, but like Highlander, “There can be only one…”. You’re not it.)
Santorum (As viable as Newt…he just doesn’t realize it yet.)
The rest of the JV squad (Yeah, right…)
RonPaulRonPaulRonPaul (ronpaulronpaulronpaul…)

So, of the current field, Caine is it.

Unless/until someone better comes along…

(And no, I’m not talking about The Fat Man or yet another would-be Shrub Dynastic link.)

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Back in the dark ages of the 70′s, I obtained a degree in political science. At that time, state and local governments were responsible for education, health and welfare. It seems that gradually, we’ve allowed the Federal government to creep into what should be local responsibilities.

It seems to me that if we returned these responsibilities to the states and local communities, that many of our problems would be solved. States that wanted to provide maximum education and welfare benefits to their citizens could do so, with the locals paying the bills. Other states that might want to be more prudent would probably lose welfare recipients to more generous states.

I suspect that many of our illegal immigration issues might be solved and that the Federal government could return to issues that were specifically addressed in the Constitution.

Special Forces Grunt on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I posted the Wolf Blitzer show transcript where now Palin is second to Romney-let me just paste that tidbit:

But take a look at this poll. We asked Republicans what their choice for the nominee is, with Trump and Huckabee gone, and you’ll see, Mitt Romney is now at top. Palin second with 17 percent. Newt Gingrich third with 13 percent. We don’t know what Sarah Palin is going to do.

BLITZER: Well, I… BORGER: I wager she’s not going to run…

BLITZER: I don’t think she’s going to run…BORGER: Right.

BLITZER: I don’t think she’s going to run…

BORGER: Right.

BLITZER: — because she’s a big TV star. Trump is a TV star. Huckabee is a TV star. And you’ve got that money, that income coming in, they like it. Thanks no doubt about that.

ProudPalinFan on May 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Newtie folded like a cheap suit for Clinton but then he leaves out that part of his past. He keeps running positions up a flag pole to find out what his should be. He’ll fold again.

Kissmygrits on May 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

“Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself,” Fuhrman said directly to Gingrich.

Walk off Home Run!

Newt….go back to writing your books. See ya!

VikingGoneWild on May 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

RUN, SARAH, RUN!!!

Special K on May 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Gingrich “has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race.”

As far as I’m concerned, Gingrich was never in serious consideration.

RebeccaH on May 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

He sees himself as the last man standing between Palin and the nomination, and thinks the old guard will pull every trick and dollar out of their hats to carry him over the line.

rrpjr on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

But there is one unavoidable hole that kinda blows our theory: Why would the electability-focused establishment pick Gingrich over Palin? Palin and Gingrich poll about the same in likeability ratings. If the GOP establishment was considering backing Gingrich, why not just back Palin and avoid infuriating the base?

Also, Gingrich just announced last week. Assuming that he knew Palin was getting in and that he would be unable to count on grassroots or establishment support, why he would he bother getting in at all?

Lawdawg86 on May 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Iowan America to Gingrich: “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself”

This guy is abso-friggin’-lutely tone-deaf.

Splashman on May 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Newt is a split the difference kind of guy. To his way of thinking the Conservatives have nowhere else to go, so why not push the liberal-light kind of solution? Going halfway towards Obama, means he keeps all the Republicans, gets most of the Indepedents and even gets some Democrats. That is, between Newt or Obama, most people would hold their nose and vote for Newt, so what does he have to lose? Of course, why do we need him to conceed our core positions before we even get anything in return for them?

Fred 2 on May 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

He concedes core positions in return for nothing because negotiating like Obama is part of going halfway toward Obama :D

Lawdawg86 on May 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Newt is a split the difference kind of guy. To his way of thinking the Conservatives have nowhere else to go, so why not push the liberal-light kind of solution? Going halfway towards Obama, means he keeps all the Republicans, gets most of the Indepedents and even gets some Democrats. That is, between Newt or Obama, most people would hold their nose and vote for Newt, so what does he have to lose? Of course, why do we need him to conceed our core positions before we even get anything in return for them?

