Gingrich increasingly a comic figure … and that’s OK

By this point, the Gingrich for President campaign has lost whatever political relevance it might have had and has entered the realm of comic entertainment.

Which is fine with me.

Everybody knew this day would come; the only surprise is that it came so swiftly. As Rich Galen, a former Gingrich aide, told Politico:

“The problem for Newt is, this is exactly what everybody who has ever worked for or around him said was his basic problem. Sooner or later, I suspect, unfortunately, the campaign will collapse from the top because people are going to say, ‘I love him and he’s really smart, but he can’t be president.’”

Or, as Rich Lowry of National Review wrote:

“He can’t help himself. Gin­grich prefers extravagant lambasting when a mere distancing would do, and the over-arching theoretical construct to a mundane pander. He is drawn irresistibly to operatic overstatement — sometimes brilliant, always interesting, and occasionally downright absurd.”

And then there was this devastating exchange, in Iowa:

Gingrich’s mistake, of course, was in aiming his facility for “operatic overstatement” at members of his own party, calling the House GOP’s Medicare plan “radical” and an example of “right-wing social engineering.”

Democrats were immediately gleeful at the prospect of using Newt’s words in campaign ads against House Republicans, all but four of whom had voted to end Medicare as we know it. But why would Gingrich make such a statement, especially with House Republicans already feeling politically exposed by their support for a plan that, after all, really is radical right-wing social engineering?

I think the answer’s pretty clear. Gingrich did it for the same reason he whined about his treatment on Air Force One by President Clinton back in the ’90s. The ex-speaker lashed out because he was jealous and resentful, in this case of Paul Ryan, who now occupies the spot of intellectual darling that Gingrich himself once occupied. (Newt’s reception at the Georgia GOP convention over the weekend, where he was greeted not as a returning hero but as a clear No. 2 to Herman Cain, may have added to his sour mood.)

The attempted walkback has been downright hilarious. A veteran of dozens of Sunday news shows, Gingrich at first claimed that he’d been victimized by a gotcha question on “Meet the Press” and that his response had been taken out of context.

Let’s review the question and the response:

“DAVID GREGORY, MEET THE PRESS: You think Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare, turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors some premium support and — so that they can go out and buy private insurance?

GINGRICH: I don’t think right wing social engineering is any more desirable than left wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”

Once it became clear that approach wouldn’t work, Gingrich finally admitted he had made a mistake. He then went on to warn that “any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood and because I have said publicly, those words were inaccurate and unfortunate.”

Really? Can you call takebacks in politics?

If so, Bill Clinton wants it on the record that he never said “I never had sex with that woman.”

George H. W. Bush never said “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

And George W. Bush never stood in front of that “Mission Accomplished” sign.

– Jay Bookman

221 comments Add your comment

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 18th, 2011
10:45 am

Jay:

You need therapy.

You have Gingraphobia worse than I thought.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

May 18th, 2011
10:46 am

P.S.

What wise words do you have to say about Herman Cain?

If you say anything bad about him I will call you a racist. Only fair.

Southern Comfort

May 18th, 2011
10:51 am

uh oh!!!!!!!!!! Another case of N.A.D.S.

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
10:53 am

Let’s recount the unfortunate events that have befallen Newt Gingrich in the early days of his campaign: he’s criticized Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, then apologized; a man told him he was an embarrassment in a confrontation at a campaign stop; and refused to answer questions about an unpaid $500,000 jewelry bill at Tiffany’s.

But at least the former House speaker was invited to “Feel the rainbow!” in Minnesota. At a family values event, Gingrich was covered in glitter confetti by a gay rights protester, who was swiftly and aggressively escorted away.

Watch the video to the end to see the security guard ask the protester, “Have we disturbed your events?”
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/05/18/gingrich_glitter_attack/index.html

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
10:57 am

Neeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

What a joke he turned out to be – again. mwuahahahahahahaha

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:00 am

Newt gets glittered for his hypocritical anti-gay policies: http://youtu.be/YHQYaTK4tv0

Feel the rainbow toady.

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:01 am

Ok, who does the GOP have up next? Is it Jindal’s turn?

Oh Bobby, where are you?

liberalefty

May 18th, 2011
11:04 am

PO PO NEWT…maybe he should go on OPRAH…it works for everybody else

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:04 am

1811/1801 – 0311/0317,

“What wise words do you have to say about Herman Cain?”

