Gingrich: Romney’s lying about my ethics case

posted at 12:10 pm on January 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Reports from the campaign trail today indicate that Newt Gingrich is angrier today on the stump than at any time in this cycle.  One reporter on Twitter said Gingrich went on an extended rant against Mitt Romney before starting his stump speech at a Florida morning venue.  At least part of that anger comes from Romney’s attack on Gingrich over his ethics case in the mid-1990s as Speaker, as Gingrich explained to Sean Hannity last night (via Greg Hengler):

Greg also finds a CNN report from 1999 noting Gingrich’s complete vindication on the ethics charges by the IRS:

How exactly is Romney attacking Gingrich on this point? A bit passive-aggressively. Romney’s not actually claiming that Gingrich was guilty of the ethics charges, but he keeps demanding that Gingrich release the “full findings” of the investigation, as he did Monday:

Romney has also called on Gingrich to release the findings from an ethics probe that led the House to reprimand Gingrich and fine him $300,000 for improperly financing two projects and misleading the ethics committee, the first time a speaker was convicted of ethics violations.

“Of course he should,” release the full findings of the investigation, Romney told reporters on Friday, adding that “You know it’s going to get out before the general election.”

However, the person who led the probe says that all of the relevant material has already been released:

Romney’s request, however, would require the current Ethics Committee to vote to release any remaining supporting documents that were not part of the public report that came out in January 1997. According to Johnson, those documents would not include any additional material relevant to what is already online at the committee’s Web site. She added that the eight-member panel had an extensive amount of time to question Gingrich about any matter.

“The committee members had the freedom to question the witness as long as they had any unanswered questions,” Johnson said Monday.

It’s pretty lengthy, and it’s in image-scan format rather than text format, which makes it impossible to cut and paste material, but the report is most certainly there.  Given the IRS’ exoneration, it’s pretty difficult to understand what else Romney needs to see, and it looks more like a cheap shot than a real campaign issue.  Nothing’s being hidden, unless Romney wants to postulate that the IRS under Bill Clinton ignored evidence of guilt to exonerate Gingrich.  Give this one a rest already.

Update: Romney’s campaign let this ad loose in Florida yesterday

If Bill Clinton’s IRS exonerated Gingrich, why are we still talking about this? And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?


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Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

He didn’t resign as Speaker, he decided not to run again. Since everything had become about him, it was the right decision.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Here’s something I haven’t noticed anyone saying here yet. If Romney’s camp can be this vicious against Newt, imagine what they will do to Obama in the general election.

It’s may be something that p*sses you off now, but it very well could be a big asset. You know Obama will get vicious, and with only two general election debates scheduled so far, I don’t think ?Mr. Nice Guy” Newt can do it. Someone who also not afraid to get dirty may be what is needed.

Pcoop on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

thanks, is that all you have ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Here is another one for you if KJ’s first link wasn’t sufficient.

Keep in mind this is a completely separate instance so this is at least twice now that he has said this.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Gingrich says the affairs make hims “more normal” than the other candidates. Right…….

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Only if one considers Bill Clinton “normal”

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Gingrich says the affairs make hims “more normal” than the other candidates. Right…….

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Apparently my parents who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year are abnormal then.

ConservativePartyNow on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Then why did you resign Mr. Speaker?
Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The resignation came later but this was part of it:

Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 elections—the worst midterm performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the presidency. Polls showed that the attempt to remove President Clinton from office, by Gingrich and the Republican Party, was deeply unpopular among voters

Gingrich pushed attacks on the Clinton Lewinsky affair (not just the perjury/lying as Newt claims). The hypocrisy of his having carried on a 6 year affair with young aide Callista Bisek while going after Clinton/Lewinsky was a further embarrassment to the GOP.

House Members also complained about his gawdawful management/leadership style – where he would change the agenda on an hourly basis. He’s a great idea man, but a terrible executive.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Great ad.

Newt calling someone a liar is hilarious. I can count on more than 2 hands how many times he’s let whoppers fly in debates. He’s lied about his Reagen record, the amount of money from freddie, that he was an historian, about his friends coming forward to defend him.

Now, does Pelosi have dirt on him…probably. Then again, I am sure a lot of people have dirt on mitt, cause the man in pond scum.

rubberneck on January 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I can’t believe that people get so exercised over the couch.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I still think something got warmed on that couch other than the globe and that’s Nan’s secret she is threatening to reveal. Probably something do do with PE.

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

For drinks I recomend Chambord raspberry liquor with a sour of some sort. I like mountain dew myself… Margaritta is great to mix with it as well, no salt though.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Yum, Chambord. It’s great over ice cream also for a great dessert!

silvernana on January 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Newt was running a positive campaign. It was Romney that ran all of the negative ads in Iowa against Newt.

When any Candidate lies and distorts your record you have to fight back to some extent.

Romney has no problem of explaining what Newt has said. Fair play.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

“Oh mommie he started it” blah, blah, blah.

What a juvenile excuse.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I can’t believe that people get so exercised over the couch.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, he’s only palling around with Nancy Pelosi and buying into climate change hysteria. Why would anyone mind that? /

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Sort of strange that Pelosi comes out with a threat against Newt and now Romney is asking for more info? Hmmmm

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

meci on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Only if it is a duel to the death.
They both are making me sick. At least a duel would eliminate one.

ORconservative on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Newt is done. Has called that all illegals that have been here 20 years to be able to jump the line and be given “quick citizenship” over those that are going through it legally.

ConservativePartyNow on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

That is a gross mischaracterization of Gingrich’s stated position on the issue. There are certainly elements of it to disagree on, but at least be honest in your criticism.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Here’s something I haven’t noticed anyone saying here yet. If Romney’s camp can be this vicious against Newt, imagine what they will do to Obama in the general election.

Pcoop on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Oh, I fully expect no rock will be left unturned when it comes to Obama. There is plenty to go on. BTW, they will trot out Bain…Romney has unemployment in the 9′s and 8′s to work with, which is more provocative.

rubberneck on January 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

There ya go, Skippy. Reading is fun-damental.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

is that what newt supporters are resulting to ? yelling at the computer screen ? sad

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Only if one considers Bill Clinton “normal”

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Clinton was a rapist…big difference between rape and infidelity.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

He didn’t resign as Speaker, he decided not to run again. Since everything had become about him, it was the right decision.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I believe Newt was elected to his 11th term on Nov 4, 1998, and resigned as Speaker on Nov 5, 1998.

Why did he quit?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Not emphasizing a defense of Newt here but what often concerns me about Romney isn’t that he would do some things to become president but the creepy feeling that Romney might do anything to become president. Against anybody.

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I have no problem with Hot Air going after Newt. It’s circling the wagons for Romney that I find so disgusting. He’s a woefully flawed candidate, but they refuse to go after him with equal intensity.
Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Meh. That’s the usual response when anybody’s ox is being gored. Hardly a thread goes by where some outraged commenter doesn’t declare “HotAir is in the tank for (insert name of a candidate you don’t like here)!!!!!”

whatcat on January 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Clinton was a rapist…big difference between rape and infidelity.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What Clinton did wasn’t “rape” rape. Just ask one of the brain trust on The View Spew

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Jan Brewer book sales sky rocket 150,000%:

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

He’s a great idea man, but a terrible executive.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That was one of Christie’s points about Newt not having executive experience (e.g., gubernatorial executive experience)– Something many on HA have pointed to as important criteria for the Presidency when discussing anyone other than Newt.

Slainte on January 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Jan Brewer book sales sky rocket 150,000%:

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Wasn’t just about everyone buying into then? Skepticism took a while to develop. It’s not entirely unlike TARP, in the end it was bull stuff but people were too afraid to stand up to the hysteria.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Yeah, he’s only palling around with Nancy Pelosi and buying into climate change hysteria. Why would anyone mind that? /

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

how long ago was that? Everyone was buying into climate change (it was global warming then) then. GW was buying it. Everyone but Lord Monkton, Anthony Watts and James Inhofe. Who cares?

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gingrich pushed attacks on the Clinton Lewinsky affair (not just the perjury/lying as Newt claims). The hypocrisy of his having carried on a 6 year affair with young aide Callista Bisek while going after Clinton/Lewinsky was a further embarrassment to the GOP.

House Members also complained about his gawdawful management/leadership style – where he would change the agenda on an hourly basis. He’s a great idea man, but a terrible executive.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That was the way I remembered it.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If Bill Clinton’s IRS exonerated Gingrich, why are we still talking about this? And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?

“We” didn’t do it.

Romney did.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Not emphasizing a defense of Newt here but what often concerns me about Romney isn’t that he would do some things to become president but the creepy feeling that Romney might do anything to become president. Against anybody.

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Not a fan of anyone running, but Newt has certainly shown the same “anything to win” capacity. Sigh. That is probably what it takes to go up against someone as nasty as Obama. As bad as these guys are, they’re still better than him. ABO 2012.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

What Clinton did wasn’t “rape” rape. Just ask one of the brain trust on The View Spew

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I stand corrected by Whoopie and the fast food guy ;)

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, Newt. Calm down. After all, Mitt said, “The Economy’s improving.”

link ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

He said it and it was discussed on here last week. Sometimes you can’t find the link.

silvernana on January 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I hope nutty Newt explodes tonight on TV. He looked pretty shaken when he stood there dumbfounded and speechless at the last debate.
Newt the atomic windbag. I defintaely dont want him holding the football.

ObamatheMessiah on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I stand corrected by Whoopie and the fast food guy ;)

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

You want some curly fries to go with that?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Here is another one for you if KJ’s first link wasn’t sufficient.

Keep in mind this is a completely separate instance so this is at least twice now that he has said this.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

thanks, i just want to see the context, since crazy old men regurgitating hot air headlines is not always a very good source. now, there is a very good chance that unemployment may progressive decrease, due to obama team fudging the numbers and all kinds of other indicators (housing starts, factory orders whatever)will show an uptick, cause they will lie about the true numbers. the takeaway – economy may show improvement. need to be able to run against that background.

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Gingrich pushed attacks on the Clinton Lewinsky affair (not just the perjury/lying as Newt claims)….
Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Do you have a reliable source with an actual quote? I recall a big speech Gingrich gave back then where he was saying that the affair was NOT something for Congress to investigate, but I can’t find any vid or transcripts. Can you find something somewhere where Gingrich actually went after Clinton on the affair alone?

Please could someone find me vid of Gingrich actually going after Clinton for the affair alone?

Or is this just what you want to believe?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Dangit. Forgot to close the tag.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Does anyone know the exact details of this ethics charge? What the hell is it? Insider trading?
What is the infraction and what are the details?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Are you old enough to vote?

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Yep, I got some incorrect information, he did resign his seat and the speakership. Maybe since he was exonerated he should have stayed but obviously he felt that was counterproductive. Apparently his constituents still believed in him.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

You want some curly fries to go with that?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Thanks Roger but I only eat Freedom Fries.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

COINO

New term… :)

golfmann on January 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

He said it and it was discussed on here last week. Sometimes you can’t find the link.

silvernana on January 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

ok

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

thanks, i just want to see the context, since crazy old men regurgitating hot air headlines is not always a very good source. now, there is a very good chance that unemployment may progressive decrease, due to obama team fudging the numbers and all kinds of other indicators (housing starts, factory orders whatever)will show an uptick, cause they will lie about the true numbers. the takeaway – economy may show improvement. need to be able to run against that background.

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

There is zero doubt that economic numbers will be fudged to help Obama. It has been happening his entire administation. Ed routinely breaks down the deceptions. However, is ceding this to Obama the right way to go, or is calling out the fact that the numbers have been fudged? That is the question.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Does anyone know the exact details of this ethics charge? What the hell is it? Insider trading?
What is the infraction and what are the details?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

He was charged with using his college course for political gain, he was completely exonerated and vindicated by the IRS.

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Romney has proven twice that nasty works, will he do the same to Obama? I don’t think he will.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Newt must have had a reasomn for resigning, unless he’s just a quitter.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

thanks, i just want to see the context, since crazy old men regurgitating hot air headlines is not always a very good source. now, there is a very good chance that unemployment may progressive decrease, due to obama team fudging the numbers and all kinds of other indicators (housing starts, factory orders whatever)will show an uptick, cause they will lie about the true numbers. the takeaway – economy may show improvement. need to be able to run against that background.

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Excuse me, junior. You’ve led a sheltured life, if you think my earlier post was “yelling”. And as far as being a “crazy old man”? Well, if loving the fact that I was born in the greatest country on Earth and being an unabashed Christian American Conservative is crazy, then I’m crazy as He@@.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Being accused of teaching a partisan history course is some pretty damaging stuff. Especially since it wasn’t true. You Romney folks are the least bit embarrassed that those are the charges?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Yep, I got some incorrect information, he did resign his seat and the speakership. Maybe since he was exonerated he should have stayed but obviously he felt that was counterproductive. Apparently his constituents still believed in him.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If only The Won would… sigh

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

“Oh mommie he started it” blah, blah, blah.

What a juvenile excuse.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Not at all. Reagan weeps.

Romney began the R turdfest and today he crowned it with the stupidest ad from a R/C, ever.

He is now officially Romney/Flynt.

Never forget that a platinum/gold gilded turdwreath still stinks.

Newt sat on the couch with Pelosi.

Mitt went to the sewer with her, after she retreated yesterday and said that she has “nothing on Newt”.

Leaders don’t descend to such gutteral abyss.

Would Reagan ever have even contemplated such?

Romney is now officially the phantom of Obama. You and other can NOT answer this question, with one specific. Please try. I’ve asked it and no one produces

What is Mitt Romney’s “work product” for the conservative cause?

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Romney has proven twice that nasty works, will he do the same to Obama? I don’t think he will.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

why not? He seems shrewd enough to play dirty with anyone. Is it the half black thing? Is he scared of being called a racist?

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I know it is nostalgic to hope for a return to the “shining city on a hill days” but the dreck factor in the current process is getting hard to take. Agreed on the ABO though we are getting close to saying be sure to vote for our scoundrels because our scoundrels are better than theirs.

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

ok

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

It seems it’s not enough even when people provide you the link.

silvernana on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?

Why? Because Romney has every intention of going in and working with Democrats to give them whatever is on their liberal wishlist.

ButterflyDragon on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

LOL! We had a lot of fun with that on a different thread. Newt has the reputation to carry that possibility off, does she?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Bob Dole comes out against Gingrich

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Newt must have had a reasomn for resigning, unless he’s just a quitter.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

extreme public embarrassment so…yeah, he’s a quitter.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I guess will see because he’s going to be called one regardless.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Wasn’t just about everyone buying into then? Skepticism took a while to develop. It’s not entirely unlike TARP, in the end it was bull stuff but people were too afraid to stand up to the hysteria.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

how long ago was that? Everyone was buying into climate change (it was global warming then) then. GW was buying it. Everyone but Lord Monkton, Anthony Watts and James Inhofe. Who cares?

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

No, not everyone was buying into it then. We’re talking 2008…it hasn’t been that long, and skepticism was certainly alive and well then. Incidentally, as a reminder, that ad was cut as part of an Al Gore campaign on the issue.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

The Won is tickled pink, so to speak, with how things are going. Couldn’t be better if he planned it. Why would he leave?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Just viewed that Romney youtube ad that Schadenfreude posted on the Headline thread: New Romney ad: What does Pelosi know about Gingrich?

B.D. was asking how you would say “Newt is a slithering snake in Spanish”

Well, I know how to say that Romney is a slithering snake in English.

He’s living up to his reputation is all I’ve got to say.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I found video supporting my recollection at C-Span! http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/HardW

“I’m not a morals policeman…”

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

So Gov. Romney didn’t buy into and fought against it as governor?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

10)To the republican establishment, drudge, Hot air etc.. I have lost so much respect for you for selling your principle for a guy who is a punk rino who has accomplished nothing.

Danielvito on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Amen brother! I almost got to the point with mitt being the scum that he is of sitting out this nov. if he is the nom.

jsunrise on January 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I guess will see because he’s going to be called one regardless.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’ve never been so sure of anything :) The left never wanted a post racial society…that would diminish their power significantly.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

There is zero doubt that economic numbers will be fudged to help Obama. It has been happening his entire administation. Ed routinely breaks down the deceptions. However, is ceding this to Obama the right way to go, or is calling out the fact that the numbers have been fudged? That is the question.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

well , what it read like to me was that yes there are indicators that show some upward trends, and no this is in-spite of obama, who had nothing to dot with it, and who should not take credit for it. explaining the intricacies of unemployment figures, as ed does, will not fit into 30 sec soundbites. it is possible it can be done, and romney may want to consider doing this.

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Since it has been determined that both candidates have lied, why don’t we look past that and look at which candidate would actually get things done and which one would just go along to get along.

Rose on January 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

good grief, romney is such a dirtbag.

Sachiko on January 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

extreme public embarrassmenthypocrisy (the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc.,) so…yeah, he’s a quitter.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

fify :)

Newt, embarrassed???

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

BTW There is a ton of archive at c-span.org, Look for yourselves and try to find Newt moralizing about Clinton’s personal, rather than legal, behavior.

Put up or shut up, people!

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Notice how none of the Romney folks can answer the request on a single conservative cred on Romney, not a one.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Bob Dole comes out against Gingrich

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Did he say it in third person ?

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

No, not everyone was buying into it then. We’re talking 2008…it hasn’t been that long, and skepticism was certainly alive and well then. Incidentally, as a reminder, that ad was cut as part of an Al Gore campaign on the issue.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Alive and well, but a niche group and not politically expedient for anyone. Only in the last two years have skeptics leaped ahead of the warmists in public opinion.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

go away

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I’ve been asking for a list of his Conservative accomplishments all morning. There must not be any, huh?

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Why would he leave?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Kenya would crown him king?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Ed, Gingrich was not FINED. This whole thing was over political content of a college course taught by Newt Gingrich. That should be made clear. Also, that it was filed by Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard. Ben Jones was a little man who had small parts and small thoughts. He lost to Gingrich and carried a grudge. He lied his ass off and the Donks carried the water. No farging wonder I hate Donks.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Romney has proven twice that nasty works, will he do the same to Obama? I don’t think he will.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Pretty much all either he or Gingrich has to do in the fall is say “President Obama’s increasingly desperate attacks are a pathetic attempt to distract the nation from his utter failure to get people back to work or do anything else he promised to do.” A more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger approach will work best for either of them. But it’ll be a lot easier for Romney since that’s what he is already saying.

My main fear with Newt is that he has fallen for the “he’s a Kenyan anti-colonialist Alinskyite Marxist who hates America” meme in order to win over conservative activists, but that will just turn off voters in the general election.

rockmom on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

You Romney folks are the least bit embarrassed that those are the charges?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Actually, like the fact that Bill Clinton was guilty of perjury and not the sex, Newt’s problem was not the history course but the misleading Congress part that you conveniently ignore in your self-righteous hatred.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Newt, embarrassed???

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

heh. Nice to meet ya Roy, I’ve enjoyed your eats

latah y’all

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

go away

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Are you on Mom’s cellphone in the schoolyard again? Better hid it before the teacher sees it.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Did he say it in third person ?

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I don’t know. Rush Limbaugh just read the statement. Would that make it fourth person? LOL

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

If Bill Clinton’s IRS exonerated Gingrich, why are we still talking about this? And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?

Because Romney’s media consultants are not good at adapting to rapidly changing circumstances and seem unable to quickly and effectively exploit the openings Gingrich gives them. That’s the problem with a large, complicated organization of any sort: the wheels turn, but they turn slowly–too slowly for a modern political campaign, in my view.

Over the years, Gingrich has embraced any number of downright wacky policy ideas, said any number of outright foolish and flighty things. All a smart media team needs to do is edit those classic Newt moments into a single 30-second spot of Gingrich fail and folly and let Newt Gingrich do what he’s always done: be his own worst enemy.

troyriser_gopftw on January 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Why not link the video of Dan Burton defending Newt, Ed? Unlike Romney, he was actually there.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

AGREE!!

Chitown2424 on January 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The Gingrich self-destruct button has been pushed. Detonation in 5,4,3,2,…

Emotion is his biggest weakness. It has repeatedly cause Newt to do things he later regrets over the course of his entire career.

Marcus Traianus on January 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Byron York has a complete summary of Gingrich’s ethics case at the Washington Examiner. He pleaded guilty to two minor offenses, including admitting that he had provided “inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable” information to the Ethics Committee investigators. Although the so-called inaccurate information was found to be accurate after an IRS probe, why would he confess to wrongdoing if he hadn’t done anything wrong?

He caved because of the acrimonious and partisan nature of the ethics probe and he wanted the whole episode to go away, so he handed a victory to the Democrats and paid a huge fine. By the time he was exonerated, the damage was already done and he was out of office, apparently in disgrace.

This is the scrappy fighter that everyone is so enamored of? Right. He fights when he shouldn’t, and doesn’t when he should.

cheeflo on January 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Who is it I hate?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What is Mitt Romney’s “work product” for the conservative cause?

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I have no idea, I’m not supporting him. Please stop bothering me, I’m busy packing to go to the moon. I want to be a real pioneer!

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

rockmom on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I think our only hope is the rumor of $5 a gal. gas this summer.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Mitt is mosly quoting Nancy Pelosi. Newt should scream tonight at Nancy Pelosi

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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Newt: I was for her, before I was against her ?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Please stop bothering me, I’m busy packing to go to the moon. I want to be a real pioneer!

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Not bothering you at all, good one. Bon voyage! :)

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

rockmom on January 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I think Obama will paint Gov. Romney as the looter of the poor and will stop just short of dressing as Robin Hood. It’s not like the truth ever matters.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Newt: I was for her, before I was against her ?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Mitt: I joined her in the sewer and would pay for her dirt, just like Larry Flynt. True Leader!

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I think Newt supporters are slowly coming to the realization they fell for a smooth-talking con man. It is painful for them.

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’ve been asking for a list of his Conservative accomplishments all morning. There must not be any, huh?

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Even our friend csdeven runs away as soon as s/he sees the request.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I think Newt supporters are slowly coming to the realization they fell for a smooth-talking con man. It is painful for them.

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

crr6! Where have you been?

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Once again, it is the cover up, not the alleged crime, that got him in trouble. Apparently, he got into trouble with the ethics committee by misleading them about the tax issue. He might have been exonerated on the tax issue, but might still be guilty of lying to Congress. Billy Clinton got in trouble for lying under oath, not getting a hummer in the oval office…

tommylotto on January 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Is Newt still in an “open marriage”?

Calista is HOT!

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

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Weak.

I think Obama will paint Gov. Romney as the looter of the poor and will stop just short of dressing as Robin Hood. It’s not like the truth ever matters.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

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The truth has to matter to our side, and that includes the Newter.

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

If Bill Clinton’s IRS exonerated Gingrich, why are we still talking about this? And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?

Because Mitt can’t win without chopping Newt down.

For the record, Mitt is the sleaziest GOP presidential candidate I’ve seen in 40 years of watching GOP presidential politics.

I’m announcing right now that if, God forbid, Mitt’s our nominee, I won’t lift a finger to get him elected.

LFRGary on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m still voting for him in the primary but I have state consistently that our choices are underwhelming. No heroes.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

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