Newt Gingrich: George Will and other critics are just jealous of me

posted at 12:46 pm on April 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Once a fighter, always a fighter, apparently. Newt Gingrich, who has engineered at least a couple of comebacks in the primary season so far but who also remains ridiculously far behind Mitt Romney in the delegate count, continues to find ways to make headlines, usually with remarks that indicate he’s still convinced he’s an unappreciated candidate whom Republicans will eventually regret not nominating. In the end, he might be right, but, by hinting at it so obviously, he’s not even giving us a chance to experience that regret.

Yesterday, his target was Fox News, which he criticized in a private meeting as biased toward Romney from the beginning of the primary. He also had provocative words for George Will and other conservatives who have been anything less than fans of his. RealClearPolitics reports:

Gingrich did not pull his punches in accusing Rupert Murdoch — the chairman and CEO of News Corp., FOX News’ parent company — of pushing for Romney behind the scenes.

“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich said. “And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches FOX.”

He saved his strongest condemnation for syndicated columnist and ABC television commentator George Will, who has been critical of the former congressman throughout his campaign.

Gingrich said that Will was among the conservative media figures who harbored “personal jealousy” against him.

“In the case of Will, I was on [George] Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning with him, and it was kind of a ‘You’re not allowed to run for office — I mean, if you could run for office, why am I not running for office?’ ” Gingrich said. “And it’s almost like they were personally offended. You know, ‘This can’t be real, and how can this guy go do that?’ I got that reaction from Will a few years back about writing a book because I’m supposed to be a politician. He’s supposed to be the writer. Well, I’ve now written 24 books, and 13 of them are New York Times bestsellers. I mean, there’s a morning when George ought to just get over it.”

These quotes are painful to read. Not only do they smack of desperation, but they also show a lack of discretion. Sure, he was speaking at a private meeting — but he knew RCP had access to that meeting and “private” in this instance is an adjective that describes a meeting with Tea Party activists, not family friends. Every single thing he said might be true, but the remarks still make him look petty. Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America. I’d like to be able to think of him as an American treasure again right now, but these kinds of comments make that hard.


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4.5 million in the hole and still racking up the debt. Nothing says you are fiscally responsible like wasting money on a failed campaign.

Just give it up Newt, and stop whining.

milcus on April 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America

wow- are you OUT OF TOUCH. If he was so beloved, how can he also be the most despised politician in America right now?!! He has larger negatives than Ron Paul in every poll!! A “beloved” Speaker is not pushed out of office BY HIS OWN PARTY back in 1997!

Talk about delusional- you and Newtie can get your own padded rooms side by side!

AirForceCane on April 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Watching an ego explode is never a pretty to see.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Borderline Insane?

PappyD61 on April 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Watching an ego explode is never a pretty thing to see.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

My fingers fail me once again.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Newt is a serious candidate. He’s on the rise.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Newt Gingrich…continues to find ways to make headlines…

Yeah, but not the good kind.

Newty: “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the PRECIOUS! They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses FOX. Wicked, tricksy, false!”

cicerone on April 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I think my favorite Newt rant was after Florida. He went on and on and on about Mitt the Merciless and he rode that Great White Romney whale until the cable networks pulled the plug on him. I wish I’d recorded it but I couldn’t stop laughing.

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m beautiful.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Jeeeez…Newt!
Please shut-up when you’re not debating!
You went from “I’m going to be the nominee!” …to where I’m starting to think…get your hair done like Calistta’s…put on a dress… and start singing!

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Newt is a serious candidate. He’s on the rise.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Rising to the bottom.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Some say Santorum should have quit sooner. I personally am glad he hung in there. Now that Romney’s only serious contender is out, the remaining tortoises who are trailing badly in this race are only looking desperate and narcissistic.

Gingrich and Paul, show some dignity and get out.

shick on April 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Newt Gingrich…continues to find ways to make headlines…

Yeah, but not the good kind.

Newty: “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the PRECIOUS! They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses FOX. Wicked, tricksy, false!”

cicerone on April 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Now that’s funny. I don’t care who you are.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

You went from “I’m going to be the nominee!” …to where I’m starting to think…get your hair done like Calistta’s…put on a dress… and start singing!

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Here you go, just for you.

