Poor Newt Gingrich, hoisted by his own petard in Iowa

112911-newt-gingrich-ap_606-1Newt Gingrich’s campaign has apparently gone into freefall in Iowa, to the point that the recent frontrunner has been reduced to musing publicly that a fifth-place finish wouldn’t be so bad. Millions of dollars of negative campaigning aimed in his direction has put a torpedo right in his ample midship.

Newt has complained bitterly about the tactic, calling the attacks “reprehensible” and claiming that the candidates who use them “ought to be ashamed of themselves” and that it “demeans America.” Personally, though, I think there’s a certain poetry in the fact that Gingrich has come undone in such a fashion.

After all, his fellow Republicans are merely using what someone once called “contrasting words,” “powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast.” That certain someone even created a list of such words, urging his followers to “apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.”

On the vocabulary list drafted by that certain someone and recommended for deployment in politics are many of the words now being directed at Gingrich by members of his own party, and apparently with devastating effect. For example:

abuse of power
betray
bizarre
cheat
coercion
collapse(ing)
corrupt
corruption
cynicism
decay
destroy
destructive
devour
disgrace
endanger
excuses
failure (fail)
greed
hypocrisy
ideological
impose
incompetent
insecure
insensitive
intolerant
liberal
lie
mandate(s)
obsolete
pathetic
radical
self-serving
selfish
sensationalists
shallow
shame
sick
steal
threaten
traitors
waste

Watching all this happen, another word comes to mind, a word that isn’t on that certain someone’s list. That word is karma.

– Jay Bookman

591 comments Add your comment

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:23 am

“Newt has complained bitterly about the tactic, calling the attacks “reprehensible” and claiming that the candidates who use them “ought to be ashamed of themselves.””

http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/_/7/newt_baby.jpg

(who knew that image would work for OH SO MANY occasions)

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:24 am

woowoo … firsties!! :-)

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 29th, 2011
9:24 am

The Nutster, the gift that keeps on giving :-)

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:25 am

All Hail Prophet Jay, for he foretold what would be!

Out of that list, I like “hypocrisy” the best.

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:25 am

“Watching all this happen, another word comes to mind, a word that isn’t on that certain someone’s list. That word is karma.”

another word not on that list … leadership. because it sure as hell doesn’t belong in ANY sentence with the word Newt in it … unless it’s proceeded by the phrase “an utter lack of” …

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:25 am

Even worse is that Gingrich is nothing more than a “Jack Abramoff’ that has played the revolving door among political connections, business and lobbying that the Tea Party has railed against.

I would say the Tea Party has been hoisted by their own petard…

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:26 am

Pass the popcorn.

0311/1811

December 29th, 2011
9:28 am

Could we please see a list of negative words used by Obama’s party regarding him?

Start with:

DEBT

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:29 am

‘It’s hard to look at the current polling and think I won’t be the nominee…’

Delusion, thy name is Gingrich…

FrankLeeDarling

December 29th, 2011
9:30 am

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:30 am

aawwwwww, poor scouty … your team is fielding some lulus this year and all you can think to do is say “but … but … but … Obama!!!”

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:30 am

Start with:

DEBT

as in, “Upon taking office, Obama was saddled with trillions of dollars of new DEBT thanks to Chimpy McWarHard-on’s losing combination of massive tax cuts and an Excellent Eye-Rack Adventure.”

quick work break

December 29th, 2011
9:31 am

Makes me wonder if the Obama campaign is going to see these negative ads as essential against the GOP nominee, knowing how gullible the simpletons (majority of all voters) can be. Personally, I think Obama needs to get more bad-@ss in rhetoric. It works for him (”Ask Osama Bin Laden if I practice appeasement!”)

larry

December 29th, 2011
9:31 am

Actually DEBT is a Republican term . Since they are responsible for over 11 trillion of it.

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:31 am

0311/1811, who is your choice for the GOP nomination?

