When the bluster fades, this is Newt Gingrich

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I didn’t watch last night’s umpteenth Republican presidential debate. I had a prior commitment with some poker-playing friends, although given the night’s outcome, watching the debate would have been a smarter financial option on my part.

By all accounts, Mitt Romney again took on the role of aggressor against Newt Gingrich, and Gingrich again shrank from the confrontation.

As Politico describes it
, Gingrich “simply seemed worn out and off point. Gone was the brawler who could whip up the crowd. And it’s not quite clear where he went… he did not seem to be enjoying the heat of battle as in past debates.”

At one point, Gingrich reportedly tried to rebut a Romney attack by complaining to Mitt that “you’re very quick to draw the widest possible exaggeration,” which is truly priceless considering the source. I’m sorry I missed that moment.

The Washington Post was no more kind in its after-action report, concluding that “Gingrich was just plain off his game … looked less prepared and never really recovered.“

None of that surprises me. A strong showing in this last Florida debate was crucial to Gingrich, whose post-South Carolina momentum has faded in recent days. He needed another strong, aggressive showing and did not produce it, but that is consistent with his history.

At heart, Gingrich is a bully who backs down when confronted. He likes to challenge members of the media in public, safe in the knowledge that their profession does not allow them to return fire. He is well-skilled at creating and then dismantling strawmen. And he is supremely confident when he senses that he has succeeded in intimidating his target.

But when the critical moment comes, he deflates. As speaker, he shrunk from Bill Clinton, to the point that his aides and lieutenants didn’t want to have them in the same room lest a passive Gingrich agree to too much. In these debates, once Romney decided to fight back aggressively, Newt has repeatedly retreated. In the previous debate, he was left speechless and flustered by a pressing Romney, and apparently he still hasn’t recovered his bluster.

When asked last night to discuss his campaign-trail attacks on Romney’s bank accounts in Switzerland and the Caymans, Newt pulled a Pawlenty, explaining that “I’m perfectly happy to say that in an interview on some TV show, but this is a national debate where you have a chance to get the four of us to talk about a whole range of issues.”

To which Romney responded:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t make accusations somewhere else that they weren’t willing to defend here?”

If and when the time came, Gingrich would have done the same when pitted against Barack Obama. In baseball, they say that a player is what his numbers say he is.

This is who Gingrich is.

– Jay Bookman

674 comments Add your comment

Normal

January 27th, 2012
9:21 am

“Gingrich is a bully who backs down when confronted”

Priceless!!

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:23 am

I didn’t watch last night’s umpteenth Republican presidential debate.

But if you MUST torture yourself….:

http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2011-2012-primary-debate-schedule/

Videos of each and every previous debate. Oh lordie….

James

January 27th, 2012
9:23 am

lets hope FL puts an end to this Newt-as-front-runner business. What a disgrace.

jconservative

January 27th, 2012
9:24 am

The myth that only Newt can stand up to Obama in a debate is gone. Gone forever.

Newt finished 3 in two straight 4 man debates.

Obama will have Newt skinned and gutted in 30 minutes.

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:26 am

Seriously, I am actually a little annoyed. Gingrich would have been an AWESOME candidate to run against in the general.

I guess we get Mint RawMoney instead. Which, as I have said before, the base will vote for ANYWAY, no matter how much they don’t like him now. And not because of ObamaHate primarily, but because of party loyalty.

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
9:29 am

I made the mistake of turning to that crap. I would have been better off running full speed into a brick wall head first.

Aquagirl

January 27th, 2012
9:30 am

But when the critical moment comes, he deflates.

Nah, still looks like a beached whale to me.

Actually Newt’s gross obesity may account for his fade. Campaigning is grueling work and being in shape provides more advantage than a good photo op. Fat kids simply can’t keep up.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
9:31 am

“Gingrich again shrank from the confrontation.”

He was repeatedly called out on his distortions and innuendo.

