Gingrich: Romney’s a liar, isn’t he?

posted at 11:00 am on January 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich is a man of his word after all, or at least the latest version of his word.  Initially, Gingrich insisted that he would not “go negative” against his opponents, and even warned third-party PACs to stay positive or else.  After getting hammered in Iowa, Gingrich changed his mind last week and decided that he would start “drawing a contrast” in the campaign between himself and Mitt Romney — and did so by accusing Romney of trying to buy the election and calling him a robot.  Today, Gingrich decided to draw a contrast by calling Romney a liar:

O’DONNELL: “You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this Super PAC that has funded that, and you said of Mitt Romney, ‘Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president.’ I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Yes.”

O’DONNELL: “You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Well, you seem shocked by it! Yes. I mean, why – “

O’DONNELL: “Why are you saying he is a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Because this is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney. He’s not telling the American people the truth.”

Hey, not to rain on Gingrich’s parade, but how is that different than any other PAC or super-PAC?  I’m pretty sure that Gingrich-supporting PACs aren’t run by disinterested strangers, nor are those for Rick Perry or any of the other candidates in the race. That’s a problem in the structure of the campaign finance regulations that impose artificial divisions on contributions. If those were removed, the same money would flow into these races, but the candidates themselves would be responsible for its use instead of hiding behind PACs and super-PACs — and that includes Newt Gingrich.

As I’ve written earlier, there is nothing wrong with so-called “negative” campaigning. Candidates should draw contrasts between their positions and those of their opponents, and their records as well.  As long as that is being done honestly, there is nothing wrong or dishonorable about it; in fact, that’s why we have primaries.  Gingrich chose to eschew that strategy and now wants to claim some kind of victimization because the rest of the field chose not to follow in his footsteps.  On top of that, Gingrich has descended to name-calling, which looks more like a dog-in-the-manger ploy than a way to gather support in the few short hours before Iowa voters trudge to precincts tonight.  A confident candidate wouldn’t have sunk to the level of this conversation the morning of a caucus.


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Just curious, but who here believes Romney isn’t a liar?

ButterflyDragon on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Your problem is you have multiple definitions of what it means to be a liar. If, for example, you show quotes of changes in position, then is that technically a lie? Some will think so. Others will not. But changing positions makes liars of us all.

Also, I think we have all told lies. Is Romney a liar, implying that he is a serial liar? I don’t think so. Though if you say a liar is anyone that has ever told a lie, then I think we are all liars.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

As someone at NRO said, Newt is channeling his inner Bob Dole! Funny. Other than that, I don’t want to get between those smitten with Mittens and those nutty for Newt. Y’all go at it, I’ll continue to support the conservatives.

cartooner on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

hmm, me thinks it is hotair and not newt that is coming a little unhinged….

Newt’s been quite clear:
- He prefers candidates fight based on their ideas and record
- He defines negative ads as those that distort or lie about the other persons record, and anyone who funds a negative ad when they know it is false is just not worthy of being president.
- He has mentioned several cases where he believes ads by Romney include deliberate falsehoods.

Duh. No wonder he calls Romney a liar. Makes perfect sense.

deploylinux on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Oh jeeez!
Newt was my guy once Palin quit. Believe it or not, the woman he cheated with all those years, for the last 10 years has been a good influence on him. I’d pull for him in my primary…but I just knew (when he’s not debating)he would get diahrrea of the mouth, like he always does…so I’d go with Perry…because -he only has brain farts!

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Just curious, but who here believes Romney isn’t a liar?

ButterflyDragon on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Nobody of course. But csdeven will pretend he isnn’t.

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Also it will be fun watching Newt walk this back all summer when Romney is our nominee. This is like the “Paul Ryan social engineering” comment part deux.

Roymunson on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

How dare you bring up facts to a Mittbot!

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Except he’s a liar, and he knows it. We had this argument the other day. Just because he is too blind to understand the difference between the word FEES and TAXES isn’t our problem.

There are plenty of other things that Mitt did, like balance the budget that are conservative. Mitt also has a long history in business. Something that on one else in the running has.

The fact that you don’t like the political environment in MA doesn’t mean jack squat to me.

It’s easy to be a conservative in Texas, not so much in MA.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

As I said, you need to cease taking this blog so seriously.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Gingrich has the best economic plan. Period.

