Tom Coburn is no fan of Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is an endlessly fascinating character — a man of such outsized ambitions, such glaring flaws, such an interesting intellect and such a raging ego that Shakespeare could have written a series of plays about him.
A recent profile in Esquire captured the miasma of contradictions and hubris that is Newt Gingrich. As a columnist, I’ve always relied on Newt to provide fresh fodder.
But I’ve also wondered how his party could continue to take him seriously. He has already crashed and burned as a party leader; his stint as House Speaker during the Clinton years proved that Gingrich is better suited to politics than governance, better at tearing down than building up. After his leadership helped bring about crushing losses in 1998, GOP House members wanted him out as Speaker, and he left public office rather than face the prospect of losing that office.
Still, a party desperate for anything that resembles an intellectual underpinning has dusted Gingrich off and trotted him back out as one of its stars. Fueling speculation that he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012, Gingrich has been making the rounds of ultra-conservative venues — to enthusiastic applause.
But Tom Coburn takes exception. An ultra-conservative Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Coburn is the rare GOP official he will call Newt (or any Republican) out for his blatant hypocrisy. Speaking to a town hall meeting over the weekend, Coburn made his lack of regard for Gingrich clear, according to the Tulsa World:

Coburn made it clear that he won’t be on Newt Gingrich’s 2012
presidential bandwagon.

Gingrich “is a super-smart man, but he doesn’t know anything about commitment to marriage,” he said of the thrice-married former House speaker. “He’s the last person I’d vote for for president of the United States. His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president.”

Maybe Coburn had read the Esquire profile, in which Gingrich’s ex-wife talks about this hypocrisy:

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”

She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. ” ‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.’ ”

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

Still, in a political party that is struggling for anything that resembles intellectual heft, Gingrich will probably still be welcomed among most Republicans.

262 comments Add your comment

Stewie

August 31st, 2010
7:47 am

hey CT.. being responsible would be worrying about the people in control.. not crying squirrel about someone that doesn’t matter..

Joel

August 31st, 2010
7:48 am

CT, when did you start giving a flip about what Coburn thinks?

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
7:48 am

We see Newt briefly every election season, perennial candidate and
soft target all rolled up into one.

He’s unelectable.

Joel

August 31st, 2010
7:49 am

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
7:48 am
We see Newt briefly every election season, perennial candidate and
soft target all rolled up into one.

He’s unelectable

kinda like the repub version of Jesse Jackson!

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
7:50 am

Joel

Yep.

Both unelectable.

Joel

August 31st, 2010
7:51 am

gg, well at least we finally agree on something. On that note I am off to work. Have fun.

MiltonMan

August 31st, 2010
8:01 am

Ms. Tucker, I guess now that we have such wonderful leadership in place with Reid & Pelosi we have nothing to worry about, right? The one thing about Republicans is that they will call each other out. When is the last time you saw Obozo, Clinton, Pelosi, etc. call out left-wing nuts like Grayson, Jackson, Sharpton, Bernice Johnson, etc., etc.?

JFK & Clinton both uber-womanziers & these two clowns were/are perhaps the most popular Democrats around.

MiltonMan

August 31st, 2010
8:02 am

Newt = unelectable

Granny = unintelligent

Alatsea

August 31st, 2010
8:03 am

Now Obama, he was unelectable but that did not stop you dems. Hope and Change?

Peadawg

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Obama is an endlessly fascinating character — a man of such outsized ambitions, such glaring flaws, such an interesting intellect and such a raging ego that Shakespeare could have written a series of plays about him.

Another article bashing a Republican that doesn’t really matter. You know what’s fun? What Democratic Senate/House candidates run when Obama comes to their state.

andygrd

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

A Gingrich/Palin ticket in 2012….. If that happens, I will become a liberal Democrat (shaking at the thought). But you know people are so stupid, they will vote for anyone.

What I don’t understand, we keep reading articles about Gingrich and Palin, why keep giving them their 15 minutes of fame……. I would not vote for either one…

AS a matter of fact, I would not vote for any members of the current Administration or Congress… They do not represent Americans, just special interests….

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Milton Man

I do so appreciate how warm and friendly and perky you are first thing in the morning.

You are just a delight to be near.

At the Switch

August 31st, 2010
8:05 am

When ever the left cricles their wagons and start ranting about something, their scared!

Call it like it is

August 31st, 2010
8:05 am

Well Cynthia, for some reason Americans continue to stay with train wrecks. The Right has Newt, Rush….the Left Sharpton, Jackson. That would be a good piece for you…..Americans love affair with rejects.

Bob

August 31st, 2010
8:06 am

Coburn said Obocare is a terrible thing, and he is a doctor. Maybe you should have listened to him sooner.

