The U.S. political scene just got a little less weird

Yesterday, Newt Gingrich “suspended” his campaign for president, in the same sense that back in 1776 the British “suspended” Nathan Hale for spying. The campaign is dead, and with it whatever remaining hopes Gingrich had to be president.

In his speech, Gingrich offered a very tepid endorsement of Mitt Romney, whose campaign had said more than a few unkind things about the former speaker. Romney himself had called Gingrich’s behavior “highly erratic,” pointing out that “it does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course, which is normally associated with leadership.” Gingrich has been less than complimentary to Romney as well; in fact, the Obama campaign has released an ad featuring Newt’s repeated skewering of his party’s nominee.

So on Wednesday, Newt promised to work to elect Republican candidates for the House, Senate, staet governors and state legislatures.

“As for the presidency, I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative?” he continued. “And my answer is simple. Compared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”

All of which is prelude to this, from Shep Smith at Fox News after watching Newt’s withdrawal speech:

You ain’t so bad your own self, Shep.

– Jay Bookman

412 comments Add your comment

JKL2

May 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Oh look. Fox only had the top 13 news shows. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/cnn-ratings-april-cable-news-top-30_n_1471363.html#s=more223956

Just to be fair to the left, their top news program “the daily show with Jon Stewart” came in fourth but doesn’t get counted for some reason…

Adam

May 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

Thulsa Doom: OWS has accomplished YOU and your ilk talking about them whenever you feel the need. That is their political success. They are part of the conversation. As a point of note, when’s the last time you talked about the Tea Party?

…..that’s what I thought.

So go right on talking about them. I am sure they thank you for the attention.

Thulsa Doom

May 3rd, 2012
1:46 pm

Adam,

I’m still waiting on that link from you from yesterday where you made the claim that the Rs were “constantly investigating Clinton for murder”. Still waiting…

Adam

May 3rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Well Thulsa, way to change the subject. But since you asked:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/odonnell-in-1996-investigate-bill-clinton-for-murder-of-vince-foster.php
http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/bodycount.asp

I am only allowed two links per post. Let me know if you’re Google is still too broken to look up more on your own. The second one shows a composite and compact representation of the overall attitude from the right against Clinton at the time.

Ol' Timer

May 3rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Speaking of Newt reminds me of what my ol’ pappy used to say about some people: “If I could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth. . .” I, too, could buy my lovely wife a lot of stuff in the little blue box.

hryder

May 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENT ELECTED OFFICE HOLDERS IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

Skip

May 3rd, 2012
4:36 pm

What’s it say about Georgia?

Thogwummpy

May 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

First of all, a columnist that has defended repeatedly Cynthia McKinney is a poor judge of what is “weird”. OH, and by the way…just like the inability of Libtards to present a specific “fair share” that productive people are supposed to pay in taxes (to support the greed of slackers on the dole)—you guys just LOVE to call Fox News a bunch of liars….yet seemingly when asked for examples of such “lies”, one hears crickets chirping. I fact check all the majors, and Fox News far and away scores highest marks for accuracy. Try it sometime Lefties…you’ll be shocked and angry (at least if you’re honest about it, but as the Left needs protection from honesty, I’m not banking that it’s remotely in your DNA).

Jay

May 3rd, 2012
5:25 pm

First of all, a columnist that has defended repeatedly Cynthia McKinney is a poor judge of what is “weird”. … you guys just LOVE to call Fox News a bunch of liars….yet seemingly when asked for examples of such “lies”, one hears crickets chirping.

Hmm. Well, let’s see examples in which I have “defended repeatedly Cynthia McKinney,” shall we?

Or is it … crickets?

Boris Badnoff

May 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

As Joe Bob Briggs said “We are the Weird”. Normal people don’t blog. They have lives. A Gentleman always defends a lady. And that gentle lady Ms. Honorable Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has made some really interesting use of floral arrangements on hats. And she has a street named after her. In order to have a street named after me I’d have to change my name to Dead End. And she’s much better at Slow Jaming and Hip Hop than Our Beloved Messiah. Let’s hear it for weirdness.

I remember

May 3rd, 2012
6:45 pm

3.4% GDP growth. Job growth far below expectations. Fewer Americans have jobs than when Obama became president. The month of April was the bloodiest for Americans in the Afghan War in which most of the casualties have been on Obama’s watch. A chinese dissident left out in the cold by a cynical white house, desperate to keep it’s money line to Bejing open.The looming specter of Obamacare will be a jobs killer in 2013…There is so much that is important to talk about. .

No wonder Jay only wants to talk about Newt.

Adam

May 4th, 2012
8:29 am

you guys just LOVE to call Fox News a bunch of liars….yet seemingly when asked for examples of such “lies”, one hears crickets chirping.

Incorrect. Whenever I have seen people suggest that Fox News DOESN’T lie, or that there is no evidence they are lying, I present evidence. Each and every time I see the (implied) counter-claim. And each and every time, you guys pretend that I never did such a thing and go on believing that there is “no evidence Fox News lies” just the same as “Obama can’t run on his record because he doesn’t have one.” You are delusionally wrong on both counts, and sometimes I wonder if it’s deliberate.