New Romney ad: Let Tom Brokaw tell you about Newt’s ethics

posted at 1:36 pm on January 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Watch this one while you can because Brokaw and NBC are, apparently, “extremely uncomfortable” with it.

In a statement Saturday, former NBC “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, who is featured in the ad reporting on Gingrich’s 1997 ethics investigation, said, “I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad. I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”…

The NBC legal department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads. Similar requests have gone out to other campaigns that NBC says have inappropriately used clips from “Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Today” and MSNBC material.

Wouldn’t surprise me if Team Mitt used the Brokaw footage in the full expectation that NBC would raise a stink. They used the same strategy a few months ago, I suspect, in that ad taking Obama out of context on the economy. They knew the left would flip out and, in so doing, increase the ad’s exposure; it’s “earned media” in the most cynically earned way. This ad is doubly clever insofar as it uses an, ahem, impartial newsman to lay out the “facts” of Gingrich’s ethics reprimand in the House. That’s an effective counter to Newt’s complaints that Romney is distorting what happened in that ethics saga — after all, we’ve got fair-and-balanced Tom Brokaw reporting on it right here — but of course, there is some distortion happening: As Byron York explained in a post a few days ago, Gingrich was ultimately exonerated of any illegality after an investigation by Bill Clinton’s IRS. (See the second clip below.) Doesn’t change the fact of the House reprimand but it does call into question whether it was warranted.

Too bad there are no more debates before Tuesday. Newt could have packaged this spot plus Romney’s defense of John King into a fine little rant about cozying up to the “elite media.” Exit question via Johnny Dollar: Since when does NBC News or its subsidiaries object to promoting certain politicians?

Update: The NYT has an interesting piece today about Team Mitt’s use of Twitter to take the pulse of Republican reaction to developments in the campaign. Here’s their newest step, another aspect of their “Newt is totally unelectable” messaging: “Romney’s campaign also debuted a new Twitter hashtag to accompany the [Brokaw] television spot: #Newtorious.”


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Romney’s base consists of moderates and Indies. Works for them.

conservative pilgrim on January 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Long time conservative, original member of the “right wing conspiricy”, tea partier. Newt is a poor vessel for the tea party platform. And because I now support Mitt, I am no longer a conservative??? Madness.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

ROFL…. Mitt uses the king liberal media figure Tom Brokaw in a GOp primary. The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

If Mitt wants to talk about ethics, how about the company that he was a director of that committed Medicare fraud:

Romney Supervised Medical Testing Company Guilty Of Massive Medicare Fraud

FTA: “During the time that Bain held its ownership of the company, Mitt Romney personally sat on the Board of Directors. And during that same period, Damon Corp. was busy submitting fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicare to the tune of millions of dollars charged for unnecessary blood tests.”

This was reported in Forbes on 1/21/2012.

Kaffa on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

ROFL…”We know Romney sucks, but those idiotic NASCAR fans that we insult on a daily basis are going to show up in DROVES to vote for him anyway! YESSSSSS!!!!” Delusional.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

So there are no other races that are vital to the nation’s future? No congressional seats up for grabs? No state legislatures? No state attorney generals? Nothing else to turn out to vote for? Obviously you’re not the reliable type, huh?

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Mitt is so clueless, he thinks quoting Tom Brokaw is somehow supposed to help him …..in a GOP Primary.

Clueless. Totally clueless.

KirknBurker on January 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

How low will Mitt go?

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Wasn’t Newty the one who was making attacks base on The New York Times’s report (of Bain Capital)?

Falz on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

As for me, I don’t trust Newt at all, but I’m starting to distrust Romney even more.

humili mente on January 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

+1

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I feel safe going against anything Brokaw said. Tom went to the left years ago and stayed there. It goes against my grain to listen to the left, however, the GOP base has me worried a lot after what they did at the 2008 election and being totally deaf to any advice from outside the Beltway.

mixplix on January 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

And because I now support Mitt, I am no longer a conservative??? Madness.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I hear ya. Anti-Romney paranoia does awful things to those with the affliction. It’s sad.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

ROFL…. Mitt uses the king liberal media figure Tom Brokaw in a GOp primary. The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

It shows Mitt’s true color. Birds of a feather and all. Hey what has Ace of Clowns been up to?

