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Newt Gingrich commits a capital crime (George Will attacks Gingrich again)
Washington Post ^ | 12/13/2011 | George F. Will

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, Gingrich’s, 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 Washington’s 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, Romney’s 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 Romney’s cheeky judgment, replied: “I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.”

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Gingrich is reusing the attack honed by Ted Kennedy in 1994, when Romney suffered a 17-point loss in attempting to take Kennedy’s Senate seat.

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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 Ryan’s response when Gingrich attacked his entitlement reform as “right-wing social engineering.”...

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: georgewill; gingrich; newt; romney; will4mittens
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Deflection

Definition

de·flec·tion [ di fléksh'n ]

NOUN 

...(3.) Act of diverting attention: the act of directing people's attention or criticism away from something

1 posted on 12/14/2011 9:00:57 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

I am sick of all this


2 posted on 12/14/2011 9:03:06 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Qbert

I wonder what is going on with all these folks I usually respect, going off on Newt? Will, Steyn, Krauthammer, etc...


3 posted on 12/14/2011 9:04:48 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Qbert

How would George Will know anything at all about what it tkes to be a conservative?


4 posted on 12/14/2011 9:05:34 AM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: SMARTY; Qbert
Will went over years back. I don't trust anything he has to say about anything anymore.

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.

5 posted on 12/14/2011 9:07:04 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: BigEdLB

I am done with all of them.


6 posted on 12/14/2011 9:08:33 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Qbert

Salient point;

“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?

Bueller? Bueller?


7 posted on 12/14/2011 9:10:59 AM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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To: SMARTY

George Will won’t be happy until he gets Barry re-elected. Who even listens to that idiot anymore?


8 posted on 12/14/2011 9:11:33 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Bigun

“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.


9 posted on 12/14/2011 9:12:12 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Qbert
which paid him more handsomely than anyone paid Herodotus

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.

10 posted on 12/14/2011 9:12:27 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: muawiyah

“...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:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/12/bringing-up-romneys-bain-problem-is-not-socialist/


11 posted on 12/14/2011 9:13:12 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

WILL = ROMNEYBOT


12 posted on 12/14/2011 9:14:45 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Qbert

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.


13 posted on 12/14/2011 9:15:04 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: VanDeKoik
WILL = ROMNEYBOT

WILL = PRISSY ROMNEYBOT
14 posted on 12/14/2011 9:15:56 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Psalm 144

Indeed!

An ecology with which anyone outside the Washington beltway is entirely unfamiliar.


15 posted on 12/14/2011 9:19:20 AM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Qbert

I’m starting to think I should support Newt based on who is opposing him.


16 posted on 12/14/2011 9:21:55 AM PST by PjhCPA (I'm an equal candidate criticizer.)
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To: Qbert

George Will is dead.


17 posted on 12/14/2011 9:23:50 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Qbert
Not surprised to see the WP pick up on this Fox News pro-Romney campaign. Trying to paint Newt as a leftist is the silliest thing I've seen. But somehow even Dr. K thinks this is a story. Fox is being greatly diminished in my mind as they pursue this sort of nonsense. They've even roped Brit Hume into supporting Romney and pushing this non-story.

I'm about ready to say goodbye to Fox News.

18 posted on 12/14/2011 9:24:12 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Qbert
Gingrich is reusing the attack honed by Ted Kennedy in 1994, when Romney suffered a 17-point loss in attempting to take Kennedy’s Senate seat.

Hey George how come you didn't mention that the early polling had Mitt ahead by double digits over Teddy and then Romney giddy with glee comes out and makes the following statement
"I don't want the votes of the extremist NRA or Christian Right Types
19 posted on 12/14/2011 9:26:09 AM PST by uncbob
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To: SMARTY
I am sick of all this

Me too. Its proof that the whole lot of 'em have NO idea of the stakes in this election - its just a game.

20 posted on 12/14/2011 9:29:05 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SMARTY
The fix is already in. A Republican won't be allowed to win in 2012. The deal is to win the Senate and hold the House while retaining the Obama. This placates the right kind and number of people.

It is believed among some that if Obama looses there is going to be a serious and crippling reaction.

