Has Newt’s campaign just been derailed… by Newt’s own words?

It’s a little hard to think otherwise at this juncture.  

These are the links up currently at Drudge:

GingrichNEWT FLASHBACK 1983: REAGAN RESPONSIBLE FOR NATIONAL ‘DECAY’… 

NEWT 1986: ‘The Reagan administration has failed, is failing…

NEWT 1988: ‘If Bush runs as continuation of Reaganism he will lose’…

VIDEO…

INSIDER: GINGRICH REPEATEDLY INSULTED REAGAN

And then there’s this from Politico:

After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN’s John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich’sclaim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network’s interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true.

“Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff, the Gingrich campaign concedes now Speaker Gingrich was wrong — both in his debate answer, and in our interview yesterday,” King said on tonight’s edition of John King USA. “Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage.”

Not good people.

Not good at all.

Will Mr. Santorum reap the benefit of Newt’s apparent derailment?

God only knows.

God’s help is needed.

Because an Obama re-election is beginning to look more and more likely from my corner of the world.

Oh how I hope I’m reading the tea leaves wrongly.

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Posted by on January 26, 2012.
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  • Commander_Chico

    You got it, Rick.  Obama would beat Newt like a rented mule.  He’d start by sweeping New England. New York, NJ, and PA, and then it would work west on election night.

    Newt would win the south minus NC and FL, maybe Texas, AZ, Wyoming and Utah, maybe not. 

    Sarah would pull in Alaska’s three electoral votes for Newt, too.

    The fact that Drudge is featuring this so prominently on his propaganda website shows the establishment is in full panic mode. The full assault is on. By the end of next week, Americans will be confusing Newt Gingrich with Ted Bundy.

    Gotta love it, Bob Dole had the sharpest wit of anyone in the Congress:

    “Why do people take such an instant dislike to me?” asked a perplexed Gingrich, to whom Dole bluntly explained: “Because it saves them time.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

      It’s sure beginning to look like Drudge is part of the GOP elite who have annoited King Mitt with the crown — with the coronation to be completed once Drudge and the rest of the elite finish off the other contenders.

      But Drudge has always been a good little sheep herder. Nice purchase, 1%ers. A wise buy.

      • Commander_Chico

        I’ve never seen a race where so much media was so weighted on the side of one guy – Mitt.  Creepy. 

        Fox is like The Romney Channel, Drudge is giving almost his whole site to attacking Newt and boosting Mitt, and most of the streetwalkers on TV like Coulter are playing the same tune.

        • jim_m

          What, you didn’t watch the dem primaries in 2008?  The media were in the tank for obama from the word go.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

            Yeah – and the “liberal media” meme explains why the Tea Party swept to victory and took over the house in 2010.

            Wait, no it doesn’t – it proves the meme about the “liberal media” being able to actually influence elections is a crock of shit.

            Unlike the sheeple who watch Fox News and actually believe those lies, Dems decide on their own.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            Stephen, let’s be fair.

            The corporate media does push hard for candidates.  Gingrich is the largest example of that push by Fox of anyone but Romney.

            When Fox didn’t like his attack on Romney, his push was stunted.

            Now, he’s doing this all on his own.

            But you still have 70% of Republicans that trust Fox News on everything.

            The fact is, the media does influence elections.  Just not the way Jim believes.

          • jim_m

            And what exactly do I believe?  Enlighten me.  All I have said is that the media were in the tank for obama.  I said little about how they influenced the election.

          • jim_m

            For anyone paying attentiuon (that would exempt you) the influence of the media has been waning for over a decade.  Viewership of the major networks is in decline and circulation of newspapers is in freefall.  The influence is still powerful, but other sources of information like talk radio and the internet have arisen to create sources for competing viewpoints. 

            the problem with 2010 was not that the media wasn’t spinning like crazy for obama. It was. The issue was that the public was not buying that obamacare and the auto bailouts were the right thing.  The public was not impressed with the stimulus and obama’s promises on the economy all fell flat.

