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Gingrich super PAC spokesman: Santorum ‘might win if he could speak English’
WashPo ^ | 2-29-11 | Sonmez

Posted on 02/29/2012 10:09:58 AM PST by VinL

A campaign that’s already seen its fair share of sharp attacks took a novel turn Wednesday morning when the spokesman for a super PAC backing former House speaker Newt Gingrich took aim at former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s ability to speak the English language.

Speaking on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co., Rick Tyler said that the outcome of last night’s primaries in Arizona and Michigan gave Gingrich an opening.

“Rick Santorum failed to win, but Mitt Romney failed to inspire,” Tyler said. “Rick Santorum might win if he could speak English.”

Tyler is a senior adviser to “Winning our Future,” the super PAC backing Gingrich.

It wasn’t immediately clear what his remarks were in reference to. They might have been intended as a jab at recent provocative comments made by Santorum on the campaign trail, such as his statement that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 religion speech made him want to “throw up.”

A Santorum spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement.

It’s not the first time in this campaign that someone associated with a super PAC has made a potentially problematic comment. Foster Friess, a millionaire donor to a pro-Santorum group, outraged women’s groups when he made a joke about aspirin being used for contraception. Santorum quickly disassociated himself from the remark.

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KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt4romney; sourgrapes
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To: annieokie

LOL, go ahead, you carry the baggage.

21 posted on 02/29/2012 11:25:57 AM PST by dforest
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To: Vendome


22 posted on 02/29/2012 11:26:16 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: dforest

Let’s demystify Newt’s ethic charges.

The accusation by innuendo and total fabrication is an outright a lie.

What is disturbing is the man leveling these accusations is presumed to be honorable and devoutly religious.  Mitt is not a young man and may be this side of some stability issues mentally or is desperate enough that stacking the deck is the only thing up his sleeve.

Mitt is telling this big lie because it is the last resort of someone who cannot sustain their position for its lack of strength or total vacuousness.  As in “There’s no there…there” in regards to ideas.

Mitt ain’t that nice guy persona everyone has been pushing and he is lying despite Gingrich having been exonerated…Totally and Completely on the myriad and volume of charges leveled at him over a four year period.

Mitt’s lying, Christie doesn’t care and pretends to have the facts at hand, which is strange given he is a former prosecutor and would have had enough facts/evidence gathered before attempting to prosecute and convict someone.

Makes me question the quality of his cases and perhaps they should be reviewed.

The whole affair was just a really bad movie:

The plot is concocted by someone not important enough to name here and in 1995 Gingrich is accused of violating rule 45 of his ethics obligations.  A totally trumped up and baseless charge.

The 1st scene of this really bad movie started with David Bonior, the then powerful and outspoken Democratic whip in the House, who in 1996 uses the press as his microphone and blurts "Mr. Gingrich has engaged in a pattern of tax fraud, lies, and cover-ups in paving his road to the second highest office in the land…I would expect the Justice Department, the FBI, a grand jury, and other appropriate entities to investigate."

Newt was accused of:

Having no luck in convicting Newt on the 1st phony charge Bonior and his merry political henchmen continued fabricating circumstance and accusations for the next three years.  Charge after charge would be leveled at Gingrich a total of 84. 

Why were there so many charges with so little to show?  It comes down to losers have a habit of losing and in this case there was collective cabal who excelled at losing and I’m not sure they didn’t actually feel some sense of empowerment for all their losses.

But they were and are still losers with no conscience.  That’s the way of the world. 

In the end it always about them and they will employ any self serving, win at all costs tactic to achieve their nirvana.

Too bad they really never got there otherwise they might feel even better about themselves

To cap off their outrageouse waste of taxpayer resources and monies on frivolous and unsubstantiated charges, Bill Clinton’s IRS was employed as weapon against Gingrich.

That concocted investigation, which by any standard was exhaustive, revealed only that Gingrich had, as stated in the 74 page report by the IRS:

The taught principles from American civilization that could be used by each American in everyday life, whether the person is a welfare recipient, the head of a large corporation or a politician." It said: "The course was not biased toward particular politicians, or a particular party. The facts show the class was much more than a political platform."

That’s it?  That’s all you got?

In the end, after pursuing a strategy of “If you look long enough, you can eventually find something wrong” strategy Gingrich was found guilty of  “Engaging in conduct that did not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives." That’s it?  You have got to be kidding?

In 1998 the House dropped the remaining charges (83 of 84)!  Amazing!  Right!  I mean here is a guy accused of just “so many violations” and they can’t manage to convict him?

In 1999, the IRS concluded Newt Gingrich had conducted a very thoughtful course that was well balanced(favored neither Republican nor Democrats), highly educational and violated no rules or laws of ethics, funding or tax laws.

The bottom line:

        “…The Subcommittee and the Special Counsel recommend that the appropriate sanction should be reprimand and a payment reimbursing the House for some         of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000”. 

          (Source: House Report 105  page 94 “para’s #2 and #6) (If you want to read the final House report you can find it here in PDF it’s only 137 pages

You couldn’t seriously charge him with anything serious enough to even get him Censured.  What is a reprimand anyway?  “Don’t do it again?”

So it ended after all those years or so we thought until some one with no ideas, who has never had any ideas decides the only way to win is scorched earth and a war of attrition? 

Mitt you idiot, Gingrich has fought that battle before against an army of partisans.  You are a mere hack and your political demise will be all too fitting for its pastel colors of flourish.

Here is a video of how CNN describes the end of this affair,.which opens as follows (2:26 mins and illuminating for its source):

It was legal after all. Newt Gingrich's oh-so-controversial college course that he started back in 1993, before he was speaker.  (Hat tip: Greg Hengler Blogger,

Here Newt sits at a news conference and reminds them as of the date of this interview he has been exonerated on 10 charges which seemed to make page 1 of the newspapers but his exoneration couldn’t seem to be reported on.

Further, anything that might have been questioned from an ethical point was pre-cleared with the Ethics Committee


So in the end we have a bumper sticker for Gingrich’s opponents:


Got Newt…Nope..

Just this lousy T-shirt

23 posted on 02/29/2012 11:30:16 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: taildragger

Let’s give little Ricky all the rope he wants to play with!

He can open his big mouth as often, as freely and as much as he wants to. Every time he does, he slips further behind and Newt advances.

My only hope is, there is still enough time for Newt to recover and keep this primary from going into a brokered convention.

24 posted on 02/29/2012 11:40:31 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: dforest
Learn to tell the true facts instead of regurgitating hearsay and lies.

Newt did not get himself ousted as speaker. He won the nomination and his election, but resigned out of disgust for the spineless GOP RINOS like Boehner, Lott and company.

The GOPE threw Newt under the bus when they failed to back him when the Senate voted not to impeach Clinton. This is why Newt resigned. Looks like you threw Newt under the bus, based in misinformation yourself.

25 posted on 02/29/2012 11:48:48 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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Newt’s tax plan is bold. I’d like to see him talk about it more.

26 posted on 02/29/2012 11:54:22 AM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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You are the last person I would go to for true facts. You can’t be serious. LOL

In this election cycle, Newt has thrown himself under the bus.

But hey, if can come back and gain the lead, which I doubt, I will vote for him.

27 posted on 02/29/2012 11:56:55 AM PST by dforest
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To: BibChr

The problem with ALL of these candidates is that they have NO AGENDA for restoring America. Their only AGENDA is to ‘BE PRESIDENT’. Then they will worry about doing anything having to do with the “people’s agenda”.

Someone who actually HAS an AGENDA, and who has forcefully spoken openly about such a “people’s agenda” is not running (now). That person’s name is... SARAH PALIN!

28 posted on 02/29/2012 1:29:17 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: dforest
And on Santorum's baggage you and the rest are silent. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

No thanks! I'll take sitting on a sofa over a confirmation vote for the woman who became Obama's first Supreme Court nominee.

29 posted on 02/29/2012 1:29:42 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: LibFreeUSA
Uh no. Newt has an agenda.

In fact, you can propose new parts to that agenda directly.

30 posted on 02/29/2012 1:35:05 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: newzjunkey

Uh... he seems to be doing a terrible job in selling it.

31 posted on 02/29/2012 1:44:11 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: Vendome

Thank you!

32 posted on 02/29/2012 2:29:51 PM PST by Taxachusan ("Let me be clear...and cheerful.")
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To: VanDeKoik

Rick Santorum/Michael Moore 2012 ticket go Rick go

33 posted on 02/29/2012 2:51:44 PM PST by Fred (
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Don’t you know Boehner would bawl his widdle eyes out if Newt were elected?! No doubt he would be replaced as Speaker, and that would be a good thing. I think Newt could work really well with Paul Ryan as Speaker, or Michelle Bachman.

When I really need cheering up, I think of all the slugs that would be sent packing by a President Gingrich. It’s enough to make anyone who loves this country Cheerful!

34 posted on 02/29/2012 2:58:47 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: VinL

You sound pleased that Romney won.

35 posted on 02/29/2012 3:38:23 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: dforest

“The question is, would he continue to do so, or will the left side take over once elected? There is no telling.”

Where in the world do you people come up with this stuff.

He has a record, just look at it.

I’ve posted this before but here is what Newt did on his FIRST DAY as Speaker January 5th, 1994:

Rather than just pop the cork on the champagne and pat each other on the back Newt IMMEDIATELY started the ball rolling by;
- Led passage of nine reforms (they said he couldn’t/wouldn’t get any but he got all nine)
- Eliminated three committees.
- Eliminated twenty five subcommittees.
- Eliminated more than six hundred congressional jobs called LSOs and he didn’t pick and choose which ones, he eliminated ALL of them. A savings to the tax payers of nearly 35 million dollars.

It was billed as the longest first day in the history of the house (til 2:00am the next morning).

To add icing to the cake he hadn’t even started on the Contract With America yet. That was to come later (within 100 days actually) this was just in cleaning up the House.


36 posted on 02/29/2012 4:26:02 PM PST by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: thatjoeguy

LOL, lets forget all the rest.

Hey, I already said I would vote for him if he started getting a huge following. That means multiple wins that mean something.

He shot himself in the foot around Florida time.

A habit he is known for.

37 posted on 02/29/2012 4:29:25 PM PST by dforest
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To: dforest

How did Gingrich shoot himself in the foot? Just asking.

38 posted on 02/29/2012 4:32:59 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Vendome
All you need to know is: The Denny Hastert Wing of the Republican HATES Newt. They just want to slosh in their jacuzzi.
39 posted on 02/29/2012 4:34:20 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: Toespi

Newt was doing pretty good until that awful Bain attack which only helped Romney and hurt Newt. Then he declared himself the winner as he asked others to drop out of the race after winning one state.

He loses Florida and them calls a presser where he acts snarky and childish.

No matter how you slice it. It was that time period that did a lot of harm to Newt.

I was almost going to support him until he did that. Instead, I did a facepalm.

40 posted on 02/29/2012 4:44:39 PM PST by dforest
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