Well…he is the only candidate whose long form we will have to see.

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:04 am

Don’t mess with Gay people, Newt.

Nothing like preaching against a group of people and then letting them get the best of you – on camera.

Jefferson

May 18th, 2011
11:06 am

This is tired.

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2011
11:08 am

Herman is not far behind Newt.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:08 am

“You have Gingraphobia worse than I thought.”

I would call it a “man-crush” but that works too seeing as the left like’s to accuse the GOP of having all these different phobias.

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:08 am

Looks like ol’ Newt has run out of sides of his mouth from which to talk. The only “gotcha” question asked of Newt on “Meet the Press” was the one right out of the DNC playbook about “food stamps”.

Mr_B

May 18th, 2011
11:09 am

In other words, Newt reacts just like many of the posters on both sides of the aisle do here everyday. ( And no, I will not run if nominated, and if elected I will not serve.)

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:09 am

“Nothing like preaching against a group of people and then letting them get the best of you – on camera.’

some(me) would argue that the “glitterizing” of newt actually speaks bad for the guy who did it, and could lead some to sympathize with newt.

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:11 am

Holy crap that video is hilarious.

(ir)Rational

May 18th, 2011
11:11 am

Jefferson said it best. This is a sad attempt at opinion journalism.

willie lynch

May 18th, 2011
11:12 am

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:01 am

Jindal’s already been laughed off the scene. I think Bachman will be next.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:12 am

It seems Jay significant other next door also has a man-crush on Newt. 2 pees in a pod…you and Cynthia are. Y’all go together like unicorns and glitter!!!!!!!!!!!

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:13 am

“any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood and because I have said publicly, those words were inaccurate and unfortunate.”

So, anything he actually SAID is false? Oh, okay….. :roll:

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:14 am

” I think Bachman will be next”

God she’s scary looking. She’s like Medusa…look into her creepy lookin’ eyes and you’ll turn into a batsh*t crazy Tea Partier! Be careful!!!

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Newt made an a-s of himself. No problem, we have a lot of “qualified” canidates. The Democrats have none.

carlosgvv

May 18th, 2011
11:15 am

So our choices will be Obama, who wants to make everyone happy and pleases no one, and Romney, who flip-flops on every issue. Hey, is this a great country or what!!!!!!!

Yippee

May 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Proof heart disease is an ancient problem: Autopsy finds 3,500-year-old Egyptian princess had clogged arteries

“I’ll have the double-hump camel burger with cheese and a large order of fries”. “Yes, to go please.”

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:16 am

“She’s like Medusa…look into her creepy lookin’ eyes and you’ll turn into a batsh*t crazy Tea Partier! Be careful!!!”

Yeap, but if she turns out to be the nominee, you and the other sheeple will vote for her regardless of her crazy simply because she’s a Republican.

willie lynch

May 18th, 2011
11:16 am

I knew it was only a matter of time before Gingrich imploded. Who couldn’t see this coming? This is how he operates.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:16 am

“Yeap, but if she turns out to be the nominee, you and the other sheeple will vote for her regardless of her crazy simply because she’s a Republican.”

Boschy, Boschy, Boschy…you know what they say about ASSuming stuff. In this case though…you just make an ass out of yourself…

Jay

May 18th, 2011
11:17 am

Ty, I agree with you on that point. Yeah, in this case it’s only glitter, but it’s not far from a physical assault and I don’t condone it. I think it’s wrong and potentially dangerous.

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:18 am

willie,

“I knew it was only a matter of time before Gingrich imploded.”

They will all implode — that’s what happens when you try and run on bumper sticker talk instead of taking a stand on the issues.

(ir)Rational

May 18th, 2011
11:19 am

Bosch – it isn’t because she is a Republican, I think you’ll find most people here aren’t, it is simply because she isn’t Obama.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:19 am

“Have you really looked at Democrat women? Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton? Get serious.”

Oh I can make fun of the Hildabeast as well. Michelle could use a hamburger or two…the 100 lbs skin-and-bone look was sooo 2000 (see Olsen twins).

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

In Newt’s defense though, Newt did not make a spectacle of Ryan. Ryan and his yellowbrick roadmap did that all on their own, with the help of the Koch-funded Heritage Club for the good old boys and that assumption of a 2.8 percent unemployment rate needed to pay for the next round of tax cuts for the Kochs.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

” it is simply because she isn’t Obama.”

Sounds a lot like 2008…except it was b/c he wasn’t Bush.

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:14 am
” I think Bachman will be next”

God she’s scary looking. She’s like Medusa…look into her creepy lookin’ eyes and you’ll turn into a batsh*t crazy Tea Partier! Be careful!!!

Have you really looked at Democrat women? Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton? Get serious. If you want to put down looks of Republican women, we can start anywhere you want. How about first ladies for a thousand dollars?

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

Gingrich/Palin/Bachmann 2012!!!

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

well said jay. I’m no fan of Newt, but to see him just sit there with his wife, and get something thrown on him, makes me feel sorry for him…and I don’t think it does anything for the “cause” that the “gentleman” is fighting for.

SoGaVet

May 18th, 2011
11:21 am

Newt’s had a bad week, and it’s only Wednesday!

Lord Help Us

May 18th, 2011
11:21 am

Romney is simply playing the game he needs to play to get the nomination. Same as the Dems.

Romney has a record of private business success AND a successful stint governing a progressive State.

If Romney wins the nomination (and doesn’t pick a bonehead to appease the neanderthal base) I will be hard pressed to decide between he and Obama.

True dat…

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:21 am

ty webb,

“could lead some to sympathize with newt”

Maybe if it was pie…but that is still pushing it for Newt. I think most people would pay to see that.

http://youtu.be/dS91gT3XT_A

jm

May 18th, 2011
11:22 am

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:23 am

” it isn’t because she is a Republican, I think you’ll find most people here aren’t”

Yeah, I wouldn’t admit to being a Republican these days either. Problem is, you guys keep spouting off their same tired bumper sticker talking points. You can SAY you aren’t a Republican, but when you keep espousing their ideologue — saying you aren’t doesn’t matter.

So, you would vote for her against Obama even though he’s done alot to move this country forward (even though I know you’d probably never admit it)?

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:24 am

Mighty Righty,

“If you want to put down looks of Republican women, we can start anywhere you want”

I don’t want to speak for Peadawg as he does an admirable job on his own, but I don’t think he was commenting on her beauty or lack of it. He was commenting on her batsh*** crazy eyes.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crazy%20eyes

getalife

May 18th, 2011
11:25 am

Well, they are not listening to the American people about stealing their Medicare.

The truth is not a gaffe. It is radical rw social engineering.

Keep yelling at them until they listen.

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:26 am

LHU,

As I see it, Romney is the only chance the GOP has — but he won’t win the nomination because he isn’t crazy enough for the current GOP and he isn’t backing down and calling his health plan a mistake. It’s McCain all over again, and if he does by some miracle win the nomination he’ll have to do the crazy right wing talking points and will lose the Independents.

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2011
11:27 am

I’m sticking with my original projection — McCain/Palin 2012 by default. Those Republican candidates are dropping like flies. And to think, any of them could win the candidacy by simply continuing the lies that got them all those house seats. That’s where Newt failed. He did not stand up and support the Ryan yellowbrick roadmap like a good little boy. That probably devastated the Koch Brothers after they raised Newt like a child of their own all those years.

Yippee

May 18th, 2011
11:27 am

It is all about being the most transparent administraton in the country’s history, right?
An interesting story if read in its entirety. It will require comprehension skills, so be forewarned.

White House shuts out Herald scribe
The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.” (Thank goodness the White House is making the fairness calls) ;-)

“I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1338789&position=1

Jay

May 18th, 2011
11:30 am

Actually, Joe Cool, in places such as France and Italy, they run and win!

Joe Cool~"PRESIDENT Obama" Tells Birthers,"Thanks For Playing BI+CHES"

May 18th, 2011
11:30 am

Poor Newt….Only in America can a serial adulterer run for President and think they can win.
I love America!

Lord Help Us

May 18th, 2011
11:31 am

Bosch, I am just saying that if, by some miracle, a sane person (Romney) is nominated by the GOP and DOES NOT pick a boneheaded VP to appease the neanderthal base, I will be hard pressed to choose.

I do not believe for one second that Romney will give anything but lip service to the ‘repeal Obamacare’ tripe. If I thought that were a possibility, that would take away any chance that a moderate (yes, I am) would pull his lever (no pun intended…)

He HAS to saya that to have ANY chance at the nomination…

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:31 am

“Poor Newt….Only in America can a serial adulterer run for President and think they can win.
I love America!”

or in Clinton’s case, actually win…twice.

getalife

May 18th, 2011
11:33 am

When will the gop try to create jobs instead of stealing things from the American people?

