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Swift-Boat Vet Slams Gingrich
National Review ^ | January 3, 2012 | Brian Bolduc

Posted on 01/03/2012 10:42:50 AM PST by nickcarraway

Incensed by the negative ads that have spoiled his campaign, Newt Gingrich recently complained he’d been “Romneyboated,” an allusion to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose ads helped derail Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.

John O’Neill, the swift-boat captain who led the anti-Kerry movement, is none too pleased with the comparison. “To me, it reflects Gingrich’s very cynical hypocrisy, which he shares with Kerry,” O’Neill tells National Review Online. That hypocrisy “is the reason why he can appear with [Nancy] Pelosi in climate-change ads and why he can take money from Freddie Mac: If you’re part of the political class, [you believe] you’re free from any public scrutiny of what you’ve done.”

O’Neill has been disappointed with Gingrich “ever since the debacle in the late 1990s, when he came close to squandering a Republican majority in the House and engaged personally in conduct that really hurt the Republican party.” The ex-speaker’s recent behavior hasn’t been much better. “I was shocked by his labeling [Paul] Ryan’s plan ‘right-wing social engineering,’” O’Neill says. “It’s deeply cynical conduct and hypocrisy. He has much more in common with Kerry than with any of the other Republican candidates — maybe not in ideology, but in other things that count.”

Indeed, O’Neill sees many similarities between the old pols. “Kerry is an extremely cynical guy whose policies change like a kaleidoscope, and Newt Gingrich is just the same. He’s a constantly changing kaleidoscope with one policy idea after another.” To Republicans, O’Neill advises, “You select a president based on the entire person, because the truth is, the policy issues are very likely to be different in a year than they seem to be right now.”

O’Neill concludes, “I would be really proud to win or lose with any of the other Republican candidates. But I would be ashamed if Gingrich were the candidate.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; johnoneill; muchadoaboutnothing; nuts; sbvft; swiftboatvets; swifties; toosensitive; touchyfeely; veterans; waytoosensitive; wearebecomingnuts
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I think Gingrich was very wrong to slam these veterans, just to get on the good side of the media...
1 posted on 01/03/2012 10:42:53 AM PST by nickcarraway
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oh please we are just not smart enough to see that it was the press and not newt...or something.....no we are smart enough to fathom that the liberal mask slipped off newt yet again


2 posted on 01/03/2012 10:45:34 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: nickcarraway

Gingrich should just drop out. Every move he makes is more embarrassing than the last. I would like him to be Santorum’s Press Secretary.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 10:45:42 AM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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Just where/how did Gingrich slam any vets?


4 posted on 01/03/2012 10:46:08 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway

To me, it reflects Gingrich’s very cynical hypocrisy, which he shares with Kerry

well we know newt loves him some kerry and some nancy


5 posted on 01/03/2012 10:47:21 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: nickcarraway

First engage mouth before putting foot in gear..


6 posted on 01/03/2012 10:48:51 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: nickcarraway

Just trying to be too clever resulting in another self inflicted wound...


7 posted on 01/03/2012 10:48:58 AM PST by DB
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Right, swift-boating is a derogatory term used by democrats to slander veterans just like “teabaggers” is used to slander teaparty patriots.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 10:49:11 AM PST by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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Swiftboating is the legitimate critique of a politician that hurts them in the polls.

The Swiftboat vets only told the truth.

I presume Gingrich feels that the truth has hurt him too.


9 posted on 01/03/2012 10:50:04 AM PST by NeilGus
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Gingrich didn’t invoke the swift vote vets in the first place, it was a reporter asking him a question so why should anyone be embarrassed about anything?


10 posted on 01/03/2012 10:50:16 AM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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"well we know newt loves him some kerry and some nancy"

Is English your native language?

11 posted on 01/03/2012 10:54:38 AM PST by matthew fuller ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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As I recall, it was the media who first interjected “Swiftboat” into the question to Gingrich.

Gingrich then offhandedly quipped ‘Romney-boated.’


12 posted on 01/03/2012 10:55:09 AM PST by Red Steel
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Gingrich didn’t invoke the swift vote vets in the first place, it was a reporter asking him a question so why should anyone be embarrassed about anything?

Agreed. It was a snappy Newt come-back to a reporter's loaded quesiton. Unfortunately Newt fell in the trap as would most people. I'm sure he would have preferred to clarify and support the Swiftboaters.

13 posted on 01/03/2012 10:56:24 AM PST by rhombus
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To: nickcarraway

Gingrich gained traction by focusing on Obummer and staying on message. Since then he keeps insisting on deviating on these tangents that turn people off. Talking about the judiciary and now the Kerry’s treatment in ‘04 to his just keeps moving him down in the polls. He should just stick to the economy and Obummer. That is what people are interested in.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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I think Newt lives in a bit of a bubble where he must perform amazing stunts to show his awesomeness and intellect. Thus Pelosi & Couch, Kerry/Sharpton & stage, Judicial Arrest, etc.
Newt’s his worst own enemy.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 11:03:57 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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Although the swift boat sailors were proven correct when it came to Kerry, "swiftboating" has come to be a synonym for mudslinging, thanks to the media. Even conservatives have been been using the term, and John Gibson wrote a book entitled How the Left Swiftboated America: The Liberal Media Conspiracy to Make You Think George Bush Was the Worst President in History (New York: Harper, 2009).

While "Romneyboated" was a poor choice of words, I don't believe Gingrich intentionally smeared the veterans. Nonetheless, I wish he would stop whining about the negative ads.

16 posted on 01/03/2012 11:04:30 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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“I think Gingrich was very wrong to slam these veterans, just to get on the good side of the media... “

WHAT? Oh Please, Gingrich did not slam vets. Newt has and is being “swift boated”. The attacks just keep coming.

The definition is (from wikipedia) “”the term “swiftboating” or “Swift Boating” is now commonly used to refer to what the New York Times describes as “the nastiest of campaign smears”.”

I can understand the wacko left trying to push this thought down their bases throats but please explain yourself as I would like to understand what you are talking about. Are you saying he is not being smeared or nastily attacked?


17 posted on 01/03/2012 11:08:43 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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Santorum needs to drop out. After his fun in the nutty state of iowa, he's done.

Some of these clowns are sitting around waiting to be offended.

He'd be crushed in the nationals.

18 posted on 01/03/2012 11:09:15 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama)
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" I presume Gingrich feels that the truth has hurt him too. "

This proves that Newt has to many negatives and the MSM will make mince meat out of him in the general, and he is a lose cannon.... no need to trow political mud at him, he does it all by himself....
Yeah, all the yells that Newt can take on Obama in the general and win...
Next we will hear is that those Swiftboat vets are trying to trow mud at Newt to get Romney the nomination.

19 posted on 01/03/2012 11:11:40 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: nickcarraway

There was no slam; just another establishment GOP step into the media-prepared poop, which they, in turn, used to make a profit at Newt’s embarrassed expense. Had he been on his game, he might have seen it coming, but he isn’t on his game, because he hasn’t had a consistent game since the Republican Revolution of ‘94.

That stated, I’ve no love lost for Newt. He peaked in the mid-1990’s and has done little besides damage his credibility at nearly every turn, and on nearly every issue, ever since.

His personal life reflects a low view of marriage; his flip-flopping on global warming reflects an ability to be unduly influenced by emotional, but scientifically unfounded, arguments — he’s just too pliable for the leadership role that America needs in the office of President; too ready to abandon conservative principle in favor of moderate behavior when it suits him.

American needs a leader with a long track record of successfully resisting such temptations.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 11:13:26 AM PST by HKMk23 (YHVH NEVER PLAYS DEFENSE)
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