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Newty: “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the PRECIOUS! They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses FOX. Wicked, tricksy, false!”

cicerone on April 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

LOL. Cute.

shick on April 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America.

Wrong Tina. He entered being attacked as an anti-Reagan churlish cad. He overcame a huge set of negatives by trying to remain positive and slinging his well known conservative policies until he got smacked by negative ads in the early Florida primary after cleaning the floor with mousey media debate moderators.

He made mistakes but easily weathered the condecension that democrats never get. Romney is our candidate but it has always appeared he had it in the bag to us rubes who wanted a conservative to win. It may not have been Newt but we are left with hoping Romney can prove he is up to it.

I don’t get the continuing pig pile on a guy that has worked very hard to promote conservative concepts. And no Rombots, I don’t need to be reminded of the couch, moon bases and other BS he distracted us with. None of our candidates will ever be perfect but ALL of them are better than what we have as president.

George Will is so inside the beltway he can’t possibly relate to our reality.

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Trying too hard to remain relevant, he becomes increasingly irrelevant.

topdog on April 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Go Newt go!

Far, far away.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Trying too hard to remain relevant, he becomes increasingly irrelevant.

topdog on April 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Would that be the “Law of Lindsey Lohan”?

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Of your what exactly? Millions of dollars of debt? Infinite ego? Gold-digger companion?

lester on April 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Why does this even merit a post? At most it’s a headline, and that’s stretching it. Gingrich was still a factor when Santorum was in; now he’s irrelevant, in or out. Hot Air, I’m begging you – out of respect for the man’s very real former accomplishments, stop posting about him.

Mr. Arkadin on April 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Newt needs to star in a remake of the movie, “The King of Comedy” as he truly is the real life Rupert Pupkin.

TEPJoePa on April 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

At least Newt isn’t in a cult though.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

George Will is so inside the beltway he can’t possibly relate to our reality.

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

But the problem is that Newt is just as inside the beltway as Will if not more.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy with our front running nominee who has no leg to stand on regarding Obamacare.

shick on April 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Tina Korbe:

Once a fighter, always a fighter, apparently.

You got that part right Tina. Good on Newt going after Fox News and all the other media elites that palinized him and his campaign.

He saved his strongest condemnation for syndicated columnist and ABC television commentator George Will, who has been critical of the former congressman throughout his campaign.
Gingrich said that Will was among the conservative media figures who harbored “personal jealousy” against him.
“In the case of Will, I was on [George] Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning with him, and it was kind of a ‘You’re not allowed to run for office — I mean, if you could run for office, why am I not running for office?’ ” Gingrich said. “And it’s almost like they were personally offended. You know, ‘This can’t be real, and how can this guy go do that?’ I got that reaction from Will a few years back about writing a book because I’m supposed to be a politician. He’s supposed to be the writer. Well, I’ve now written 24 books, and 13 of them are New York Times bestsellers. I mean, there’s a morning when George ought to just get over it.”

Go get em, Newt. Next up: Ann Coulter, Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer. Keep fighting the establishment media.

IndeCon on April 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

At least Newt isn’t in a cult though.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Newt is in the cult of Newt – and he’s not just a member…

kjl291 on April 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Tina said:

Newt Gingrich, who has engineered at least a couple of comebacks in the primary season so far but who also remains ridiculously far behind Mitt Romney in the delegate count,

Romney has 573 and needs 571 more to reach 1,144.

Newt doesn’t have to reach 1,144.

Newt only has to keep Romney from reaching 1,144.

It ain’t over until it’s over. Here’s the complete list of places where Romney has won a majority (rather than just a plurality) so far:

Nevada
Virginia (where Gingrich and Santorum were not on the ballot)
Massachusetts (Romney’s home state)
Idaho
Northern Marianas
Guam
Puerto Rico
District of Columbia (where Santorum was not on the ballot)

The Northern Marianas, Guam, and Puerto Rico will have a combined ZERO (0) electors at the Electoral College.

The only states where Romney won a majority of the vote, against a slate that included Santorum and Gingrich, were: Nevada, Massachusetts, and Idaho.

Let’s wait and see how things shake out in the upcoming primaries. It may not go all Romney as you expect.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Newt is a serious candidate. He’s on the rise.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Like a lump of sweaty dough.

And it’s time to call Ghostbusters ‘cuz he’s fixing’ to go full Stay-Puft on us.

