Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich – The Grinch Who Stole Conservatism
Posted on 04/27/2012 10:34:48 AM PDT by jacknhoo
Youre a mean one Mr. Grinch You really are a heel. Youre as cuddly as a cactus, And as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch! Youre a bad banana, With a greasy black peel! Youre a monster, Mr. Grinch! Your hearts an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders. Youve got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch!
Well, thats a pretty good beginning at describing how most conservatives feel about Newt Gingrich these days. More of that later. Of course, many of us felt this way before the 2012 GOP presidential primary began, and have been vindicated as Newt has once again shown his true self to the world.
There are probably zealot followers of Newt who are stacking the wood to burn me at the stake as I write this. But I have long since stopped with political politeness toward those in the GOP who claim conservatism, yet through their actions continue to set the conservative movement back. No one has done that more than Newt Gingrich.
As the time was coming around toward the primary, most conservatives longed to have a strong conservative candidate emerge as the one that we could get behind. Knowing that Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney was the establishments pick, and that the media would be strongly behind him all the way; we desired for unity among conservatives so that Romney might be defeated.
One phrase that has been repeated over and over is anyone but Romney. It really didnt seem like that tall of an order, and it really shouldnt have been. On the heels of the tea partys great successes in the 2010 primaries I fully expected for conservatives to rally at some point and send Mr. Obamaneycare into political retirement.
Early on the field was very crowded. Some of us conservatives were with Bachmann, others with Santorum, Cain, or Perry. But who would have ever thought that any conservatives would have rallied around Newt Gingrich of all possibilities? Considering that Newt last held office in 1999 and had a coup held against him in 1997 by the conservative wing of the GOP. Considering that Newt stepped down in shame after he led the GOP to the single greatest loss in Congress that ANY party in history had ever suffered in the 1998 midterm elections, who would have thought it?
I wouldnt touch you With a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole! Youre a vile one, Mr. Grinch! You have termites in your smile. You have all the tender sweetness Of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch! Given the choice between the two of you, Id take the seasick crocodile! Youre a foul one, Mr. Grinch! Youre a nasty, wasty skunk! Your heart is full of unwashed socks. Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch!
But slowly and surely the field narrowed as Cain dropped out due to scandal, then Bachmann after Iowa, and then Perry before South Carolina. Rick Santorum sailed almost totally under the radar until his surprise win in Iowa and seemed to be the clear conservative choice going forward. Newt finished a very distant 4th place in Iowa, and then 5th behind Santorum in New Hampshire. So going into South Carolina it would have seemed the better part of valor for Newt to have dropped out and helped consolidate the conservative not- Romney vote for Santorum. But it was not to be. In fact, Mr. 4th/5th place Gingrich was actually calling for Santorum to drop out and back him at that point. What arrogance!
Newt greatly benefited from the emotions of the moment surrounding the Charleston debate, and won South Carolina. Well ok, at that point Santorum, Romney, and Newt had each won 1 state, so each had a claim at staying in and fighting it out. In fact, it looked like Newt might just ride the wave of momentum from South Carolina on to the nomination. But then came Florida, where Newt, pandering to the NASA community literally promised the moon with his wild and wacky moon colony he promised to build before the end of his first term. Florida was a bust for Newt as Romney defeated him badly.
Then came Nevada where Newt finished another distant 2nd place, and afterwards gave an unprecedented speech blaming everyone but himself for his demise. But Nevada was actually the last state that Newt would finish as high as second place all the way until winning his home state of Georgia on Super Tuesday. Next it was Rick Santorum who surprised the world by sweeping all three states of Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado in one day. So at that point Santorum had won 4 states with Romney also having won 4. With Newt flailing, it seemed time for him to drop out and solidify the conservative vote behind the last conservative standing- Rick Santorum. But no, Newt promised his new southern strategy where he would concentrate on the southern states to stage his comeback.
