Video: Gingrich offers Mitt a deal

posted at 11:40 am on December 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We didn’t get to this yesterday, but it’s not too late to discuss Newt Gingrich’s pushback to Mitt Romney’s demand that he return over a million dollars from Freddie Mac for consultant services over the past decade. Ron Paul made the same demand, but the media is obviously more interested in Newt-Mitt attacks, and Gingrich didn’t disappoint reporters with his response — even if he did disappoint free-market conservatives:

If Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be glad to listen to him.

Romney’s shot at Gingrich might have been a little ill-advised, but Gingrich managed to make things worse with his response — although his follow-up “bet” with reporters was a bit more humorous.  Regardless of whether one thinks that Gingrich’s work for Freddie Mac was legitimate, and I’m inclined to believe so, there’s no comparison between that and Romney’s work at Bain Capital.  Romney didn’t make millions of dollars bankrupting companies and laying off workers for the sake of doing either or both.  Free-market capitalism requires some “creative destruction” to rescue capital that is being used inefficiently and/or badly and putting it to more productive use.

Anyone who doesn’t understand that really doesn’t understand free-market capitalism, and that’s not merely an academic exercise, nor is it a coincidence that this clip got posted to YouTube by anti-capitalist Think Progress.  For instance, the argument against the auto bailouts from both George Bush and Barack Obama was that it interfered with this process, locking assets into inefficient uses and subsidizing failure with billions in public money for private enterprises.  That’s what companies like Bain do, and while the short-term effects are harsh (and some firms act in overly predatory behavior), the process is a necessity to ensure that the long-term use of capital remains efficient and productive.  If Gingrich doesn’t understand that, then how can he argue against the automaker bailout?

Jonah Goldberg, who also wrote about why a “Newtzilla” might be necessary in this cycle, thinks that Gingrich understands it perfectly, but couldn’t resist taking a cheap shot — and should apologize:

Not only is it petulant, leftwing, bunk, there’s no way Gingrich actually believes it (as Ramesh noted on Twitter). I understand that Gingrich doesn’t want to admit his payments from Freddie are, at best, tacky. But there’s no equivalence between Gingrich’s business model and Romney’s. If Romney should return the money he’s earned, if there’s a immoral taint to it, then Gingrich really doesn’t believe in capitalism at all. That’s obviously not the case and so he should explain himself. Lord knows he has the verbal skills to do it. If he can apologize for sitting next to Nancy Pelosi, he can “clarify” his way out of this hole.

That probably won’t happen, although it might explain Gingrich’s new commitment to staying positive:

Newt Gingrich called on his supporters and staff Tuesday to “stay positive” and avoid attacking fellow Republican presidential candidates, the day after he engaged in a verbal back-and-forth with Mitt Romney.

In an email, the former House speaker said he would refrain from attacking other candidates so the GOP nominee emerges from the primary season “un-bloodied,” and encouraged his backers and other Republican contenders to do the same.

“I am instructing all members of my campaign staff and respectfully urge anyone acting as a surrogate for our campaign to avoid initiating attacks on other Republican candidates,” Gingrich wrote. “It is my hope that my Republican opponents will join me in this commitment.”

That is a good policy for Republicans to follow, but in the end it might help Gingrich more — not just because he will be seen as a more positive force, but because it will keep him from taking backfire on his own attacks.

Update (Allahpundit): Via Breitbart TV, here’s Krauthammer dropping the S-bomb on Gingrich on last night’s “Special Report.”


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Really disappointed in this field of candidates.

stackedeck on December 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

People in houses paid for by Freddie Mac shouldn’t throw stones.

MadisonConservative on December 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

This primary is getting stranger by the second.

gophergirl on December 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

These two numbnuts. Gingrich – I was a Capitalist, before I wasn’t a Capitalist.

Romney – I fling poo also…

Both Dummies.

Kini on December 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Why is it that whenever Ed posts a piece that is somewhat positive to Newt, the RINOs here try to tear it down with an “update” of their own?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Eph on December 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I feel like the citizens of Alderaan must have felt just moments before the giant laser beam hit: “You know, Bob, I just got this terrible sense of impending doom.”

Bishop on December 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Gingrich earned money for doing a job.

Mitt earned money for doing a job.

What is the problem here?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Update (Allahpundit)

Welcome back. Your snark has been missed.

Kataklysmic on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Best GOP field ever!

How depressing….we are down to well at least he not Obama.

Oil Can on December 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Second look at Huntsmann? LOL

Eph on December 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Update (Allahpundit)

we’ve missed you.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

What is the problem here?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

A bet we aren’t privy too.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I feel like the citizens of Alderaan must have felt just moments before the giant laser beam hit: “You know, Bob, I just got this terrible sense of impending doom.”

Bishop on December 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I’d vote for Wilhuff Tarkin over either of these deadbeats.

MadisonConservative on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Gee, isn’t it amazing how Krauthammer wouldn’t ever go near the S word in 2008 against Obama, but immediately reaches for it with Gingrich?

JB-STLMO on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

“Welcome back. Your snark has been missed.”

I think Romney lost 5 points since athiest was gone.

Looks like someone has a lot of anti-Newt posts to catch up on.

Eph on December 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Romney – I fling poo also…

LMAO– It produced a bad mental image, but LMAO!

melle1228 on December 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Excuse me,

Atheist.

Eph on December 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

There is no “new” Newt. There is only the old Newt which is the same Newt we all know. This is an example of it coming out. Newt is for free market capitalism only when it doesn’t interfere with his idea of social engineering by the Federal Government.

dhugh on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Ron Paul made the same demand, but the media is obviously more interested in Newt-Mitt attacks

For the record, when Paul was asked about it, he didn’t say that Newt should return the money. He noted that Newt was legally allowed to take that money, but that he, Ron Paul, would not have done so, because to do so would in his opinion, be immoral.

Of course, immorality carries different weight to people who have a record of being a serial adulterer, I suppose.

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Newt Gingrich called on his supporters and staff Tuesday to “stay positive” and avoid attacking fellow Republican presidential candidates

Too late!

boaje on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Hume nailed it. Newt uses whatever club that comes to mind on the spot, he doesn’t worry if it comports with Conservatism or not. He is a reckless fool who should quit the race. There is no way he of the platinum blond third wife is going to occupy the White House. We have only begun to get an accounting of his baggage.

echosyst on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Allah,

If there was ever a time we needed your snark comments and depression it’s now! These candidates don’t know snarky!

Oil Can on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I’d vote for Wilhuff Tarkin over either of these deadbeats.

MadisonConservative on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Zombie Reagan?

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Gee, isn’t it amazing how Krauthammer wouldn’t ever go near the S word in 2008 against Obama, but immediately reaches for it with Gingrich?

JB-STLMO on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Quite amazing.

lorien1973 on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I understand why conservatives are annoyed with it, but from Gingrich’s perspective, getting attacked for working for Fannie and Freddie is unfairly saying he’s guilty by association. He sees it as a cheap shot, so the response is also a cheap shot because it is factually true that Bain tore up companies.

It’s all a wording game. That said, the optics of it are terrible for a conservative primary.

John_Locke on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

If Romney cant take it in the primary, he stands no chance in the general.

Newt is a Revolutionary. Romney is a weak puppet that will crumble under pressure… just look at him now

boogaleesnots on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

You think this is bad?

Wait until Obama gets ahold of Mitt. We have 8.6% unemployment, millions out of work, falling income levels — and we’re going to nominate a guy who made his considerable fortune laying off workers and putting companies into bankruptcy.

Should Romney give the money back? Of course not. Clearly there was a need for his services.

But if you think his time at Bain won’t be an issue in the general, and one to which Indies and Mods will respond negatively, it’s time to get a reality check.

amerpundit on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

This is our conservative hero?

Ruiner on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

stop.. no one cares for the eye toupee man! Ugh.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

“You know, Bob, I just got this terrible sense of impending doom.”

Bishop on December 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“Nonsense, Jerry! Why, look up in the sky… it’s a double moon. I’ve never seen that before.

“Must be a good omen…”

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

The good news is….we are learning who this man is before we vote…something that was not done with Obama…I still have no idea why Santorum has not taken off yet…he and bachmann are the only real conservatives…there is still time for them

dom89031 on December 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Gingrich earned money for doing a job.

Mitt earned money for doing a job.

What is the problem here?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The real problem is our candidate choices kinda suck right now. So instead of full-on attacking Obama, they have to deflect how much they suck by attacking each other.

What a waste of a Jimmy Carter to not run a Ronald Regan.

DrAllecon on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

stop.. no one cares for the eye toupee man! Ugh.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Old men are allowed to have old man eyebrows. So you better get used to seeing them. Because RP is hunkering in for a long campaign.

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Gingrich earned money for doing a job.

Mitt earned money for doing a job.

What is the problem here?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Precisely, and that is what Newt said in the Saturday debate. To claim as Kraut did that Newt does not understand capitalism, or speaks like a socialist, is just the Republican establishment continuing to do all it can to stop Newt, who, they know, will disrupt their comfortable positions. On the other hand, as Newt knows, politics ain’t beanbag, and he needs to avoid giving his opponents this type of opportunity.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Don’t get distracted!!! If Newt taking $1.5 million in consulting fees from Freddie is bad, how do we rate that JIM Johnson fella having to pay a $90 million fine for cooking the books? Jamie Gorelick getting paid $26 million in five years? The millions in bonuses paid out for performance?

FM/FM is and was a huge democrat slush fund. Focus people, focus. Them giving Newt money does not make Newt responsible for that.

DanMan on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Newt, Newt, Newt, Newt, Newt….What a dumb thing to say.

Deafdog on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The self destruction of the serial adulterer, which was always a guaranteed, has commenced.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I love Newt’s comment, it was great. We all know that Romney is a big lair and I don’t have to bet to prove he is a huge flip flopper. Perry was right and I am glad he did not take the bet. Romney, a rich East coast boy, was condescending and arrogant towards Perry, a Southern man who grew up poor in a farm. The message was clearly obvious and Romney could not hide it. People saw it and did not like it.

nancysabet on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

“Mine’s bigger’n yourn.”

Akzed on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Hey Willard, will you give the money back you made off Fannie and Freddy?

Valkyriepundit on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Why should Newt return money he made as a private citizen?

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Old men are allowed to have old man eyebrows. So you better get used to seeing them. Because RP is hunkering in for a long campaign.

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Man eyebrows have hair that stick you in the EYE and look like piano wire! You don’t glue ON Fake EYEBROWS! That isn’t manly, that is disturbing!

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

No getting around it, that was a terrible retort from Newt and looked petty. I am no fan of Romney, but Newt showed his weakness in allowing himself to be baited which hurts this whole “new Newt” image he is trying to build. Watch it Newt, you’re lucky that Romney made that bet gaffe in the debate as that will take away from this odd retort of yours. Romney pulled the same stung with Perry and Social Security using left wing senior scare tactics, don’t feed their narratives.

Daemonocracy on December 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Where he might have gone instead, however, is to compare his Freddie Mac payola with, say, Rohm Emanual’s.

Deafdog on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Gingrich earned money for doing a job.

Mitt earned money for doing a job.

What is the problem here?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

If you cant tell the difference between earning millions of dollars lobbying and influence peddling for a quasi-government agency that did more than any other entity in bringing down our economy, and free market at work in the form of private equity companies….you have my condolences.

A basic course in econ 101 at your average community college would help you quite a bit.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Gee, isn’t it amazing how Krauthammer wouldn’t ever go near the S word in 2008 against Obama, but immediately reaches for it with Gingrich?

JB-STLMO on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Quite amazing.

lorien1973 on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Put Brit Hume in the same box. He is so in the tank for Romney I’m thinking Romney has some pictures.

DanMan on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Funny to me that 2 right wingers are attacking each other for doing something which is basically the very definition of capitalism.

Romney is unraveling. He cannot cope with the fact that he has spent millions and is about to come up short AGAIN!

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

What a waste of a Jimmy Carter to not run a Ronald Regan.

DrAllecon on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

That about sums it up.

Kataklysmic on December 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

amerpundit on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

…and did you bother to think of what would happen if Obama got a hold of noot? Mitt worked at Bain, and signed Romneycare, and used to be pro-choice. Do we really need to go down the list of old dirty laundry that can be aired again about noot?

Furthermore – think about what just happened. Noot was either saying that because he really believes it, or made a big gaffe attempting to troll Mitt. This was because Mitt talked about his understandably questionable work for F&F. So all it takes to get a gaffe from noot (or to get him to say blatantly dishonest things) is to question him about his past? Wait until the MSM turns their sights on this guy, they will flatten him.

Ruiner on December 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

RP is hunkering in for a long campaign.
JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I loved his remark about border fences being used to keep Americans from escaping.

Do you share that same fear with him?