M240H on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Earlier this week when saucy butterball Newt said that “Media Elites” like George Will hate him because he doesn’t go to their cocktail soirees, I thought of:

I’m too sexy for your party
Too sexy for your party
No way I’m disco dancing

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America.

Uhm, no. He entered this race with a tarnished reputation as a hypocrite who often spouted his “pay attention only to what I say, not what I do” message. Chasing interns while attacking someone else for chasing interns was bad form. Undercutting President Reagan in Congress was bad form. Undercutting George H.W. Bush in Congress was bad form.

Gingrich has a reputation for being out for Gingrich and Gingrich only. The actions of the past couple of days are TYPICAL Gingrich, not an anomaly. And in 6 months to a year, he will be trying to explain what he “really” meant by these words he is saying today and will complain that he was “misunderstood” as he grovels to Fox News. He will become the next McCain. He is going to learn that there is butter on the CNN side of his bread now that he has licked it all off of the Fox News side. He will now collect a paycheck for being critical of Republicans.

Newt Gingrich is about to become the next David Frum. Watch and see.

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Go get em, Newt. Next up: Ann Coulter, Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer. Keep fighting the establishment media.

IndeCon on April 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Ah I remember the days when NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC/CNN/PBS used to be the “establishment media”. We’ve come a long way. Go get em, Newt. Whip that dead horse.

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Haters gon’ hate

Greek Fire on April 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

*sigh*

(And I’m not even a Mittbot)

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

At least Newt isn’t in a cult though.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

He is a Catholic, isn’t he?

Seriously – he apparently believes in an invisible man in the sky who has a list of ten things we shouldn’t do, and he is not in a cult. But THIS GUY, OVER HERE, apparently believes in an invisible man in the sky who has a list of ten things we shouldn’t do IS IN A CULT.

To the HA faithful that read this – it is not a criticism of religion in general, nor an attack on Catholicism specifically.

It is a criticism of anti-Mormon bigotry and hypocrisy.

kjl291 on April 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Once a jackass, always a jackass.

Newt continues to provide examples of the limitations of intelligence that is not supported by common sense and an average dose of humility.

novaculus on April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Romney is our candidate but it has always appeared he had it in the bag to us rubes who wanted a conservative to win. It may not have been Newt but we are left with hoping Romney can prove he is up to it.

How Newt is any sort of “conservative” ideal continues to be a mystery to me.

He’s a complete embarrassment to his family who can’t control his zipper and a guy who appeared in a kissy face ad with Nancy Pelosi.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The only states where Romney won a majority of the vote, against a slate that included Santorum and Gingrich, were: Nevada, Massachusetts, and Idaho.

Let’s wait and see how things shake out in the upcoming primaries. It may not go all Romney as you expect.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Seriously…still? Santorum has withdrawn, Paul is a non-factor, and Newt is, to put it charitably, embarrassing himself at this point.

It’s over.

changer1701 on April 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Let’s wait and see how things shake out in the upcoming primaries. It may not go all Romney as you expect.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Things have already shook out and Newt is not part of the equation anymore.

I’m not happy with our choice, but it is what is. Time to move on.

ABO!

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Let’s wait and see how things shake out in the upcoming primaries. It may not go all Romney as you expect.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The frightening thing is, Newt actually believes he is the guy. He thinks we will get to the Convention and the delegates will say they aren’t happy with the Man in 1st place. However, they won’t even bother settling on the 2nd place finisher (Santorum) they will move on to 3rd or 4th place (depending on where you put Paul) Gingrich. He is out of his mind. If there is to be a brokered Convention, the eventual nominee will be an “outsider” and not somebody who could only win their home state and the state next to it.

TEPJoePa on April 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The only states where Romney won a majority of the vote, against a slate that included Santorum and Gingrich, were: Nevada, Massachusetts, and Idaho.

Let’s wait and see how things shake out in the upcoming primaries. It may not go all Romney as you expect.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Do you really get how idiotic that posting is? Bill Clinton never won a majority vote for President in a race that included Ross Perot, either.

It is extremely difficult to get a “majority” (over 50%) in a three way race and nearly impossible in a four way race (you forgot Ron Paul).

Bill Clinton got 43.0% of the popular vote in 1992. He would have LOST that election without Ross Perot. He got 49.2% in 1996. At no time did Bill Clinton ever get 50% of the vote in this country.