Mitt’s not a liar, his tax plan is the most liberal of ALL the candidates… on that alone he should be in last.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

cajunpatriot on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If it is the case that Romney supporters are running ads that are utter lies, and I doubt that is really the case, then Newt should respond to that instead whining like the immature hothead he is.

Fact of the matter is that if your boy Newt throws a temper tantrum on the eve of the first primary, he would have a complete meltdown in a general election campaign against Obama and the MSM. Deportment is a part of the primary process too and the way Newt has behaved both here and in the aftermath of not getting enough signatures to get on the Virginia ballot show a crybaby not a serious contender.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Newt’s irrelevant. At 8:00 tonight he’s bececomes a footnote.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

NEWT!!
Are you just realizing that politicians lie? When we lie it’s perjury and there are people in jail as I write this for doing that. There is a double standard that is a religion with politicians and you will all protect each other from the other half of the double standard come hell or high water. We know this and you know this so wipe the crocodile tears away they don’t work anymore.

mixplix on January 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Those who have a problem with Romney changes of position live in a fantasy world.

The priority of pretty much every politician is to be elected. They’ll tweak their world-view accordingly. Romney just looks more of a flip-flopper because he went from running against Ted Kennedy in MA to run for the republican nomination.

Time for you guy to take the romance out of politics if you believe that Santorum, Perry, Gingrich or Bachmann would behave differently.

It’s all about the circumstances, not the candidates.

joana on January 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

CORRECTION: “Mitt is not ONLY a liar, his tax plan is the most liberal of ALL the candidates… on that alone he should be in last.

/fifm

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

As I’ve written earlier, there is nothing wrong with so-called “negative” campaigning. Candidates should draw contrasts between their positions and those of their opponents, and their records as well. As long as that is being done honestly, there is nothing wrong or dishonorable about it; in fact, that’s why we have primaries. Gingrich chose to eschew that strategy and now wants to claim some kind of victimization because the rest of the field chose not to follow in his footsteps. On top of that, Gingrich has descended to name-calling, which looks more like a dog-in-the-manger ploy than a way to gather support in the few short hours before Iowa voters trudge to precincts tonight. A confident candidate wouldn’t have sunk to the level of this conversation the morning of a caucus.

Were these ads against Gingrich honest though? I think several of them were full of outright lies.

Ha, you Romney supporters will just have to deal with it. It was Romney that chose to go down and dirty. Now, finally, the ‘anointed one’ will get some of his own medicine.

Vetting time for the establishment candidate? I hope so.

Go Newt!

IndeCon on January 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Romney haters have devolved into a bunch of fifth graders screaming “liar” at recess.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Lets examine why Gingrich has resorted to the “liar” mantra.

He’s desperate.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Just curious, but who here believes Romney isn’t a liar?

Crickets

lea on January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Except he’s a liar, and he knows it. We had this argument the other day. Just because he is too blind to understand the difference between the word FEES and TAXES isn’t our problem.

There are plenty of other things that Mitt did, like balance the budget that are conservative. Mitt also has a long history in business. Something that on one else in the running has.

The fact that you don’t like the political environment in MA doesn’t mean jack squat to me.

It’s easy to be a conservative in Texas, not so much in MA.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Mitt never called himself a conservative… because he isn’t one.

He calls himself a progressive (YouTube video) and has for decades.

I realize you a blind cultist that wants more spending and higher taxes.

How did Romneycare impact the state budget… oh wait… math is super hard.. better go to the mall.

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Nobody of course. But csdeven will pretend he isnn’t.

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Awwwwww…..you poor wittle baby! Is the mean ole csdeven living in your head rent free again?

Perhaps you should try to get some perspective in your life?

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Why do you give Romney a pass?

The bottom line is that Romney is a sure loser to Obama…conservative and people in general don’t like him because he represents the crony capitalists that steal money from the taxpayers so that their fatcat Wall Street friends dont lose money on their portfolios.

Romney is not only liar, but he is also the kind of creep that shuts down companies so that he and is rich friend can feed on the carcass like vultures while the business the employees are thrown under the bus.

georgealbert on January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Wow…by the end of this process, slimeball Newt and his braindead minions like the one quoted above will be front and center in the next OWS protest, defecating on the streets.

And they call themselves Conservatives…Jeez!! Shameful!

xxessw on January 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

GRAMMY!!!!!

fossten on January 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Ha. I accidentally found out who csdeven is: the writer of this movie! Here’s part of the description:

“Mister Ricky lives in the basement of a woman he calls “Grammy,”

!!!