They deserve to lose.

Joe Cool~"PRESIDENT Obama" Tells Birthers,"Thanks For Playing BI+CHES"

May 18th, 2011
11:34 am

“Actually, Joe Cool, in places such as France and Italy, they run and win!”

OHH La La

willie lynch

May 18th, 2011
11:34 am

Newt Gingrich, like a few other bright conservatives could do a lot more for themselves if they stopped all the torch and pitchfork rhetoric. If they could add some compassion for the less fortunate into their arguments they might win a few more followers. Sadly that doesn’t square with the hardline dunces in their flock, who seem to believe they are in the top 1% of wage earners in the country.

So goodbye Newt, once again you were your own worst enemy.

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
11:34 am

“or in Clinton’s case, actually win…twice.”

Clinton had a brain (can’t say that about Newt) and had this country going in a great direction. That’s why he got elected twice and, like I’ve said many times on here, would probably still be President if not for term limits.

Left wing management

May 18th, 2011
11:35 am

I think Luckovich should do a cartoon of Newt Gingrich launching his candidacy. The cartoon would feature a gleeful, unreconstructed bomb-thrower Newt dressed in his fatigues, festively “launching” his campaign by firing guns in the air and removing a grenade clip with his teeth as his fellow parties members take cover in the background.

md

May 18th, 2011
11:35 am

“It’s McCain all over again, and if he does by some miracle win the nomination he’ll have to do the crazy right wing talking points and will lose the Independents.”

He’s already told the base to take a hike when he said his hc plan was no mistake…………and to be honest, he doesn’t need the base……he needs the independents.

The base won’t be voting for Obama……..ever……and he knows that.

Paul

May 18th, 2011
11:36 am

The Republican ‘idea guy’ speaks truth and he’s forced to recant. Just like Galileo. Question now is, will the Party Elders wait 400 years to admit he was right?

Rep Bachman? The Republican Comedy Tour, Act Two. Or is it Act Three? It’s difficult to keep track.

This all just makes Romney look more dignified.

willie lynch

May 18th, 2011
11:37 am

Bosch

May 18th, 2011
11:23 am

Very true. But I find it hard to differentiate between a Republican and a Liberitarian.

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:38 am

Peadawg,
I was responding to joe cool’s statement about “serial adulterer”…enough…we get it, you’re “nonpartisan”.

ECB

May 18th, 2011
11:39 am

” I think Bachman will be next”

Are you nuts. Bachman is a joke. She’s like Newt without the brains; she’s like Sarah Palin without the wit; she’s like Anne Coulter without the anorexia.

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:39 am

Bosch,

“that’s what happens when you try and run on bumper sticker talk instead of taking a stand on the issues.”

How about this one?

http://towleroad.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c730253ef01543261ece6970c-pi

AmVet

May 18th, 2011
11:39 am

Yippe at 11:15,

Now that’s funny. At least every fourth Egyptian was not (presumably) a lardass as is the case in this country today!

Alas, the bombastic, conceited Newt. You have to admit the guys is outstanding fodder for stand up comedians.

Yet again, partially driven by how passionately he feels about this country, he’s working far too hard and things are happening in his life that are not appropriate.

LOL.

Arguably, the man himself is not appropriate…

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:40 am

“But I find it hard to differentiate between a Republican and a Liberitarian.”

a libertarian is a republican who can’t commit

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 18th, 2011
11:41 am

Given the state of the country, do you think any GOP candidate would even want the job of POTUS? They might as well run a sock puppet and let Obama win, and then come out swinging in 2016.

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:42 am

Left wing management,

“unreconstructed bomb-thrower Newt dressed in his fatigues,”

Is this “bomb” you had in mind?

http://blogs.ajc.com/mike-luckovich/2011/05/11/bonus-cartoon-mike-luckovich-on-gingrich-candidacy/

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:42 am

“Given the state of the country, do you think any GOP candidate would even want the job of POTUS?”

it’s in a damn site better shape than it was on 20 January 2009

ty webb

May 18th, 2011
11:43 am

“it’s in a damn site better shape than it was on 20 January 2009″

says the person not among the USA’s unemployed.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 18th, 2011
11:44 am

US – “it’s in a damn site better shape than it was on 20 January 2009″

It is, but it still has a long way to go. Any candidate that runs for President has to know that whatever happens after 2012, that candidate and their party are going to own it. Obamas already been slugging for 3 years and is chest deep in it. I’m not entirely sure that there is a candidate out there that REALLY wants to walk into this mess. As I’ve observed of members from BOTH parties, it’s so much easier to complain and blame rather than to realistically fix the problem.