            The media can ignore and lie about reality, but the public still sees what happens. 

            As for dems deciding on their own, I would say that I sincerely doubt that you ever fact check the NYT or any other TV news outlet.  And I’m poretty certain that you take everything from obama as proceeding from the mouth of god.

          • jim_m

            Oh, and Stephen, you still haven’t done anything to prove that you aren’t a racist scumbag based on your comments in the previous blog post.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

            Boy – the bigots around here get up in arms when you rattle their cages.

            And you still haven’t proven you’re not a 12 year old imbecile, based on just about every comment you make.

          • retired.military

            Stop talking about yourself there Stephen.  You prove it with every post.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

            Shows how big a fool you are – again.

            So “the media is in the tank for Obama” but you’re not suggesting the media influences voters.

            Making your comment another useless vapid response to adult questions. Were you ignored as a child, Jim? Is that why you now follow me around spinning useless comments?

          • jim_m

            That’s right.  TV and media never influence anyone when it is a liberal cause, but when it is a conservative one we need to do something to shut them up. 

            The left screams like crazy about FOX, but why?  They claim that the MSM doesn’t influence anyone. 

            The media does influence people as I said, but it’s ability to influence has declined.  I did not at any point say they were without influence.

          • Hank_M

            “it proves the meme about the “liberal media” being able to actually influence elections is a crock of shit.”

            Are you naturally obtuse or does it come from practice?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

            You’ve never heard “Obama won because the media was behind him? – I have, many times, on this blog.

            It’s crap.

          • Hank_M

            Gotta disagree.

            One example:

            Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other
            national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said
            Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

            “It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the
            Iraq war,” Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. “It was extreme
            bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

          • jim_m

            IIRC the head of NBC news stated that he thought the media bias was worth 5% points at the polls, but that in the past it was worth 10-15%. 

            McCain, may have still lost.  He ran a crappy campaign.  But as I have said before, success is not just in the winning, it is in the changing of the result.

          • Hank_M

            Jim,

            It was Evan Thomas of Newsweek that said:

            “There’s one other base here, the media. Let’s talk a little media bias
            here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going
            to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media,
            not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and
            dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them,
            collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15
            points.”

            Every now and then, the truth does get out.

          • jim_m

            Thx for the reference.

          • retired.military

            You always call the truth crap.  This is nothing new.

          • retired.military

            You mean swept to victory despite the thousands of calls from the media of racsim??

            Go stuff a sock in it

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            Debatable.  It seemed more like the Dean train malfunctioned so Obama picked up the scraps.

          • jim_m

            Dude, Howard Dean ran in 2004, not 2008.  In 2008 he was Chair of the democratic party.

          • SCSIwuzzy

            This is typical of Jay.  He is not a very organised thinker.

        • retired.military

          “I’ve never seen a race where so much media was so weighted on the side of one guy”
          Where the hell were you every presidential election cycle. Every 4 years the media tout the liberal candidate and run the republican candidate through the ringer.

    • Par4Course

      “By the end of next week, Americans will be confusing Newt Gingrich with Ted Bundy.”  Not true.  Bundy is dead – then again, Newt’s chances of ever becoming POTUS are on life-support.

    • 914

      Obama beats no one like a mule. You pack mules think your so clever. It is you and the doosh that get 86′d.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    Ann Coulter is already saying that Obama will win by a landslide if Gingrich becomes the GOP nominee.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

      And Ann Coulter is worth paying any attention to whatsoever?

      She’s part of the elite too. If you want the 1%ers leading you around by the nose, pay attention to what Drudge and COulter and Hannity and the rest of them say.

      Don’t vote for the best candidate, vote for who they’ve told you to vote for…

      On to Victory!

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Big shocker. Drudge has been trashing Newt for days, headline after headline, same as Coulter, who has been pounding the table for Romney enough to make her fists bleed.

