Romney: You know who’s a very wealthy man? Newt Gingrich

posted at 6:05 pm on December 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

He brought up Newt’s Tiffany expenses not once but twice today, first with CBS and then again during his radio chat with Hannity this afternoon. (Audio here.) At first blush this looks like he’s pulling a tu quoque as damage control following his dopey $10,000 bet offer at the debate on Saturday night, but I don’t think he’s worried much about that. It was tin-eared, and the competition’s bound to tweak him for it, but the election won’t turn on goofy stage theatrics. What’s panicking him, I think, was Gingrich’s attack on Monday about him “bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain.” Kennedy used that against Romney in 1994 with great success and the class-warrior-in-chief is going to hammer him relentlessly for it in the general if Mitt makes it that far. It’s not an attack on Romney’s wealth (although that’s implied) so much as a claim about his supposed callousness towards the working class, which of course has extra bite in an economy as desperate as this one. Huckabee once laid Romney out in classic Huckabee-an class-warrior style by saying that Mitt looks like the guy who laid you off whereas Huck looks like the guy you work with. That line won’t quite work for Obama — he looks like the guy whose lectures put you to sleep in class — but the part about Romney is going straight into Axelrod’s playbook, along with all the copies of this photo that Obama’s fundraising can buy. And Mitt knows it, of course, which is why Gingrich’s attack has him unnerved and jabbing back now with reminders that Newt has plenty of dough too. I don’t know why he’s hitting him for having money, which isn’t really the point of the Bain Capital criticism, instead of focusing on the fact of his connection to Freddie Mac while it was busy helping to drive the planet into recession. Maybe he thinks it’s unfair to blame Gingrich for that? We’ll see how fair he thinks it is two weeks from now when he’s still third in Iowa.

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rrpjr on December 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I like Dr. Bennett, I’m just sick of all this.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

JPeterman on December 14, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Thank you.

Basilsbest on December 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

To bad he didn’t get more money out of it.
Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

It’s not really about the money so much as it is promoting a very bad idea on a federal level (magically expanding home ownership via government intervention, allowing section 8 housing allowances to count as income, no money down, and so forth). Bush made the mistake of signing on to this (compassionate conservatism and all that) – I hadn’t realized that Newt was one of its original advocates to Bush. At least Bush tried to rein it in. Did Newt ever give advice to rein it in after his initial promotion? Would like to know more.

Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

All the Salem radio guys are so far up Romney’s sphincter that it’s embarrassing. It’s gonna be a mess after the fallout from Romney’s primary train to nowhere.

Spirit Crusher on December 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Did Newt ever give advice to rein it in after his initial promotion? Would like to know more. Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Bloomberg suggests that he did but who really knows?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-16/gingrich-said-to-be-paid-at-least-1-6-million-by-freddie-mac.html

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

think the thing that is so annoying about Romney is his demand that he have it both ways. He wants to slam Gingrich for bilking taxpayers in a pay for influence scheme, then cry foul when Gingrich impugns his private sector earnings, and then return tit for tat by blubbering about Newt’s tiffany’s account. Is the man coming or going? Are things trivial or are they serious? Romney is his own worst enemy because he can’t find a persona that is comfortable and marketable at the same time. It’d be funny if it wasn’t playing out in the national stage and harming everyone involved.

Spirit Crusher on December 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Class Warfare…
That’s definitely one thing America needs a lot more of right now.
logis on December 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Class warfare requires a sense of envy and resentment from the less well off towards the well to do (the winners of life’s lottery!).

This isn’t about class warfare (Unless it’s a ludicrous case of upper upper middle class v. upper class warfare); it’s about hypocrisy. And it’s mostly about private sector capitalism v. Washington insider “consulting” work.

Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I think*

Spirit Crusher on December 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Puchenko has it right. There is absolutely zero reason to vote for romney. And, his current behavior attacking other candidates while doing nothing to push himself up….well, now he has gotten to the point where not only do not want him to be the nominee, but he is the only candidate that I absolutely would not support in the general(Ron Paul might also make this list, haven’t decided yet).

Newt has it right….negative ads/etc for Obama only, not other candidates. Win the nomination with your own ideas, personality, and record.

deploylinux on December 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Over analyze much?

