Romney Attacks Gingrich’s Record of Ethics Violations, Lobbyist Work

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Why did it take Mitt Romney so long to bring up Newt Gingrich’s record of ethics violations? Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich is a ‘failed leader,’ ‘disgrace’.

As the GOP’s anointed successor, Romney got overconfident and relaxed on these issues, while Newt Gingrich skillfully played on the race grievances of the GOP base. Now Romney is struggling to get back on even footing with someone he didn’t think would be competition.

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney landed here Sunday with a simple message: Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud. And a disgrace. And a hapless showman.

Standing under a brilliant orange Florida sunset, Romney delivered his longest sustained critique of the South Carolina primary winner to date — ticking through a list as if he were reading off Gingrich’s Wikipedia page, and undercutting each item as he got to it.

“Speaker Gingrich has also been a leader,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “He was a leader for four years as speaker of the House. And at the end of four years, it was proven that he was a failed leader and he had to resign in disgrace. I don’t know whether you knew that, he actually resigned after four years, in disgrace.

Romney continued: “He was investigated over an ethics panel and had to make a payment associated with that and then his fellow Republicans, 88 percent of his Republicans voted to reprimand Speaker Gingrich. He has not had a record of successful leadership.”

Then Romney got into Gingrich’s post-congressional career.

“Over the last 15 years since he left the House, he talks about great bold movements and ideas,” he told the crowd of several hundred people gathered at a building materials company here. “Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He’s been working as a lobbyist, yeah, he’s been working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington.”

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1 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:48:28am

Heard a Gingrich supporter on the radio this morning who says the ethics claims were nothing more than people trying to bash Newt.

2 Iwouldprefernotto  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:48:54am

he told the crowd of several hundred people gathered

That many? The man does not inspire.

3 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:50:29am

This sounds kind of desperate.

I don’t know whether you knew that, he actually resigned after four years, in disgrace.

I don't think that'll be a big negative in the GOP voters. I think SFZ was right when she said history doesn't matter, except in broad strokes.

It is funny that the final two choices, it appears, for the GOP leaders are two absolute rock-solid Beltway insiders, two guys who couldn't possibly be more tied into the political establishment.

4 erik_t  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:50:45am

The number of painfully idiotic campaign decisions this cycle has really been amazing. Has anyone seen Mark Penn?

5 lawhawk  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:51:12am

All the candidates in the GOP are severely flawed, and none of them are being helped by the fact that their campaign managers/advisers are doing an even worse job than could possibly be imagined.

While Romney was probably not wanting to make Newt into more of a challenger by raising the ethics messes, it left Newt clear to remain on the offensive without having to address the ethics flaps and being disgraced by essentially booted from Congress by his fellow Republicans.

The Romney campaign finally got around to it on Sunday - when they had Christie go on the talkers to attack Newt, mentioning the ethics messes and Newt's flawed character and judgment.

Perhaps too-little, too-late? A sign of desperation from a campaign that shouldn't have been in this position in the first place? Both? Or the beginning of a resurgence by Mitt?

6 The Yankee  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:52:59am
Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He’s been working as a lobbyist, yeah, he’s been working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington.”

Do the right wingers hate lobbyist too? I thought they were for any type of capitalism just short of drug dealing. At least that is what the people said when they were supporting the way Mitt made his money.

7 ProGunLiberal  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:54:38am

Good news in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood cares more about the Economy than creating an Islamist State:

Improving the economy and fighting poverty, not legislating to create a Muslim state, will be the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda when they form Egypt's first post-Mubarak government today. "We can't talk about implementing Islamic Shariah law when the country is experiencing such devastating economic problems," said Mohammed Gouda, a party policymaker and economics committee member.

Also, apparently the Libyans have taken to describing the Saudis as "Greenies" as a result of Saudi support of the Salafis in Egypt.

8 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:56:34am

I was thinking this morning that Romney would have to make this his next line of attack since the sex charges didn't work. Its just a matter of time before the details of the ethics charges against Newt are leaked. Will it matter?

9 bluecheese  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:57:03am
in disgrace.

say it again mitt.


lol

10 Lidane  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:57:28am

Mitt clearly hasn't been paying attention to the Freepers or the rest of the wingnut blogs. Newt's past is a bonus. They love him even more for it, and think that anyone making hay out of it is either a RINO or playing right into the MSM and the East Coast elites.