Akzed on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Why should Newt return money he made as a private citizen?

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Because Newt didn’t earn his wealth by shoveling the driveway, or watering seedlings.

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Gee, isn’t it amazing how Krauthammer wouldn’t ever go near the S word in 2008 against Obama, but immediately reaches for it with Gingrich?

JB-STLMO on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Excellent observation JB. Charles lost most of his credibility with me back in 08 when he refused to see Obama for the S that he was. Glad there are others out there too.

boaje on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Gee, isn’t it amazing how Krauthammer wouldn’t ever go near the S word in 2008 against Obama, but immediately reaches for it with Gingrich?

JB-STLMO on December 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Quite amazing.

lorien1973 on December 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Heh.

GrannyDee on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I made money doing fanny and freddy home mortgages at broker. should I give my money back Mitt? or was I just making a living?

boogaleesnots on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

A basic course in econ 101 at your average community college would help you quite a bit.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

jesus, you are such a noob troller. portlandon is a snark extraordinaire. I guess we DO need to put of the snark tags.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Flag on the field against Newt… ‘Biting’… -5 yards.
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That is all.
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RalphyBoy on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Why should Newt return money he made as a private citizen?

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Because Newt didn’t earn his wealth by shoveling the driveway, or watering seedlings.

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Because he earned it by lobbying and influence-peddling for freddie and fannie (one of them at least) whioh resulted in the destruction of our economy. That is why he should return the money.

Oh wait, he earned it being a historian…I forgot.

Some of you guys are willing to believe any lie this soon to be gone clown Gingrich tells you. You will look dumb when he explodes.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I loved his remark about border fences being used to keep Americans from escaping.

Do you share that same fear with him?

Akzed on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I keep a percentage of my wealth in gold, offshore, in case of just such an emergency.

I don’t need to fear that for which I am prepared.

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

If you cant tell the difference between earning millions of dollars lobbying and influence peddling for a quasi-government agency that did more than any other entity in bringing down our economy, and free market at work in the form of private equity companies….you have my condolences.

A basic course in econ 101 at your average community college would help you quite a bit.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Newt used his influence and his PRIVATE company to get those millions. I see nothing wrong with a PRIVATE citizen getting a government contract and getting paid for it. Even a liberal like me can tell he did nothing wrong…It smells funny but it is not ILLEGAL in anyway whatsoever. I bet you 10K this Romney attack will fall flat

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

jesus, you are such a noob troller. portlandon is a snark extraordinaire. I guess we DO need to put of the snark tags.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Actually, its Jailbreak, not Jesus.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Bachmann is still running in Iowa guys, she’s actually a conservative.

Ruiner on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hume and Krauthammer, establishment ‘darlings’ both, smart as they are, are apoplectic at Gingrich’s rise. It’s schadenfreudig to observe the establishment of both parties act like a bee hive attacked by bears.

On the other hand Newt and Mitt can both go to their respective corners. They are both nasty, one with better figure/clothes/schliff…but no less vicious.

Newt is an aggressive-aggressive, which will be great against Obama.

Mitt is a passive-aggressive, the worst kind of people. They will attack you when you don’t see it coming.

Given that both are nasty, I’d prefer to fight Newt.

———–
To be absolutely certain, no nice guy will beat Obama. That gang are impertinent thugs and no less will down them.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Newt used his influence and his PRIVATE company to get those millions. I see nothing wrong with a PRIVATE citizen getting a government contract and getting paid for it. Even a liberal like me can tell he did nothing wrong…It smells funny but it is not ILLEGAL in anyway whatsoever. I bet you 10K this Romney attack will fall flat

liberal4life on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Did somebody say it was illegal? I mustve missed that. It was extremely unethical and hypocritical, not illegal. Any other straw men for us today?

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Actually, its Jailbreak Moron, not Jesus.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Jesus would get snark.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Newt is a big government progressive as Glenn Beck said yesterday.

stingray9813 on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

If you cant tell the difference between earning millions of dollars lobbying and influence peddling for a quasi-government agency that did more than any other entity in bringing down our economy, and free market at work in the form of private equity companies….you have my condolences.

A basic course in econ 101 at your average community college would help you quite a bit.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Newt was hired to do a job.

Mitt was hired to do a job.

You can piss & moan about who they chose to work for, and that may influence how you feel about them, but for Romney to be poking Newt for making money, and Newt to respond in the same is stupid for both of them.