What is more likely, that this 19 second clip means Romney is “pulling a tu quoque as damage control” AND “panicked” AND “being tin eared” AND “hitting [Gingrich] for having money” OR

that Romney was simply responding to an assertion by the interviewer that Gingrich was a middle class american??

Enough with the cheap shots already, lets leave that to MSNBC

kmalkows on December 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Class warfare among the Progressive Ruling class…..so pretty Mittens.

Keep it up.

Principled, Fearless, Consistent, Imperfect, CONSERVATIVE.

Ther are two that have all the right positions on most economic and social issues.

Bachmann and Santorum.

And if we run a clear Reagan bold colors campaign the. Obama will lose in a LANDSLIDE!

PappyD61 on December 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

What is more likely, that this 19 second clip means Romney is “pulling a tu quoque as damage control” AND “panicked” AND “being tin eared” AND “hitting [Gingrich] for having money” OR
that Romney was simply responding to an assertion by the interviewer that Gingrich was a middle class american??
Enough with the cheap shots already, lets leave that to MSNBC
kmalkows on December 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Bingo. We don’t know because there was no transcript, we didn’t get to hear the reporters question, nothing…

I, for one, am not going to allow myself to be suckered in by out of context gotcha soundbites – no matter who this is done to.

Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

It was stupid of Newt to blame Mitt for Bain.

It was stupid of Mitt to call Newt “zany” and “rich”.

They should both grow up.

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

kmalkows – apparently you don’t read the wall street journal, there was a recent article in it about romney arranging for a sustained negative campaign against gingrich which started just before the last debate and is ongoing.

Romney has done nothing really that connects and convinces voters that he is the right candidate for president. He’s been in the lead purely due to inertia and playing safe as long as no one else took the lead in the early states from him.

As soon as Newt did take the lead, Romney responded not by trying to sell himself more or evaluating what he is doing wrong in his own campaign, but going 100% negative…nearly interview with him now includes attacks on Newt.

These are not traits that one looks for in a leader, and certainly not in a president.

deploylinux on December 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

It was stupid of Newt to blame Mitt for Bain.

It was stupid of Mitt to call Newt “zany” and “rich”.

They should both grow up.

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Newt was responding to Romney’s call for him to return his Fannie/Freddie money. All the establishment/elite Republicans seem to ignore that, because they are doing everything in their power to get Romney the nomination. Romney seems to be listening to Ann Coulter a bit too much, he know thinks he is one of two conservatives in the race. Sheesh … don’t know if I have heard anything more insane than that.

RonDelDon on December 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Apparently there are degrees of being wrong.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Let’s face it a lot of people from the midwest and particularly the south are pretty slow, and it shows through in their speech. Fast talking is a sign of intelligence.

1punchWill on December 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Yeah. Mitt spends money fast too.

portlandon on December 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I’ve lost a lot of respect for a numnber of people I considered stalwart conservatives. They are so in the bag for Romney it is embarrassing. Michelle Malkin is one of the few who is equally tough/fair on both, whereas the others all of sudden act like Romney is the only hope for Conservatives against Obama … sheesh!

RonDelDon on December 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM

fixed it.

why do we insist that they do something? how about we insist that they simply enforce constitutional laws already on the books. sometimes, less is more.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

No, actually you turned it into a lie.

Newt Gingrich tried to stop George Herbert Walker Bush Sr. from reneging on his “Read my lips, No New Taxes” pledge. Remember the one that ended up making Bush Sr. a one term President?

Newt Gingrich co-wrote and promoted the Contract with America. Remember, the enticement that brought voters out in large enough numbers to turn the House Of Representatives over to the Republican party for the first time in 40 years?

Newt Gingrich worked tirelessly to get the Contract with America passed into law, even with the hostile Democratic president we had in office they passed Telecommunications Reform, getting big government out of telecommunications for the larger part. Passing the most sweeping decrease in government power ever in the form of Welfare Reform that pushed millions of professional mooches off of welfare and saving billions of dollars per year. And last but not least, worked tirelessly to bring the government into a balanced budget for the first time in many decades.

Is that the record you are looking at? The one that counts? The one that happened while he was in office and leading the House of Representatives? Or are you looking at the less than conservative brainstorming statements and activities of a very busy man trying to put every idea out there in the marketplace of ideas so everyone has the opportunity weigh them and give feedback and use them to improve their lives and the quality of our nation’s government?

Anyone who does things will have negative things in their record. If your looking for someone that does not have a blemish, look for a person who has done nothing in their lives.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Newt was responding to Romney’s call for him to return his Fannie/Freddie money.

So Newt was responding to Romney quoting Newts own standard? Gocha!

Newt apologists are so amazingly laughable these days.

1punchWill on December 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Who are you leaning toward..May I ask??..:)

Dire Straits on December 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Of course. Bachmann.
I’ve been a Sarah supporter for the last 3 years. Really enjoyed reading all the threads on here. When Sarah declined, I really wanted to see the RINO establishment defeated. Even though MB was my second choice, I supported Cain since he was doing much better in the polls with a real chance to win (I did like his policies alot too).

I’ve learned my lesson though, vote your conscience no matter what the polls and experts say.

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM

And as an aside (and this is by no means directed at you) but I find the silence from Hot Air’s Palinistas, who were all over “Crony Capitalism” rather deafening.

Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I’m a proud Palinista. Just signed up on Hot Air today but been reading these threads for the last 3 years. I disagree vehemently your views of what’s best for the country. We need real conservatives. Not RINO progressive which is what both Mitt and Newt are.

I’m supporting the best conservative with the best record in the race: Bachmann who was right on in her criticism of Newt-Romney.

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Emotions are high on this thread, and I am not looking to pick a fight. Disclosure: I was for Perry, dropped off because of his performance, now like Newt, but could go back to Perry if he overcomes his various issues, which he seems to be working on with some success.
Looking at Schadenfreude’s recent comment:

It was stupid of Newt to blame Mitt for Bain.

It was stupid of Mitt to call Newt “zany” and “rich”.

They should both grow up.

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

The quotes are appropriate because Romney said those things.
There is no quote to support “Newt blam[ing] Mitt for Bain,” which is understandable, because Newt did not do so. People who don’t like Newt, like Krauthammer, can pretend that Newt said that, but they cannot quote him because he did not say that.
It is going to be tough making the right selection in this nomination process. While it is fun to attack, it is not helpful toward achieving the best result to misrepresent what any of the candidates said or did.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

What we really need is a Washington outsider. Like Romney, the man with every Washington insider backing him. He has to be the person that can change Washington, because Washington is begging for us to pick him over anyone else.

You know, the same people who voted for every progressive bill that came to a vote in the supposedly lame duck session? The same folks who offered nothing but fake savings in all the budgets passed since we gave them the House of Representatives back? You know, the leader of the House of Representatives that is no where near the man most of us want in leadership and continually finds ways to tell us how much he is helping us while stabbing us in the back at every opportunity and every vote? Those are the same folks who are demanding change in Washington, and they know the man that will bring the right change, Romney. They are begging for change.

Funny, last time we took control of the House from democrats, we actually had someone there that was able to do the things the people that voted him and his helpers into office to do. He brought change to Washington and those who are in Washington today resent him for having rolled back the size of government on his watch in the House, so much so that they actually had the nerve to censure him to the tune of $300,000 on ethics charges that were all found to not have ever happened. Those are the kinds of people that Romney gets at backers. Think they know something we do not? That Romney is not really a change candidate? That Romney will work to increase their power, which is what they really want? That is what I think. They fear Newt, Newt will work tirelessly in office as he did before taking the power out of the hands of those in Washington. We all say that they will tell you who they fear, and they fear Newt more than any other candidate, and by his record, it is not because they think he will be a failure as President, but because they know he understands what needs to change and how to get it done.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

god-I love election campaigns

gerrym51 on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I’m sure you will notice that Gov. Palin is always fair game for any and all criticism, it doesn’t even make any difference that she was never an announced candidate. Scared to death that she would run but always great for a punching bag. I don’t know about you but I don’t have to explain myself to anyone.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Funny, last time we took control of the House from democrats, we actually had someone there that was able to do the things the people that voted him and his helpers into office to do. He brought change to Washington and those who are in Washington today resent him for having rolled back the size of government on his watch in the House, so much so that they actually had the nerve to censure him to the tune of $300,000 on ethics charges that were all found to not have ever happened. Those are the kinds of people that Romney gets at backers. Think they know something we do not? That Romney is not really a change candidate? That Romney will work to increase their power, which is what they really want? That is what I think. They fear Newt, Newt will work tirelessly in office as he did before taking the power out of the hands of those in Washington. We all say that they will tell you who they fear, and they fear Newt more than any other candidate, and by his record, it is not because they think he will be a failure as President, but because they know he understands what needs to change and how to get it done.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I really hope you’re right. I would pick Newt over Mitt, but I don’t like either.

I don’t trust Newt at all. Too often he tries big gov’t solutions to try to solve problems that can be solved much better by the free market.

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Excellent comment. I agree with every statement you made in it.
Newt is disliked, maybe hated, by all of the right people.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Obviously, there is no way to know for certain. Well, I think we could all be 100% certain with Palin. But for those running, I like Bachmann most, but I have to face the truth that her window of opportunity is mostly closed. I like Santorum, but he has trouble selling evangelical ideals to evangelicals. I like Perry, but he does not show any fight when it comes to conservative ideals. that leaves us Newt.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Is that the record you are looking at? The one that counts? The one that happened while he was in office and leading the House of Representatives? Or are you looking at the less than conservative brainstorming statements and activities of a very busy man trying to put every idea out there in the marketplace of ideas so everyone has the opportunity weigh them and give feedback and use them to improve their lives and the quality of our nation’s government?

Anyone who does things will have negative things in their record. If your looking for someone that does not have a blemish, look for a person who has done nothing in their lives.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Yep, he was impressive as a congressman for a few years, when he had something he agreed to that he had to deliver. He politicked very well. i grant that, and salute his results. no argument on that. happened 18 years ago.

since then, I have seen an opportunist that potentially lobbied for FM/FM, sat on a couch with Pelosi to whine about AGW, and called Paul Ryan’s bold plan right wing social engineering. He talks about having bold ideas and wanting to implement them. well, Obama had bold ideas, too. And he is implementing them.

how about we put in a conservative that will UNmake more laws, UNdo bad policy, and help restore our Constitutionally limited government? My opinion – Newt is not that person.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM

I really hope you’re right. I would pick Newt over Mitt, but I don’t like either.

I don’t trust Newt at all. Too often he tries big gov’t solutions to try to solve problems that can be solved much better by the free market.

LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I will hold my nose for either, and agree about not trusting Newt for exactly the reasons you describe.

i dont dislike the man…he is the smartest man in the room, but we dont need government trying to solve every darn problem we have.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Romney seems to be listening to Ann Coulter a bit too much, he know thinks he is one of two conservatives in the race. Sheesh … don’t know if I have heard anything more insane than that.

RonDelDon on December 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

We agree. She is delusional on this. Michelle Malkin took her to task over it on Hannity, tonight.

I was for Perry, dropped off because of his performance, now like Newt, but could go back to Perry if he overcomes his various issues, which he seems to be working on with some success…

GaltBlvnAtty on December 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

We agree, though I’m not mad about anyone in this round.

Schadenfreude on December 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM

how about we put in a conservative that will UNmake more laws, UNdo bad policy, and help restore our Constitutionally limited government? My opinion – Newt is not that person.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Who is that? Bachmann has a slim chance to catch fire again. Santorum has a slim chance to have anyone look at him for the first time, Paul is nuts and I would not trust the man in office any further than I can throw a real life Abrams tank, and Perry would never stand up and fight for anything conservative. Romney will not change the direction of anything and I have trouble with Huntsman.

So, unless something there changes with Bachmann, Santorum or Perry, that leaves the guy who has actually fought for changes. Newt.

astonerii on December 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM

I am a mittbot.

having said that how many of you have spent 500,000 at tiffanys.

you have to be pretty wealthy to do that.

as far as i can tell Romneys money comes from private enterprise.

Newts money comes from selling influence. things you despise in democrats but seem to think is ok for Newt.

No wonder the general public thinks were hippocrits.

gerry-getting tired of trying to come up with new sayings

gerrym51 on December 14, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Newt Mitt Barack?

Sounds like a German belt buckle slogan.

I wish we had some less colorful candidates.

But ABO is the way to go.

profitsbeard on December 14, 2011 at 11:38 PM

This is low low low on Mitt’s part.

