Quotes of the day

posted at 10:59 pm on December 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted rival Newt Gingrich Tuesday as an ‘extremely unreliable leader in the conservative world’ who has taken positions in this campaign that should give GOP voters pause as they consider their choices for the party’s nomination…

“‘He has been an extraordinarily unreliable leader in the conservative world—not 16 or 17 years ago but in the last two to three years,’ Romney said. ‘And even during the campaign, the number of times he has moved from one spot to another has been remarkable. I think he’s shown a level of unreliability as a conservative leader today.’…

“‘Let’s look at the record,’ he said. ‘When Republicans were fighting for cap and trade and needed a leader to stand up against cap and trade, he did an ad with Nancy Pelosi about global warming,’ he said. ‘When Republicans took one of the most courageous votes I’ve seen in at least a decade to call for the reform of Medicare under the Paul Ryan plan, he goes public and says this is a ‘right-wing social engineering’ plan. Even today he called it ‘suicide.’”

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“1994 is very tough on Romney. The contrast between Romney and Gingrich in this year of GOP ascendancy and congressional clout unrealized since the days of Eisenhower and Truman that many conservatives may find it disqualifying. Whatever Republicans come to think of Gingrich’s leadership style as speaker, they know Gingrich helped lead the GOP to its first House majority in 40 years and didn’t tinker around the edges with his newly won power. An agenda that achieved spending cuts, sought and over time won a balanced budget, welfare reform, tax cuts, telecommunications reform and congressional reform is not and was not timid…

“At the same time, Romney was running against Kennedy in Massachusetts, a liberal state where a successful Republican had to soften some of the harder edges of the GOP’s anti-Clinton, anti-Democratic rhetoric. Romney softened them past the state of sponginess and came out on the hardened side of opposition…

“Gingrich called the idea of a party committing to an agenda and inviting voters to throw them out if they didn’t follow through ‘revolutionary.’ At an important moment in the party’s history and ideological move toward conservatism, Gingrich and Romney drew very different conclusions about what would work and what would fail. This is known as a contrast and a historical fact.”

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“Inside D.C., it sounds very strange to say that Gingrich is an ‘outsider.’ Gingrich has eaten from just about every trough imaginable inside the Beltway. And yet, he’s always been very clear that he wants to (‘fundamentally,’ ‘historically,’ ‘categorically’ and ‘radically’) overturn the existing order. Some critics always thought, plausibly, that such pronouncements were part of his act or a sign of his megalomania.

“But there’s another possibility: It’s true. Moreover, the times may be ripe for precisely the sort of vexing, vainglorious and all-too-human revolutionary Gingrich claims to be. That’s the argument a few people have been wrestling with. Gingrich, after all, is the only candidate to actually move the government rightward. While getting wealthy off the old order, he’s been plotting for decades how to get rid of it. To paraphrase Lenin, perhaps the K Streeters paid Gingrich to build the gallows he will hang them on?

“That remains a stretch. Mitt Romney is still the sensible choice if you believe these are rough, but generally sensible, times. If, however, you think these are crazy and extraordinary times, then perhaps they call for a crazy, extraordinary — very high-risk, very high-reward — figure like Gingrich.”

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“Our world that’s coming is a world of narrowing, not widening, choices. It’s a world that suits Mr. Romney’s skills and history, his knack for operating within constraints and making choices based on data, data, data. Mr. Obama lives in the same world, of course, but is unequipped to deal with it given his dubious gifts for execution, execution, execution. Also, given his inclination to seek refuge in a clueless reverie of big new programs at a time when the resources simply don’t exist.

“Nor is there a Big Idea that can transform our unhappy prospects. Lunar mining will not rescue Medicare. People like Mr. Gingrich play a useful role in politics: It’s good to be able to talk thrillingly about history, civilization. But they make bad—perhaps we should say, unnecessary—presidents. When ideas are new and unfamiliar, they’re not executable. When they’re executable we need people who can execute.

“The consensus for painful reform comes when the status quo hits the wall. It’s a myth that we don’t know what our choices are. That’s the Romney moment. His strong suit has always been to do what everyone else has put off.”

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“Just as Kerry’s candidacy represented an attempt to effectively out-patriot George W. Bush (‘You have a war president? We have a war hero!’), the former speaker has skillfully played to the Republican desire for a candidate who can finally outsmart and out-orate Obama…

“In reality, Kerry outdebated Bush but did not outpoll him, Al Gore won the 2000 debates on points only to lose them on personality, and Abraham Lincoln lost the Illinois Senate race to Stephen Douglas. When a presidential debate does matter to a campaign’s outcome, it’s usually a passing one-liner (Ronald Reagan’s ‘there you go again’ Walter Mondale’s ‘where’s the beef?’) rather than a Ciceronian performance that makes the difference.