Fred 2 on May 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

And if chickens had lips, they could whistle. Tell me: if Gingrich goes “halfway to Obama”, exactly how does he win the nomination?

Splashman on May 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Newt has a role to play–behind the scenes. If Repubs want to kick him to the curb and act nasty toward him, that’s their business, and they will reap what they sow. He got smacked for a stupid move, fine, now move on and help him find that supporting role.

Christien on May 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich Square Off (@ 1:40)
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4696813/paul-ryan-and-newt-gingrich-square-off/

StewartIII on May 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

It’s as if Newt hasn’t been paying attention the past two years.

WordsMatter on May 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Newt has a role to play–behind the scenes. If Repubs want to kick him to the curb and act nasty toward him, that’s their business, and they will reap what they sow. He got smacked for a stupid move, fine, now move on and help him find that supporting role.

Christien on May 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Um . . . Gingrich is running for POTUS, which means he doesn’t have a behind-the-scenes role in mind. And if anyone’s acting nasty toward fellow Republicans, it’s Gingrich. He’s blatantly attempting to hamstring Ryan and all who have stuck their necks out to support Ryan’s plan — all to further his chances of getting the nomination. That kind of “supporting role” we don’t need.

Splashman on May 16, 2011 at 8:11 PM

rrpjr on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Now THAT is an interesting theory.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 16, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I like it. Here’s my take.

Gingrich has devised a long-game strategy based on Palin.

He believes Palin will run and will wipe out all current pretenders. In Gingrich’s mind: Pawlenty? A lightweight. Cain? Don’t make me laugh. No non-politician neophyte has ever won the Republican nomination. Daniels? Attractive to the establishment but in a precious way; not a big leaguer who can take and hand out abuse. Romney? A pathetic figure — the tall handsome boxer with perfect form who turns out to be a “bleeder.” The establishment has already moved on.

Gingrich sees himself as the go-to guy when the RINO nightmare of Palin starts rolling and they have no other choice. He’ll have the name recognition and so-called gravitas to galvanize party powers. He combines all the classicly failed “virtues “ and conceits of RINOs in a hardy and impressive package. He sees himself as the last man standing between Palin and the nomination, and thinks the old guard will pull every trick and dollar out of their hats to carry him over the line.

rrpjr on May 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

This.

It was a preemptive strike to cut the legs out from Palin even before she gets into the race. Remember, Palin is the only potential candidate that has come out and publicly supported Ryan’s plan: The only one.

Newt’s use of the term “extreme” was no accident. It’s almost as if Newt sat down with Pelosi and clinton to…….nah

WisRich on May 16, 2011 at 8:17 PM

The flock is getting thinnner by the day, and they haven’t even gotten within her shotgun range yet.

Jimmy Doolittle on May 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I valued Newt’s analyses on occasion in the past but this is just another example of him coming unglued. We can do much better.

DaMav on May 16, 2011 at 8:23 PM

BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL Erick Erickson THAT MITCH DANIELS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I know that Newt is old news now, but Dr. K hammered him for damaging all Rs who run in the future.

The dims will make ads with Newts soundbite…used against the Rs. There’s something really wrong with him. But I’m sure that NBC/O/Soros are having a big laugh…and an extra round of drinks…put it on the tab.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/16/krauthammer-on-gingrichs-presidential-aspirations-now-its-over/

r keller on May 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL Erick Erickson THAT MITCH DANIELS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Meh to Daniels, let’s see how he does; Newt has dramatically lowered my expectations.

Ugh to Erick Erickson. His is just unbearable, part of me hopes Cain drops out of the race just so he can get back on my radio at night.

Lawdawg86 on May 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I hope he gets out, too, but … ouch!!

tom on May 16, 2011 at 8:52 PM

BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL Erick Erickson THAT MITCH DANIELS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

So his wife finally signed his permission slip?

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 9:01 PM

And if chickens had lips, they could whistle. Tell me: if Gingrich goes “halfway to Obama”, exactly how does he win the nomination?

Splashman on May 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM


How does Newt expect to get the nomination? Easy, the same way McCain did. Newt is positioning himself to be the 2012 McCain. He’ll worry about the election after the nomination. And once again, where else do conservatives have to go. That’s not what I want, it’s what Newt wants.

Fred 2 on May 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Everything old is Newt again.

TXUS on May 16, 2011 at 9:27 PM

BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL Erick Erickson THAT MITCH DANIELS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

VERY COOL THIS HELPS PALIN. MORE RINO VOTE SPLITTING

unseen on May 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

I’ve already written about my mystification at his comments, but Philip Klein adds a good point to deepen the mystery: Why would a guy like Newt whose brand has always been about Big Bold Solutions criticize Ryan for offering … a big bold solution?

Easy. It isn’t Newt’s Big Bold Solution. That is the fatal flaw in the Ryan Plan, Newt didn’t think it up and he can’t take credit for it. Newt is all about Newt, and there isn’t enough room on the stage for more than one Big Bold Solutions guy.

Newt’s “run” was a joke in the first place. Now it is just a bad joke.

novaculus on May 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Newt has his warts, but he’s a solid conservative.

FlatlanderByTheLake on May 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

*bbbzzzzzzttttt*

Sorry, but thanks for playing.

A ‘solid conservative’ doesn’t endorse Scuzzyfevah, doesn’t spend a nanosecond on that couch with Nancy Pelosi, doesn’t endorse the notion of an unconstitutional insurance mandate, and doesn’t throw a fellow conservative under the bus who has put forth a solid budget plan that makes sense and actually boldly tackles what to do with entitlements and deficit spending.

Midas on May 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM

BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL Erick Erickson THAT MITCH DANIELS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Mitch who?

Midas on May 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

“Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself,” Fuhrman said directly to Gingrich.

I have said almost the same thing, as have a dozen others here. Perfect, in my view.

from Bill Bennett:

Gingrich “has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race.”

This…of course.

Jaibones on May 16, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Mitch who?

Midas on May 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Governor of Indiana.

Governor Daniels came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. His work as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations taught him the business skills he brought to state government. He also has served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

Why do you ask?

Jaibones on May 16, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Mitch who?

Midas on May 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

He has thought more profound thoughts while taking a sh!t than President Barry Hussein O’Bozo has ever dreamed of.

Jaibones on May 16, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Newt has done a lot for this country.

WoosterOh on May 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Just how much do you think good ole Newt is going to do to the country if he gets the nod?

Cap’n tax, comprehensive immigration amnesty, increased subsidies for green technology, increased regulations on domestic oil production,…? Putting good ole Newt in the WH would be the same as re-electing PBHO, I guess I might as well vote for PBHO….we’ll get the same result.

belad on May 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM

No one is conservative who goes around with Hillary on healthcare and Pelosi on Global Warming.

Newt never had my support and never will after the debacle HE created during Monicagate. That should have caused him to never consider running for any national office ever.

PhiKapMom on May 16, 2011 at 11:51 PM

I’d like to dedicate The Hollies song “Long Dark Road” to Newt.

It’s over, well over, but then again it didn’t have a chance to last.

mankai on May 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM

No one is conservative who goes around with Hillary on healthcare and Pelosi on Global Warming.

Newt never had my support and never will after the debacle HE created during Monicagate. That should have caused him to never consider running for any national office ever.

PhiKapMom on May 16, 2011 at 11:51 PM

And with Al Sharpton on Education… and that was in 2009.

mankai on May 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Gingrich… Go AWAY!

BoomJunkie on May 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

A charitable assessment of Newt’s campaign at this point would be “Burning and listing to port at 45 degrees”, but realistically, it’s a burning oil slick and air bubbles on the surface.

So, let’s check the ol’ scorecard…

Newt Loops (It can’t be more over than when people walk up to you off the street and tell you to your face that you’re making a fool of yourself.)
The STrumpet (Not running)
The Huckster (Not running)
Willard RomneyCare (Fading…fading…fading…)
T-Paw (Only in the fever-dreams of George Will The Mad.)
The Mitch* (* “If my wife says I can!“)
Citizen Caine (Of the declared, the only one left with a shot of convincing me.)
Bachman(Sorry Michelle, but like Highlander, “There can be only one…”. You’re not it.)
Santorum (As viable as Newt…he just doesn’t realize it yet.)
The rest of the JV squad (Yeah, right…)
RonPaulRonPaulRonPaul (ronpaulronpaulronpaul…)

So, of the current field, Caine is it.

Unless/until someone better comes along…

(And no, I’m not talking about The Fat Man or yet another would-be Shrub Dynastic link.)

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Now read that with Humphrey Bogart`s voice in your head.

kim roy on May 17, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Why would a guy like Newt whose brand has always been about Big Bold Solutions criticize Ryan for offering …

Cause it’s not his idea and he won’t get the chance to write a book for the idea.

AH_C on May 17, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Newt has his warts, but he’s a solid conservative. His experience as a historian is, I believes, his finest attribute. But he’s not perfect, so throw him over the side the first time we disagree with him. Ok, whatever.

FlatlanderByTheLake

The first time? Where the heck have you been?

xblade on May 17, 2011 at 2:28 AM

Open mouth. Insert both feet.

kingsjester on May 17, 2011 at 8:04 AM

“I only say stoopid things because I’m working so hard to save America.”

Akzed on May 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Newts probably got another book in pipes that will drop either right after he loses the primary about “retaking the party” or he is waiting for the Republicans to lose against O in 2012 so that he publish a “told you so” book about the need to “get back to basics” or something. He’s a loser. i think our best hopes are honestly keeping their powder dry for 2016 because they assume O’s 2012 chance has more to do with unemployment rates than the republican platform or candidate.

snoopicus on May 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Newt just reinforces that liberalism is a mental disorder without regards for party. Establishment republicns are directly responsible for the environment that was so receptive to a narcisstic incompetent to take control of our country and drive it into the ground. He babbles like he is in the latter stages of where most demonrats have already gone.

volsense on May 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM

So, let’s check the ol’ scorecard…

Newt Loops (It can’t be more over than when people walk up to you off the street and tell you to your face that you’re making a fool of yourself.)
The STrumpet (Not running)
The Huckster (Not running)
Willard RomneyCare (Fading…fading…fading…)
T-Paw (Only in the fever-dreams of George Will The Mad.)
The Mitch* (* “If my wife says I can!“)
Citizen Caine (Of the declared, the only one left with a shot of convincing me.)
Bachman(Sorry Michelle, but like Highlander, “There can be only one…”. You’re not it.)
Santorum (As viable as Newt…he just doesn’t realize it yet.)
The rest of the JV squad (Yeah, right…)
RonPaulRonPaulRonPaul (ronpaulronpaulronpaul…)

So, of the current field, Caine is it.

Unless/until someone better comes along…

(And no, I’m not talking about The Fat Man or yet another would-be Shrub Dynastic link.)

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Maybe we need to take a second look at the “other woman”:

Sarah Palin.

Steve Z on May 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Gingrich, Huckabee, Trump… all losers. Please go away and maybe a real conservative will step up.

BoomJunkie on May 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Why did Newt say what he said? He wasn’t consulted, or the originator of Ryan’s proposal, so that made it expendable. Newt is a small man, we already have a small man in office. Do we really want another?

TQM38a on May 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Incredibly stupid…he was backtracking hard on Mark Levin’s show – it WAS an embarrassment.

Tim_CA on May 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Iowan to Gingrich: “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself”

Ditto from a Kansan!

landlines on May 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

TimeTraveler on May 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Mitch Buchanon is going to run? Oh boy. Another no charisma wall-flower to suck up GOP money and bore crowds to death! Less than 100 electoral votes. Worthless.

austinnelly on May 17, 2011 at 1:04 PM

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