While I remain open, I think it is not Newt that overthinks, but it is us. This FR quote from onyx (in response to the MSM / NRO etc baseless attack barrage vs Newt) can give simple solace:

Cry me a river.

Gingrich is the most knowledgeable and he exudes leadership and confidence, two qualities sorely absent in the current White House.

anotherJoe on December 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Why is Romney buying into a Democratic meme — that rich people are bad — that they must have come by their money via evil means?

That’s the only reason I can think that he’s targeted Gingrich in this way.

When I talk to Democrats who harp on how rich some of these guys are (the $10K bet is talked about frequently), I remind them that Mr. Obama had a bash in Hollywood where the entry fee was $35,800. Now, inquiring minds ask — is it evil of them to have blown $35+K on a long shot even worse than Romney’s bet?

And why can’t the rich spend their money as they wish? It is, after all their money.

If Mitt wants to make a $10K bet, or take his money away from low-performing (such as union-struck ones) companies, or Newt wants to blow a bunch of dough at Tiffany’s — well, it’s their money to spend.

Liberals whine all the time (from their computers connected to their high speed network) about how Republicans don’t want to feed the poor. Why play that game?

unclesmrgol on December 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

You know I am not a big Romney fan but I think he does have a valid argument here. Newt can talk about $10 vs $10K bets all he wants but he’s plenty wealthy himself. I guess when you think you can justify adultery with a lame excuse like patriotism then you probably think you can get away with anything.

mackenziemi on December 15, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Why is Romney buying into a Democratic meme — that rich people are bad —

unclesmrgol on December 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

He didn’t. He was pointing out Gingrich’s hypocrisy. This is an attempt by Romney to see if Gingrich will go back on his word…AGAIN…when he promised to run a positive campaign.

Romney has out maneuvered Gingrich.

csdeven on December 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Why is Romney buying into a Democratic meme -

Romney 2002: “I am someone who is moderate… progressive.” I know now there are some here that admit being for Romney, but look carefully. Deja Vu from Dec 2008 is happening now, exactly! Right today. The liberal MSM is pushing the candidate they want (a loser).

In ’08 the LIB MSM had trumped up polls, and fault-riddled logic, to boost McCain. And we fell for it. Don’t take the bait this time.

anotherJoe on December 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM

it’s about hypocrisy. And it’s mostly about private sector capitalism v. Washington insider “consulting” work.

Buy Danish on December 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Yep, sounds like hypocrisy to me.

alwaysfiredup on December 15, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Romney claims to know how to create jobs. His demonstrated expertise is in eliminating jobs in proper capitalistic fashion. So his capitalist creds are right there up front. His proven ability to create jobs is nowhere in sight.

When companies get bloated and unresponsive a man of his talents is needed to trim the ship, so to speak. But when a company is cruising along like Apple at full sail, capitalism at its creative best, you certainly don’t want a man like Romney around pooping on the parade.

{^_^}

herself on December 15, 2011 at 4:32 AM

If Kennedy used the lay off quote against Romney, I understand. However, Kennedy was a very liberal Democrat, and Newt? Well, I am not too sure, he has done a commercial with Princess Pelosi, and I seem to remember him walking with Hillary in Alaska in the news back in the day.

Of course, you are right, the Obama machine will use this line on Romney if he is the nominee, but what do you think the Obama machine is going to use against Gingrich? And, which one between Romney and Gingrich has a lot more to offer in negative commercials for the Obama machine to use? That would be Newt!

mark cantu on December 15, 2011 at 5:59 AM

I’m a proud Palinista. Just signed up on Hot Air today but been reading these threads for the last 3 years. I disagree vehemently your views of what’s best for the country. We need real conservatives. Not RINO progressive which is what both Mitt and Newt are.
I’m supporting the best conservative with the best record in the race: Bachmann who was right on in her criticism of Newt-Romney.
LevinFan on December 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

What do you want? A medal? You’ve been waiting 3 years to comment and this is the best you can come up with? Tedious parroting of the phrase “RINO progressive”?

Anyhoo, my point about Palinistas, which you clearly missed, is that many Palinistas are ignoring Newt’s crony-capitalism problem. Oh, and my views of what’s best for this country can be summed up very nicely: Defeat Barack Obama. Sue me.

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Demonstrating once again the orifice that discharges the Hot Air.

aloysiusmiller on December 15, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Demonstrating once again the orifice that discharges the Hot Air.
aloysiusmiller on December 15, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Talking to yourself, dude? Commenting 101: Don’t make out of context statements. Refer to something specific. What exactly is demonstrating what?

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Obama =class warfare

Now Romney = class warfare

Demonizing the Rich…Romeny…shame on you!!

Hell..if I had that kind of money to spend on my wife, I would too…Why not? God Bless him that he feels compelled to spend that on his wife…..and that money….employed people at Tiffiny’s and made a PROFIT!! Isn’t that called Capitalism? I don’t give two craps how Newt made his money….as long as it was legal…in which it WAS from FMac…nuff said.
Mitt…Put the dog back on the roof of the car and take a trip somewhere long long away…..you look really really desperate now….it’s embarrassing.

coach1228 on December 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Newt’s crony-capitalism problem

And what might that be??

coach1228 on December 15, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Only leftists, liberals, communists and socialists despise the “rich” . . . to the rest of America they represent all of the possibilities this great Republic offers. Wake up people, don’t trade your freedoms for the safety of the nanny state.

rplat on December 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM

I will not vote for a man running as a Marxist.

MNHawk on December 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Romney must have given up on Iowa because (historically) going negative is frowned upon there.

He’s desperate and so are the elite republican politicians and pundits pushing him.

The obviously contrived establishment barrage to bring down Newt just might backfire on them. We the people are not as dumbed down as they would like to think. We’ve watched each conservative candidate that dares to challenge their ‘anointed one’ Romney being savaged by their own party. Third party time?

If the Fox News panel pits the candidates against each other tonight, much like the liberal media does, there will be fireworks.

There’s nothing wrong with defending oneself against attacks. I think Newt will probably not initiate attacks, but will respond. If that involves delving into the attackers’ own history for comparison purposes, so be it.

I hope there will be more time than usual allowed for each candidate to expound on their plans to restore the country. Please, not the usual one minute, then 30 seconds to respond.

(Rudy Guiliani is on Fox & Friends speaking up for Newt and sharing some 2008 campaign facts on Romney’s personal attacks.)

IndeCon on December 15, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Does this look like a RINO to you? Maybe this can explain why Gingrich is hated by Republicans and Democrates alike? Read below….1992..and Rick Santorum was a member of the “Gang of Seven”. This someone we need to CLEAN out our FED GOVT!!!

“congressional check-kiting scandal”. RUBBERGATE: In the early days of the scandal, when the media began reporting on the loose practices, Republican Minority Whip Newt Gingrich, along with 7 freshman Republicans referred to as the Gang of Seven or “The Young Turks,” made the strategic decision to publicize the scandal in an attempt to sweep congressmen with overdrawn accounts, most of them Democrats, out of power. Gingrich realized that far more Democrats could be implicated in this scandal than Republicans, so he made the decision to make the identities of all of those involved public and “let the chips fall where they may.”

Gingrich pressured the then Speaker of the House Tom Foley to ensure that the special counsel appointed to investigate the matter informed the voting public of the overdrafts and the identities of all of the Congressmen responsible.

coach1228 on December 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Iowa….once again….deem themselves useless. New polls are out today. Can anybody remember when Iowa picked the the Nominee in their Caucuses?
NH always goes for another Candidate to negate Iowa.
The real nominating process starts in South Carolina..
Just sayin…

coach1228 on December 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Romney, you’re an absolute hypocrite! Here is it your net worth is over a quarter of a billion dollars, and you’re accusing Newt of being wealthy? Pot, meet kettle….

jfs756 on December 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

<blockquoteWhat do you want? A medal? You’ve been waiting 3 years to comment and this is the best you can come up with? Tedious parroting of the phrase “RINO progressive”?

Anyhoo, my point about Palinistas, which you clearly missed, is that many Palinistas are ignoring Newt’s crony-capitalism problem. Oh, and my views of what’s best for this country can be summed up very nicely: Defeat Barack Obama. Sue me.