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
8:08 am

Bob

Are you aware of the following Coburn statement on Terri Shaivo?

”All you have to do is look at her on TV. Any doctor with any conscience can look at her and know that she does not have a terminal disease and know that she has some function.”

Some doctor.

Alatsea

August 31st, 2010
8:11 am

Palin on the ballet, now that scares me! She’s a mindless, freaking house wife that won a beauty pageant for crying out loud. Someone please tell her that 15 minutes was up along time ago. Her even being discussed is an embarrassment to the GOP.

Eric Pearson

August 31st, 2010
8:17 am

Typical, pedestrian responses from peabrain and miltonut. What a freaking surprise.

Bubba Bob

August 31st, 2010
8:19 am

Not sure what there is to argue about here.

Cynthia, what I would like for you to do is call out the same actions on the left. Who are the current House/Senate members on the left who are just like Newt?

T-Town

August 31st, 2010
8:21 am

Give me your lame, lazy, and luckless and I will make a politician out of them. Works for both parties.

Stewie

August 31st, 2010
8:21 am

ahh.. cmon bubba.. nancy and harry are awesome..

Stewie

August 31st, 2010
8:21 am

ahh.. cmon bubba.. nancy and harry are awesome..

Tyler

August 31st, 2010
8:23 am

Cynthia – I would love to see you debate Newt. I have a feeling he would run circles around you. By the way, did you see the latest from the CBO, the Iraq war will cost less than Obama’s stimulus package. Where is your outrage?

Road Scholar

August 31st, 2010
8:27 am

At the switch: “When ever the left cricles their wagons and start ranting about something, their scared!”

What about the right when they rant? Are they just being stupid?

By the way nice name….your switch must be off!

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

August 31st, 2010
8:29 am

NEWT HAD THREE WIVES? HE SOUNDS MORE LIKE PIMP GINGRICH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Stonethrower

August 31st, 2010
8:30 am

Doesn’t matter how he lives, just that he says the right things. The people who support him, and there are many on the blog, will support him no matter what. Just like the folk who still say Nixon was right in what he did and they would vote for him again if he were alive today.

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
8:33 am

Tyler

take that number and add interest and long term care for vets…..

somebody is seriously misleading you.

Scout

August 31st, 2010
8:37 am

But adulterers who get hummers in the Oval Office from an employee under their direct supervision make great Presidents.

Tyler

August 31st, 2010
8:41 am

GG

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009,was $862 billion.

Tychus Findlay

August 31st, 2010
8:42 am

@Alatsea

Now Obama, he was unelectable but that did not stop you dems. Hope and Change?

Hope is not a strategy, it’s the last refuge of desperation.

J. Kase

August 31st, 2010
8:42 am

Scout;

What you said is close to the truth, but alas, no cigar!

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
8:42 am

tyler

again. add interest and the cost of long term care for veterans.

Keep up the good fight!

August 31st, 2010
8:43 am

So Newt was for government motors before he was against government motors? I can understand why he might want a Chevy or a Jag but he’s a Corvair – unsafe at any speed.

Keep up the good fight!

August 31st, 2010
8:46 am

Tyler…the stimulus benefited us with infrastructure improvements, projects and jobs….the Iraq war was money spent in other countries that cost lives, wasted resources and benefited Halliburton and big oil..so got an apple to go with that orange? Your mind is a terrible thing to waste

Wackoman

August 31st, 2010
8:47 am

What’s wrong with winning a beauty pageant?

MiltonMan

August 31st, 2010
8:49 am

Granny, add interest to the cost of the stimulus package or are you considering that this added nothing to the deficit?

Keep up the good fight!

August 31st, 2010
8:49 am

Scout…so true, they do make better Presidents when those hummers are unrelated to the job. So much better than the liars who make ignore their own failure to follow the standards they claim and persue false claims while saying the standards that I demand be followed, I dont have to follow them myself. Hoisted!

Scout

August 31st, 2010
8:52 am

Keep up the good fight!

As a federal employee I would have been fired for that ……… in a government office involving someone under my authority and then lying to the Inspectors about it.

But if you are the president ……… you get a pass.

Scout

August 31st, 2010
8:53 am

J. Kase:

Don’t do that ! I spit my coffee out …………..

ByteMe

August 31st, 2010
8:53 am

@Tyler: what most people don’t realize is that fully half the “stimulus” was enacted in the form of tax cuts. How’d that work out for us? More debt and the economy is still not going to be a roaring fire for most of this decade thanks to 30 years of deficit spending.

Shawny

August 31st, 2010
8:54 am

Ron Paul – 2012

Scout

August 31st, 2010
8:55 am

Keep up the good fight!

P.S. That was the most lame excuse defending what he did that I think I have heard to date.

J. Kase

August 31st, 2010
8:55 am

I guess saying what? will get you in time-out.

