"I hit him as hard as I could. He hit me hard as he could. It turned out he had more things to hit with than I did."
Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary! This is the craziest! And at this rate, he may well win in Florida. (Part of me hopes that he’ll win the nomination, because there’s no way he could beat Barack. The other part of me is depressed that this could even happen.) This, it seems, is the natural result of American conservatism’s shift to extremism fueled by fear and hatred.
What a political movement gets when it spends years marshaling more demagoguery than sound arguments against its opponents, what it gets when its intellectuals are deposed by its entertainers, what it gets when Roger Ailes and Rush Limbaugh are its agenda-setting personalities; what it gets when all these factors and more prevail, is a Newt Gingrich victory in South Carolina, where the voters, having been trained to elevate emotion and style over substance, didn’t even realize that they’ve chosen as their champion a man who is neither conservative nor capable of leading anyone.
Context for this picture of Newt Gingrich feeding a tiger on Larry King Live would be great, but it might also ruin the magic.
I don’t have a lot of time but I have a lot of opinions so given the last few debates here is how the talking heads are doing in my estimation.
Jon Huntsman is the adult in the room and it isn’t doing him any favors with his own party but it’s giving him support from the other side.
Herman Cain is haha oh wait.
Ron Paul is surprisingly rational when it comes to understanding concepts like bombing other people pisses them off and makes them want to bomb us. Unfortunately, he’s still a racist, classist, sexist old dude.
Michele Bachmann is still convinced she’s a serious candidate, no one else is. When Newt Gingrich can make fun of you for being factually inaccurate you should really give up.
Rick Perry is not Tim Tebow and is not entirely sure that Mexico and Iran aren’t in cahoots. Too dumb to function. Bravo Texas, you present us with such quality.
Newt Gingrich is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, but is convincing a lot of Republicans otherwise. He’s just cocky enough to make it work.
Mitt Romney has no real opinions and still might get to be the POTUS.
Rick Santorum is not real.
Newt Gingrich, warming up to a denunciation of the possibility of President Obama vetoing the payroll tax cut extension over the GOP attaching a fast-tracking of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the bill. (via shortformblog)
not your biggest problem newt.
Whenever Newt Gingrich is on tv now, all I hear is wahhhwahwahhhhwahwah. (akin to the Charlie Brown teacher) I still hold that he isn’t dumb, and I have a hard time seeing how anyone could think he is given his sordid past and the fact that people still want to vote for him, but dear lord, the man can’t say 10 words without 3 of them being wrong. Things he has said in the last week or so that have been incorrect/annoying:
This is turning into a Newt-Gingrich-is-a-bad-candidate post and I’m okay with that. (protip it’s because he is). He’s risen to the top after the Cain’s dalliances with the fairer sex, which is frankly ridiculous considering what this man has done. Let’s look at some quotes straight from the horses mouth:
"We would have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing her [a young volunteer] on the desk." - Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler at the time
He’s also reportedly had oral sex with a lot of his campaign workers, so that he can still say “I never slept with her” (I did not have sex with that woman, sound familiar?) This is particularly funny since he was Speaker of the House under Clinton and spent a good bit of his time berating the man for moral inequity and going off about “family values”, when all the while he was getting some under the table.
"She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife." - Newt, on his first wife.
"He walked out in the spring of 1980…. By September, I went into the hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said, "Daddy is downstairs. Could he come up?" When he got there, he wanted to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from my surgery." - Jackie, his first wife.
These two don’t need a lot of commentary. Class act, right?
To add a little more fire to his lady problem induced flame,
[In the book] “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them”, [I] “found frightening pieces that related to my own life.” - Newt
Nothing like a little misogyny to spice up your campaign, right?
As far as his affairs go, I don’t care. That’s his business and it doesn’t affect his effectiveness as a politician. The misogyny and cruelty is another matter. The POTUS should be a person of moral integrity, and Gingrich doesn’t make the cut. Not convinced yet? Let’s talk money.
GOPAC, Newt’s longtime political action committee, was the centerpiece of a complex network of non-profit, and mostly tax exempt organizations that Newt has used to support himself and other conservative candidates. In an act of incredible hypocrisy, this crusader against taxes obtained taxpayer subsidies for his personal and political goals, by misusuing these tax-exempt groups.
Of course, using tax-exempt educational or charitable donations for partisan purposes is illegal, and several ethics complaints were filed against Gingrich. He agreed to pay a $300,000 fine for misleading the committee during the investigation, and in the process dodged conviction on the actual charges through a combination of finessing some legal definitions, sheer self-confidence and raw political power (as Speaker of the House at the time of the complaints, he appointed the ethics committee. Furthermore, GOPAC had one ethics committee member on its roster last session, and gave money to another.)
Another Republican wannabe exploiting others and skirting the rules they helped to create? Gingrich 2012.
Quotes taken from an interview with Dot Crews by the AP and the source quoted above.
Newt Gingrich’s been getting grilled on a statement he made about Palestinians being an “invented” people — which he held up under heavy criticism. The initial statement, in case you missed it: “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state - (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places.”
OK so this is so rolling in bullshit. Post-WWI (aka Post-fall-of-the-ottoman-empire) France and Britain divided up many territories between themselves in order to you know, exploit/ control them. This includes Iraq, coastal Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Palestine. Sharif Husayn, whose sons dicked around with TE Lawrence during WWI, was promised an “arab kingdom’ but got a lot less than he bargained for, and then in 1925 Ibn Saud, also allied with the british, dominated his ass and formed what we know as today Saudi Arabia. Husayn’s two sons became kings in Jordan and Iraq. So basically, what we have here, is the fact that the territories that fulfilled on their “chance to go many places” actually were just appointed/ allied with the superpowers of the time. Before WWII britain was actually very evasive in their support of a zionist state, it wasn’t until the holocaust came to light that the zionist plight became a big fucking deal. So when Israel was created, then enacted “the law of return” in 1950 so that jewish people could claim citizenship TO, YOU KNOW, OUTNUMBER THE MUCH HIGH PALESTINIAN POPULATION.
tl;dr: If you’re calling Palestinian invented you are also calling every other group which historically belonged to the Ottoman Empire invented. But no one is questioning the legitimacy of Egyptians, or Maronites, or Turks.
so shut the fuck up newt Gingrich
Caitlin it’s sexy when you get all historical. Also gingrich you taught at west georgia don’t pretend to know things.
(via theoccasionalitalic)Source: sfgate.com
This is a win-win for everyone involved. Huntsman gets to enjoy some of Gingrich’s residual press coverage, and Gingrich gets to debate a candidate who actually knows something about foreign policy. Sounds like a good idea to us.
In the year of too many goddamn debates, this is one I’m actually glad to hear about.
Me too. Gingrich may be a bit of a dick, but at least he’s relatively smart. And, Huntsman is “the normal one.”
(via schwegler)Source: shortformblog
Newt Gingrich has been unapologetic on his stance that undocumented immigrants who’ve started families and lived in the United States for a very long time (he refers to twenty-five years) shouldn’t be deported. This raises some issues, though — namely, all the people he’s talking about he would want deported if he’d become President twenty-four years earlier. Furthermore, why the insistence on twenty-five years? What if somebody had a family and had been living peacefully and gainfully for fifteen years?Notwithstanding, it should be said that his position on this is significantly to the left of his primary opponents.
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Newt really needs to check in with his voter base.