The three words that best describe you Are as follows, and I quote, Stink, stank, stunk! Youre a rotter, Mr. Grinch! Youre the king of sinful sots! Your hearts a dead tomato, Splotched with moldy, purple spots, Mr. Grinch!
But Newts southern strategy also went bust as Santorum took Tennessee and Oklahoma on Super Tuesday. Then Santorum swept Alabama and Mississippi were Newt had campaigned heavily. Finally, Santorum took Louisiana with nearly 50% of the vote while Newt finished a distant third. So surely by then with Newts southern strategy having totally failed he would have seen the handwriting on the wall. Surely he would try and salvage what little respect he had left among conservatives by giving Santorum the benefit of a consolidated conservative not-Romney electorate as the primary calendar turned back towards Romneys blue states.
Not so. Even with top conservative voices such as Richard Viguerie, and even Michael Reagan who had endorsed Newt now calling for him to step aside for the sake of conservatism, Newts massive ego would not let him. Newt even earned the name Newt Perot. He continued to vow to fight on until the convention in Tampa. It seemed fairly obvious to many of us all along, that Newts campaign had been nothing more than him dancing for the Puppet Master in order to help Romney by keeping the conservative vote split.
Whats very telling about this is that Newt has raised very little actual campaign money and is now at least $4.3 million in debt. Basically all of Newts big money came through his super pac - Winning Our Future. And almost all of the super pac money came from corrupt billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, a total of more than $20 million. Winning Our Future has raised a total of $23 million. Sources close to Adelson said as early on as mid February that Adelson was only funding Newt in order to help destroy Santorums chances of beating Romney. Further proof of that, is that Winning Our Future ran mostly anti-Santorum ads. In reality, if Newt truly was all about the conservative movement as he claims, he would have condemned the ads and focused his efforts on Romney instead of helping to destroy the only conservative candidate who had a real chance at defeating Romney. More on Adelson later.
Lets look for a minute at Newts record in this primary contest:
Newt finished dead last in 21 of 36 states, which is dead last in over half of the states.
3rd place in 10 states. *3 of the 3rd place finishes came after Santorum was out of the race
2nd place in 5 states. *1 of the 2nd place finishes came after Santorum was out of the race
1st place in 2 states.
Newt has finished dead last in 4 more states than all his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes. combined, and 1 2nd place and 3 3rd place finishes came after Santorum was out of the race.
Newt had a losing record with every other candidate.
Newt 4 Romney 32
Newt 4 Santorum 27
Newt 14 Paul 22
Every other candidate beat Newt more times than Newt has beat them.
When even Ron Paul has beaten you 8 more times than you have beaten him, its a very sad thing. Continuing to lose to Paul should have been a wake up call for Newt to drop the heck out, but Newt will only follow where his ego leads him.
Lets consider for a minute what would have happened if Newt wasnt solely driven by ego. What if he was truly committed to the conservative movement and had gotten out before Super Tuesday? Well, its clear that would have meant that Santorum would have won the key state of Ohio, as well as Alaska, and Georgia in addition to the other 3 states he won on Super Tuesday. Santorum would have taken 6 of 11 states in one day leaving Romney with only 5 instead of the 7 he got. Think of the total game changing momentum that would have caused in Santorums favor. Then Santorum would have gone on to win Wisconsin as well. If Newt had dropped out when he really should have after New Hampshire, then Santorum would have also won South Carolina and could have dealt Romney an effective death blow in Romneys home state of Michigan. That would have given Santorum 6 more states and lots more delegates, and denied Romney 5 states and many delegates.
The whole argument from the Newt camp was that his being in the race was helping defeat Romney by Newt getting delegates instead of Romney. But that argument is absurd because its a far more effective way to defeat an enemy by having one strong challenger instead of multiple weaker ones. This is especially true for the winner take all states like Wisconsin, because Newt prevented Santorum from even getting any delegates and allowed Romney to take them all. If Newt had dropped out before South Carolina, Santorum would have won at least 16 states instead of 11, and Romney only 15 instead of 18. If he had dropped out before Super Tuesday it would have been Santorum 14, Romney 16, (Newt 1). I will not even bother to get into how the delegate count would have gone.
