Skip to comments.Gingrich: Limbaugh right to apologize for remarks (AP headline)
Posted on 03/04/2012 6:25:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to call a college student a "slut" and "prostitute" in the debate over contraception coverage, and was right to apologize for the comments.
Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's glad the conservative commentator issued the apology on Saturday and that it's time to move beyond the controversy.
Gingrich says it's "silly" to suggest that Limbaugh speaks for the GOP. Gingrich contends the media are "trying desperately to protect" President Barack Obama.
Fair question: so I say look at the headline - which is a fair headline in light of one comment Newt made. It was that comment, and that comment only, that I wish he had not made. It allows for a headline that immediately seemed to put Newt very close to the Santorum “absurd” camp.
Now, in totality, Newt was nowhere near Santorum, but the headline is the headline. That is 90% of my comment.
The other 10% is the “silly” comment, where Newt said it is “silly to say that Rush speaks for the Republican Party.” This has the smell and the feel of Rick’s “just an entertainer” comment.
I think both of these invite a wrong impression - and to back me up - please go look at how the Santorum folks jumped on this in the early posts in this thread. That’s what headlines do. They form impressions that most people are left with.
...and apologizing to this crowd is NOT being wise as a serpent - it is taking the “gentle as doves” thing way too far.
Now, a case can be made that the statements should not have been said to begin with - or said differently. But to apologize to this crowd NEVER, and I repeat NEVER had the intended effect. It always, and I mean ALWAYS actually advances the cause of darkness.
With due respect, you are still misapplying Biblical principles IMO.
You are correct about national brands, but I submit this one thought: this is changing. Brands are becoming more and more associated with either liberals or conservatives and I think we are just on the cusp of this starting to crystallize more and more.
The brands that realize this, and realize they need to get all of their 50% instead of none of the 100% will eventaully win this battle which I sense is JUST beginning.
There are already undercurrents of this. There are any number of conservative leaning local ad vehicles and any number of conservative barter exchanges.
There is already a political undercurrent in Ford V GM (though Ford is too stupid to figure it out, but that’s another story).
Fed Ex v UPS.
Lowes V Home Depot.
Walmart V all others.
Food Lion V unions.
Its’ out there. It’s coming. It is changing. (Now, if I can figure out how to capitalize on this...)
Willing to let bygones be bygones you stupid head;)
Anyhoo,Romney indeed was the worst candidate as events proved and I voted for Fred Thompson anyway in our SC primary but “at the time” Romney's lies were more promising than Huckabee or McCain's records.
We were screwed either way—like now.
Everyone is hyperventilating over silly details. The economy is in the tank and won't get better for years. The FedGov is growing at an alarming rate and assuming dictatorial powers.
In the end, the goal should be to defeat Obama.
I don’t know what you are talking about in regards to anything from some other thread, but do not carry personal baggage from thread to thread, and you can let off the name calling.
You are wrong about Romney being the best choice in 2008, and you were wrong to support him, and you are wrong to try and convince people today that Romney was the best candidate in 2008 when the race got down to the final three We conservatives here did everything we could to get you Romney guys to look at Romney’s record, which we posted over and over.
Romney was and still is the worst possible choice, he does not even belong in GOP politics.
I am a Newt fan. Not too fond of Rush at the best of times, sorry, I simply feel he has too much influence and runs sound bites not substance, but I solidly agreed with him UNTIL he made the sex tape crack.
That went beyond the pale for me. It was wrong.
Calling her co-students (if not her) sluts - that is calling a spade a spade. If you can’t afford contraception, don’t screw around. Kinda simple. I ain’t paying for your sinning.
Asking for a sex tape - tacky to the max and reminded me why I don’t often listen to Rush.
Newt was a gift on a par with Bill Buckley and Ronald Reagan to the conservative movement or the salvation of real America BACK IN THE EARLY NINETIES.
Now he is old obese and ugly and even if he talks like Thomas Jefferson he comes across as a clever stand up comic Lou Costello to America's MSM brain damaged majority...and we can't win a serious race with just that.
I had concerned that this could be Rushs nappy headed hos moment.Except that Rush was correct and Imus was trying to be funny at the expense of some gals just playing ball. Yeah...no comparison.
Amen to that. There isn't an issue or women that represents what is wrong with the nation. It's an issue more important than the economy or price of gas to those the realize the underlying problems we face go well beyond economics.
To all the Newt fans who bashed Santorum for implying that Rush should apologize, how does this feel? Is Newt not ready for prime time either?
You are absolutely right! I just watched MTP, and Newt was excellent. Totally respectful of Rush, saying merely he was “right to apologize.” Which he was! Like other posters, I must admit I’ve been cringing the past few days listening to Rush, shouting at the radio to “Stop it, already! You’ve made your point!”
One other thing. Rick’s statement throwing Rush under the bus, saying he was an entertainer is light years worse than Newt merely saying what he did because I firmly believe that Rush is the main reason Santorum has maintained his candidacy as long as he has. Without Rush spending huge amounts of precious broadcast time EVERY DAY explaining what Rick meant to say, or helping Rick pull his feet out of his mouth, Rick would have imploded long before this. And how does Rick thank him? By calling him an entertainer.
I have the feeling that because of Rush’s “apology” posted Saturday and the firestorm of controversy it has created, Rush is going to have 40 million people listening to him when he opens his show on Monday morning instead of his usual 20 million. I also get the feeling that Rush is not going to waste that opportunity, he will use this to advance conservatism and expose the reality of liberalism to even more people than he otherwise would have. I think Rush is accomplishing what other talk show hosts can only accomplish in their dreams. I think Rush knows what he is doing, he did not get where he is by being stupid.
Over your head obviously thus explaining our lack of communication—you are just too darn dumb to waste my time on you;)
A winky smiley face? I’m a grown man.
This is two posts and two personal attacks and name calling.
Romney was the wrong man for you to be supporting in 2008, and he is the wrong guy today, so there is no reason to be pumping him up as having been the best of the three finalists last time, while he is in the lead this time, Romney does not even belong in GOP politics.
I don't like Romney either because of Romneycare and that the best debate would be between himself in 1994 and himself in 2012. The only thing going for him is that he has executive political and business experience.
The two horses I was wanting to win- one was attacked for being a strong woman.
While the other's political run was lynched by anti-black Leftist Democrats
What Tea Partiers and other Conservatives need to do is get a Filibuster-proof Senate and a Veto-resistant House. This can be done by electing Tea Party Conservatives in the GOP primaries, and ride the anti-Obama wave to victory in November.
buh bye again--you haven't changed--you still wear your butt for a hat;););););)
Romney is not the man.
I saw this on TV. The way the MSM always writes it - they make it sound like Gingrich is the one who had something to say about Rush. But the truth is Candy put the question to him and hardly let Newt make his answer with talking over him.
People will never know this, they get led by the nose from the MSM.
Flip Flop. Man yesterday people were praising Newt for saying it was wonderful that Rush said that. People of course were bashing Santorum for saying it was horrible. Well today Newt has joined Santorum.
Santorum wins again!