Just as supporters were saying Newt never knocks his fellow Republicans …

posted at 4:17 pm on November 10, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Today, Newt Gingrich refused to sidestep an opportunity to poke fun at Rick Perry for his now-famous debate bumble. The Hill reports:

When Gingrich was asked about government reform at a campaign stop in Detroit, he took the opportunity to take a shot at the Texas governor.

“I have several departments in mind,” he said to laughter, according to Slate. “I’ve forgotten some of them… I think the place to start is the Department of Energy.”

Earlier in the question-and-answer session, a woman forgot the third part of a three part question. Although Gingrich did not prompt the response, the room burst into laughter.

It’s understandable, really. Perry’s blooper is irresistible fodder for jokes — so much so that Laura Ingraham adamantly advised Perry himself to volunteer to appear on Saturday Night Live to poke fun at himself.

But it’s also a little disappointing just because it illustrates even Gingrich isn’t immune to a certain amount of cockiness. Perry was probably the most notoriously over-confident of all, but all the candidates are like this: Let a candidate do well — or even just a little better than he was doing before — and soon he thinks more highly of himself and more lowly of his competitors than his situation warrants.

Perhaps Perry will be most helped by this mistake, after all — not in this race, but in the future. It will surely help to humble him — and, if anyone is more attractive as a leader than someone who is successful and arrogant, it’s someone who is successful and humble.


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If Gingrich reaches the top tier, he will attack, and he will be attacked.

Daemonocracy on November 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Oh God. That wasn’t a jab. It was a light hearted joshing. Perrykrishnas need to lighten up. It would have been a jab if Newt said that Perry is a “buffoon” or if he hinted that Perry wasn’t up to the job or had some empty space between his ears. Making light of a highly publicized gaffe by an opponent is not a “Obamaney Care” style bash.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

You’ve got a good point there with the humble pie thing.

birdhurd on November 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

He’s done.

Mcguyver on November 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

That is the most benign jab I have seen in this campaign, frankly.

And Gingrich isn’t cocky? Hell, he has ALWAYS been cocky. I wish he had changed, but he really hasnt. Doesnt mean he can’t be President…it is just a character flaw.

neoavatara on November 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Rick Perry…ROFL.

Chudi on November 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

That was nothing. If anything, I’m relieved since it shows that Newt has a sense of humor. Sometimes he seems a little too serious and PO’d(not that I can blame him of course).

Doughboy on November 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

That’s not taking a shot at Perry. That’s just making a joke at Perry’s expense. Which is totally legit. Perry himself is going to be reading Letterman’s top 10 list tonight, and will be poking fun at himself.

portlandon on November 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I think y’all are in the tank for Gingrich.

It was funny though.

cozmo on November 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

OMG, that was hardly a jab. Now if he has said Perry was unfit to be Pres. because of his constant flubs, he would be right, but that would not have been nice.

stenwin77 on November 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Why in the hell am I seeing an Alan Grayson ad? I realize the ad creator just picks up keywords… but have a heart, man, build in some filters!

mankai on November 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

ROFL.

Chudi on November 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Well then, its time for your meds…again.

cozmo on November 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

portlandon on November 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Exactly

nswider on November 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Now that Perry deep-sixed his chances, Perrykrishnas whine whenever anybody makes even the slightest comment about his lack of communication skills. Yet, Perrykrishnas see no problem with calling Cain empty-headed. He’s now behind Cain on Intrade and doing damage control by humiliating himself on Letterman. Remember when Cain went on SNL? Your campaign is in trouble if you have to go on a comedy show to improve your image.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I bet Perry would have laughed at that. Heck the guy has been laughing at himself all day.

gophergirl on November 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I like Newt because he is the sharpest guy still standing. The fact that he supposedly never criticized his fellow candidates hasn’t factored into my support. And it’s probably more of a bug than a feature, so I’m glad he didn’t ignore the elephant in the room and instead chose to poke a little fun at the incident. This is a presidential primary, not a Ms. Congeniality contest.

Kataklysmic on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

When McCain, that is.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

And Tina wonders why we think she’s in the tank for Perry…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Now that Perry deep-sixed his chances, Perrykrishnas whine whenever anybody makes even the slightest comment about his lack of communication skills. Yet, Perrykrishnas see no problem with calling Cain empty-headed. He’s now behind Cain on Intrade and doing damage control by humiliating himself on Letterman. Remember when Cain went on SNL? Your campaign is in trouble if you have to go on a comedy show to improve your image.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Yep that’s what we all are doing/

gophergirl on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

mankai on November 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Talk about wasted ad spend.