21 posted on 12/14/2011 9:30:00 AM PST by oyez
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To: Qbert
How is bankrupting companies and laying off people considered 'acts of Capitalism'?

It sounds like acts of someone who has FAILED at capitalism.

22 posted on 12/14/2011 9:31:01 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Qbert

The more the establishment ilk like George Will hate on Newt, the more inclined I am to support him...


23 posted on 12/14/2011 9:33:14 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: fortheDeclaration
How is bankrupting companies and laying off people considered 'acts of Capitalism'?

George Will shares the same definition of Capitalism as Obama and the Occupy crowd.

24 posted on 12/14/2011 9:33:14 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Qbert

The ineligible Mitt 'Hussein' Romney:
"I bet you $10,000 that George Will is in my 'bed'
and does not give a damn what I have done.
"




"(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 it’s OK if his company can profit off the sale of the land ."


“Bain Capital, has cut checks totaling $90,000 to Romney’s operation. “


25 posted on 12/14/2011 9:34:08 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: BigEdLB

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 they’d never vote for him


26 posted on 12/14/2011 9:36:34 AM PST by marty60
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To: BigEdLB

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.


27 posted on 12/14/2011 9:37:44 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: Qbert
Soon thereafter, Gingrich, when asked about Romney’s cheeky judgment, replied: “I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.”

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.

28 posted on 12/14/2011 9:39:21 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: org.whodat

There is no sound basis to trust Newt.


29 posted on 12/14/2011 9:41:54 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: marty60

Then explain THIS:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2819763/posts


30 posted on 12/14/2011 9:42:24 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Parley Baer

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?


31 posted on 12/14/2011 9:43:21 AM PST by marty60
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To: PjhCPA

My evolution in supporting Newt is exactly that.


32 posted on 12/14/2011 9:43:38 AM PST by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Qbert

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.


33 posted on 12/14/2011 9:46:12 AM PST by ZULU (Anybody but Romney or Huntsman)
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To: RockinRight

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.


34 posted on 12/14/2011 9:48:19 AM PST by marty60
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To: Qbert

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.


35 posted on 12/14/2011 9:48:38 AM PST by pallis
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To: GlockThe Vote

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?


36 posted on 12/14/2011 9:48:46 AM PST by skeeter
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To: oyez

“...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!


37 posted on 12/14/2011 9:49:14 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Qbert

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.


38 posted on 12/14/2011 9:53:52 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: marty60

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.


39 posted on 12/14/2011 9:54:33 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Qbert

It’s Attack Newt Day on the WP editorial page. Count the hit pieces here. They’re terrified.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions


40 posted on 12/14/2011 9:54:57 AM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Qbert

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.


41 posted on 12/14/2011 9:56:19 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: oyez
It is believed among some that if Obama looses there is going to be a serious and crippling reaction.

Well, sure, the socialists are going to be seriously crippled.
42 posted on 12/14/2011 9:56:49 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Qbert
A BIG miss the point by Will. The message to Romney, air my dirty laundry and I will air yours. Also, message to the Political Class GOP that think Romney is electable over Newt, THIS ISSSUE will be brought up by Obama so don't think your guy is clean.
43 posted on 12/14/2011 10:07:31 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: skeeter

And since then he has acted like a pig.


44 posted on 12/14/2011 10:17:50 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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.


45 posted on 12/14/2011 10:19:33 AM PST by BilLies (Obama Allahu Akbar....the facilitator of the modern Caliphate from the Pacific to the Atlantic.)
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To: skeeter

And since then he has acted like a pig.


46 posted on 12/14/2011 10:20:34 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: pallis

"The beltway elites can’t 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"...

47 posted on 12/14/2011 10:21:03 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: muawiyah
All we need to know is that George Will is the token conservative for the Washington Post. That explains everything.

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.

48 posted on 12/14/2011 10:42:14 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Qbert

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.


49 posted on 12/14/2011 11:41:08 AM PST by Hacklehead (Lets stop bashing Republican candidates and get back to bashing OBAMA.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

He hasn’t held public office since then.


50 posted on 12/14/2011 11:58:34 AM PST by skeeter
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