The Gingrich political career, now at an end

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“A lot of us who were around him before and didn’t think this was a good idea from the beginning were worried this was the way it was going to end. He’s in danger, I think, of becoming a laughingstock.”

– Rich Galen, former staff member for Newt Gingrich, quoted in Politico

The sense of personal destiny that has driven Newt Gingrich throughout his life, the deep and defining belief that he was fated to do great things and write his name in large letters upon the history books, has finally run aground on the sharp shoals of reality. And that is a hard thing for the former speaker and Georgia congressman to accept.

He has no money and in fact his campaign is deeply in debt. He lacks the resources to travel, let alone buy campaign ads, and the press has abandoned him, raising the age-old question: If a man utters pearls of profound wisdom, and no one is there to hear him, did he really utter them at all? Yet still he presses on, insistent against all evidence that he remains relevant. As he told Fox this week, “I have no incentive to get out because I have a set of ideas that include $2.50-a-gallon gas, etc. So I have every incentive to stay in.”

I’m sorry: “$2.50-a-gallon gas” is not an idea, it is an ill-disguised pander inconsistent with reality. Newt’s inability to distinguish between an idea and a pander betrays a lot about how he thinks, and about why he has fallen so short of his dreams.

To give the man his due, Gingrich has fashioned a political career that by most standards would be considered a huge success. He truly did shock the political world when he led a Republican revolution in 1994 that ended the Democrats’ death grip on the House of Representatives. He was enormously gifted, possessed with a clever mind and one of the sharpest tongues in American political history. And his strong sense of personal destiny insulated him against doubts that might have haunted other men.

But a clever mind is not a wise mind. A man so easily distracted by shiny intellectual objects, flitting from one idea to the next, can never attain the depth suggested by the most prominent words in the Gingrich vocabulary, such as “profound” and “fundamental.” And those who are equipped to lead heady revolutions are almost never equipped for the day-to-day drudgery required to govern and to build.

However, the fatal flaw that ensured that Gingrich would never satisfy the ambition that burned within him was his basic lack of respect for other people. The contempt that he showered upon opponents in public life was reflected in his private life as well, and also in how he treated colleagues and staff. He showed little loyalty and earned little loyalty, and in politics as in life, that makes long-term success very difficult.

– Jay Bookman

723 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
10:47 am

“Nothing and none, respectively.” – You got that crystal ball workin’ over there, I see. Good for you.

Obama is over

March 29th, 2012
10:47 am

Newt can be an effective strategist. However, he tends to turn the cannons on his own troops from time to time. If nothing else, he was an entertaining distraction, but now it’s time for him to get out of the way. I hope that he doesn’t devolve into a right wing Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson- simply looking for any opportunity to get in front of the camera to spew diatribes without doing any homework in a feeble attempt to remain relevant. I lived in New York during the Tawana Brawley incident and I hope that the Trayvon case doesn’t end up like that. Unfortunately, Al Sharpton sure is using some of the same rhetoric.

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
10:48 am

“Nothing and none, respectively.” – Also, you trust daddy gov’t waaaay to much.

They BOTH suck

March 29th, 2012
10:48 am

Butch @ 10:43

That is my whole point…….. Many Republican Congressmen and Senators are on record stating that reform is need just not Obamacare….. “repeal and replace”….

Why aren’t their constituency demanding to know what “replace” means?

Like I stated yesterday….. They have no comprehensive plan. It was a slogan the entire time. Just as the Republicans and their constituency say that Obama and the Dems sell their voters a “bill of goods”…… they have done the same to theirs on this issue and most don’t even care that they were lied too

Oh well…….. if we were all the same it would be pretty damn boring

Mr. Snarky

March 29th, 2012
10:48 am

Adam

March 29th, 2012
10:48 am

Peadawg: If you can show that because this passes, Congress will go hog wild on some crazy idea for a mandate, go for it. They have had that capability, reaffirmed by the SCOTUS, for over 70 years already.

ZoSo

March 29th, 2012
10:50 am

ZoSo: So if you would keep parts of the bill, would you agree that your representatives should look at ways to fix the problems that are in it, rather than repealing the entire thing?

First of all, they are not “my representatives”. The current republican party does not have a clear message on what they would do or how to fix it, and that is very frustrating. Politics suck. But you are absolutely right that they should work together to fix this. The funding is key of course. I saw some numbers recently that show how much we spend on the military as compared to the rest of the world. I believe in a strong national defense but it is way out of whack. that would be a good place to start.

