Romney advisor John Sununu to Gingrich: How about releasing those ethics documents?

posted at 6:35 pm on January 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

An exclusive for Larry O’Connor and Breitbart TV. This is the talking point du jour from Team Romney, a heavy-handed attempt to shift attention from Mitt’s tax returns to Newt’s character and electability. (Go figure that they’re pushing this at the same time stories about his ex-wife are in the news.) If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars of Gingrich’s ethics reprimand, this NBC piece will fill you in. The ethics report itself is publicly available, but Team Mitt cares less about what’s in it than making Gingrich look shady for not releasing the background materials. Romney himself pushed for full disclosure at an appearance today with Nikki Haley, taking care (as all primary candidates do) to point to what Democrats might do with the information down the road as a reason for why we need damaging info on his opponent right now. (Sununu refers explicitly to an “October surprise.”) Although, in fairness, Pelosi — who was part of the ethics committee that looked into Gingrich’s ethics problem — has dropped hints about “conversations” she might be willing to have later about the investigation, unethical though that may be. Said Romney’s top advisor of the allegedly one million pages of background material that Newt hasn’t released, “It’s like a ticking time bomb, the ultimate oppo file.”

Newt’s response to Mitt? Bombs away:

He doesn’t release anything, he doesn’t answer anything, and he’s even confused about whether or not he will ever release anything and then he decides to pick a fight over releasing something?

He could have, today, released his tax records so the voters of South Carolina could discover something.

Hs father, by the way, released them a year before the election and released 12 years. His father didn’t stand around going “gee maybe I will, maybe I won’t.’ I think it’s really very confusing , because after, come on give me a break.

I refuse to take seriously any request from the Romney campaign to disclose anything, because they clear do not disclose anything on any level that involves him.

One problem for Romney that Gingrich doesn’t have is that even some of the big names on his own side think he should release his tax returns. Chris Christie, a potential VP, said so a few days ago; today Bob McDonnell, another potential VP, agreed. Even Scott Brown, who wouldn’t be a senator today without Romney’s help, is calling on him to disclose in order to deny Elizabeth Warren an easy class-warfare talking point. I find it hard to believe the ethics report doesn’t contain most of the damaging stuff Democrats learned about Gingrich at the time; they were looking to publicly embarrass the sitting Speaker, so what incentive did they have to bury the juicy stuff? But like I say, pressing Newt on this isn’t really about getting him to turn over mysterious documents. It’s simply an excuse to remind people of his ethics reprimand at a moment when Romney’s desperate for voters to think he’s the only electable candidate in the field.


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Don’t count on it, Sununu called Israel’s mistaken identity bombing of the USS Liberty, “Vicious and Unprovoked”.

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Thanks for the link. I didn’t know that background.

INC on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Buy Danish: excellent post.

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

It must be pretty annoying that we all can voice an opinion ..:)

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Apparently Mittbots hate it when somebody voices a different opinion, hence the push to tell them to sit down and shut up.

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Translation: “I can’t believe their are dumb hicks out there who still oppose the coronation of Mitt Romney. Were we to shut them up, things would go off without a hitch. After all, why would anybody else ever compare to the greatness that is Mitt Romney?”

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Arrgghhh you beat me to it!! (Man, people are quick around here!)

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I am not voting for Gingrich. Period.

ConservativeLaw on January 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Let’s not forget that Republican presidents gave us to the SCOTUS:
John Paul Stevens- the “electable” Gerald Ford
David Souter – Bush Sr.

If only Republican presidents had nominated right, WE WOULD have a 7-2 advantage on the SCOTUS. Why is it ONLY Republican nominated judges move to the LEFT? And Never any Democrat appointed Judges move to the RIGHT?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Sure, When Bain and Romney release the internal notes from when they threw thousands of hard working Americans out on to the street so the a few fat cats could take home millions…when do we see those docs?

georgealbert on January 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, it was the reason I was thinking about sitting out this cycle if Romney won. The only reason i would vote for him in the general election would be to prevent Obama from appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court but apparently I can’t even trust Romney to do that.
eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Let’s not forget that Republican presidents gave us to the SCOTUS:
John Paul Stevens- the “electable” Gerald Ford
David Souter – Bush Sr.

If only Republican presidents had nominated right, WE WOULD have a 7-2 advantage on the SCOTUS. Why is it ONLY Republican nominated judges move to the LEFT? And Never any Democrat appointed Judges move to the RIGHT?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Sure, When Bain and Romney release the internal notes from when they threw thousands of hard working Americans out on to the street so the a few fat cats could take home millions…when do we see those docs?

georgealbert on January 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Keeping warm down there in your Zucotti Park tent parroting those liberal talking points? Obama must be so proud of you.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

John Sunnunu, the guy who brought us Justice Souter, is questioning Newts Conservatism???

Bwaa haaa haaa haaaaa!

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

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Yes, and dont forget Sunnunu is also the guy that was with Bush 41 when he caved on raising taxes, and he was mad at Newt because Newt could not go along with the new taxes.

Sununu is another reason to question the character of Romney

georgealbert on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

This is embarrassing to Romney.

http://ethics.house.gov/committee-report/matter-representative-newt-gingrich

Nobody need to “release” anything.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Interestingly, if one wonders over the the ethics committees website, I think you Mr. Sununu will find what you seek. Now about those tax returns?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Provide the evidence or Shut up.

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

How about this for starters.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

There is no doubt that the NY/DC beltway elite who enjoy being invited to tony cocktail parties are going to do everything in their power to nominate the status quo, and that’s the former, ONE TERM, governor of Massachusetts. The designer of Obamacare, and the former employer of John Holdren and Douglas Foy, two climate gurus now working for The One. But you see, that is to be expected because a) they make more money than you b) hang around with all the right people at all the right places c) have numerous letters behind their names (Ph.D., B/S) and most of all d) they, by their mere existance are much smarter than you. And they want the candidate that will least rock the boat and will continue to think they have opinions worth listening to.

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

P. Rick Sununu, shouldn’t you be going to a stamp convention on a government owned plane. If not for your idiocy Roe v. Wade would be gone – think Souter in Casey decision – and we wouldn’t have the “wise Latina” leering over us with her indecipherable opinions.

Smedley on January 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Maybe Mittens can explain how being a Mormon is not like being a Christian but in public they like to pretend it is.

multiuseless on January 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

John Sununu.

The guy I think of when I think of “edgy” Northeastern Liberal Republican junket artist.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Maybe Mittens can explain how being a Mormon is not like being a Christian but in public they like to pretend it is.

multiuseless on January 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

First real statement I have read on this site in a long time

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Religious bigotry is not welcome,

multiuseless.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

It’s becoming very clear to me that Sununu has a some kind of personal vendetta against Newt Gingrich.

lea on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

That is because Newt did not support Bush I when he raised taxes and thus broke his “read my lips” pledge. Who was the author of that tax raising plan…..John Sununu. Sununu felt Newt should have backed up Bush I by supporting raising taxes, but Newt could not do it, he could support raising taxes on Americans. Thus Sununu and many former Bush suck ups are still angry at Newt and want revenge.

Basically Romney is surrounded by former Bush people….

William Eaton on January 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Were it not for these asinine debates, Mitt would win tomorrow. All these ridiculous debates have done is give underfunded Romney opponents a chance to make Axelrod’s life easier this fall. Presidential elections are won based on money, organization, leadership, discipline, and execution…

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I’m certain you’re not suggesting that Romney has this nomination bought and paid for, and so by rights it ought to be his. However, disturbingly absent from your list of what wins elections are personal conviction, conservative principles and positions on the issues.

Of course there’s lots of argument on these threads that neither Romney nor Gringrich are perfect exemplars of these.

That’s what the debates are for, to sharpen and clarify what really matters to these candidates. My prediction: if Gingrich wins SC– wins it handily– and Santorum follows him to Florida, there will be debates. And Romney will be in them.

de rigueur on January 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Princess nanci has already said she can’t wait to talk about newt and she knows all about the charges. Just wait until they are leaked! Obama has done it before to get rid of competition!
The tea party talks about ethics and character and look who we are getting behind?
Are we all nuts!

Bambi on January 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Is this really the new pissing contest (excuse my language)? Lame, lame, and more lame.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I’ve got no major issues with Romney.

However, I do have many major issues with this Sununu dude.

He’s a hack, basically, and has been irritating many folks here in NH for decades. My Dad worked for the State back in the 1980s and 90s, and hated him, even though Pop was a staunch Republican and they were both Engineers (not the train kind).

As for the Souter thing, that’s not entirely all his fault, Warren Rudman also deserves a batch of the blame for that.

Ironically, Sununu is the second former White House Chief of Staff from the Granite State to have to resign in disgrace; Old NH Coot Sherm Adams (Ike) got canned for a Vicuna Coat, while Sununu was busted for using government helicopters to fly on personal business (going to coin shows, as I recall). Ironically, Pappy Bush canned him on the recommendation of his son Dubyah.

Sherm Adams had been a former New Hampshire Governor too; and while I doubt Sununu will be remembered much after he leaves us, Sherm’s legacy lives on here in NH permanently-the little ski area he started in the 1960s (Loon Mountain) is now a World-Class resort, and the summit building on Mt. Washington is named for him.

Sununu can only wish LOL.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Provide the evidence or Shut up.
portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Asked and answered.

It must be pretty annoying that we all can voice an opinion ..:)
idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

It’s the hypocrisy, stupid. That’s what I find “annoying”. The fact that you (and I!) “can” voice an opinion is something I celebrate.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Thus Sununu and many former Bush suck ups are still angry at Newt and want revenge.

Basically Romney is surrounded by former Bush people….

William Eaton on January 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

See my 7:41 post…Pappy Bush fired Sununu on the recommendation of his kid Dubyah. Still some bad blood there.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

And may I say, Cavuto rocks.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

That is because Newt did not support Bush I when he raised taxes and thus broke his “read my lips” pledge.

Wrong. Newt initially signed on to the deal, then reneged at the last minute so he could grand stand the tax issue. The Republicans were so weakened when the first deal went down in flames that they had to concede much of what they had gained to get a bill passed. The first bill increased some excise, mainly fuel, taxes. The bill that eventually passed included more excise taxes and an increase in the top income tax rate. It was that increase on the top rate that was used against Bush and helped cost him the election.

Typical Gingrich. Talking out of two sides of his mouth; pompous grandstanding on issues to make himself look good; a worse deal in the end; fellow Republicans taking the fall. Can’t wait for his administration.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Eva, you are misunderstanding my words. My wife is from SC and we have loads of friends and relatives there – and I have no idea how they are voting tomorrow.

The only point I am making is that as the frontrunner, Mitt has ceeded an important advantage by allowing Gingrich a platform in which he has shined, especially in a deep Red State. That is a credit to Gingrich, but the frontrunner, whom I support, is going to pull the plug on this free media for Newt.

Just as Nixon should never have agreed to so many debates with Kennedy.

I meant no offense. Just analyzing relative strengths and weaknesses relative to the candidate whom I support, Mitt Romney.

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

It’s the hypocrisy, stupid. That’s what I find “annoying”. The fact that you (and I!) “can” voice an opinion is something I celebrate.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

You’re just shilling for Romney. In my humble opinion..:)

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Buy Danish: excellent post.
matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Thank you!

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You’re just shilling for Romney. In my humble opinion..:)
idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I don’t “shill” for anyone. Do you even know what the word means?

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM

This is embarrassing to Romney.

http://ethics.house.gov/committee-report/matter-representative-newt-gingrich

Nobody need to “release” anything.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Yeah, Romney and his staff don’t even know how to use Google.

tetriskid on January 20, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Asked and answered.

That’s not evidence, or Proof.

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Interestingly, if one wonders over the the ethics committees website, I think you Mr. Sununu will find what you seek. Now about those tax returns?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Are you skimming today, or just tired?

As Allah very clearly notes, Sununu/Romney are calling for the unreleased background material that formed the basis for the actual reports. Supposedly, there is a lot of it:

Said Romney’s top advisor of the allegedly one million pages of background material that Newt hasn’t released, “It’s like a ticking time bomb, the ultimate oppo file.”

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I don’t “shill” for anyone. Do you even know what the word means?

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM

A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or she is secretly working for.

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Apparently Mittbots hate it when somebody voices a different opinion, hence the push to tell them to sit down and shut up.
eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Who has done that? Unless they make a false allegation with not a scintilla of evidence to back up their b.s.? Like tetriskid^^^^ did this morning, blaming Mitt for the fake CNN email?

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Let’s not forget that Republican presidents gave us to the SCOTUS:
John Paul Stevens- the “electable” Gerald Ford
David Souter – Bush Sr.

If only Republican presidents had nominated right, WE WOULD have a 7-2 advantage on the SCOTUS. Why is it ONLY Republican nominated judges move to the LEFT? And Never any Democrat appointed Judges move to the RIGHT?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

And you know Romney will do it again. He’ll give us another leftist in place of either Kennedy or one of the con 4.

KirknBurker on January 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Are you skimming today, or just tired?

As Allah very clearly notes, Sununu/Romney are calling for the unreleased background material that formed the basis for the actual reports. Supposedly, there is a lot of it:

Yeah, you and Sunono can sit on it.

As an attorney, I would not allow a bunch of raw BULLSH!T that went into an official finding EVER into the public domain, MOSTLY because a lot of it is apocryphal crap.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or she is secretly working for.
idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I know what a shill is- I don’t need the definition! That does not describe me at all. Try finding some new words in the Thesaurus.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 8:02 PM

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Mitt was a political loser before these numerous debates.

KirknBurker on January 20, 2012 at 8:02 PM

A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or she is secretly working for.

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Kind of like what you always did for Palin? Stooge is a good name for you.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Yeah, you and Sunono can sit on it.

As an attorney, I would not allow a bunch of raw BULLSH!T that went into an official finding EVER into the public domain, MOSTLY because a lot of it is apocryphal crap.

As a client, I would never hire an attorney who can’t spell, and who uses ALL CAPS to make his point.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Kind of like what you always did for Palin? Stooge is a good name for you.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Pot meet kettle….LOL

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Well, I am known for speaking emphatically, Mr. Arkadin.

I doubt I would consider representing you.

Prigs who b!tch about spelling on a blog are WAY too tiresome. I have found they are almost always idiots.

(OMG…I used some caps…I am DOOOOOOOMED).

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Keeping warm down there in your Zucotti Park tent parroting those liberal talking points? Obama must be so proud of you.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Those who want to destroy our way of life thank you. Those things beyond criticism are bound to fail.

astonerii on January 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

But like I say, pressing Newt on this isn’t really about getting him to turn over mysterious documents.

My understanding is that those documents are sealed, and not Newt’s to disclose.

Isn’t that why Pelosi crawfished so quickly after threatening to release the dirt from those hearings? That there were criminal penalties for unauthorized release?

The results of the investigation are already public.

iurockhead on January 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

As it turned out, one of the few people on the Republican team who understood this trap was Congressman Newt Gingrich. After the deal was reached, and the congressional leadership gathered in the Cabinet Room before going to the Rose Garden for the formal announcement, the president asked if everyone in the room was going to support the agreement. There were no voices of dissent. But when the group got up to leave for the Rose Garden, Congressman Gingrich went another direction and did not stay for the ceremony. Newt had earlier recommended a different course of action: Abandon the budget negotiations, keep the tax pledge, insist that Congress cut spending, and make a political fight out of it. It’s clear now that we should have followed his advice.

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/12/gingrich-romney-surrogate-still-mad-i-wouldnt-back-bush-tax-hike-deal-in-1990/

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

For all this releasing talk how about Scumnunu ask the Bartard in the white house to release a lot of his history? Geez does the Republitard party even have any idea who they are running against or are they just going to roll over and help scumbag Obama get elected again?

bbinfl on January 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

And this is from Wiki which I know can be shaky

Some of the most enraged over the change in policy were other Republicans, including House Whip Newt Gingrich, the Senate leadership, and Vice President Dan Quayle. They felt Bush had destroyed the Republicans’ most potent election plank for years to come. That the Republican leadership was not consulted before Bush made the deal also angered them. This perceived betrayal quickly led to a bitter feud within the Republican Party. When Sununu called Gingrich with the news, Gingrich hung up on him in anger. When Senator Trent Lott questioned the reversal, Sununu told the press that “Trent Lott has become an insignificant figure in this process.”[citation needed] Republican National Committee co-chair Ed Rollins, who issued a memo instructing Republican congress members to distance themselves from the president if they wished to be re-elected, was fired from his position.[12] Many also felt that, while perhaps necessary, the reneging was badly handled. Bush’s statement on the issue was simply posted on the notice board in the press room. There was no attempt to sell or defend the reversal. It was also very sudden; there was no attempt to slowly convince the American people of the perceived necessity of raising taxes. No figures with influence on the conservative base were recruited to endorse and try and sell the about-face.[citation needed]

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Seems to me the anti-Mormon rhetoric is heating up. Am I wrong or do others see that, as well?

sleepingiantsup on January 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

sleepingiantsup, naw.

There have been religious bigots in the U.S. throughout our history.

Ragspierre on January 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Seems to me the anti-Mormon rhetoric is heating up. Am I wrong or do others see that, as well?

sleepingiantsup on January 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Really? When all else fails the old race/gender/religion or whatever card? That’s mighty Democrat of you.

bbinfl on January 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Kind of like what you always did for Palin? Stooge is a good name for you.
JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Nah. I doubt Palin would waste money hiring idesign.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Kind of like what you always did for Palin? Stooge is a good name for you.
JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Nah. I doubt Palin would waste money hiring idesign.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Looks like I have a fan club…LOL

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Really? When all else fails the old race/gender/religion or whatever card? That’s mighty Democrat of you.

bbinfl on January 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

You read me wrong – complete opposite of my position. But it’s Friday and I haven’t got time for the pain…

sleepingiantsup on January 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

You provide some good information, and I agree that Sununu’s take on the budget deal is not the only one. But it is a simple fact that Newt’s grandstanding, or ploy, or principled stand, or whatever you want to call it failed. The final budget deal was significantly worse than the one Newt defeated, and helped lead to the election of Bill Clinton. He didn’t accomplish a damned thing for the Republicans or for True Conservatism. He just made Newt Gingrich look good for a couple of news cycles.

It’s like the Gingrich/Clinton balanced budget Newt’s always touting. The size of government did not decrease during this period, it increased. The debt was not paired down. While the public debt decreased, intra-governmental debt increased. In short, they used Social Security surpluses to paper over the deficit. We are paying for that bad deal now.

Newt is not the one, never has been, never will be.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Looks like I have a fan club…LOL
idesign on January 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Whatever rocks your boat. One thing for certian: No one pays people to write comments which consist of “LOL” with a smiley face. Therefore, it’s very likely you’re not a “shill”. At the same time, it’s beyond a reasonable doubt you’re a “schlemiel”.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

You read me wrong – complete opposite of my position. But it’s Friday and I haven’t got time for the pain…

sleepingiantsup on January 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

If so then my mistake but I think you can see my point that it just gets old seeing people use those items as a crutch when they use them.

bbinfl on January 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Newt is not the one, never has been, never will be.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

He may not be, the people will decide. No size of government did not decrease, it stayed level which was pretty much that status quo until W got in and then The Won blew it almost off the charts. Newt is no without accomplishments and just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean that they should be distorted. I have no dog in this fight, I find all of the candidates wanting. Painfully wanting.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

He may not be, the people will decide. No, the size of government did not decrease, it stayed level which was pretty much that the status quo until W got in and then The Won blew it almost off the charts. Newt is nonot without accomplishments and just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean that they should be distorted. I have no dog in this fight, I find all of the candidates wanting. Painfully wanting.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Let’s not forget that Republican presidents gave us to the SCOTUS:
John Paul Stevens- the “electable” Gerald Ford
David Souter – Bush Sr.

If only Republican presidents had nominated right, WE WOULD have a 7-2 advantage on the SCOTUS. Why is it ONLY Republican nominated judges move to the LEFT? And Never any Democrat appointed Judges move to the RIGHT?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Wait there’s more—Eisenhower: Earl Warren, Nixon: Harry Roe Blackmun.
Your question is one that has always puzzled me. Do any dem children—Kennedy for example turn out to be evil conservative black sheep?

arnold ziffel on January 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

and Bush2 street fighter that he is, tried to give us Harriet WTF Meirs.

arnold ziffel on January 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Thank you for your posts, Cindy!

kakypat on January 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

kakypat on January 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You’re welcome.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

He may not be, the people will decide.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I’m sorry, Cindy, but that is not how it works. A democracy is not transformative, and the popular will cannot make a man better than he is. Yes, flawed men often make great leaders, and good men fail. Sometimes a mediocrity can rise to greatness, and a genius can end up in the gutter. But what makes a man is hidden in the recesses of his soul, not in the best wishes of a multitude. The people decided that Obama was the One, and look what we got.

I can’t see inside Newt’s soul. But I know this. Newt has had his time, his moment, and his accomplishments. He brought the Republican party out of the desert after 40 years. Then he collapsed, so completely that his own people turned on him and cast him out. Were they wrong? Perhaps. But I don’t think so.

To give Newt’s ego its due, he is far more like Moses than Perry ever could be. And like Moses, he will not be allowed to enter the Promised Land, because he is a flawed man.

Ironically, I do believe that Newt still has the chance for true redemption and greatness, if only he can out of the way of his own raging ambition.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I find Newt to be erratic and it doesn’t fit my personality so I have misgivings. All of our candidates are flawed, they are only human. You don’t think the other candidates have their own raging ambition? I don’t want to do a tit for tat but the only thing I can say about any of these candidates is that they will better than Obama.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Isn’t it public record?

stenwin77 on January 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

stenwin77 on January 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I don’t think it is. Remember when Nancy Pelosi hinted that she had lots to tell and then had to walk it back. You know Congress, transparency for thee but not for me. I’m sure it will leak out anyway although I believe the IRS later determined that there was no wrong doing.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM

How about we demand Newt turn over the records of his 527 and his involvement in influencing legislation regarding Freddie Mac, the prescription drug program and energy subsidies?

fight like a girl on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Snununu Sucks.

Mimzey on January 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM

mr.sununu please release all communications pertaining to your mutiny against the elected leader of the NH republican party, Jack Kimball. arm-twisting of donors to withhold donations until he was gone, then blaming him for the lack of donations and using that as an excuse to remove him…is just dirty.

also if I remember right didn’t sununu have a problem with abuse of military transports? I think that bill is WAY overdue. time to pay up.

warhorse_03826 on January 21, 2012 at 2:21 AM

“Nancy Pelosi has the full record of that ethics investigation. You know it’s going to get out before the general election.”

OK… has John Sununu or any of these other RINO’s ever demanded an investigation of Nancy Pelosi… or of Obama for that matter?

Democrats walk around dripping corruption all over the floor and people like McCain and Boehner do little or nothing. Yeah… whenever it comes to investigating a Democrat over serious ethics violations RINO’s will always look the other way “for the good of the country.” Oh.. but when a conservative gets accused of something by corrupt Dems… oh my gosh.. throw them under the bus like lightening … RINO’s move like they’re God’s fire shooting from heaven!

JellyToast on January 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I would like to point out and I may be wrong but aren’t all those supposed documents under congressional seal? Even if Newt wanted to release them there is no way that he could do it and I wouldn’t do it anyway. Most all the people that support Newt have already factored in his past and are willing to let it go for the fact that he at least has the stones to stand up to those that would stand in the way of getting something done. The fact is that people do not trust Mitt and that is never going to go away. If he were to make it to the white house he would be another one term president. He is nothing more than a whishy washy Charlie Brown. I want someone who is at least willing to throw a few punches than someone who is just going to rope a dope.

If Mitt were so trustworthy and electable like all the talking heads and insiders are saying then this whole thing should have been over from the beginning but it isn’t and until he can do that this will continue until there is only one left standing and then we need to get behind that person. I will not vote for Mitt in any primary but would in a general if he makes it and everyone should say the same about any of the others or you might want to see if Mayflower has service to New Zealand.

jistincase on January 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

jistincase on January 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Newt says there are 900 pages on it available at his website, but I agree I don’t think they are from the Congressional Ethics hearings. I think instead that they are from the sources that exonerated him later. No one is going to read 900 pages.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It has probably already been pointed out, but …
Coming from the moron who personally vouched for Souter re: The Supremes …
Who cares what a Sununu thinks about anything?

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

If Newt comes on strong and maintains any kind of delegate count the RINOs will release the ethics committee report. Count on it! The difference between the RINOs and the Demorats is about the same as Ob ama and Jeremiah Wright. That’s what this election is about. Change or status quo. Romney is a Wall Street made man and his buddies are there and in the banking system. Do any of you really think he will change one single thing in our favor? The RINOs would have gone to the level of the Demorats or below to keep Sarah Palin from running. They DO NOT WANT CHANGE! They are getting all they can now from Obama and they expect the same form Romney. They are the elite don’t you see?

inspectorudy on January 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

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