“More important for the Republican Party’s purposes, it isn’t 2008 anymore, and conservatives don’t actually need to explode the fantasy of Obama’s eloquence and omnicompetence. The harsh reality of governing has already done that for them. Nobody awaits the president’s speeches with panting anticipation these days, or expects him to slay his opponents with the power of his intellect. Obamamania peaked with the inauguration, and it’s been ebbing ever since…

“Conservatives may want catharsis, but the rest of the public seems to mainly want reassurance.”

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“‘The longer this race goes, the more you’re going to see these Republican candidates try to mortgage the general election to try and win the primary campaign,’ said David Axelrod, the chief strategist for the president’s re-election campaign. He added, ‘They’re being tugged to the right every day.’…

“‘Just remember, the higher a monkey climbs on a pole, the more you can see his butt,’ Mr. Axelrod said. ‘So, you know, the speaker is very high on the pole right now, and we’ll see how people like the view.’”

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“In a written statement, Romney welcomed the endorsement.

“‘Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years,’ Romney said. ‘Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team.’”


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Today with FDR and Woodrow Wilson I brew
Tomorrow with Nancy Pelosi and Andy Stern I bake
And then the Conservative and Tea Party future I will take
For very few yet know my sly conniving little game
That Franklin Delano Gingrich is my real name!

Cheshire Cat on December 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM

The Gingrich local boards immigration great great great idea, is the most stupid thing i have heard in a long time,

And this and some similar ideas is what we will get with Mr. great ideas,

OrthodoxJew on December 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

It’s a stupid idea. These local boards will be made up of FDR-lovin’ Communist from Guatemala. I say ship ‘em all back and to hell with consequences! If the country can handle one ATF goon waving a gun in Elian’s Gonzalez’s face, then by golly it can handle 11 million ATF goons waving guns!

Ron Paul ’12, y’all! (…or Romney, Mother Bachmann, or George Washington Santorum.)

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Cyn is a very confused lady. She means well, but that’s neither here nor there.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Ahem. Seriously thought you’d get away with that, did you? I come back in here to shut down the laptop and this is what I see? Igor, you are the one who is confused. I’m still pretty sure you’re just a plant, so watch it. And anyone (granted, there aren’t many) who can cop to being enthusiastic in any way about Mitt Romney running for the Republican nomination is more confused than I have the time or interest in commenting upon, so watch whom you align yourself with.

cynccook on December 14, 2011 at 1:22 AM

The Gingrich local boards immigration great great great idea, is the most stupid thing i have heard in a long time,

And this and some similar ideas is what we will get with Mr. great ideas,

OrthodoxJew on December 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

That’s why I want to stop him. When he counter-attacked against Romney, while being just a tiny bit off-balance, the Communist rhetoric he used revealed that he has not had any conversion since his previous progressive mumblings. Newt is just a believer in Government and a believer that what the Government should be doing is implementing his latest insane ideas.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Cheshire Cat on December 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Dude, you’re repeating yourself. You need some new material.

cynccook on December 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

The House sets the budget. The only way Paul can balance it is to keep vetoing it until the house gives in. More likely the house overrides the veto and then what? He talks a good game but without a very conservative house and senate it isn’t going to happen.

chemman on December 14, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Ron Paul Revolution will mobilize and tell Congress to do *everything* President Dr. Paul tells it to do.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

Cheshire Cat on December 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM

So who are you and PercyB pulling for?

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

That’s why I want to stop him. When he counter-attacked against Romney, while being just a tiny bit off-balance, the Communist rhetoric he used revealed that he has not had any conversion since his previous progressive mumblings. Newt is just a believer in Government and a believer that what the Government should be doing is implementing his latest insane ideas.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:23 AM

My God… Glenn Beck said the same exact thing on the radio today. You aren’t Glenn Beck, are you?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Now, goodnight again!

cynccook on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

We no longer have free markets in our country.. What we have now is a form of neo-fascism – what some call crony capitalism – wherein the largest corporations and government have ‘merged’, just as Mussolini said they should in his original definition of fascism, which he believed should have been called corporatism. Rather than competing and winning on merit, courting government for favors and gaming the law is seen as the surer path to economic success for many companies. Jeff Immelt and General Electric come to mind. In return for his generous support of Obama, Immelt – and the company he heads – have been handsomely rewarded via a series of sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts, and the like. The very definition of cronyism. Ditto with warren Buffet. Unfortunately, crony capitalism (and it’s brother influence peddling – see Newt Gingrich) is a bipartisan problem, as author Peter Schweizer documents in his book, “Throw Them All Out”, it isn’t limited to just the left and the Democrats.