Don't Tread

March 29th, 2012
10:50 am

I think we know why the Travelin’ Race-Baitin’ Pimpshow Featuring Al And Jesse hasn’t shown up to convict and sentence the security guards on the spot. Move along, nothing to see here, nobody’s rights violated, no “hoodie” protests, and the Black Panthers won’t be putting a bounty on their heads.

Guess it’s ok to let the DA and the grand jury sort this one out on their own.

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
10:52 am

“If you can show that because this passes, Congress will go hog wild on some crazy idea for a mandate, go for it.”

Not possible seeing as I don’t have a crystal ball. I’d just rather not go down that road.

Hopefully the mandate is overturned.

TaxPayer

March 29th, 2012
10:52 am

Medicare/Medicaid for all. Republicans just need time to accept the new reality. But it will not be free. They must pay for coverage like the rest us instead of mooching off our generosity in the emergency rooms.

Adam

March 29th, 2012
10:52 am

ZoSo: But you are absolutely right that they should work together to fix this.

Putting ZoSo down as on board with the Obama plan to fix, not repeal, the law when the House was offering up their repeal bill.

Adam

March 29th, 2012
10:53 am

Peadawg: The mandate passing through the SCOTUS changes nothing. Congress already had the capability to regulate markets based on who was NOT participating already.

tireofit

March 29th, 2012
10:54 am

Republican’s have only one plan; tax cuts for the rich. You know who pays for those tax cuts don’t you?

Fred ™

March 29th, 2012
10:54 am

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
10:40 am

The black community is still demanding justice for Trayvon. For some reason, they haven’t said a word about justice for Irvin Jefferson. I wonder why that is?
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Do you mean ERVIN Jefferson here in Atlanta? If so then that’s a simple minded question. The two people involved were ARRESTED.

ZoSo

March 29th, 2012
10:55 am

Adam @ 10:52

If that makes you feel good, put me down. Like I said, parts of it I like and they should be kept.

Adam

March 29th, 2012
10:56 am

ZoSo: Good, you’re not insanely hateful of Obama. You get a lot of credit in my book for that.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
10:57 am

“I hope that he doesn’t devolve into a right wing Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson- simply looking for any opportunity to get in front of the camera to spew diatribes without doing any homework in a feeble attempt to remain relevant”

Too late for THAT hope

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
10:57 am

“If that makes you feel good, put me down. Like I said, parts of it I like and they should be kept.”

Put me down too.

They BOTH suck

March 29th, 2012
10:58 am

Zoso

You are on the books…………… Keep some of it and change other things……

And to be honest…… I’m no legal eagle by any means. I have no idea how the vote will come down.

I too do not think the ACA is the end all of end alls. It is a start but needs some tweaking and changes. We might agree on what or how far, but change is needed

Have a good day

gm

March 29th, 2012
10:59 am

Obama is over

At least Al is out in the streets with the people, when will the right scums of Limbaugh Hannity get out on the streets and put in work, oh I forgot they are to busy collecting millions spewing hate to low self esteem angery whites and would dare not rub elbows with the common man on the streets.

Mr. Snarky

March 29th, 2012
11:02 am

Newt wasn’t an idea man so much as a language man…the language of nastiness and incivility.
Good riddance.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:05 am

Recon-give up did you? No accomplishments at all, really? So sad, NOT!

curious

March 29th, 2012
11:07 am

Justice Scalia didn’t major in economics.

Hospitals have to treat everybody, even if they can’t/don’t pay (Federal mandate).

What do you think would happen if grocery stores had to provide broccoli (Federal mandate) to anyone who wanted it, even if they can’t/don’t pay? (I predict those of us that do pay would have to pay more to make up for those non-payers).

Same principle applies to any good or service. Eliminate the Federal Mandate to provide healthcare if you don’t have insurance or cash.

That would be an incentive to get insurance or would begin weeding out all those would be moochers.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:07 am

I too do not think the ACA is the end all of end alls. It is a start but needs some tweaking and changes. We might agree on what or how far, but change is needed

Sure. That’s why it’s called “legislation,” and not “amending the constitution” or suchlike. I don’t think anyone who supported the ACA ever imagined it would go untouched throughout its planned implementation; for all the tough talk surrounding any bill (remember the debt ceiling deal? how all those crazy cuts were just going to auto-magically kick in?), there’s always going to be tweaking and changes. Nobody’s such a genius that they know exactly how the best-conceived law is going to apply in the real world.

