Newt whining about ‘vicious’ politics is hilarious stuff

Note: Below is my AJC column for today:

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Newt Gingrich has never felt fully appreciated, and in some ways I think he has grounds to feel that way. For example, few people give him the credit that he deserves for being a very funny man, even if much of his humor is unintentional.

Just last week, the former speaker led off a debate in South Carolina by complaining about the “destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media,” charging that it “makes it harder to govern this country and harder to attract to decent people to run for public office.”

I thought that was funny.

As history can document, the person most responsible for the nasty, vicious tone of current American politics is Gingrich himself. Those who have dared to advocate policies counter to his own have been dismissed as traitors, pathetic, corrupt and a disgrace. There has been no attack so low that he will not stoop to it; no label so vile that he will not use it. And rather than feel ashamed, he has proudly tried to teach other Republicans to “speak like Newt.” (Even Mitt Romney seems to have picked up on it, calling Gingrich a “failed leader” who “had to resign in disgrace” as speaker).

So please, excuse me if I found Newt’s aggrieved victim act preposterous to the point of being funny. What’s next? Kim Kardashian complaining about vapid, amoral celebrities? Donald Trump lecturing on the dangers of mirror-gazing?

Of course, what some people perceive as absurdist humor, others embrace as heroic truth-telling. Rather than guffaws, the Gingrichian debate rant inspired a standing ovation from the crowd in South Carolina, and a few days later Gingrich pummeled Romney by a stunning 12-point margin, creating a lot of momentum for the contest in Florida next week.

Gingrich has a tendency to compare himself to great figures of the past, so let’s indulge him. It’s been said that at various points in history, a man has matched the moment. Winston Churchill, at one point all but banished from British politics, matched the moment in World War II because his strengths were exactly what his country needed at that time. Martin Luther King Jr. matched the moment during the civil rights struggle of the ’50s and ’60s.

Gingrich has likewise matched the moment in the 2012 Republican primary. Sure, he has many shortcomings in that contest; his troubled personal life would seem to disqualify him as the candidate of a party trumpeting family values. Based on his record, he is no more conservative than Romney, whom he derides as a Massachusetts moderate. And he is the ultimate D.C. insider of a type that the Tea Party faction claims to reject.

However, his stock in trade has long been the expression of scorn, disdain and resentment. That’s what he does best; it flows out of him as smoothly and sincerely as love talk from a barroom Romeo. And in the Republican electorate in the Age of Obama, he has found an audience ready to swoon when they hear that rhetoric.

Like a barroom Romeo, however, Gingrich is not the type you want to hitch yourself to permanently. As others will attest, you’ll come to regret it. Nationwide, he’s viewed favorably by just 27 percent of the American people, which means that outside the Republican base, he has almost no support whatsoever. In addition, because he’s been in the national spotlight since the early ’90s, it’s an electorate that knows him well. Its attitude toward him is not likely to change.

If Republicans make him their nominee, the joke’s on them.

– Jay Bookman

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Finn McCool (Class Warfare = Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

January 25th, 2012
11:38 am

Newt won’t make it till November. He’ll make a fool out of himself – like usual.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare = Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

January 25th, 2012
11:39 am

Romney showed his tax returns, now I want to see Newt’s latest doctor’s physical results.

Jm

January 25th, 2012
11:40 am

I’m not a newt fan

But jay whining about O being called socialist and Marxist is hilarious too

Jm

January 25th, 2012
11:41 am

I find it funny newt considers himself “decent people”

Jm

January 25th, 2012
11:44 am

Newt is no Churchhill

Aquagirl

January 25th, 2012
11:47 am

I find it funny newt considers himself “decent people”

That’s what his daughters from his first wife said, while trying to convince us his second wife is lying about his third wife.

There’s evidence you can count on.

Holding my Nose

January 25th, 2012
11:49 am

“Whining” and ’spewing.” Two of your favorite words when applied to anyone with whom you disagree. You can do better.

ty webb

January 25th, 2012
11:50 am

Bravo! Spot on Jay…mega kudos.