VorDaj on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Ahem. Seriously thought you’d get away with that, did you? I come back in here to shut down the laptop and this is what I see? Igor, you are the one who is confused. I’m still pretty sure you’re just a plant, so watch it. And anyone (granted, there aren’t many) who can cop to being enthusiastic in any way about Mitt Romney running for the Republican nomination is more confused than I have the time or interest in commenting upon, so watch whom you align yourself with.

cynccook on December 14, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Cyn, like I said you are very confused. Not only have you accused me of being a plant and a racist, but seemingly you’ve accused me of supporting Romney while I wholeheartedly support only Bachmann in this race. And you can take your threats…but I digress.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Cheshire Cat on December 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Newtpelstiltskin?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 14, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Relevance.

relevance.

Relevance.

Relevance.

Sarah Palin is stupid! and Irrelevant!

Relevance.

Relevance.

This is a very odd thread.

alwaysfiredup on December 14, 2011 at 1:29 AM

How did Sarah Palin get pulled into this conversation any how? She’s hasn’t endorsed anyone and is pretty much staying away from the circus that is the Republican primary race. I know some here think that her staying out of the race was a good thing, but if they were truly honest they’d admit that if her Oct 5th announcement had been she was in that she’d be crushing the field by now. Crony capitalism/political ‘featherbedding’ would be her theme and none of the other candidates would be busy trying to change the subject, all tainted to some degree, their ‘sticky fingers’ for all to see. You Mittbots, Newtboys, Perrites, Paularions and the rest have to thank your lucky stars that Mrs. P decided to stay out. But then there is still time for her to change the dynamic of the race. Maybe she wanted one more Christmas will the family and enjoy it in peace before joining the fray.

Tarnsman on December 14, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Precisely. If she had stayed in and continued her non-campaign campaign, she would have prevailed and I would have been one of her strongest supporters.

But she didn’t, which shows what sort of person she is. She is not willing to sacrifice for the country even though she said she would.

And if she thinks she can enter the race now under these conditions, she’s not only self-centered but delusional. She is a quitter and nobody made her do either one. She can never overcome that meme. That’s the way she played it and that’s the way it will be.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM

We need to get behind Christine O’Donnell…

In a NYC second, but I wonder if my wife would approve.

Archivarix on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM

My God… Glenn Beck said the same exact thing on the radio today. You aren’t Glenn Beck, are you?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

No, nor have I listened to him, nor do I approve of his seeming willingness to vote for Ron Paul. But if it’s not obvious to you that the rhetoric Newt used was of the Communist variety, you don’t know your Communist rhetoric. Just because the same obvious thing is obvious to me and Beck, doesn’t mean I am Beck. Look inside yourself and figure out why you are OK with your idol saying such awful things.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM

We no longer have free markets in our country.. What we have now is a form of neo-fascism – what some call crony capitalism – wherein the largest corporations and government have ‘merged’, just as Mussolini said they should in his original definition of fascism, which he believed should have been called corporatism. Rather than competing and winning on merit, courting government for favors and gaming the law is seen as the surer path to economic success for many companies. Jeff Immelt and General Electric come to mind. In return for his generous support of Obama, Immelt – and the company he heads – have been handsomely rewarded via a series of sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts, and the like. The very definition of cronyism. Ditto with warren Buffet. Unfortunately, crony capitalism (and it’s brother influence peddling – see Newt Gingrich) is a bipartisan problem, as author Peter Schweizer documents in his book, “Throw Them All Out”, it isn’t limited to just the left and the Democrats.

VorDaj on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

No, what we have today transcends what you’re talking about.

What we have today is something called Newtonian Communistic-Fascism which uses Maoist mass organizations to channel paper money into a number of front organization like Fannie and Freddie.

You see, both Fannie and Freddie were organizations created by the Council on Foreign Relations and its predecessor, the Milner Group, in an attempt for the British Empire to take back America after WWII. Sensing the power of Freddie Mac, Gingrich tried to co-opt them so that he could take control of the British Isle, usurp the power of the CFR, and become the undisputed ruler of the British Commonwealth and the United States.

Ask yourselves this: What does the Contract with America and the Catcher and the Rye have in common? Nothing! But that doesn’t change the fact that the black helicopters started showing up in ’94 after Gingrich revived the ancient Free Mason ritual in the Bohemian Grove! This has all been documented and Yale’s Skull and Bones is clearly behind it all.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:32 AM

Ron Paul Revolution will mobilize and tell Congress to do *everything* President Dr. Paul tells it to do.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

Where can I score some of that stuff you use? I want to live in Candyland, too.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:33 AM

I don’t believe that Newt is trying to portray himself as an outsider, people are just confused by many in the Tea Party appear to be embracing him.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Oh. My bad. I guess this was an imposter who proudly proclaimed:

“I’m definitely not the candidate of the Washington insiders.”

“I’m the guy who wants to change Washington.”

“I will offer a more dramatic alternative future than any traditional candidate would dream of.”

“I’m confident that Washington will react in a way, which will make quite clear to the American people, that I am the people’s candidate, not the capital’s candidate.”

