Newt Gingrich auditions as Mitt Romney’s bulldog

COLUMBUS – Newt Gingrich will not be Mitt Romney’s running mate. The former U.S. House speaker has himself admitted that he is not vice presidential material.

But at the state GOP convention this weekend, Gingrich offered up the latest iteration of himself. Until the presumptive Republican presidential nominee makes his decision, Gingrich declared himself ready to fulfill all the duties of a No. 2.

Newt Gingrich, left, and Mitt Romney in an affable moment during a January debate. AP file

Newt Gingrich, left, and Mitt Romney in an affable moment during a January debate. AP file

Gingrich wants to be Romney’s Georgia bulldog.

In two speeches to Republicans, his supply of adverbs and adjectives replenished after the exhaustion of a failed contest, Gingrich blistered President Barack Obama and gave a vigorous defense of the man who buried him in the Iowa caucuses under an avalanche of TV attacks.

It might not have been the defense that the former venture capitalist might have ordered up, and still holds echoes of a hard-fought primary. “Who has killed more jobs in their career?” Gingrich asked a crowd of donors on Friday night. “Romney, you could argue – yeah, these companies didn’t quite work. These companies worked and did well. But show me the big Obama success.”

The portion of the evening speech that worried Gingrich most, he said later, was perhaps the most effective – an answer to those Republicans who still have qualms about Romney’s Mormon faith.

“Look, he takes it seriously. It’s a deep part of his life,” Gingrich, a converted Catholic, told the crowd. “He is committed to it. And he understands the desperate importance of religious liberty and keeping government out of our churches and out of our synagogues. And he will be vastly better for every person of religious belief than Barack Obama.”

But more than anything, Gingrich presented himself as a man willing to scorch the earth wherever Obama might go. “I am not for a narrow victory. I am for crushing the left in every single race,” he said, bringing the crowd to its feet.

The former Georgia congressman had one more line in his speech, but knew he had peaked – and so edited himself. Gingrich abruptly walked away from the microphone and waved goodbye.

Afterward, he explained his new, post-campaign strategy. “I’m beginning to lay out a pattern by which, I think, Romney crowds Obama into a very, surprisingly small minority,” he said. “It provides very sharp distinctions between the American people and the president, on issues that Republicans can be excited about.”

On Saturday morning, Gingrich offered up one more area in which he might be of some use to Romney. In an address to the full convention, Gingrich began by pointing to his lapel. “I am wearing a Romney sticker,” the former U.S. House speaker said – setting off the day’s first round of lusty boos from Ron Paul supporters attempting to assert their influence.

Gingrich absorbed those boos, then quickly reached out to the party’s libertarian wing by giving voice to several Paul positions: an audit of the Federal Reserve, one commission to explore a return to hard currency, and another to look at shrinking the number of U.S. military bases overseas.

This weekend’s Republican meeting in Columbus was an off-Broadway appearance for Gingrich. His real debut as a member of the Romney team will come on June 11, when Gingrich and Romney will appear on the same stage at the Cobb Energy Centre – a fundraiser that also will include the current U.S. House speaker, John Boehner.

Beyond the presidential campaign, Gingrich is attempting to restart his private life. His wife Callista has a sequel to her “Ellis the Elephant” children’s book. The couple is working on a film biography of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – similar to ones they’ve already produced on Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan.

“You create a boxed set that way,” he quipped in that Friday night interview.

Gingrich said he’s also negotiating with “a major online university” about offering online lectures – perhaps to pave the way for the major societal changes that Republicans need to pursue.

“I want to remain an active citizen, but it may be that my role as an active citizen is more as a teacher-problem solver-adviser than it is as the next president,” he said with a shrug.

Gingrich has another reason to stay busy. Last week, Forbes magazine pointed to the $4.3 million debt incurred by his campaign, declaring Gingrich to be “America’s most indebted politician.”

Gingrich attended two fundraisers in Columbus this weekend to help pay it down. “I think that over the next couple years, we pay it off. It’s not something which blocks you from being effective,” he said. “But as a responsible person, you feel bad about it. You want to get it solved. And it wasn’t good management. I was always prepared to come out about a million [dollars] in debt, but I wasn’t prepared to have it be this big.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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53 comments Add your comment

WAW

May 19th, 2012
5:04 pm

and the wayward wind… is still blowing and blowing and blowing

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WaitAMinute

May 19th, 2012
5:23 pm

That’s because waffle willard has no balls!

catlady

May 19th, 2012
5:26 pm

People we never want to hear of again: Newt Gingrich, Beverly Hall, the Octomom, the Druggars, Michelle Rhee,

catlady

May 19th, 2012
5:27 pm

One more “group”: Jon, Kate, and all their 8!

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Father A. Long

May 19th, 2012
5:57 pm

If Newt says he has found a new love, and converts to Mormon. We will know what happenned.

Right

May 19th, 2012
6:08 pm

Bulldogs are cuter….and more faithful.

wovoka

May 19th, 2012
6:10 pm

this is so blatant until it is awkward. of course gingrich has blown all of his money and still has those jewelry store bills. some people fill out applications and interview for jobs. gingrich gives a speech.. let’s see. maybe it is secretary of state that he wants? or an appointment as ambassador to a nice tropical island. transparency is good.

Look before I leap...

May 19th, 2012
6:36 pm

“People we never want to hear of again: Newt Gingrich, Beverly Hall, the Octomom, the Druggars, Michelle Rhee,”

And anyone named or related to anyone named Kardashian.

This is Newt begging for scraps at the table and hoping someone is dumb enough to write him a $4.5M check.

Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

May 19th, 2012
6:47 pm

Say what you will about Newt Gingrich. But no one will deny that at times he confronts this perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions. And he allows the chips to fall where they may.

Although Congressman Ron Paul is the sort of politician our organization is enthusiastic about supporting… But nevertheless, we desperately need more politicians like Gingrich and especially Paul to challenge Americans concerning their perverted view of law and government.

Amen?

double

May 19th, 2012
7:12 pm

Bulldogs have their tails cutoff.No way will newt agree for his tail to be cutoff.

Kris T.

May 19th, 2012
7:39 pm

Newts are a type of republican group that people usually think are from a reptile group. All reptiles have scales and newts do not. They also have two legs in front and only a tail in the back. Just saying.

hiram

May 19th, 2012
7:45 pm

@Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs
and Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

Do you guys own cats?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/

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Newt a new Morman?

May 19th, 2012
9:07 pm

Newt is thinking he should have switched to being a Morman instead. He he had a “sister wives” arrangement he wouldn’t have gotten the bad press regarding his divorces!

Don Abernethy

May 19th, 2012
9:20 pm

I have been a Republican for over 50 years. Our party reminds me of our church—overloaded with senior citizens. The young people see Obama as cool and in touch with the times. Romney is seen as an old father figure who has not kept up with modern America. Who in the Republican Party is going to be able to appeal to the young voters? Blacks and union members will vote for Obama no matter what he does. I hear Democratic voter out number Republican voters. I see the Republican party as a dead party. I am looking for another party someday to replace it that has some life. Half the Republican voters don’t even like Romney. Maybe Romney can pick a VP that will be young and put some excitement into this race. Right now it is ho-hum, Wake me up when its over.

ld

May 19th, 2012
9:22 pm

Maybe Newt just figures if he keeps embarassing the GOP that Mitt will pay his bills to get him to shut up.

RGB

May 19th, 2012
10:51 pm

The demented leftists tear down Newt. Again.

Still, there are 16 million people without jobs.
Foreclosures abound with no sign of letting up.
Greece will look like chump change and the USA goes bust due to our debt.
Russia dares us to do anything to defend our allies and threatens a preemptive strike.
Iran continues to build their nukes.
Gas has doubled in price but opening new areas to drill is off limits.
The Keystone pipeline was nixed once and probably will be again.
Say goodbye to tens of thousands of jobs and better gas prices.

But Newt is our #1 problem.

td

May 19th, 2012
11:16 pm

Don Abernethy

May 19th, 2012
9:20 pm

You may be a Republican but you are not a conservative and for being so experienced in life do not understand a whole lot.

No one has ever explained it better then this:

Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Don

May 19th, 2012
11:38 pm

Newt is definately showing his better side. The guy understands the importance of fixing the economy. Without America the poor and helpless of the world suffer. Obama for the good of those that can’t help themselves in the world needs to step down. At least Newt is going to make it to heaven because he’s willing to put others first even if he can’t be.

Mowgli

May 19th, 2012
11:41 pm

Sorry, you naysayers and democrats. Mitt is going to be our next president. Thank heavens. And if Newt can help, after all the garbage he’s thrown Mitt’s way, that’s fine with me. Get Obama out of there, and back to doing the thing he loves best: looking in the mirror and saying how brilliant he is (assuming that’s what the bathroom teleprompter says).

double

May 19th, 2012
11:44 pm

Seems like the title was about Newt and Romney.Not Greece or Russia,or debt,or gas doubling since 2008.

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Fatty D

May 20th, 2012
12:50 am

I think Newt has more tenacity and maturity than most people are giving him credit for. He’s showing that he can work for his party in all dedication – putting aside any damaged pride or grudges. His party chose Romney – so, he’s going to do his best to get him elected. I can think of some other politicians who need to do the same.

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zeke

May 20th, 2012
7:05 am

he has the face for it

sheepdawg

May 20th, 2012
7:23 am

the funny little fat dude is begging, here’s hoping he’ll go ahead and leave earth with his blond mannequin……we’ve had enough of his vile tripe

Jack

May 20th, 2012
7:29 am

Newt needs a job: He’s working on it. Maybe he can leave his wife at home this time around.

Vince

May 20th, 2012
8:03 am

We will have four more years of Obama. Bet the house.

honested

May 20th, 2012
8:14 am

Noots returns to the role of Jester.

The world is back in balance.

Just saying..

May 20th, 2012
8:26 am

Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

Idolatry. Of. Ideology.

Kandie

May 20th, 2012
8:55 am

Cay lady, add to that list Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and John Edwards.

hiram

May 20th, 2012
9:21 am

@ Kandie
Don’t forget Rupert Murdoch’s short term stable of make believe reporters(too numerous to name) and regular guest, e.g., Ann Coulter, Rove, etc., and Rush.

Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

May 20th, 2012
9:28 am

An American called Washington Journal this morning and said that our country should return to the standards of government that our founding fathers established e.g. free from foreign alliances, intervention, interference, etc.

He was told that we have no other choice but to continue with global free trading, intervention, perpetual wars, etc because we can’t undo global government. Said differently, he was told that Americans have lost their country and can’t get it back; fait accompli.

This is a prime example of why more Americans should audition as Mitt Romney’s bulldogs. Upon further review, Americans should audition as Ron Paul’s pit bulls.

Amen?

A Liberal in ATL

May 20th, 2012
9:42 am

Noot doesn’t get it right very often, but he was right about one thing, Mitt Romney is a liar. He’s very good at it. Seems perfectly comfortable doing it. He’s obviously been doing it for a long, long time. What an a-hole! But go ahead, morons, vote against your own best interests.

Cynthia Tucker McKinney

May 20th, 2012
10:09 am

Latest gallop poll has Romney winning women by 3 points over Owebama.

catlady

May 20th, 2012
10:09 am

Thanks to all who added names we would like the press to ignore!

Sick of Republicans

May 20th, 2012
10:25 am

Romney’s wife better watch his association with Newt. Romney’s number two might shove her out right under her nose. Callista might be on the way out too – Newt may have already found number four. Newt and Mitt – both liars. At least Callisa can pawn her fancy jewelry for some pocket money.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 20th, 2012
10:40 am

Newt’s ’stategery’ to ‘marginalize’ Obama? It’s not very complicated!

Remind us how black Obama is – that’s the cornerstone. Remind us Obama went to college. Remind us he was born in Kenya. Remind us he’s got a funny-sounding name. Remind us he’s a ‘muslin’ and not a christianist. Remind us Obama was president when the economy tanked in 2008. Remind us Obama’s wife has muscle-y arms and wants our kids to eat vegetables and exercise so as not to look like little pigs. Remind us that Newt’s marriages were to two women and a robot with lady parts.

I wonder how well it will work – it seems that the GOP has already cornered the stoopid vote, but it is a rapidly growing demographic

Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

May 20th, 2012
10:42 am

Americans should sick Ron Paul’s pit bulls and Mitt Romney’s bulldogs on the press. Believe it or not, these people have the audacity to stand in judgment, judge and jury, of what Americans say and how they say it…politically correctness if you will. Lol

Amen?

Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

May 20th, 2012
10:58 am

Here is the deal. The founding fathers wanted the press to protect the unlimited free speech of Americans except for speech that involves incitement, false statements of fact, obscenity, child pornography, threats…

Now let’s fast forward to 2012. Here we have the vast majority of the press suppressing and limiting the free speech of Americans which do not include the exceptions.

Now aint that a bitttcha..

Amen?

Look before I leap...

May 20th, 2012
11:24 am

“At least Callisa can pawn her fancy jewelry for some pocket money.”

Actually Calista is pulling in some serious coin of her own as a children’s book author.
The funny thing is, she now makes more than Newtie.

Would not surprise me if she sends Puffy the Flameless Dragon packing and hooks up with Eduardo the pool boy.

Look before I leap...

May 20th, 2012
11:35 am

“Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness,”
-Confucious

Modern version:
“Don’t like what you see? Do something about it and kwiturbitchin”

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A Conservative Voice

May 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

@Jesus Christ crushes NWO, DBMs

May 19th, 2012
6:47 pm

Amen?

Hallelujah and Amen!!!!!!!!