Skip to comments.Was that it then? Marianne Gingrich interview more damp squib than bombshell
Posted on 01/19/2012 11:59:00 PM PST by Mount Athos
Was that it then? After 24 hours of hype, angst and eager anticipation, ABC News aired its interview with Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House's second wife. Brian Ross said earlier that he had interviewed her for two hours. About two minutes of that was shown to televison viewers.
There was precious little that was new. The "open marriage" allegation had been playing all day. Not only had it been levelled at Gingrich before but it was clear that the term "open marriage" was Mrs Gingrich's, not his.
Much of the six-minute segment had the air of an attack ad against Gingrich with Brian Ross's portentous voice intoning that Gingrich "regularly expounds on family values the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman"
The "family values" thing is a standard justification for going after conservatives over their private lives while giving liberals a pass. And Ross's phrasing disingenuously conflated personal morality and Gingrich's views on gay marriage.
Marianne Gingrich alleged that she has Multiple Sclerosis when Gingrich told her about his affair with Callista. "And he also was advised by the doctor when I was sitting there that I was not to be under stress," she said. "He knew [she had MS]." But as James Taranto points out her account tonight conflicts with a previous version she has told.
Truth be told, the daughters came across much more sympathetically than the ex-wife.
This bizarre episode might just end up assiting his White House campaign more than it hinders it.
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‘damp squib’ - medieval slang?
Imagine that. /sarcasm in the extreme.
Interesting how this is turning out. A mighty blow was struck against the MSM tonight in Newt’s debate soliloquy. Let’s hope it catches on. I feel like it has that potential.
damp squib is an explosive you hoped would go off but it didn’t because it was wet. You expected a big loud bomb but got a dud.
In slang means something that failed to meet expectations.
Whenever the Jon Stewart wants to preach about ‘values’ they are hypocrites of the first order.
It will help Newt win SC because they’ll be ticked off at the ridiculous timing of the news. But the media will eventually wear him down, just like they did with Cain, since this story won’t go away so fast.
Newt will have to be very careful and much more disciplined going forth because if he slips and creates an opening, it will be ripped apart. It will be a marathon, not a sprint.
Oh please. You give these hypocrites to much credit. When $4.00 a gallon gas hits far and wide and that gets 'connected' with Pharaoh flipping off Canada's offer to sell us 'oil', values voters are NOT going to be chaffing over a bitter divorce.
a squib has a black powder charge... if it is damp it is a dud
They were able to get him to resign the last time this kind of story broke out.
Thanks, I had absolutely no idea what that expression meant :-)
Hell, it's not THAT old. I knew what it meant. But I did like stuff that went boom.
AND they are regurgitating that same story as if it is 'new'. AND we conservatives learned that we were NOT conservative because of who was in office. The intent was to not just dispose of NEWT, which of course he greatly assisted them in that goal, but to CRUSH conservatives. These perverts of the Jon Stewart are little more than porn addicts that get their yucks off insulting, ridiculing and demoralizing those they identify as 'values' voters. They are sick twisted freaks and are running out of steam.
That was then...this is now. Newt knows just what is at stake. I believe he is the only one that can stand up to the evil MSM at this critical time. They will overplay their hand out of fear and desperation...and Newt is smart enough to make the most of it when they do.
Newt needs our prayers!
Let's not kid ourselves, the MSM and the Rovian establishment fawning over Ritt Momney isn't going to collapse overnight. But IMHO, the viewing public saw a "thing" tonight. They saw an unanswered shot, and it was a bold one. And Newt shut John King up with gusto. And I believe this is a "something" in that in my wildest dreams could be the birth of a meme. By that I mean, Newt kicked the convo off his marital trivia and he turned the "game" via performance. He rose to the occasion. He upped the game. He proved that the media's staged ambush was exactly that, and he showed that it is a crappy deal, it was a cheap shot, it has soiled the debate and turned the political contest into a farce. And it also showed he can get right up in someone's face and grind them. And at some level, I believe the American people have an innate understanding that they need a scrapper at this juncture, and I also believe they believe but may not be conscious of the notion that the MSM is not serving them by acting like 3rd graders on a school playground. Indeed, the MSM is treating the American people like a bunch of kittens and it holds the laser pointer. Now, they might not like Newt as their contestant and that is why I am isolating Newt and his candidacy from (my point; which is) Newt's very effective refutation of the media attack. The GOP is and has been paying too damn much of a continuous price being distracted by these kinds of attacks. I don't know what or even if Newt "won" anything tonight wrt his candidacy, but I think he showed a way that a powerful and insidious weapon can be countered.
I hope I am conveying my drift. This may mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. But I thoroughly enjoyed the John King smackdown and the value I place on that event is that IF we are going to win this election, this constant harping by a wildly biased and generally puerile press MUST be eliminated. This was a fine opening blow.
I just want to see more stability and consistency from Newt.
There is nothing gotcha in these allegations since they’ve been out for a while. Cain was different. He was not prepared to answer the last allegation when his wife claimed she didn’t know anything about the woman who accused him. It shows his team’s inexperience in intense political campaign.
Bravo ASD! You encapsulated my thoughts VERY well!
Gingrich fought back last night, and that’s what excites the Republicans. We are SICK AND TIRED of the namby pamby Boehner-esque Republicans just taking their licks and going home. It’s about damn time we stand up against the likes of the MSM and the globalist idiots to say, “We’re Americans, we stand for something, get the hell out of our way, or we’re going to steamroll your ass!”
If a man’s wife can’t trust him how can I? - Harry Truman