SOUTHERN ATL

May 18th, 2011
11:44 am

Good article Jay!!! Everything ends before it begins!!!

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:47 am

ty – there are lots of people in the US who are not among the US’s unemployed.

whether you like it or not, the economy is in VASTLY better shape than it was when Obama took office – the economy is in growth, non-farm payroll is in growth, the dow is going up, foreclosures are going down, companies are investing in machinery

none of which … NONE of which … was the case when O took office

naksuthin

May 18th, 2011
11:47 am

Conservatives don’t have a political party. They have a religion. Anyone who joins the party is expected to disregard their own personal opinions, their own views, their own logic and reasoning and opt for the “entire” Conservative religious creed.
Gingrich and Romney are finding out the hard way that there are no other views allowed in the “Party”. And if you’ve had different views in the past you can only move forward by wearing a dunce cap and publicly atoning for your past digression.
Like the Stalinists , the Red Guard, Islamists, Evangelical Christians…there can be only one True Way. OUR WAY
No “Blue Dogs” allowed in the Republican Party….just mindless mouthpieces looking to Rush Limbaugh for talking points and direction

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:48 am

Fletch – so you’re saying the GOP is the party for when times are good.

thanks for hte summary. ;-)

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:49 am

Well, it’s a good thing the guy wasn’t throwing shoes. As slow as Newt moved the guy coulda stood there and smacked him on both cheeks multiple times.

AmVet

May 18th, 2011
11:50 am

Washington (CNN) — On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.

It is now irrefutable – the Republicans in Washington DC are income-redistributing socialists.

And you cons love it that they give away YOUR money to their paymasters in BIG BUSINESS.

What a train wreck…

Trust Me

May 18th, 2011
11:52 am

A Libertarian is a Republican who smokes pot.

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:52 am

Trust me – now THAT’S funny.

jewcowboy

May 18th, 2011
11:52 am

Finn McCool,

“As slow as Newt moved the guy coulda stood there and smacked him on both cheeks multiple times.”

Maybe Newt has a glitter shower fetish. Though he likes his glitter from Tiffany’s evidently.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 18th, 2011
11:54 am

US – “Fletch – so you’re saying the GOP is the party for when times are good”

Is that what I said? I try not to play sides. :)

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:54 am

“On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.”

oh, yeah, the GOP is SERIOUS about paying down debt

:roll:

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:55 am

We warned you guys the last 6-8 years it would take many years to fix the country after Bush left office. We aren’t there yet so you still need to have some patience. Rome wasn’t built in a night.

md

May 18th, 2011
11:55 am

“Given the state of the country, do you think any GOP candidate would even want the job of POTUS?”

Of course……..their egos tell them they can be the game changer……..go down in the history books as “the man”………none of them plan to be the flops that we’ve had……….

Finn McCool

May 18th, 2011
11:57 am

If you are using OUR public money to make YOUR profits, you need to share the love.

Can we at least have the Federal Guvmint earn interest on the money it gives to big oil? Some cut of those billions in profits?

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
11:58 am

pdawg – every family has relations that need to be locked inthe basement

Doggone/GA

May 18th, 2011
11:58 am

“Can we at least have the Federal Guvmint earn interest on the money it gives to big oil? Some cut of those billions in profits?”

Well, all we’re asking is that they make a START on the “prosperity sharing” they’re so gung-ho about!

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
12:00 pm

“oh, yeah, the GOP is SERIOUS about paying down debt” – I agree when it comes to the stupid oil companies.

“Three Democrats and two Republicans crossed sides in the 52-48 vote” – Looks like you can add those 3 Democrats to the list of those who aren’t serious either. Just thought I’d point out that wittle tidbit.

Left wing management

May 18th, 2011
12:00 pm

jewcowboy, thanks. That’s pretty good. But somehow I can’t get the military images out of my mind with Newt, I think that’s the essential part. Like the psycho mobster who waves his gun around and terrifies even his fellow gang members (Tommy in Goodfellas for ex.), the thing about Newt is how he is ever the happy warrior, loving the fight more than keeping his eye on the goal, which is his undoing.

