Farewell, Newt: a final visit to the zoo

posted at 6:51 pm on April 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Newt Gingrich has made visiting local zoos a staple of his campaign touring — no doubt he feels he’s in his natural wonkish habitat posing for photo ops amongst the flora and fauna. This morning in North Carolina, he took his final donor-funded trip to the zoo with the press — NBC’s Andrew Rafferty provided a (pretty hilarious) play-by-play via his Twitter stream (h/t Twitchy):

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Newt Gingrich’s decision to wait a week to officially drop out of the presidential race was kind of a non sequitur (but then, it fits with Newt’s normally quizzical attitude of  “you need to get on my level” pomposity, so… wash). He’s been making the final campaign rounds this week at some fun events, and has expressed his determination to continue to help the GOP defeat Barack Obama in November:

“We’re going to stay very, very active,” Gingrich told supporters in North Carolina on Wednesday. “We’re working out the details of our transition and will have information for the press over the next couple of days.

“I am committed to this party,” he added. “I am committed to defeating [President] Obama. We’re will try to find ways to be helpful.”

Here’s what you can do to help the Republican party, Newt: don’t. You overstayed your welcome in the presidential race by a long shot, frequently looked absurd, and constantly undercut the GOP’s credibility. I lamented about this when it happened, but the day that the “true conservative” Newt Gingrich committed the one unforgivable political sin — throwing free enterprise under the bus — was among the most disillusioning I’ve yet experienced (but… I’m still young. I’m sure I can look forward to plenty more of that in the future, womp womp.) While I’ll admit that he had several shining, brilliant moments of insight when even I cheered, the conservative cause should be all too glad to see the back of him. Tim Carney, at least, seems to agree:

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign — based on absurd promises, fueled by identity politics and riddled with dishonesty — accomplished little besides undermining the cause of free enterprise. It was the most damaging assault on American conservativism since the second term of George W. Bush.

Gingrich tried to change the meaning of “free enterprise,” “socialist” and “conservative” to justify his own corporate-welfare lobbying and to attack Romney’s career as a capitalist. By subverting the language, he weakened the cause of limited government and free enterprise, confusing the conservative base and the news media — and eroding the theoretical framework on which free-market arguments are made.

Also, by subjugating policy to politics and by shooting from the hip, Gingrich handed Democrats rhetorical ammunition to use against Romney and any Republican who makes a free-market argument.

Mitt Romney may not be the conservative champion we’ve all been waiting for (and how!), but in an election year in which the economy needs to be the primary issue and the very fiscal future of the United States hangs in the balance, what America needs right now is a businessman who truly understands and respects free markets as a powerful force for worldwide prosperity, wealth, happiness, efficiency, innovation, and all manner of good things that big government can only achieve at a sub-par level, if at all. With ‘conservatives’ like Newt Gingrich, who needs liberals? If he does continue to act as a conservative voice in an attempt to ‘help’ the Republican cause, let’s hope he uses his wonkishness for good and keeps the damaging blather on lockdown.


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There’s nothing conservative about “Realpolitik Wilsonian”. Didn’t much care for his endorsement of carbon sequestration either.

Don’t let these guys get to you Erika, you’re instincts and approach are good to go.

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

“I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”…….
.
………………..Comrade Newt

JPeterman on April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Comrade Newt? What in hell are you talking about?

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

There’s nothing conservative about “Realpolitik Wilsonian”. Didn’t much care for his endorsement of carbon sequestration either.

Don’t let these guys get to you Erika, you’re instincts and approach are good to go.

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Trashing a man who has effectively left the race and annoying his supporters while you should be for uniting the party doesn’t demonstrate good political instincts. It’s mendacity. It’s cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Not so much trashing him so much as refusing to characterize his erratic tendencies as consistent with conservatism. Ericka, on the other hand…

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Not so much trashing him so much as refusing to characterize his erratic tendencies as consistent with conservatism. Ericka, on the other hand…

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Newt had real conservative accomplishments of significance while governing. Mitt really has none to speak of.

Aside from that, this is utterly classless. It accomplishes nothing. Reading the comments I am hard pressed to find any Romney supporter who is capable of being graceful in victory. You are doing the party no favors in preparing for the November election.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Well said.

BallisticBob on April 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Do people who support this kind of post think this motivates any supporter of Newt to spend money and time supporting Mitt Romney? Sure he’ll get our votes, but he’ll need more help than that. I mean really, what is going through your mind when you post crap like this?

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Legal Insurrection weighs in on Erika:

You have got to be kidding me. This trashing of Newt by Erika Johnsen, who apparently just started blogging at HotAir, is so over the top:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/newt-a-rino-among-rinos/

davidk on April 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Excellent!