Dongemaharu on January 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Were these ads against Gingrich honest though? I think several of them were full of outright lies.

Ha, you Romney supporters will just have to deal with it. It was Romney that chose to go down and dirty. Now, finally, the ‘anointed one’ will get some of his own medicine.

Vetting time for the establishment candidate? I hope so.

Go Newt!

IndeCon on January 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Were pro-Romney groups the only ones running ads against Newt? If not, then aren’t they liars as well?

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Time for you guy to take the romance out of politics if you believe that Santorum, Perry, Gingrich or Bachmann would behave differently.

It’s all about the circumstances, not the candidates.

joana on January 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Quit trying to project your boy’s weakness on the other candidates. It’s pathetic.

cartooner on January 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Can someone tell me what state Gov. Romney is suppose to be from now as a presidential candidate?

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Two threads on this and you’ve offered zero defense, apart from diversion and name-calling.

Mitt’s a liar and offers America the most Democratic tax plan this side of Obama.

For some unknown reason you are married to the man. He has no core values. He has taken both sides of every imaginable issue. His tax plan includes the vile leftist meme “>$200K/yr=rich people”. He makes Huntsman’s tax plan look like the CATO Institute authored it.

Why in the hell would anybody calling himself a conservative pick Romney out this pack? Because he never committed adultery? That’s your argument for him?

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Newt seems to be saying, “I warned MY PACs not to go negative, even though I later changed my mind. So Mitt, it’s in your power to warn your PACs”. I don’t know that Mitt is disagreeing with that. Trying to get into Newt’s mind … he seems confused about who is controlling their PAC, who is being negative, what control they do have over their PACs, who is being hypocritical, who promised to be positive … seriously … this relates to Newt’s personality and psychological issues. Here he’s too clever for his own good.

Paul-Cincy on January 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yups, years ago negative ads meant what Bush did to McCain in SC,

Running an ad against Santorum with his child story would be considered negative if not the lowest you can go, Running ads against Gingrich pointing out his 3 divorces would have been a negative ad

Now 2012 negative ad means showing Gingrich on a couch that he actually sat in, And talking about F&F money to Gingrich that he actually took, And pointing out ethics violations that he actually had

How damn negative that is

Actually calling your opponent a liar is pretty negative, nobody is stopping Gingrich from pointing out all of Romney’s problems, Its called setting the record straight,

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG OR NEGATIVE ABOUT POINTING OUT YOUR OPPONENTS RECORD PERIOD!!!!!!

OrthodoxJew on January 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Just curious, but who here believes Romney isn’t a liar?

I don’t live in Iowa, and I haven’t been paying attention to the campaign ads, as YouTube is blocked here at work. I have no idea if Romney is a liar in his campaign ads or not.

Frankly, the idea of Newt calling anyone a liar is to “pot meet kettle” for me to care.

The idea that changing your position on an issue makes someone a liar is also just too funny for words. There is no one here who has never changed their mind on something, so we are all liars now.

The Anti-MittBots still scream about Romney’s previous sin, despite the fact that it was in MA; and they leave all all of the positive things he did. Which is fine, that’s their right. However I think that is as dishonest as anything that Mitt/Newt/Perry/* has done.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Gingrich has the best economic plan. Period.

Mitt’s not a liar, his tax plan is the most liberal of ALL the candidates… on that alone he should be in last.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

It’s hard to fathom why so-called conservative people would support a liberal like Mitt.

I guess it’s just his turn; the usual criteria the establishment employs when picking their nominee.

IndeCon on January 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

And they call themselves Conservatives…Jeez!! Shameful!

xxessw on January 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

So show us what conservative Gov. Romney has done. And try not to hurt yourself in the leaps from conservative to OWS. Conservatives already have a forum and it’s call the Tea Party.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

As someone at NRO said, Newt is channeling his inner Bob Dole!

cartooner on January 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I remember when negative ads drove up Dole’s negatives, I think it was 1988 (not 1996), and Dole was pissed. Really pissed. That’s when he went “Bob Dole”. A lot like what’s going on with Gingrich now. But the Romney ads are accurate. They spoke to me. Gingrich is unreliable. Yeah. Even people who agree with him can’t rely on him. Romney’s PAC made that well-known, and people saw it was true, and turned away from Gingrich. People like me.

Paul-Cincy on January 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Best summary of the GOP field so far:
“To lose this election Obama will have to be caught on video sacrificing white, Christian fetuses in a secret underground temple in front of a huge three-headed statue (Satan Allah Marx) wearing an off the shoulder Vera Wang evening gown and a Viking helmet.”

Mu on January 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I was hoping Newt would answer that Obama is a worse liar.

teri_b on January 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Not as precious as you.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hey look, the unhinged Palin supporter who is still weeping over his favorite reality-show half-term governor who he honestly thought had a chance in hell of becoming president.

Yeah, youre judgement is wonderful.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Romney haters have devolved into a bunch of fifth graders screaming “liar” at recess.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

More like a chittering bunch of squirrels. One starts yelling liar and all the rest join in. No specific points about what Romney has lied about that doesn’t stop them from making the charge.

Seriously, I see the claim over and over again that Romney is running ads that are nothing but lies and yet Newt or any of his supporters have pointed out exactly the factual inaccuracies. They are running around like a bunch of Ron Paul or OWS supporters! If it is true that these ads are so clearly lies, where is the challenge to them on that ground? I suspect there is enough truth in them that they can not be easily swatted away.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Today, Gingrich decided to draw a contrast by calling Romney a liar:

Romney is an unabashedly shameless liar. Calling himself a conservative is a LIE! Gingrich will take it to Obama and the Obama DNC media. He should get the nomination just for the pure joy of watching him destroy the DNC talking points press and the teleprompter.

they lie on January 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Romney haters have devolved into a bunch of fifth graders screaming “liar” at recess.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The Gingrich plan to beat Romney……

Day 1: “Liar, liar, pants on fire! Hang them on a telephone wire!”

Day 2: “My daddy can beat up your daddy!”

Day 3: “Teacher, teacher! The mean Mitt pulled my hair!”

Day 4: “Waaaaaaaa…..nobody picked me to play kickball!”

Day 5: “Waaaaaaaa…..every body wants me to be permanent “it” in smear the it!”

Day 6: “Waaaaaaaa…..they called me a poo-poo head!”

Day 7: On the 7th day, Gingrich, realizing again that he is the smartest man on the planet, changed his mind again and decided to play nicey-nice.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

If it is the case that Romney supporters are running ads that are utter lies, and I doubt that is really the case, then Newt should respond to that instead whining like the immature hothead he is.

Fact of the matter is that if your boy Newt throws a temper tantrum on the eve of the first primary, he would have a complete meltdown in a general election campaign against Obama and the MSM.

I don’t quite get how making a statement is “whining like the immature hothead he is” unless you feel that he’s not entitled to respond at all. Whether you agree with him or not, everybody, including supporters of the other candidates, knows that Gingrich would destroy Obama, or anyone else, in a debate.

cajunpatriot on January 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

More Romney Derrangement Syndrome (RDS) please. It’s down right amusing.

rhombus on January 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Another non-argument for Romney.

Go review the tax plans of all the candidates at the WSJ.

Try and defend Mitt’s as the best not being the worst.

But this would require facts and you wouldn’t be able to trot out some middle-school-level post skirting the issues so I don’t expect much.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I have a fan stalker!

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Go back and reread the thread. I get called names before I even comment on the thread, I then criticize Gingrich. The personal attacks continue and I respond.

Now you expect me to give people like that respect?

Bwahahahahaha!!!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

It’s hard to fathom why so-called conservative people would support a liberal like Mitt.

IndeCon on January 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It’s called nominating the most conservative candidate possible that is electable.

The rest of the candidates cannot maintain the level of support in the GOP that Romney does. No other candidate has shown an ability to attract the indies.

All the polling for the last two years bear that out. I hope that makes it more understandable.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Whether you agree with him or not, everybody, including supporters of the other candidates, knows that Gingrich would destroy Obama, or anyone else, in a debate.

cajunpatriot on January 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Gingrich had two choices to respond to those ads Romney supporters were running. He could point out what wasn’t true in them or he could start screaming liar. Newt took the low road that belies any pretense of being a brilliant debater. Obama wouldn’t even need a teleprompter to come up with the “pants on fire” tactic.

We saw this Newt the day after he failed to qualify for the Virginia GOP primary. Instead of manning up and admitting his organization in the state was bad, he blamed it on unclear last minute changes in the standards (which wasn’t the case), he blamed it on the process, he vowed to win by a write in campaign (not possible)…. In short, he was no better than Obama in finding somebody else to blame. Is the probability of a continuation of blame-shifting in the Presidency really a trait we want to overlook in the primaries? These little meltdowns should be a cautionary tale for what we could expect.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Did that just happen? Really? The guy who has cheated on every wife he ever had (with the possible exception of his current flame, just accused his opponent of lying?

Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. Your black!

rogaineguy on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

And they call themselves Conservatives…Jeez!! Shameful!

xxessw on January 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

So show us what conservative Gov. Romney has done. And try not to hurt yourself in the leaps from conservative to OWS. Conservatives already have a forum and it’s call the Tea Party.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Oh please put a lid on it. It now positively gives me hives to hear every tom, dick and jane come out and call themselves a conservative. Just stop! For some reason you have raging romney derangement. We get it. Since yesterday itself you have demonstrated it a 1000 times.
If you are a conservative even the thought of Newt as your nominee should violently nauseate you.

You folks don’t get that the prime task at hand is to get Obama out of the WH and hopefully hand the senate back to the GOP. If Newt is whining like a spoiled brat about a couple of ads now…in Iowa…he will be in a mental asylum when the media minions decide to go after him on an hourly basis…Nationally!

xxessw on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Hey look, the unhinged Palin supporter who is still weeping over his favorite reality-show half-term governor who he honestly thought had a chance in hell of becoming president.

Yeah, youre judgement is wonderful.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

You invoked Palin in a Non-Palin thread! OMG!! It seems you have an unhealthy fixation with her.

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I’m sure Romney is just waiting, with bated breath, for some genius advice from Sarah Palin.

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

What she wrote is as unintelligable as what she says…

Jailbreak on December 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

“Unintelligable” is not a word, you brilliant college scholar.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Seems to me that Newt takes personal responsibility for his remarks about Mitt as opposed to Mitt using surrogates. Newt is responding to negative attack ads so I don’t understand the point of this post.

Vince on January 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I don’t have to defend Romney. I only have to support the candidate that can beat Obama. With these childish rants, Gingrich is proving that the facade he put on for us was just that and that he is the exact same Gingrich that was ousted by the GOP when he was speaker. And that makes him unelectable.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Another non-argument for Romney.

Go review the tax plans of all the candidates at the WSJ.

Try and defend Mitt’s as the best not being the worst.

But this would require facts and you wouldn’t be able to trot out some middle-school-level post skirting the issues so I don’t expect much.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Could it be because Romney actually plans to win and implement his plan?

I know all candidates have better plans that have no chance in hell of ever become law,

The moment i heard Perry talking about half time congress i knew he was over, once you cross the “just talk nonsense to the base” line you are pretty much over

You and i know that there will not be a flat tax, there will not be 9,9,9, So why give out a plan that is very conservative but you know will never become law?

OrthodoxJew on January 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM

If Newt is whining like a spoiled brat about a couple of ads now…in Iowa…he will be in a mental asylum when the media minions decide to go after him on an hourly basis…Nationally!

xxessw on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Newt is not whining. He’s attacking. Getting under the Mittbot’s thin skins.

Vince on January 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

And pointing out ethics violations that he actually had

84 charges of ethics violations during his term in office
1 charge he agreed to pay 300k on
That single charge, the IRS said was void of fact

What ethics violationS are you talking about? Be truthful.

And no, I’m not all that excited about Newt and his Pelosi couch and his Scozzafava incident, among other things. But to accuse Newt of ethics violations when the facts say otherwise is to sink into the Democrat/MSM trap.

John Hitchcock on January 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Intrade currently has,

Romney 55.5%

Newton 0.7%

to win in Iowa.

Gunlock Bill on January 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Just heard an add from Newtrons PAC whining about “negative” adds from PACs.

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Unintelligable” is not a word, you brilliant college scholar.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Yes it is. Its just misspelled. I dont go back and check my posts before posting them. Had I done so, I wouldve caught the error.

So, after years of telling us how horrible Romney is and how great Palin will be as the next POTUS….you must feel kinda, um, used. She burned you dude….hope you didnt send her any money. Heaven knows you spent countless hours defending her here. What a waste of time.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Ed, did you watch the video? What did Gingrich say you can not agree with? Who here is so tied into Romney they are willing to lose the election? Obama will attack Romney on all fronts. Is Romney pro choice or pro life? Is he for or against gay marriage? What is his stand on gun control?
Gingrich is far from perfect, but he has fogotten more about government than Romney ever knew. Romney is a Massachusetts moderate else he could not have been elected Governor. He is also a corporate raider, costing many their livelyhoods. The GOP did not defeat Carter with their choice candidate as they did not favor Reagan. George H. W. Bush was their man. There is a saying that goes something like “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Romney is not tough enough to defeat a Chicago politician. Gingrich will beat Obama like a bastard stepchild.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Newt is not whining. He’s attacking. Getting under the Mittbot’es thin skins.

Vince on January 3, 2012

Well speaking for myself…he isnt getting under my skin. He is self-destructing, like we knew he would. And before he give us from running out of money and placing 5th and embarrassing himself, after declaring himself a few short weeks ago as the guy who will obviously win the nomination, he will try to take out the front runners with name calling, which is not surprising.

The man is an embarrassment which is why the republicans in congress, when he was the speaker, had to revolt. the guy is revolting.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM

She burned you dude….hope you didnt send her any money. Heaven knows you spent countless hours defending her here. What a waste of time.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Now THAT is gonna leave a mark! lol

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Winning Iowa and 2 dollars will get you a cup of coffee.

mike_NC9 on January 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Intrade currently has,

Romney 55.5%

Newton 0.7%

to win in Iowa.

Gunlock Bill on January 3, 2012 at 12:22

Correct. And Intrade has Romney winning the nomination at about 80%!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, it is going to be painful for the anybody but Mitt crowd and HotAir. Get out of your mom’s basements and vote, people!!!! HA HA HA!!! As if you matter.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yes it is. Its just misspelled. I dont go back and check my posts before posting them. Had I done so, I wouldve caught the error.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I’m sure Romney is just waiting, with bated breath, for some genius advice from Sarah Palin.

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

What she wrote is as unintelligable as what she says…

Jailbreak on December 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

In the same post you belittle Palin’s intelligence, you use a word that doesn’t exist. 3 days previously, you insult all Hot Air posters as stupid, and that now that you and other “college educated” newbies are allowed to register here, you would all bring a “smart” wave of brilliance.

Yet you can’t spell words correctly.

I enjoy your hypocrisy and double standards. Especially for all here to see.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM

OK haters- you wanna bitch about Romney when there was a credible competitor to him, fair enough. But who is it going to be? It’s Romney or Obama. If that’s it, stop tearing the man down or be prepared for an obama who won’t be facing re-election….

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Newt is absolutely right and the plethora of pundits and establishment figures who have been incessantly bashing him with zeal are not merely engaging in typical “compare and contrast” campaigning. This has turned into perhaps the most shameful smear campaign of a fellow Republican I’ve ever seen, and it’s about time that Newt calls these people out for what they are, including liars.

Reggie1971 on January 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

If someone thinks that telling the truth makes a person desperate than I am sure that no one in congress is desperate.
Mitt is a RINO. He should not be even considered for the office as he is Obama light. His Rommycare is the older brother of Obamacare.
We have suffered thru 4 years of marxsist ideology and to think that electing a Machivilliest is an improvement is insane!

nicknack60 on January 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

We have suffered thru 4 years of marxsist ideology and to think that electing a Machivilliest is an improvement is insane!

nicknack60 on January 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

You just described every one of the GOP candidates…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Hey fat boy of course Romney is lying he’s a politicians just like you are, politicians lie like rugs, its the only thing they are good at. Well that and being thieving trash.

Your Mamma loves me on January 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Winning Iowa and 2 dollars will get you a cup of coffee.

mike_NC9 on January 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM

It certainly doesn’t get one the nomination, but it does provide momentum and more importantly, winnows the field.

So to be more accurate, winning Iowa and two dollars will get you a cup of coffee, momentum, and fewer competitors. Only you can decide if it is worth it. But I would ask those who lose Iowa if they would prefered to win Iowa.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Mitt Romney lied about his reasons for quitting the 2008 Presidential race.

Terrorism had nothing to do with his real reasons for quitting, but he claimed it did.

I guess he thought that sounded better, and Mitt will always tell you what he thinks you want to hear.

ITguy on January 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I’ve ever seen, and it’s about time that Newt calls these people out for what they are, including liars.

Reggie1971 on January 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I agree. It is about time Gingrich drop the facade and be who he really is. Namely the guy who was run out of the speakership on a rail….BY HIS OWN PARTY.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

In the same post you belittle Palin’s intelligence, you use a word that doesn’t exist. 3 days previously, you insult all Hot Air posters as stupid, and that now that you and other “college educated” newbies are allowed to register here, you would all bring a “smart” wave of brilliance.

Yet you can’t spell words correctly.

I enjoy your hypocrisy and double standards. Especially for all here to see.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM

You sure miss the glory days of HotAir when you and your fellow Palintologist could attack and essentially run-off all the non-palintogist nuts and attack Mitt Romney will impunity. You and Unseen and the other Palin nuts ran this place.

Those days are over, Porlanduh. Us Mitt supporters are going to enjoy this race because, just as he will win the nomination, he will also win the election. GO ahead and laugh…you laughed when the Romney supporters indicated Mitt would win the nomination so your credibility sucks the big one.

He would laughs last…..

BTW, you are also one of the most despicable Mormon-bashers on this site….so there’s that to add to your resume.

I think you are a phony and have no credibility. So, when does Sarah’s new reality show start?? HYA HA HA HA

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

and Mitt will always tell you what he thinks you want to hear.

ITguy on January 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

The fact that all politicians lie is why this tactic by Gingrich will be an epic failure and make him look even worse in the eyes of the electorate. And unless you are supporting no politician, you should not use the liar argument as a disqualifier. Because I guarantee you that your candidate is a liar also. Stick with calling Romney a liberal, it is at least defensible. Unless you support Gingrich or Santorum. Because they have their liberal skeletons also.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

OH SNAP! That’s gonna leave a mark too! You’re beating that bitter former worshiper of St Palin the Victimized like a rented mule!

rotflmao!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:54 PM

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Can I presume by your silence that you took my advice and reread the thread and found that I was attacked and simply gave them back what they dished out? If so, it’d be kind of you to apologize.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I agree. It is about time Gingrich drop the facade and be who he really is. Namely the guy who was run out of the speakership on a rail….BY HIS OWN PARTY.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Yeah, he was the guy who led the House to it’s first Republican majority in forty years and then was forced out by pettiness and professional resentment. He was Speaker when the budget was balanced four years in a row, and welfare reform was passed.

That’s who he is.

Reggie1971 on January 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

First, Mitt’s gotten kid glove treatment from the media. He hasn’t shown himself capable of handling tough criticism. In fact, he’s shown himself to be easily upset when the criticism starts flying. He says now that he’ll stand up to President Obama. What assurances do we have for that? His losing it when Rick Perry accused him of hiring illegal immigrants? Please.

Mitt’s strategy appears to be based on hoping Team O won’t bombard him with negative ad after negative ad. Good luck with that.

Second, why wouldn’t Gingrich be upset? He’s the one with the actual list of conservative accomplishments. Compare that with Mitt’s record of imposing expensive regulations on power plants, then imposing price controls on those power plants. Is that what a capitalist does? Mitt Romney is neither a capitalist or a conservative.

That’s the biggest reason why he’ll get his butt kicked by President Obama.

The other reason he’ll get his butt kicked is because he’s good at repeating short bursts of coherent-sounding messaging. Beyond that, he’s lost.

Nominating Mitt is nominating a lightweight.

LFRGary on January 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The Romney voters can vote for whomever they chose, but they can’t change the fact of Romney’s dishonesty, his progressive beliefs or his standing as Obama’s slow, white twin. When voters finally see the real “choice” facing them, why would they vote for Slobama when they can vote for the real thing? Romney is the same loser who lost to McCain in 2008. Just different packaging now.

swinia sutki on January 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

All politicians are liars. Especially Newt. When it comes to being a decent human being, Newt is woefully outclassed by Romney, and he knows it.

What a phony Gingrich is, with his “I won’t go negative” schtick. Looky, it’s the New and Improved Newt! The Kinder-and-Gentler, Non-Adulterous, Dedicated-Catholic Newt. Hogwash.

The only reason he tried to sell that BS is because he didn’t have the money to go negative, and because he was hoping to take his plentiful and legendary past transgressions, both professional and personal, off the table.

Nice try, Newtie, but you’re a nasty piece of work, always have been, always will be. And please stop with the “millionaire friends” accusations. You live in McLean, VA, in a mansion. With lots and lots of mirrors.

What a surprise.

Meredith on January 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

“He’s a liar!” said the liar.

