‘Newt’ on SNL: ‘I love the ’90s!’

Just in case you missed it – SNL’s plan for the 2012 presidential season:

From the guy tapped to play Newt Gingrich: “I love the ’90s!”

The quip isn’t off target. Larry Sabato, he of the University of Virginia’s Crystal Ball, just sent out this Tweet:

Gingrich’s main challenge: Not substantial baggage and prickly personality, but image as yesterday’s man.

And there’s last week’s statement from Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina — who said that Gingrich will have to prove that he’s still relevant.

Gingrich understands this. No doubt, he’ll try to flip the argument on Saturday with an address to graduates at President Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Gingrich is 67. Reagan was 68 in 1979.

Then it’s on to NBC’s “Meet the Press” for his first network interview on Sunday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

Shannon, M.Div.

May 9th, 2011
1:14 pm

“The guy” is SNL player Bobby Moynihan.

Also, I wouldn’t discredit women’s view of Newt. I think pollsters and pundits missed the McCain issue with women–namely, that we wouldn’t want a president who would treat his wives the way McCain treated his… and also Gingrich has treated his.

Having an affair is one thing. Leaving your wife for a younger model, especially when your wife is ill, sits much worse than an affair with many of us.

Bill

May 9th, 2011
1:20 pm

I hope the American public has more sense than voting for a recycled Newt. In my opinion he does not have the capabilities nor the persona to be President or Commander in Chief.

joe

May 9th, 2011
1:23 pm

Funny stuff, esp. the Katie Kouric line! But the most hilarious thing I heard all weekend was from ABC News Terry Moran (sp?) who said, Obama is the 2nd president in history who took a “step down” in order to become president. Step down? From what?? So community organizing is above the president of the united states? Or did he mean Obama is/was God???

Max

May 9th, 2011
1:50 pm

Joe @1:23pm – There are those who believe (and I personally think there is some truth to it) that being a Senator is about as powerful a long-term gig that exists in US politics. I suspect that was the point that Moran was trying to make…

Bill Orvis White

May 9th, 2011
1:54 pm

Speaker Gingrich brings fresh ideas to the table, but in my mind, Mr. Gingrich doesn’t have the sharpness and spunk of Herman Cain. Mr. Cain excites folks just like Speaker Gingrich did in late 1994 and well into 1997. I think Speaker Gingrich would make the perfect running mate to Mr. Cain. Amen,
Bill

Frederick Douglass

May 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

The question that begs to be asked is, could Mr.Cain defeat Johnny Isakson today, 5/9/2011?

Jim

May 9th, 2011
2:47 pm

Call me old fashioned or out of touch but I believe character, faith, loyalty, honesty and adherence to vows to you God matter.

We have much too deep of a talented line up to chose from to have to “settle” for the immoral Newt Gingrich. Electing a republican president next year will be an uphill battle. Let’s not add to the incline by turning to this adulterer.

Bullwinkle

May 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

Joe@1:23 – Why are you willing to blame the President for something that somebody said? The President didn’t say it. A newsman did.

Sissy Saxby

May 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

He isn’t yesterday’s man – he is yesterday’s bitch. Just ask Bill Clinton.

BillS

May 9th, 2011
2:55 pm

Newt not relevant? Geez, he hasn’t been relevant this century. And here’s another shocker: Newt, for all his degrees, has shown time and again he’s really not an intellectual, nor is he all that bright. His arguments are deeply flawed, and facts often mis-stated; I wouldn’t want him in the White House because I don’t believe he’s up to the mental demands. And we haven’t even gotten around to his lack of principles….

joe

May 9th, 2011
2:59 pm

@ winke, you need to go back and read my post from 1:23. If you can find any mention of me blaming Obama for anything in my post, I’ve got a $100 bill for you.

joe

May 9th, 2011
3:00 pm

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

Frederick Douglass:

“The question that begs to be asked is, could Mr.Cain defeat Johnny Isakson today, 5/9/2011″

I think he could, and I don’t even think it would be that close IF he had sufficient funds for the campaign. Herman Cain is much, much better known now than he was in his last senatorial bid, and conservatives like him and his ideas.

deegee

May 9th, 2011
3:34 pm

Gingrich has no chance and he knows it. He’s working the media like he’s Sarah Palin. He’s looking for a talk show or a commentator position in the conservative media to keep the income flowing in his later years. He’s a self serving gasbag.

Bullwinkle

May 9th, 2011
3:53 pm

@joe. Keep your $100 bill. Let me rephrase the statement. Why do you “take shots” at the President for something that somebody said.

And don’t tell me you weren’t taking a shot.

Centrist

May 9th, 2011
4:08 pm

@ Max saying a Senator has more power than being President – there are 100 Senators all with huge egos. Many have resigned in frustration as they learned how little power an individual Senator has and how very slow the Senate works. Not many have been successful in gaining higher office – mostly Governors get there.

@ deegee – dead on about Newt laying the groundwork for either more book sales, speaking fees, TV commentating, or maybe he is angling for V.P. or cabinet appointment. His negatives do not make him viable for the nomination, much less beating Obama.

Divorce Court

May 9th, 2011
4:31 pm

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Newt Gingrich is disgusting.
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Bemused

May 9th, 2011
5:21 pm

Progressives (whose opposites, by the way, are “Regressives”) will welcome Newt into the race. As his ideas epitomize everything tne majority of Americans categorically reject viz. tax cuts for billionaires and huge corporations (who send jobs overseas anyway), and as he is a morally reprehensible hypocrite in his personal life, he can only increase our turnout if, somehow, he is nominated. Suburban women in key States will climb over one another to vote against him. Run, Newt, Run!

boots

May 9th, 2011
5:24 pm

I am a life-long Republican and have been active in many campaigns. I have had several occassions to meet Newt, and he has always come across as very unlikeable and arrogant. Unlike other successful politicians from both parties (Clinton, Reagan, Johnny Isakson, Kasim Reed), Newt is not friendly, and he comes across that way on TV. This is a big problem. Moreover, his personal baggage, the media’s hatred of him, and his long list of enemies makes his candidacy a non-starter. He is fooling himself if he thinks he will ever get more than 5% of a primary poll share.

Frederick Douglass

May 9th, 2011
5:46 pm

LMS @ 3:01 pm

From what I’ve seen you’re probably right, but don’t tell anybody I said that.

deegee

May 9th, 2011
6:07 pm

Newt’s abrasive personality will help his chances with Fox News. Look at how well Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity do with the angry old geezers.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 9th, 2011
6:08 pm

That the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato would intone for us that Newt Gingrich’s phenomenal immorality and serial adultery is “Not substantial baggage” merely begs a broader awareness of Larry Sabato’s being an anti-Jeffersonian Roman Catholic, just like Newt.

“They” know what “they” are doing.

Mr. Jefferson, the Founder of the University, knew of what he was speaking when he identified their “org” as “the real Anti-Christ:” the same outfit whose Fifth Column traitor, and co-religionist James Wilkinson assassinated his aide-de-camp, Georgia’s own Meriwether Lewis.

The prophet Mr. Jefferson saw toryism (rule for the few) creeping back into whig (sovereignty of the People) America in his lifetime…now we are ruled by fascist plutocracy. Gingrich, the serial adulterating draft-dodger, was escorted into American politics “fronting” for none other than the money of Pierre DuPont. Gingrich is no man…in “good” company with the rest of the pansies, draft-dodgers, whitetrash, Mob-frontman, and papists of the treasonous, 9/11-committing “Republican” party.

Paulding

May 9th, 2011
6:18 pm

I’ve always admired Newt’s intellect and communication skills. He’s an interesting and entertaining guy. But he’s way too much of a loose cannon to be entrusted with the presidency.

I remember one of his brilliant ideas that he talked about a few years ago, that the children of welfare recipients should be placed in orphanages. Newt is mistaken if he believes voters would just overlook that kind of kookiness.

Brenda

May 9th, 2011
6:23 pm

SNL’s broacasts really should be subject to the fairness doctrine since they are an arm of the democrats.

SJ

May 9th, 2011
7:10 pm

@ Brenda,
Don’t you think that the “fairness doctrine” should be applied to a news ornanization (Fox News comes to mind) before worrying about a comedy show?

The Candy Man

May 9th, 2011
7:36 pm

If not for the Obama Administration’s intervention, the entire American auto industry might very well have collapsed and taken the Midwest with it. Instead, the industry is on the rebound, at least for now.
That’s not bad for government work.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 9th, 2011
8:33 pm

“The Candy Man” is correct, however the financial, economic collapse precipitating GM’s straits, and the welfare fascism bailout of the Wall Street Fatcats to shore up the failing. unconstitutional fiat money “Federal Reserve” bank John Kennedy’s EO11,110 ended should be addressed by any righteous White House occupant…as should any G-dly president see to hanging Bush and Cheney for committing 9/11, lest G-d turn Its “back” on America, the one-time New Israel, forever.

Annuit Coeptis, then and now.

Death for Treason

Washington Insider Her

May 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

Obama Got Osama!

It took a Muslim NON-American to catch a Muslim NON-American.

Washington Insider Her

May 9th, 2011
8:57 pm

Will Jones

FEARS

Kim “The Kimmer” Peterson.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 9th, 2011
9:32 pm

Kim Peterson: a Roman Catholic working for General Sherman’s pedophile priesthood’s fascist plutocracy’s Fifth Column…but not in Georgia anymore. G-d’s prophet Thomas Jefferson called it “the real Anti-Christ” for good, inspired, and anointed, reason.

double

May 9th, 2011
11:06 pm

Will Jones not seen any of your post lately.Thought you had given up.Like to read your comments.Keep up good work.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 9th, 2011
11:16 pm

Thank you, thank you.