I blame Mitt more, because he started it.

Since Gingrich has surged in the polls, Mitt has been like a child in the back seat of a car sitting next to Newt. screaming “He’s touching me!”

Where are the adults?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Newt attacks free-markets yet can take tax apyer money with his lobby fees. Oh that is real comforting.

Newt, the progressive socialist.

There is only one true proven consistent conservative with values, principles and morals. Meet Rick Perry 2012

bzip on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Obama is also a passive-aggressive, and a narcissist to boot.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Somebody needs to check Newt’s Bi-Polar Meds….Strategery

workingclass artist on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Know what’s really a hoot in all this? The Dems think they can smear Newt by claiming he is the original Tea Partier.

Yes, Virginia, the Dems are really that stupid . . .

BigAlSouth on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I think there’s a difference between lobbying for a corrupt government agency to keep the tax dollars flowing and putting your own capital at risk in the free market.

Why does Newt criticize the GM bailout? After all, GM lobbyists who promise union support in exchange for our tax dollars are just “private sector” workers doing their jobs too, right? Just like Newt.

Do you really want a president who doesn’t understand the difference between earning money and plundering it?

EddieC on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Put Brit Hume in the same box. He is so in the tank for Romney I’m thinking Romney has some pictures.

DanMan on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

You can add Glenn Beck to Team Willard:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/romneys-2002-flashback-my-views-are-progressive/

Shameless, Glenn — real shameless. You can’t convince me that Beck isn’t quietly rooting for Willard while giving his public support for clownidates Bachmann and George Washington Santorum.

Punchenko on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I keep a percentage of my wealth in gold, offshore, in case of just such an emergency. I don’t need to fear that for which I am prepared. JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

That’s wise. But by “just such an emergency” what do you mean? What is that emergency? I wasn’t talking about any emergency.

Do you fear that border fences would keep Americans from escaping, to go get their offshore gold and all?

Akzed on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Gingrich is a walking gasoline can in search of a match. Always has been, always will be. I pray that he implodes BEFORE it’s too late.

TXUS on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Newt was hired to do a job.

Mitt was hired to do a job.

You can piss & moan about who they chose to work for, and that may influence how you feel about them, but for Romney to be poking Newt for making money, and Newt to respond in the same is stupid for both of them.

I blame Mitt more, because he started it.

Since Gingrich has surged in the polls, Mitt has been like a child in the back seat of a car sitting next to Newt. screaming “He’s touching me!”

Where are the adults?

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

First you say Mitt started it. Then you say where are the adults.

Newsflash: He started it is 2nd grade level argument. You are comical…except for when you try to be funny.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM

LOL…

Are conservatives now waking up to the fact that they are being duped by the media/Establishment into voting for one of two halves of the same turd sandwich – Gingrich and Romney?

Don’t be fooled. Any of these two will lose in a landslide to Obama. They are our least electable candidates.

New Newt? ROFL…

Vote Perry 2012 – he is a proven conservative and has shown he is a fighter rising against every challenge placed before him.

TheRightMan on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Catering to the stupid is what Obama, and other assorted leftist garbage, does to attract voters.

Something to keep in mind, Newt.

MNHawk on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

There is only one true proven consistent conservative with values, principles and morals. Meet Rick Perry 2012

bzip on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Indeed. His IQ is consistently double digit.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The simple facts are that Newt promised to keep the campaign positive and attack Obama and thus was rolling due to his vision at the debates.
When Newt jumped over Mitt in the polls, the latter decided to go negative along with others and thus we had the disgraceful pile on exhibition facilitated by Diane Sawyer.
If Newt does not respond he either perceived as guilty or weak.
Gingrich didn’t start this but I expect he will finish it.

jjshaka on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

This, the fear, is what drives Mitt these days, not what he will do for the country.

Both should get back to this topic. Our enemy is Obama.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Bachmann is still running in Iowa guys, she’s actually a conservative.

Ruiner on December 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I like Bachman, but picture her with Newt’s numbers. The Mitt people (including the establishment) would be screaming just as loud about her electability as they are Newt’s because they want their guy in regardless of the who his competition is. A week into her frontrunner scrutiny and half the people here currently suggesting her would be saying she is just as unelectable as they are saying Newt is, if not more so.

Kataklysmic on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The next debate will be whole lotta fun…yeehaw!

workingclass artist on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Welcome back, AP!

