Newt Gingrich: ‘I was wrong, tea party faction was right’

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday conceded that he was wrong to endorse Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava in last November’s special congressional election in New York’s 23rd District.

And the GOP’s tea party faction was right.

Gingrich’s remarks came during an interview with WNTK radio in New Hampshire that will be broadcast Monday. The political blog New Hampshire Watchdog posted this sound clip on YouTube:

Said Gingrich:

“They were right. At the time, as a party builder and someone who has always been trying to help build the party, it struck me that she was the local nominee. She turned out to be a huge disappointment. And she turned out not to be frankly a loyal Republican.”

“And I think that those folks have the better of that argument.

“It’s very important, though, not to get into a business where if you’re not exactly perfect, I can’t be for you. Scott Brown has been an enormously important victory, but the fact is Scott Brown, on many issues, would not meet a 100 percent purity test. But his victory was stunningly important for all of us.”

“In the case of Scozzafava, she is an enormous disappointment. She had some positions that were far more radical than I realized at the time. And I think in retrospect, it was probably a mistake.”

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General Sherman

January 31st, 2010
11:36 am

The state of american politics are (SNAFU).


January 31st, 2010
11:39 am

“but the fact is Scott Brown, on many issues, would not meet a 100 percent purity test.”

Wow, you think? After today his Republican Purity Score is -10. Yep minus 10.

Republican Senator elect Scott Brown on the issues:

Posed nude for a national magazine.

Voted for Republican Governor Mitt Romney’s socialist health care reform Bill.

Is against overturning Roe vs Wade.

Says Massachusetts marriage laws are okay.

Is willing to listen to the Generals re Don’t ask don’t tell.

Anyone got the phone number to Lipton? We need some serious tea bagging.


January 31st, 2010
11:52 am

Scott Brown is against the health bill. That was what we needed.

Too Much

January 31st, 2010
11:55 am

Newt is now an adulterer AND panderer.

Too Much

January 31st, 2010
11:58 am

Scott Brown is from Massachusetts he’ll be against before he’s for it.


January 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

A black wins Miss America WTF??? Blacks have their own Black Miss America contest (whites excluded) why not restrict blacks and hispanics from entering this one?


January 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Hey, maybe one of you young Republican Tea Party members could dress up as Mr Lipton the tea man.

You could then try and plant secret teabags into Republican Senator-elect Browns offices. These secret teabags could transmit embarrassing liberal socialistic Russian type dialog that is obvious a huge part of the conversation from that liberal.

It would be a sensation.


January 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

Is there any politician or any human being more thoroughly discredited than Newt Gingrich?

Fightin' Irish

January 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

irishmafia, I’m with you. We certainly don’t want any colored girls thinking that they can represent America in any way. Nor do we want any of those latinos or orientals thinkging that either. Nor do we want any potato-famined and drunk Irish girls thinking that they could represent America. Oh wait. I’m beginning to sound as ignorant as you.


January 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

This comes from the same guy that did a commercial with Nancy Pelosi of all p0eople for bit about global warming! What does he not understand?? Of course, he and John McCain are all cut outta the same mold. Remember Gingrich’s Contract with America? He pulled an Obama on people then…conservatives voted for him and his ilk because they really thought Mr. Speaker was gonna do all thsoe things. Once Newt and his RINOs got in they pulled a John McCain and walked across the aisle and embrace the Dems.

Joe Biden

January 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

how about an article about obama being wrong when he “chastized” the supreme court during his state of the union speech for overturning a law the messiah was in favor of…


January 31st, 2010
12:11 pm

Let’s see. Newt was for Dede Scozzafava before he was against her. He was for limited terms of office before he was against them. He was for morality in marriage before he cheated. He was for deficits for the war before he was against them. He was for reducing taxes until he got a chance to spend them.

What in the world can you trust Newt on? He is a waffle, and real people should no longer listen to him.


January 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

Too little, too late, Newt. You had your time and you blew it! We won’t allow the lame stream media to choose another candidate for us like they did “maverick” McCain. Go away. Hook up with your moderates and rhapsodize with Pelosi on a park bench about Gorebull warming. We are so over you. And Callista.


January 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

Thank goodness. Finally, a Republican who is fiscally conservative and gives real meaning to the ideal of a social conservative. A real social conservative is someone who protects the rights of individuals against the intrusion of the state. That includes gays having the right to marry and have the legal benefits of marriage and the rights of women to decide how their bodies will be used.

The other so-called social conservatives are really liberals. They want government intrusion into the lives of individuals. What a mess.



January 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

Hey Newt you ain’t from Georgia anyway. Go back to the Keystone and tell them what to do

Sick of Republicans

January 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

Anybody dumb enough to listen to Newt and anything he has to say needs to examine themselves. This guy is a first class jerk. Served divorce papers on his first wife in the hospital where she was recovering from surgery; divorced his second wife when it discovered she had MS; was chasing with his present wife while still married; hid marital assets from his second wife through his now present wife; trashes his own sister because she happens to be gay; yeah a real upstanding example – NOT. He is scum.

Alabama Communist

January 31st, 2010
1:16 pm

Finally! Newt has confirmed just what most folks thought about the Phony Glenn Beck Tea Party movement. He is looney as them…….

To Sick od Republicans

January 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

So, because of Newt, you’re sick of Republicans? Can’t you see 10,000 Democrat scum examples for every ONE Newt, staring you in the face? Are you BLIND? I guess Dems get a pass from you because they don’t profess to have any morals in the first place, unless it is advantageous to do so right before an election.
Wake up and stop being a Democrat Zombie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To Alabama Communist

January 31st, 2010
1:22 pm

If you don’t like the Tea Party Movement you must truly be what you call yourself.


January 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Amen to that last point.

Liberals can’t be held to standards they do not possess, therefore they do not disappoint their constituents.


January 31st, 2010
1:28 pm

Newt, Rush and Sean—leaders of the republican party! It’s in great hands!!!


January 31st, 2010
1:33 pm

The Tea Party people have nothing to do with the Republican party. We are very Libertarian and we have simple solutions to difficult problems. Why are some people so immature to use phrases like teabag? I guess if you have no ideas you start calling people names.

Been Around-Done That!

January 31st, 2010
1:43 pm

I was a fiscally and socially conservative Southern Democrat until the national Democratic party went nuts 40 years ago and then I was a Republican until they began to spend us into poverty. Now I am an independent. Same person as I started out originally…same philosophy about government…just can’t keep up with these nuts who change their views as often as most of us change our socks. God help the United States of America!

Da Bard

January 31st, 2010
1:46 pm

Tea baggers are just carrying water for the GOP.

Calling everyone that does not agree with tea baggers and the GOP facists, nazis, communists, just shows how worthless the movement has become. Screaming to preserve the status quo on health care and corporate control of American politics is worse than idiotic.

Its the GOP who wants to know what goes on in your home. Homophobia may play well in the suburbs and south Georgia. But its hardly a long-term political strategy — except among the home schooled and the christian right.

A few years ago the Georgia GOP passed a law that makes it almost impossible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since then new medmal cases have dropped to almost zero — but where is the reduction in medmal insurance? Rates have stayed the same and actually increased with inflation. Insurance rates always go up — never down. Medical malpractice insurers love the Georgia GOP.

Vote with the tea baggers and the GOP — that’s what Wall Street and the medical insurers want you to do.


January 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

Thats the problem “To sick od Republicans.” The Republicans claim to have morals! LOL!

Ah yes Republican morals. I’m not making this stuff up folks.

Louisiana Republican Senator Vitter is about to be re-elected. Yes the same one the was being dressed in diapers by a hooker.

Republican Senator recently caught fishing for gay sex in a mens room.

Multi million member mega church founder and adviser to president Bush, Rev Haggard, caught doing meth while enjoying gay sex.

Fake news reporter/gay porn site owner/actor caught lobbing softball questions at Bush. Administration never would say why this “reporter” spent over 100 nights at white house.

Stupid Republican “reporter” is caught breaking into a Senators office.

Republican South Carolina Governor lies lies and lies about secret affair with hot Argentine babe.

Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson makes a fool of ethics.

New Mass Sen poses for nude magazine.

One word: NEWT

Georgia Republican Sec of Education, Linda Schrenko, busted for stealing from deaf school fund to fund her face lift.

Gotta love them family values.

Dr. R

January 31st, 2010
2:00 pm

All the things listed about Brown that make him “less” of a true Republican are the wedge social issue that now have the GOP as a minority party. Posed nude for a magazine? Who cares? Does that really affect your life unless you choose it to? But how much we are taxed, how much freedom the government takes from us, that’s what really should matter. Real conservatives (by the traditional definition, not the current one) want the government to stay out of our lives and our pocketbooks. But the party was hijacked by the anti-Gay, anti-abortion crowd who don’t really care about tax and fiscal policy as much as they do forcing their narrow view of morality on an unwilling public. As long as those people are controlling the fate of GOP candidates, the Democrats will remain in the majority and true fiscal conservatives will have nowhere to turn, at least until enough people get fed up with the Ayatollah-like zealots and make the Libertarians a majority.

Reagan is my hero

January 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

Those wanting purity tests are closed minded and don’t want to be confused by the facts. Dr R could not have said it any better – the “purists” are leading this country to socialism since the public rejects the closed mindedness of the “purists”. A very economic conservative and believer in personal freedom and responsibily here with an open mind on social issues.


January 31st, 2010
2:45 pm

I know no one cares…but aren’t we all Americans..all this bickering between parties and members of the same party needs to stop. We all need to work together for a brighter future for this country. Democrats or Republican should not matter. Together we stand divided we fall. If America don’t get it together we are falling,


January 31st, 2010
2:54 pm

DannyX,for every absurd post/remard on Rep. one could post the same on a DEM, lets face it, both parties are crooks, lairs. A third party would help that, but for now I’ll take the limited gov’t. And that sure ain’t the Obama folks! Enjoy the next 8 months, then the ride is over. Rep. will take house/maybe Senate.

See ya later, new version of Jimma Carter,…..:)


January 31st, 2010
2:57 pm

We fell when this country elected a community organizer who had never even run a business, met a payroll, or hired or fired folks. Now he is the Pres. We got a motivational speaker elected b/c of the stupidity of folks in this country to vote on emotion, not facts or issues. Thank goodness eyes have finally opened, it only took 1 yr. SO that is the good news.


January 31st, 2010
3:02 pm

The repukes get praised on their conservative social issues and then they sell you out to Big Pharma, Big Farm, Big Insurance, Big Banking, Big Oil, etc. But that’s okay, so long as two guys can’t kiss each other.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

January 31st, 2010
3:17 pm

As a proud liberal Democrat, I cheer for the Tea Party movement and its ideological purity test. Keep going! Keep those protests up! Kick folks out of your party! Refuse to support anyone who shows any hint of sensible compromise! I love it. Heck, I’ve thought about donating $$.


January 31st, 2010
3:41 pm

scott, are you going to stick up for Republican morals and family values or not? ANYONE?

Seems to me the Tea Party has some work to do. Sen Elect Brown sounded like the kind of politician that would be a target of the Tea Party.

But WAIT! Republicans have snapped their fingers. Disappearing is the fact that the Republican Party is still dominated by people responsible for the type of health care laws you are fighting so hard to stop. Like magic they just change, and keep their jobs.

Remember all the Republican Senators and Reps that were facing Obama the other day? Did you get a good look at that Republican leadership? All those incumbents that voted for Medicare Part D? The historic expansion of big government? Left unfunded.

The Republican Governor ex Republican candidate Romney was proud to lead the way. in health care reform. You Tea Baggers certainly aren’t claiming a small government ally in Sen elect Brown are you? He voted for the Republican plan you hate.

Here is a thought. Purge your own before shifting blame. Make the repeal of Medicare Part D your number one priority! Gain some creditability.

It makes no sense that you can sweep your past incompetence away without firing some of your own.

How are we going to pay for Medicare Part D? Republicans left it unfunded, and it turns out it cost a lot more than Republicans projected.


January 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

Hey Senator Lipton, the Republicans just ruined the national economy, left us an unfunded unneeded war, expanded government at a record pace, saddled us with big government, unfunded, deficit inducing Medicare Part D and things like No Child Left Behind. What are your plans, why should we let you back.

Sen Lipton: I dunno, tax cuts?


January 31st, 2010
4:21 pm

Big announcement everyone. In order to save the country the Republicans are changing!

Sen McConnell will now be known as “Sen Tea Bag”

Sen McCain will become “Senator Old Tea Bag.”

Sen Lindsey from South Carolina and Rep Price of Ga. will be known as “Sen Sweet Tea,” and “Rep Sweet Tea,” respectively.

Sen Chamblee will be known as “Sen Tet E Lee.”

Boehner and Steele will be known as “Dark T”

Of course Snowe will be known as “Senator Weak Tea.”

Sen elect Brown will become “Senator Hot Tea.”

This is proof Republicans have changed. They are now ready to try again.


January 31st, 2010
4:34 pm

Hey irishmafia , you are a dumbass. The first african american to win the miss america pageant was actress/singer Vanessa Williams from the show Ugly Betty. There have been several blacks to win the title, get a clue stupid!


January 31st, 2010
5:25 pm

To be honest, I’m sick and tired of spineless Democrats, sub-human Republicans and dope smoking, libertard teabeggers who think they know what best for America. I just returned from Shanghai China and one thing became clear, if “we the people” in America don’t get our act together asap we will be swallowed whole by China. I find it interesting that China initiated a stimulus program around the same time we did and it worked, so much so that they have moved on and made controlling inflation their number one issue. Overall GDP for the nation last year was +5%, a disappointment, but they are working as a people to improve their current state. Our stimulus program is stuck on stupid with idiot after idiot from the above groups mentioned trying to hijack the stimulus for their own personal gain through mindless rhetoric.

