Newt Gingrich on Muslim infiltrators, Tony Blair – and some guy named Mitt

My esteemed AJC colleague Daniel Malloy ventured out of D.C. today to witness the following:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Newt Gingrich played surrogate Monday afternoon for Michele Bachmann, Tony Blair, his own accomplishments from the 1990s, and – oh, yes — Mitt Romney.

Though it might have been hard to tell, Romney’s campaign organized the news conference at Belmont TV, an electronics retailer a few miles from Gingrich’s home, as one of 18 events by major Republican names across the nation intended to drive President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark into the skull of every swing voter.

After owner Ken Sickmen, who took over the business from his father, lamented that the shaky economy means fewer people want to buy big-screen televisions, Gingrich took the podium for the kind of delightful, self-referential skewering of the president that was the basis of his primary stump speech. The former Georgia congressman also picked up on the news of the day, that his former White House foil Bill Clinton will keynote the Democratic National Convention.

“I think that will be a terrific opportunity for those of us who served with President Clinton to point out Barack Obama’s no Bill Clinton,” Gingrich said. “You look at the Clinton economy, you look at the balanced budgets that I helped write and Clinton signed. You look at welfare reform which Obama recently tore apart and reversed.

You look at all the things that were done to make the economy better for the American people, there’s a huge gap between Bill Clinton’s efforts to take the Democratic Party to the center and Barack Obama’s effort to take it to the left.”

Gingrich even had an Olympic-themed riff on Obama’s gaffe: “I can imagine an Obama speech saying ‘You didn’t win that gold medal, everybody won the gold medal.’ Well, that ain’t how it works.”

(As pointed out by Jon Stewart, Romney actually did say something similar at the 2002 Salt Lake City games: “You Olympians, however, know that you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or bothers encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues and held competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.”)

But the reporters in attendance mostly wanted to hear about Gingrich’s op-ed backing Minnesota congresswoman Bachmann – and Coweta County Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, among others – in their pursuit of an investigation into whether Muslim Brotherhood elements have infiltrated the U.S. government.

Despite objections from Republicans John Boehner and John McCain – the latter said singling out State Department aide Huma Abedin had “no logic, no basis and no merit” – Gingrich said the threat is real and praised the group he dubbed “The National Security Five.” As he often does on the stump, Gingrich said the “elites” are ignoring extremist threats in the name of political correctness. Former British Prime Minister Blair agrees, Gingrich added.

Asked directly about Abedin, he replied: “I think all they asked for was an investigation, and I can’t imagine given our track record over the last 70 years that we want to start with the principle that anybody is automatically exempt. Therefore I think it’s not illegitimate to raise the question.”

Gingrich didn’t mention Romney until asked about his former primary foe. After pursuing Romney’s tax returns in the primary, did he want more disclosure now?

“Well I tried to raise the issue, I frankly think the results of the primary also indicated the American voters are pretty comfortable that this is a guy who’s had good accountants, good lawyers, he’s obeyed the law, and that he will have released two solid years of information.”

And what about a big speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa? Gingrich said he will be there but he doesn’t know what his role will be. His follow-up reply, though, gave a hint that you won’t be seeing him addressing the delegate throng.

“I personally am very comfortable not giving a speech, because I think, frankly, there is a whole new generation of candidates out there and people who represent the future,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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129 comments Add your comment

td

July 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

” Barack Obama’s no Bill Clinton,”

Truer words never spoken. Bill Clinton was a left leaning centrist and Obama is a true Marxist.

Clinton was a leader and proved it by being able to work with Newt and reform Welfare, balance a budget and have have low unemployment rates. Obama can not even work with the big cry baby to get anything accomplished the past two years and let Pelosi and Reed run over him the first two years.

Clinton was proven to be intelligent and showed his grades to prove it. We do not know about Obama because he will not release anything.

td

July 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

Jim, Moderation?

Road Scholar

July 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

“The National Security Five.”