(Well, except maybe for The Guy Too Smart For Us Mere Mortals, aka the topic of Jay’s post this morning.)

Put me down too.

Peadawg, you ignorant slut!

(that work for you?)

gm

March 29th, 2012
11:07 am

Doggone/GA

Once black unarmed teens stop getting shot maybe Al and Jessie can retire, if AL and Jessie were not there this would have been another black kid shot and put on the shelf.

Now when will Rush and Hannity come out against the white guy that shot and killed a child and wounded congress women?

Cosby

March 29th, 2012
11:08 am

sould make you just giddy..the remark about Newt lacking respect for the people…gee Jay…you need to check Barry aka Obama, Harry, Nancy and any number of your loved ones who totally have a distain toward the people and feel they are to ignorant to do anything but take their one liners while they remain in supreme power. Time to start doing research my dear fellow…these people have no respect for anyone except themselves and POWER!!!!

Soothsayer

March 29th, 2012
11:08 am

I imagine all Gnute is gonna see of Callister now is ass and elbows. What worries me, though, is who’s gonna pay for her har appointments. Shore ain’t gonna be Gnute.

ZoSo

March 29th, 2012
11:09 am

Adam,

I did not vote for Obama but I certainly do not hate him. In a lot of ways I admire the man. Although I may not agree with his positions on everything, I do know that he inherited a collosal mess, and given the circumstances, he’s done about as well as anyone could. His handling of terrorism, of which I had great concerns, has been nothing short of stellar. And as a politician, he has at least tried to do what he said he would do, even though you might not everyone would agree with him completely. What I want to see in this country is to find some common ground to work from which is in short supply right now.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:10 am

Justice Scalia didn’t major in economics.

Apparently he’s also too preoccupied with tee times and “hunting” defenseless, caged “game” to be bothered reading comprehensive legislation to determine severability, as evidenced by his crap-fit yesterday.

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
11:10 am

“Eliminate the Federal Mandate to provide healthcare if you don’t have insurance or cash.

That would be an incentive to get insurance or would begin weeding out all those would be moochers.”

Not a bad idea actually.

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:12 am

I did not vote for Obama but I certainly do not hate him

For the record, I think that’s probably true of most who voted, or plan to vote, against him. I think the folks who actually live up to the bumper-sticker rhetoric that’s out there are a pretty modest minority.

Matti

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

I can almost always find something good in any man, even a man with whom I disagree or would not care to be alone with for even one moment. But there is simply nothing about Mr. Gingrich that isn’t utterly and completely repugnant.

Soothsayer

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Gnute: goodbye and good riddance! Go back to your $1,000,000 a year “job” at Fannie and Freddie.

Oscar

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

stands for decibels

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Surely the man was joking when he indicated he did not want to read the whole bill. If not he should be impeached for failure to fullfill the requirements of his office.

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Fred – 10:54

They have both been released from jail. Neither has been charged with the killing. If Zimmerman gets arrested and released, will the black community be this quiet?

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:15 am

An honest question. Can a SC be impeached? I know they are appointed for life but truly do not know. Which scholar can provide the true answer?

St Simons- island off the coast of New Somalia

March 29th, 2012
11:15 am

So, basically Newt’s now a joke.
And who did Jawja vote for?
And what does that make us?
See a pattern heah?
People used to look at Ga from the outside & go “ohhh-wow”
Now they just laugh. Thanks Georgia Republicans. Really. Helluva job

Oh, no I don’t believe Newt’s out this quietly. Not for one minute.
Newt only does things one way.
This flame-out is going to be epic, he’s goin all the way to the
con-vention, and its going to be Jerry Springer stuff. hehehee.

And its going to be as de-li-cious to watch as it is to listen to that
debacle happening on the AM radio right now, a twin
cringe-worthy trainwreck if you will.

Frank Luntz started this. He made Newt.
I laugh every time I hear “Ideas Man”
Newt’s whole trick, his whole game, is bypassing ideas for focus-polled
grunt words fed to him by Frank Luntz – tested on the undereducated
base they so carefully cultivate and manipulate. That’s their only “Idea.”