Splashman on December 14, 2011 at 1:34 AM

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Relax. she’s not getting in the race. there’s no need to get your panties in a wad.

I heard it on good authority that she was getting in the race only because she was self-centered and craved the spotlight. Now you tell me by not getting in she’s self-centered and a coward. Which is it? Or is it both?

alwaysfiredup on December 14, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:32 AM

Sarcasm have never convinced anyone of anything, and over-the-top sarcasm is even less likely to.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:34 AM

But if it’s not obvious to you that the rhetoric Newt used was of the Communist variety, you don’t know your Communist rhetoric.

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 AM

I’m not OK with it, Igor. Newt Gingrich is a Communist and wants to reinstate his Stalinist regime. Newt needs to be exposed for the Globalist Communist that he is! Where do I go to sign on with Team Bachmann, and will there be Tardisil?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:35 AM

“‘Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years,’ Romney said. ‘Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team.’”

And thus falls the Tea party.

That said, its the first responsible thing I think I’ve seen Christine O’Donnell do.

JohnGalt23 on December 14, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Where can I score some of that stuff you use? I want to live in Candyland, too.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Dr. Paul will help Iran become a responsible member of the international community. Don’t ask me how he will do it. All I know is he will do it… somehow.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

I’m not OK with it, Igor. Newt Gingrich is a Communist and wants to reinstate his Stalinist regime. Newt needs to be exposed for the Globalist Communist that he is! Where do I go to sign on with Team Bachmann, and will there be Tardisil?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Like I said, sarcasm doesn’t accomplish anything in terms of changing anyone’s mind, but it does make the practitioner feel better about him/herself. So you have accomplished something, good job!

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

My God… Glenn Beck said the same exact thing on the radio today. You aren’t Glenn Beck, are you?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

A gypsy mopping sweat upon his brow
Might it be this gypsy of yours stands before you now?
It could be him!
It could be you!
Odd’s fish, it could even be me!
That scallawag could be most any sod

I believe he may be here upon your own shores
Dancing ’round this hotgas hall
After all, he is known for cunning and gall

PercyB on December 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Which is it? Or is it both?

alwaysfiredup on December 14, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Actually, I don’t think she’s self-centered. I just think that, for some reason I cannot fathom, she couldn’t handle the possibility of losing. Or maybe she has a fear of success. Whatever it is, it’s over because she allowed her supporters to believe she would go all the way and she did not respect them in the way she said no.

Look at how much of a price all of these people are paying for things they did decades ago. How much more difficult would it be for Sarah when what she did was only weeks ago?

The donkeys would have a field day with her, to her great detriment if she runs and to someone else’s great detriment if she endorses. Her endorsement is a tarbaby.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Like I said, sarcasm doesn’t accomplish anything in terms of changing anyone’s mind, but it does make the practitioner feel better about him/herself. So you have accomplished something, good job!

Igor R. on December 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

I’m not being sarcastic, Igor. I suppose the Globalist Illuminati have gotten control of you too, huh? Why do you think Alec Baldwin was thrown off that plane, huh? He was thrown off the plane because he was going to expose Newt Gingrich for the Stalinist that he is! Alex Jones and Glenn Beck will have a Holiday Special on what Alec Baldwin knows and when he knew it!

Open your eyes, Igor! Newt Gingrich wants to surrender the U.S. to North Korea! North Korea, man! Cake!

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Splashman on December 14, 2011 at 1:34 AM

So one statement says he’s not an insider and the rest say that he wants to change Washington. What politician, on either side, hasn’t said the exact same thing. I still think the point of the article is that because Newt is an insider, the fact that people in the Tea Party are embracing him is baffling.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM

The first time i laughed, the second time i cringed, the third time it sounded corny, and the last 10 times it sounds just plain stupid,

You made a good joke in your first comment on this thread, and after other commentators gave you a thumbs up, you figured that you should just copy and paste it on every page a few times,

I think that you think a little highly of yourself, which explains why you support the king of ego,

You are for Newt, what TheRightMan is for Perry

OrthodoxJew on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

A gypsy mopping sweat upon his brow

PercyB on December 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

(Gasp!) Who told you about the gypsy!? WHO SENT YOU! You are working for FDR-lovin’ Gingrich, aren’t you!? You will not take my fluids! No, sir! Glenn Beck told me all about you!

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:48 AM

I still think the point of the article is that because Newt is an insider, the fact that people in the Tea Party are embracing him is baffling.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Somebody on the open reg thread said that you were golden or something nice like that.

This is why. You are very astute. Most would either miss this or discount it.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:48 AM

Open your eyes, Igor! Newt Gingrich wants to surrender the U.S. to North Korea! North Korea, man! Cake!