Jm

January 25th, 2012
11:51 am

The banking system would be collapsing today after obama’s SOTU

If it were not for a Republican House

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
11:53 am

Gingrich whined that CNN was being “disgraceful” for questioning him about what his second wife said about him wanting an “open marriage”. Of course, that episode in Newt’s life happened after he had been cheating on his second wife for SIX YEARS with his now-third wife.

But that part’s not disgraceful to Newt.

Nope.

Because he loves this country so much.

William

January 25th, 2012
11:54 am

The columnist doth protest too much, methinks. Jay, what percentage of your columns in the past 3 months are diatribes against Gingrich. I mean, your personal animus for him is striking. He’s not my first choice for the GOP nomination, and he would probably lose versus Obama, but I have little doubt he would make the president look bad in their debates. It cannot be denied that he is a skilled tactical debater with a strong command of the facts and a quick mind. Obama has fine oratorical skills, but that will only serve him well in speeches – not debates.

Don't Tread

January 25th, 2012
11:54 am

The person most responsible for the nasty, vicious tone of current American politics is Obama himself, long before Gingrich came into the picture.

Anyone remmeber:
“bitterly clinging to guns and religion” comment before he even took office
“punish our enemies” (referring to Republicans, right before the 2010 elections where Democrats were the ones punished)

…etc?

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
11:55 am

William doesn’t get it. The column is “pro-Republican”, not “anti-Newt”.

Obama has fine oratorical skills, but that will only serve him well in speeches – not debates.

Keep telling yourself that. Over and over. And it might come true.

But I doubt it.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
11:56 am

The person most responsible for the nasty, vicious tone of current American politics is Obama himself, long before Gingrich came into the picture.

Hahahahahahahaha.. You were born 4 years ago, right?

I wish I could speak like Newt

January 25th, 2012
12:00 pm

“Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” Newt Gingrich’s 1996 GOPAC memo: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4443.htm

“As you know, one of the key points in the GOPAC tapes is that ‘language matters.’ In the video ‘We are a Majority,’ Language is listed as a key mechanism of control used by a majority party, along with Agenda, Rules, Attitude and Learning. As the tapes have been used in training sessions across the country and mailed to candidates we have heard a plaintive plea: ‘I wish I could speak like Newt.

That takes years of practice. But, we believe that you could have a significant impact on your campaign and the way you communicate if we help a little. That is why we have created this list of words and phrases.

This list is prepared so that you might have a directory of words to use in writing literature and mail, in preparing speeches, and in producing electronic media. The words and phrases are powerful. Read them. Memorize as many as possible. And remember that like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used.”

Contrasting Words: abuse of power, betray, bizarre, cheat, collapse, corrupt, decay, destroy, disgrace, endanger,hypocrisy, incompetent, machine, pathetic, radical, sick

Pennsylvanian

January 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

Daedalus

January 25th, 2012
12:03 pm

My favorite Newt = Hypocrite story is his reaction to the tragedy of Sharon Smith, the confused mother from South Carolina who drowned her your children because her boyfriend didn’t like kids. She blamed a “black guy” — the cops investigated and said that she killed them herself.

Newt stepped in and said that this was evidence of a liberals meddling in social policy and laid the blame on “liberalism.” In South Carolina – really?

And then while confessing, Sharon Smith explained that she had been sexually abused as a child by her father; who then admitted to the sexual abuse. Wait for it….her father was a honcho in the local GOP party. Still waiting for Newt to retract his statement that this tragedy was caused by liberals.

Funny how no one in the GOP ever condemned Newt’s remarks….funny, but entirely predictable.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:03 pm

Contrasting Words: abuse of power, betray, bizarre, cheat, collapse, corrupt, decay, destroy, disgrace, endanger,hypocrisy, incompetent, machine, pathetic, radical, sick

Be cool if Romney got up on stage and quoted from the article, especially the above part.

David Granger

January 25th, 2012
12:04 pm

Damn sure is, Jay…Newt’s a Hewt.
Reminds me of the way Ted Kennedy used to always push for an estate tax of 60%, when his own family only paid a little more than $100,000 on his father’s half-billion dollar estate.
There’s just no hypocrite like a political hypocrite.

mm

January 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

The repugs really don’t know how pathetic they look right now.

Boehner and McConnell blocking all progress.

Newt, the hateful man with 3 wives and lots of baggage.

Mitt, bland man with more money than brains.

William

January 25th, 2012
12:07 pm

“Funny how no one in the GOP ever condemned Newt’s remarks….funny, but entirely predictable.”

That’s politics on both sides of the isle, I am afraid. It shouldn’t be hard for you to think of instances where the Democrats did the same thing (not condemn or speak out against the behavior of one of its own). We are all of us hypocrites to some extent or another.

I wish I could speak like Newt

January 25th, 2012
12:08 pm

You can’t logically claim it’s hypocritical to raise one’s own taxes, or in the case of the estate tax, raise taxes on one’s own heirs. I don’t think you know what that word means.

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:10 pm

cons are spewing that country first crap again when we all know it is a lie.

willard said he would not return fire from dem attacks.

Four more years easily.

William

January 25th, 2012
12:11 pm

“Mitt, bland man with more money than brains.”

He started out at Stanford and wound up with a JD/MBA from Harvard, so I don’t think he is short on brains. You don’t have to call people you don’t like who are obviously smart “stupid”.

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:12 pm

Man, I was really hoping there would be some of the usual crowd here that actually enjoys discussions, and not just arguing. Guess that’s just wishful thinking.

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

Thank you President Obama for bringing us back from the w disaster.

Never again.

Michael

January 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

If you spot you got it is the old saying. Newt has it.

Normal

January 25th, 2012
12:14 pm

barking frog

January 25th, 2012
12:14 pm

Newt may win if the party base is trying
to return to the Party of Lincoln. Newt is
trying to take the spot that the media
tried to give to Sarah Palin and he is
winning in that respect.

Normal

January 25th, 2012
12:14 pm

jm

January 25th, 2012
12:16 pm

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:16 pm

“Thank you President Obama for bringing us back from the w disaster.”

I have obviously missed something.

JohnnyReb

January 25th, 2012
12:17 pm

No one knows how the Repbulican nominee race will end. Clearly the Left only likes for us a nominee closer to their idiology. If Romney is the one, I will vote for him. However, if Romney is not a RINO he is really close and that is why the Left likes him.

What’s lost on Jay is the reformed smoker syndrome. No one detests smoking – the filth and stink – more than a former smoker. A remarkable transformation. What says Newt has not undergone similar? He says he has. South Carolina believes him. We will see about Florida.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:17 pm

I have obviously missed something.

If you don’t have a college education, then you probably have missed the recovery.

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:17 pm

“I have obviously missed something.”

Reality.

King of Everything

January 25th, 2012
12:18 pm

JM- the banking system wouldn’t have collapsed in the first place if it weren’t for the republican house and republican senate and republican president and proxy president. Ask Grinch the Fannie historian if you cant remember that far back.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:18 pm

However, if Romney is not a RINO he is really close and that is why the Left likes him.

But the “left” and the “right” don’t decide elections. The middle does. So how do you square that circle in your mind?

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

“But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!
But it’s all right. Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!”
–Thomas Jefferson

Matti's amusement

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

Jon Stewart: “…a family values crusader who presided over Congress at the time of the Republicans’ Clinton p-nis scavenger hunt suddenly finds that kind of questioning of a Presidential candidate unseemly!”

RB from Gwinnett

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

I thought for sure todays post would include whining about how Obama’s speach was 90% of the same speach he gave a year ago and he hasn’t done any of it.

When are the sheep going to hold him accountable for more than reading the TelePrompter well?

When is he going to propose his tax increase on the rich as he keeps yapping about?

Welcome to the Occupation

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

WIlliam: “It shouldn’t be hard for you to think of instances where the Democrats did the same thing (not condemn or speak out against the behavior of one of its own).”

Like the time the Democrats were utterly silent over the misdeeds of Rep. Wiener of New York, refusing to condemn him and supporting him all along the way, ultimately allowing him to survive the bad publicity and retain his position.

This is of course much in contrast to the sad fate of Rep. Vitter of Louisiana, for ex.

Chuck

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

I love how all of you sheep have found your shepards, either President Obama and his wealth envy, fair share tactics or Congressman Gingrich and his socialist, commie crap. The reason they attack the other side is both parties are out of ideas. The Democrates 50 year old massive “War on Poverty ” is a failure, the Republican 40 year massive “War on Drugs” is beyond a waste of money. Medicare, Medicade, Social Security, Post Office, HUD, Education, Health Care, Labor, name one of these things that the Federal Government has succeeded at, if the Government was a “hated” corporation it would be “too big a failure to save”. So the people that have been running this train over a cliff, have to distract the sheep with attacks on the other guys, because they can not stand on their sucesses. The only side too pick is a entirely different side, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is truely crazy.

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

No – there it is – $5 trillion in new debt in three years; $4/gallon gas; real unemployment @ 16%.

There’s your reality.

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:20 pm

“I wear magic underwear” Joe Smith.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 25th, 2012
12:21 pm

Is this what happens when you try to elect a witch? You get Newts?

Leroy does like to play him some victim cards….. He and Sarah are a great team.

Jm

January 25th, 2012
12:22 pm

“newt slams mitt for Swiss accounts”

I swear newt is running as a democrat in the republican party

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:23 pm

jm,

You can’t even beat the newt.

barking frog

January 25th, 2012
12:23 pm

Jm, 12:22, exactamento…

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:23 pm

I’ll go ahead and tell you, I’ve most definitely missed the “recovery.” It could just be the business/industry I’m in, but that is the perception I get every day. My company is doing just as badly today as it was 3 years ago. Possibly worse. Business picked up for a couple of months, but has stagnated and the work that came in a few months ago has finished and now we’re back to hoping we have enough billable hours at the end of the month to make enough to pay our bills here in the office. But I guess that just means I either don’t have a college education, according to ByteMe, or am out of touch with reality as getalife says. My reality is that I’m still, and have been for a few years, one paycheck away from being financially ruined. And one client not paying their bill away from missing that one paycheck. Hey, the economy is recovering great though.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:24 pm

I swear newt is running as a democrat in the republican party

And winning.

Enough to make some conservative heads explode.

Bruno

January 25th, 2012
12:24 pm

So Jay doesn’t like Newt…….Big shrug of the shoulders. Don’t vote for him, then.

But, since you can’t legitimately attack his record as a highly successful legislator, all you have are these personal attacks. To me, that doesn’t speak well of your journalistic abilities.

I can, however, deeply appreciate your point that Newt can be divisive. If you would ever take your blinders off, you would see that Obama has been equally divisive, just from the other side of the political aisle.

Pennsylvanian

January 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

“When is he going to propose his tax increase on the rich as he keeps yapping about?”

Right after he closes Gitmo……

ty webb

January 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

“I hate the gays”—-Mohammad

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

(ir)Rational:

Did they skip you on the memo that the world is just peachy? I missed it too.

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:26 pm

Bruno – Bravo!

Welcome to the Occupation

January 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

I love how all of you sheep have found your shepards, either President Obama and his wealth envy, fair share tactics or Congressman Gingrich and his socialist, commie crap

Where does this Bircher trash come from ?

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

Geo,

Are you a newter too?

td

January 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

All you lib/progressive/socialist. You can stay on these blogs all day long everyday from now until election day and trash Newt and Mitt until your hear is content and it is not going to effect the outcome of the election. If Unemployment is above 8% and gas is $4 to $5 per gallon (as being predicted) by next fall then Obama will lose to Newt or Mitt. It will not even be close. If gas prices are below $3 per gallon and unemployment is under 8% then Obama will get 4 more years.

barking frog

January 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

Pennsylvanian, excellent campaign sound bite for Republicans.

Jefferson

January 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

Newt could sell snake oil, I bet a pregnant woman catcher could outrun him to 1st base.

JohnnyReb

January 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

ByteMe – there is more of the so called Middle who votes with the right than vice versa. They must be embarrassed to identify themselves as Conservative. Your reply would likely be on Obama’s 2008 win. He won because so many in the so called Middle voted for him. That won’t happen this time; they see their mistake.

mm

January 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

“You don’t have to call people you don’t like who are obviously smart “stupid”.”

Actually, I like Mitt. I despise Newt.

Mitt’s flip flops will be aired constantly. He should know better.

BuckeyeinGa

January 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Newt is/will napalm everything in his path. If he wins Fl, Romney is in trouble, which means the GOP is in trouble because
“Newt can’t win a general election”–Joe Scarbourgh.

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Pennsylvanian – More likely right after he wins/loses the election. If he loses, he’ll try to have it pushed through before he leaves office.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

My company is doing just as badly today as it was 3 years ago.

You went to Tech so it’s a good bet that you are in some kind of engineering company, possibly civil engineering.

The construction biz will take along time to recover and it wont be the driving economic force it once was.

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Like so many others, I’ll vote for my choice then vote for whoever stands against Obama.

gm

January 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

Once again can any one tell me what has Newt accomplished in Georgia?
This man is a disgrace to Georgians dem or rep, people around the world think people from his home state support this type of character.
How can a bible belt state support a man with no morales and family values?

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

reebok

January 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

Neither the Romneybot nor Porky Pig has a chance against Pres Obama in Novemeber.

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

What is the Republicans obsession with the teleprompter?

Or mom jeans.

barking frog

January 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

gm, 12:30, his morales have self deported…

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

Nice dodge geo.

newt or willard will never be President

You should be used to losing by now.

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

Kam – Actually architecture. All the engineers I know (besides civil) are doing really well. Makes me think I made the wrong choice when I changed my major. I realize the construction industry will take a while to recover, but until it starts, are we really going to try and say the economy is doing a lot better?

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

My reality is that I’m still, and have been for a few years, one paycheck away from being financially ruined. And one client not paying their bill away from missing that one paycheck.

I haven’t stopped being busy since 2005 and my rates keep going up.

It could just be the business/industry I’m in

That’s one place to look. I have a friend who works in financial services (the kind of services that get his face on CNBC every so often) and his work life totally sucks and he’s had to take a pay cut just to stay employed.

My comment was essentially that the greatest predictor of being unemployed right now is your education level.

I’m sorry it’s not working out well for you, but what are you doing for yourself to change it?

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

Kam – Mom jeans are just wrong. I would be all for government intrusion if they would outlaw those. :)

td

January 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

gm

January 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

“How can a bible belt state support a man with no morales and family values?”

Because we think Obama’s liberation theology, social democracy ideology is much more evil and hurts Christianity more then one man being a hound in his earlier life. Did that answer your question?

JRL

January 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

@Don’t Tread.

Perhaps if your knowledge of history covered more than the last few years you’d recall that Newt practically invented attack politics in 1996.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4443.htm

Pennsylvanian

January 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

The wheels are coming off Obama’s promise for improved broadband access, just in time to embarrass him before the election. That’s what he gets for putting a political hack like Genachowski in charge at the FCC.

The Truth

January 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

*JM: The banking system would be collapsing today after obama’s SOTU
If it were not for a Republican House*

Is that why the do-nothing, know-nothing Republican’t House has a 9% approval rating? You guys complain about Obama’s approval rating, but your’s if far more pitiful. What a joke!!

Geo

January 25th, 2012
12:35 pm

Folks who try, but lose, are not losers.

Folks who spout circular moronic drivel tend to fall into the loser category.

Welcome to the Occupation

January 25th, 2012
12:35 pm

What is the Republicans obsession with the teleprompter?

Intellectual inferiority complex.

Chuck

January 25th, 2012
12:36 pm

Welcome to the occupation, “bircher” is that a reference to John Birch society or the birther, I am not sure what you are asking.

Jefferson

January 25th, 2012
12:36 pm

I say confront Newt agressesivly about his past, it is his past — he put himself in the line of fire. Reflection is his way of saying “uncle”.

PB utler

January 25th, 2012
12:36 pm

ByteMe you are the one four years old. Newt has been on the political landscape since the 1990’s, Obama was a kid then. He’s the classic revolving door politician, before he was this he was that and you appear to be proof to the notion that politicans outlive their constituants memories or you don’t have one.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

I realize the construction industry will take a while to recover, but until it starts, are we really going to try and say the economy is doing a lot better?

What I’m saying is that we are going to have to look at another indicator other than construction to gauge the recovery.

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

ByteMe – Assuming I get in, I’ll be going to grad school starting in August. Already have the wife in Law School so she can be my “suga momma” if things don’t work out. :) Oh, and as far as the education level as a predictor of unemployment, yeah I’ll buy that, but it sucks to find out that your degree has the highest unemployment rates of any college grads. Gives the boss great leverage in knowing that you have nowhere to go, and that he doesn’t have to give you a raise or benefits of any kind to stay.

ByteMe

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

They must be embarrassed to identify themselves as Conservative.

Now Johnny, why do you think that would be true??

Your reply would likely be on Obama’s 2008 win. He won because so many in the so called Middle voted for him.

No, my reply is based in stats. 26% to the left, 24% to the right, the rest feel they’re in the squishy middle and looking for someone who represents what they want, which is everything for nothing.

Get Real

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

But his whining is nothing compared to the “Whiner-in-Chief”

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

getalife

January 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

The cons read drudgey and watch foxey and think they are informed.

The cons do not live in the real world and ignore the real facts.

Most of their “beliefs” are wishful thinking and not even close to the truth.

RB from Gwinnett

January 25th, 2012
12:38 pm

“My reality is that I’m still, and have been for a few years, one paycheck away from being financially ruined. ”

It’ll make you feel better to know if you’re able to survive and eventually begin to make some real money, the liberals all over this blog will be more than happy to share it with you.

None of them have the first dam clue of the work, worry, or risk you deal with every day to keep your dream alive as they lay claim to your money if you pull it off.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

Folks who try, but lose, are not losers.

Folks that lose, are by definition, losers.

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

Welcome to the Occupation,

“Intellectual inferiority complex.”

Could be. I just figured it was some kind of a repressed oral erotic fixation.

td

January 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

JRL

January 25th, 2012
12:34 pm
@Don’t Tread.

Perhaps if your knowledge of history covered more than the last few years you’d recall that Newt practically invented attack politics in 1996.

You are giving Newt way to much credit. Did you not pay attention to your history classes in HS? Attack politics has been going on since the beginning of this country. I might add that the current version is a lot more mild then in the past. Go back and look at some of the political cartoons of Lincoln or some of the opinion pieces about Andrew Jackson.

(ir)Rational

January 25th, 2012
12:40 pm

Kam – I realize that, to an extent, but I don’t see it as a full or even true recovery until there are improvements across the board. However, I do have great hope, all those tract houses that were built over the past 15 or so years were built so quickly and poorly that they’re going to start falling down or at least start having to have major repairs/renovations soon. The contractors basically built in work for themselves.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2012
12:41 pm

jewcowboy

Uh, huh. Ain’t no way I’m clicking on that link.

jewcowboy

January 25th, 2012
12:41 pm

RB from Gwinnett,

“None of them have the first dam clue of the work, worry, or risk you deal with every day to keep your dream alive as they lay claim to your money if you pull it off.”

What a load of bs.

Jefferson

January 25th, 2012
12:42 pm

Nancy has the skinny on Newt and its bugging the hell out of him.