Video: Newt gets emotional; Update: “I won’t cry,” says Romney; Update: More context; Update: Video added

posted at 5:00 pm on December 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

Touching and obviously heartfelt, yet naturally processed by politicos as a potential gamechanging “Hillary moment” for Gingrich on the eve of a big vote. I doubt it’ll change much. Hillary had to beat one guy in New Hampshire when she welled up; Newt has to beat four, all of whom have been trending upwards in the polls while he sinks. He needs more than a sweet, humanizing interlude to rally the base.

Maybe he needs … this:

Gingrich, speaking Wednesday during a conference call with conservative voters hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, was asked by one of the attendees whether he would consider Palin as a running mate.

“She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she’s somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities,” Gingrich said, according to Right Wing Watch…

“There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well,” Gingrich said. “I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider.”

She nearly rescued one big-government conservative’s failing candidacy three years ago. Second time’s the charm?

Your amazing stat of the day comes courtesy of CNN, which reports that nearly half of all political ads that ran in Iowa this month were attacks on Gingrich. Exit quotation: “Politics has become a really nasty, vicious, negative business and I think it’s disgusting and I think it’s dishonest.”

Update: Really? Tweaking the guy for getting choked up about his dead mother?

Here in Merrimack, Romney started talking about his parents and what they meant to him, and how they taught him to love America — and said, “No, no, I won’t cry.”

Update: Actually, without more context, it’s hard to tell if Romney was aiming that at Gingrich. Goofing on a guy for tearing up about his mom is in poor enough taste that I’d guess Romney would resist for strategic reasons even if he was tempted to do it. It may be that he’s been so busy on the trail today that he hasn’t even heard yet about what happened to Newt. Maybe he was just making a joke about how reminiscing about mom and dad is apt to make anyone a little misty. Maybe?

Update: To put it another way, why would a guy as famously, robotically on-message as Romney risk generating a sympathy vote for Gingrich at the last minute by goofing on him for crying? Every move he makes seems carefully plotted to maximize his advantage. He might be this nasty in private, but in public? Four days before the big vote? It would be a catastrophic, uncharacteristic lapse in his usual M.O.

Update: Turns out Romney didn’t bring up crying, a questioner did. And even when he replied, he was careful to say there’s nothing wrong with it:

The context of the Romney comment came, amid his discussion of his parents, with a voter saying, “Don’t cry.” Romney repeated it, saying, “No, no, I won’t cry,” and then followed up with, “There’s no harm in that.” Romney’s camp argues strenuously that he was not in any way tweaking Gingrich, and that he made that clear.

This guy’s not going to take needless risks.

Update: Here’s the clip.


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Since you acknowledge the obvious Ms Munford, it’s time to get behind the nominee. And by definition, someone who is right is not a blowhard, pompous or otherwise. I admit I’m strident, but you it’s necessary to provide some balance on this site to the vile knee jerk carping at Romney which is too lacking in reason to warrant being described as criticism. Ninety percent of it is pure bile.

Basilsbest on December 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

1) You’re not right
2) You’re a blowhard
3) Astroturf is not persuasive
4) There’s plenty of reason to criticize Romney. He’s still a fraud trying to to pass himself off as a conservative

There Goes The Neighborhood on December 31, 2011 at 2:46 AM

I don’t respond well to politicians who cry. But that said – Romney really is a punk.

besser tot als rot on December 31, 2011 at 2:57 AM

How pathetic. Blowing the arctic dog whistle is a desperate act that’s a faint echo of John McLame. America’s crony capitalist champ from the ’80s has decided to pander to the rabble by summoning the crony fighting super hero of the tundra.

I wish I could say that Noot is full of crap, but it’s worse than that. He is stuffed to the gills with recycled, processed crap and crap by-product from yesteryear.

MJBrutus on December 31, 2011 at 7:14 AM

MJBrutus Markos Moulitas on December 31, 2011 at 7:14 AM

I don’t think you have it quite right.

tom daschle concerned on December 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM

This guy’s not going to take needless risks.

Of course Mitt’s camp knows exactly what’s going on with Newt every second. I think Mitt gave his honest response initially; ‘No, no, I won’t cry’ to jab at Newt. Then, quickly caught himself and added the rest to cover his butt.

IMO, Mitt seems way over-confident to the point of showing his true nasty/liberal colors lately ie pushing a VAT tax, Romneycare is a conservative policy, he will not release tax returns even if he wins, no campaign donation transparency. As far as negative ads, just ask his rivals in the 2008 race the depths Mitt descended to, and the mega-millions he and his millionaire friends spent to degrade the other candidates. Same old Mitt in 2011/2012.

This coronation of Romney by the establishment/media already is not only condescending but very premature. The man that can’t get out of the 25% range with his own party is counting on undecided Iowans to further split the conservative not-Romney vote in his favor. Anything could happen now. Even if he wins Iowa and NH, that is not the end of the primary. I know the establishment just wants to hand the nom to him and get it over with, but at least give the people a chance to exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their choice (yes Virginia, that includes you). The grassroots patriots just might have a surprise for the Romney establishment, given an HONEST chance.

Hot Air Headlines reports another good get for Newt:

http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/why-i-am-endorsing-newt-gingrich-for-president/

IndeCon on December 31, 2011 at 8:34 AM

How liberal are Iowan voters?

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

IndeCon on December 31, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks.

KickandSwimMom on December 31, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I’m sick of all these crybabies. Remember that time your dad cried? Of course you don’t; he wasn’t a wuss.

tlynch001 on December 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Since you acknowledge the obvious Ms Munford, it’s time to get behind the nominee. And by definition, someone who is right is not a blowhard, pompous or otherwise. I admit I’m strident, but you it’s necessary to provide some balance on this site to the vile knee jerk carping at Romney which is too lacking in reason to warrant being described as criticism. Ninety percent of it is pure bile.

Basilsbest on December 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Where did you ever get such a silly idea? A blowhard, among other definitions, is someone who is arrogant. This has nothing to do with whether or they are right or not.

Being right does not give you a license to be an arrogant jerk. Most people learn this around the age of 5, if they are brought up right. I agree that Romney is probably the best we can do at this point, which is a shame because he is still quite the RINO.

Personally, though, he does seem to be a pretty decent guy. Perhaps his more vitriolic supporters would do better to emulate him and exercise some grace in victory. No one likes a sore winner.

RINO in Name Only on December 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM

IndeCon on December 31, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Of course Mitt’s camp knows exactly what’s going on with Newt every second. I think Mitt gave his honest response initially; ‘No, no, I won’t cry’ to jab at Newt. Then, quickly caught himself and added the rest to cover his butt.

Oh please! This is where Basilsbest has a point about the level of irrational spam manufactured on an hourly basis by malicious commenters. To suggest that Mitt was informed that Newt cried is preposterous on its face. What would be the point? The Romney camp isn’t opposed to heartfelt, emotional sentiments a deceased parent. Romney himself has known to well up when talking about his own father. There is no way in hell that Mitt would make fun of another candidate in this manner.

IMO, Mitt seems way over-confident to the point of showing his true nasty/liberal colors lately ie pushing a VAT tax, Romneycare is a conservative policy, he will not release tax returns even if he wins, no campaign donation transparency. .

Neal Boortz and Herman Cain both support the Fair Tax to replace the income tax. Are they “nasty liberals”? Romney suggests it may (emphasis on may) be a good idea to replace the corporate tax with a vat tax. He is not suggesting a Vat tax be imposed on top of the income tax.

As far as negative ads, just ask his rivals in the 2008 race the depths Mitt descended to, and the mega-millions he and his millionaire friends spent to degrade the other candidates. Same old Mitt in 2011/2012

Hey, why don’t you join the Occupy Movement since you seem to have so much animosity toward millionaires? As to how he “degraded” other candidates, I’m don’t know what specifically you are referring to but Huck and McCain were hardly angels. Politics ain’t beanbag, and if, say, Newt can’t handle Romney he’s not going to get past first base with Obama and his union thugs organizing to “degrade” whomever the GOP candidate is.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Were there tears hitting the divorce papers when he handed them to his cancer stricken wife in a hospital?

rubberneck on December 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

rubberneck on December 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

See how easy it is to lie!!! Didn’t happen but nice job getting it out there.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Of course Mitt’s camp knows exactly what’s going on with Newt every second.(1) I think Mitt gave his honest response initially; ‘No, no, I won’t cry’ to jab at Newt. Then, quickly caught himself and added the rest to cover his butt. (2)

IMO, Mitt seems way over-confident to the point of showing his true nasty/liberal colors lately ie pushing a VAT tax, (3) Romneycare is a conservative policy, he will not release tax returns even if he wins, no campaign donation transparency. As far as negative ads, just ask his rivals in the 2008 race the depths Mitt descended to, and the mega-millions he and his millionaire friends spent to degrade the other candidates. Same old Mitt in 2011/2012.

This coronation of Romney by the establishment/media already is not only condescending but very premature. The man that can’t get out of the 25% range with his own party is counting on undecided Iowans to further split the conservative not-Romney vote in his favor. Anything could happen now. Even if he wins Iowa and NH, that is not the end of the primary. I know the establishment just wants to hand the nom to him and get it over with, but at least give the people a chance to exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their choice (yes Virginia, that includes you). The grassroots patriots just might have a surprise for the Romney establishment, given an HONEST chance. (4)

Hot Air Headlines reports another good get for Newt:

http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/why-i-am-endorsing-newt-gingrich-for-president/

IndeCon on December 31, 2011 at 8:34 AM

(1)Paranoia.

(2) He caught himself! Either Mitt is the smartest person in the world or you are slightly deranged.

(3 Mitt says he will consider a VAT tax and you allege he’s pushing one. Slightly deranged. And making up your own facts.

(4) Full blown derangement. So what’s stopping you from nominating your choice?

Basilsbest on December 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Basilsbest on December 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

It’s like the Palin years isn’t it? Ahhh, nostalgia.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Allahpuke – the latest Romney apologist.