Bill Orvis White

December 29th, 2011
9:31 am

The honorable Speaker Gingrich knew that he would be attacked by the establishment Republicans who fear that a dynamic, sharp, seasoned man will actually win. I was talking about this with my fellow Republicans over there in Iowa. They believe that the old guard needs to leave the party and join the Socialist-Democrat Party of America. During his very successful tenure as Speaker, the honorable Mr. Gingrich produced four balanced budgets and did so with a Socialist-Democrat “president” who was barely at the wheel.

A President Gingrich will make us energy independent by loosening up ridiculous regulations on the job creators. President Gingrich would cut the income tax to 15 perecent for all. Mr. Gingrich will beef up our weak defense thereby staring down the jihadists who are roaming the planet unfettered. This man WILL stop Iran’s nuclear program. President Gingrich will create millions of jobs starting on Day One. He’ll scrap the illegal ObamaCare “plan.” The best part of a Gingrich administration will be a return to dignity in the Oval Office and a respect for life in our society. I pray that a President Gingrich WILL elimiinate the Department of Commerce, the Dept. of Miseducation and the EPA.

I’m praying that my friends in Iowa make the right choices on Tuesday and support the honorable Speaker Newt Gingrich. Those negative ads by Restore Our Future are only helping the Socialist-Democrat folk.

Amen,
Bill

larry

December 29th, 2011
9:32 am

And their VP said ” deficits dont matter” .

Welcome to the Occupation

December 29th, 2011
9:32 am

My faves have always been “sick”, “pathetic”.

TaxPayer

December 29th, 2011
9:33 am

Dang, Scout skipped the ABCs.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 29th, 2011
9:34 am

And with Santorum coming from behind like a rocket………. we can look forward to an race made for late night comics. The Karma just won’t stop. :lol:

larry

December 29th, 2011
9:34 am

Actually i have been looking at the Republican field like a bunch of clowns in one of those old VW Beetles. I guess who ever figures out how to get out first wins.

It doesnt look good.

quick work break

December 29th, 2011
9:34 am

Bill Orvis White @ 9:31: your second to last paragraph is an homage to science fiction fantasy.

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:35 am

Santorum coming from behind

heh.

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:35 am

Wonder why Newt did not include immoral and unethical in his list?

Bill Orvis White

December 29th, 2011
9:35 am

@larry
Deficits never matter during a time of war. Mr. Cheney was and is still right on that fact. You have to remember that we were attacked and we needed to respond in kind to protect our freedoms.
Back to the present: Vote Speaker Gingrich and vote Speaker Gingrich often. He is the closest thing to the honorable Pres. Ronald Reagan.
Amen,
Bill

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:36 am

Scout

You may want to try Krauthammer’s approach:

“Embarrassing Candidates Make Obama Look Presidential”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/12/28/krauthammer_embarrassing_candidates_making_obama_look_presidential.html

cosby

December 29th, 2011
9:36 am

Ahh Jay, yu just drool over any republican that has difficulties…but gee…nothing on the Dem side..biased reporting at its best aka the AJC in general…but why not a blog on a $4,000,000 tax payer vacation coupled with a $2,000 dress…the elite in DC. Hmm wonder if they pay their fair share? But then Barry has never had a real job, just a rable rouser who preaches class war fare..and then it looks as if we will be headed back to IRAQ as the troops were pulled out to early for “look at Me” reasoning…give ‘em hell jay!!

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:37 am

you left off “flatulent”

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Bill

“The best part of a Gingrich administration will be a return to dignity in the Oval Office”

Based on Newt’s past hobby, I’d predict the first thing he’d do would be to ban blue dresses from the Oval Office -

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:38 am

I didn’t see narcissist, arrogant, superiority complexed, entitle-ist, elitist, powermongering, emotionally unqualified, not-to-blame, or egocentric on the list Jay…Of course all of these are also apt titles for our sitting president…..

0311/1811

December 29th, 2011
9:38 am

………………… add “UNPATRIOTIC” to Obama’s list. That’s what he called Bush for a much smaller debt.

Aquagirl

December 29th, 2011
9:38 am

If Newt had kept his petard in his pants, he might not be dangling by it.

Adam

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

How come “uppity” and “anti-colonial” are not in that list?

Oh, right! Because this was the 90s and we still had mostly WASPs for Presidents.

Mick

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Good morning all!