It did seem to me that more than once, when Romney was lashing him, that Newt had the smirk of a guilty boy who got caught. When Newt accused Romney of profiting off Fannie/Freddie, Romney explained blind trust arrangements, how mutual funds are comprised of many investments, how he loaned money to Fannie/Freddie while Newt took money, and finally, he asked ‘have you looked at your own investment?”

Newt: ‘oops, he caught me” smirk, followed by Romney saying “you bought funds invested in Fannie and Freddie.”

When it came to bullying reporters, Wolf was prepped. Newt should know when you attack the same way time after time, the opposition will adjust. Newt complained about what Blitzer asked and Blitzer said “you are the one who made it an issue this week, Mr. Speaker.”

Newt is revealed for what he is. And it ain’t presidential.

Goldie

January 27th, 2012
9:31 am

Who looked like presidential material on that GOP debate stage? None of the above. Thank God we have President Obama guiding America thru the Great Recession after the worst 8 years of Repub policy disasters!

Butch Cassidy

January 27th, 2012
9:32 am

I loved the look on Newts face when Romney countered on the whole Fannie/Freddie investment charge. I think we’ve found Newts weakness – FACTS

Gman

January 27th, 2012
9:34 am

The beached whale is fading fast!

ty webb

January 27th, 2012
9:34 am

Romney finally took it to Gingrich…It was by far romney’s strongest performance. After the “investments” question, newt practically waved the white flag.

Welcome to the Occupation

January 27th, 2012
9:35 am

The nomination was effectively wrapped up last night.

Obama/Romney it is.

ty webb

January 27th, 2012
9:35 am

“I made the mistake of turning to that crap.”

synopsis: democrat voter not likey GOP debate.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
9:35 am

The “Newt is the smartest guy ever who’s going to dismantle Obama one-on-one” contingent are a little late arriving today.

Or maybe they simply realize discretion is the better part of valor.

mm

January 27th, 2012
9:37 am

“Thursday afternoon, the LA Times reported that Romney’s tax returns listed 23 funds and partnerships that did not appear on Mitt Romney’s personal financial statements — the disclosure forms candidates are required by federal law to file with the Federal Elections Commission.”

Why are republicans so dishonest?

Robert Lee

January 27th, 2012
9:38 am

I think they are all still on Jay’s Birther Blog Part 2 like I was until I saw that he had posted a new blog

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
9:38 am

I didn’t watch long enough to see all that. When I heard the candidates ripping Obama for not creating any jobs in this economy, I knew the jackassery was in full swing for all the saps to suck it up. How could Obama be responsible for not creating any jobs when, according to GOP rhetoric, the government can not create jobs? That’s like holding me responsible for not winning the Daytona 500 when I don’t even drive a racecar. Yet, the GOP faithful eat that sh*t up without even blinking at the obvious disconnect.

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Or maybe they simply realize discretion is the better part of valor.

Dave R playbook. In addition to insults as “I win!” and changing the subject. Throw in a helping of “Bookman, why aren’t you writing about _____?” and you have many conservative bloggers here.

saywhat?

January 27th, 2012
9:39 am

I soooooooooo wanted to see an Obama-Gingrich debate though.Sigh.

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
9:39 am

“I made the mistake of turning to that crap.”

synopsis: democrat voter not likey GOP debate.

Analysis is not your strong point. I’m looking for a reason to not vote for Obama. The GOP has not presented much of a case at this point. I’d rather go with known jackassery as opposed to going with the unknown.

Aquagirl

January 27th, 2012
9:40 am

The “Newt is the smartest guy ever who’s going to dismantle Obama one-on-one” contingent are a little late arriving today.

They’re still drinking heavily after seeing that debate.

Recon 2533 1811

January 27th, 2012
9:40 am

Romney did do well in both debates. If he wins Florida it should carry him through to the nomination.

JohnnyReb

January 27th, 2012
9:41 am

It appears voters may come to the conclusion that both Mitt and Newt have too many liabilities. Santorum is the most non-compromised candidate but without funding will not be able to win the nominationn. However the continued split in state outcomes could produce a brokered convention. We could have a nominee not currently in the running.