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:43 AM

North Korea? Ridiculous. There is not enough money in it for him. They are flat broke. I think he would much prefer to surrender to Freddy Mac. Oh wait, he already did that. Maybe he will surrender to Goldman Sachs next. I think they have a lot more than $1.6 million. probably 100 times that much to spare for some priceless history lessons.

RasThavas on December 14, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Stalling permits to drill for oil in the Gulf. Stalling permits to drill for NatGas (fracking). Refusing to drill in ANWR. Subsidizing unemployment for 99 weeks, why get a job. Obamacare. Fuel standards. GM, Volt. Solyandra. LightSquared. Stalling or revoking mountain top coal mining. Air pollution standards that will shut down coal fired electric generating plants. NLRB vs Boeing. On again, off again finigan tax rates, debt, taxes, FinReg, Consumer Protection regulations that prohibit long established banking practices. Repeated demands to raise taxes on wealthy, class warfare, feeding resentment and encouraging a sense of entitlement. Holding Social Security checks hostage for political gain.

Ya, what was his complaint again?

Skandia Recluse on December 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I am borrowing this post from the headline thread. Good post.

I think we are not keeping our eye on the ball here. In our general dissatisfaction with our choices (I think a small minority is delighted with their current choice for the GOP ticket right now), we need to keep reminding ourselves on WHY we need to win next year.

This should be a landslidable election with OUR candidate winning, no matter who it is.

karenhasfreedom on December 14, 2011 at 1:52 AM

The national debt and spending are the greatest national security threat. Generational theft is destroying our future and while you have your sites set overseas our country is being stolen from us right here at home.

FloatingRock on December 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM

No. People who do not understand the reality of the world outside of our own country are. We can fix the national debt and cut spending without cutting our own throats as Ron Paul would.

Sultanofsham on December 14, 2011 at 1:53 AM

The first time i laughed…

OrthodoxJew on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

How dare you! How dare you laugh at something so deadly serious as stopping Newt Gingrich’s planned socialist utopia! The man is on record praising FDR and stuff. You can laugh elsewhere while us true conservatives help a good family man like Mitt Romney win the presidency and stop FDR-lovin’ Newt Gingrich.

You’re a pig, by the way. A scummy, smarmy, socialist pig. Socialist!

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Mitt Romney belongs on the ash heap of history right next to Christine O’Donnell. Christine O’Donnell’s endorsement is almost as highly sought after Gary Busey’s.

#VoteRogue

CoolChange80 on December 14, 2011 at 1:54 AM

North Korea? Ridiculous. There is not enough money in it for him. They are flat broke. I think he would much prefer to surrender to Freddy Mac. Oh wait, he already did that. Maybe he will surrender to Goldman Sachs next.

RasThavas on December 14, 2011 at 1:50 AM

No, Mitt and Obama have a lock on Goldman Sachs. :-(

But seriously, Newt engineered the whole housing crisis to benefit North Korea. Glenn Beck is all over the story and Mitt will most likely bring it up at the debate.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Double down much?

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Double down much?

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:57 AM

You need to double-down and help me fight these Newt-lovin’ socialist before they doom the country and Romney’s chance to fix it.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 1:59 AM

I still think the point of the article is that because Newt is an insider, the fact that people in the Tea Party are embracing him is baffling.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

My dear, Rick Perry’s one man 57 second brain freeze was baffling. A group brain freeze like this over Franklin Delano Gingrich is absolutely dumbfounding for Americans. Sink me, but I must in all candor say, it is very French.

PercyB on December 14, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Glenn Beck thinks Newt and Huckabee are both progressives. He wouldn’t vote for Newt and yet he would vote for Huntsman and Romney.

VoteRogue2012

CoolChange80 on December 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

My dear, Rick Perry’s one man 57 second brain freeze was baffling. A group brain freeze like this over Franklin Delano Gingrich is absolutely dumbfounding for Americans. Sink me, but I must in all candor say, it is very French.

PercyB on December 14, 2011 at 1:59 AM

The TEA Party has been co-opted by the Bilderberg Group. They have been providing Newt with policy briefs for years and years. More at 11!

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:02 AM

I must say that calling Newt Gingrich a socialist or liberal is quite absurd. At this rate people will soon be calling Newt’s hero, the conservative Republican FDR, a socialist and liberal.

VorDaj on December 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM

Glenn Beck thinks Newt and Huckabee are both progressives. He wouldn’t vote for Newt and yet he would vote for Huntsman and Romney.

CoolChange80 on December 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

Maybe Glenn Beck is a religious bigot against Catholics and Evangelical Christians?

I must say that calling Newt Gingrich a socialist or liberal is quite absurd. At this rate people will soon be calling Newt’s hero, the conservative Republican FDR, a socialist and liberal.