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

How low will Mitt go?

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

All the way

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I am a Mitt supporter.

i also believe he has the best chance to defeat Obama. that does not mean I’m guaranteeing he will beat Obama. defeating an incumbent president is not easy(although it has ocurred occasionaly in the past)

I live in mass. and have seen Romneys campaignns for senate and governor. you saw his 2008 campaign for president.

when it comes to campaigning he can be as dirty and mud-slinging as any politician ever.

He will take Obama on and sling and sling and sling.

gerrym51 on January 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Not really. The Media will never spread his lies about Obama as they do the lies about Newt. They will call him on the lies repeatedly and every attack he makes will backfire. That is, those few things where Romney is actually divergent on what Obama is that he can attack, which are not many.

astonerii on January 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Well isn’t that conveniently inconsistent. “We need Newt because he’s a fighter, a get-in-their-faces fighter,” so now Romney’s fighting and now the story becomes, “Oh, it doesn’t matter if Mitt’s a fighter. The media won’t play along with him anyway.”

Come on. Give me a break. Mitt’s showing some stones here, the kind of stones he’ll need to beat Obama. Admit it.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I hear ya. Anti-Romney paranoia does awful things to those with the affliction. It’s sad.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Reading this from the Mitt folks, who are nastier than bull dogs on bad days, is too funny, were it not so challenging in the general.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

didn’t Tom Brokaw BOW to Obama? the fact that Mitt would use a out and out liberal to attack Newt is cause for concern to any thinking conservative. what’s next Mitt running ads with Obama calling Newt extreme?

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

ROFL…. Mitt uses the king liberal media figure Tom Brokaw in a GOp primary. The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Maybe in the same way that Newty was producing videos designed to look and sound just like a Michael Moore production.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

These two are nuking each other out and damaging themselves for the general. Great going.

RepubChica on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So there are no other races that are vital to the nation’s future? No congressional seats up for grabs? No state legislatures? No state attorney generals? Nothing else to turn out to vote for? Obviously you’re not the reliable type, huh?

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Maybe, but does that guarantee anyone’s going to vote for Romney? Some may vote third party, some may write-in, some may leave the top of the ballot blank.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

He will take Obama on and sling and sling and sling.

gerrym51 on January 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

…and it will all fall back in his fancy face.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Any person who reads this and fails to watch the second video detailing Newt’s complete and absolute vindication is being willfully blind of the facts.

cynccook on January 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hey what has Ace of Clowns been up to?

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I think he is still trying to BE the freaking wave.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

didn’t Tom Brokaw BOW to Obama? the fact that Mitt would use a out and out liberal to attack Newt is cause for concern to any thinking conservative. what’s next Mitt running ads with Obama calling Newt extreme?

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That was Brian Williams.

JPeterman on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Reading this from the Mitt folks, who are nastier than bull dogs on bad days, is too funny, were it not so challenging in the general.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Calling for “civility” now? Your side gets to sling mud but nobody else can? How like the Left. Michael Moore can dig it!

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Never said you weren’t conservative O hyper-sensitive one. Romney’s message is aimed toward Moderates and Indies; he doesn’t care about reaching the Tea Party base–he assumes we will all vote for him. Because I didn’t mention Newt does not mean an implicit endorsement or my condoning his campaign tactics.

conservative pilgrim on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Tom Brokaw is uncomfortable as a journalist? Please, he gave up the right to be called anything but a JournOlister years ago. Your time is up and over Tom, you aren’t prominent for lefties to care much anymore and much of the right has forgotten you are still even alive and only care since you are a punching bag.

Do love watching the Mitt vs Newt people fighting in every thread, doing their best to mock the other candidates supporters and sow the ground with salt. That should make for some really enthusiastic support for whichever one wins with however many members of the other camp deciding they hate the candidate because of the quality of their supporters to do anything for them.

