Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich commits a capital crime (George Will attacks Gingrich again)
Posted on 12/14/2011 9:00:49 AM PST by Qbert
Newt Gingrich the friend of his detractors, to whom he offers serial vindications provided on Monday redundant evidence for the proposition that he is the least conservative candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination: He faulted Mitt Romney for committing acts of capitalism.
Gingrich did so when goaded by Romney regarding his, Gingrichs, self-described service as a historian for Freddie Mac, which paid him more handsomely than anyone paid Herodotus. Romney was asked by an interviewer about the $1.6 million Gingrich earned, or at any rate received, from Freddie Mac, the misbegotten government-backed mortgage giant. In the service of Washingtons bipartisan certitude that too few people owned houses, Freddie Mac helped produce the housing bubble and subsequent crash. It did so even though it paid Gingrich $30,000 an hour. That is about what he received if, as he says, he worked for Freddie Mac about an hour a month, telling it that what it was doing was insane.
Anyway, Romneys interviewer mischievously asked him if he thought Gingrich should give that money back to Freddie Mac. Romney said, I sure do.
Soon thereafter, Gingrich, when asked about Romneys cheeky judgment, replied: I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money hes earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.
Gingrich is reusing the attack honed by Ted Kennedy in 1994, when Romney suffered a 17-point loss in attempting to take Kennedys Senate seat.
Romney surely anticipated that such an attack would come but from Democrats, in the general election, not from a volatile Republican. He now understands Rep. Paul Ryans response when Gingrich attacked his entitlement reform as right-wing social engineering....
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de·flec·tion [ di fléksh'n ]
...(3.) Act of diverting attention: the act of directing people's attention or criticism away from something
I am sick of all this
I wonder what is going on with all these folks I usually respect, going off on Newt? Will, Steyn, Krauthammer, etc...
How would George Will know anything at all about what it tkes to be a conservative?
Or, put it another way, when Will highlights Gingrich's flaws (if they are flaws, which is a different issue), and does so on behalf of Mitt, then he has become a Mitt-bot.
We are not voting for Mitt.
I am done with all of them.
“It did so even though it paid Gingrich $30,000 an hour. That is about what he received if, as he says, he worked for Freddie Mac about an hour a month, telling it that what it was doing was insane.
I’d take $30,000 an hour from anybody willing to pay me for my opinions. What I don’t understand is what the opinions were that give everyone such agida...aren’t there any paper trails? Emails? Notes passed in the lunch room?
George Will won’t be happy until he gets Barry re-elected. Who even listens to that idiot anymore?
“How would George Will know anything at all about what it tkes to be a conservative?”
Up in his eucalyptus tree, George -is- the conservative koala.
Very, very, very, VERY niche ecology there. Ann Coulter’s tree is nearby, but they have never mated or had offspring.
Not so fast. The Athenian people reportedly awarded Herodotus 10 silver talents, which is about 300 kilos.
At present prices, that's (verrry roughly) $320,000.
Comparing prices from one era to another is amazingly difficult, but there is at least a chance H's 10 silver talents had more purchasing power than Gingrich's dollars.
H could certainly buy more slaves with his silver, while G could buy more electronics.
“...when Will highlights Gingrich’s flaws (if they are flaws, which is a different issue), and does so on behalf of Mitt, then he has become a Mitt-bot.”
Here’s an interesting take on the Bain issue:
WILL = ROMNEYBOT
The same George Will who called Gingrich a Marxist. I wonder if he would call Obama a Marxist? George has lost all credibility with me.
An ecology with which anyone outside the Washington beltway is entirely unfamiliar.
I’m starting to think I should support Newt based on who is opposing him.
George Will is dead.
I'm about ready to say goodbye to Fox News.
Me too. Its proof that the whole lot of 'em have NO idea of the stakes in this election - its just a game.
It is believed among some that if Obama looses there is going to be a serious and crippling reaction.
It sounds like acts of someone who has FAILED at capitalism.
The more the establishment ilk like George Will hate on Newt, the more inclined I am to support him...
George Will shares the same definition of Capitalism as Obama and the Occupy crowd.
"(The GroundZero Mosque) cleared its final hurdle
developers plan to build the $100 million center which will include a mosque.