Bill orvis – get your head out of the ground, it’s going to be romney, accept it….then get ready for romney/christie, not a bad ticket. Then, obama will counter by making biden sec. of state and the new dem ticket will be obama/clinton….game over…

0311/1811

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Lord Help Us:

I would like to see Romney/Bachmann as a ticket

OR

Any combination to beat Obama.

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Gringrich is incontinent if he is a anything.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

0311/1811

December 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Add “UNQUALIFIED”

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:40 am

So… will no one defend Newt?

Defend the Indefensible. The Republican slogan for 2012.

Finn

:-)

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:40 am

Is SANTORUM really coming up from behind? Good play to kick your car keys if dropped…

Ayn Rant

December 29th, 2011
9:41 am

Actually, Gingrich is the most intelligent of the GOP candidates campaigning in Iowa. He alone understands the situation and tries to exploit it. Too bad he’s untrustworthy!

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:41 am

Ahh Jay, yu just drool over any republican that has difficulties

yeah, and this is gonna be two full years of droolfestepalooza.

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:41 am

Dream on Scout…

0311/1811

December 29th, 2011
9:42 am

Add “THUG POLITICS”

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:42 am

ADAM,

Howdy. Good additions to my list of those adjectives or other descriptions shared by BO and Newt….can you think of anymore? I also forgot unethical, bait-and-switchers, lobbyist compromised….

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:42 am

“Based on Newt’s past hobby, I’d predict the first thing he’d do would be to ban blue dresses from the Oval Office -”

based on Newt’s past indiscretions, I’d predict the first thing he’d do would be to remove blue dresses from Oval Office staff …

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

That’s what he called Bush for a much smaller debt.

Scout’s bible doesn’t have a Ninth Commandment, apparently.

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

“That one guy…. A. Corn”

:lol:

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Seriously, a country of 311 million people and these are the 7 best you folks can come up with?

Really?

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Can anyone tell me if Jay does a formal column during the week and if so, can I get it for free or do I have to pay? I want to recall he did one on Wednesdays…

Adam

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Scout: Every single addition you’ve put up here can be applied to Newt. Keep going! I love it!

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Normal

Be kind. Scout’s still healing. The meds are talking. It’s a loop of “all Obama, all the time.”

Welcome to the Occupation

December 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Lord help us: “Wonder why Newt did not include immoral and unethical in his list?”

His objective was to destroy the whole tradition of comity and civility that had characterized the political class in that era.

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:44 am

0311, I would also like to see Romney on the top of the ticket (or, even better, Huntsman). As I have stated before, I would likely vote for Huntsman over Obama. I would consider Romney over Obama (but not if Bachmann is on the ticket).

I would donate extensively to every Dem organization and volunteer my time FOR Obama if any of the others contenders (such as Gingrich) get the GOP nomination.

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:46 am

USinUK

Nice double entendre.

Bill’s going ‘huh???? what????”

Mick

December 29th, 2011
9:46 am

If romney picked bachmann, it would be akin to mccain picking palin, it would hurt him tremendously with the independents who get to decide this thing…

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Newt “Protector of the Sanctity of Marriage” Gingrich? That Newt?

ok

Jay

December 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Stevie, Wednesday and Sunday columns in the AJC. They’re posted here as blog items. Yesterday’s was on the DNR board.

Adam

December 29th, 2011
9:48 am

Stevie Ray: “uppity” does not apply to either Newt or Obama. “anti-colonial” applies to every American.

Aquagirl

December 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Is SANTORUM really coming up from behind?

Frothing and ready for action.

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:49 am

“Newt “Protector of the Sanctity of Marriage” Gingrich? That Newt?”

not quite as good of a sobriquet as Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum, but it’ll do …

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Romney is going to run a ticket with Sharron Angle…or that lady that had to go on tv to say she wasn’t a witch.

Adam

December 29th, 2011
9:50 am

Aquagirl: pass the screen cleaner, and the mind soap. :D

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Paul – 9:46 – me, I’m just distraught that we didn’t hear from the guy downstairs once and for all telling us which regulations have stymied economic recovery …

(although, I do love how that question shuts them the hell up)

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:51 am

JAY,

I really dig Glenn Greenwald…I read him daily. I thought he was a liberal, if so, he is by far and away the most balanced I’ve ever experienced..check this out…all of you liberal leaners should note how bi-partisan this guy is…

http://www.salon.com/writer/glenn_greenwald/

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Ol’ Newt will be OK, win or lose. He’ll just write another book, land a few speaking gigs, maybe even bee a commentator for the GOP during the Presidential election…all for a substantial fee, of course… :)

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:51 am

By the way, lest I forget:

a torpedo right in his ample midship

[golf clap for Jay]

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Thanks Jay…I was concerned I was missing something…

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Stevie – “all of you liberal leaners should note how bi-partisan this guy is…”

:lol:

most of us “liberal leaners” have been referencing Glenn Greenwald for years – only to be pooh-poohed for quoting Salon …

but, welcome to the party, anyway … canapes are in the kitchen … the beer is out back …

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Is SANTORUM really coming up from behind?

From behind what?

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Note to Romney: Should you win the GOP nomination, many moderate voters will be swayed in your direction based on a few points:

First, if you persist with the ‘Repeal Obamacare’ screed to the radical GOP contingent, you need to emphasize how it will be replaced…then replace it before you repeal the ACA.

Second, run on your successful record governing a progressive state.

Do these things and you will be elected.

Bill Orvis White

December 29th, 2011
9:54 am

@mick
I would take Governor Romney over this nightmare who is occupying the White House at the moment. A Romney/Christie ticket WILL beat an Obama/Biden or Obama/Billary ticket any year.
Amen,
Bill

granny godzilla and baby g too!

December 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Newt….what goes around comes around.

Taking today off – my 55th birthday – and hanging with my favorite men.

Here’s Baby G’s first blog post:

gytmkjgfffdf

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Stands @ 0951,
I’ve often wondered when Newt takes a cruise, does he go on a whaler?

OBAMA LIAR

December 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Obama gave the PLO, Hamas, Hezbullah, and the Muslim Brotherhood 40 million dollars yesterday and wants to give them 147 million dollars more. WHY? Obama is a traitor and must be thrown out of office now. Jay you are a liar aswell for the corrupt progressive democrats.

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Happ Birthday Granny G.

55 Huh? Gawd, how young you are….

Normal

December 29th, 2011
9:57 am

well, that’s supposed to be HAPPY, but consider the source… :)

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
9:57 am

all of you liberal leaners should note how bi-partisan this guy is…

I’ve been reading Glennzilla for years and yes, as you note, he doesn’t pull any punches.

(I’d quoted from his excellent piece on the protocol for public figure deaths after Christopher Hitchens’ passing, a week or so back.)

Mick

December 29th, 2011
9:57 am

Actually, greenwald is nothing but consistent concerning rendition, illegal wiretapping, no matter who is president…

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
9:58 am

USNUK,

I’m on the wagon but will definitely abduct your party girls but I’d still not be welcomed at your parties anymore than the one’s across the street….Take another look at Greenwalds last several columns on BO…he’s not exactly a blind supporter…if fact, he spends much time drawing growing similarities between Bush and BO…

ADAM,

I disagree and think “uppity” applies to both..had to reference dictionary….”Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one’s station; presumptuous: “was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down”

Paul

December 29th, 2011
9:58 am

USinUK 9:51

One more time…..

THERE ARE NO SUPPORTING DATA FOR SOUND BITES AND TALKING POINTS!!!!!!

Clint said “A man’s gotta know his limitations.’

Those guys never saw the movie.

Jay the Liar

December 29th, 2011
9:59 am

Obama gave 40 million tax payers dollars to the PLO, hamas, hezbullah today and wants to give them 147 million more. Jay you never write anything about how corrupt Obama and the democrats are. WHY????

larry

December 29th, 2011
10:00 am

Second, run on your successful record governing a progressive state

Yep, dont let them know that Mass. was 47th in job creation while you were governor .

And certainly dont let them know about your escapades with Bain Capital .

Or let them see your tax return.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 29th, 2011
10:00 am

Baby G makes more sense than some of our right wingnuts :D

Paul

December 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Happy Birthday, Granny Godzilla!

Ain’t life great?

kayaker 71

December 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Another Newt rant to appease the liberal love in. The same old stale meat thrown into the ring allowing yet another long list of invectives to be leveled at a pretty good man. He has his warts, admitted, but he is so far ahead of the dolt that occupies that Kailua vacation home at 10K/night that the comparison is really absurd. Virtually nothing that Bozo has done has worked. It has cost more than he said it would and, for the most part, has been an abject failure. We have poured gazillions of dollars down some hole in the ground and to what avail? He shuffles the unemployment numbers to try to massage his image while 120 Sears/K-Mart stores close their doors. You can spin this idiot all you want and the bottom line….. he is still the same old community organizer that he was in 2008. And you are going to vote for him AGAIN!!! I wonder who is the worst enemy of this country, Bozo or those who vote for him.

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Paul – 9:58 – these guys think that quoting talk radio IS proof …

it’s the regulations, stupid!!!

:roll:

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
10:02 am

Stevie – “I’m on the wagon but will definitely abduct your party girls but I’d still not be welcomed at your parties anymore than the one’s across the street”

meh – who wants to throw a party where everyone is exactly alike …

;-)

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
10:03 am

OBAMALIAR,

As amazing as it may seem, I actually agree with ending our enablement of the failed Zionist experiment. You have to agree it hasn’t really worked out and we’ve been fighting thier battles since inception and not a single thing has changed…I’m not sure why we boast they are our best ally in the region because all the others who actually have oil (our national interests) aren’t referred to as same…

The name calling thingy should remain in the sandbox…

getalife

December 29th, 2011
10:03 am

sanitarium takes the lead.

Oh my.

Peter

December 29th, 2011
10:04 am

OK Paul… You want me to comment here ?

For starters we have guys like Bill Orvis White making up history, as if Bin Laden and Saddam were working together.LOL !

But hey don’t let me tell a ” Religious Man “……. Killing for oil is not good !

I really don’t have much of an opinion about Newt, since he will become irrelevant soon.

I do think in general, all those words can be used for candidates of BOTH parties.

Aquagirl

December 29th, 2011
10:04 am

From behind what?

Uh, the “behind” in that sentence was not a preposition.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 29th, 2011
10:04 am

And I forgot to say….Happy B’day Granny!

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2011
10:04 am

dont let them know about your escapades with Bain Capital .

Or let them see your tax return.

yeah, it’s not exactly a bold prediction to say the silence from our Birther brethren on that score will be deafening when Mittens is the actual nominee in 2012.

Butch Cassidy

December 29th, 2011
10:05 am

jay the liar – “Jay you never write anything about how corrupt Obama and the democrats are. WHY????

I’m guessing for the same reason that Kyle Wingfield doesn’t write articles about how corrupt the GOP is.

Adam

December 29th, 2011
10:05 am

Stevie: I reject the notion that any one American has a “station” higher than another. Therefore, “uppity” applies to no one.

USinUK

December 29th, 2011
10:05 am

Liar – hate to be the one to break it to you, but aid to palestine isn’t anything new

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RS22967.pdf

Misty Fyed

December 29th, 2011
10:05 am

I’m still loving Newt. Primarily because you guys hate him so much, but also because of the blue-blood establishment’s response to him. Republicanism is dead, they just don’t know it yet. Bush killed it. At some point it time they have to figure out you can’t be “big government” and “low taxes”. You have to pay for what you pass. You can’t privatize everything. Somethings are best administered by government.

I think killing Newts campaign was a republican initiative. He is the only one that would hold both side’s of congress’s feet to the fire to pass meaningful legislation to fix the mess we have instead of posturing with radical unpassable legislation for the purpose of political sound bites.

larry

December 29th, 2011
10:05 am

I’d rather have a community organizer over a mergers and aquistions guy responsible for throwing hundreds of thousands of people out of work any day.

The fact that he is still being paid by Bain Capital is painful for the Repubs.

Stevie Ray

December 29th, 2011
10:06 am

USNUK,

I will take you up on your offer then…I will leave early when the shout downs begin and go across the street and solicit the same…hoping to stay clean and get lucky in the process…