EddieC on January 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Unhinged.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

OH SNAP! That’s gonna leave a mark too! You’re beating that bitter former worshiper of St Palin the Victimized like a rented mule!

rotflmao!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Thanks dude. Yes, it is fun. I have noticed you fightint these unhinged ones for quite some time. We got some back-up now….

Hee Hee Hee!!!

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Intrade – GingBat to win Iowa – .7% (that’s 7 chances in 1,000)

VorDaj on January 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Unhinged.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Off “the wall”…………?

JPeterman on January 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I really hope that Iowans got to know Rick Perry from meeting him . Not how some of the media do in a negative sense.
Rick Perry will be liked by many Americans and can feel he can lead our Country out of deep waters.
People need to find out things for themselves and not follow polls or the media. Decide yourself !!! RICK PERRY 2012
I still like that interview yesterday with Perry and the Politico White House Correspondent. Do you have names, Do you have names!!!
Awesome GO RICK PERRY he is a STRONG LEADER!!!

nancysabet on January 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Can someone tell me what state Gov. Romney is suppose to be from now as a presidential candidate?

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Oh, I know this one! Utah! No? Oh, Illinois, then. No? Mass? Still no? Oh, I got it, its Kaliphornia, La Jolla!!!

Funny how he bills himself a “progressive” now not realizing its a further step down from liberal (democrat=>liberal=>progressive=>nazi=>communist=>amoeba, in that order of regression).

riddick on January 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

…which is why Gingrich will lose big time in Iowa and NH will get further out of reach. As a result of those two contests, his numbers in NC will start to drop. This was exactly the type of emotional trap he needed to stay away from.

Marcus Traianus on January 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It’s easy to be a conservative in Texas, not so much in MA.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

And Romney showed that it’s easy to be a liberal in MA. What’s your point?

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Off “the wall”…………?

JPeterman on January 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I wondered that in another thread. “The Wall” had an unhealthy fixation on anything Palin, and stalked me for awhile.

The use of “HA HA HA HA!” and the feel of his posts lead me think he is a formerly banned poster.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Reminds me of Gingrich accusing Clinton of adultery.

haner on January 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Fifty-two percent of the public elected Obama, I’m not impressed at what they might understand.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Neither am I…
I’m worried they may do it again.

Fartnokker on January 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I hope that you’re related to Romney or that he is paying you for you to be wishcasting so strongly for Romney.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Reggie1971 on January 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Gingrich is no victim. He ran the house like a tyrant and they booted him out over it. That is what he would do as POTUS also. The last thing the GOP needs is Gingrich as POTUS acting like he did as speaker.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The romney cultists are upset ed

Flapjackmaka on January 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I hope that you’re related to Romney or that he is paying you for you to be wishcasting so strongly for Romney.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I hope that you’re related to Gingrich or that he is paying you for you to be wishcasting so strongly for Gingrich.

You and Gingrich have absolutely amazing rhetoric.

haner on January 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Hee Hee Hee!!!

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

hahaha! It’s so much fun I almost feel guilty! Almost. rotflmao!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Stick with calling Romney a liberal, it is at least defensible. Unless you support Gingrich or Santorum. Because they have their liberal skeletons also.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

1. Calling a top-down government commanded mandate “fundamentally conservative” is either a lie or an illustration of gross incompetence.

2. Gingrich and Santorum do have their statist problems, but they pale in comparison to Romney’s.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I wondered that in another thread. “The Wall” had an unhealthy fixation on anything Palin, and stalked me for awhile.

The use of “HA HA HA HA!” and the feel of his posts lead me think he is a formerly banned poster.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Would you prfer LMAOI? Yeah, you are correct…I made up the expression “ha ha ha ha”

Can somebody provide an interpretation of what Portland is posting here? What is “The Wall”??

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You know, it is called the Republican Party not the Conservative Party. On a sliding scale I would say he (Romney) is somewhat conservative and a strong fiscal conservative. Not a strong Conservative. Unfortunately many here want everything completely their way or they will not participate. Reminds me of 2008 when all of the conservatives did not think that McCain was conservative and therefore stayed home and did not vote…Giving us the Obama debacle.
Exit Question: If McCain was not their candidate and they wanted the more conservative Republican candidate in 2008 wasn’t that Romney? Or is this some sort of game they play every 4 years?

Natebo on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Gingrich has taken the gloves off.

Whoo man, this is gonna be fun.

nicktjacob on January 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

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