VorDaj on December 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM

No, Newt is a communist and Bill Clinton, who is a conservative, kept him in check. President Romney is a conservative who had to pretend to be a “progressive” in order to become a politician since Newt was out to get him. This is all documented.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 1:48 AM

I should be at the U.N.. If I didn’t think the U.N. was garbage.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM

The TEA Party has been co-opted by the Bilderberg Group.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Well that’s a relief. Much better than being co-opted by FDR’s God son Newt anyway.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 14, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Much better than being co-opted by FDR’s son Newt anyway.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 14, 2011 at 2:08 AM

How did you know FDR fathered Newt Gingrich? Are you… Glenn Beck?

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:10 AM

PercyB on December 14, 2011 at 1:59 AM

I know but I like him. I’ve always liked him. I’m not sure I buy him as president yet but I’m keeping an open mind. I’m pretty sure that Newt can find something good to say about all our presidents, even Bubba.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 2:11 AM

We need a Revolutionary not a trim around the edges do what ever Karl Rove tells me. Romney is set up to lose in the general. I hope Newt wins so Jeb cant win 2016.

boogaleesnots on December 14, 2011 at 2:12 AM

I’m done with this. I’m gonna write in Ann Coulter. That way, almost every candidate gets a little love.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 2:18 AM

And a goodnight to y’all. It’s been a real eyeopener down here in the dungeon.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 2:20 AM

I’m done with this. I’m gonna write in Ann Coulter. That way, almost every candidate gets a little love.

platypus on December 14, 2011 at 2:18 AM

No, you need to vote for Ron Paul and tell your friends, family, co-workers, and pets to all vote for Ron Paul, too.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:21 AM

29Victor on December 14, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Liar

FloatingRock on December 14, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Oh look, a self-righteous, self-decieved, slow-on-the-uptake, “my earmark-loving, small government candidate is the only one who can properly interpret the Constitution,” Paulnut called me a “liar.” I’m crushed.

Your candidate has been lying to you for years. He can’t win an election and only runs to get attention and stupid people’s campaign contributions. When he predictably lost the last time this “Constitutionalist” went and endorsed far-left anti-Semite Cynthia McKinney. He’s an anti-Semite whose magazine catered to and published articles by other anti-Semities.

He isn’t going to win, he can’t win, he knows that and yet he takes your money & your love. But supporting him gives you a chance to feel patriotically superior to those around you.

29Victor on December 14, 2011 at 2:41 AM

Amendment to the above: Your blame America for 9/11 candidate endorsed far-left anti-Semite TRUTHER Cynthia McKinney.

Whenever he gets spanked by people who actually have a chance to win he throws a tantrum, takes his toys (and by “toys” I mean you) and goes and tries to do as much harm to “Constitutonal Government” as he possibly can.

29Victor on December 14, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Good night, sweet dreams!

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 3:13 AM

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:21 AM

The Mitt hate is strong with this one.

Hows you’re “conservative” Newt Gingrich doing?

Swerve22 on December 14, 2011 at 3:16 AM

Here is a little for something for those that Palin haters. Watch this. Watch this woman and love her. She has more heart and soul than all of them put together
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWPTzvkkZ04

#VoteRogue

CoolChange80 on December 14, 2011 at 3:23 AM

Punchenko would be off his rocker with rage if Mitt had said something similar to what noot said about FDR. Just like he’ll scour the internet endlessly looking for proof that Mitt said Romneycare should be a model for the nation when his guy noot has openly said and and advocated for it consistently for over a decade.

He’s a joke, just ignore him.

Ruiner on December 14, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Can we please please please put to rest the notion that Gingrich balanced the budget? Ever?! HE DIDN’T.

gryphon202 on December 14, 2011 at 3:42 AM

Explain.

Ruiner on December 14, 2011 at 3:49 AM

If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles

While the shutdown produced some short-term pain, it set the stage for a budget deal in 1996 that led to the largest drop in federal discretionary spending since 1969. The discipline imposed by this budget – overall spending grew at an average of 2.9 percent a year while I was speaker of the House, the slowest rate in decades – allowed us to reach a balanced-budget deal in 1997.

This would all have been impossible had Republicans not stood firm in 1995 and shown the American people (and the White House) that we were serious about reducing spending.

– By Newt Gingrich

Instead Boehner caved in even on the pathetic $100 billion dollars promised cut.

sharrukin on December 14, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Romney is going down. He is desperate and the republicans might even be willing to take an old turd over Mitt Stassen, I mean Harold Romney.

CoolChange80 on December 14, 2011 at 4:19 AM

O/T Intell Alert!
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Looks like the Iranian JihadyGoons have caught on,
as it seems,their landspace has been compromised!!
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Senior Iranian military commander says nuclear facilities may be moved to protect against potential attacks – AP
9 Mins.ago
Update

http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Iran May Move Its Nuclear Enrichment Plants
TEHRAN, Iran December 14, 2011 (AP)
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A senior Iranian military commander says the country’s nuclear facilities may be moved to safer locations if authorities consider the move to be necessary.