Your soul is an apalling dump-heap, Overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, Mangled-up in tangled-up knots! You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch! With a nauseous super naus! Youre a crooked jerky jockey, And you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch! Youre a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich, With arsenic sauce!
As the process lingered on, it was becoming all about preventing Romney from getting to 1,144 delegates and allowing the convention in Tampa in August to be open and contested. But since Newt served as Romneys wing man helping to destroy Santorum, we can all but rule out that possibility now. Romney will most likely coast onto his needed delegates and the nomination without a strong candidate such as Santorum to stop him. And no, Ron Paul is not a strong candidate. Ron Paul took on Romney one on one in Virginia due to no other candidates making the ballot, but Paul could only muster 40% of the vote. Paul hasnt won a single state, though he has managed to take some extra delegates by hijacking delegate conventions in states like Minnesota and Missouri. But without winning at least 5 states neither Paul nor Newt one will be able to get their names on the ballot at the convention.
Newt has had to lay off one third of his campaign staff and is over $4 million in campaign debt. Even his flagship The Gingrich Group has filed for bankruptcy within the last few weeks, which is only one of at least a dozen such enterprises that Newt has led into bankruptcy over the last 30 years. But still Newt continued to flail around jousting at windmills.
After finishing dead last in 4 of 5 states on Tuesday, Newt has finally decided to drop out at long last. Though it is satisfying to see him admit defeat, it comes way too late to do have any real meaning or give any help to a fellow conservative such as Santorum. Had it come weeks or months earlier it would have certainly meant the defeat of Romney, and victory for a conservative.
To me the timing of Newt dropping out is very telling. He stayed in long enough to make certain Santorum was out, but had he dropped out then, it would have been obvious that he was the intentional spoiler. He continued to run a ghost campaign knowing that he would lose badly on Tuesday and then used that as the excuse to drop out. Adelsons wife recently gave another $5 million to Newts super pac even though the Adelsons had changed their support over to Romney and Sheldon had stated that Newt was at the end of his game weeks ago.
The three headed snake of the GOP establishment Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney
Even though Newts campaign was $4.3 million in debt, Winning Our Future made no plans to spend any of the $5 million in any way. It seems that the plan was/is for it to sit there; because once Newt is officially no longer a candidate he can use it as he pleases with one exception, he cannot use it to pay off campaign debt by law. However, he can use it in any other way he pleases and can actually pay off the campaign debt in an indirect way. For instance, he could purchase $5 million in property and then sell it and use the profits to pay off the debt. He could also put it into one of his business ventures and then give himself a pay bonus and use it to pay the debt. The point here being that Newt has more money at his disposal than he has debt; and it was given to him by someone who was supporting Romney at the time it was given, and given by a person who knew that Newt was not going to be able to win or even continue in the race at that point.
There is no smoking gun that directly proves that Adelson was funding Newt as a means to help Romney, but speculation has been risng for quite a while. We know for sure out of Adelsons own mouth that he wanted to help destroy Santorum. We also know that Adelson had long since given up on Newt and was backing Romney for weeks prior to giving additional millions to Newt. We also know that Adelson has said that he is pro-choice and socially liberal. It would stand to reason then that he would have interest in helping Romney because of Romneys pro-choice and socially moderate stances.
Whether Adelsons game plan all along was to help Romney, or if that became plan B for him is not 100% clear. But what is clear is that Adelson had his bets hedged. (What else would we expect from corrupt guy who has made billions from casinos?) I smell a rat and say that 2+2 = payoff .