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:43 am

Brosephus: The biggest problem with the right wing Obama the Job Killer rhetoric is that facts show consistent private sector job growth. While a legitimate case could be made that the President doesn’t create those jobs, the argument from the right is he is PREVENTING those jobs from being created.

Really? 22 months of job creation and he is PREVENTING job creation?

Go ahead, use the proving a negative argument. You know, the same kind you always say is stupid when it’s used to describe the world without the stimulus.

ty webb

January 27th, 2012
9:44 am

“I’m looking for a reason to not vote for Obama.”

yeah, sure you are…let me guess, you’re also “dating morgan fairchild…yeah, that’s the ticket”

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:44 am

JohnnyReb: However the continued split in state outcomes could produce a brokered convention. We could have a nominee not currently in the running.

Still waiting for Superman….

Welcome to the Occupation

January 27th, 2012
9:44 am

Romney even scored a few points in an unexpected direction last night — he actually proved he could think on his feet somewhat. At one point when beginning to talk about his wife as possible first lady he appeared to step on Ron Paul’s toes, but just in time he realized and apologized for sounding rude. It was one of the first times I’ve ever seen him be genuinely spontaneous without fumbling which scored him a few points I think.

mm

January 27th, 2012
9:45 am

“We could have a nominee not currently in the running.”

There’s no way to get on the ballots. You think someone could win with “write-ins”?

Welcome to the Occupation

January 27th, 2012
9:47 am

JohnnyReb: “We could have a nominee not currently in the running.”

I don’t know about that. It appears the GOP establishment is perfectly fine with Romney at the end of the day. Do you not think the Tea Party faction will come around?

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
9:48 am

It was the pre-show that was really the priceless moment.

Erin Burnett interviewed John King about “the moment” from the SC debate and how Gingrich claimed he had a bunch of people ready to talk with ABC about his ex-wife’s lies… and he repeated that same claim on CNN later in an interview. So CNN checked. Complete fabrication, admitted Gingrich’s press secretary after several days of trying to not address it.

Five minutes before the start of the debate they reported this. BAM!

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2012
9:48 am

There was another debate! What did they talk about this time. Did they all agree that catsup is a vegetable and that the debt can be paid off onced we eliminate all taxes on the job creators and fully deregulate them so they can legally trickle down in our drinking water and blow smoke up our atmosphere, etc.

Recon 2533 1811

January 27th, 2012
9:49 am

“Really? 22 months of job creation and he is PREVENTING job creation?”

Adam, unfortunately for the Democrats that argument doesn’t resonate because it’s been anemic job creation and unemployment is still a significant problem. Unemployment filings just took a big leap when the latest results were reported yesterday.

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2012
9:49 am

I seem to have asked the wrong question the last few days…

It’s not Did Romney pay ANY taxes in 2008….it should be

Did Romney pay ANY taxes in 2009?

mmmm

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
9:50 am

Really? 22 months of job creation and he is PREVENTING job creation?

And I see your reading comprehension skills are not 100% today. Where did I state that? What I said was I don’t see how Obama can be accused of not creating any jobs when their ideology states that he can’t do it anyway. For example, if my beliefs are that you can’t give birth to a baby, how can I complain about you not having any children?

I don’t think that Obama can create jobs, outside of government hiring and/or spending, but I never stated that he has not created any jobs. Go back and read what I posted.

yeah, sure you are…let me guess, you’re also “dating morgan fairchild…yeah, that’s the ticket”

Nope, and I never had an urge to want to date her. I’ve made my view of Obama pretty clear here. You just choose to see what you want to see as opposed to what’s there.

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:53 am

Recon: My point was that the idea that Obama is killing jobs with his policies is nonsense, if jobs keep getting created. “It’s too slow, we would do better” is also an argument that doesn’t work from the right.

And also, let’s not kid ourselves – 22 months is longer than the House Republicans have been in office or even started significantly running for office. They also cannot pass anything without the Senate also passing it and the President signing it. So they are not responsible.

Normal

January 27th, 2012
9:53 am

Adam

January 27th, 2012
9:54 am

Brosephus: Where did I state that?