When assessing their governing records, Newt is heads and shoulders above Mitt as actually governing as a conservative.

Not happy with the new girl. No tact, and no class, was shown in this piece.

kakypat on April 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Who you calling Romney supporter, Kemo Sabe? My opinion of Newt is that he did some great things, welfare reform for instance, but some aspects of his approach to governing don’t especially appeal to me.

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Not so much trashing him so much as refusing to characterize his erratic tendencies as consistent with conservatism. Ericka, on the other hand…

wolfsDad on April 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Ericka on the other hand writes bitchy commentary, and you seem to think that passes for a critique of Newt Gingrich’s campaign.

Dr Evil on April 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

You have got to be kidding me. This trashing of Newt by Erika Johnsen, who apparently just started blogging at HotAir, is so over the top:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/newt-a-rino-among-rinos/

Great link. It really says it all. The best comment to the Newt-bashers is this:

YOU NEED US

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Here’s what you can do to help the Republican party, Newt: don’t. You overstayed your welcome in the presidential race by a long shot, frequently looked absurd, and constantly undercut the GOP’s credibility. I lamented about this when it happened, but the day that the “true conservative” Newt Gingrich committed the one unforgivable political sin — throwing free enterprise under the bus — was among the most disillusioning I’ve yet experienced (but… I’m still young. I’m sure I can look forward to plenty more of that in the future, womp womp.) While I’ll admit that he had several shining, brilliant moments of insight when even I cheered, the conservative cause should be all too glad to see the back of him.

Bingo.

PS: Don’t have time to read all the comments but I see someone is citing Mr. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. Sorry, used to be a fan, but he went off the rails many moons ago, and his most recent, mournful, contribution about the end of Newt’s campaign was stunning in its lack of objectivity. It was all about how the eeeeevil Romney screwed the innocent Newt with scorched earth tactics, completely ignoring what Newt did promoting lying propaganda about Bain Capital, and producing robocalls which told Holocaust victims in Florida that the eeevil Romney was going to steal their Kosher food and make them starvvvvvvvve. And then there was the endless sobbing about Romney’s money. And to think I cheered him on from the Contract to America onward. If I cringe at Newt, just imagine what less right of center voters think of him and how it reflects on the GOP.

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Is Erika Johnsen Tina’s sock puppet name…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Fool…

… Read the comments.

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The best comment to the Newt-bashers is this:

YOU NEED US

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yep, and I want my feet rubbed, a pony, and front-row tickets when Jonathan Antoine takes on Puccini. Get cracking, Romney fans!

Sekhmet on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

contribution about the end of Newt’s campaign was stunning in its lack of objectivity

We’ve all seen just how objective you are.

kakypat on April 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Name one conservative achievement of any significance that can be credited to Mitt Romney.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Name one conservative achievement of any significance that can be credited to Mitt Romney.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM

He…..uh

He…..ummmm

HE’S NOT OBAMA SO STFU AND GO PLAY IN YOUR OWS TENT YOU TROLL!!1!111!11ty It’s not my fault you can’t see he’s even better than Ronald Reagan, you RINO!!1!11!11ty

Admins, ban this troll!!! /romney fan

Sekhmet on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Erika, Erika, Erika. Do you not know the history of Newt? Even reading the comments will teach you considerably more than you THINK you know. Upon reading this excuse for an article, I know why I’ve been moving away from hotair…this was pure disrespect toward a smart man, and toward HA readers’ intelligence.

Your style of writing suggests that you are fairly young, liberal college educated, and raised with sarcasm and mockery as acceptable personal traits. They aren’t, they are unattractive and there is nothing remotely redeeming about them.

Erika, dear, why don’t you go back, re-educate yourself, learn some critical thinking/writing skills and then, perhaps, you will go places. Right now, I’m not seeing much of a future here for you.

herm2416 on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Way to bring the party together! Classy!

Please put “How to win friends and influence people on your reading list”.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I am so excited to see how this GOTV strategy works out for them!

Night Owl on April 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Fool…
… Read the comments.
Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Read what comments? Yours? The comments at Legal Insurrection? What? Are you all outrageously outraged by Erika? Is there a fact in evidence I provided in my comments you’d care to dispute? Out with it! How am I a “fool” and you not?

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Read what comments? Yours? The comments at Legal Insurrection? What? Are you all outrageously outraged by Erika? Is there a fact in evidence I provided in my comments you’d care to dispute? Out with it! How am I a “fool” and you not?

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The people who are responding unkindly to this kid’s crass post are outraged by stupidity. Now is a time for the party to come together, but some of Mitt’s supporters seem more concerned with spiking the ball in the endzone and rubbing it in the face of fellow party members than they are in unifying the party, which will be necessary if Obama is to be defeated.

Hot Air owes Newt and his supporters an engraved apology for posting this nasty piece of work. They need to start acting like mature adults who have their priorities in order.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Erika, dear, why don’t you go back, re-educate yourself, learn some critical thinking/writing skills and then, perhaps, you will go places. Right now, I’m not seeing much of a future here for you.

herm2416 on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Maybe learn some manners, too.
She could start with “Respect your elders” and move on to “Children should be seen but not heard”. Go get a couple decades of life experience doing something, then come back and be a commentator.

The mind boggles at how people take an interest in something these days and decide that the very first thing they should do related to the topic is be a commentator or journalist. Those ought to be second careers for veterans who actually know something!

joe_doufu on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

To the owners of HotAir.com,

Who is Erika Johnsen and why do you feel she is qualified to write for this website?

Seriously, where do you find these people? I love reading Ed and Allahpundit (although I did have to quit following him on twitter due to his Newt obsession), but apart from them I think some type of C.V. Is in order.

In the meantime, I suggest you screen your writers for some basic understanding of history for the last thirty years.

grahsco on April 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Erika Johnsen, this is a fine article. Please continue posting here.

The nasty feedback you got seems to be from disgruntled Newt Gingrich fans who embarrassingly believe that Newt was the “true” conservative in the race. A lot of these people also thought Sarah Palin would be able to win a national election. That should tell you something.

bluegill on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Sooooh, y’all are complaining because you think some upstart pointed out the obvious? That Newt should have quit awhile ago (I’m thinking immediately after his embarrassing meltdown in Nevada would have been a good time). As for the comparisons to Tina, I don’t want to be rude and speak ill of someone who’s not here anymore, but this analysis makes much more sense than the convoluted stuff Tina would compose. And please, spare me the “respect your elders” nonsense some of you are engaging in. Bill Clinton is an “elder”. So is George Soros. And Warren Buffet. Are we obligated to “respect” them so much we can’t criticize them? This at a political blog no less…

Leave Erika alone!

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

YOU NEED US

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Right, and to repeat whats been said about Santorum, Paul etc., who ya gonna vote for? ABO. Or you gonna sit it out? Vote for Obummer to hasten the demise?

I’ll admit I’m not a Newt fan and this all amuses me though. Ideally we could avoid the infighting until after the election but heaven forbid a mere blogger voice their opinion.

oryguncon on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Newt had real conservative accomplishments of significance while governing. Mitt really has none to speak of.

Aside from that, this is utterly classless. It accomplishes nothing. Reading the comments I am hard pressed to find any Romney supporter who is capable of being graceful in victory. You are doing the party no favors in preparing for the November election.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

+1000.

A lot of these people also thought Sarah Palin would be able to win a national election.

bluegill on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

She could have, especially this year, if the GOP hadn’t ganged up on her. You’re a tool.

alwaysfiredup on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

oryguncon on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Erika’s hire just confirms that HA is not about conservatives anymore, it is about Republicans. MM would never have let this tripe be published, and she is no fan of Newt.

alwaysfiredup on April 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Also, there is nothing RINO about Newt. He’s been a conservative warrior his entire career, which is vastly more than I-was-pro-choice-until-2002 Mitt Romney.

alwaysfiredup on April 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM

This is HotAir’s new contributor??!

LMAO

Down. The. Toilet.

Norwegian on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Newt isn’t perfect, far from it. But to throw him into the “Rino” den while claiming Romney is acceptable after passing a heavily Federally funded, Mandated Healthcare system that was/is the framework for Obama car is ridiculous.
portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Um, a federally mandated healthcare system was Newt’s idea and something Romney explicitly opposed. Oh well, far be it for me to interrupt your acid trips. And Oregon. Something about Oregon…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Erika Johnsen, this is a fine article. Please continue posting here.

The nasty feedback you got seems to be from disgruntled Newt Gingrich fans who embarrassingly believe that Newt was the “true” conservative in the race. A lot of these people also thought Sarah Palin would be able to win a national election. That should tell you something.

bluegill on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Please cite one conservative achievement of any significance that can be credited to Mitt Romney. Please also look at the federal budget figures while Newt Gingrich was speaker. Look at welfare reform. Look at the fact that under his leadership we realized the first GOP House majority since the Eisenhower administration.

The article was a work of someone without the slightest regard for magnaminity. Immature and classless. Even kids in little league know better than to taunt the loser of a match aftr the ballgame is over.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

She could start with “Respect your elders” and move on to “Children should be seen but not heard”. Go get a couple decades of life experience doing something, then come back and be a commentator.

The mind boggles at how people take an interest in something these days and decide that the very first thing they should do related to the topic is be a commentator or journalist. Those ought to be second careers for veterans who actually know something!

joe_doufu on April 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Bingo. The problem in the digital age is anyone who has fingers to type can be a commentator. Want to hold capitalism in high regard? That’s fine with me…if you go and experience it firsthand for several years. Want to write about the demise of Newt? Fine, maybe after following him or the party Newt built for decades. Want to be a political pundit? Go work in politics first, notch some serious victories under your built first and then come regale us with your worldview. Too many kids spewing off GOP talking points without any real world experience.

Being able to write snarky blog posts isn’t really a life skill. But we indulge them anyway.

Hostile Gospel on April 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I’ll admit I’m not a Newt fan and this all amuses me though. Ideally we could avoid the infighting until after the election but heaven forbid a mere blogger voice their opinion.

oryguncon on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Here’s an opinion. Virtually everything about Mitt’s entire career indicates to me that he has no core ideological beliefs whatsoever. That he is a man who will say anything so long as it will further his political ambitions. What he would do as President is of minute concern in comparison to his desire to BE President. That’s my opinion. Not helpful I guess to making a case for him, or winning in November I suppose, but darnit it’s my opinion.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

This sore loser, per your definition, did not fight to escape Soviet Union so that he can vote for yet another self admitted progressive liberal. While your squishy ass was sitting on a comfy sofa switching channels on TV and chewing Cheezwits not willing to stand up for anything.

Who’s the loser here, loser?

riddick on April 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Oh, brother. How many times are you going to play the “escaped from Soviet Union” moral superiority card? Kind of sad how often you have to bring that up, as if you think it makes your sore loser behavior any more acceptable.

Riddick, your tantrums are getting old. The primary season is over. We know it’s hard when your preferred candidate doesn’t win, but…. you gotta learn to move on. Put your big boy pants on.

Newt Gingrich, while impressive in many ways, was also arguably the least conservative candidate running and ran a sleazy campaign at times. Newt’s erratic campaign and particularly his embarrassing Occupy Wall Street rhetoric didn’t help Newt much. Maybe a few self-obsessed Newt supporters want to be babied and never reminded of why Newt was a failure? It offends their delicate sensibilities too much? Who knows. They need to grow up and see the bigger picture.

Real and realistic conservatives are for Romney at this point. Anyone not supporting Romney is supporting Obama’s re-election chances.

bluegill on April 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I’d add that anyonhe who doubts Newt’s conservatism need only look at what became of the GOP Congress right after he left and Denis Hastert took the reigns. They were a RINO catastrophe.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Um, a federally mandated healthcare system was Newt’s idea and something Romney explicitly opposed. Oh well, far be it for me to interrupt your acid trips. And Oregon. Something about Oregon…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Tell me, which candidate voted to require the purchase of healthcare insurance, and which one just talked about it once. I’ll wait.

alwaysfiredup on April 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Total inappropriate blog post.

john.frank on April 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Please cite one conservative achievement of any significance that can be credited to Mitt Romney. Please also look at the federal budget figures while Newt Gingrich was speaker. Look at welfare reform. Look at the fact that under his leadership we realized the first GOP House majority since the Eisenhower administration.

The article was a work of someone without the slightest regard for magnaminity. Immature and classless. Even kids in little league know better than to taunt the loser of a match aftr the ballgame is over.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The article was a bit jejune, and the Mittbots are their usual swinish selves, but Newt’s whole campaign was a vanity run from the start. He bugged out to the Greek Isles with Callista rather than do the hard work of prepping his campaign last year and his well-known lack of organizational skills and intellectual/emotional discipline resulted in his current politically and economically bankrupt situation. Why should Romney give him a hot nickel, let alone retire his foolishly-incurred campaign debt?

ebrown2 on April 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I’ll admit I’m not a Newt fan and this all amuses me though. Ideally we could avoid the infighting until after the election but heaven forbid a mere blogger voice their opinion.

oryguncon on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Indeed. I’m beginning to despair at the “true conservatives” who are behaving like Stalinists with their vengeful desire to purge Hot Air of thought crimes. Vee must valk en lockshtep vit Newt und dat sarah Palin und dat Santorum. Dat Mormon Romney shuld be shtipped to Buchenwald (or is it Auschwitz), vee must ask the Obama ver it vas his uncle (or vas it his grandfadder) vent?

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Why should Romney give him a hot nickel, let alone retire his foolishly-incurred campaign debt?

ebrown2 on April 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Why should Newt’s supporters lift a finger to help raise campaign funds for him if they are going to be treated this way?

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

And yes I mean raise funds for Romney in the fall.

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Indeed. I’m beginning to despair at the “true conservatives” who are behaving like Stalinists with their vengeful desire to purge Hot Air of thought crimes.

What an absurd comment. Stalinists? Because we might call on someone to act is if they have manners after their candidate has won? People can be as tacky to Newt and their supporters as they like. It doesn’t mean I can’t accurately point out that they are a bunch of jerks for doing so.

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Tell me, which candidate voted to require the purchase of healthcare insurance, and which one just talked about it once. I’ll wait.
alwaysfiredup on April 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Ha! Not Romney. He was a Governor and not a legislator and therefore couldn’t, you know, vote. Now you tell me when Newt governed a state. I’ll wait. As for that “once” claim, perhaps you don’t know what the word “once” means? Wouldn’t surprise me…

The Gingrich Group’s “Center For Health Transformation” has a section detailing their prescription for comprehensive health care reform. One crucial plank? A mandate requiring everyone making $50,000 or more to obtain health insurance or post a bond.

According to Mother Jones, which first flagged the site, the post was put up no later than 2008, back when the issue was far less controversial among Republicans.

Gingrich currently says he opposes mandates, but his position has evolved significantly over the years.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM

And now with the addition of Erika Johnson person and this crappy post…Hot Air continues it’s descent into awfulness… and I say this is a non Newt supporter… What did Romney buy the site and we weren’t told?

CCRWM on April 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Why should Newt’s supporters lift a finger to help raise campaign funds for him if they are going to be treated this way?

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

If you don’t agree with Mittens politically, why should you? It’s still a nominally free country. OTOH, if your top priority is getting Obama out of the White House, you may just have to swallow whatever bile you have (justified or not) and support Romney. Politics isn’t pretty.

ebrown2 on April 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

What an absurd comment. Stalinists? Because we might call on someone to act is if they have manners after their candidate has won? …

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

No, Reggie. I used the word “Stalinists” because some were demanding her writing privileges be ended. As for the new tone, new civility of true cons with manners, please, stop with the farce…

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Why should Newt’s supporters lift a finger to help raise campaign funds for him if they are going to be treated this way?

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

If you don’t agree with Mittens politically, why should you? It’s still a nominally free country. OTOH, if your top priority is getting Obama out of the White House, you may just have to swallow whatever bile you have (justified or not) and support Romney. Politics isn’t pretty.

ebrown2 on April 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

I don’t have to swallow any “bile”. I’ll vote a straight Republican ticket this fall, but if some of his impish supporters don’t learn some manners quick, any money or time dedicated to the campaign is out of the question. I’m not alone in being fed up with the backhanded way that a lot of conservatives are treated in this party.

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Why should Newt’s supporters lift a finger to help raise campaign funds for him if they are going to be treated this way?

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Er, Newt needs his supporters to pay off his debt. Both his campaign and his Center for Health Transformations are bankrupt.

Oh wait, I forgot to say, “There there, Dear, sorry you feel mistreated, pull up your socks, chin up, shoulders back, buck up, stiff upper lip, carry on, don’t let them see you cry”.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I don’t have to swallow any “bile”. I’ll vote a straight Republican ticket this fall, but if some of his impish supporters don’t learn some manners quick, any money or time dedicated to the campaign is out of the question. I’m not alone in being fed up with the backhanded way that a lot of conservatives are treated in this party.

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Well, they’ve said repeatedly that your time and effort is worthless to them, so take them at their word. It’s your life, not theirs.

ebrown2 on April 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Er, Newt needs his supporters to pay off his debt. Both his campaign and his Center for Health Transformations are bankrupt.

Oh wait, I forgot to say, “There there, Dear, sorry you feel mistreated, pull up your socks, chin up, shoulders back, buck up, stiff upper lip, carry on, don’t let them see you cry”.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Get this, many of us would rather pay for that than send a dime to your wuv. I figure we win this way—your syncophantic, boorish self will be too busy doing the envelope-stuffing and fund raising we won’t do to be piling on people who express the slightest hint of disaffection with your boo.

Sekhmet on April 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

This article:
What a tribute to the ever-sinking degeneracy HotGas has become.

Erika, you’re a real Salem Communicator.
phhhht!

Czar of Defenestration on April 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Get this, many of us would rather pay for that than send a dime to your wuv. I figure we win this way—your syncophantic, boorish self will be too busy doing the envelope-stuffing and fund raising we won’t do to be piling on people who express the slightest hint of disaffection with your boo.
Sekhmet on April 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

You won’t send a dime to my wuv? You feel disaffection with my “boo”? Oookay, um, not sure how I’m supposed to react here. *Any translators around?*

As for your complaints that I am a “syncophant” (is that some sort of Republican drummer?) what the heck do you think all the Newt supporters are doing, what with their drumming up demands that Erika be banned and sent to a Gulag, or nunnery, or anywhere far away as long as it’s not at Hot Air but is preferably somewhere in the vicinity of Siberia…

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Oh wait, I forgot to say, “There there, Dear, sorry you feel mistreated, pull up your socks, chin up, shoulders back, buck up, stiff upper lip, carry on, don’t let them see you cry”.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

This and crosspatch, bluegill and other staunch Mitt supporters are getting to a point that their comments are showing that Romney maybe late in sending them checks ,I bet your keyboards are worn-out from typing comments defending your idol and no matter what you say he is uninspiring ,un interesting, boring statue.
Hot air has been trashing Newt from the beginning , Tina was expert in propaganda using the worst photos of Newt with her posting and now this Erica ? I think HA is going in the same direction of FOX news.

evergreenland on April 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM

… ( ) ” “s(without reference) ! ‘ –’
Erika’s writing style signals a lack of substance.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Hot air has been trashing Newt from the beginning , Tina was expert in propaganda using the worst photos of Newt with her posting and now this Erica ? I think HA is going in the same direction of FOX news.
evergreenland on April 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM

oookay, whatever you say. Helicopters. I see black helicopters.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 1:01 AM

You won’t send a dime to my wuv? You feel disaffection with my “boo”? Oookay, um, not sure how I’m supposed to react here. *Any translators around?*

As for your complaints that I am a “syncophant” (is that some sort of Republican drummer?) what the heck do you think all the Newt supporters are doing, what with their drumming up demands that Erika be banned and sent to a Gulag, or nunnery, or anywhere far away as long as it’s not at Hot Air but is preferably somewhere in the vicinity of Siberia…

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I haven’t heard anybody say she should be banned, only variations of how as a contributor, she seems most mightily to suck. Starting out ones career on HotGas with a lengthy violation of the Eleventh Commandment on a guy who is ALREADY DROPPING OUT OF THE RACE is just kinda sorta bad form. And only the Lincoln Chaffee Fan Club here on HotGas seems not to have a problem with this. Most of whom have only been here since the last open registration.

Sekhmet on April 28, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I suggest you take a long and well deserved vacation after you got your guy across the finish line, you worked so hard to get him the nomination. go, rest enjoy your success. B/c you are not making any sense.

evergreenland on April 28, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Trashing someone who did so much for the conservative movement in his lifetime does not make you look sophisticated.

Irritable Pundit on April 28, 2012 at 2:18 AM

It seems this site has been trashing Newt without cause, especially after Santorum dropped out. Why? Do you believe Santorum would’ve beat Romney if it weren’t for Gingrich, and you’re still angry about it? As a Gingrich supporter, I can assure you that I would’ve voted for Romney before Santorum. Your Santorum dreams would not have panned out even if Gingrich dropped out sooner. And this piling on now that he’s effectively out is pointless and nasty. Do you really wonder why (insert name here) didn’t run for President like you were really hoping? When this is how you treat the candidates who did give it their all?

NbyNW on April 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Newt’s a washed up nobody. She’s giving him the treatment his joke of a candidacy (claiming to be a true conservative ROFLM@O) deserved from the start.

Swerve22 on April 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

From Newt to you and Erika Johnsen:

Scorn and defiance; slight regard, contempt,
And any thing that may not misbecome
The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.

SilentWatcher on April 28, 2012 at 3:56 AM

why hate on the Ging? he’s one of ours and the guy has his moments. We’ll need men like him in the months to come. The Obama machine has just gotten started.

erika is prob just young and immature.

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Sooooh, y’all are complaining because you think some upstart pointed out the obvious? That Newt should have quit awhile ago (I’m thinking immediately after his embarrassing meltdown in Nevada would have been a good time). As for the comparisons to Tina, I don’t want to be rude and speak ill of someone who’s not here anymore, but this analysis makes much more sense than the convoluted stuff Tina would compose. And please, spare me the “respect your elders” nonsense some of you are engaging in. Bill Clinton is an “elder”. So is George Soros. And Warren Buffet. Are we obligated to “respect” them so much we can’t criticize them? This at a political blog no less…

Leave Erika alone!

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Late to the party, but can see why you liked the post – it was filled with emotionality and sounded like it was written by a 12 year old.

I’ve never been overly impressed with any of these candidates, but respect each and every one of them immensely for doing that we won’t do, which is put themselves out there and run for office.

This was a totally unnecessary post and did nothing to educate me or at least entertain me. This post reminded me how democrats treat people they no longer have any use for, but this really summed up the idiocy of the post for me:

but… I’m still young. I’m sure I can look forward to plenty more of that in the future, womp womp.

Yeah, womp womp backatcha. Come back when you grow up. You do, BD, if you think this is appropriate commentary. It only beclowns this site.

kim roy on April 28, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I with you, Kim Roy. There’s no real angle or special insight. Just snark.

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Wow..Good to see some folks are so gracious in welcoming a new guest blogger to Hot Air..:(

PS..Welcome to Hot Air Erika Johnsen!!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Yeah, welcome, erika. Hopefully you read these comments, take them to heart, and stop shilling for ‘the businessman’

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I with you, Kim Roy. There’s no real angle or special insight. Just snark.

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 6:23 AM

No, Johnsen makes an important point. Having Gingrich out front as a spokesperson for conservatism hurts the Republican Party more than it helps. Newt is one of the most universally unpopular politicians in the country, and he just got through waging an erratic, delusional and unintentionally hilarious campaign for president. Those who worked most closely with Newt during his glory days (before he got thrown out by his own party) were the most vocal in warning people AGAINST nominating Gingrich. Worst of all, as a way to try to score some political points, Newt unforgivably embraced and gave credence to the Left’s Occupy Wall Street-style attacks on free enterprise.

Yes, Johnsen delivers this point with humor and a biting tone. Deal with it, thin-skinned fans of Newt. Pompous Newt Gingrich and his quixotic campaign for president ought to be ridiculed.

Gingrich is talented in many ways, but he must never again be seen as the face of the Republican Party. Instead, let him work on rallying the base or staying busy behind the scenes.

I’m happy to see this new blogger Erika Johnsen! I hope she becomes a permanent addition.

bluegill on April 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Yeah, welcome, erika. Hopefully you read these comments, take them to heart, and stop shilling for ‘the businessman’

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

So you’re another sore loser campaigning against our presumptive nominee? Pathetic.

I’ll take a sharp, excellent blogger like Erika Johnsen as a conservative ally ANY DAY over any one of you self-obsessed sore losers.

Johnsen seems to see the bigger picture and appears to recognize the reality that Gingrich is a loose cannon whose greatest talent may be self-promotion, which sometimes comes at the expense of the Republican Party. Many of you commenters are stuck in the past, romanticizing and exaggerating Newt’s record. Some of you negative commenters seem more concerned with avoiding hurting someone’s feelings than you do with making sure we defeat Obama.

bluegill on April 28, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Yeah, welcome, erika. Hopefully you read these comments, take them to heart, and stop shilling for ‘the businessman’

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Hopefully she will ignore you..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Bro, the Ging never was the “spokesman for conservatism”. He was just a pol campaigning. And his attitude in the campaign helped, I think.

I disagree with you about many of the negative comments being from ‘sore losers’. Personally, I never felt too strongly connected to any candidate, though I will def vote against The One. I do object to the tone and substance of Erika’s piece. The tone is strangely condescending. The substance a mere repitition of previous loathing. Good Riddance? Is that the only response to the enigma that is the Ging?

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I’m a latecomer anyway, Dire. So maybe that’s best.

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The substance a mere repitition of previous loathing. Good Riddance? Is that the only response to the enigma that is the Ging?

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Here’s the way I see it:

This week Newt is expected to make his LONG OVERDUE exit from the race. Given Newt’s history of helping to re-elect Democrat presidents and hurting the Republican Party as much as helping (not to mention his embrace of OWS attacks this year), now is as perfect a time as any to say, “Farewell, Newt. In the interest of defeating Obama and re-taking the Senate/keeping the House, etc., we would do best to have you stay out of the limelight.” That seems to be Johnsen’s timely point in this piece. She is right!

Steven, since you seem so concerned with Newt supposedly not getting due credit, then why don’t you compose a lengthy, glowing send-off for him that is fit for a King.

bluegill on April 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I’m a latecomer anyway, Dire. So maybe that’s best.

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

No..No..No..You are entitled to your opinion and are free to share it with everyone here at Hot Air..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

You are correct. These negative comments are not all coming from sore losers.I was a Newt supporter, but when it seemed that Mitt was going to walk away with the nomination, I quickly traded in my Newt cap for some Romney pom-poms without any grudges attached. This hit piece on Newt does nothing but mock him from the headline on down and a statement like this

With ‘conservatives’ like Newt Gingrich, who needs liberals?

demonstrates nothing but ignorance about the man himself.

lynncgb on April 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

since you seem so concerned with Newt supposedly not getting due credit, then why don’t you compose a lengthy, glowing send-off for him that is fit for a King.

bluegill on April 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

someone already did…

http://www.online-literature.com/shelley_percy/672/

Steven McGregor on April 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/newt-a-rino-among-rinos/

Some very enlightening comments to above LI post, especially re Hot Air.

and this:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/thank-you-newt/?tw_p=twt

IndeCon on April 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

With ‘conservatives’ like Newt Gingrich, who needs liberals?

demonstrates nothing but ignorance about the man himself.

lynncgb on April 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

This is the point. Romney doesn’t exactly have a conservative record either. Trashing Newt is just pure ignorance.

Garym on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Um, a federally mandated healthcare system was Newt’s idea and something Romney explicitly opposed. Oh well, far be it for me to interrupt your acid trips. And Oregon. Something about Oregon…

Buy Danish on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Your eyes are so clouded with Mittens that you should realize that Portlandon lives in Oregon. One of the bluest states in this country. His vote will mean nothing.

Garym on April 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Newt was the only GOP candidate that actually cut the government…

… He actually reduced a bureaucracy.

He worked to actually create a balanced budget over the screams of the Democrats and Bill Clinton took credit…

He was effective in keeping spending under control and was working to send more power back to the states, and the people…

… and the ruling elite political class couldn’t have THAT, now could they?

With the press as allies, Nancy Pelosi et al. filed false ethics charges against him, over, and over, and over, again…

… eventually taking its toll, costing him his Speakership.

In the debates, Newt was the first one to take on Obowma and the Press…

… He was the first to actually have a plan of action on day one to repeal and roll back up to 40% of the damage Obowma has done over the past four years.

He had no illusions of the size of the problem he would face, and the army of bureaucrats, politicians, and the political elite ruling class that would be gunning for him…

… but he was willing to take on the challenge anyway, asking only one thing.

That we would take an active part in changing this Country and help him do it…

… He has stated that he wants to continue to work with the GOP in order to defeat Obowma, because that is the most important thing in this Country right now.

But articles like this are written to belittle the man, to poke fun at, to dismiss…

… Your true character shines through, and it is petty.

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Exactly.

IndeCon on April 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

As a reminder, this visit to the zoo cost taxpayers $40,000. If Obama did it there’d be some complainin’ goin’ on.

I was a big Newt fan. I had heard some cautionary tales about his poor management and people skills which I kept in mind at the outset, but never in my wildest dreams nightmares, did I imagine he would be the agent to attack capitalism and join the OWS crowd. Nor did I imagine him to go off the rails as he did during his bizarre Nevada press conference. He clearly suffers from some psychiatric problems – I’ll leave it to professionals for an exact diagnosis, but I’m thinking narcissism is a clue.

He deserves credit for what he did decades ago, and there’s no doubt he’s a brilliant historian. However he is not above criticism and what he did with this OWS-ish stunts is unforgivable. Recently he stooped so low as to throw Calista under the bus, making her look like a social-climbing opportunist who forces Newt to attend Washington D.C. social events. He’s simply not reliable, and whatever role Romney gives him must be chosen carefully. For every flash of brilliance there’s a chance he’ll say or do or say something unhinged. If he can stick to a script, he has an extraordinary capacity to articulate issues. But that’s a big if, and unless we can be assured he has crushed the seeds of resentment towards our nominee (and “Romneys money”), I’d be wary about entrusting him with a direct role. Surely these are legitimate topics of concern and discussion…

Buy Danish on April 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I sure see a lot of people that don’t come here anymore. Just keep it up, kids.

DIMBO

golfmann on April 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Those who worked most closely with Newt during his glory days (before he got thrown out by his own party) were the most vocal in warning people AGAINST nominating Gingrich.

bluegill on April 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM

These are the same people that contributed hugely to the mess we’re in today. They are the same people who created the need for the Tea Party. If it comes to an issue of “who can I trust to do the right thing”, I’ll go with Newt over them any day.

NbyNW on April 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

. . .
Reading the comments I am hard pressed to find any Romney supporter who is capable of being graceful in victory. You are doing the party no favors in preparing for the November election.

Reggie1971 on April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I am a Romney supporter. And I have indeed been critical of the campaign approaches and the candidacies of both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum over the past several months. Especially Newt.

So, let lemmie give your little challenge a try, Reggie1971.

On this thread, I hereby eschew any opportunity to further pile on Newt Gingrich . . . though I will not refuse to respond to any attack or snide comment directed back at me.

My comment is simply this:

Dear Newt,

Goodbye, and good luck!

Trochilus on April 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Trochilus on April 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

That’s all I’m asking. Wish the man well and move on.

Reggie1971 on April 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

You mean, wish the man well as he moves on . . . that’s what I was doing.

Trochilus on April 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Worst article I’ve seen on HotAir, reminded me why I don’t come here anymore. Is this really representative of the quality of bloggers on here now? If so I sure haven’t missed anyhting.

kg598301 on April 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Newt deserves more respect than shown here; and no, we don’t need a businessman. We need another Ronald Reagan, and that is not Romney.

Phil Byler on April 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Worst article I’ve seen on HotAir, reminded me why I don’t come here anymore. Is this really representative of the quality of bloggers on here now? If so I sure haven’t missed anyhting.

kg598301 on April 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I know. I thought this was a ‘conservative’ site???

IndeCon on April 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

She turned me into a Newt…I got better.

Rusty Allen on April 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

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