Revolutionary Guard’s Gholam Reza Jalali says the facilities’ vulnerability from a possible strike is “already minimal” but that they still might be moved for greater protection.
(More….)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-move-nuclear-enrichment-plants-15151331#.Tuhq_tRAbgc
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canopfor on December 14, 2011 at 4:38 AM

Gingrich sure heaped praise on liberal/socialist FDR. I don’t doubt that Gingrich also said he wants to be like Reagan. He also wants to be FDR. How does that work? He probably also has said he admires Martin Luther King Jr, but he also praises Al Sharpton. Again, I ask, how does that work? If this was back during the Civil War he would probably praise Lincoln after sitting on a couch with Jefferson Davis and advocating the Southern cause. He would probably have applied for a commission to be a Colonel in both the Army of Grant and the Army of Lee. Well, actually that last example is not a good one as he was always ‘gun shy’, shall we say.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 14, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Can we please please please put to rest the notion that Gingrich balanced the budget? Ever?! HE DIDN’T.

gryphon202 on December 14, 2011 at 3:42 AM

You’re wrong … and to prove you’re right – I want you do to your duty and correct this Wiki article if he didn’t …

Gingrich sometimes opposed President Bill Clinton, but he also worked closely with Clinton in 1996 to limit public welfare, to pass a capital gains tax cut in 1997, and in 1998 to pass the first balanced budget since 1969.

HondaV65 on December 14, 2011 at 5:00 AM

It isn’t baffling that the Tea Party would support Newt. This nomination race has been like watching flocks of geese taking off from one field and landing in another. The GOP base has flocked from one not-Romney to another, depending on which one they perceive as having momentum. First it was Perry, then it was Cain,and now it’s Gingrich.

It has been depressing watching the group-think. It’s so bad, I’m starting to think the Palinistas were right all along. Palin should have gotten into the race. She’s certainly more inspiring than Mitt and the Seven Dwarves.

I keep hoping that voters start taking a more serious look at the candidates as the actual voting gets closer. The most conservative candidate with the best record of achievement (IMO) is Perry – but the gaffes have been unfortunate.

But if we wind up with Newt, I suppose I can live with it. That said, this will be a long nomination fight, and I do not believe we have seen the last momentum change yet.

DRayRaven on December 14, 2011 at 5:47 AM

Good Morning Everyone!

Whew, I’m sure glad that picture of Christiane Amanpour on the front page has moved below the fold. It creeped me out because of her glaring ugliness.

And I’m not talking about her outer appearance, if you get my drift.

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Newt Gingrich would be poison to independent, women and moderate/conservative Dem voters in the general. A vote for Gingrich would be a vote towards ensuring the re-election of OBama.

bluegill on December 14, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Whew, I’m sure glad that picture of Christiane Amanpour on the front page has moved below the fold. It creeped me out because of her glaring ugliness.

I feel the same way about pictures of Nancy Pelosi.

DRayRaven on December 14, 2011 at 5:58 AM

christine has been a leader in the conservative party….really?

news to me

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Mornin’ Flora :)

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 5:59 AM

WOW – Mitt has the witch endorsement and the psycho’s endorsement (Beck). Newt’s looking gooder and gooder to me !

stenwin77 on December 14, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Newt Gingrich would be poison to independent, women and moderate/conservative Dem voters in the general. A vote for Gingrich would be a vote towards ensuring the re-election of OBama.

bluegill on December 14, 2011 at 5:58 AM

You are full of crap, Mitt.

stenwin77 on December 14, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Sean struggled to keep from laughing during the intro.

stenwin77 on December 14, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Hannity said he wouldn’t be making an endorsement. I’m so disappointed. I’ve been on pins & needles waiting for it.

/

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Punchenko, when you wake up this morning and re-read your posts, can you see at which point your delicious sarcasm morphed into sour trollism?

BigAlSouth on December 14, 2011 at 6:54 AM

The class of 2010 had many kamikaze missions to shake up the establishment GOP.

Christine O’Donnell was one of them.

You don’t get to be a professional kamikaze if you do it right.

Christine O’Donnell is a professional kamikaze.

ajacksonian on December 14, 2011 at 6:56 AM

My take.

kingsjester on December 14, 2011 at 6:56 AM

I love this endorsement!!!

Ann Coulter has company in the MITTENS camp.

Mitt fans are squealing in delight that COD is on board the Romney Express!! toooot toot!

PappyD61 on December 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM

and morning joe with their hunstman spin once again….

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:05 AM

kingsjester on December 14, 2011 at 6:56 AM

axie, that evil man…imagine a gop advisor saying the crap he spewed yesterday….the 24/7 outrage would be huge!