“Newt is a dumb person’s idea of what a smart person is”
-quote by some guy that deserves a Pulitzer

Oscar

March 29th, 2012
11:16 am

Hospitals have to treat everybody, even if they can’t/don’t pay (Federal mandate).

__________

That’s not in the bill. Only ER has to treat all patients.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
11:17 am

“Surely the man was joking when he indicated he did not want to read the whole bill. If not he should be impeached for failure to fullfill the requirements of his office”

Baloney. Most of a bill that size is “nuts and bolts” stuff that has nothing to do with whether it is or isn’t Constitutional. And that’s what judges have clerks for, to weed out the stuff that’s irrelevent to the case.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:17 am

And wiki is my friend! yes they can be impeached but it will never happen in my lifetime. Scalia should be the first to go.

Oscar

March 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:15 am
An honest question. Can a SC be impeached? I know they are appointed for life but truly do not know. Which scholar can provide the true answer?

________

They can be impeached. But not for not reading the text of a bill. I was stretching a little on that part. All federal judges can be impeached but the standard for impeaching them is pretty high.

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Don’t Tread – 10:50

If that’s true then black community values, when it comes to the killing of unarmed young black men, are unbelievably skewed.

Jimmy62

March 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Newt tried, he did his best, and I do think he tried to do what he thought was best for the country at every step. I can’t say I’ll totally miss him, but I’m also not going to mock him and disrespect him… Assuming he can go quietly in to the night. But the longer he tries to hang on, the harder that will be.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Oscar-agreed and Doggone you are correct their clerks will read and highlight the pertinent part we hope.

Oscar

March 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Doggone/GA

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I have read the bill. It’s not that hard. Lots of pages but not that many words on a page. And as you say, most of it has nothing to do with the issues at hand. Lots of language on administration and some on college loans.

Oscar

March 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:20 am
Oscar-agreed and Doggone you are correct their clerks will read and highlight the pertinent part we hope.

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I think the justices should at least skim or scan through it just to be familar with it and check on their clerks.

Adam

March 29th, 2012
11:22 am

Peadawg: Actually it’s a terrible idea. The reason that came about was because it was impossible to verify someone had insurance in many ER situations, such as the person being unconscious or unable to respond. In such a case, if the law did not say they have to treat anyway, then they would basically let that person die if they didn’t have their insurance information on them somewhere.

This law of requiring treatment regardless of ability to pay already affirms that we, as a country, accept emergency health care as a right.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:22 am

The conspiracy theorist lover in me has Newt, Ralph Reed, and Jack Abramhoff in talks about the next chapter.

Darwin

March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

Jay – Perfect analysis of this man. Nothing more to add other than to say he is the architect of the slash and burn politics that is destroying our country.

Soothsayer

March 29th, 2012
11:23 am

Saint Simons @ 11:15: Best post in years! IMHO. Thanx! You really nailed the essence of what the Fright-Wing is all about: manipulating the low-information rubes to their party.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

– Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Just to be clear, I heard Scalia’s lament mostly as a sop to his fan base, letting them know that he was aware of the “ACA is too danged long and complicated!” talking point and running with it a bit.

Yes, I do believe he is *that* petty.

Erwin's cat

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

I think the whole op-ed could be summarized as “Jay and most of the left really really doesn’t like Newt”

jay parrot

March 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Jay,

When you speak of flitting and shiny objects … i thought you were speaking about a Dem . LOL

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
11:25 am

“I’m sorry: “$2.50-a-gallon gas” is not an idea, it is an ill-disguised pander inconsistent with reality.”-Jay

This despite the fact that gas was $1.81 a gallon just over 3 years ago. I think Jay is the one a little distorted from the economic reality of just 3 years ago. Such is logic in the bizarro world of the far left.

Newt Was Living In the 51st State (State of Denial)

March 29th, 2012
11:25 am

Newt and his bleach blonde wife need to hit the road.

Now all they are doing is cashing in BIG TIME.

What a couple of LOSERS.

Newt needs to find a job as a JANITOR. :)

RB from Gwinnett

March 29th, 2012
11:27 am

Who is going to pay the insurance premiums or “less fortunate” are unwilling to forego cable and iPhones for when they are REQUIRED to have a policy?