With enemies like this Obama doesn’t need to worry how unpopular he is. He could go out clubbing baby kittens with the bodies of baby seals and still win a 45 state landslide after the two candidates factions are done disparaging each other.

Betenoire on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

TEAM ROMNEY: Yeah, like NBC’s Brokaw is THE voice of Conservatism in the Dead Old Media

UNLEASH GINGRICH IN 2012!

Czar of Defenestration on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Romney is using the MSM in this way because those who only watch MSM will lap it up. Whatever one thinks of Newt, Mitt is selling lies as truth. I don’t care who does it, it’s despicable politics.

pugwriter on January 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Newt is a poor vessel for the tea party platform. And because I now support Mitt, I am no longer a conservative??? Madness.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Newt’s a poor vessel, but Romney’s no vessel at all.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

didn’t Tom Brokaw BOW to Obama? the fact that Mitt would use a out and out liberal to attack Newt is cause for concern to any thinking conservative. what’s next Mitt running ads with Obama calling Newt extreme?

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Mitt will call Al Gore and channel his SECOND CHAKRA before going full retard with anarchist Michael Moore.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Let’s consider Tom Brokaw’s reason for being upset about this ad? Is it because it offends his sense of fair play to be used in a political hit piece? Yeah, I don’t think so. I think it has more to do with the gleeful tone in which he delivered it and the subsequent discovery that the “facts” he based it upon were completely false. To anyone who knows the whole story, the ad makes a fool of both Brokaw and Romney. How strange to find them on the same side in something.///

cynccook on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Mittens using the Liberal MSM who are the media wing of the Democrat party to do his dirty work…

… Just shows you the character of the man, and some of you want him to be the nominee for President of the United States.

Makes me want to puke…

… Too bad Mittens will never go after Obowma like this.

Seven Percent Solution on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Maybe, but does that guarantee anyone’s going to vote for Romney? Some may vote third party, some may write-in, some may leave the top of the ballot blank.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Then THEY are the problem, not Romney. That’s on you and yours. Romney is interested in all those who are actually serious about defeating Obama.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Well isn’t that conveniently inconsistent. “We need Newt because he’s a fighter, a get-in-their-faces fighter,” so now Romney’s fighting and now the story becomes, “Oh, it doesn’t matter if Mitt’s a fighter. The media won’t play along with him anyway.”

Come on. Give me a break. Mitt’s showing some stones here, the kind of stones he’ll need to beat Obama. Admit it.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

No the problem is that he is a Juan McCain and will only fight republicans. When it comes to our arch nemesis, “He’s a really great guy, just in over his head a little bit. I’ll manage all of you dependents socialistic expectations just a little better than Barry. Otherwise, he’s just swell. Take my word for it.”

preallocated on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Tom, if it’s out there and not copyrighted or otherwise protected, it’s usable. Live with it or stop talking.

jeanie on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Calling for “civility” now? Your side gets to sling mud but nobody else can? How like the Left. Michael Moore can dig it!

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Oh, come on, Mittbot. Who started the mudslinging? Smear campaigns have been Team Romney’s trademark for years now.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Reading this from the Mitt folks, who are nastier than bull dogs on bad days, is too funny, were it not so challenging in the general.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Lets take these Mitt Bull-Dogs to the vet and get them Newtered. Hehe.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

No state attorney generals? Nothing else to turn out to vote for? Obviously you’re not the reliable type, huh?

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

yeah becaus eit is really hard to leave the top of the ballot blank and just vote for the down ticket…. You mittbots are delusional if you think if I show up to vote for the congress, senate and state elections I’m going to expand the energy to fill in Mitt’s oval.