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Nice to see you’re as classy as always. It’s not just about beating Obama, it’s about who we replace him with. Putting in Newt or Romney will just lead America down a slow painful death instead of a much quicker death under Obama.

Name me one conservative thing Romney has done btw.

Also, what conservative governor would’ve put Romneycare in place and still defend it to this day?

What conservative would hire John Holdren to push for carbon caps?

Nominating a weakling like Romney would be the best way to lose to Obama. Did you forget about 2008? What about when Ford and Dole ran? All Obama has to do is thank Romney for the idea for Obamacare and say that he actually improved Mitt’s idea to implement it nationally.

And it’s pretty pathetic that your boy Mitt can’t even handle being questioned by Bret Baier, how would he handle the scrutiny of the Left?

LevinFan on December 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

All the Salem radio guys are so far up Romney’s sphincter that it’s embarrassing. It’s gonna be a mess after the fallout from Romney’s primary train to nowhere.

Spirit Crusher on December 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

None more so than Michael Medved, RINO-ACTUAL.

Romney’s ‘interview’ on Hannity’s radio show yesterday was a farce. Granted Hannity is not capable of conducting an interview, but Romney sounded like he was 10 cups of coffee up and literally spewing talking points at 2000 f/ps.

CorporatePiggy on December 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Newt has it right….negative ads/etc for Obama only, not other candidates. Win the nomination with your own ideas, personality, and record.

deploylinux on December 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

yeah, and Gingrich loses on all those counts…he’s got an awful personality (a majority of people who worked with him acknowledge that), an appalling record, and… ideas galore, too bad most of them are weird if not downright nutty :)…Like, for instance ‘NASA should install a “mirror system in space” to light highways and expose criminals’ :-) OR ‘the U.S. should use “geoengineering” to end global warming’ OR his total faith that technology will free us from our secularist dependency on big government, a belief that has earned him the nickname Newt Skywalker :-) OR (and my personal favorite :-) ‘schools should hire poor kids as janitors’ OR ‘the President should appoint an Avian Flu Czar’ :-) OR ‘the U.S. will fend off missiles with space lasers’ :-) or ‘America is in danger of being taken over by radical Muslim atheists and gay fascists’…
so, yeah, a cornucopia of (pretty much useless)’ideas’,as you can see :-)….

jimver on December 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

It was stupid of Newt to blame Mitt for Bain.

Er, did I dream it or did Mitt start this by telling Newt to give back the money his consulting firm earned by working for Freddie? Does Mitt want the janitorial company who contracts with Freddie to give their payments back too?

So is Mitt saying no jewelry for the neuvo rich? Or is he telling us he shops for Ann at J.C. Penney’s?

What a petty, pompous, pernicious little pig’s rump (I can think of more “p” words, but I signed that thingie promising not to)…and yes, I know. There’s a good chance he’s going to be our pompous putz and that makes me slightly ill.

Portia46 on December 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

What conservative would hire John Holdren to push for carbon caps?

LevinFan on December 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

umm, Newt Gingrich..Gingrich: “Geo-engineering holds forth the promise of addressing global warming concerns for just a few billion dollars a year,” he said in 2008, according to the Guardian. “We would have an option to address global warming by rewarding scientific innovation. Bring on American ingenuity.”

so, yeah, pretty sure he would appoint Holdren no prob…after all he did what he had to (the photo-op with Nancy :-) in his quest to stop global warming :-)

jimver on December 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

So is Mitt saying no jewelry for the neuvo rich? Or is he telling us he shops for Ann at J.C. Penney’s?
Portia46 on December 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

it’s ‘nouveau riche’ btw :-)…you need to brush up on your French a little :-)…Mitt might be help with that :-)

jimver on December 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

of help, that is…

jimver on December 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

yeah, and Gingrich loses on all those counts…he’s got an awful personality (a majority of people who worked with him acknowledge that), an appalling record, and… ideas galore, too bad most of them are weird if not downright nutty :)…Like, for instance ‘NASA should install a “mirror system in space” to light highways and expose criminals’ :-) OR ‘the U.S. should use “geoengineering” to end global warming’ OR his total faith that technology will free us from our secularist dependency on big government, a belief that has earned him the nickname Newt Skywalker :-) OR (and my personal favorite :-) ‘schools should hire poor kids as janitors’ OR ‘the President should appoint an Avian Flu Czar’ :-) OR ‘the U.S. will fend off missiles with space lasers’ :-) or ‘America is in danger of being taken over by radical Muslim atheists and gay fascists’…
so, yeah, a cornucopia of (pretty much useless)’ideas’,as you can see :-)….

Newt was summarizing a Nasa conference at Wood’s Hole on the mirror thing. See the following for details.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/dec/12/david-brooks/david-brooks-says-newt-gingrich-once-proposed-putt/

Geothermal energy is not a new concept. I know a man who built a home using geothermal power (it’s that stuff we exhale thing old Al Gore goes on and on about).

I don’t know about “total faith” but he has advocated eliminating the bloated bureaucracy and its dominate bureaucrats by updating services and checks through technology. I’m not sure what the secularist thing is because it seems unrelated. I’d have to see the full story because if there’s one thing Newt isn’t, it’s illogical.

I heard Newt’s comments about giving children who have no roll model for learning the dignity of work, the chance to be paid for honorable endeavor. You misrepresent his comments entirely. And I’ll also need a citation for the “radical athiest Muslim” etc. etc. quote. Let’s just say I’m skeptical.

Oh, and that system that shoots down incoming missiles from space? That would be Reagan’s Star Wars–the same Star Wars which forced the Russians to compete and finally implode.

Portia46 on December 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

it’s ‘nouveau riche’ btw :-)…you need to brush up on your French a little :-)…Mitt might be help with that :-)

jimver on December 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Oh, thank you. I’m sure elder Romney is everything swave, chick and debonner. For sure.

Portia46 on December 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

LevinFan on December 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I have zero patience with commenters who A) use tedious, unoriginal cliches (like “RINO Progressive”) and B) Do not respond to what I commented on (Palinistas and crony capitalism) but go off on some tangent that has nothing whatsoever to do with anything I’ve said, yet think I am obligated to respond. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Oh, and my views of what’s best for this country can be summed up very nicely: Defeat Barack Obama. Sue me.

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Nice to see you’re as classy as always. It’s not just about beating Obama, it’s about who we replace him with. Putting in Newt or Romney will just lead America down a slow painful death instead of a much quicker death under Obama.

Name me one conservative thing Romney has done btw.

Also, what conservative governor would’ve put Romneycare in place and still defend it to this day?

What conservative would hire John Holdren to push for carbon caps?

Nominating a weakling like Romney would be the best way to lose to Obama. Did you forget about 2008? What about when Ford and Dole ran? All Obama has to do is thank Romney for the idea for Obamacare and say that he actually improved Mitt’s idea to implement it nationally.

And it’s pretty pathetic that your boy Mitt can’t even handle being questioned by Bret Baier, how would he handle the scrutiny of the Left?

LevinFan on December 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Best response of the year to a GOP Groupie. Shout out to LevinFan for supporting Michelle Bachmann and keeping it real.

apocalypse on December 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Best response of the year to a GOP Groupie. Shout out to LevinFan for supporting Michelle Bachmann and keeping it real.
apocalypse on December 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Ha! You two talk then. Nothing he babbled on about was responsive to my comment. I noted silence from Palinistas on the topic of Crony capitalism. He jumped in to announce he was a Palinista but then failed to say a word about the C.C. issue. He then launched into blathering about things which are entirely irrelevant and off topic, asking me all sorts of questions I have addressed one way or another elsewhere and have zero desire to revisit. But yeah, it was such a fantastic comment!/

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

“If you have a half a million dollar purchase from Tiffany’s, you’re not a middle class American.”
I don’t think very many pimps or madams by that much from Tiffany’s.

VorDaj on December 14, 2011 at 6:26 PM

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I was not saying you have to be snooty to shop there…like VorDaj it was the unpaid balance that floored me!

KOOLAID2 on December 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Since when is it wrong to be successful? To be honest, someone who is qualified, experienced and with the track record of success to be president is always going to be from the 1%. Nothing wrong with that. What hurts you is to then completely lose touch with the rest of the nation. Like, offering a $10k bet on prime time tv, and thinking nothing of it.

Captain Obvious on December 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Ha!

Buy Danish on December 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I dont see anyone laughing Danish… just kidding. :-)

apocalypse on December 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

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