The poignant irony in Newt’s case, and I’m tempted to write ‘tragic’ (though it’s still not grand or noble enough in its baseness to warrant tragic representation a la Shakespeare) is precisely how he reveals a blindness at the most crucial moment of extremist calculation. His tragic flaw is not that he’s TOO radical, but that he’s not radical enough, and therein lies the stunning element of his example, which makes it almost impossible to take your eyes off of (as Jay has suggested), though more striking for its wretchedness than its tragic grandeur. like a train wreck.

Dusty

May 18th, 2011
12:01 pm

Well, I see the rude, crude and unattractive morning crowd has once again filled the blog with supporrt for Bookman’s usual rude, crude and unattractive portrayals. Having worn out his deceptions of Palin, he now concentrates on a man simply making an effort to run for President of the United States.

How important is it to show a rude Democrat saying ugly words to a candidate? Bookman thinks it is newsworthy.

How importat is it to concentrate on a perenmial “showoff” who dumps confetti on a candidate and his wife? Democrats think the world should see it and smile.(Bookman made a feeble excuse for its showing.)

No wonder we have a crowd in Washington afraid to make a decision with every slug in the country trying to smear every politician with lies,innuendoes, cartoons, confetti, shoes etc(oh ha ha ha ).

And look at Bookman’s last line here: BUSH!! Bush whom Obama has followed step by step much of the time. Bush who stood in his military gear and made an optimistic statement for the future. Bookman has to bring up a man who led this country through tough times and tries to make it a joke.

The only joke here is the depths to which the Democratic liberal press and public have sunk. They seem to think that everyone likes to play in the mud & muck. NOT so. A majority of people only want to distance themselves from the sludge pond of present Democratic efforts. .

Peadawg

May 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

“Rome wasn’t built in a night.”

Should be

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Get your talking point correct, Finn! Geeze…

md

May 18th, 2011
12:03 pm

““On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.”

oh, yeah, the GOP is SERIOUS about paying down debt ”

One can look at this in either the little picture or big picture format………I see some looking at the little picture version………….

In the big picture version, why would either side make any move in the midst of a huge battle??

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

Looks like you can add those 3 Democrats to the list of those who aren’t serious either

Hey, when you only have three Dem. senators acting like wankers, you’ve had a pretty good day, I always say.

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
12:05 pm

could someone please pass Dusty a cool damp cloth for her fevered brow?

USinUK

May 18th, 2011
12:06 pm

md – “In the big picture version, why would either side make any move in the midst of a huge battle??”

oh, I dunno … for the BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY RATHER THAN THE PARTY???

AmVet

May 18th, 2011
12:06 pm

And to put it in perspective, that $2,000,000,000.00 in giveaways per year is for ONE industry only.

Multiply it a bunch of times and you start getting close to the true staggering amount of corporate welfare each and every year.

These corporate parasites are an even greater enemy to the republic than the “terrorists”…

The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. Thy are despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 18th, 2011
12:08 pm

md – “their egos tell them they can be the game changer……..go down in the history books as “the man”………none of them plan to be the flops that we’ve had……….”

Agreed. I just get the feeling that if the state of the nation was where it was in 05/06, there would be candidates coming out of the woodwork for the job. However, right now it’s like a GOP rogues gallery. No one particularly outstanding or appealing, the “old school” candidates might have been good for a pre-2008 run, but not now. And seriously, Gingrich, McCain? Why don’t they just roll out Bob Dole and complete the trifecta.

willie lynch

May 18th, 2011
12:09 pm

Trust Me

May 18th, 2011
11:52 am
A Libertarian is a Republican who smokes pot.

Openly.

Dave R.

May 18th, 2011
12:09 pm

“But I find it hard to differentiate between a Republican and a Liberitarian.”

A Libertarian is a Republican with a working brain.

md

May 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

“oh, I dunno … for the BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY RATHER THAN THE PARTY???”

UH HUH……..how rude……..

As if a bigger compromise wouldn’t be for the “benefit of the country”……………

There is that little picture mind I was speaking of……………..

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

Gingrich did it for the same reason he whined about his treatment on Air Force One by President Clinton back in the ’90s.

oh come on. You can only have something like 95, 96% confidence in a speculative statement like that.

Midori

May 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

JCB @11:46 — oh no you didn’t!! :lol: