Newt Gingrich takes exception to Herman Cain joke about Anita Hill

Last night, at a meet-and-greet in Michigan, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain laughed with his audience at the prospect of an endorsement by Anita Hill – the woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of improprieties. Fox News showed the video last night:

One of his rivals – Newt Gingrich — was not amused. The former U.S. House speaker’s reaction, on Laura Ingraham’s radio show this afternoon, was noted by Alexander Burns of Politico.com:

“He may well be innocent,” Gingrich said of Cain, “and I think it’s perfectly reasonable for him to defend himself and for him to make clear who his accusers are, but these are not things, I think, that you joke about.”

This morning, a CBS News poll showed Gingrich inching his way back into the fight for the nomination. Yesterday, we pointed out that a new Gingrich super PAC had taken a video slap at Cain, whom the former Georgia congressman has described as a good friend.

In other words, Gingrich’s criticism today is no slip of the tongue.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

So not only is he a hilariously clueless puppet, he’s a jerk too. Cool.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

Cain, I meant. But the same could be said for Gingrich.

Filter

November 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

For once I agree with Newt. Will wonders never cease.

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

Gingrich is clueless???? lol He’s one of the most brilliant men running. His past is his past…. What ever happened to the dems defense of Clinton? Kept repeating how his sexual escapade with Monica had nothing to do with his ‘job’. Now it’s an issue? Hypocrite.

cartoon

November 11th, 2011
3:59 pm

What joke? View the video. What joke? Cain laughed, that’s all.

Cain is our next president because you morons can’t get anything right.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

Gingrich is clueless???? lol He’s one of the most brilliant men running.

I don’t know what’s funnier, how your statement implies that other GOP candidates are brilliant or how you figure “Gingrich” and “brilliant” can be used in the same sentence without irony.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
4:04 pm

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

His past is his past…. What ever happened to the dems defense of Clinton? Kept repeating how his sexual escapade with Monica had nothing to do with his ‘job’. Now it’s an issue? Hypocrite.

Or how Republicans fell over themselves defending harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas, c’mon you can do better than this.

Commonsenseagitator

November 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

If Cain were a democrat the republicans would have lynched him by now and you know it. The hypocrisy of the looney right never ceases to amaze

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

I assume you are a liberal. And you defended Clinton. If you don’t recognize that Gingrich is a brilliant man, I need say no more, because you don’t have the comprehension to understand it.

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
4:16 pm

Clinton can get a BJ IN the White House…..Lie about it…. and have you libs defend it. Gingrich? Not so much. lol Hypocrites… Period.

DC

November 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

so someone who spends there day on an AJC blog thinks Gingrich is stupid….ex-speaker, professor, and a pretty amazing debater. Now that’s funny….. Probably coming from someone who is still convinced that the current administrations programs would have worked (instead of plunging the US economy in an even deeper abyss) if only the congress would’ve doubled down with even more spending and borrowing.

Frederick Douglass

November 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Cain’s doing a pretty good job of lynching himself.

Newtie the Nutty Buddy

November 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

I am not a liberal and I never defended Clinton. Newt Brilliant? Sure, to one who’s easily bamboozled by his self-indulgent verbal gymnastics.

Darwin

November 11th, 2011
4:25 pm

JP – WHO defended Clinton? I’m assuming his approval ratings for his job (not personal life) included Republicans. YOU are the idiot!

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
4:29 pm

Jim Pierce

November 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

I assume you are a liberal.

lol slowly but surely you’re catching on

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
4:30 pm

DC

November 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

so someone who spends there day on an AJC blog thinks Gingrich is stupid….ex-speaker, professor, and a pretty amazing debater. Now that’s funny….. Probably coming from someone who is still convinced that the current administrations programs would have worked (instead of plunging the US economy in an even deeper abyss) if only the congress would’ve doubled down with even more spending and borrowing.

Gingrich is an excellent politician, very Machiavellian, but that doesn’t make him brilliant by any stretch of imagination.

BRW

November 11th, 2011
4:46 pm

Certainly doesn’t make him brilliant. Typical self-serving politician who will say whatever it takes to get elected or get publicity. He screwed his claim to brilliance by philandering while crucifying a philanderer. But morality he aint got, as if that mattered any more to presidential candidates.

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Liberals are professional whiners, that’s all they do. Never defend any principals they may have, only to criticize, I assume they have none to defend. Right Billy?

MyPatootie

November 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

So now looks like “The Newt” is crossing over and joing the politically correct far left media. Come on Man, lighten up, thought you were smarter and wiser than that!

Commonsenseagitator

November 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

Clinton didnt have his cancer striken wife served with divorce papers while she lay in a hospital bed. Newt is as scummy as they get along with the entire gop

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
4:52 pm

So who do you support BRW?

Martin Williams

November 11th, 2011
4:53 pm

Come Cantoon, Cain our next president……you better start sharing whatever you are drinking/smoking. The GOP do not even have a legit candidate come 2016. As for 2012, that party is over till 2016. I wish the GOP looks at Ron Paul more the only truth speaker amongst the bunch.

Commonsenseagitator

November 11th, 2011
4:54 pm

Liberals are the true patriots, they question authority and push for progress while the rethuglicans try to defend a war began because someone tried to “kill my dad,” Clintons bj killed no one, what is the final count of death and disability going to be thanks to bushs war?

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

My scum is better than your scum…..hahahahahaha

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Liberals are professional whiners, that’s all they do. Never defend any principals they may have, only to criticize, I assume they have none to defend. Right Billy?

One could say that your post… is a bit on the whiny side, lol.

the original and still the best John Galt

November 11th, 2011
4:59 pm

Yawn. The Republicrat nominee will be Mitt Romney, and The Messiah Barack The Chosen one, the Merciful and All Knowing, will beat him easily. That’s even the outcome most Republicrats want. The only thing that could change that would be the inevitable total economic meltdown that is coming happening in the next year. Then there won’t be elections, because The Messiah will declare martial law to keep control during the civil unrest that will occur when the welfare checks won’t buy anything.

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
4:59 pm

Commonsenseagitator………So how would you handle the libs authority in Washington? They all supported that war you know.

BRW

November 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

Probably no one that you would support redcoat. I could live with Romney, but that’s the only one on the GOP side with half a brain. The reason I say that is he did design RomneyCare whether he will adMitt it now or not.

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE……..you should know your the expert!

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:01 pm

BRW

November 11th, 2011
5:01 pm

You mean the Bush family oil wars red?

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:02 pm

BRW……..support him because of it? If so, what is your problem with the Obama brand?

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
5:03 pm

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE……..you should know your the expert!

I would be embarrassed to post grade-school level retorts on here.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
5:04 pm

the original and still the best John Galt

November 11th, 2011
4:59 pm

Yawn. The Republicrat nominee will be Mitt Romney, and The Messiah Barack The Chosen one, the Merciful and All Knowing, will beat him easily. That’s even the outcome most Republicrats want. The only thing that could change that would be the inevitable total economic meltdown that is coming happening in the next year. Then there won’t be elections, because The Messiah will declare martial law to keep control during the civil unrest that will occur when the welfare checks won’t buy anything.

Don’t forget to stockpile tinfoil hats!!

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:06 pm

BRW……got to go wish had more time…..I do believe it’s all repubs and dems at the top playing the games with us all. Peace Out!

Redcoat

November 11th, 2011
5:10 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE……….is a whinny lib!

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 11th, 2011
5:15 pm

I thought you had to go?

Filter

November 11th, 2011
5:17 pm

Liberals are professional whiners????

Does any of this ring a bell?

Wahhh…War on Christmas
Wahhh…Liberal media out to get us.
Wahhh…The mean old media doesn’t want a real black man as President.
Wahhh…Don’t “tax my Christmas tree.
Wahhh…Christians are the only group discriminated against anymore.

Wahhhhhhhhhhhh

Pot, meet kettle.

clem

November 11th, 2011
5:27 pm

clinton was a liar, should have resigned despite decent job; gingrich who supported impeachment while doing his philandering should disqualify him too as a supremo liar…..both of them chickenhawks…both smart, but edge to clinton

so repubs left with romney or huntsman…..both mormon which i am sure poses problems in the south

the rest are nimrods

SlipKnot

November 11th, 2011
5:32 pm

Jim Pierce wrote: “Gingrich is clueless???? lol He’s one of the most brilliant men running. His past is his past…. What ever happened to the dems defense of Clinton?”

Difference between GingriNch and the former President Clinton? Clinton is smart and likes people. GingriNch is not as smart as he thinks and he’s mean.

SlipKnot

November 11th, 2011
5:33 pm

.and another thing. Romney is probably smarter than GingriNch. He’s just been taught humility.

Newt is nuts

November 11th, 2011
5:35 pm

Jim, are these people auditioning as writers for a comedy show?

SlipKnot

November 11th, 2011
5:43 pm

you want comedy? http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-10-2011/indecision-2012—mercy-rule-edition
Try Jon Stewarts send up of the “Romney clinching debate”

Jack

November 11th, 2011
5:46 pm

Haven’t noticed anyone saying they’re gonna vote for Obama.

DannyX

November 11th, 2011
5:47 pm

The difference between Newt and Clinton should be OBVIOUS!!!!

Our Republican party is the party of FAMILY VALUES!!! Newt and minister Cain have no business running for President as Republicans. We are the protectors of marriage. Remember???

Listen up Newt Gingrich. Divorce is a CHOICE!!!!

God created Adam and Eve!!!!! Not Adam and Eve, then Jennifer, then Megan!!!!
God hates divorce and doesn’t allow it!!!! Its in the Bible!!! Jesus said so.

Divorce will one day lead to animal marriage, then of course animal DIVORCE!!!!

What does Newt not understand about “Until death do us part????? Vows before God in a CHURCH are sacred!!!!

DIVORCE IS A CHOICE!!!

spaceman109

November 11th, 2011
6:12 pm

it seems like we have already been through five primaries plus super tuesday. all this blather about candidates who are finished or are rising seems way more than premature. does this mean that after election day next year the primary process for 2016 will *immediately* start.

i like what ralph reed recently said aabout alreadu suffering from debate fatigue.

as for newt, he has no idea how to explain his ideas and plans to the 98 percent of americans who are not on his mental wavelength. he is the pointy-headed intellectual who tries to hard to impress people with his bombast.

annnnnnd….we all wait to see when he will become weary of wife number three….

spaceman109

November 11th, 2011
6:14 pm

whoops…..i like what ralph reed said about already suffering from debate fatigue.

dratted fingers.

Bob

November 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

Ya’ll need to quit making fun of your new President and Vice President…I’m not sure which is which. But, it will be a great day for Anerica, having two leaders with common and business sense.

Alabama Communist

November 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

More Breaking On Newt Female Slapping Herman On His Affair With Anita Hill…It was reported that 3 time Marriage Adultless Newt also said” I know Hill and Herman is certainly no Hill when it comes to Drinking Can Coke at the local Porn Movie Awards show”

brad

November 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

At Bachmann’s clinic, you can pray the divorce away.