Folks, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Nations are not going to wait on us but will proceed, like China, to do the things necessary to get their economies on track. I’m sick and tired of people hijacking programs for their own personal or political gain. It’s time to get back to what is real!!


January 31st, 2010
5:29 pm

Vote Libertarian and support Liberty.


January 31st, 2010
5:38 pm

Tea Party “simple solution” to difficult problem # 1 – Healthcare. We’ll insure everyone and it wont cost anything. Great job guys- go do it.


January 31st, 2010
6:58 pm

I would like to have the option to purchase the same insurance that congress is offered.
And not be denied coverage of pre-existing conditions.
Oh, and to all the republiKLANS on here……. SUCK IT!!!!
My grandparents always told us that republiKLANS were Angry, Greedy, Selfish
and Racist White People.
And that is very true.
The insurance company killed my dad, legally.
Denied him a transplant that could have saved his life!


January 31st, 2010
7:15 pm

This is a good first step for Speaker Gingrich. He now MUST sincerely apologize to Beck, Limbaugh and other republican radio entertainers and pray they forgive him if he expects to be a viable candidate in 2012.

This must be a tough pill for such an arrogant and confident person to swallow but it is a fact of life – no candidate for the republican presidential nominee in 2012 can win without the support of the radical right wing of the party as represented by the tea baqgers and republican radio entertainers.

my f150 gets 16mpg and my .45 holds 14 rounds

January 31st, 2010
7:57 pm

Well Kellie, if your grandparents said it it must be true. My grandparents say anyone who uses the word racist more than once a week is a liar, a loser, and a bonehead.

Likewise anyone who accuses others of ” voting against their own interest”-yea raiding the treasury- such a noble interest.

Coverage of pre existing conditions. That is just stupid. what you really want- need is the medical care, and someone to pay for it. You cannot insure against somthing that has already taken place.

Do you buy insurance after you wreck your car?

Insurance companies do need a good bi###h slapin, but the dems are never satisfied. They wanted a full blown middle class welfare program so as to buy votes and retain power They screwd up.

They could have helped folks and fixed some problems, but they wanted to drag everybody into the deal.Guess what. MOST people are just fine thanks. Win some Lose some.

Rafe Hollister

January 31st, 2010
8:00 pm

DannyX, I have read your posts and decided to be like you a democrat. I got to thinking of all the advantages, don’t have to pay my taxes (Rangel, Daschle, Geithner, et al), can help my friends and boyfriends financially with tax payer money (B Frank), can break my word at will ( Obama), get a great break on a mortgage (Dodd), employ my lobbyist friends and spouses (Daschle, Pelosi), give pardons to my friends (Clinton), Cheat on my spouse (Edwards, Clinton) and my party will still adore me.

Obama lied about the Chage thing, ok!

January 31st, 2010
9:30 pm

By the way, libera


January 31st, 2010
11:05 pm

When will the masses learn? There is very little difference between the republican and democratic parties…. and there are very few true conservatives on either side of the aisle. To be true a conservative, one would be required to abandon their self-interest in favor of the interest of the people by whom they were elected. Rare is the politician willing to make that sacrifice.


January 31st, 2010
11:14 pm

@ vudichld – I have spent a great deal of time in Shanghai. China’s entire social structure was build and is maintained by government functionaries who act solely in their own self-interest. If you, in any way, are implying that our society should be modeled after communist China (not withstanding the fact that the U.S. Constitution would strictly forbid such), you are pathetically ignorant and incapable of any rational form of discourse.

Wounded Warrior

January 31st, 2010
11:52 pm

Newt did what John Edwards was planning to do to his wife. He left his first dying of cancer for #2, and then traded her in about 8 years ago for a 37 year old, and she is the age of his daughters…Newt buys drinks for his campaign workers, especially the 18 year olds…near West GA college.


February 1st, 2010
1:16 am

The party of NO is scared the Tea Baggers will 3rt party their butt, they spread fear but do nothing.


February 1st, 2010
1:19 am

Newt will say anything that he thinks will help his “career” in the future.
He says one thing and does another. At the same time, he’ll tell others how to live and think.
His type of republican is exactly what WE don’t need.


February 1st, 2010
2:26 am

In spite of the fact that Newt carries more baggage than Zsa Zsa Gabor, he wants to run for president so bad that he’ll say anything or do anything, embrace anything or be anything he thinks it’ll take to get in the fray.

Newt is a very bright person, but his day is past.

Now, it’s jump on the far right Tea Party bandwagon for the Republicans and race back to the early 20th century with its anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-anti approach and “Just Say No” platform.

It works for me, but of course I’m not a Republican.