J. Kase

August 31st, 2010
8:56 am

KUTGF;

Ahhhhh, what was that all about?

granny godzilla

August 31st, 2010
8:56 am

Keep up the good fight!

August 31st, 2010
8:58 am

Scout….now I know you have trouble understanding the non-devine word if not handed down on a stone tablet from some unproven character but federal law would only allow an employee to be terminated for sexual harrasment not a consensual relationship. Now as for the President, the US Constitution provides for the way for the elected official to be removed from office. SO again you are not saying anything truly intelligent, they are apples and oranges. It may point to a need to change law or the Constitution, but as applied to that situation, given what was in place, the outcome was correct no matter what you try to whine about not liking it.

buck@gon

August 31st, 2010
9:03 am

…”struggling for anything that resembles intellectual heft”? !!

Cynthia,
The Democrat party media (and I mean YOU too) do not even argue intellectually. What you do is fabricate straw men and knock them down. Who argued for healthcare? Who argued for the spending bills, where was the debate? “We’ll know what’s in the bill after we pass it”? Can Obama answer an honest question about the ground zero mosque controversy that HE stirred up?

Come on! Who’s lacking intellectual heft here?

You attack Gingrich, but could you address one of his arguments? How about Boortz, Limbaugh, Beck, National Review, George Will (or my standing challenge–if you can defeat any Thomas Sowell argument, I will switch party affiliations). There’s intellectual heft aplenty on the right, thanks, though if we hush it up, you can keep your whiny liberal friends hoodwinked about that and about the causes for the impending November democrat election disaster.

What’s lacking is it on the left. What we have is Paul Krugman, Joel Klein, Chris Matthews and all their clones: Jay Bookman, Cynthia Tucker and Mike Luckovich–the “C” team–though you guys do get your “pullitzers” too, your paper is losing money hand over fist.

You’re not just intellectually bankrupt, you are monetarily too.

J. Kase

August 31st, 2010
9:04 am

KUTGF;

So Clinton changing the name of the Oval Office to the Oral Office is ok with you?

Christopher Chance

August 31st, 2010
9:06 am

…Race is a hard thing to ignore, no matter what race you are. One of the primary reasons is that it’s the first thing that visually stands out as far as what makes you stand out from someone you encounter. It’s in human nature to notice things that stand out.

For instance, let’s supposed that there was one race on Earth. What happens then? Height comes into play. Height and one’s physical build will stand out even more so than it does today.

Let’s say that we all were the same race, height, and physical build? Then how smart or how attractive someone is will make one stand out from others even more noticeably.

However, let’s say that we all shared all of the above qualities. There’s always religion and money left to separate us from others.

The point in all of this is that human beings have an insatiable need to feel “special” and a “part of something”. Why do you think that Country Clubs are so “exclusive”? Because not just “anyone” can become a member. Even if you have the money to pay to get in…..you still have to be sponsored by a member and apply to join and get voted on by other members in a number a country clubs today. Do you really think that black men who have been able to join prestigious country clubs really care about the average black man? They are too busy hobnobbing and play golf with their rich white male pals…..probably drinking cognac and smoking stogies…..laughing it up and talking about all the poon tang that they nailed. They dont care about the quality of education in some ghetto. It isnt their kids who are going to some broken down, drug infested school in a war zone.

Race is just the easiest, most noticeable thing that can be used by those who are opportunistic within the individual races (Beck, Limbaugh, Jesse, Al, Bin Laden, etc.) to separate ourselves from others and make us (those within each individual race) feel special.

When it comes down to it, Beck and Limbaugh dont care about the average white man. Neither does Jesse or Al really care about the average black man. If Bin Laden really cared about Arabs and Muslims, he wouldnt use them as suicide bombers to further his sick cause. What “they” care about is their own self interests (which is a basic human trait) ……and they will make alliances with those they think will protect and further their cause. They will also sucker and manipulate the majority of the poor suckers within their own race who are either too stupid, gullible or dont have the time to figure out the difference.

Manipulators like the above men go back to the time that farming was invented. It wasnt the mofos that invented farming that controlled the first societies back then………it was the mofos who figured out how to control the masses that were forming back then were were in control and able to exploit the people. Religion and common race have always been exploitable by the haves and powerful.

Nice Guy

August 31st, 2010
9:09 am

Ok, Cynthia. So you are trying to totally discredit Newt on the basis of a failed marriage? Pretty weak. The obvious counter argument is Bill Clinton. That marriage is a complete sham. The only difference is when Bill asked Hillary to “just tolerate” the affair, Hillary said ok.

Newt is a truth teller and that’s why he gets yours and the rest of the Libs underwear all bunched up. The guy knows his stuff and he will not repeat his past mistakes.