John the Libertarian on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

If Newt Gingrich doesn’t apologize to Rick Perry immediately, he must step down and get out of the race.

/

Knucklehead on November 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Pretty soon, folks are going to wonder if Rick Perry is George HW Bush’s love child. He’s just that good at expressing himself.

RBMN on November 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

There you go again. You are positing the race as between Romney, Perry and Gingrich, withe Perry and Gingrich splitting the anti-Romney votes, thus giving Romney the victory.

Pardon my busting your fantasy bubble, but Cain is still leading all of those pawns in your game.

Has Cain been declared dead from the high tech lynching last week?

jimw on November 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Oh, please. It wasn’t like Perry was speaking Victorian English before. Last night wasn’t an aberration, and that’s the problem. He waxes and wanes between sounding like Sling Blade or a drunkard, and if you think that’s going to work well in a debate with Obama, you’re crazy. Stop pretending this is a cutesy “he’s human” moment. It’s not. He’s comically inept and communication and won’t put in the effort to improve– that’s where the arrogance is.

Pasalubong on November 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

But it’s also a little disappointing just because it illustrates even Gingrich isn’t immune to a certain amount of cockiness.

Gingrich cracking a joke at one of the most excruciating gaffes of the year is “disappointing”?

Good grief.

MadisonConservative on November 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Yep that’s what we all are doing/

gophergirl on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

/whisper voice: they are projecting. Cain did late night TV the other day. That was okay too./

cozmo on November 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

The race is between Romney, Cain and Gingrich. Bachmann destroyed her chances with Tardasil and similar silly remarks. She is now in the low singles. Perry crushed his campaign by being a poor speaker. Santorum is a none issue. Ron Paul thinks the government is going to seal the borders to keep Americans in.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Gingrich cracking a joke at one of the most excruciating gaffes of the year is “disappointing”?

Good grief.

MadisonConservative on November 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Exactly. It’s also the new “Rino! Elitist! Eating your own!” thing. Sheesh. Can’t we be for conservatism and quality control at the same time?

Pasalubong on November 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Newt/Bachman

spypeach on November 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

He’s allowed to be cocky in my opinion.

He’s an educated man…knows his sh*t. Walk tall, Newt~

There’s no shame in being a bona fide bada$$.

Bring it.
Perry can take it. He’s not a little baby. He knows he flubbed up.

Seems to me that everyone is so used to having immature brats in the white house that we don’t know how to recognize Men anymore.

bridgetown on November 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Why in the hell am I seeing an Alan Grayson ad? I realize the ad creator just picks up keywords… but have a heart, man, build in some filters!

mankai on November 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

That picture of Grayson was disconcerting. Odd semi-evil leer.

iurockhead on November 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Wow, It must be nice to be above it all with your candidate . Nice snarky remarks to those who still like Perry. Not helpful. Save it for Obama and get off Tina’s case.

sandee on November 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

“I have several departments in mind,” he said to laughter, according to Slate. “I’ve forgotten some of them… I think the place to start is the Department of Energy.”

If this is a poke at Perry, it has to be one of the gentlest and most light-hearted imaginable, without mentioning Perry by name or even without mentioning any candidate, or last night’s debate. Gingrich would actually sound meaner by saying he would give up golf if elected President.

Lighten up, Perry supporters–this is a non-event, and probably won’t hurt Gingrich…

Steve Z on November 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Remember when Cain went on SNL? Your campaign is in trouble if you have to go on a comedy show to improve your image.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

It worked out pretty well for Nixon. He appeared on Laugh-in right before the election in ’68.

TxAnn56 on November 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Seriously, that qualifies as a jab?

DaydreamBeliever on November 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Wow…Perry couldn’t remember one of the three departments he’d cut.

And now he should drop out of the race.

Yet, Cain couldn’t remember any of the five women he’s accused of harassing..and all is well.

Color me surprised…not.

monique on November 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I fully expect Rick Perry to crack a joke on this next. Newt was just joshin’

Sekhmet on November 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

CROSS-POSTED

HA Candidate Support update (296 explicit or implicit declarations, (previous 257, 7Nov2011), Numbers include declarations both in the midst of the CAIN accusations of misconduct and post 9 NOV debate. The top for candidates received additional declarations of support in the following most to least order: Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Romney. Please note that the tendency of the percentages going down for certain candidates is a result of more declarations of support for other contenders as opposed to withdrawal or transfer of current support. If you have a question as to where I currently you please email at the email provided below.

CAIN (119) [Current 40.2%, Previous, 43.2%, High 43.6% ]

GINGRICH (91) [Current 30.7%, Previous, 27.2%, High 30.7%, Previous 29.9%]

PERRY (43) [Current 14.5%, Previous, 15.2%, High 17.6%]

ROMNEY (34) [Current 11.6%, Previous, 12.4%, High 18.5%]

BACHMANN (2) [Current 0.7%, Previous, 0.8%, High <5.0%]

PAUL (2) [Current 0.7%, Previous, 0.8%, High <5.0%]

HUNTSMAN (2) [Current 0.7%, Previous, 0.8%, High <5.0%]

LAWN GNOME (1) [Current 0.3%, Previous, 0.4%, High <5.0%]

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm in supporting any of the candidates any of which would be an improvement over the disaster that is currently at the helm. Just continue to hope that our enthusiasm does not lead to us “eating our own” and alienating someone to the point they either sit out (aiding the real opposition) or (Gasp) actually voting liberal to just go ahead and chuck the countries basket right on into Hell.

PALINISTa’s (63)

Percentages might exceed 100% due to rounding. If for any reason I have you under the wrong candidates tent, I have you listed under more than one candidate, or you would like to throw your name behind a different candidate you can update me at prov22.17-21@juno.com (three people have updated this way.
Provided as service towards eventual coalescing behind he/she who saved the people from Him Who Is No Longer Mentioned (HWINLM)…except descriptively as The Destoyer, PBHO, TOTUS.

RedLizard64 on November 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Rick Perry is the man

conservador on November 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The knock on Gingrich is that he comes across as mean and arrogant at times. He has done a really good job of being positive during the campaign and this has paid off for him. He should be careful because if he does lose his temper he will never live it down.

Bill C on November 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

You are seeing the Newt that I know.

The Gingrich wit is naturally sarcastic and is often directed at his friends rather than at his enemies.

That is why Newt discourages his followers, sooner or later.

Remember that I warned you the day Newt quits thrilling you with cutting remark after cutting remark at your enemy’s expense and turns them on you for no reason whatsoever except that he enjoys it.

jimw on November 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Considering Perry stole his entire staff, Newt is being gentle.

hanzblinx on November 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I think Newt was being kind to Perry…

… but if he or anyone uses this as a “joke” again after today against Perry, then it will be seen as petty and cheap.

There are more debates to come, and anyone can have a bad night…

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

That’s considered a jab?

Wow.

powerpro on November 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Note to Tina

I was worried you wouldn’t be able to cut it, but your snarkiness is finally coming through.

You’re gonna make it after all

from the Mary Tyler Moore show’s theme song

huckleberryfriend on November 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Not exactly the reason I would support Gingrich anyways. I never believed in the 11th commandment. If we do not police our own, then we will just slowly degrade into the Democrat Light party.

astonerii on November 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

AND Non-candidate taking the administration and its departments to task is…

Dang she may be performina better service now by keeping herself as the focal point for the Eye of Mordor until our hero rides in on a white horse to defeat Sauron the Faithless and Accursed!!! (Read TOTUS)

RedLizard64 on November 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Jab? Seriously, that doesn’t even qualify as a noogie.

Laura in Maryland on November 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

It’s understandable, really. Perry’s blooper is irresistible fodder for jokes — so much so that Laura Ingraham adamantly advised Perry himself to volunteer to appear on Saturday Night Live to poke fun at himself.

That’s probably not a bad idea. Last night I thought he should just resign now.. but, hey, maybe he’ll yet recover. He can’t continue though, blowing these debates. But I will give him this… he actually stumbled through it well.

He’s at the point now expectations are so low for him that any improvement will be a positive sign. Maybe he’ll relax and get himself in order. Nobody is expecting much from him.

He’s risking just becoming comic relief.

JellyToast on November 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Perry done, Cain done. Now let’s start on Newt.