In a race of more than two people, a person must have extraordinarily overwhelming support in order to get >50%

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America.

Seriously? Beginning from the moment he was drummed out of the House, until this campaign, please name for me ONE conservative thing Gingrich said or did that would make us “belove” him?? He existed as a pointy headed academic elite that espoused the same ideas as the left. He presents himself to us now through words a conservative when his deeds suggest nothing remotely close to that.

“”This is a campaign of people power versus money power,” the former House speaker declared.”

“Gingrich called the former Massachusetts governor a “rich guy” incapable of connecting with working class Americans.”

“The truth is he doesn’t understand the free market,” Gingrich said of his chief rival. “He understands a lot about finance, but finance is not the free market, and Wall Street is not Main Street, and giant businesses are not small businesses.”

“”We did not create Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so rich guys like Mitt Romney and Goldman Sachs can make money,” Gingrich said, delivering one of his sharpest attacks against Romney to date.”

So it’s only now you are questioning his “beloved” status??

daveweber on April 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Wow. I am no fan of Newt, but I am pretty shocked to see so many of you who don’t see the bias in Fox for Mittens this last year. I won’t watch Fox anymore. I remember a time when Fox news used to criticize Romney because he had so many non-conservative views. Now, it is awkward to hear them keep going on an on with praise for Romney. I’ve quit watching it.

jostrow on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

“Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America.”

If by “relatively” sterling, you mean tarnished, then yes. “Beloved?” He was ousted from the Speaker’s chair by his Republican colleagues (who still don’t even like him) — and 70% of the entire country approved. He deserves major props for his successes in Congress, but since the 90′s he’s jumped on every passing band wagon, and reversed himself on more issues than Romney. He had next to no support for a Presidential run in 2008, and not a whole lot more when he started out this time. People loved him because he attacked the press and pushed back with issues. He’s still got some fans, but he self-destructed just as his detractors predicted.

“In the end, he might be right, but, by hinting at it so obviously, he’s not even giving us a chance to experience that regret.”

“Hinting?” It only took one big defeat for him to show his true colors again, and he’s been shifting blame and burning bridges ever since. “Regret?” Not a chance — more like dodging a bullet. I doubt he’ll even be able to reclaim his status as the darling of CPAC.

JM Hanes on April 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Wow. I am no fan of Newt, but I am pretty shocked to see so many of you who don’t see the bias in Fox for Mittens this last year. I won’t watch Fox anymore. I remember a time when Fox news used to criticize Romney because he had so many non-conservative views. Now, it is awkward to hear them keep going on an on with praise for Romney. I’ve quit watching it.

jostrow on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I have no more use for Fox News than I do for MSNBC. Too slow, too inane, follows too many stories I don’t care about, simply put there to irritate people rather than inform.

Hannity and O’Reilly are two of the most annoying people on TV, only slightly less so than Chris Matthews.

The only decent thing I can say about Fox News (it’s on at my gym) is that it has many fine looking women as commentators. What experience they have in anything is questionable, but they are nice to see.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

jastrow:

“Wow. I am no fan of Newt, but I am pretty shocked to see so many of you who don’t see the bias in Fox for Mittens this last year.”

Check out the actual media stats, and you’ll find that Romney got more negative than positive coverage at Fox.

I don’t think you can call Fox on bias against Newt, either. There was just no way to cast things like his stunning attack on business and Bain in a positive light. Fox’s wasn’t there to sell Newt’s spin, and I didn’t see them buying Romney’s either.

JM Hanes on April 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Gingrich is as much of a narcissist as Obama. His huge ego is what caused conservatives to rebel against his scatter-brained approach, he had no follow through, just expected to swoop in, drop a few grandiose ideas couched in even more grandiose language, bask in his own glory, and move on the next Big Newt Idea.

A good bit of his outstanding debt is to small businesses he screwed out of campaign supplies and services, often by using friends of the owners to persuade them the bill would be promptly paid – even as Newt and Callista traveled first class all the way.

NEWT: Pay off your bills, you deadbeat, and STFU.

Adjoran on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Most human beings are made up of about 65% water. Gingrich is, however, made up of 100% ego.