Newt Gingrich is a political has-been that never really was, and never will be. Unless a miracle happens between now and the convention, Newt will always be remembered as the one who cost conservatives the single most important election in modern times. He will be known as the Grinch Who Stole Conservatism. At least the Grinch who stole Christmas eventually saw the light and gave Christmas back to the people of Whoville. But Newt cannot give back the 2012 GOP nomination to conservatives. In fact, by ensuring Romney the nomination he may well have handed Obama his second term.
Its important to point out that the people who supported Newt also bear a great deal of the blame in ruining conservative chances in 2012, especially those who call themselves tea partiers. As someone who has been part of the tea party movement from the beginning, I knew that Newt Gingrich was last candidate I should get behind. But many others ignored the warnings. They got caught up in a bloodlust to see Obama embarrassed in a debate and fed the troll, so to speak. They acted as co-conspirators with Newt in stealing conservatism, and they will share in whatever consequences the are to come.
Yes indeed, youre a mean one . Mr. GinGrinch!
By: Javan Browder
Santorum? The guy who couldn’t win his own state? That Santorum?
Yeah, but, it’s time to face the facts.
You mean the Santorum who beat Newt in PA and almost tied him in RI and wasn’t even in the race anymore? That Santorum?
If anybody is the Grinch it is Santorum, the political whore who helped Spectre pass the Obamacare bill.
Santorum wasn’t much of anything , much less a Conservative.
Newt could have beaten Obama. If Romney does luck out and beat Obama we still don’t have anything representing a Conservative.
What we have is another Mccain -Dole Fiasco.
Santorum was a boy running for a man’s job.
You mean conservatives, I assume.
I’m betting Rick could beat Newt in a footrace and Newt could beat Rick at arm wrestling. And those matter about as much as the primaries you mentioned. Neither one came close to the nomination, did they? Neither one had a chance against the hundreds of millions of dollars available to Mitt Romney. It’s almost like we’re discussing fantasy football or a Star Trek episode.
That’s probably true at this juncture.
"Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he expects to endorse Mitt Romney.
Santorum says that he believes Romney is "the right guy" to challenge President Barack Obama. ..."
Sainty 'Expects to endorse' the 'Right guy' Romney - LoL.
Well Jack we all have opinions.
IMO Newt was the only candidate worth voting for. Now we see that santorum quit, and Romney is certainly not worth voting for, so you can hate Newt if you like we ended up with a RepubloDem running as our candidate.
Even if we win we lose.
And what will be your position when your boy Newt backs Milt next week? Will you attack him with as much childish vigor?
You mean like Newt has already done?! Of course, Santorum could be up for VP...You know Newt won’t be.
“I suspect you’re going to get a bit of heat on this post...”
I agree. I think the smell of sour grapes is in the air.
Gingrich out, will endorse Romney
The former Speaker is likely to appear with Romney next week at a campaign event to make a formal endorsement.
By Philip Elliot / April 25, 2012
Gingrich had a friendly telephone conversation Wednesday with Romney and had started planning an event where he would throw his support behind the likely nominee, Gingrich spokesman R.C Hammond said. The pair agreed to work together to unite conservatives against President Barack Obama.
“It’s clear Romney is the nominee and the focus should be on defeating Obama. We should not focus on defeating ourselves,” Gingrich told disappointed supporters in Kings Mountain, N.C., the morning after Romney tightened his grip on the nomination by sweeping primary contests in five states.
As if this hasn’t been Gingrich’s plan all along...
Oh please. I never said Newt was perfect, but you SantoBots displayed “childish vigor” of zealots endorsing the guy whose record was liberal on spending and who sought working with liberals by tooting it in his political ads.
Yep. Romney, via Adelson, played FRingrichers masterfully. The only question is whether Gingrich was in on the scam or had his ego played by Adelson without realizing he was being used and then discarded.
It’s over now. We’ve now got Romney. Anybody for lemonade?
I didn’t think so.
Oh gee you got me - not. LoL. Hey Ricky must have been planing it all along too. Back to future we go!
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