The National Insanity Five!

So the son of the original owner of the electronics store … Did the son build the business? He may have…But he didn’t start it! He must of had the help of his customers to buy the products… Did he go to school? Did he teach himself?

Enough already!

Just saying..

July 30th, 2012
6:14 pm

Probably a lot of people comfortable with Newt not giving a speech…

hiram

July 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

Newt has lost whatever minute amount of credibility he had left in mainstream politics, and has now been officially relegated to the looney brigade.

G Mare

July 30th, 2012
6:36 pm

Yes, the looney brigade indeed, along with Ms Bachman and that nut in FL Alan West.

hiram

July 30th, 2012
6:41 pm

The only positive thing you can say about Bachman is, she’s proof that Georgia doesn’t have the market cornered on stupidity.

S

July 30th, 2012
6:50 pm

Newt, As bad as he is/was, he;s still not as amoral as what is left of the Republican Party these days.

josef

July 30th, 2012
7:46 pm

Not a regular here, so I’d best be judicious in my commentaries…

BUT

Who let that monkey out of his cage again? Oy, gevalt! On the other hand, we could use some comic relief at this stage.

Truth-O-Meter

July 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

It seems that President Obama is not the only one who said, “You didn’t build it.” So how does the Republican Party get away with lying to their followers when the evidence against this feigned outrage is so apparent.
Look who’s talking here…

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/07/26/jon-stewart-on-fox-providing-context-for-edited/187339

Peter W

July 30th, 2012
8:05 pm

For a stunning moment, this man appeared to be an actual contender for the nomination. Sometimes there is providence in the fall of a Newt.

josef

July 30th, 2012
8:10 pm

Anderson Cooper’s on it…

They BOTH suck

July 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

What’s up josef?

Maybe this can be the crashing pad for the week

InAtl

July 30th, 2012
8:21 pm

Media Matters? You’re kidding, right?

Michael #1

July 30th, 2012
8:36 pm

Did he mean to say the Jackson Five?

mrg

July 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

romneybot looks like a bufoon across the pond.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

Geez, is Gingrich opening his mouth again?

The best thing that he can do for Willard is to stay off the stage.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

Well, if old Newt is in the news again then there’s hope for all the men that can’t keep their fly zippered. Silly me! I thought Kyle Wingfield was the only one that planned to vote for him.

They BOTH suck

July 30th, 2012
9:16 pm

Redneck

Don’t forget Bruno. Bruno and Kyle love some Newt they do

Kris (Please Vote)

July 30th, 2012
9:17 pm

I might favor a newt on mars. Speaking of Smittie

Mitt Romney must really like the taste of his own foot, because during his trip to London this week, he just kept on putting it in his mouth.
The day after he offended British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson by suggesting the city wasn’t ready for the Olympics, the GOP presidential hopeful again angered Brits by breaking the MI6 code of silence.

Stop the GOP clown car…..

I promise this will not hurt…It might keep our taxes lower.

1. Hold your breath.
2. Pinch your nose. Really really tight.
3. Pick up a Republican ballot on July 31st.
4. Vote for anyone but incumbents. (GOP). All questions VOTE NO!
5. Help derail the crooks. Vote the GOP scum out.

There is a cure for greed and corruption.
Vote NO tsp-LOST.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

There is a cure for greed and corruption.
Vote NO tsp-LOST.

If you think that merely voting no on a regional transportation issue is a panacea for our political ills — well, *naif* doesn’t even begin to describe you.

The state legislature can’t get this done so it’s up to us to vote to fund this and make sure our local leader’s feet are held to the fire.

Shine

July 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

What is Mitt Romney hiding? Release the tax returns….the same number of years he gave John McCain

Kris (voted NO and damn proud)

July 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes …….make sure our local leader’s feet are held to the fire.

First of all you need ETHICS. My vote will show in November.

Not impressed…Welcome (Cheep asphalt, GDOT. GOP scum supporter..paid person standing on steps. Whatever your are.

Re-elect resident OBAMA

There is a cure for greed and corruption.
Vote NO tsp-LOST.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
10:14 pm

Not impressed…Welcome (Cheep[sic] asphalt, GDOT. GOP scum supporter..paid person standing on steps. Whatever your[sic] are.

1) Cheep is the sound that baby birds make.

2) Lifelong liberal, sport.

3) I was paid for my carpentry skills,not “standing on the steps” (whatever the hell that means) the same skills that built some of those homes in the platinum triangle that are suffering the most from this congestion.

4) Doing nothing about our regional transportation problems will cure nothing, least of all “greed and corruption”.

Amazing

July 30th, 2012
10:15 pm

Mitt and his puppy Newt are spinning the President’s words. Rather than trust the snippets from the media read the entire speech by the President to get the full content and message. But, we don’t want facts to get in the way!

td

July 30th, 2012
10:15 pm

Romney released two years and it is the same amount of years that McCain released. How many years Did JWB and Clinton release? ZERO.

Obama released 5 years but he will not release his college transcripts (every other President has).

td

July 30th, 2012
10:18 pm

“Obama’s no Bill Clinton,”

This is the stone cold truth. Obama could not hold Clinton’s jock strap when it comes to accomplishments, leadership or politics and Obama is at the total opposite end of the Democratic party then Clinton.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
10:27 pm

How many years Did JWB and Clinton release? ZERO.

You sure about Clinton there, sport?

Don’t know who the hell JWB (John Wilkes Booth?) is, but in April of 1992 Clinton released his financial records dating back to 1980.

So you’re just as wrong about Clinton and his financial records as you were about gasoline prices steadily rising from the SOTU until the Nov. election.

Do you ever tire of being wrong?

Kris (Vote NO)

July 30th, 2012
10:45 pm

@ Kamchak “. built some of those homes in the platinum triangle that are suffering the most from this congestion.

Still not impressed.

So your saying that the well to do (to make simple for you RICH). Are too good to sit in traffic like the rest of us poor folk. Dude or whatever you are open your eyes.

Impeach DEAL, RECALL Reed
Help derail the crooks. Vote the GOP and liberal scum out.
There is a cure for greed and corruption.
Vote NO tsp-LOST.

td

July 30th, 2012
10:46 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
10:27 pm

Financial records and tax returns are two different things. The link below should help you out a little with your facts.

Gas prices were $1:89 the day Obama took office and what are they now? $3:38 and on the rise?

http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/web/presidentialtaxreturns

vuduchld

July 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

You Georgia monkeys are cartoon characters

DannyX

July 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

I can’t wait to see W and Cheney at the Republican convention. The ex President and ex VP will be giving prime time speeches in support of Romney.

What? Neither one will be giving a prime time speech??? They won’t even be there???

Now I’m hearing Romney has a restraining order against W and Cheney and they must stay 5,000 feet away from the arena?

How embarrassing for the Republicans, W and Cheney are going into hiding during the Republican convention.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

Still not impressed.

I don’t consider it my mission in life to impress you, champ.

So your[sic] saying that the well to do (to make simple for you RICH). Are too good to sit in traffic like the rest of us poor folk.

Please don’t attempt to read my mind or try to make me defend a position that I did not take, cowboy. I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night

I’m saying that anybody sitting in traffic is not doing me any good. From the quality of the air that I breathe to me having to deal with people too stressed out from sitting in traffic for 1-2 hrs.

Dude or whatever you are open your eyes.

I’m a human being, not a “whatever.”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:00 pm

Gas prices were $1:89 the day Obama took office…

I said nothing about “the day Obama took office”, I was referring to your puerile predictions on the night of this year’s State of the Union. Put those goalposts back where you found them.

…and what are they now? $3:38 and on the rise?

Actually they are $3.38 fallen from a recent high of about $4.

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:02 pm

“W and Cheney are going into hiding during the Republican convention.”

A couple of more weeks like this week, and Romney may not show up either.

td

July 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:00 pm

Gas prices were $1:89 the day Obama took office…

I said nothing about “the day Obama took office”, I was referring to your puerile predictions on the night of this year’s State of the Union. Put those goalposts back where you found them.

…and what are they now? $3:38 and on the rise?

Actually they are $3.38 fallen from a recent high of about $4.

I did several months ago and if you want to talk about what I said then please do not take it out of context.

To be factually accurate gas prices dropped to $3:00 per gallon and are now at $3:38 so they are on the way up again.

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

@td
“Obama released 5 years but he will not release his college transcripts (every other President has).”

Obama graduated magna cum-laude Harvard Law. What is the conspiracy here? Since I’m not a member of your “Rush Listening Club”, and would rather watch paint dry than Faux, I don’t know what nonsense you are referring to with the transcript thing.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

…I don’t know what nonsense you are referring to with the transcript thing.

It’s a back door birther thingie.

td

July 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

I want to see his Occidental records since in his book he claims to not have studied and partied a great deal. I want to see the grades that allowed him to get into Columbia to begin with and would like to see the Colombia grades that allowed him to get into Harvard. I could not attend an Ivy league school after HS because I did not have a 4.0 GPA and want to know how Obama was able to attend?

td

July 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

It is as legitimate of a question as why Romney has not released more taxes. BTW: Romney released all his transcripts.

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

What do his college transcripts have to do with where he was born? The Republican strategists apparently don’t have to work up much of a sweat, considering who they are targeting. I’m not l surprised when you consider how many stupid people there are in this country, and particularly in this state. It’s still difficult to accept that they actually reelected Sonny, and then Deal. There is no bottom to the gene pool here.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:28 pm

I could not attend an Ivy league school after HS because I did not have a 4.0 GPA and want to know how Obama was able to attend?

Ivy League envy.

Too funny!

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

@ td
No one with half a brain cares. Can you really not distinguish the difference between the two?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

What do his college transcripts have to do with where he was born?

It has to do with the types of loans he applied for and received. They want to know if he applied for a loan as a foreigner.

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

td attended Kennesaw Junior College, and founded the Rush listening club, and he’s clammering to see Obama’s transcripts?

td

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

“It’s still difficult to accept that they actually reelected Sonny, and then Deal.”

So you are trying to tell us all that the “Big Fat Guy” Mark Taylor and Roy Barnes round 2 were more viable choices and still want to question gene pools? Next thing you will be trying to tell us Obama was a better President then Clinton and on the same level as FDR.

Oh My!

July 30th, 2012
11:36 pm

td
get off the transcripts and birth certificates. one thing we know he’s smarter than the last clown that held down the district of criminals office for 8 LOOOOOOOONG years. while you all worry about that the GOP is letting the country implode the b__ll-less democrats are sitting there with their fingers lodged in their noses. vote no on t splost. I told you a long time ago repubs always promise no new taxes and then come up with “fees” such as this and think people are stupid.

td

July 30th, 2012
11:38 pm

hiram

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

“td attended Kennesaw Junior College,”

My degree says Kennesaw University on it and I did help found the Rush listening club, helped with the first chapter of the Young Republicans and do not forget I received the highest grade in Newts “Renewing American Civilization” class.

Oh My!

July 30th, 2012
11:41 pm

you want a trophy for that garbage td? what has all that gotten you?? what’s renewing american civ class about? you put on clothes from the 1800s and pretend to send native americans out west??

td

July 30th, 2012
11:41 pm

Oh My!

July 30th, 2012
11:36 pm

td
get off the transcripts and birth certificates.

The day you get off the tax returns nonsense I may consider the transcripts. We all know that all you Dems want to do is say “look Romney does not pay his fair share” when you all know that this is the second time his money has been taxed. It was taxed the first time as income and he paid income tax rates.