Goodale on November 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I like Taranto’s joke best:

You can say this about Rick Perry: He has forgotten more about cutting government than Barack Obama will ever know.

Scrappy on November 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I didn’t say going on a comedy show is a bad thing. I said going on a comedy show because your campaign is desperate is a bad thing. McCain and Palin going on SNL looked pathetic because we knew they were doing it because of Palin’s controversies and their lagging in the polls.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

This is kind of a non story Newt’s response to Perry flub.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

This is kind of a non story Newt’s response to Perry flub.
Dr Evil on November 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Tina is feeling Rick’s butthurt.

whatcat on November 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Tina is feeling Rick’s butthurt.

whatcat on November 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Just what I would expect from you. Like a 10 year old…in a shower.

cozmo on November 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Nice try on the maybe it will help Perry to be a discombobulated mess.

However, you left out some of the combinations.

There’s successful and arrogant.
There’s successful and humble.

And, then there’s successful and clueless.

I don’t know that forgetting a key element of your own platform, even after referring to your own notes = humility.

Or maybe bumble rhymes with humble.

Good luck with that one.

IndieDogg on November 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

But it’s also a little disappointing just because it illustrates even Gingrich isn’t immune to a certain amount of cockiness.

Oh, Tina. Talk about a stretch…and after you conceded that Gingrich was joking?

I guess we are going to spend the rest of eternity on HotAir parsing every single word out of Republican’s mouths in search of blog fodder? This is just pathetic.

JannyMae on November 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM

That was funny by Newt. I liked it.

El_Terrible on November 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM

If that’s a “jab”, can’t wait to see Newt throwing some real punches.

I like Perry, and from what I can tell in NC, he seem’s to being a good job governing Texas in most areas. But all of Perry’s wounds are self inflicted. That’s just the sad truth. Perhaps Perry has reached his peak, but I’ll wait for the voters to decide.

Alternate headline if Newt didn’t go along with the joke: “Gingrich so clueless he doesn’t get a joke a room full of people were in on”.

Hog Wild on November 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Now that Perry deep-sixed his chances, Perrykrishnas whine whenever anybody makes even the slightest comment about his lack of communication skills.

What are you going on about?? No one is getting all riled up about this. It’s a friggin’ joke. I think we can all laugh about it. Heck, Perry has been laughing about it all day. I think you need to lighten up. We are ok over here.

XWing5 on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

That’s not taking a shot at Perry. That’s just making a joke at Perry’s expense. Which is totally legit. Perry himself is going to be reading Letterman’s top 10 list tonight, and will be poking fun at himself.

portlandon on November 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

THIS.

nickj116 on November 10, 2011 at 6:16 PM

IMHO..Newt was making a joke at Perry’s expense..Move along folks..Nothing to see..:)

Dire Straits on November 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

If Newt’s supporters were saying he never attacks fellow Republicans they forget this colossal attack: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20063613-503544.html

But hey 5 months is an eternity in politics. Newt probably took his new tone because of the backlash he got from his pandering to the liberal MSM and throwing Paul Ryan under the bus. Newt’s always been great at sensing where the pulse of the GOP base is and squawking according. Not so much on the actual governing side: https://www.google.com/search?q=newt+gingrich+liberal

Bill R on November 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

and, if anyone is more attractive as a leader than someone who is successful and arrogant, it’s someone who is successful and humble.

I agree Tina. this is one of the many reasons I like Mitt Romney. He is both successful and humble.

sheryl on November 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back…..it has enough material from Perry’s gaffes for one complete season. And the beauty is that no one needs to kibitz….they just run the footage and we all ROTFLOMFAO!!!!

csdeven on November 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I didn’t say going on a comedy show is a bad thing. I said going on a comedy show because your campaign is desperate is a bad thing. McCain and Palin going on SNL looked pathetic because we knew they were doing it because of Palin’s controversies and their lagging in the polls.

andy85719

Oh yeah, Newts numbers are waaaay up there. (roll eyes)
I’m betting you have a poster of him on the ceiling over your bed.

Hard Right on November 10, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Newt Gingrich making a gentle joke about Rick Perry shows that Newt Gingrich doesn’t have a heart.

Why? Because Rick Perry can’t be expected to take a joke. He’s a special needs boy, and he proves it over and over.

David Blue on November 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM