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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bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Obama/Romney, two perfect slithering snakes, passive-aggressive pampered narcissists, out just for their own glory, inevitable princes, monarchs of a feather. They might as well join forces.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

That’s very profound.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:33 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

The Gingrich Doomsday Clock has been moved closer to midnite accordingly

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You are not the arbiter of strength around here, nor of the truth. You Romney folks lie as the day is long.

Name one conservative cred from Romney, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I think Newt supporters are slow…..

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Hey, be nice !!

galtani on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 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

It wouldn’t matter if they respond, you wouldn’t accept it.

After all, balancing the budget must not be conservative.

Cutting a budget to get it balanced must not be conservative.

Not accepting a salary to do the job must not be conservative.

Helping Republicans get elected must not be conservative.

It is rather clear that you can not be satisfied. So why waste the time trying to do so?

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The fact that you are still mocking the moon issue shows why our country is no longer the great country it once was. There is hope that we can become such again but you sound like the ones who mocked Kennedy about the space program.

Rose on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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

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

He’s said the planet is warning, but he’s not sure to what extent humans contribute to it. I don’t know what he did to fight “against” it as governor, though he opposed Kyoto.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Name one conservative cred from Romney, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

See above.

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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

What a juvenile excuse.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Well, why don’t you post how you would handle Romney’s lying ads?
Argue with facts if you like tho.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Holy shiiite, Dole’s statement re:gingrich just came out.

Endgame ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

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.

troyriser_gopftw on January 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

If Romney’s campaign team already acts like the Circumlocution Office, what would a Romney administration be like?

In 1981 Reagan moved fast to change tax policy in his first 100 days, I don’t foresee Romney moving that fast on anything.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

This is THE BEST we have to run against Obama???

WTF has Reince Priebus been working on???

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Big deal, countries that signed on to Kyoto are pulling out. I just think it is a stupid fight since both guys apparently buy into the stupidity.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Newt plays the “victim” card just like the Leftists from whom he likes to borrow his anti-capitalist talking points. So which is it, Newtists? Is he the plucky underdog “outsider” or the grandiose disgraced Speaker who has spent much of his career as the ultimate Washington insider/influence peddler who may or may not have been loyal to Reagan?

And while we’re on the subject of Newty’s questionable ethics, why is “the base” supposedly in favor of the guy who toured the country with Sharpton, sat on the couch with Nancy and endorsed Dede Scozzafava?

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Amen and those fools in Congress are real confidence builder also.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Dole=McCain=Romney. I respect both McCain and Dole for their heroic military service to our country, but as presidential candidates they failed.

Rose on January 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, let’s make fun of Newt supporting a Republican. We are talking serious loon here.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/mitt-romneys-dede-scozzafava

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:43 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

Romney can’t even bring himself to call B.O. a socialist:-)
He’ll probably run ads tho/

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 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

Sounds like swallowing a camel and straining at a knat to me:-)

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Mittens made a serious error with this. Its a false issue. When people find out they will be angry.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

kind of like Newt saying Romney’s taxes are an issue. Be careful, what ye sow ye shall reap Newt. Next lets look at all his BS “historian” work for Freddie’s chief lobbyest lol. People are not that dumb. That’s as absurd as Romney calling for self deportation.

hanzblinx on January 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Romney grew his state budge by 14.1% and installed government run health care. How…Conservative? No…that’s not the word. What a great Fiscal Conservative? No, that’s not the right description, either. How about, what a great Tax and Spend, reach-across-the-aisle Squish? Yeah…that’s the ticket.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Yeah, let’s make fun of Newt supporting a Republican. We are talking serious loon here.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

So now you’re saying that Newty is no better than Romney on that particular issue? Interesting.

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Thanks for reminding me.

“The special election for the 23rd Congressional District is an important test leading up to the mid-term 2010 elections,” Gingrich said in a statement to supporters. “Our best chance to put responsible and principled leaders in Washington starts here, with Dede Scozzafava.”

I wish Ron Paul wasn’t so loony tunes.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I think Newt supporters are slow…..

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black!!

So says a Mittbot who thinks the guy who implemented Romneycare will get rid of Obamacare!

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I don’t think he has to do that. Compare his investments of willing financial partners to Obama’s investments of confiscated taxpayer money in the private industry. Someone here had this idea last week and I think it could be a stunner.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

He’s said the planet is warning, but he’s not sure to what extent humans contribute to it. I don’t know what he did to fight “against” it as governor, though he opposed Kyoto.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Don’t forget Mittens had John HOldren as an advisor on how to implement carbon caps in MA

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 1:50 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 and his folks are liars and sewer dwelling ‘leaders’.

Mitt/Flynt

Obama/Romney

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

cicerone on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

There are plenty of issues that there isn’t a dimes worth of difference in these two. Especially when you consider the the flip flops of both. For me, just for me, Gov. Romney’s business experience is his plus and Newt’s accomplishments as speaker were his. Everything else is a wash.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Big deal, countries that signed on to Kyoto are pulling out. I just think it is a stupid fight since both guys apparently buy into the stupidity.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Come on. I remember the reaction when Newt sat on that couch w/Pelosi, both here and at Malkin’s site…it was a big effin’ deal.

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I think Newt supporters are slow…..

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black!!

So says a Mittbot who thinks the guy who implemented Romneycare will get rid of Obamacare!

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Kind of prove the point.

galtani on January 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Rose on January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

…especially for someone who’s from the fromer Eastern bloc, when now we depend on Russian transportation means to the space station…curious…selective martyrdom, I guess.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

That’s just it, he didn’t pick her. She was chosen by the Republicans by the rules of their district and he supported the party person just like a good little Dobee. Just like Gov. Romney campaigned for Christine O’Donnell. Explain why Gov. Romney supported that Democrat crackpot of a mayor in Salt Lake City.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

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

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Well, then you can take that to the bank, there is none:-)

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Romney grew his state budge by 14.1% and installed government run health care. How…Conservative? No…that’s not the word. What a great Fiscal Conservative? No, that’s not the right description, either. How about, what a great Tax and Spend, reach-across-the-aisle Squish? Yeah…that’s the ticket.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It wouldn’t matter if they respond, you wouldn’t accept it.

I was right, wasn’t I.

After all, balancing the budget must not be conservative.
Cutting a budget to get it balanced must not be conservative.
Not accepting a salary to do the job must not be conservative.
Helping Republicans get elected must not be conservative.

So, you really do think that these things must not be conservative.

I was right, wasn’t I.

It is rather clear that you can not be satisfied. So why waste the time trying to do so?

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

WOW!!!

I NAILED IT!

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Mitt Romney:

Was a Progressive, now he’s a Conservative.
Has nothing in his record except the Olympics.
Trashed the GOP leaders ad nauseum during the last election.
Lost to McCain.
Now endorsed by the loser, McCain.
Trashing Newt with left-wing talking points like that Ethics hearing BS.
Wrote the plan that was used for Obamacare.
Said the economy is doing better under Obama.

How is he going to change anything? How is he a Conservative??

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Thanks. That’s a good start. I applaud that you at least answered. It’s been mighty silent on topic.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

For me, just for me, Gov. Romney’s business experience is his plus and Newt’s accomplishments as speaker were his. Everything else is a wash.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Pretty much sums it up for me, except I question Newt’s character and his judgement.

I am supporting local Republicans and the election of a majority of Republicans to take back the Senate, and increase the majority in the House to keep Mitt on the conservative path.

If we can’t kick RINO’s out, we can wait them out but not much longer.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Romney grew his state budge by 14.1% and installed government run health care. How…Conservative? No…that’s not the word. What a great Fiscal Conservative? No, that’s not the right description, either. How about, what a great Tax and Spend, reach-across-the-aisle Squish? Yeah…that’s the ticket.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It wouldn’t matter if they respond, you wouldn’t accept it.

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I was right, wasn’t I.

After all, balancing the budget must not be conservative.
Cutting a budget to get it balanced must not be conservative.
Not accepting a salary to do the job must not be conservative.
Helping Republicans get elected must not be conservative.

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So, you really do think that these things must not be conservative.

I was right, wasn’t I.

It is rather clear that you can not be satisfied. So why waste the time trying to do so?

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

WOW!!!

I NAILED IT!

(Fixed the quote mis-match.)

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Romney can’t even bring himself to call B.O. a socialist:-)
He’ll probably run ads tho/

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

.
You OWS Newtnuts HAVE got to get past the need for these stupid name calling tantrums- outside the primaries. “Maobama” is worse than a socialist- worse than a food stamp president- But the evidence has to be made to the non-R American voter- the name calling is a big turn off for them, and gives the lefty press ammunition and the right to continue “the Adult in the room” BS. I hate that false media tag line.

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I know it was, didn’t get it then, don’t get it now. Certainly not as a campaign issue. Maybe Newt can make Gov. Romney’s endorsement of the Democrat crazy person who was mayor of Salt Lake. No one is talking ideological differences anymore, it just tit for tat pissing match and all of it is stupid. I’ve stood up for Gov. Romney over the tax returns, the foreign bank accounts and the much balleyhooed flip flopping but all of it is just stupid.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Explain why Gov. Romney supported that Democrat crackpot of a mayor in Salt Lake City.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Dunno. They speak the same religion?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Obama/Romney, two perfect slithering snakes, passive-aggressive pampered narcissists, out just for their own glory, inevitable princes, monarchs of a feather. They might as well join forces.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

After viewing that Romney ad, you can’t get any closer to B.O. than Pelosi. So it seems they have joined forces, along with some R’s.

Thanks for the additional adjectives; will try to translate those in Spanish for B.D., LOL

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

You don’t think there’s much difference between the two Cindy?

I admit I have many problems with both of them, but Newt is better. At least he’s done some conservative things….

Romney won’t repeal Obamacare:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politic

Romney thinks Newt’s too hard on the media:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.co

I used to laugh at Michele Bachmann’s “Titanium Spine” slogan. I just wish Romney HAD a spine.

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I don’t know if you have noticed but the Republicans that were sent in 2010 to cut spending and corruption are being marginalized. And that’s the way it will continue to be. If we aren’t at the point of no return in D.C., we are pretty darned close.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Now you’ve done it! I truly don’t know but I wouldn’t think that would be reason enough. That guy was off the wall crazy.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:03 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

Newt supporters haven’t fallen for anything. Romney is just as slimy as Obama and just as much a liberal as Obama. He is unacceptable, same as he was in 2008. Period.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I noticed that. They need Tea Party reinforcements.

Many Tea Party reinforcements.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks. That’s a good start. I applaud that you at least answered. It’s been mighty silent on topic.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I think this election cycle has gotten you so upset that you tune things out. (Understandable to a degree.)

All of the things I mentioned are public knowledge to those that are paying attention.

It has been silent because people tire of trying to educate the closed minded and inattentive.

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Romney supporters, please explain this one:

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/01/26/confirmed-romneycare-obamacare/

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

This is THE BEST we have to run against Obama???

WTF has Reince Priebus been working on???

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Priebus has done nothing but help the Established Republicans, good old boys and the Dems; oh and Romney.

After seeing what he has not done, I question the counting of the ballots!

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Looks like Mitt got under Newts skin. Newt fail.

Swerve22 on January 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He is unacceptable, same as he was in 2008. Period.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

His main selling point is he is less unacceptable than Obama.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I think Rubio needs a copy of Romney’s latest Youtube video. That way he can issue another statement, LOL

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

It has been silent because people tire of trying to educate the closed minded and inattentive depressed and apathetic.

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

…at the entire field. It is the worst, for a time when an orange can should beat Obama. I soured on Romney, having supported him in 2008, due to his R-turdfest, which he began. Now it’s all in the open, a national soap opera, for Obama’s benefit.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I’m not optimistic.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=AC7D3B54-3A1A-4401-9CBA-87DAB16C3C15

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Explain why Gov. Romney supported that Democrat crackpot of a mayor in Salt Lake City.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

He supported a lot of leftie eunuchs.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

If you believe Newt would pay $300,000.00 in costs if he were not guilty, you probably believe Herman Cain was driven from the race by totally false claims of horndoggery.

borntoraisehogs on January 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

You OWS Newtnuts HAVE got to get past the need for these stupid name calling tantrums- outside the primaries. “Maobama” is worse than a socialist- worse than a food stamp president- But the evidence has to be made to the non-R American voter- the name calling is a big turn off for them, and gives the lefty press ammunition and the right to continue “the Adult in the room” BS. I hate that false media tag line.

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

One of the most ironic statements I have ever read.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

borntoraisehogs on January 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

If you buy into those leftists talking points, go back out and play with your hogs.

LevinFan on January 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Newt has man flaws but he’s smart enough not to have people around that call the public stupid or to confirm that Obamacare is and will be the law of the land.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I’ll give him a pass on any who have R’s behind their names. He wants to be the titular head of the party after all.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

There’s a guy that comments here that is stationed in Afganistan. Can’t remember his moniker, but he regularly lists Mitt’s conservative accomplishments. He is routinely told to “go away” or ignored. Maybe you could look for that.

bluealice on January 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

His main selling point is he is less unacceptable than Obama.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I am not convinced in the least that Romney is a prize. Up till now I have said that I will vote for whoever ends up as the nominee, and I really can’t see myself doing otherwise, but at this point I am not willing to commit to it.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yep. Ol’ Newt sure can pick ‘em!

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Yup Newt is guilty of loyalty to a party that will NEVER be loyal back.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

His main selling point is he is less unacceptable than Obama.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Vote for me! I’m not him!

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

His main selling point is he is less unacceptable than Obama.

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Why?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

One of the most ironic statements I have ever read.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

.
There you go again… just as our liberal friends enjoy taking things out of context… I was noting that calling President Obama names- as you red meaters are so hell bent on doing- is counter-productive to a National voting audience. As far as this “conservative” primary goes, you myopic mouth breathing Newton Leroy die hards supporting your Family Values candidate can have at it.
.

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Well gee, sorry we didn’t get your moronic irony since no has the first clue what the heck you are talking about. Surely there must be some finite middle ground between you crazy perception and “….he’s a nice guy but out of his depth”. Devastating.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Willard runs a ruthless primary campaign against anyone on his Right. In the general he adopts the media narrative and attempts to blend in as the left RINO that he is. This was his M.O. in Massachusetts and in 2008.

vilebody on January 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Listen, Newt just won’t sell. Appearances matter. A Romney/Rubio ticket is mighty.

Newt misleads people into thinking he is the second coming of Reagan when it simply isn’t so. I know we all wish it were true, but he is not the guy.

antisense on January 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

There you go again… just as our liberal friends enjoy taking things out of context… I was noting that calling President Obama names- as you red meaters are so hell bent on doing- is counter-productive to a National voting audience. As far as this “conservative” primary goes, you myopic mouth breathing Newton Leroy die hards supporting your Family Values candidate can have at it.
.

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

More irony- “Our liberal friends”
Newt supporters- “Myopic mouth breathing die hards”

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hmmm maybe Gingrich has a point… a normal person would have been ashamed and disgraced but Mitt forgot Gingrich has absolutely no conscience and feels no shame…

So I was disgraced and ashamed that Newt Gingrich was in my Party… such a hypocrite!

But for Gingrich it was just a set back until he could weave his web of lies and get enough suckers to back him again…

That is how pschopaths see the world.

petunia on January 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

This was his M.O. in Massachusetts and in 2008.

vilebody on January 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

So he has a win and a loss, what do you think is going to happen this time?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

That is how pschopaths see the world.

petunia on January 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Here is how your perfumed prince sees the world sewer.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM
I don’t think he has to do that. Compare his investments of willing financial partners to Obama’s investments of confiscated taxpayer money in the private industry. Someone here had this idea last week and I think it could be a stunner.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Had errands to run… I’m not sure of the comparison you speak of, but I read something yesterday. Will try to find it. Too many threads and articles to keep up with, LOL

What I meant tho, was if Romney can’t do the easy things, I don’t know how he will fare with difficult attacks from B.O. Not necessarily the Socialist word.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Up till now I have said that I will vote for whoever ends up as the nominee, and I really can’t see myself doing otherwise, but at this point I am not willing to commit to it.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

You are nothing but a shameful baby. So, your preferred candidate doesn’t do well, and then you threaten to stay home in November while you pout and suck your thumb? Boo hoo. Grow up.

I know that, regardless of who the Republican is, I would happily and eagerly vote to defeat Obama.

To be honest, crybabies like you aren’t needed or wanted. We are going to beat Obama, with or without the few handful of petulant pouters like you.

bluegill on January 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

The Newtists on this board are getting beyond desperate in their attempt to excuse and explain away Newt Gingrich’s extensive history of lies and corruption.

I am so very disappointed in Sarah Palin for endorsing the corrupt Newt Gingrich. I question her judgement a lot more now after her promotion of the corrupt Newt Gingrich. Maybe Sarah Palin should stick to reality shows or whatever else she is doing. She is hurting Republicans more than she is helping. Sad to say that she has become a bit of an embarrassment. And I say this as a former Sarah Palin fan.

bluegill on January 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Here is the article I read yesterday:

Romney Advisors Lobbying for Freddie Mac

http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/25/top-romney-advisers-lobbied-for-freddie/

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

To be honest, crybabies like you aren’t needed or wanted. We are going to beat Obama, with or without the few handful of petulant pouters like you.

bluegill on January 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You better win, then, because if your candidate turns out to be another Bob Dole and loses to the worst president evah, we’re going to be laughing at you.

Aitch748 on January 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

During debates I like to look up candidate’s claims on Wikipedia.

And I’ve noticed that Mitt’s claims are generally more accurate than Newt’s.

But those findings are based on liberal leaning Wikipedia editors .

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as Speaker, all but one of which were eventually dropped.[68] After an extensive investigation and negotiation by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was reprimanded and fined $300,000 by an overwhelming 395-28 House vote, with both Republicans and Democrats speaking in favor of those sanctions. It was the first time in the history of the House that a Speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation.[69][70]

The last three charges were dropped because although it was found that he had violated a House rule in the past, there was no evidence that Gingrich was still violating it at the time of the investigation.[68] The one charge not dropped was a charge of claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. In addition, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented “intentional or … reckless” disregard of House rules.[71]

The Ethics Committee’s Special Counsel, James M. Cole, concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him. The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated and left that issue up to the IRS.[71] In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the “Renewing American Civilization” courses under investigation for possible tax violations.[72]

In January 1997, Gingrich said “I did not manage the effort intensely enough to thoroughly direct or review information being submitted to the committee on my behalf. In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee.”[73] But he also apologized, saying “I brought down on the people’s house a controversy which could weaken the faith people have in their government.”[73]

chansen9 on January 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Shocker: Video of Newt Gingrich bashing Reagan was misleadingly edited.

You know, if you’re going to pile on to Newt in an effort to get people to ditch him like a hot potato, getting caught cheating is a good way to get people to start sympathizing with him again.

Aitch748 on January 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Everybody but Newt lies.

Dark Star on January 26, 2012 at 4:00 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?
Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Here ya go.

Some snippets:

The GOP’s multimillion dollar ad campaign invoking President Clinton’s relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky was devised by House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and tested before more than three dozen groups of likely voters before Republicans unleashed the assault, party sources said yesterday.

and

In April, Gingrich told supporters, “I will never again, as long as I am speaker, make a speech without commenting on this topic,” referring to the presidential scandal.

and

The harshest attack ad, which hits Clinton for not telling the truth, is running in just three southern districts and is viewed as a bone to disenchanted conservatives there. A second spot, in which two mothers discuss “What did you tell your kids,” is being shown in moderate suburban areas such as Santa Barbara, Calif., and parts of New Jersey. The final commercial, which uses the infamous video clip of Clinton wagging his finger as he denied the Lewinsky affair, is airing in places such as Utah, Idaho and Cincinnati, where Clinton is very unpopular.

Read the story and you’ll see that this approach was very unpopular, that Newt tried to back off but it was too late. Meanwhile Rush offered up bad strategic advice:

On the other side, amid reports the GOP was thinking of pulling the ads, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh urged listeners to call the National Republican Congressional Committee and complain. One unlucky staffer there received angry messages on a pager such as: “Don’t pull the ads, you wimp.”

Which is one reason why, despite loving Rush, I pay little attention to his strategy advice as to how to win elections. He, like Newt, goes for the jugular which works great with the base but works better for the Democrats.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

chansen9 on January 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Newt has a lot of info on various topics on his website also.

http://www.newt.org

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

You are nothing but a shameful baby. So, your preferred candidate doesn’t do well, and then you threaten to stay home in November while you pout and suck your thumb? Boo hoo. Grow up.

I know that, regardless of who the Republican is, I would happily and eagerly vote to defeat Obama.

To be honest, crybabies like you aren’t needed or wanted. We are going to beat Obama, with or without the few handful of petulant pouters like you.

bluegill on January 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You better win, then, because if your candidate turns out to be another Bob Dole and loses to the worst president evah, we’re going to be laughing at you.

Aitch748 on January 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

What he said. Also, what is the difference if you beat Obama with Obama lite? What an accomplishment. I really am going to stay home now because you’ve hurt my feelings. If you insult me again I’m going to get my parents to stay home too. No, maybe we’ll all vote for Obama, maybe we’ll get some free stuff. You are a joke.

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Aitch748 on January 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I apologize for calling you a he if you’re not!

Night Owl on January 26, 2012 at 4:10 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

Romney is on Sean Hannity and just contradicted everything he said on that video with Laura Ingraham!!!! What a flip flopper!

Then he is going on attacking Newt with distortions. Said Newt is selling infulence, re: Freddie Mac.

Real honorable person, not.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

s/b influence

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Guys everybody but Newt is living in some fantasy world.

1punchWill on January 26, 2012 at 4:45 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 the tax issue had zero to do with the sanction.

I will refer you Ed to page 79 of the report. You will find a letter signed by Gingrich claiming GOPAC was never involved in the course. Then go to the footnote on page 85 and you will evidence of an interview Gingrich gave where he admits GOPAC was involved.

He got caught lying, admitted it, and was reprimanded including a payment of $300,000 to reimburse the American people for the cost of the investigation. The IRS clearing him of any wrong doing in respect to the tax issue is a separate and distinct issue in which thew outcome of the IRS determination would have ZERO effect on the sanction.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

He STILL payed $300,000 for making misleading statements…. He still ADMITTED that misleading information was given to the committee that he signed.

V7_Sport on January 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Mitt Romney afraid of Nancy Pelosi’s showdow…. We can not afford to elect scarecrow Romney…

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Shadow…

Y314K on January 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

After all, balancing the budget must not be conservative.

Cutting a budget to get it balanced must not be conservative.

Not accepting a salary to do the job must not be conservative.

Helping Republicans get elected must not be conservative.

It is rather clear that you can not be satisfied. So why waste the time trying to do so?

Gunlock Bill on January 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

LBJ & Clinton balanced a budget
What Republicans, name us the conservatives he even appointed
And not accepting a salary…Hoover and Kennedy
So you are right, what you listed, historically and accurately, are not conservative only principles…
The irony is that you won’t understand…these are facts jack…

right2bright on January 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

He STILL payed $300,000 for making misleading statements…. He still ADMITTED that misleading information was given to the committee that he signed.

V7_Sport on January 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Of course you are lying…so you must be a Mitt supporter.
He paid the fine because that is what he was “fined”…the IRS said he did not have to pay the fine, after they did an unbiased revue…get it? Unbiased, you should try it.
Lying is becoming a habit for you Mitt supporters…

right2bright on January 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

He got caught lying, admitted it, and was reprimanded including a payment of $300,000 to reimburse the American people for the cost of the investigation. The IRS clearing him of any wrong doing in respect to the tax issue is a separate and distinct issue in which thew outcome of the IRS determination would have ZERO effect on the sanction.

csdeven on January 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Mitt got caught lying…naturally, what else can he do?
Along with that, calling for complete disclosure, as if it isn’t available to all who have internet…
Mitt has dropped a notch, and of course you would defend his lying. Newt paid it, for it to go away, people do that all the time…and as you state, he was exonerated and proven innocent of all charges…get it, all charges.
So please, quit your lying…I suspect Mitt will back away from this real quick…although he hasn’t backed away from RomneyCare, so I may be wrong. Lying just may be the only way he can make some headway…what a disaster he has become.

right2bright on January 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

right2bright on January 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

What? No mention of Mormon religious beliefs? You’re slipping.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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