He isn’t worth even that little bit of time nor energy.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Let’s consider Tom Brokaw’s reason for being upset about this ad? Is it because it offends his sense of fair play to be used in a political hit piece?

cynccook on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Like Huckabee is uncomfortable with Newty using his quote without permission in a sleezy ad about Romney’s character.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Reading this from the Mitt folks, who are nastier than bull dogs on bad days, is too funny, were it not so challenging in the general.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Show me one post where I was nasty. You can’t. I don’t support Newt. I do support Mitt. If that counts as “nasty” to you, I’m sorry.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Then THEY are the problem, not Romney. That’s on you and yours. Romney is interested in all those who are actually serious about defeating Obama.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

You can say that all you want, but it won’t get Romney any more votes than it got McCain in 2008.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

And because I now support Mitt, I am no longer a conservative??? Madness.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Some of us don’t understand how any conservative could possibly support him. I can easily understand NOT supporting Newt. But Romney isn’t even remotely conservative. Is it that you think he’ll beat Obama? he couldn’t beat Kennedy, he couldn’t even beat McCain.

Eren on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Because everyone knows Brokaw is impartial.

This was at a time when liberals like Tom felt no guilt at all about slamming Conservatives because they had almost no kickback or accountability at all and enjoyed the lions share of the media market even more so than today.

Speakup on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Show me one post where I was nasty. You can’t. I don’t support Newt. I do support Mitt. If that counts as “nasty” to you, I’m sorry.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Show me one of your posts where you objected to the nastiness of Mittbots.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

yeah becaus eit is really hard to leave the top of the ballot blank and just vote for the down ticket…. You mittbots are delusional if you think if I show up to vote for the congress, senate and state elections I’m going to expand the energy to fill in Mitt’s oval.

He isn’t worth even that little bit of time nor energy.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

As I told the other clueless Newtist, your bad attitude is the real problem here. If you’re not serious about this then nobody cares whether you like it or not. Get your bottled water, canned goods and tinfoil hat and hunker down somewhere while everybody else takes care of business.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Oh, come on, Mittbot. Who started the mudslinging? Smear campaigns have been Team Romney’s trademark for years now.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

the Carl Cameron clip about Palin comes to mind. That was forced fed to him by the Mitt team from day one after the election to destroy Palin and it was non stop by team mitt for the next three years. and after the 2010 as* whopping delievered by the TEa Party and Palin Team Mitt went into overdrive to take out Palin with the giffords shooting.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Interesting tact.

No editing just letting it play like you were watching a news headline now.

Not sure how Brokaw can feel uncomfortable about a newcast that hasn’t been chopped up.

The ad runs just like a million clips on YouTube do, where you don’t want to see the whole show just one portion of it.

Unless the Romney campaign jumbled up the words in the news story then there is no there there, it’s just reshowing of a newscast in the past.

sheryl on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

ROFL…. Mitt uses the king liberal media figure Tom Brokaw in a GOp primary. The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

No, we’ve been asking ourselves why Newt took up the mantle of Michael Moore to attack Mitt.

I’m sure Palin is preparing a furious Facebook post on that very subject. Anytime now…

changer1701 on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Perhaps what might make the people at NBC not entirely comfortable with this particular ad is the not so hidden secret that the report turned out to be entirely wrong. The unethical Gingrich meme has been thoroughly debunked many times over now. Remember, he was later proven to not just be not guilty, but to actually be completely innocent. Mitt may very well win Florida with this tactic, but ultimately Florida does not exist in a bubble. It is a State where the GOP had stripped her of half of her delegates, and there are 46 more contests to go. Newt’s, “Rope-a-Dope,” campaign strategy in Florida may yet prove successful. Let Mitt lie, and when people wise up to the candidate who screamed Wolf at the top of his lungs, they will get more than a little angry. Exit question: How has Matt Drudge’s traffic been affected since Thursday?

Flyovercountry on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Like Huckabee is uncomfortable with Newty using his quote without permission in a sleezy ad about Romney’s character.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

My point was actually that Brokaw couldn’t care less about hurting any Republican, it’s just that “history” proved that his schadenfreude was premature and misplaced. He was made to look like a fool.

cynccook on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

preallocated on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Sorry, can’t “take your word for it.” Romney wants to win. McCain just wanted to run. Romney will pound Obama day in and day out. Solyndra, Fast and Furious, he’ll be cutting ads that’ll have the Obamabots screaming “raaaaaaciiiiist” till they lose their voices.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Mitt Romney is who got this gutter ball rolling, maybe a little light should shine on how its progressed from his vantage point.

Speakup on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Long time conservative, original member of the “right wing conspiricy”, tea partier. Newt is a poor vessel for the tea party platform. And because I now support Mitt, I am no longer a conservative??? Madness.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM


Well, Gingrich may be a ‘poor vessel’ for the tea party platform, but the inference that Romney would be any better from a tea party perspective does tend to stretch the bounds of believability.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

You’re judged by the company you keep…or the spokesman you use.

kingsjester on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

You can say that all you want, but it won’t get Romney any more votes than it got McCain in 2008.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

That’s the spirit! lol

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

call into question whether it was warranted.

No it doesn’t. Gingrich was reprimanded in the sanction for lying about the involvement of GOPAC in the creation of the course. See 2:00 of the second video. It was proven he lied and he admitted he lied.

The committee referred the tax issue to the IRS to determine if Gingrich would face ADDITIONAL charges. The punishment for any further violations would be imposed at that time.

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Sorry, can’t “take your word for it.” Romney wants to win.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

And that’s just about all he wants. That’s the problem. And he won’t do so.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hey, cicerone:

I agree that the NewtPAC was out of line criticizing Romney’s Bain record. I was disappointed to see that ad, and glad that Gingrich denounced it and asked them to stop running it.

I do think it’s worthwhile to consider how Obama is going to treat Romney’s record at Bain. In fact, if we were to construct a candidate out of spare parts to fit precisely the Straw Man that the Democrats are going to create in order to sell Republicans as “too risky,” it would look surprisingly like Mitt Romney: top 1% of wage earners, privileged, white, a corporate vulture, from a scary religious cult that was openly racist ‘way past the time when racism was cool.

Now, can we get back to actually evaluating the candidates on their merits? ‘Cause the way I read it, Gingrich was championing conservative principles long before Mitt Romney ran for Governor as a PROGRESSIVE in Massachusetts. Calling Gingrich “OWS” is over the top.

philwynk on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Yep, vote Mitt Romney, the media’s favorite Republican, just like John McCain–all the way up to the general election….

Sekhmet on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Gingrich releases shady attack ad: HotAir enthusiastically supports it and tries to give examples back up the ad’s claims.

Romney releases shady attack ad: HotAir tries it’s best to counter it with any infromation it can get.

It’s not like Hot Air was’nt already in the tank for a “not Romney” candidate but it’s support of Gingrich is misguided….and should’nt an “Establishment” website like HotAir be supporting Romney? ;D

Joking aside, Santorum has done a great job over the last couple of weeks with no money and did’nt deserve to lose his support in South Carolina to Gingrich over ripping the media (which it turned out was based on lies).

Whats so great about Gingrich? No one can really say it seems.

Signed,

A member of the anyone but Gingrich movement.

Zybalto on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

ROFL…I’m a Newt supporter? news to me. Go find a post of me praising Newt. The biggest draw Newt has going for him is he isn’t Mitt. which is good enough for me.

As far as caring You should. I live in a battleground state. Unlike the majority of Mitt supporters who live in the Northeast my vote will actually matter come Nov 2012. the people in MA, NY their votes not so much. Unless its the difference between Obama caring the state 90-10 or 80-20 who really cares what a goper from the northeast has to say?

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I’m liking all this because it’s telling me the Romney campaign will go nuclear on Obama. Newt’s lack of organizational skills means his campaign against Obama would probably rely on talk radio and his debates.

pearson on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Well, Gingrich may be a ‘poor vessel’ for the tea party platform, but the inference that Romney would be any better from a tea party perspective does tend to stretch the bounds of believability.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I know, right? “I don’t like Gingrich from a TP perspective, so I’m going Romney!” Doesn’t compute.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

O hyper-sensitive one.

conservative pilgrim on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

That’s funny. It’s the first time anyone said or thought that about me. I will continue to defend my position.

bluealice on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Exit question: How has Matt Drudge’s traffic been affected since Thursday?

Flyovercountry on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Doubt it.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Reading this from the Mitt folks, who are nastier than bull dogs on bad days, is too funny, were it not so challenging in the general.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Calling for “civility” now? Your side gets to sling mud but nobody else can? How like the Left. Michael Moore can dig it!

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Um, Romney is the republican candidate who always goes dirty early and often. Though, he usually uses surrogates for the nasty stuff.

cozmo on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’m liking all this because it’s telling me the Romney campaign will go nuclear on Obama. Newt’s lack of organizational skills means his campaign against Obama would probably rely on talk radio and his debates.

pearson on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

But it relies on attacks through the MSM—and the MSM will not attack 0bama. This was proven in 2008.

Sekhmet on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Really this is a debate about who sucks worse: Newt or Mitt?

Mitt Romney is who got this gutter ball rolling, maybe a little light should shine on how its progressed from his vantage point.

Speakup on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Good one. Gutter ball rolling…

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Yeah, I don’t trust Mitt or Newt. But I sure do trust me some Tom Brokaw. Brokaw 2012!

Bmore on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

philwynk on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

You and unseen are too rational. It will be ‘fun’ after the primaries.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Maybe, but does that guarantee anyone’s going to vote for Romney? Some may vote third party, some may write-in, some may leave the top of the ballot blank.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Then THEY are the problem, not Romney. That’s on you and yours. Romney is interested in all those who are actually serious about defeating Obama.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I’ve said this before about Paul voters, and I’ll say it again now in regards to both Newt and Mitt supporters; you can’t kick someone in their baby-making equipment and then expect them to be your friend.

Call it petty if you want, but when you consistently hit below the belt, people will stop trusting you. It’s a perfectly understandable reaction.

Mitt and Newt can battle each other all day long, but they need to do it in an honorable and dignified way. All they’re doing right now is embarrassing each other and, more importantly, themselves.

#teamromneyteamnewtgrouphug

humili mente on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’m liking all this because it’s telling me the Romney campaign will go nuclear on Obama.

pearson on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

LOL…I’m going to save this comment. Romney won’t be able to “go nuclear” on Obama. O’s got the media.

ddrintn on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

You’re judged by the company you keep…or the spokesman you use.

kingsjester on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Very brief but lethal. Nice line.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

This proves everything that scares the hell out of me about Romney.He is no conservative never was never will be. Will run as a moderate and will loose in a landslide.

logman1 on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’m liking all this because it’s telling me the Romney campaign will go nuclear on Obama. Newt’s lack of organizational skills means his campaign against Obama would probably rely on talk radio and his debates.

pearson on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I know, right? I’m not understanding all this weeping and wailing from the Newtist colony when they’re supposed to be “the fighters” in this primary. They don’t have as much of an appetite for it as they were claiming last week.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Mitt Romney is who got this gutter ball rolling, maybe a little light should shine on how its progressed from his vantage point.

Speakup on January 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

He threw the first horseturds. Now the perfumed prince doesn’t realize that a platinum/gold gilded horseturd wreath still stinks.

He has made the entire party a pile of crap.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

changer1701 on January 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Micheal morre? or that rich. Hey you want to defend vulture capitalism like Bain capital who only exists because of the tax code dreamed up by the gop establishment and the dmes go ahead. knock yourself out. The reason the majority of americans hates wall street is because of firms like Bain capital. they are the pimple on the as* of capitalism and give the entire system a bad name. Without the Bain capitals of the world capitalism wouldn’t be under such great assult in the world today.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

ROFL…. Mitt uses the king liberal media figure Tom Brokaw in a GOp primary. The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Hmmm, maybe because he was America’s anchorman for a decade? You may know his political leanings, but I guarantee the majority of America does not.

