Video: Gingrich rips CNN moderator for asking about his ex-wife, of course

posted at 9:01 pm on January 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite. BuzzFeed cynically titles this exchange, “Gingrich Wins The GOP Debate In The First Five Minutes.” Really? He won a policy debate with the sort of paint-by-numbers media-bashing grandstanding that literally everyone knew was coming? If that’s enough to win a Republican presidential debate these days, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

Let’s face it: The real winner of this debate is Mitt Romney for saying he’s lived in “the real streets of America.” Wait, what?


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Slow your roll a bit there. Lets not get crazy.

Ampersand on January 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I could be wrong, but I think this was one of those events… When I was a kid, I was very pro Goldwater. The Dems rolled out that commercial, that killed him.

I think this is one of those events. We’ll see if I’ve got this right.

Short run, Newt will cream Mittens in SC. Then it will start to steamroll. He’ll clobber Barry. Then his challenge will begin.

CrazyGene on January 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM

The after debate huddle with Anderson Cooper, David Gergen, King, Ari Fleischer and a couple other Democrat hacks was pretty funny. Cooper floated the question right away about putting the Newt story at the top of the debate and if it was right and everybody was kinda quietly nodding in agreement. Then Fleischer said it should not have lead off the debate and there was an awkward silence.

Roymunson on January 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I instantly think back to 2008 and reading a column on HuffPo of Obama having grown up on the “mean streets”……….of Hawaii.

Marcus on January 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Punahou High School.

Oh yah, Obama’s chauffeur got in a lot of scraps with the other pampered kids’ chauffeurs.

KirknBurker on January 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Link?

Solaratov on January 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Too much work and it’s too late to plow through all of the hits regarding Marianne’s interviews. Google ‘Gingrich & Leonard Carter’. Carter was a former friend and campaign treasurer for Gingrich. According to him, Newt was a busy guy, and Callista wasn’t the sole object of his extramarital affections; there were several others. According to Carter, Gingrich lied about his first wife Jackie pressing for a divorce, and has lied about the timeline when he met Marianne, his second wife, which was prior to his separation from Jackie. The divorce from Jackie was Newt’s idea, not Jackie’s. Also according to Carter, Newt pressed his then 15-year-old daughter into writing a letter to the editor claiming her mother was the one who initiated the divorce, for the sake of her father’s political career.

What a prince. Can’t wait until Gingrich takes the oath of office. Fingers crossed he takes that particular oath more seriously than he has previous ones.

troyriser_gopftw on January 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

If that’s enough to win a Republican presidential debate these days, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

In other news, water is wet; warm spring rains make flowers bloom; summer follows spring; hot dogs are served on Independence day; Christmas day follows Halloween and cigars are not a replacement for manhood

Mcguyver on January 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Agreed, but above all: I want Obama out.

V7_Sport on January 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

On that point, we are in violent agreement.

AZfederalist on January 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Sorry, AP, but it was all about the delivery. Mr. Newt has a directness people have been yearning for. I like Romney and will be happy to support him but he doesn’t have that kind of passion when we want to hear it most. Mr. Newt delivers, it’s as simple as that.

princetrumpet on January 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM

“It is a high-tech lynching..for uppity blacks.”

It looks like Newt is not going quietly in the night.

He’s not being very cooperative.

KirknBurker on January 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM

princetrumpet on January 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM

It is the difference between one who shoots the burglar instinctively and the one who calls 911 when his wife is raped in front of him.

What’s worse?

Newt’s problem with the ladies?

Or, Mitts problem with being a chronic phony?

Let SC decide and then its on to Florida.

KirknBurker on January 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I see AP’s point, and if he has a better start to a Repub debate than a straight-up beatdown of the pro-Obama, pro-Dem media, let’s hear it. Until the lapdog media come correct, five across the lips right out the gate should be “S.O.P.” for the GOP, or even SOP for the G.O.P.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:00 AM

How refreshing would it be to have a President who doesn’t need to rely on his surrogates in talk radio or FOX to fight the liberal media for him because he can fight them better himself?

I want a President like that.

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I wonder if that crowd would have given a standing ovation to Bill Clinton for saying that the media shouldn’t focus on decisions he made in his private life when considering whether he was fit to be President? ….. nope. This is the Twilight Zone where neoconservatives are so desperate for an “anti-Romney” that they’ll clap for infidelity.

He was run out of Congress for a reason, and that reason is he is totally unpredictable. He WILL implode, and if he’s allowed to run against Obama then he’ll crash and burn during the general election.

Newt polls horribly against Obama… but go ahead and let the media build him up to be the nominee. See if the Democrats care.

popularpeoplesfront on January 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM

AP misses a very simple point, I think. Before Newt beat that guy down on his own network, it was not a Republican debate, but rather just another Dem “moderated” little play using Repub actors to dance to the media’s pro-Obama tune. The second Newt smacked King, his staff, his network, and their Dem media colleagues in their collective chops, it turned into a Republican debate.

For that, yes, Newt “wins.”

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

See if the Democrats care.

They seem to care a lot already. Or did you miss ABC’s attempt to destroy Newt’s candidancy?

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

What a prince. Can’t wait until Gingrich takes the oath of office. Fingers crossed he takes that particular oath more seriously than he has previous ones.

troyriser_gopftw on January 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Let’s hope it can be done in public and correctly

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Here’s what Dems say: “Heads, we win. Tails, you lose.” No matter the Repub nominee, the Dems will insist he is exactly the Repub they hoped to face in November.

There are a lot of Dem operatives registered at Hot Air having fun trying to get Repubs all freaked out, infighting, and doubting themselves and their candidates at every turn.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

The sharks are swimming, and they are hungry.

Nice job Gingrich!

iheart707 on January 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM

There are a lot of Dem operatives registered at Hot Air having fun trying to get Repubs all freaked out, infighting, and doubting themselves and their candidates at every turn.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Precisely. Sure would be nice to use that money against O’bozo. The commercials write themselves.

eg. for Gingrich. Hey, at least covering up my pipeline created some jobs /s

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Look, the Dems know Obama’s only chance to win is if the GOP nominee is totally abhorrent and unlikeable, because Obama can’t run on his record and Obama’s only strength is he’s “likeable”.

Sure Newt isn’t Mr. Congeniality but compare that to Romney, a guy who would bet your poor ass $10,000 whenever you dare challenge him. Who’s the bigger turn-off?

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Agree totally. As soon as the circular firing squad stops, the real fun begins.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 1:55 AM

If you people haven’t figured it out yet, Allahpundit is a liberal. I can’t believe some of you still don’t get that. I can never understand why he writes for this site. He must have had nude pics of Malkin to get the position in the first place.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 20, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Makes sense, except for the fact that I’m not rooting for any of his opponents.

Allahpundit on January 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Because he is rooting for Chairman Obama

The Notorious G.O.P on January 20, 2012 at 2:09 AM

by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite. BuzzFeed cynically titles this exchange, “Gingrich Wins The GOP Debate In The First Five Minutes.” Really?

Yep.

TitularHead on January 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Allahpundit is too dense or too liberal to understand that. Newt attacked AP’s precious media elite. Libs hate that.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 20, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Newt was right to question the questioner. What does his ex wife have to do with being President? What does any of this have to do with the President’s job? Nothing!

Dollayo on January 20, 2012 at 2:19 AM

It’s generally wise to assume that any media figure is a liberal.

Though some may not be, liberals are more capable of pretending than are conservatives.

Even Limbaugh was making excuses for Gore and the Clinton’s treatment of that Gonzales kid, on election day 2000, when a cuban woman from Florida called in. My wife and I just kind of stared at each other.

Better to just assume the worst and then be surprised from time to time.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2012 at 2:24 AM

The Palin’s gave some fire to Newt,now he is leading the charge into battle against Lib News elites……:lol Potent combination.

dec5 on January 20, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Wow. Just wow. That was amazing. :) :) :)

Theophile on January 20, 2012 at 3:21 AM

You guys missed Newt’s greatest offense of the evening….he called John King…GASP…BY HIS FIRST NAME!!!!

“John, it was repeated by your network. You chose to start the debate with it. Don’t try to blame somebody else. You and your staff chose to start this debate with that.”

King was booed by the audience as well. Folks like Michael Medved have called such behavior racist, so I’m sure he’s going to give Newt and the racist SC crowd a piece of his mind on his show today.

Not, lol.

xblade on January 20, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Sic em’ Newt!

foggybottom on January 20, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Conservatives and the Tea Party want someone who will FIGHT President Obama and the Media.

I had my questions about Gingrich and he certainly wasn’t my first choice, but I honestly don’t believe Romney will stand up to the next 10 months of relentless media attacks and debates against President Obama.

So yes, Gingrich won the debate in the first 5 minutes. Its all they will really take away from the entire debate.

For now, its fine.

GadsdenRattlers on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 AM

AP: “He won a policy debate with the sort of paint-by-numbers media-bashing grandstanding that literally everyone knew was coming?”

Yes, AP, as hard as that notion may be wrap around a RINO brain. But go right ahead and keep devaluing Gingrich’s successes; we also know little more comes from your commentaries.

Gingrich is the ONLY one of this bunch who possesses – and applies – the courage, insight and experience to expose, confront and unapologetically condemn the Leftist Machine (including the MSM). Robotically pre-programmed answers of Romney are unpersuasive, as soothing as they may be to some ears.

GINGRICH IN 2012!!!

Czar of Defenestration on January 20, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Yes, that exchange won the whole debate. GO Newt!

tinkerthinker on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

If Gingrich wins the nomination, and if he won the General, can you imagine how much fun it would be to have him in front of the Washington Press Corps? OMG… I don’t care who you support in the primaries, you’ve go to admit that would be a whole lot of fun to watch.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I want a President like that.

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Well then, get in your time machine and go back to 1980!

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Gingrich won the debate in the first 5 minutes. Its all they will really take away from the entire debate.

GadsdenRattlers on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 AM

CNN was wrong to open the debate with a stupid question like that. Yes, Newt’s bitter ex taking on the role of vindictive whore dominated the news yesterday but CNN didn’t need to go there with the first question. Or at all, for that matter. Is the bleating of an ex-spouse really all that newsworthy?

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

AP misses a very simple point, I think. Before Newt beat that guy down on his own network, it was not a Republican debate, but rather just another Dem “moderated” little play using Repub actors to dance to the media’s pro-Obama tune. The second Newt smacked King, his staff, his network, and their Dem media colleagues in their collective chops, it turned into a Republican debate.

For that, yes, Newt “wins.”

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Great insight…and one that the Republicans (except for Newt) can’t grasp…it’s okay to pick a spot and attack the media, Newt did it.
Along these lines:
It is remarkable (tho obvious) how many people could care less about tearing apart a family. I could see Newt real anger, not at him being attacked, but at the thought that his daughters, and now his grandkids, have to be drug through this again…all of this is old news, from over a decade ago, and is a personal family tragedy. And anyone who has been through this, or known someone who has, no it’s more complex than a simple “he said/she said”, the dynamics of a marriage is more complex than an interview.
And once again, the kids, and now grand kids, have to live through this and be forced to take sides, opening the wound once again, all for a few points of ratings…destroy a family.
There are so many other things more important…and that is how Newt won this debate, by standing up to the media and telling them to back off…and he will win this debate and show the media that they made an error by giving Newt the boost they so desperately did not want to do.
Now if only the rest had Newt’s backbone…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

When Newt executed this beautiful smackdown, it was like an 80 yard touchdown during overtime at the superbowl. My wife and I have never yelled like that during a political debate, she almost fell off her treadmill.
This isn’t the first time Newt has taken the media to task and I doubt it will be the last. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the nominees.
The only person that will be able to beat BHO, is the one that will go toe-to-toe with his media pac.

Yep, Newt won it in the first 5 minutes and he will now go on to win SC.

Norky on January 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Given that some males will always be alley-cats .. can any of the ladies in this forum please explain ? :

How is it that some women are all hunky-dory with being ‘the other woman‘ – - and then go all OMG! WTF!! when their tom-cat beau moves on to yet ANOTHER other woman ?

( .. and then peddle their ‘poor me’ story to the MSM, of course.)

/meow
/.

CaveatEmpty on January 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

King was booed by the audience as well. Folks like Michael Medved have called such behavior racist, so I’m sure he’s going to give Newt and the racist SC crowd a piece of his mind on his show today.

I cannot stand Medved! I really do not know why he even calls himself conservative. He is a RINO’s RINO.

jistincase on January 20, 2012 at 9:04 AM

AP – Unusually I agree with you on this. I would like to add though, if the moderator is going to waste everybody’s time with the media gotcha point at the start of a debate (which, even if answered would add nothing and denigrate the process) than one like Newt can reasonably be expected to use that wasted time profitably to verbally destroy the questioner. Where does it say that ALL questions must be respected and the candidate must roll over for all implied insults?

Old Country Boy on January 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

How is it that some women are all hunky-dory with being ‘the other woman‘ – – and then go all OMG! WTF!! when their tom-cat beau moves on to yet ANOTHER other woman ?

( .. and then peddle their ‘poor me’ story to the MSM, of course.)

/meow
/.

CaveatEmpty on January 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Thread winner!!!!

jistincase on January 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Gingrich, Palin & Perry are set to embark on the “Standing Ovation for Philandering Pigs” tour of the south.

JA on January 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Are you saying that Palin and Perry are philandering pigs? If so, you are a real piece of lying s..t!

Old Country Boy on January 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

What does his ex wife have to do with being President?

Newt broke his vow with his first wife.

He cheated on his second wife, again breaking his vow to cheat with what would become his third wife.

Spare me the condescending stuff about Jesus not being on the ballot. A man who lashes out at conservative philosophy (Paul Ryan’s plan, Romney’s legitimate work experience) and who can’t keep his vows should raise questions.

shinty on January 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

And once again, the kids, and now grand kids, have to live through this and be forced to take sides, opening the wound once again, all for a few points of ratings…destroy a family.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I agree with you to a point BUT Newt had to know this was coming. Even before he announced his candidacy, should he not have ascertained what his ex was going to do before she went into vindictive whore mode?

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Imagine for a moment that EVERY candidate up there has the same past as NEWT …
Who has your vote, and why ?

pambi on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Not some kind of Gingrich coup, just a bombastic method not to have to talk about it. Gingrich ethically damaged man. Will no longer consider voting for him under any circumstances.

jeanie on January 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

“When it comes to my sexual deviance, inability to keep basic promises to my spouse, and my abuse of the employer / employee relationship – the science is settled.

– Newt, channeling his AGW stance with Nan-Nan

mikec3 on January 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Imagine for a moment that EVERY candidate up there has the same past as NEWT …
Who has your vote, and why ?

pambi on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

By the same past as Newt, do you mean -

- Helping derail the Tea Party movement with a selfish attack on the Ryan plan?

- Broke his vows and cheated on 2 wives (that we know of)?

- Cuddling with Pelosi?

- Trashing capitalism and dissing Romney’s legitimate business record?

Sure, Gingrich (and Santorum) played an important role in the conservative congress… in the 1990′s.

The reality is, of course, no one has the same past as Newt. Only Newt has it, and only he should have to live with it.

shinty on January 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Watched Newt’s remarks to CNN/Moderator – THAT WAS AWESOME! HUAH! Prolonged standing ovation for the ‘newspaper smack on the nose’ rebuke of CNN and ABC as well! OUTSTANDING!

During the Clinton scandal the media, especially CNN, was doing everything they could to make excuses, to minimize the scandal, to tell us his personal life was none of our business, and make it go away. According to them, any mention of the scandal and the scandal itself was a GOP ‘hit’. Now ABC, CNN, and the media has attempted this ‘despicable’ tactic…and was properly HAMMERED for it! LOL! Lovin’ it!

easyt65 on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

This is why I like Newt. He wouldn’t even need a press secretary. John King looked like he wanted to crawl under a rock.

Tomolena1 on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This topic will become Gingriches ‘Bain’ debate I suspect. He can try to act affronted all he wants but it’s not going away. The man has too much baggage smoldering from his checkered past and it adds up to poor choice to be prez.

jeanie on January 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

shinty on January 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Doesn’t change my question.

pambi on January 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

You guys missed Newt’s greatest offense of the evening….he called John King…GASP…BY HIS FIRST NAME!!!!

“John, it was repeated by your network. You chose to start the debate with it. Don’t try to blame somebody else. You and your staff chose to start this debate with that.”

xblade on January 20, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Well, as you know John is English for Juan, so it is obviously racist.

Darksean on January 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Doesn’t change my question.

pambi on January 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

‘the same past as Newt’… Do you mean the same serial adultery? Well, if every candidate tried to brush off their history of serial adultery by saying, as Newt does, “that’s ancient history!”, then none of the candidates could mention the “ancient history” of Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Rezko, or any of the other features of Obama’s history. So that might affect the campaign.

Or, by ‘the same past as Newt’ do you also include – a loose canon sabotaging the tea party movement (as Newt did with his unfounded criticism of Ryan’s plan), championing global warming and championing a federal health care mandate?

Is your question restricted to Newt’s serial adultery or are his last decade of crazy, attention seeking policy endorsements also to be considered?

shinty on January 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

AP misses a very simple point, I think. Before Newt beat that guy down on his own network, it was not a Republican debate, but rather just another Dem “moderated” little play using Repub actors to dance to the media’s pro-Obama tune. The second Newt smacked King, his staff, his network, and their Dem media colleagues in their collective chops, it turned into a Republican debate.

For that, yes, Newt “wins.”

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

YES, Newt wins for that. Newt eviscerated a liberal in a very level headed way. AP does not understand being in the position of having the entire weight of the LIBERAL media drawing their guns on him. Newt labelled the liberal king and his liberal co-conspirators in a very calm manner that mittens is unable or unwilling to do. What other repub has had the guts to do that other than bibi netanyahu against owebamster?

Dr. Demento on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

HUAH!

THIS! 2nd Infantry, HUAH! in response.

Dr. Demento on January 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Imagine for a moment that EVERY candidate up there has the same past as NEWT …
Who has your vote, and why ?

pambi on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I’ll play along:

Newt would win my votes hands down. Why?

1. Rick Santorum – since his entire reason for running is his social con credit, this would kill his campaign and he would have the decency to quit.

2. Mitt Romney – since he is already susceptible to anti-Mormon bigotry, proposing an “open marriage” to his wife would smack too much of polygamy and he’d have been dead before Iowa.

3. Ron Paul – I don’t smoke dope.

So, since I’m an anyone but Obama voter, I’d have to hold my nose and vote Newt, warts (likely genital) and all. He’s the only candidate with an ego grotesque enough to think this is not a disqualifier, so if everyone was as much of a slime in their personal lives as Newt he’d win by default.

There! Is that the answer you were looking for?

mikec3 on January 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

To show how well the media gets their indoctrination across to all the stupid voters and commenters out there – look on this thread. How many ignorant (stupid) commenters still think the Clinton thing was about “sex” and not about lying to a grand jury. You American voters deserve what you are going to get.

Old Country Boy on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Remember when righteous indignation required the indignant to be righteous? Yeah. Those were good times.

Well said.

Allahpundit on January 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM

No one is righteous in 2012 so I suppose indignation has lost its place in this election.

disa on January 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

An intellectually dishonest appraisal from Allahpundit.

Of course Newt did magnificently in the debate, as is usually the case. He clearly won it, and yes, did so in the first five minutes.

Reggie1971 on January 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This topic will become Gingriches ‘Bain’ debate I suspect. He can try to act affronted all he wants but it’s not going away. The man has too much baggage smoldering from his checkered past and it adds up to poor choice to be prez.

jeanie on January 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Democratic voter here. I don’t think anyone cares about these issues as much as people like to state. Everyone knows of his marital problems but at the end of day we’re electing a president, not Jesus. Still won’t vote for him though but objectively speaking if he becomes a nominee, the people who are likely to vote for him aren’t going to be voting for Obama because of extra marital affairs. We all know that, so its a non-issue really if he gets the nomination.

As far as this incident my sympathy is with Gingrich. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on, its insulting to the intelligence of the American audience to open a debate with this issue and in this fashion as if Americans feel this is the number one priority Americans are concerned with. It was disgusting.

I don’t watch CNN for this very reason because their prioritizing of what is important as far as reporting the news and issues has gone so far down over the past 5-10 years that its embarrassing.

Realclearblue on January 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

NEWT

Metro on January 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM

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