I wish I was kidding:

Wowzee!!!! I dont know what Im enjoying more... the absolute unhinged media or unhinged elite repubs. Hysterical.
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Those who want RINOmney want what the Obamaloon wants...they just want it done more slowly and gently.

RINOmney is a vapid (liberal, conservative, whatever you want today) dork.
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This is awesome just to hear the news media RINOs crying in their hands.
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This has to be the “jump the shark” moment for Ann Coulter. Never been a big fans of her in the first place. The good thing about the past few weeks is the hidden RINOs like Coulter have been exposed.
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Here’s my take on the primaries. If the country had a balanced budget, a robust economy, and calm global concerns, Mitt would make a fine President. He is a decent man like Bush Sr. He is friendly and is an effective governor. But we are in the midst of epochal shifts in politics and our nation. We must either give up or start to right the ship. Newt, although, a bomb thrower, is the one to reinvigorate conservatism and begin to right the ship. He will be blasted like Reagan was early in his administration. He will be impeached if democrats reach a majority. Every bit of dirt he has ever done from 3rd grade on will be discussed nightly by the captive press. But we need him now! Santorum is one of the most decent human beings alive, but his boy scout image will be shredded by the Chicago thugs and marxists that are attempting to run our country.
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The south is flaying Mitt alive. The table has been reset. New Hampshire’s influence is now gone. Their constant effort to allow democrats and independents to choose the republican nominee may finally be breaking.
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LOL. Newt has all the proper enemies: OURS!

11 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:58:04am

re: #6 The Yankee

Do the right wingers hate lobbyist too? I thought they were for any type of capitalism just short of drug dealing. At least that is what the people said when they were supporting the way Mitt made his money.

In theory, they hate the entire D.C. establishment, including the lobbyists.

12 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:58:40am

So let me propose another perspective on what to hope for in the GOP primary. Which GOP candidate would provide the more helpful counterpoint to the incumbent?

Who will arouse the better arguments in ads, debates and pundit forums? I almost page/polled that but I'm just not great at the perfect phrasing needed for a poll.

13 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:58:43am

re: #6 The Yankee

Do the right wingers hate lobbyist too? I thought they were for any type of capitalism just short of drug dealing. At least that is what the people said when they were supporting the way Mitt made his money.

Too broad a brush stroke. Remember that Newt is now the "anti-establishment" candidate out to free us from the tyranny of Washington. Therefore lobbyists are bad for the libertarian and rank and file. However, Newt also has those nice inside connections and Beltway experience that is useful for the corporate interests. No one talks about that now. (Not to mention that everyone was so jealous of him they trumped up a bunch of stuff that they all due and blamed it on him!)
/

14 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:58:53am

re: #10 Lidane

Mitt clearly hasn't been paying attention to the Freepers or the rest of the wingnut blogs. Newt's past is a bonus. They love him even more for it, and think that anyone making hay out of it is either a RINO or playing right into the MSM and the East Coast elites.

I wish I was kidding:

Some people just want to see the world burn.

15 erik_t  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:00:04am

re: #10 Lidane

Mitt clearly hasn't been paying attention to the Freepers or the rest of the wingnut blogs. Newt's past is a bonus. They love him even more for it, and think that anyone making hay out of it is either a RINO or playing right into the MSM and the East Coast elites.

I wish I was kidding:

Hidden RINOs like Coulter.

YOUR HEAD A-SPLODE

16 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:00:25am

re: #12 Rightwingconspirator

Anyone running on a platform that included a hell of a lot about the absolute seriousness of AGW, without otherwise being lunatics.

17 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:00:56am

re: #14 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Some people just want to see the world burn.

If they can't have it than no one should.

Unfortunately it is not that uncommon of a viewpoint in the human race.

18 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:01:03am

re: #15 erik_t

Hidden RINOs like Coulter.

YOUR HEAD A-SPLODE

"No true Republican..."