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I made money doing fanny and freddy home mortgages at broker. should I give my money back Mitt? or was I just making a living?

boogaleesnots on December 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

In the off chance you might be feeling a tad bit guilty about earning that money, feel free to give it to me. I’ll be more than happy to help you “redistribute the wealth.”

:)

GrannyDee on December 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Lord, help us if either of these is the nominee. As much as their are Palin haters on here, do any of you really think she would not be leading the field and have in the neighborhood of 40-50% of the votes in the polls?

ConservativePartyNow on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Put Brit Hume in the same box. He is so in the tank for Romney I’m thinking Romney has some pictures.

DanMan on December 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

You can add Glenn Beck to Team Willard:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/romneys-2002-flashback-my-views-are-progressive/

Shameless, Glenn — real shameless. You can’t convince me that Beck isn’t quietly rooting for Willard while giving his public support for clownidates Bachmann and George Washington Santorum.

Punchenko on December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Agreed.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

So Newt says he didn’t lobby for Freddie Mac (even said he was just “a historian”), even though everyone knows he’s lying. Thats why people are demanding he give the money back.

Zaggs on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Anyone ever stop to think that Newt might be using a little “tongue-in-cheek” sarcasm here to kick ol’ Roms in the shins? Just a thought.

Speakeasy on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Apples and oranges, Newt. Apples and oranges. Bad Newt is rearing its snarky and vindictive head.

bhj on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Who’s Willard?

Akzed on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

There is only one true proven consistent conservative with values, principles and morals. Meet Rick Perry 2012

bzip on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

“I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.”

-James Richard Perry

Punchenko on December 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Gingrich is a fraud conservative and Romneycare is a worthless Rino. The other candidates, are as exciting as watching paint dry.

The establishment republican class NEED to fix this. Get a real conservative in the race immediately. My picks; Gov. palin. Jim demint, Mike lee, other possibilities are also out their.

If the entrenched blueblood class, don’t satisfy we the peasants, THEIR WILL BE A REBELLION!!!!

Gingrich, Romneycare, REALLY!!!

I want to beat Obamacare, NO WAY IN HELL YOU BEAT HIM WITH THOSE TWO TOOLS!!!!

Danielvito on December 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Eat Romney’s shit or eat Gingrich’s shit? Hmmnn…decision, decision.

HerneTheHunter on December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Has HotAir got around to reporting on the deception of Newt and the Manchester Union in quoting Newt directly but allowing Newt to insist that they quote him as “a senior aid”??

Its a big story but HotAir is an anti-Mitt site, so I am guessing no.

If anybody is interested, read Jennifer Rubin. She is an INTELLIGENT conservative. However, dont like them folks who havent been washed in the blood of Jesus…you know, LIKE MITT!

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Lord, help us if either of these is the nominee. As much as their are Palin haters on here, do any of you really think she would not be leading the field and have in the neighborhood of 40-50% of the votes in the polls?

ConservativePartyNow on December 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

speculation of someone who obviously doesn’t want to run, isn’t helping the situation at hand CPN.

upinak on December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

There is only one true proven consistent conservative with values, principles and morals. Meet Rick Perry 2012

bzip on December 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Vote Perry 2012 – he is a proven conservative and has shown he is a fighter rising against every challenge placed before him.

TheRightMan on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

*groan

equanimous on December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Because Newt didn’t earn his wealth by shoveling the driveway, or watering seedlings.

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Interesting line of thought, I suppose.

lorien1973 on December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Progressives to the Left of me…

Progressives to the Right…

Communism, Fascism, all Socialism… blight, blight, blight!

Perhaps Romney and Gingrich can take each other down and let someone who understands free markets, capitalism and small government rise in their place.

ajacksonian on December 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

First you say Mitt started it. Then you say where are the adults.

Newsflash: He started it is 2nd grade level argument. You are comical…except for when you try to be funny.

Jailbreak on December 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Yes. I said Mitt started.

Then I said “Where are the adults”.

You should get a job doing play-by-play for sports.

Now repeat back to me what I said in this post.

portlandon on December 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Vote Perry 2012 – he is a proven conservative and has shown he is a fighter rising against every challenge placed before him.

TheRightMan on December 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

There’s a 3rd thing about Perry that you should all know; but I’ve completely forgot what it was. Oops.

lorien1973 on December 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

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