Shump on April 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

jostrow on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

amen bro

They’re moving my sucky baseball team to the toy league, no use watching basketball in the regular season since almost every team now qualifies for the playoffs. We’re about reduced to TCM until f’ball comes back. So I flipped to Fox.

I saw O’Really open with his talking points”…and now the race is between a candidate promoting the capitalist economy and the other one for social justice…”. Like they are mutually exclusive. Sheesh.

Anybody have any tips on Hulu or some other option? Paying for this crap is not worth it.

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Permanent meltdown mode.

Philly on April 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Newt to George Will:

http://youtu.be/FmpWvkO4TUI

grahsco on April 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I love how all you lemmings fall in line to bash ‘anybody-but-Romney’ the minute some Town hall Rombot tells you what to think.
Next up on Hot Air. “Come on guys, Portman’s an awesome pick! Even NRO thinks so!

AmeriCuda on April 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Hannity and O’Reilly are two of the most annoying people on TV, only slightly less so than Chris Matthews.

I’ll have to agree there. The best show on their airwaves is, in my opinion, John Batchelor but he isn’t on TV.

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Next up on Hot Air. “Come on guys, Portman’s an awesome pick! Even NRO thinks so!

AmeriCuda on April 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Portman IS a good pick. Have you actually researched him at all? Whoever the VP is, I am pretty much betting it will be someone most people have never heard of before, as it often is with VP picks.

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Newt doesn’t have to reach 1,144.

Newt only has to keep Romney from reaching 1,144.

ITguy on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

That’s kind of like underwear gnome logic:

Step one: Keep Romney from getting 1,144
Step two: ?
Step Three: nomination!

jnelchef on April 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

John Batchelor but he isn’t on TV.

I heard him for the first time the other night. He allowed whatever liberal he was interviewing to just go on and on and on. Might have been the Gasland guy or the one trying to come up with a similar tale.

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Good for Newt calling out some of the people that I hate like the Toupee Atheist George Will. George Will should stick to talking about Baseball.

CoolChange80 on April 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

He is a Catholic, isn’t he?

Seriously – he apparently believes in an invisible man in the sky who has a list of ten things we shouldn’t do, and he is not in a cult. But THIS GUY, OVER HERE, apparently believes in an invisible man in the sky who has a list of ten things we shouldn’t do IS IN A CULT.

To the HA faithful that read this – it is not a criticism of religion in general, nor an attack on Catholicism specifically.

It is a criticism of anti-Mormon bigotry and hypocrisy.

kjl291 on April 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

It’s disappointing to see accusations of bigotry and hypocrisy without any examples.

Perhaps the real difference between the two “cults” as you describe them is in the doctrine itself but if I go there I’m sure to be labeled a bigot.

As a Baptist, I’m not defending Romanism but just pointing out your failed criticism.

shick on April 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Wow. I am no fan of Newt, but I am pretty shocked to see so many of you who don’t see the bias in Fox for Mittens this last year. I won’t watch Fox anymore. I remember a time when Fox news used to criticize Romney because he had so many non-conservative views. Now, it is awkward to hear them keep going on an on with praise for Romney. I’ve quit watching it.

jostrow on April 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Gingrich should be saying the same thing. But he doesn’t. Instead, he has used class warfare against Romney. They are both out of touch but Newt is more.

You are completely right on Fox. Now they will just focus on Obama’s negatives. That’s alright but they have a voice and should hold Mitt’s feet to the fire and demand he not shake that Etch-A-Sketch back to Massachusetts governor days.

shick on April 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Every single thing he said might be true, but the remarks still make him look petty. Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation as a former beloved Speaker of the House who was the architect of the Contract with America. I’d like to be able to think of him as an American treasure again right now, but these kinds of comments make that hard.

I completely disagree, Tina. Gingrich was savaged so severely by the GOP establishment and the punditocracy that I don’t think he owes anybody any mercy. After all, what does he have to lose? His detractors have already emptied their dump trucks full of kitchen sinks and buried him!

Newt is one of the few Republicans who actually wants to be at the wheel driving a conservative agenda, rather than just be an irritating backseat driver to liberal Democrats! (Remember Will’s laughable reference to “the canny Mitch McConnell.” Puhleeze.) Compare the fact that Newt found a way in the first Clinton midterm elections to become Speaker of the House, and GOP Senate candidates road his coattails to eke out a majority.