You didn’t. Others have. Sorry, didn’t mean to make it seem like I was saying you said that.

sam

January 27th, 2012
9:54 am

i heard an Obama Super Pac is putting pro-Gingrich adds on TV in Florida…

Joe Hussein Mama

January 27th, 2012
9:56 am

I’m going to try to watch it over the weekend, but I just couldn’t watch it last night due to an emergency at work. That being said, I probably wouldn’t have watched it last evening anyhow, because I was bushed to start with. But it sounds like I missed quite a show.

Jay — ““Gingrich is a bully who backs down when confronted”

True, and has been so for years. I just didn’t recognize it when I moved here and subsequently voted for him. If you bloody a bully’s nose, he usually gets the message and backs the eff off.

Road Scholar

January 27th, 2012
9:56 am

Aquagirl: You are above comments like you made earlier.

Ty Webb: Since when did you start reading minds? While I admire President Obama, I’d like to know where all the candidates stand, and, if there is a better one, than I would consider voting for him/her. The vice presidential choice is important also, but we’ll have to wait for the end of the R convention to find that out.

Cosby

January 27th, 2012
9:57 am

Just re-elect Barry Soetoro, the annoited one and then we can all go pick cotton on the south White House Lawn….how about sone real indepth look at Barry and crowd..he was never vetted and this racist country voted for him due to his dark complextion…shame on all of you. Check out who [paid for his expensive college, wgo paid for his trips overseas while in the expensive college, check out his youth between Indonesia, Kennya, and Hawaii, how did he really win his first election after digging up and broadcasting rumored dirt on his appointent, check out his relationship with Sinclair, and the rest of his buddies. Ask why he has ignored the Constitution whil in office or why he never voted but present when in the Senate. Ask why the FBI purchased two million dollar busses from Canada for his use that have seemed to have been used one time..no Jay, lets beat up on the republicans but not the annoited one…time to vet all the candidates and request the electorial college to find someone who is worthy.

Recon 2533 1811

January 27th, 2012
9:58 am

Adam, I don’t know but it appears that job creation or lack thereof remains a very concerning issue for the majority of Americans according to the polls.

JOE Cool

January 27th, 2012
9:58 am

“My point was that the idea that Obama is killing jobs with his policies is nonsense, if jobs keep getting created”

They know this, but the talking heads feel that the repetition of such will lead them to victory. I actually respect the CONs that do speak on the growth of jobs and the growth of the economy, They will still say “it’s not enough” etc, but at least being honest in the facts goes a long way in my book.

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
9:59 am

how about sone real indepth look at Barry and crowd..he was never vetted

So you admit that FOX News and the rightwing blogosphere is incompetent and untrustworthy.

barking frog

January 27th, 2012
9:59 am

Newt’s best moment was in describing Callista’s qualifications
for first lady. I thought he was going to cry. He should have
been a lawyer. He could give Johnny Cochran a run for his
money. With money he will hammer Romney for a while
and rehabilatate himself into a large slice of the Republican
Party.

Adam

January 27th, 2012
10:00 am

Recon: I hope it remains so even after the problem is “solved.”

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2012
10:00 am

Republicans are beginning to think that maybe Herman Cain was there best candidate. :lol:

Mick

January 27th, 2012
10:00 am

I really don’t care for him but I thought santorum was pretty strong in his answers. Of course, ron paul is the coolest man on the stage and answers truthfully. Loved his take on cuba and castro – the only man standing on that stage with common sense.

sam

January 27th, 2012
10:00 am

well done Cosby, you got all the loony talking points in to paragraph

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Adam

Ok, thought that I was gonna have to take you to the woodshed for a minute there. ;)

Butch Cassidy

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Cosby – “….how about sone real indepth look at Barry and crowd..he was never vetted”

Have you written to the GOP and voiced your concerns for their apparent lack of research PRIOR to Obama being elected?

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

but the talking heads feel that the repetition of such will lead them to victory

I have a cousin who works on wall street and earlier this year complatined to me that Obama hated business because he never met with business leaders. Usually he’s smarter than that, but that’s what everyone around him was saying. I pointed out where Obama was a dyed-in-the-wool corporatist and it still didn’t matter to him and what he believed. Sad.

Joe Hussein Mama

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Okay, who’s going to be Romney’s running mate?

I’ve been saying for months that *if* Romney wins the nomination — and it looks increasingly likely that he will, in fact, win it — then I think he’s got to pick someone with some fundie *and* wingnut cred in order to shore up support from evangelicals and from the wackadoo side of the party (to ensure that they don’t try to do a Paul or Palin write-in campaign).

With that in mind, I think that people like Bachmann, Santorum and Jindal are all possibilities. But there may be other Congressmen, Senators and Governors who might get considered. Maybe someone like Tom Price or Phil Gingrey from here in the metro. Or another player on the national stage, like Sam Brownback or Tom Coburn.

What do you think? Who’s Romney considering?

Road Scholar

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

mm: While th primary ballots are pretty much set, if the convention goes to s “brokered” candidate, then that candidate will be on the ballot.

Granny: Good morning! I agree with you, but I want to see the last 5 years tax returns…before he started his campaign, and to see how they have changed over time in a changing economy.

St Simons - the real life Andy Dufresne

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

C’mon Newwwwt
He’s brilliant
He’s a perfessor or something
He would smoke Hopey in a debate
He’s the only conservative!
He’s the family values candidate!

Let’s don’t abandon our principles, assuming we have any.

Talking Head

January 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Romney did much much better last night than the last few debates. He was more on the offense, answered more with confiction, and was able to defend his positions. With that debate performance last night, I expect Romney to win FL.

Jack

January 27th, 2012
10:02 am

The figurehead in the White House hasn’t produced anything other than confusion. He promises more than he can deliver and is an expert at selling snake oil.

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
10:03 am

So you admit that FOX News and the rightwing blogosphere is incompetent and untrustworthy.

Roughing the poster!!!! Automatic first down. :)

Butch Cassidy

January 27th, 2012
10:03 am

Jack – “The figurehead in the White House hasn’t produced anything other than confusion. He promises more than he can deliver and is an expert at selling snake oil.”

Well then you better rub your magic beads or call Orly Taitz so you two can support each other when Obama wins another 4 years.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 27th, 2012
10:04 am

So you admit that FOX News and the rightwing blogosphere is incompetent and untrustworthy

Now now ByteMe…. we know that Fox clearly does not have investigative reporters or even reporters who can follow up with Trump’s great investigators when Trump told the world that “you won’t believe what my investigator’s are finding”. They are understaffed not incompetent. :D

Mick

January 27th, 2012
10:04 am

When it comes to snake oil, I vote romney…

Stonethrower

January 27th, 2012
10:04 am

Just face it folks. Romney is a real life elite and will be our next president. The common man was not meant to run this country.

Recon 2533 1811

January 27th, 2012
10:05 am

Adam, I’ll second that. It would be great to see zero unemployment but of course that would be impossible.

Joe Hussein Mama

January 27th, 2012
10:05 am

Jack — “The figurehead in the White House hasn’t produced anything other than confusion. He promises more than he can deliver and is an expert at selling snake oil.”

Wow, Jack, your post has been stuck in the intert00bz since 2005! :D

harvey

January 27th, 2012
10:05 am

It is a shame Romney wasn’t the candidate last time, and I intend to do what I can to make sure he is this time, and that he gives Obama the whipping he deserves. We have a pathetic economy, no budget at all, for years, insignificant “growth”, and a debt that is escalating beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Obama’s platitudes and just plain bs just don’t cut it anymore.

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
10:05 am

I don’t know but it appears that job creation or lack thereof remains a very concerning issue for the majority of Americans according to the polls.

It’s been that way since 2008. Each party rode the jobs train to election victories in 2008 and 2010. I don’t think the voting public will tolerate much more bs after 2012. Neither party has put their focus on jobs. The Dem’s spent major time on healthcare, and the Repubs did the same with the debt. Both may seem important to the party loyalists, but neither party has appeared to grasp the idea that putting more Americans to work will help solve both of those problems and many others.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2012
10:06 am

“Gingrich is a bully who backs down when confronted”

So he’s one of those “he can dish it out but can’t take it” types. I hate those types of people.

JOE Cool

January 27th, 2012
10:06 am

You know what the new CONs talking point is now, discussing numbers and putting out data from the date Prez O was “elected”, not inaugurated, but ELECTED. So deceitful.

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2012
10:06 am

Romney should pick Paul Broun so he can ward off the evil and guarantee an easy victory. Give me a H. Give me a A. Give me a I. Give me a L. Give me a M-A-R-Y. Don’t leave home without it. After all, McCain has set a precedent.

ty webb

January 27th, 2012
10:06 am

We’ll now have a long period before the next debate. Hopefully, the debates will take on a more substantive feel. Let’s do away with the crowds(atleast the cheering and booing). The questions need to be about particular issues, and not be framed in a way that pits candidate vs. candidate. A great deal of the debate questions in the last few debates have simply been framed in a way for one candidate to address another’s candidates position. This makes for great soundbites, but we need to go deeper into the issues.

St Simons - the real life Andy Dufresne

January 27th, 2012
10:07 am

Joe – “Okay, who’s going to be Romney’s running mate?”

Yes, I too believe it will have to be “He” and a fat white Southern
snake-handler with that Mrs Dash touch of latent racism.

It will be Haley Barbour

sam

January 27th, 2012
10:07 am

jack, he passed healthcare bill, financial reform, ended iraq war, saved GM, etc. show me one politician who doesnt promise more than they can deliver and i’ll show you an unelectable politician..its what they do for crissakes!

Paul

January 27th, 2012
10:07 am

Granny

The taxes issue. Mr. Strategic Thinker was rather muddled – walked into it, again, when he derided Romney for his 15% tax rate and – was it Blitzer? – who noted “Mr. Speaker, under your tax reform plan Gov Romney would pay zero taxes.”

Newt gave a short, mealy-mouthed reply that was along the lines of “that depends on how you define capital gains” (channeling “that depends on the definition of ‘is’ – too funny!)

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
10:08 am

Roughing the poster!!!! Automatic first down

I wonder if cosby and his ilk actually think about the things that they hear and read.

mike

January 27th, 2012
10:08 am

I am sure he paid exactly what the law requires him to pay. Why do we have to make this personal. I wonder if Obama paid his fair share?

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
10:09 am

I am sure he paid exactly what the law requires him to pay. Why do we have to make this personal. I wonder if Obama paid his fair share?

You are confusing “legal share” with “fair share”. Not the same thing.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
10:09 am

Jack

“The figurehead in the White House hasn’t produced anything other than confusion. He promises more than he can deliver and is an expert at selling snake oil.”

What, you’d be happier if we still had our servicemen and women still getting their legs blown off and killed in Iraq?

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
10:10 am

What, you’d be happier if we still had our servicemen and women still getting their legs blown off and killed in Iraq?

As long as they were all “straight”….

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
10:10 am

Byteme

I doubt it. Some people are gonna believe what they want to and ignore the rest, regardless of what the truth states.

barking frog

January 27th, 2012
10:11 am

When asked about a VP, Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney
all mentioned Rubio..

carlosgvv

January 27th, 2012
10:12 am

The fact that Gingrich has managed to come this far and get this many votes speaks to the general decline of the Republican Party. When you combine this with a large mentally warped Tea Party base, you either have a Party definitely going downhill and/or an electorate that has reached an all-time low in dumbing down. A third party is looking more and more like a certainty.

Doggone/GA

January 27th, 2012
10:13 am

“I am sure he paid exactly what the law requires him to pay”

Who said he didn’t?

jewcowboy

January 27th, 2012
10:13 am

I would rather have every hair on my body plucked by Jocelyn Wildenstein who was wearing nothing but pasties and a thong while listening to Chumbawamba’s “Tub Thumping” than watch a Republican primary debate, but I did find this exchange in an article from the NY Times:

“When Mr. Gingrich pressed Mr. Romney for having investments in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and with Goldman Sachs, “which is today foreclosing on Floridians,” Mr. Romney was ready with an attack of his own.

“Mr. Speaker, I know that sounds like an enormous revelation, but have you checked your own investments?” he asked. “You also have investments for mutual funds that also invest in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Effectively shut down, Mr. Gingrich turned grim and said meekly, “All right.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/us/politics/a-grueling-day-on-the-stump-then-a-debate.html?_r=1&ref=politics

That made me giggle.

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2012
10:13 am

Paul

There seems to be some discussion about his handling of the 45 million
he donated/loaned to his last presidential race….

He had to have taken a big hit…..How did he deal with it taxwise?

JOE Cool

January 27th, 2012
10:15 am

I did like the way Santourm handled Mitt on his RomneyCare program. Mitt found himself in a box where he applauded RomneyCare on a state level and bashed ObamaCare on a fed level. I went hard on him about the exact same mandate and Mitt couldnt go anything but give that fake lil smile he does.

Mick

January 27th, 2012
10:16 am

frog

Of course they are going to suk up for rubio, it’s florida, where cuban pandering is required politics, except most of the non hispanics are sick of it…

ty webb

January 27th, 2012
10:16 am

my opinion is that a VP choice will most probably be a Governor or Congressman(Rep. or Sen.) from a swing state.

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

January 27th, 2012
10:17 am

Why shouldn’t Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be foreclosing on Floridians?

jewcowboy

January 27th, 2012
10:17 am

“Santorum is the most non-compromised candidate”

Ask Google how “compromised” Santorum is…

sam

January 27th, 2012
10:18 am

i honestly dont care what Romney paid in taxes, he paid what the current tax laws require, played the offshore game with fancy accountants, etc..exactly as any of us would do if we were multi-millionaires…what i do care about is the fact that lives and comes from a different world than 99% of us. as much as he’d like to try and make us believe (pink slip comment), he has no clue what its like outside that bubble and I dont think he has the sack to govern against his and families self-interest.

getalife

January 27th, 2012
10:19 am

Our President will need a new Secretary of State and Treasurer in his second term.

Brosephus Lite™ - All the sarcasm, half the words

January 27th, 2012
10:21 am

Y’all have fun… I’m gonna escape the time suck before the full onset of numptiness.

Catch y’all later.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
10:22 am

Granny

“He had to have taken a big hit…..How did he deal with it taxwise?”

For an amount that size, I think it a safe bet the elections commission and the IRS took more than a passing glance at what his tax accountants did -

godless heathen

January 27th, 2012
10:24 am

Just checking in for my daily dose of Newt bashing. Same song, 50th verse.
Bye

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2012
10:24 am

Paul

I’m quite sure what he did was legal….

It’s the fairness thing.

We all took some hits in 2008 and 2009.

jewcowboy

January 27th, 2012
10:27 am

Mick,

“Of course, ron paul is the coolest man on the stage and answers truthfully.”

From last night:
“Asked whether his health was strong enough for him to serve as president, considering that at age 76 he would be the oldest president of the United States, he (Ron Paul) did not hesitate.

“I’m willing to challenge any of these gentlemen up here to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day in the heat of Texas,” Mr. Paul said, pausing as the crowd erupted in laughter. “You know there are laws against age discrimination, so if you push this too much, you better be careful.”

Which is kind of ironic since he said he would not have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was born out of the CRA.

barking frog

January 27th, 2012
10:27 am

Mick, my point exactly and will carry into the VP decision of
the final nominee..

philman

January 27th, 2012
10:29 am

With Newt our country will regress!! The rest of the world is laughing at the GOP clowns that are debating. Newt is a dangerous clown for our society!!!

Adam

January 27th, 2012
10:31 am

jewcowboy: “You know there are laws against age discrimination, so if you push this too much, you better be careful.”

Which is kind of ironic since he said he would not have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was born out of the CRA.

EXACTLY what I was thinking.