JamVet

March 29th, 2012
11:28 am

I can see why some here are anxious to distance themselves form these dual dorks and yes, technically Leroy was not from Georgia and George was not from Texas.

Just tell that to the nitwits from those two states that kept electing them for years on end so that they could work their lunacy on a massive scale…

My Party has ALL the answers. Your party is full of poopyheads! (formerly That Black Guy)

March 29th, 2012
11:29 am

Normal, Plain and Simple

March 29th, 2012
10:35 am
I dunno, the individual mandate sounds fair to me. It’s no more or no less than like paying for the right to drive. Or mandatory car insurance. Everybody pays in and no one can scam the system. I don’t see the push back at all…
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So….if you don’t drive or own a car, you STILL are required to buy car insurance? :roll: I didn’t know that.

My MIL didn’t drive and has never had car insurance. Was she in violation of any law?

JamVet

March 29th, 2012
11:30 am

i thought you were speaking about a Dem

Meat, you must be a big hit in the third grade…

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
11:30 am

I wonder what Newt did to Jay that made Jay disdain him so. There is no question that Newt is easily Jay’s most disliked person. Did he disrespect Jay as a journalist? What happened?

Recon 0311 2533

March 29th, 2012
11:30 am

Becky, I think you’re being a little juvenile on this subject, so I will discontinue.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:32 am

Recon-no I just called your bluff. Don’t make declarations you can’t prove.

Peadawg

March 29th, 2012
11:32 am

““ACA is too danged long and complicated!” talking point and running with it a bit.”

I don’t see how truth can be a talking point.

But poutrage away, stands, if it makes you feel better.

CHEVY runs deep!!!

March 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
11:35 am

“ACA is too danged long and complicated!” talking point and running with it a bit.

Perhaps stands for silliness can find just one Democrat Congressman or senator who has actually read the 2700 page bill and who can simplify it to the rest of us.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2012
11:35 am

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Fred – 10:54

They have both been released from jail. Neither has been charged with the killing. If Zimmerman gets arrested and released, will the black community be this quiet?
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We’ll never know. He was question and released without ever being charged with anything.

The two are separate cases. You vain attempt to make them equal is an epic failure. Only a whacked out Rushbot would try to make that case or believe in it’s validity. Why are you?

Adam

March 29th, 2012
11:36 am

Peadawg: A Justice of the Supreme Court shouldn’t be that concerned with whether or not a law is “too long and complicated.” If he really is concerned with that, and he can’t make heads or tails of the law, he shouldn’t be on the bench.

TaxPayer

March 29th, 2012
11:39 am

Oh No! President Obama must hurry and promise the Republicans $1.80 per gallon gas just like Bush gave it to them — jobless. :lol:

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:40 am

PD, I don’t really think it is “poutrage” to complain that a Supreme Court Justice is whining about being unable to read the bill he’s being asked to rule on. Particularly after having heard countless times that the ACA was somehow a Bad Thing because it, by necessity, covers a lot of stuff and hence does run rather long.

(I also don’t think you’re an ignorant slut. That was a joke.)

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Perhaps stands for silliness can find just one Democrat Congressman or senator who has actually read the 2700 page bill

Do I have them pinky-swear that they did, or is a polygraph in order?

timbo

March 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Some liberal as*hat has decided that he wants to be cute and use my name in posts on this leftist trash blog. I am gone.

Kiss Obama’s as* now while you still have a chance. In a few months he will be back in Chicago running another ACORN office.

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Doggone/GA – 10:47

Try telling that to Ervin Jefferson’s parents.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:43 am

I think Calista should write a book, a tell all expose to keep the money train rolling.

Jay

March 29th, 2012
11:45 am

Timbo, those false posts have been pulled down and the person who posted them has been banned.

If the namejacker wishes to seek reinstatement under another name, he or she should contact me at jbookman@ajc.com and promise never to repeat such behavior.

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

March 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Another namejacker busted! Good.

Beverly Fraud

March 29th, 2012
11:47 am

He’s Newt-TASTIC!

Is that enough to revive his campaign?

(Crickets chirping)

RB from Gwinnett

March 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Jay, why don’t you share the posters usual name for us like you do when it’s a conservative?

Normal, Plain and Simple

March 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Timbo…

Just to let you know…It wasn’t me…I like to spew “leftist trash” in my own name, thank you very much! :)

stands for decibels, who never namejacks

March 29th, 2012
11:50 am

why don’t you share the posters usual name for us like you do when it’s a conservative?

RB, do you want your blankie after you finish your juice box?

Soothsayer

March 29th, 2012
11:52 am

Jym Allyn

March 29th, 2012
11:53 am

Newt reminds me of SouthPark’s Cartman would be like if he physically grew up, although the resemblance of Cartman to Carl Rove is unnerving.

Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012
11:53 am

Well, Jay, I think we all know who is collectively breathing a sigh of releif…..that would be the Obama camp because they now know there is no chance that Obama would have to debate ‘ol Newt.

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

March 29th, 2012
11:53 am

A “liberal” namejacker gets yanked and still more cries about how “unfair” Jay is not to do X or Y. Oh the horror of having to post as a con. The disparate treatment. Why its almost as if you are second class citiznes :roll:

emz

March 29th, 2012
11:53 am

Not all of Georgia loves Newt!! Why did he even run??

TaxPayer

March 29th, 2012
11:54 am

I don’t care if all Republicans emulate me. Pay your dang taxes, you bunch of moochers.

Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012
11:54 am

Jay – “I’m sorry: “$2.50-a-gallon gas” is not an idea, it is an ill-disguised pander inconsistent with reality.”

Don’t be sorry, Jay. Obama has done the same thing with Obamacare.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
11:54 am

“Why did he even run??”

Check the number of times he had a book signing on his “campaign” stops.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2012
11:54 am

“I’m sorry: “$2.50-a-gallon gas” is not an idea…”

Yes – just like that “Hope and Change” nonsense.

Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012
11:55 am

Jay – “To give the man his due,….”

This tells me Jay has conceeded that there is no more low hanging fruit on the Gingrich tree. Over the past several months, Jay has picked every last piece.

Becky

March 29th, 2012
11:56 am

Is it too late to get a picture of Newt? We can all pool our money and present it to Jay for his office. For his dart game.

Jay

March 29th, 2012
11:58 am

Poor RB.

I don’t know who the namejacker is. It’s not someone who has posted regularly here, which may explain why he or she thought namejacking would be tolerated.

It is not.

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
11:59 am

Whether you like or dislike the Newtster he’s done and quite the bore to talk about regardless of political affiliation. Has been for a couple of months. Fresh sheets needed.

Paul

March 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

Erwin’s cat

“think the whole op-ed could be summarized as “Jay and most of the left really really doesn’t like Newt””

Given it’s the Republican primary, it appears most of the Right really doesn’t like Newt, also -

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

It don’t matter none. Blog sheriff Bookman jacked the namejacker.

Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

Taxpayer – “I don’t care if all Republicans emulate me. Pay your dang taxes, you bunch of moochers.”

I see some things never change. Taxpayer is still a misguided soul.

MiltonMan

March 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

“Geez, Georgia really has a hard time picking winners. First the Confederacy, then Herman Cain and now Newt. Might want to re-think your position in the next election Georgia.”

(1) Joined the confederacy under democratic governors. Good college try on that one though.

(2) Please inform us when we picked Herman??? I was under the impression that his decision was a personal decision and not one made by public ballot

(3) No mention of Hank “Guam will sink” Johnson or Cynthia McKinney & her lovely dad or Vernon Jones who was found guilty of racial discrimintation or …????

Thulsa Doom

March 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

“Obamacare is an ill-disguised pander inconsistent with reality.”

RB from Gwinnett

March 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

Stands, if you’re advocating treating people differently, could you also call Trayvons parents and tell them to stop whining too! Thanks.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

Well, it’s kinda sad we won’t have a moon colony to send the libruls to or $2.50 gas. But at least old Newt was full of ideas.

For example, I’m thinking about letting you all get your picture took with me. And I’ll only charge you $25—that’s a huge discount just because you’re my friends. Except for one blogger that has me and that poor guy named Helen Thomas on his hate list. It must be awful to get hung with a moniker like Helen Thomas and have to fight your way to school and back every day. That guy needs to be pitied, not hated.

So write and let me know if you’d like to have your mug and mine together for your wall or something.

And have a good Thursday everybody.

Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

Becky – “Is it too late to get a picture of Newt? We can all pool our money and present it to Jay for his office. For his dart game.”

This would usually be a lame attempt at humor, but I can actually picture Jay throwing darts at Newt’s picture while laughing uncontrollably.