Hmmm: Gingrich cancels all campaign appearances in North Carolina next week; Update: Staying in, says spokesman; Update: NC events back on

posted at 8:37 pm on April 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

He’s never wavered from his position that he’ll stay in the race until Romney clinches a majority of delegates, but the unspoken caveat to that is “provided I can afford it.” Can he still?

There is increased speculation Friday evening about the political future of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Sources told NewsChannel 36 Gingrich has canceled all of his appearances in North Carolina next week.

Gingrich was scheduled to make multiple appearances throughout the state, including a visit to Lincoln Charter School in Denver next Wednesday. Fourth graders planned to present him with an American history project…

The Gingrich campaign is reportedly millions of dollars in debt.

He’s still getting Secret Service protection at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money per day for reasons no one quite understands. One theory: “Staff members thought it was ridiculous too, and just another example of Newt’s arrogance and self-importance.” If you missed it yesterday, read Molly Ball in the Atlantic making the case that the campaign has ended up being a total professional disaster for Gingrich. It’s not just that he’s become a figure of ridicule, getting bit by a penguin during a visit to a zoo while Romney is preparing for the general election, it’s that his nonprofit org and his for-profit advocacy group have both shut down in the meantime. Hard to argue with the proposition that he’s pressed on too long, at least, but I don’t think running was a complete mistake. The ridicule notwithstanding, his profile is higher than it’s been at any time since he resigned as Speaker. Once the primary ends and he lies low for a few months, he can rise from the ashes in the fall as the elder statesman who refused to say die even as the entire establishment turned against him. He’ll earn grudging respect for that, and he’ll probably give a rousing speech at the convention playing attack dog for Romney against Obama. Then he can go to CNN and be a Carville-esque “insider who’s seen it all” wise man/political analyst. Not a terrible outcome. Now all he needs to do is figure out how to, er, pay off all that debt.

Since we’re on the subject of minor campaign mysteries, your exit question: Should we read anything into this? I ask only because they’ll be in Pennsylvania, not Florida, so it’s not obvious to me why Romney would call on Rubio there instead of, say, Pat Toomey.

Update: Newt’s spokesman told the NYT today that he’s neither quitting nor giving up his Secret Service agents, but it’s unclear if he told them that before or after the North Carolina events were canceled. Maybe the NC decision is a late-breaking one?

The Daily Caller sought comment from a taxpayer group, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance, which said Mr. Gingrich, a former speaker of the House, should recognize the importance of saving money.

David Williams, president of the year-old Taxpayer Protection Alliance, reaffirmed that view in an interview on Friday.

“We really don’t begrudge a presidential candidate having security,” he said. “But even Gingrich is referring to his campaign in the past tense. Why not end the taxpayer expense that goes with it?”

Update: Now Gingrich’s spokesman says the NC trip is still on and that the cancellation is a “communications glitch.” According to the new FEC filings, his campaign owes $4.3 million.


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Hang in there Newt……

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 8:39 PM

is he going to rescue Dede Scuzzafavva’s campaign?

ted c on April 20, 2012 at 8:39 PM

He’s still getting Secret Service protection at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money per day for reasons no one quite understands.

I could be cheaper if not for the prostitutes..

/

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Since we’re on the subject of minor campaign mysteries, your exit question: Should we read anything into this? I ask only because they’ll be in Pennsylvania, not Florida, so it’s not obvious to me why Romney would call on Rubio there instead of, say, Pat Toomey.

Has Toomey endorsed yet?

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Wow…RED/!

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

AP…
Put a “/” on that RED.

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Too bad. newt could have been our first black president.*

* According to Pastor Manning, who said:

I believe that Newt Gingrich’s father was a liberal, educated black man. I do. Because Newt’s real name is Newton Leroy Mcpherson… Nobody on the planet names their children Leroy except black people. “

Zombie on April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Thanks…

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I had hopes for him and still wished he wasn`t so high on himself. He`s jsut trashing around and wasting time and money (that he doesn`t have).

ThePrez on April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

My EYES!

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The Plot Thickens!!

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

He’ll earn grudging respect for that

In a “Black Knight” sort of way.

The Secret Service is a little short-handed right now. Newt might do the country a favor and return his agents to Washington for the greater good of the country.

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I’m sure he tried to board his bus and the driver told him they couldn’t afford to fill up.

MFn G I M P on April 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Allah,

Here’s something I found locally:

The honorary chairman of Gingrich’s North Carolina campaign pledged to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Tom Fetzer, a former state GOP chairman, issued a news release endorsing Romney for the Republican nomination.

teebo on April 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

The penguin sent a message.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Hang in there Newt.

This is for you 7%.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Newt is a joke now. He’s lost every bit of credibility.

rubberneck on April 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Newt is the least of our problems, and sometimes he’s right on target…

idesign on April 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Has Toomey endorsed yet?

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Yes. Toomey endorsed Romney about a week back I think.

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Pretty simple: He’s out of money.

TheLastBrainLeft on April 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Newty Tweets!
————-

Newt Gingrich‏@newtgingrichReply

Please take a moment to get involved with my campaign and make calls to voters

http://grassroots.newt.org

http://twitter.com/#!/newtgingrich

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

All I can think of is “Death of a Salesman”. Tragic. Pathetic.

NickDeringer on April 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

pathological narcissism.

the penguin has more credible, realistic reasons to run for office at this point- he is after all half black and half white-apparently quite the selling point with the american voter.

yes, i would vote penguin if it wasn’t a imperative that barry be tossed out of office.

mittens on April 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I’m starting to feel sorry for Newt…He’s just trying to postpone the dropping out as long as he can. Not to mention his Secret Service detail, as of now this is a total waste of taxpayer money.

JetBoy on April 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Has Toomey endorsed yet?

Yes, he endorsed Romney the day after Santorum dropped out. He had been tacitly endorsing him in his statements for several weeks prior to that, though.

Esoteric on April 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

OT: Liz Cheney in for Hannity tonight.

Thank goodness!

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

No bones about it, I’m a very strong Newt supporter. Beyond a shadow of a doubt he would be the absolute best President given the national situation. He could make unicorn pies out of Obozo at any level. I will vote for him in the Texas primary.

That being said, it’s time for Newt to get out and get on with beating Jug Ears.

NOMOBO on April 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Where are Dante and Bluegill to give us their insights.

RickB on April 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Saw Newt speak at a tea party last weekend in Raleigh. He spoke at 4 tea parties in the state that day.
It was not well advertised and turnout was low.
The primary is May 8th. No sign of Mitt except to fundraise here in NC. Seems like he’s only interested in showing up if there’s money involved. He has problems in the south and with conservatives so you would think he would be here. Newt was here. Obama will be here next week. Where’s Romney?

Trucorgi on April 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Will Newt’s “I’m suspending my campaign” speech be an epic meltdown?

Maybe Comrade Newt’s credit cards were cancelled.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I’m starting to feel sorry for Newt…He’s just trying to postpone the dropping out as long as he can. Not to mention his Secret Service detail, as of now this is a total waste of taxpayer money.

JetBoy on April 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Still, you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. He folds now, and all the rest of the stuff, the crazy roller coaster ride that was his campaign, the Secret Service expenses, etc., becomes a footnote, soon to be forgotten.

TXUS on April 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Now all he needs to do is figure out how to, er, pay off all that debt.
==========

Apr 20, 2012 8:59pm
Gingrich Campaign $4.3 Million In Debt, Filings Show
*****************************************************

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/gingrich-campaign-4-3-million-in-debt-filings-show/

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Another Mediterranean cruise with Callista?

jnelchef on April 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Maybe he will join Santorum and meet with Mitt to have his campaign debts paid down. It’s time, Newt – stop the bleeding.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Saw Newt speak at a tea party last weekend in Raleigh. He spoke at 4 tea parties in the state that day.
It was not well advertised and turnout was low.
The primary is May 8th. No sign of Mitt except to fundraise here in NC. Seems like he’s only interested in showing up if there’s money involved. He has problems in the south and with conservatives so you would think he would be here. Newt was here. Obama will be here next week. Where’s Romney?

Trucorgi on April 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Mitt has the primary in the bag. Therefore, fundraising is the game right now.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Where are Dante and Bluegill to give us their insights.

RickB on April 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Their “English-to-dumb@$$” translators crashed, and until their computers finish rebooting the site might as well be written in Arabic.

MelonCollie on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Newt’s campaign reminds me of Spinal Tap. It’s pretty sad.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Newt! Hang in there. There is not much difference between a campaign 4.5 million dollars vs 7 million dollars in debt when there is no intention to pay anyway.

galtani on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Newt’s spokesman told the NYT today that he’s neither quitting nor giving up his Secret Service agents, but it’s unclear if he told them that before or after the North Carolina events were canceled.

Just feeding his ego at this point. Almost sad to watch, really.

changer1701 on April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

This has pretty much turned into “Newt and Callista’s Excellent Adventure.”

The longer Newt stays in, the more has for his book, which we all know is coming.

bw222 on April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Harold Stassen Newt.

VorDaj on April 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Newt could have been the nominee 4 years ago…

ladyingray on April 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

People can still vote for him without him making a physical appearance. I will, when California gets around to holding a primary.

joe_doufu on April 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Remember that time when Newt smacked Yaun Williams during that debate…

Good times…..

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Maybe he should just trash the rich.That will be good for a few votes.

Also OT but not sure if this made the rounds yet–

Picture of Zimmerman’s head from the scene of the shooting.

http://www.wftv.com/photo/news/local/graphic-photo-george-zimmerman/pSGsK/

CW on April 20, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Newt’s campaign reminds me of Spinal Tap. It’s pretty sad.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Newt doesn’t go to 11, and he will never be big in Japan. Spinal Tap rocks.

Bishop on April 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I honestly think Newt is perfectly positioned for an amazing come-from-behind victory for the nomination. As a matter of fact, I am willing right now to wager my entire $10 million fortune that Newt will be the nominee.

Lol, nah.

C’mon Newt, give it up before you look even crazier.

mitchellvii on April 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I really would have loved that debate between Obama and Newt.

Romney carpet bombed Newt with ads and finished him off.
Politics is a blood sport and money is part of it.

That’s life. Big sigh.

America could have used a brainiac, with such depth of knowledge, in these serious times, such as Newt.

Hope Newt gets a position in President Romney’s Cabinet.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The longer Newt stays in, the more has for his book, which we all know is coming.

bw222 on April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Go and read that article AP linked to over at the Atlantic. Newt is broke, really broke, he even lost his million dollar line of credit from Tiffany’s.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Electrongod on April 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

O/T – sorry this is bugging me-
Hey, E question, could you tell something, if someone posts just a
dot or a period does that have a internet/lingo meaning?
I was getting into it a little bit today with another poster and Bmore posted just this .
What does that mean?

MontanaMmmm on April 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

off topic

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

No sign of Mitt except to fundraise here in NC.

Huh? You people are crazy. He was in Charlotte on Wednesday of this week.

You spread around crap you read in comments of various blogs without checking it out. Romney was also in Raleigh this week.

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

MontanaMmmm on April 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

off topic

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

sorry, I was responding to your post, but I forgot to quote it…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Romney in Charlotte on Wednesday:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/19/3182430/romney-to-deliver-prebuttal-to.html

Today he is in Arizona and gave a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting where he said on the Keystone pipeline: ‘I will build that pipeline if I have to myself’

http://thehill.com/video/campaign/222883-romney-i-will-build-that-pipeline-if-i-have-to-myself

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Where are Dante and Bluegill to give us their insights.

RickB on April 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

…walking their dogs?

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

We really don’t begrudge a presidential candidate having security,” he said. “But even Gingrich is referring to his campaign in the past tense. Why not end the taxpayer expense that goes with it?”

…because “I’m going to be the nominee!”…that’s why!

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Allah, new story out within the last half hour has a quote from the Gingrich campaign saying the North Carolina trip is back on and that it was a “communications glitch” resulted in its reported cancellation:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/20/11314634-gingrichs-future-hinges-on-delaware?lite?ocid=twitter

Also, as Brit Hume observes on Twitter, I can’t believe that story was written with a straight face.

Shump on April 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Newt’s campaign reminds me of Spinal Tap. It’s pretty sad.
Philly on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

On what day did God create Spinal Tap, and why couldn’t he have rested on that day too?

Rusty Allen on April 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Newt’s campaign reminds me of Spinal Tap. It’s pretty sad.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Newt doesn’t go to 11, and he will never be big in Japan. Spinal Tap rocks.

Bishop on April 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Absolutely.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

This has pretty much turned into “Newt and Callista’s Excellent Adventure.”

The longer Newt stays in, the more has for his book, which we all know is coming.

bw222 on April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Broke or not, Newt could never pass up an opportunity to vent his spleen, so a book is certain. With Newt, it’s always everyone else’s fault that he fails.

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Stay in Newt. Even if it means running a shoe-string campaign. STAY IN! To hell with with beltway Republicans.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

RIP Newt

MJZZZ on April 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Tsk tsk tsk.

The Nerve on April 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Huh? You people are crazy. He was in Charlotte on Wednesday of this week.
You spread around crap you read in comments of various blogs without checking it out. Romney was also in Raleigh this week.

Like I said-No sign of Mitt except to fundraise here in NC.
first trip to North Carolina this year
luncheon in Raleigh followed by Roof With a View and Myers Park Country Club.

Trucorgi on April 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

As per AP’s UPDATE!!

“Newt’s North Carolina trip next week is back on – there was a communications glitch,” Hammond told NBC News about the error.

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Considering how the party has treated Newt, I wouldn’t blame him if he left it. I’m pretty damn close to doing the same thing myself. He was at the forefront of the first House majority in forty years, and four balanced budgets, but that doesn’t seem to matter to a huge number of Republcians who are gleefully kicking him while he’s down.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

, but that doesn’t seem to matter to a huge number of Republcians who are gleefully kicking him while he’s down.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Newt took himself down when he went OWS on Romney and his wealth.

And this didn’t help Newt either.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

He was at the forefront of the first House majority in forty years, and four balanced budgets

He also stabbed three Presidents in the back every chance he got: Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41. He went after Clinton on the Lewinski issue even though he was running around with an intern himself.

He would never be elected in a million years.

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I’m devastated that I’m going to miss these events or potentially not miss these for a possible trip to Ikea or a tea with my mom and/or spring cleaning…anything. Something like that…er….just…awful.

Bee on April 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

He also stabbed three Presidents in the back every chance he got: Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41. He went after Clinton on the Lewinski issue even though he was running around with an intern himself.

He would never be elected in a million years.

crosspatch on April 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

With respect to the Presidents you mentioned, please provide some examples.

With respect to running around with an intern, he wasn’t perjuring himself while doing it.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Newt took himself down when he went OWS on Romney and his wealth.

And this didn’t help Newt either.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Did he go negative during the campaign? Yes, but this was after a smear campaign was waged against him of unprecendented magnitude by the Romney PACs. Up to that point he had focused his attacks on Obama, and in debates had even chastised the media for attempting to get Republicans to fight each other.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Yes, but this was after a smear campaign was waged against him of unprecendented magnitude by the Romney PACs.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

There was nothing in those attack ad’s that wasn’t true.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Did Newt scratch up a few bucks today?

Philly on April 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Double Oops,I mean AP’s linky!!
==============================

Oops,the Linky,I was referrring to!

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/20/11314634-gingrichs-future-hinges-on-delaware?lite

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

canopfor on April 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Go and read that article AP linked to over at the Atlantic. Newt is broke, really broke, he even lost his million dollar line of credit from Tiffany’s.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Gingrich empire is in taters. Perry’s approval rating in Texas has slipped dramatically since his ill-fated presidential campaign. Bachmann’s status is diminished. Santorum is in debt. Perhaps Palin was wise in realizing getting the nomination was a longshot, so “why risk it all?”

bw222 on April 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

what? “communications glitch?” are you kidding me? newt’s campaign is sloppy, they don’t know what they’re doing. this is such a joke. i remember last summer when newt’s campaign was a joke. now it’s gone right back to being a joke.

Gingrich empire is in taters. Perry’s approval rating in Texas has slipped dramatically since his ill-fated presidential campaign. Bachmann’s status is diminished. Santorum is in debt. Perhaps Palin was wise in realizing getting the nomination was a longshot, so “why risk it all?”

bw222 on April 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

hmm good point. maybe she saw how how the republican insiders/ elites/ establishment/ whateveryawannacallem wanted romney from the start and didn’t think she had a chance =( and didn’t want to lose in the primary and have those bad things happen like the others.

palin 2016… sigh

Sachiko on April 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Well, who were these sources, Allah, I’m surprised that two many went for Santorum over Gingrich, since the latter was more right on the issues.

narciso on April 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Yes, but this was after a smear campaign was waged against him of unprecendented magnitude by the Romney PACs.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

There was nothing in those attack ad’s that wasn’t true.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

An example

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

With respect to the Presidents you mentioned, please provide some examples.

With respect to running around with an intern, he wasn’t perjuring himself while doing it.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Ok, no problem:

Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.”

he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”

Gingrich scorned Reagan’s speeches, which moved a party and then a nation, because “the president of the United States cannot discipline himself to use the correct language.” In Afghanistan, Reagan’s policy was marked by “impotence [and] incompetence.” Thus Gingrich concluded as he surveyed five years of Reagan in power that “we have been losing the struggle with the Soviet empire.” Reagan did not know what he was doing, and “it is precisely at the vision and strategy levels that the Soviet empire today is superior to the free world.

I could go on, but there really is little point.

His backstabbing of George HW Bush is legendary.

He was apparently caught by his staff in a compromising position with an intern, later his wife, but was married to someone else a the time, while he was attacking Clinton. No, Gingrich never perjured himself but only because his acts were kept quiet and were never exposed to the public but were widely known to members of Congress which is why they mutinied and threw him out as speaker.

Gingrich is a lying, cheating, whining weasel.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

“For the crime of failing in the 2012 campaign, I hereby sentence you to be hung by the neck until dead.”

old Western movie cliche Newt nightmare

platypus on April 21, 2012 at 3:31 AM

It’s hanged, not hung.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 4:30 AM

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Devastating…

SauerKraut537 on April 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

No Newt is good Newt.

PolarCoug on April 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Allah,

Here’s something I found locally:

The honorary chairman of Gingrich’s North Carolina campaign pledged to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Tom Fetzer, a former state GOP chairman, issued a news release endorsing Romney for the Republican nomination.

teebo on April 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Another communications glitch no doubt:)

Buy Danish on April 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Get out Newt so we an concentrate on the real fight.

rplat on April 21, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Considering how the party has treated Newt, I wouldn’t blame him if he left it. I’m pretty damn close to doing the same thing myself. He was at the forefront of the first House majority in forty years, and four balanced budgets, but that doesn’t seem to matter to a huge number of Republcians who are gleefully kicking him while he’s down.

Reggie1971 on April 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

The beloved Hot Air ‘Newt pic’ is so juvenile. We get it. ‘Hate Newt’ articles, kicking him while he’s down, are kind of getting old now. If Newt is not a threat and so irrelevant, why bother bullying him?

I think Newt should leave the republican party. So should Sarah Palin. The republican party is toast with Romney (Romneycare/Obamacare, antagonist to the conservative base and the tea party) as the nominee. RIP repubs.

IndeCon on April 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

And yet he defended the administration’s policies at Oxford, right around that time, the problem was that for every Elliot Abrams, who was on board with the ‘rollback policy’ there was an Ambassador who opposed the policies,

narciso on April 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Just stop it, Newt.

Pork-Chop on April 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Newt is not going to stop, nor should he. Newt is the last conservative standing. What should stop is the pretense of Hot Air that it is a conservative site. Your candidate, Romney, is an empty suit liberal.

Phil Byler on April 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The Powerline piece, published after the template had been ‘set in stone’

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-02-08/news/mn-4659_1_vice-president

narciso on April 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Newt is not going to stop, nor should he. Newt is the last conservative standing. What should stop is the pretense of Hot Air that it is a conservative site. Your candidate, Romney, is an empty suit liberal.

Phil Byler on April 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Like all institutions, the left infiltrates through use of inclusion. Much as the GOProud group infiltrated the GOP in 2009 and 2010. Romney is just the continuation of the Obamanization of the GOP.

I really love the new conservative debate style that has come about, “Shut the F^CK up”. This should bode very well for the future of the party.

Obama…Romney…Clinton…a dozen or mor steps along the path…An actual conservative.

astonerii on April 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The Tea Party gift that keeps giving.

lester on April 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

You’d think that SOMEBODY in this guy’s entourage would care enough about him to take him aside and tell him the truth… that he looks ridiculous at this point.

Murf76 on April 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

You’d think that SOMEBODY in this guy’s entourage would care enough about him to take him aside and tell him the truth

I believe someone probably has. When you see insiders starting to complain to outsiders, that generally says that either the team has tried to reason with him and he won’t listen or that they are afraid of being fired if they speak their mind to the candidate.

I can’t help but wonder if someone hasn’t promised him a large sum if he stays in to a specific date and that is what is prompting him to hang on. Nothing else makes any sense.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I could go on, but there really is little point.

His backstabbing of George HW Bush is legendary.

He was apparently caught by his staff in a compromising position with an intern, later his wife, but was married to someone else a the time, while he was attacking Clinton. No, Gingrich never perjured himself but only because his acts were kept quiet and were never exposed to the public but were widely known to members of Congress which is why they mutinied and threw him out as speaker.

Gingrich is a lying, cheating, whining weasel.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Newt was criticizing Reagan from the right. You may disagree with his criticisms, but they were valid viewpoints that he was expressing. Reagan was not perfect nor beyond reproach, so Newt’s sporadic criticisms of actions he took are hardly a disqualification for the nomination.

As for GHWB, Newt ended up opposing Bush’s broken promise not to raise taxes. I don’t really see a problem there.

As for Clinton, I don’t know how you think Newt betrayed him.

The assertion that Newt didn’t have to perjure himself about his affair because it was kept quiet that you make is ridiculous. In what setting was he ever going to have to testify about it? How do you know he would lie?

Newt has done far more in his life for the Republican party and conservatism than Mitt Romney ever has, but that does prevent you and a lot of other people from spewing bile at him.

Reggie1971 on April 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

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