Also, using the whole mittbots thing, lame.

kmalkows on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

You’re judged by the company you keep…or the spokesman you use.

kingsjester on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Newt is blessed by his ‘friends’ and foes.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Um, Romney is the republican candidate who always goes dirty early and often. Though, he usually uses surrogates for the nasty stuff.

cozmo on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Its hard to quantify but you seem to be right. Many believe that Romney started the turdfest in 2008. Is that true?

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

C4P has a interesting post up on Huckabee an the use of adds and who peoples stripes change http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/01/huckabee-engages-in-stalin-esque-re-writing-of-history-for-romney.html

KBird on January 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Newt says he can take on Obama.

Romney can take on Obama because Romney is a smiling cobra. and i say this as a mitt fan.

gerrym51 on January 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Also, using the whole mittbots thing, lame.

kmalkows on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Agreed, so long as you scold all the others who designate the not-Mitt folks names.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Micheal morre? or that rich. Hey you want to defend vulture capitalism like Bain capital who only exists because of the tax code dreamed up by the gop establishment and the dmes go ahead. knock yourself out.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Vulture capitalism? Who taught you to say that? Did you do time in an OWS camp?

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

No it doesn’t. Gingrich was reprimanded in the sanction for lying about the involvement of GOPAC in the creation of the course. See 2:00 of the second video. It was proven he lied and he admitted he lied.

The committee referred the tax issue to the IRS to determine if Gingrich would face ADDITIONAL charges. The punishment for any further violations would be imposed at that time.

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

This is about as dishonest a representation of the events as I can imagine.

Gingrich was the subject of a witch hunt, plain and simple. He had succeeded at having Speaker Jim Wright (D, Tx) thrown out of Congress for money laundering, and the Democrats vowed revenge. Rep. Bonior (D, Mi) generated in excess of 80 spurious ethics charges against Gingrich over a 2-year period. The topic on which they finally found some traction was a college course that was completely above board.

In the process of examining this, the 76th in the series of ethics charges (the first 75 had been dismissed as baseless,) one of Gingrich’s attorneys filed an affidavit with a falsehood in it. Notice, it was one of the attorneys, not Gingrich himself. By this time in the process, both sides were eager for the entire charade to end. The easiest path to that was for Gingrich to stipulate that the affidavit was, in fact, false. On this technicality, the House Ethics committee levied a fine against Speaker Gingrich.

And then both Democrats and Republicans dismantled the House Ethics Committee in disgust.

To claim that Gingrich was proved unethical is to play into the lying games of Democrats. If anything, Gingrich proved that they could find nothing of substance with which to smear him. He us unusually honest, in fact.

philwynk on January 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Allahpundit,

Here is some new info on Romney. Watch and weep!

http://markamerica.com/2012/01/28/so-shocking-im-speechless/

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/were-screwed-florida-ag-pam-bondi-claims-mitt-wants-romneycare-in-every-state-video/

Sparky5253 on January 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The Damon smear of Romney is old news. There is not a scintilla of evidence that Mitt did anything wrong. Anyone who thinks the Board of Directors of a company would necessarily know of a fraud being perpetrated by the company does not live in the real world. Although Gingrich is motivated to smear him, Romney would have no motivation to commit fraud. Quite the opposite. Romney worked as Governor of Mass for $1.00 per year. He rescued the Olympics for free.

The Gateway Pundit headline is false. Bondi did not say what Hoft claims she said. In fact Bondi said Romney believes in States rights in regard to the IM.

Basilsbest on January 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Romney is a smiling cobra. and i say this as a mitt fan.

gerrym51 on January 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

He looks like an eternally constipated mortician. So does Obama, but he has capos in place that Mitt couldn’t ever dream of.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The mittbots have to ask themselves why is Mitt using a liberal to attack a conservative.

unseen on January 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

We know why. Because Gingrich cannot help himself but to attack the LSM. He will make such a stink about it that someone, somewhere will demand to know why Gingrich hasn’t demanded his money back and have the reprimand expunged from his record. Then we will watch Neutron Newt go into apoplectic fits trying to say it isn’t a big deal after he just made a big deal out of it.

The Romney team is ten steps ahead of Gingrich. It isn’t hard to do when you’re dealing with the only politician in the race with a long, long, long history of infidelities, lying, corruption, and erratic behavior.

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

He has made the entire party a pile of crap.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Wrong! That would be the disloyal, whiny babies who would rather throw the game to Obama than support the GOP nominee.

cicerone on January 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM

He looks like an eternally constipated mortician.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

ROTF.

SparkPlug on January 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM

If any of you Romney supporters think that Romney will go after Obama like this.Then you are living in a dream world.He will not even now dare call Obama a socialist.He keeps saying Obama is a nice guy that just misguided .

logman1 on January 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The Romney team is ten steps ahead of Gingrich. It isn’t hard to do when you’re dealing with the only politician in the race with a long, long, long history of infidelities, lying, corruption, and erratic behavior.

csdeven on January 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That may be so. Then why isn’t Romney 10 points ahead of Gingrich?

cozmo on January 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Make up your mind folks, do you want a nominee that’s got a great team working for him that’s going to take it hard to Obama, or do you want someone who doesn’t? All I hear around here is how Mitt can’t stand up to Obama,and now he’s eliminating his first round of opposition and your’e all full of rightous indignation? If Newt had the money and brainpower to be doing it, he’d be doing the exact same thing.

BettyRuth on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Compare and contrast

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

This, in a nutshell, is the essence of the differences between Newt and Mittens. If it could only be condensed into a 30 sec ad. Wouldn’t it be nice if the electorate had an attention span longer than a gnat’s?

NOMOBO on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Romney will not win Florida.

Key West Reader on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Mitt mustve paid for that add by using those evil free enterprise tactics that made him a very wealthy man and that comrade Newt rails against.

Sucks that lobbying congresspeople doesnt pay as well as creating and growing companies. Too bad for the Moonies. HA HA HA HA HA!!!

Jailbreak on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Mitt and Newt can battle each other all day long, but they need to do it in an honorable and dignified way. All they’re doing right now is embarrassing each other and, more importantly, themselves.

#teamromneyteamnewtgrouphug

humili mente on January 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I was where you are a few weeks ago. When Newt bought and aired the Michael Moore Bain film — which he then had to walk away from because it turned out to be all lies — I was appalled. Could not believe a Republican was doing that to another Republican. Could not believe it! Then I read a few people’s arguments about how if Mitt couldn’t take Newt’s over-the-top and dishonest heat, how the hell could we expect him to take Obama’s over-the-top and dishonest heat? It will make Mitt stronger, they said. It will put these attacks out there, they said, so when Obama uses them they’ll be old hat. And they were right! Since the day that film hit the internet, Mitt has only gotten better. He released his taxes, instead of waiting until he was the candidate as he planned. He let it rip on Newt’s “anti-immigrant” slander at the debate the other night. And now he is reminding voters that Newt was ethically challenged as a politician. None of this is pretty, but it all still amounts to child’s play compared to what Obama has in store for Newt or Mitt, so they might as well get battle-ready now.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I hope the people can see that Romney along with GOP establishment help are using old Democrat lies (the charges were proven false) about Gingrich in Romney’s and the GOP establishment’s attempt to destroy Gingrich yet again rehashing those same Democrat lies and false charges.

aposematic on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

This raises the question “Will Obama use Hannity quotes in his campaign ads?”

So now we know Romney is pals with Obama, CNN’s Blitzer and NBC’s Brokaw.

A sure sign we don’t need him.

fogw on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Romney will not win Florida.

Key West Reader on January 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yes, yes he will.

Jailbreak on January 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Think any Romney campaign people read this blog? Well, if so, I’d like to remind them that Newt broke some kid’s crutch on the cover of Time. You’re welcome.

bernverdnardo1 on January 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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