Sigh.

moochy on December 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I want to cry for Newt’s mother every time I think about what that half-wit, Connie Chung did to her.

Mr. Grump on December 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Goofing on a guy for tearing up about his mom is in poor enough taste

‘Nuff said. Anybody who would is beneath contempt.

Mr. Grump on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Mr. Grump on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Catch the updates, or the wrath of the Mittwitts will descend upon you.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Catch the updates, or the wrath of the Mittwitts will descend upon you.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Truer words have never been said. :)

KickandSwimMom on December 31, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Goofing on a guy for tearing up about his mom is in poor enough taste that I’d guess Romney would resist for strategic reasons even if he was tempted to do it.

I honestly can’t imagine mittens doing this purposefully – as much as I’d like to rip him if he did, I don’t see it…..waiting for context.

Tim_CA on December 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Now it’s making more sense.

Tim_CA on December 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Hey Boo-Hoo Boehner,

Shed a few tears for that bar you used to sweep by day and drink in at night… you never know you just might be able to save your failed reign as speaker.

It looks like tears will remain trendy in 2012.

Spirit Crusher on December 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

This guy’s not going to take needless risks.

Now that’s a bumper sticker. Almost as good as: “ROMNEY – He puts the ‘Status’ in Status Quo”

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Maybe he was just making a joke about how reminiscing about mom and dad is apt to make anyone a little misty. Maybe?

In fact, it did make him a little misty in 2008.

OneGyT on December 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Let me make it a little clearer for those inclined to skim who may not get my comment at first glance: Romney got choked up talking about his dead father in 2008. I really really don’t think he was goofing on Gingrich here.

OneGyT on December 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

How liberal are Iowan voters?

Dr Evil on December 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

As a whole they always vote Democrat in a presidential election. They also allow gay marriage. So, for the record Iowa is liberal.

Redford on December 31, 2011 at 3:16 PM

OneGyT on December 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Exactly.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I had a feeling Romney knew better than that.

Ezekiel37 on December 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Good lord. Some people will rip on Romney for anything.

therightwinger on December 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Exactly.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Hi Danish. I love you.

apocalypse on December 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Catch the updates, or the wrath of the Mittwitts will descend upon you.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Right. So the game is that those who call Mitt a heartless so-and-so based upon biased and inaccurate or incomplete reporting are pure as the driven snow. It is the brainwashed Mitt-bots who are the evil ones for pointing out that the nontroversy is purely manufactured to make the haters feel better about hating.

May I introduce you to George Orwell? Oh, I see that won’t be necessary as you’re clearly very familiar with him.

MJBrutus on December 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Buy Danish, basilsbest and cdseven, you guys are the best! Always make the most sense.

bluegill on December 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Your amazing stat of the day comes courtesy of CNN, which reports that nearly half of all political ads that ran in Iowa this month were attacks on Gingrich.

FACT: There were 26 different attack ads against Newt in the last 30 alone. All here http://bit.ly/rNInJz

In comparison in the same time period there were 29 against Romney, but 17 of them were from the DNC which were mostly web videos. And the others, mostly by Huntsman were web videos too. There were only 5 that actually aired on TV. Check them all out http://bit.ly/sR4QIE

Sheya on December 31, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Catch the updates, or the wrath of the Mittwitts will descend upon you.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Right. So the game is that those who call Mitt a heartless so-and-so based upon biased and inaccurate or incomplete reporting are pure as the driven snow. It is the brainwashed Mitt-bots who are the evil ones for pointing out that the nontroversy is purely manufactured to make the haters feel better about hating.

May I introduce you to George Orwell? Oh, I see that won’t be necessary as you’re clearly very familiar with him.

MJBrutus on December 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

If Mittens was the only one, I would capitulate until the cows come home. But, if you’re not paying attention, let me mention that almost everybody is in his shorts over this, and it ain’t cool.

Mr. Grump on December 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

MJBrutus on December 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

No, the “game” is that a skeptical AP noted what was being passed around in the blogsphere and corrected the implications as fast as humanly possible but Mittwitts still want to whine. The only thing I find Orwellian about this is that you, and several others of your group, made it it your singular duty to criticize and insult a non-candidate for months and label the defenders with all kinds of goofy names (like Mittwitts) but you sure can’t take it when it is directed at you and your choice. It is TOO FUNNY! Gov. Romney is a lovely man and should he win the presidency it will be with my vote and the belief that he will be a million times better than Obama. If you expect me to prostrate myself to his glory and magnificence, you will be waiting a long long time. I hope you notice your irony has been left on.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Dr Evil on December 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM
How many times will Romney say he’s sorry to Obama and expect to win? This strategy to not go after Obama is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. They should go after him and the press that promoted such a disaster for the country.

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2011 at 11:04 PM

DING….DING…DING!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Tempest, meet teapot.
Hey, Romney almost cried when a Fox interviewer started asking him real questions.

24/7 Bain Capital/healthcare mandate stories 2012

S. D. on January 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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