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:08 AM

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I salute you. There’s no way I could stomach Moanin’ Joe and his ditzy sidekick, Mika, this early in the morning.

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 7:15 AM

and morning joe with their hunstman spin once again….

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:05 AM

My morning joe comes in a 12oz mug, refreshing and quiet.

My tv stays off, refreshing and quiet.

Soon it will be routing and woodworking to finish some built-in shelves for my workbench.

Life is good.

ajacksonian on December 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Life is good.

ajacksonian on December 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

enjoy aj :)

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM

and morning joe with their hunstman spin once again….

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:05 AM

They spent the whole first hour pushing Romney and trying to take Newt down. They are very afraid of him, I think. Makes me like him better and better.

Naturally Curly on December 14, 2011 at 7:21 AM

kingsjester on December 14, 2011 at 6:56 AM

Good article. I had already heard about the handiwork of the man with the bad comb-over.

I can’t be convinced that he didn’t have something to do with the stories about Mr. Cain being exposed.

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 7:23 AM

enjoy aj :)

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM

My thanks!

Life is what you make of it.

I refuse to let others make a life for me as they have generally proven to suck at it.

I have a shop vac that is more reliable and tame compared to those hot gassers Upon the Hill.

ajacksonian on December 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Naturally Curly on December 14, 2011 at 7:21 AM

yepper…

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:30 AM

ajacksonian on December 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM

lol:)

amen aj, amen

cmsinaz on December 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM

No, you need to vote for Ron Paul and tell your friends, family, co-workers, and pets to all vote for Ron Paul, too.

Punchenko on December 14, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Holy crap!!! I couldn’t hold my nose and pull the lever for Paul. What a frickin’ moron. Don’t hold a gun on me; just go ahead and pull the trigger.

Long haired country boy on December 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Holy crap!!! I couldn’t hold my nose and pull the lever for Paul. What a frickin’ moron. Don’t hold a gun on me; just go ahead and pull the trigger.

Long haired country boy on December 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Ignore it. Punchenko was on a sarcasm roll last night.

Flora Duh on December 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM

I better warn Dorothy and Toto LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jaboba on December 14, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Great selection of quotes – really sums up how all over the map we are about these two candidates.

Memo to Christine O’Donnell: Weightwatchers or Witchcraft, you choose – time to drop some pounds honey.

CorporatePiggy on December 14, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Gettin’ a little chubby. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

kg598301 on December 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Gingrich is like an out of control missile. Clearly Gingrich’s recent statements on the “Palestinians”, although largely true, were made to make points with evangelicals and perhaps the Jewish community. But, know it all Gingrich made a unilateral statement which is more likely to flame the Israeli-Palestine peace negotiations. Israel has borne the brunt of terror from the Palestinians for more than a half century, surely they should have been consulted on strategy before such a statement is made to score a few political points. Whatever the history of the conflict we live in a volatile present and the reality is that throwing gasoline on a fire is not a good method to quench the flames.VorDaj on December 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Gingrich told the truth about the Palestinians. He said what needs to be said, especially by the media and the entertainment industry, but if he had the judgement we need in a President he would have known that his statement is unhelpful and counter-productive coming from someone who may be a future President. If it has any impact on the Palestinians it is likely to make them more determined to use terrorism, not less.

Gingrich couldn’t restrain himself from pandering to Republican voters. It gave him an opportunity to use the word timid to refer to the more restrained, sober and Presidential person standing next to him.

Basilsbest on December 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM

‘When Republicans were fighting for cap and trade and needed a leader to stand up against cap and trade, he did an ad with Nancy Pelosi about global warming,’

I am sorry but that just sounded like Romney flip flopped in one sentence.

Emphasis mine

Achele175 on December 14, 2011 at 8:18 AM

ODonnell’s been using those campaign donations to fill her yap with Ben and Jerry’s.

Cottage Cheese thighs and a double chin please.

rickyricardo on December 14, 2011 at 8:19 AM

cringe, this lady has had her chance and an endorsement from the “witch” faction desrved or not is just what Romney deserves. I don’t get this Tea Party forgive and forget of Romney’s and Scott Brown’s disdain and distancing of the Tea Party so they could get themselves elected in Massachusetts. Romney will probably do the same in the general election, too, if he gets the nomination, Gor forbid! Then the democrats and their media flunkies would love nothing better than to have Romney become the poster boy of conservatism and the Tea Party so they’ll be able to use him as an example in all future elections. What a friggin’ nightmare! What a lousy field we’ve got at the top.

mozalf on December 14, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Can we please please please put to rest the notion that Gingrich balanced the budget? Ever?! HE DIDN’T.

gryphon202 on December 14, 2011 at 3:42 AM

If the Democrats can call Clinton’s era the time of balanced budgets and surpluses, so can Gingrich. Remember only Washington thinks a reduction in the rate of growth is a “cut”.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 8:32 AM

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