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    BTW – Romney’s line of attack on Newt not really being part of the Reagan revolution, and siding with Pelosi and the radical Democrats on the fraudulent ethics charges against Newt is just as damaging towards Romney IMO. It’s all based on lies, but that doesn’t get any play with the establishment machine, so we’ll see. There is a lot of lying going on on both sides. I would not mind Santorum threading the needle at all.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/01/mitt-romney-shameless-use-of-nancy-pelosi/

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      Go drink Jacobsen’s Kool Aid if you want.  Gingrich has repeatedly claimed to have “worked with Reagan to defeat the Soviet Empire” when the TRUTH is he was a back-bench Minority House member and did nothing but criticize Reagan’s policies at the time. 

      If you can cite a single contemporary reference to Reagan conferring with Gingrich on foreign policy, you can keep saying this crap.  If you can’t you should acknowledge it is a LIE and Newt is a LIAR.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        I’ve already cited far more references for my assertions than you have.

        http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Bozell-Gingrich-Reagan-conservative/2012/01/26/id/425616

        “the TRUTH is he was a back-bench Minority House member and did nothing but criticize Reagan’s policies at the time. “

        That’s not the truth at all. You can’t cite a single disagreement to characterize an entire career. THAT is the lie. You know very well that is ROMNEY who distanced himself from Reagan, not Gingrich. Romney refused to sign the Contract with America. You have no means of supporting a sorry milquetoast candidate so you resort to smears.

        And here is a link to my blog with references rebutting every assertion you’ve made:

        http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/2012/01/gingrich-buried-under-avalanche-of-lies.html

        And here is my favorite Romney quote:

        “I’m someone who is moderate and… my views are progressive.”

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        It’s not worth getting angry about.

        It’s only our lives. lol.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        Now Abrams is a proven liar. Will you be honest enough to admit you were wrong?

        “It does no one — least of all Elliott Abrams or Governor Romney — any good to try and say that Newt Gingrich, as loyal a friend and ally to Ronald Reagan as could be found in the day — was somehow some crazed anti-Reaganite who got the Cold War wrong. Not only is this not true, its laughably untrue. Quite noticeably in last night’s debate, on the heels of the release of that video showing Nancy Reagan herself praising Newt and the news that Michael Reagan is endorsing the ex-Speaker, Romney sheepishly began to back away from all of this zaniness.

        He should.”

  • Sheik Yur Bouty

    I’d like to throw the lot of them out and start over with a different batch.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rtssdorsai Jeff C

    given that Romney refused to sign onto the Contract with America and was openly opposed to Reagan I don’t see how this gains Romney any voters.  In fact it may highlight the differences between Newt and Mitt vis-a-vi Reagan that Mitt loses badly in that comparison …

  • Meiji Man

    I really try to stay away from the conspiracy crazy, but why it the parties seem to go out of their way to pick the lest electable opponent to a incumbent president? Romney is the return of Bob Dole. 

    • herddog505

      Why are you h8ing on Dole like that?  Dole was boring, lackluster and seems to have gotten the nomination by dint of it being “his turn”, but I don’t recall that he generated the outright animus among the GOP base that Romney does.

      The GOP primary has devolved into a race between who inspires the LEAST contempt (if not outright hatred) in the base.

      Jebus, we’re so screwed.  At least when the dems elect a corrupt, America-hating moron, they are getting what they want.  Lucky them…

      With any luck, the GOP convention will march in a body to the nearest jail, grab the first non-violent offender they see, and put him on the ticket.

      It would be such an improvement.

      • Gmacr1

        Bob Dole was a pretty funny guy, humor wise that is.
        To bad he wasn’t allowed to use it during his campaign.

        • Commander_Chico

          Chico voted for Dole in 1996,out of admiration for his humor and being pissed off at Clinton for some reason back then.

  • Hank_M

    “Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff…”Now there’s a phrase we never see when Obama is the one being questioned.

    • jim_m

      Nope.  They’re too busy photoshopping halos around his head to ask questions.

      • Hank_M

        and I always thought that was the glow of ignorance.

  • http://onthemark1.blogspot.com/ On The Mark

    Most likely Gingrich will again recover from having been thrown under the bus for the second time by Repubicans Romney, Drudge, etc.

  • http://onthemark1.blogspot.com/ On The Mark

    Most likely Gingrich will again recover from having been thrown under the bus for the second time by Repubicans Romney, Drudge, etc.

  • jim_m

    I’m afraid that the reality is that most conservatives will vote ABO regardless of the candidate and that you stand to lose more votes with an extreme conservative than you do a squishy RINO like Romney. Newt has big negatives that will drive away iIndependants, Romney doesn’t.

    That being said, I’m not sure that you could even call Newt an extreme conservative.  He has backed statist policies like Pelosi’s stance on Global Warming.  He is prone to falling for big government solutions to issues that should be addressed by the states or by individuals.

    Put a Republican in the WH regardless of how much a RINO he may be and get focused on the Congress and Senate.  That is where the real fixing of government and the economy will come from.  It is in the repeal of regulation (repeal that the President cannot vote for) that is needed.  It is the restraining of the bureaucracy that will save the economy and restore liberty, which the President can only do in part, but Congress can do by amending the statutory powers of various agencies.

  • Par4Course

    Guess what: Our choice in November is going to be Obama or Someone Who’s Less Than Perfect.  What a shocker!  

    The difference is that Mitt’s brand of imperfection (the Massachusetts Moderate) is less off-putting than Newt’s (the Georgia Jerk).  Newt’s negatives with anyone who’s not a conservative Republican are in the stratosphere (and some of us conservatives are not all that convinced Newt’s really the smartest guy in the room).  

    While it would be fun to watch Newt debate Barry, it will be more fun to have a fighting chance of getting The One out of the White House.

  • Meiji Man

    Romney is just lying now. 

    Just found a interesting article on this: 
    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/01/24/reagans-young-lieutenant/
    hattip to coldfury.com

  • 914

    Robme is my last choice. He is a backstabbing Rino. Amazingly still preferable to the jug eared doosh who’s claim to fame is lying with our without lips a flapping.

    • jim_m

      It’s not about the President it’s about the congress that passes the bills.

      Strong leadership in congress will get the job done.  The real question is whether or not we can get that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7FMXY3DZP7JF7SGSPIOSLLXNE Stephen

        The GOP led House has accomplished nothing…

        Oh wait, they have brought down the Congressional approval rating even lower than it was before they took over the House, so there’s that.

        And nothing else. The Party of No does Nothing.

  • ackwired

    Third party is looking better all of the time.

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Wasn’t it George HW Bush that coined the term VooDoo Economics?  And then went on to be Reagan’s VP and successor.

  • http://twitter.com/Random_Numbers Brian Epps

    Looks like Newt is the victim of selective editing here.  Has Drudge sung to Michael Moore levels now?
    http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/video-of-newt-bashing-reagan-is-bogus.html

    • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

      Was just about to post that too. Newt actually praised Reagan.

      “It’s the minute or two afterward you also need to hear to understand that Newt wasn’t bashing Reagan at all.

      He was merely saying, Bush isn’t Reagan and the GOP needs something
      new to sell. He even points out the Reagan landslide, saying Reagan’s
      platform won 48, or whatever states and was inclusive.”

      http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/01/shock-video-of-newt-bashing-reagan-misleadingly-edited/

      It’s like Proverbs says, “The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.”

      You’d better double check. Rush ran with is on his show too.

    • Brucehenry

      OK, but the Elliott Abrams article is pretty damning.

  • retired.military

    It doesnt matter to me who wins the republican primary.  In Nov I am voting for ABO no matter what.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    The DNC, two unions (AFSCME & SEIU), and another Democratic PAC are all running ads in Florida – against Romney.  They are touching themselves in naughty places at the thought of running against Newt.

    Wise up, people – as much as you admire Gingrich’s backstabbing of conservatives and ability to pork the help over and over, he cannot win.

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Inasmuch as the Newt bashing seems to have gotten out of control here at Wizbang, and Abrams’ false, misleading charges were repeated here, I think a retraction is in order.