I’m not a complete fan of Newt because he has a big mouth, and he at times will compromise conservative principles in unacceptable ways when trying to carve out new constituencies (the Gore couch with Pelosi, Dede Scozzafava, bashing Ryan as a social engineer, etc.) but when he’s got good ideas, most of the time he’s not just throwing gimmicks out there to counter dumb Dem plans, he actually wants to follow through.

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again — the further we get from the Reagan era, the more it looks like an anomaly. The GOP seems like it is ready to get the idea of leadership over with, and retake its place second in line in Washington, where it feels most comfortable.

L.N. Smithee on April 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m with you.

Gingrich was nastily criticized from the Left and the Right coming out the gate.

He was the leading candidate to put Obama on the defensive during the debates. “Food Stamp President” got under Obama’s skin. Newt kept the focus on the real opponent of America’s exceptionalism until the smears and distortions had to be addressed.

Obviously, the words private meeting mean nothing. When a candidate cannot speak frankly and is further vilified for doing so, then running for office gives the prize to whoever runs the slickest machine.

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Gingrich said that Will was among the conservative media figures who harbored “personal jealousy” against him.

And who can blame him? Aren’t we all jealous of Newt? Don’t we all wish that we could be just like him?

MJBrutus on April 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Go get em, Newt. Next up: Ann Coulter, Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer. Keep fighting the establishment media.

IndeCon on April 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Ah I remember the days when NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC/CNN/PBS used to be the “establishment media”. We’ve come a long way. Go get em, Newt. Whip that dead horse.

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The republican establishment media has been so biased beyond belief for Romney in this primary they make the old establishment media look fair and balanced.

DanMan on April 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m with you.

Gingrich was nastily criticized from the Left and the Right coming out the gate.

He was the leading candidate to put Obama on the defensive during the debates. “Food Stamp President” got under Obama’s skin. Newt kept the focus on the real opponent of America’s exceptionalism until the smears and distortions had to be addressed.

Obviously, the words private meeting mean nothing. When a candidate cannot speak frankly and is further vilified for doing so, then running for office gives the prize to whoever runs the slickest machine.

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

True that^^^

IndeCon on April 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

IndeCon on April 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

That’s some pant load there. The fact of the matter is that the only reason this farce of primary took until April, the only reason we had the rise of one clown and then another before running out of clowns was because the same media “biased in favor of Romney” were in fact wildly biased against Mitt. They were interested in keeping the horse race going as long as they could. So, they pretended that the 7 or 8 dwarves (I’ve lost count) who had no business even running were serious contenders. They went along with every bogus “gaffe” from Mitt and ignored the true failings of the others just to extend the lie that the race was competitive. So cry me a river of tears. The last laugh is on the fools who imagined the result was ever in doubt.

MJBrutus on April 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Obviously, the words private meeting mean nothing. When a candidate cannot speak frankly and is further vilified for doing so, then running for office gives the prize to whoever runs the slickest machine.

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Newt invited the folks from RealClearPolitics. What did he think was going happen? Nothing in politics is private anymore.

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Newt will drop out if he is allowed to walk on stage during one of the Presidential Debates and can yell at Obama and call him a Muslim and a Kenyan. And then he can plug his next book right before he walks off stage. Newt would get everything he wants, the ability to embarrass himself and his entire family in front of a world audience and push his upcoming book, “It is Newt’s World and We Should All Be Thankful to Live In It.”

TEPJoePa on April 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Here you go, just for you.

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

…golly! I thought that was Moochelle’s behind!

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Gingrich entered this race with a relatively sterling reputation

It’s not Gibngrich that’s the problem with the GOP. Will and the default puppet-pundits of the right, have desecrated the very idea of objectivity. They have became unprofessional hacks of the “only RINO’s need apply” GOP. This was transparent when they took down Palin (and tsk, tsked the others, for Mr. Etch-a sketch.Newt is right on target in nailing Will and the others who pretend that the primaries are the peoples’ choices.

There’s a lot about Newt I don’t like, but the Will, Coulter, Rove, Noonan, and the Krauthammer complex deserves to be slammed for their arrogance and duplicity.
My pleasure will be in neutering George Will’s vote with my own.

Don L on April 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Opinions are like butts. Everyone has one. So I guess that makes George Will ALL @SS!!!!!

Colatteral Damage on April 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM