I really don’t think Newt Gingrich should have been smiling during this exchange. He should have called it just like it was and be serious and diligent with Chris Matthews about his obvious issues. Get mad at Matthews for his idiotic opinion … call him out … conservatives should not take this crap.
On this day of the Florida primary, more details are surfacing concerning Newt Gingrich’s interesting relationship with Freddie Mac. You might call the relationship incestuous, but it’s not lobbying and it seems to be perfectly legal. Instead of historian, call him a team motivator.
If Gingrich’s camp is going to come out and explain last nights loud audience support for Romney was a clear indication the organizers “packed the room” with Romney supporters, Romney should fire back implying Gingrich “packed the room” with his own supporters in South Carolina.
No thanks Newt Gingrich. Although Katrina Trinko at NRO’s The Corner thinks adding the Moon as state number 51 is a whimsical idea, there is no way I think we should plan for a permanent moon base within nine years.
I love space. I think it’s totally cool. But with the present condition of our government’s bureaucracy and the fact that our populous is so dependent on entitlements, we must concentrate on changing our culture.
I think Newt Gingrich understands how hard it is to change a culture, but changing the culture in a few years may be an idea even more grandiose than a permanent base on the Moon in nine years.
Gingrich, a long-time proponent of spaceflight and public zoos, added, “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”
AP at Hot Air notes…
My issue with Gingrich isn’t that the goal is unworthy — Ace does a nice job explaining the national-greatness appeal of big space programs to conservatives — but that message discipline on spending is desperately needed if the GOP is going to convince voters that our fiscal crisis is as dire as it is. How do you tell seniors that we need to start cutting Medicare if you’re busy telling space contractors to get cracking on moon igloos or whatever?
Recently, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mentioned there was “there’s something I know,” and Newt Gingrich will never become president. It wasn’t it is something I know, the words were there is something I know. Gingrich called her out, told her to put up or shut up … now they are trying to spin her answer.
She wanted people to to think there was some sort of secret that she or someone else would drop at some point in the future. She probably didn’t expect Gingrich to call her bluff so quickly, so now it’s time to “clarify” what the former speaker said.
But, she’s done this before.
In early December, Pelosi pulled the exact same trick. And not surprising to me, it was the same week that Gingrich was surging in the polls. Gingrich had increase his average RCP numbers from about 10 percent to about 30 percent the 30 some-odd days prior to Pelosi’s first full-of-bull statement.
“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi told Talking Points Memo. “When the time is right. … I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”
That statement clearly kicked up a media storm about what she might know, and Gingrich called her out. She backed down.
With Gingrich on another roll during the last week going from 16 percent to almost 30 percent, her statement smells outright fishy. Why isn’t Pelosi being called out by the media for these full-of-bull statements designed to stir up a bit of chaos before and during the primaries?
The video from her most recent statement is below.
P.S. I realize many of my recent posts seem to be in support of Gingrich and dissin’ Romney. Don’t take that as blind support for Gingrich. I assure you, I’ve got issues with Gingrich as well, it’s just that my writing happens in spurts and is generally associated with something I read that sets me off. I’m not ignoring Santorum or Paul either.
It’s simple, Mitt Romney is his man. Gov. Chris Christie made the comment yesterday that Newt was damaged goods and specifically mentioned the 1997 ethics charges when he was speaker of the US House of Representatives. I’ve got a big problem with this, but I guess everyone is worried about perception, since nobody seems interested in facts.
Christie starts his critique of Gingrich by mentioning he does not think we need another legislator in office. He has a good point and I’ve also mentioned my preference for someone with business experience as well as experience as a state governor and/or military experience. He then mentions Gingrich was never able to do anything right while House speaker. That’s not true at all. Talking back the House in 1996 was a big deal, as was sitting down with then President Bill Clinton to get welfare reform done was certainly a big deal. Balanced budgets was a big deal.
Then Christie goes off the rails. He says Gingrich has “embarrassed the party” and Gov. Mitt Romney never has. What the heck is the big man smoking? I’ll discuss Gingrich’s ethics issues after the clip, but come on … Romney has made a total fool of himself when it comes to two conservative principals while governor of Massachusetts, gun control and the health care mandate. There is nothing conservative about his actions in Massachusetts concerning gun control or health care … nothing.
Back to Gingrich.
The 80 some-odd ethics violations were mostly rumors and innuendoes. I’m not saying there was nothing to look at, but in hindsight we’ve learned that Gingrich was partially railroaded. When the House convicts you on one ethics charge and in 1999 the IRS cleared the organization associated with Gingrich and the charge noting that no tax laws were broken.
Mark Levin noted tonight that Christie deserved to be in front of an ethics panel himself … remember that helicopter ride to his kids baseball game? Well, that was a HUGE embarrassment for conservatives, yet Christie gets to go on TV and chastise Gingrich?
Look, I’m not saying Gingrich is pure … far from it … but for Christie to bring up this bull, at this time is just wrong. Don’t try to pull a snow job on me governor, I’ve got a snow blower in the garage. Gingrich had a point last week in South Carolina when he mentioned this rhetoric really keeps good people away from public service. Why would any normal person want to put up with this?
Oh, and “this’ is not new at all … it’s been happening in politics for decades, maybe even hundreds of years. The Internet has just made more information available. Such is politics today.
This is how the mainstream press treats Republicans now. They simply default to the racist charge. NBC news anchor David Gregory interviews Newt Gingrich, GOP candidate for president, and calls him a racist since he mentioned 47 million people are now on food stamps.
Open thread. Discuss the suitability and possibility of Newt Gingrich winning the GOP nomination and ousting President Obama from the Oval Office.
Indeed. After a week of phone calls who say the Democrats are diabolical geniuses and we have no shot, this should come as a shot in the arm. From Hot Air, this is a speech Newt Gingrich delivered in November. I am not sure how it had remained hidden so long. But here it is. The money lines come at 4:00 and again at 8:30. But the whole speech is just great.
and here’s a companion article from Dr Helen who asks, “Learned helplessness or learned optimism?” You tell me. Are you ready to quit and just turn your lives over to the government because it’s easier?
Like the more resilient dogs, those of us who love freedom, believe in making our own health care choices and know to our very core that the government does not own us must never become helpless but must continue to find ways out of an unpleasant situation, and look forward with optimism, knowing that no condition is permanent.