Since its incipient stages in July 2009, when a Muslim-run real-estate development
company purchased the damaged, vacant building and land where the new center
will be built, the project has sparked controversy and debate.
.... the tattered building that was bought by the Muslim real estate company had
been owned by a subsidiary of Bain Capital, a company Romney founded in 1984.
So its OK if his company can profit off the sale of the land ."
They are TRYING to avert 4 more yeas of OBAMA for pete’s sake.
What has changed since 2007?
54% of households with military connections would never vote for Gingrich, 50% for Clinton, or 46% for Gore
Gingrich is the least popular candidate with both sexes, with 53% of both men and women saying theyd never vote for him
Simple, they do not think he can win and they do not trust him, he does have a history. And a not very good one at that.
It wasn't an "anticapitalist" retort, it was a good old fashioned insult-with-a-smile. It was basically a well-crafted STFU, nothing less, nothing more.
There is no sound basis to trust Newt.
Then explain THIS:
Don’t be so quick to hate on Will.
I watched some old vid of Newt talking about his love of FDR and that Presidents do have the right to ignore the Constitution in times of “war”. Wonder how far Newts definition of war goes?
My evolution in supporting Newt is exactly that.
An attack by George Will should be considered by conservatives as an endorsement of his conservative credentails.
And THAT is exactly how I take the braying from this political Hyaena.
It doesn’t ask the question as the 2007 poll did. Who would you never vote for?
I don’t get all the Cain supporters jumping in Bed with Newt.
There is NO doubt in my mind that Newt was behind the smears on Cain. I didn’t support him. But it was obvious this was a well planned destruction of the Cain Campaign.
Someone tell George that Romney can’t win without the other candidates getting tangled up in a tie. The systematic destruction of every candidate to take the lead has been so effective, the others can’t recover, and voters are burned out on the media driven sensationalism. The beltway elites can’t put Romney in the lead again. Watch how crazy they get.
Besides his solid support of the Reagan agenda in the 80s and taking over congress and successfully driving Bill Clinton to the center in the 90s?
“...if Obama looses there is going to be a serious and crippling reaction.”
That is a kind of political blackmail that is being perpetuated just to frighten everyone into voting for “O”.
But what could really be worse than another “O” Presidency? It’s a wash!
Stick around Washington long enough — as Newt has — and you’re gonna make enemies. Now they’re taking potshots, perhaps deserved, at him.
Just the natural order of events.
One of Obama’s advantages in 2008 was that nobody knew him — and we all know how that turned out.
Best to let it all out now, consider carefully, and decide how much baggage you’re willing to tolerate in a President.
It’s not 2007.
Newt won a lot of us over on FR, he can do the same nationally. Sure, he won’t get all independents, but he can get enough, IMHO.
It’s Attack Newt Day on the WP editorial page. Count the hit pieces here. They’re terrified.
I am sure all of these talkingheads are counting on their regular loyal audience to swallow all they are saying about Newt but the extreme statements they are making in order to prop their guys up discredit them now and hurt their credibility into the future. They just don’t realize it yet. They just never counted on Newt pulling ahead and now they are hysterical and going off the deep end with many of their statements.
And since then he has acted like a pig.
The Albany (NY) Times Union carries him. It is a newspaper that often shops for its liberal/progressive news reports when it finds the New York Times articles taking a extremely conservative viewpoint.
The editor and the director of the local NPR station join together to do a daisy chain of liberal news analysis on radio and public TV.
And since then he has acted like a pig.
"The beltway elites cant put Romney in the lead again. Watch how crazy they get."
My question is, if their guy doesn't get the nom, will they faithfully embrace the Republican nominee... or will they revert to their secretive backstabbing techniques (so that they can have their dream ticket of Jeb/Christie in 2016)?
To paraphrase the Godfather: 'Keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer"...
Personally, I don't think there will be all that much difference in the governance style of Newt versus Mitt.
But we'll get better rhetoric from Newt.
I'm still hoping for a brokered convention and a real conservative alternative to ride in to the rescue.
I wish George Will would attack Obama with the same enthusiasm that he uses against Repubs. Instead he joins in the completely destructive Repub civil war, where the apparent goal is to render all our candidates unelectable.
He hasn’t held public office since then.