Skip to comments.From Jack Abramoff to Ann Coulter: Newt’s Most Hypocritical Critics
Posted on 01/30/2012 9:38:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
In advance of todays primary, the Republican establishment has gone into overdrive to convince Florida voters that Newt Gingrich is a faux-conservative, ethically challenged has-been. The collective Republican panic has been fun to watch, not least because some of the GOP all-stars condemning Newt are best known for their own ethical lapses and heated rhetoric. Heres a rundown of some of the Republican leaders calling the kettle unpresidential.
Jack Abramoff: When asked on Meet the Press about Freddie Macs million-dollar payout to Gingrich for strategic counseling services, Abramoff warned against People who come to Washington who have public service and they cash in on it. And they use their public service and their access to make money, and unfortunately Newt Gingrich is one of them who have done it He is doing and engaging in the exact kind of corruption that America disdains. Abramoff should know: In 2006, he pled guilty to mail fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion in a scheme to bilk money from Indian tribes that had hired him to lobby on behalf of their casinos. He was released in 2010 and has since released a memoir detailing his crime.
Tom Delay: The former House member hammered Gingrich in the press last week, saying that the presidential hopeful is not really a conservative. Hell tell you what you want to hear, DeLay told a radio host. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like [Bill] Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. When he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined. Delay certainly has experience with Gingrich, having served as the Majority Whip when Gingrich was House Speaker. Hes also no stranger to controversy: He was convicted in 2010 on money laundering charges for funneling corporate money to help and elect Republican candidates to the Texas legislature.
John H. Sununu: The former New Hampshire governor and chief of staff to George H.W. Bush defended Romneys decision to not release his tax returns, turning the tables on Gingrich. Newt has a serious problem with the package that the Ethics committee had when they fined him $300,000, he told CNN. Ring out the laundry. That's more important than anything else. During his own White House tenure, however, Sununu went whole hog in his personal abuse of federal resources for private gain, amassing a record of ethics breaches that included using Air Force jets for skiing trips and dentist appointments, and using a White House limousine to attend a posh stamp auction.
Trent Lott: We don't need a good speech, Lott told CBS in a discussion about the Gingrich-Romney race. We don't need a good debater, we dont need rhetorical passion." When asked if Gingrich would beat Obama in the general election, he said, Im sure he wouldnt, frankly. But Lott of all people should know the perils of poor speeches. In 2002, at Strom Thurmonds 100th birthday party, Lott suggested that if Thurmond had won the presidency that we wouldnt have had all these problems over the years, either. Lotts after-the-fact endorsement of Thurmond, who as a presidential candidate famously remarked that Washington cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches and our places of recreation, prompted his immediate resignation as Senate Minority Leader.
Dick Armey: Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who served alongside Gingrich during the Republican Revolution of the 1990s, had unkind words about the candidate for Politico. Its typical of Newt to be whimsical, he said, adding that Gingrich just annoys [leadership] because, I think, with Newt its the fear that somebody might listen to him. Evidently it takes whim to know whim: Armey provoked outrage in 1995 when he referred to openly gay congressman Barney Frank as Barney Fag during an interview and then tried to walk it back by saying that he had trouble with alliteration.
Steve LaTourette: The Representative from Ohio recently observed that Gingrich is a little bit like a sober Charlie Sheen. He just kind of shouts stuff out. It seems that LaTourette only has patience for moral failings when they are deliberate and painfully drawn out. In a 2004 poll of staffers on Capitol Hill, he won the title No Altar Boy for leaving his wife of 21 years for a lobbyist with whom he was having an affair. Neither his insensitivity nor his blunt criticism of a fellow Republican comes as a surprise, though. Addressing transit advocates last year, he referred to some of his Tea Party freshmen colleagues as knuckledraggers that hate taxes.
Peter King: The New York Congressman has a longstanding and vocal opposition to Newt Gingrich, at one point describing him as having an attitude that appeals to the mentality of hillbillies at revival meetings. The same assessment could be leveled against King himself, whose statements about Muslim-Americans are often teeming with the kind of Islamophobic fear-mongering hardly appropriate for the halls of Congress. Some of his more egregious statements come from a 2004 interview with Sean Hannity where King claims that there are too many mosques in this country.
Ann Coulter: The conservative commentator took to her blog last week to bash Gingrich with an entry titled, Re-elect Obama! Vote Newt! She concluded with the line, Hotheaded arrogance is neither conservative nor attractive to voters. As for Coulter herself, hotheaded might be an understatement: Shes called Barack Obama's memoir a Dimestore Mein Kampf and used an anti-gay epithet against John Edwards, among her countless tirades.
Saw Trent Lott three weeks ago at a cheerleading competition in Jackson. I found him repugnant and his presence was not appreciated. Lott is a RINO and had the ability to correct many problems when he was in the Senate but sold out, especially during the Clinton impeachment.His groveling to the NAACP was also sickening.
I don’t agree with the knocks to either side.
My favorite is when ‘Convert Them or Kill Them’ Coulter called Newt bombastic.
Probably didn't want to be caught in another Strom Thurmond moment.
Most conservatives think Coulter’s bombast is cute. Maybe that’s because she is cute?
When I heard Coulter call Newt bombastic, I thought she was actually making a copyright complaint.
So Tom Delay is hypocritical because (1) he "certainly has experience with Gingrich"; and (2) he's "no stranger to controversy".
If this is what Newt's "most hypocritical critics" are like, what saints must the rest of them be!
Nothing is valid when it comes from LIARS!
Now where are the ‘valid points’ about Romney. I believe he’s running in this election, also.
Romney probably offered Coulter to pay for a sex change operation for his support.
Unmasked RINO Royal Flush ping!
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