Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich’s Greek Vacation Becomes Campaign Talking Point
Posted on 11/17/2011 10:44:31 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion
SHEFFIELD, Iowa With the political winds shifting in his favor, Newt Gingrich is turning an incident that almost unraveled his entire presidential bid earlier this summer into a campaign trail talking point.
Gingrich, whose luxury Greek vacation in June led to the mass resignations of several members of his campaign staff, now says he used the overseas trip to talk with Europeans about the banking crisis there.
The former House Speaker told a crowd in West Des Moines on Monday, that he listened to the Greek people talk about their economic woes and even noted that his observations about the state of the global economy were very much influenced by his Mediterranean sojourn.
I visited Greece in June I talked to people about what they were faced with in Greece. And I listened to them and I tried to understand they face a crisis of enormous proportions, Gingrich said. The Greeks cant pay off their loans at half the value. This is an enormous collapse of their quality of life in this category.
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If he’s anything it’s consistant!!
Why couldn’t Newt video-conference with them?
Come clean Newt, lets see the influence peddling deals with Freddie Mac..oh, I forgot, you do not like them anymore...
Luxury, Greek vacations are waaaaay worser than regular ones and should obviously eliminate him from presidential contention. Republican wives wear sensible cloth coats, get Diamonique jewelry and vacation in Cleveland.
The people who the Democrats and Media Matters have spent years and countless millions mocking, demonizing and leaving for dead, should know their damn place and stay down. If 100% negative media coverage for going on 20 years doesn't stop you...you're just being stubborn.
I expect this from the media but lately here on FR I am getting sick and tired of our tearing all of our options completely apart. Obama is the enemy folks. There is not going to be ONE GOP candidate that is pure as the driven snow who meets the qualifications for each of us and damned if we don’t get sucked into this media trap every time. Do I like everything about Newt? Nope but I will take him, Cain or Perry over the empty suite that is now in office.
Of course he telling the truth...how else could he knock it off his taxes!!!
We have crappy candidates. Ideological purists, like conservatives on FR and liberals on Daily KOS, will always have to choose among crappy candidates.
Either we have to choose squishy moderates with lots of experience, or ideologically pure candidates with little or no experience.
Ideologically pure candidates can’t become (and stay) governor for long unless they moderate their views and actions. The best we can expect are senators from safe states, or congresscritters for safe districts. They may have lots of experience giving speeches and passing bills, but precious little executive experience.
So one by one the ideological purists are being knocked off because they can’t handle the pressure. What remains are the squishy moderates who are able to fend off the blows because of their considerable experience achieved in part because they knew when to moderate their views.
Perry is the only exception. He has moderated his views considerably, so he should be riding high. However, he has proved to be a suprisingly inept candidate who shoots his foot on a daily basis. It’s a wonder he isn’t also in favor of gun control! <<<<<
Hammer hit nail. Who here can argue with the fact you so aptly and simply stated. Period.
Game, set, match.
One thing that I must say and I really hope you agree with me on at least this point. The people in Iowa are weak as hell. Sorry they are. They hop from candidate to candidate when ever the current candidate has a bad week. It is disgusting that these “no loyalty at all” people are so influential to the Presidential race. I mean seriously we have been through every candidate and Iowa is still not satisfied. WEAK AS HELL ARE THE PEOPLE IN IOWA.
Do irony much?
It's not a smear when the guy said what he said and what he said is reported.
In fact, the LACK of real smear attacks against Gingrich is what I am beginning to find very telling.
Most the articles I've read on Gingrich just report stuff he's said or done in a pretty neutral, though sometimes even positive way. However, the stuff being highlighted is of the type that reminds many conservatives of why they've written off Newt time and time again in the past. But, unlike what they tried with Cain (and even though they have REAL dirt on Newt), right now the media obviously is not trying to destroy Gingrich's path to the nomination.
Why? If you know Newt's LONG history with the American electorate, you know the stuff the media could be bringing up and isn't.
I'm starting to think the Dems now WANT Newt as the nominee instead of Romney.
More and more, Romney is becoming known as Obama-lite. This is actually a problem for Dems. There are many Dems who don't like Obama, but they would never consider voting for a "real" Republican. But Romney may be a close enough clone of Obama that these Dems might feel comfortable voting for him.
But if you were there in the 1990's, you know very well that there are millions of Democrats who would not vote for Gingrich if their life depended upon. He was absolutely HATED by Democrats.
It would be as if 20 years from now the Dems nominated Nancy Pelosi for President. No matter what she does in the next 20 years, those of us who were around when she was Speaker wouldn't even consider voting for her, ever, period.
So if the Dems are afraid of losing disgruntled Dems to Romney, they have to try to get someone else nominated -- AND that nominee has to be someone TOTALLY, UNCONDITIONALLY UNACCEPTABLE to Dems.
That rules out Cain, because he might peel off some black voters. Even if one of the other candidates were viable (and they aren't), Newt is the one the Dems can be assured will be a MAXIMUM TURN-OFF to their base.
Newt knows this, too. I believe that's why he endeavored to rehabilitate himself with Dems by trying to build his Dem street-cred starting in 2008, with the Pelosi global warming thing and the "Education Tour" with Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan, for example.
” WEAK AS HELL ARE THE PEOPLE IN IOWA. “ <<<<
Possibly they read all of the candidate destruction posts of FR and get confused? Suma wrestling here 24/7.
CAIN is gearing up to win IOWA. Other polls show him in the lead.
Americans are not going to like the million dollar + consultant fees Gingrich receives. He is an insider.
I’m sure glad I never make typos. Some smart person might think I was dumb.
Time will tell... LOL
RomneyCare and Obama are given passes by the jourOlists.
If hes anything its consistant!!
Someone who posts the above should not post the below:
I agree NEXT has a lot of people working for him so dumb they probably dont read what they post!!
Find the person who is NOT a RINO trophy wife.
Video-conference with the towel lady, the man who brings the drinks to the chaise lounges and the Greek on the next barstool?
Newt is a funny guy.