Your morning jolt: Congress should de-fund Libya operation, says Newt Gingrich

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a group of Savannah tea partyers on Tuesday night that Congress should cut off funding to U.S. military efforts in Libya.

The coastal appearance was a prelude to his Atlanta Press Club speech this morning. Gingrich declined to comment on the Tuesday desertions of two fundraisers staffers, or reports that his campaign is $1 million in debt.

From Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:

Gingrich said pulling the plug on funding is the right response to what he called President Barack Obama’s “deluded” approach.

He spoke as Obama and the GOP-controlled House continue to wrangle over the legality of American military efforts against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

“They have an obligation to cut off the money in Libya given the president’s attitude,” the candidate said.

Gingrich lambasted Obama’s citation of authorizations by the United Nations and the Arab League as grounds for U.S. intervention.
He insisted that the United Nations can’t authorize an American president, calling that “a fundamentally unconstitutional thought.”

…His comments came during a question period following a presentation that seemed more like a history class than a campaign appearance.
It was dominated by the screening of “A City Upon a Hill,” a documentary produced by him and his wife, Callista.

The film contends that, because of its founding principles, the United States has a special role in history…..

Republican Chuck Williams and Democrat Dan Matthews will meet in a July 19 runoff for an open seat in the state House of Representatives.

Williams, an Oconee County tree farmer and former banker, led the field of four candidates in a special election Tuesday with 39 percent of the 3,920 votes cast for the northeast Georgia seat.

Matthews, a longtime Oconee County Democratic activist, finished second with 27 percent. See the county-by-county returns here.

Four candidates were in the contest to replace former Rep. Hank Huckaby, R-Athens, who resigned to become University System of Georgia chancellor.

Over at PeachPundit, Todd Rehm says the Senate Republican caucus has apparently given up on pursuing the matter of caustic emails aimed at Senate allies of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

The messages, allegedly written by a middle-aged woman, were traced to a computer owned by state Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, the majority whip:

This past Friday at 3 pm, a conference call took place for members of Senate Republican Caucus where leadership tried to ease the door shut on the case of Beth Merkelson‘s emails. Having informally polled almost all of the caucus members, leadership said that not enough votes exist to bring any disciplinary action.

Apparently, the question presented to members of the caucus was “would you vote to publicly ask Cecil Staton to step down?” It has been suggested that a differently worded question along the lines of whether you have confidence in the Majority Whip might have produced a different outcome.

One person who listened to the call said that he got the impression that leadership now considers the issue closed.

Former state university chancellor Erroll Davis, who on July 1 will become the interim head of the Atlanta Public School system, told Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) on Tuesday that he has spoken with school board members about a “reasonably bright line of governance between those who make policy and those charged with implementing that policy.”

Said Davis:

I think there is a distinct misimpression about this system in terms of its internal operations versus what you see describing board relations in the public. board-related. This is a well-run school system. Of course, it had a CRCT scandal. But it is not the only system in the country. We can deal with that. The people who violated standards will be dealt with appropriately….

AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at whether Nathan Deal’s acceptance of a Delta Air Lines upgrade squares with his executive order banning gifts greater than $25 to himself and his staff.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment


June 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

Why do we care what Newt thinks about policy issues when he is no longer a factor in campaigning for the GOP nomination?


June 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

Newt is correct. That is precisely what the US Constitution prescribes if and when Congress decides to end it. The War Powers Act is unconstitutional, not because it infringes on the power of the President as Sen. Graham and other Republicans believe, but rather because it abdicates the Constitutional responsibility that rests squarely on Congress’ shoulders. .


June 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Can you imagine what the chicken-hawk GOPers wouuld have said if DEMS had subggested de-funding GWB’s War in Iraq?
(Boy, that war was a resounding sucess, what has it gotten us?)
Whatever happened to listening to the commanders on the ground?



June 22nd, 2011
9:23 am

Maybe the GOP will put Beth Merkelson in charge of the Ethics committee.


June 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

I wonder if he told the Savannah Tea Partyers that it would be best to save the taxpayers $600 million to dredge 6 feet of sand and mud along more than 30 miles of the Savannah River? The federal government would foot about two-thirds of the bill.


June 22nd, 2011
9:47 am

This is rank hypocrisy, and it comes off that way every time the Pubs bitch about it. Gingrinch and Boehner and others who are just looking for something else to criticize Obama with, and they need to get a grip. I am a centrist, moderate Republican. I have been a Pub since I knew what politics was all about — for a very long time. If the Pubs were in power, they would have done exactly the same thing in Libya — and probably quicker than Obama did, and even more — and with as little Congressional interference as they could get away with. How do I and every other American voter know that, and cringe whenever they get on this high horse? Because that is exactly the position the party has taken every time an incident like this has arisen — for decades. We all hear you talking, but we know you don’t really mean one word of it. Just shut up about it. There are lots of issues Pubs have with Obama that they should be focusing on. Don’t criticize him for doing exactly what the Pubs would have done and worse, if the shoe was on the other foot.

Oh Intown Writer...

June 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

To change topics: The UGa Chancellor says APS is a well-run system.
You gotta be s***ing me
He has obviously NEVER read ANY of the Get Schooled blogs where APS current and former employees and parents post regarding the ad nauseum list of nastiness
And this is the administration Kasim Reed’s been falling all over himself to protect and promote over the dissenters on ABOE – which is the absolute least of APS’s problems, it’s just the ones the power brokers want the focust put upon
Go read the postings on the latest two blogs for starters


June 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

This is the same NEWT who was for getting into Libya before he was against it after OBAMA got involved.



June 22nd, 2011
11:12 am


June 22nd, 2011
11:16 am

Nice to see that Newt is finally saying many things that Ron Paul has been saying for 30- years. First that the Federal Reserve needs to be audited and now some common sense thoughts on Libya. Personally I can’t vote for a Ron Paul wannabe. Ron Paul has a consistent voting record on his side. I’ll vote for the real thing when I get the chance. America doesn’t need an unprincipled late-comer. They need the real thing. Ron Paul 2012. End the Fed. End the Wars.


June 22nd, 2011
11:20 am

Really, do we care what Newt thinks?? That goes for Repubs and Dems…. if you have a check, Newt will say anything…

Just a taxpayer

June 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

The issue with Beth Merkelson AKA Cecil Staton foreshadows more fun and games in the state senate next session – which will be this summer. Senate leadership, instead of asking Cecil to come to terms with his behavior, want to forget about it. I guarantee that our Lt. Governor isn’t forgetting and that when re-apportionment comes there may be some danger to certain districts.


June 22nd, 2011
11:53 am

I would like to see us get out of there too……but if he or anyone else had said anything like this during the Bush years they would be branded as a traitor by the sheepies.

John Ross

June 22nd, 2011
12:17 pm

I had rather have Beth Merkleson in charge than the present Senate leadership. Oh will that would mean that Cecil Staton would be in charge.

Here is the entire story. Staton was busted. The only difference between he and Wiener was AW finally came clean. Every GOP member of the Senate (leadership included) knows Staton has lied to their faces and to the people of his district.

Bill Orvis White

June 22nd, 2011
12:21 pm

And Speaker Gingrich is right. Hussein Obama totally fumbled on this Libya operation thus bankrupting the once-free country. This has been a complete clown of a president who is like the Keystone Cops on foreign policy. Lil Hussein cut and ran from Iraq which will probably form a caliphate extending all the way back to Tripoli.

Again, it’s time to stop picking on Speaker Gingrich. He is one of only a few who can stop this Euro-fascist takeover of America. If WE THE PEOPLE cannot rightfully unseat Hussein Obama in 2012, then we are going to be in a lot of trouble by 2014 and beyond because these secular Euro-oppressive ideas will be firmly in place and very hard to dislodge. Folk like Speaker Gingrich can and WILL stop Hussein Obama and his socialistic programs.



June 22nd, 2011
12:38 pm

yea and michele bachman wrote a glowing letter of thanks to ag secretary tom vilsak for supporting pork (really pork)subsidies and also support ethanol subsidies….what a socialist


June 22nd, 2011
12:46 pm

Gingrich is rapidly becoming an expert on de-funding, given recent developments in his campaign.


June 22nd, 2011
2:36 pm

Well how do you fund when you are broke?BOW/WOW/LMS did you just wake up yesterday?All the world ills did not begin with president Obama.Libya started on his shift,but this is a nato backed,ill advised attack on a small country,Obama is about as crazy as pappa/baby Bush.If the conditions economy,debt etc,don’t improve you may be rid of President Obama.You will continue to have this mass debt,so quit bitching,whinning,criticizing.