19 The Yankee  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:01:19am

re: #13 oaktree

Too broad a brush stroke. Remember that Newt is now the "anti-establishment" candidate out to free us from the tyranny of Washington. Therefore lobbyists are bad for the libertarian and rank and file. However, Newt also has those nice inside connections and Beltway experience that is useful for the corporate interests. No one talks about that now. (Not to mention that everyone was so jealous of him they trumped up a bunch of stuff that they all due and blamed it on him!)
/

It use to drive me nuts when people said that Bush Jr was an outsider. He spent most of his adult life in DC. And a majority of his life either in DC or New England not Texas.......But I am changing the subject.

20 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:02:16am

re: #17 oaktree

If they can't have it than no one should.

Unfortunately it is not that uncommon of a viewpoint in the human race.

"Just because I'm going to lose doesn't mean I have to let you win." - Me

21 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:02:59am

re: #16 Obdicut

Anyone running on a platform that included a hell of a lot about the absolute seriousness of AGW, without otherwise being lunatics.

I think we are left without one of those to consider. Sadly so.

22 SpaceJesus  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:03:04am

Ann coulter is a RINO. Wow. Free has officially reached the winger derp singularity

23 Lidane  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:03:09am

re: #15 erik_t

Hidden RINOs like Coulter.

YOUR HEAD A-SPLODE

Not just Ann Coulter. John Bolton is apparently a RINO as well:

John Bolton endorses Romney’s presidential run - CNN

[Link: articles.cnn.com...]

In addition to this, I read Bolton’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal extolling Mitt Romney as a “Reaganaut”, as a Conservative.

I had the actual paper in my hands...I didn’t read it online.

When I read that, I thought to myself, Bolton is OVER with Conservatives.

24 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:03:17am

re: #12 Rightwingconspirator

So let me propose another perspective on what to hope for in the GOP primary. Which GOP candidate would provide the more helpful counterpoint to the incumbent?

Who will arouse the better arguments in ads, debates and pundit forums? I almost page/polled that but I'm just not great at the perfect phrasing needed for a poll.

Romney will spout nothing but platitudes. Newt will blow a lot of racist dogwhistles, but he fancies himself an intellectual, so he might actually debate ideas about the economy and how jobs are generated.

25 SpaceJesus  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:04:04am

re: #22 SpaceJesus

*Freep

26 The Yankee  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:05:31am

re: #23 Lidane

No True Scotsman

27 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:06:59am

Wingularity: A thought process so dense, no rational argument can penetrate or escape.

28 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:07:37am

re: #26 The Yankee

No True Scotsman

NEWT GINGRICH IS SCOTTISH?! WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?!

29 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:07:47am

Heh. Activating my Maneki Neko worked. I got a Chinese New Year card from a co-worker. More resources to use for keeping the M&M jar stocked.

:D

30 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:09:09am

re: #24 aagcobb

Romney will spout nothing but platitudes. Newt will blow a lot of racist dogwhistles, but he fancies himself an intellectual, so he might actually debate ideas about the economy and how jobs are generated.

That's about what I'm thinking but how big is the risk he wins the general? Not a big risk IMO. Heck the GOP primary is over by California anyway. Open primary BTW lest anyone get the idea I'm Republican.

31 Targetpractice  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:10:14am

re: #28 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

NEWT GINGRICH IS SCOTTISH?! WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?!

"If it's nae Scottish, it's crap!"

32 Kragar  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:12:05am

re: #31 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

"If it's nae Scottish, it's crap!"

Ah, must not be Scottish then.

33 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:16:36am

re: #7 ProLifeLiberal

Good news in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood cares more about the Economy than creating an Islamist State:

Also, apparently the Libyans have taken to describing the Saudis as "Greenies" as a result of Saudi support of the Salafis in Egypt.

Now that's why I'm glad you post here.

34 Targetpractice  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:18:51am

Thing is, Romney can't do negative. Let me clarify that: He can't do negative like Newt can. He can't be mean and nasty enough to top Newt, whether it be on stage or on the stump. And Newt's already trying to neutralize Romney's SuperPACs by calling on him to take responsibility for their lies in the debates.

35 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:19:01am

re: #32 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Now I'm imagining Newt in a kilt and that's just frightening.

36 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:20:04am

re: #35 Obdicut

Somebody just had to dangle that prospect...

37 Artist  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:20:12am

re: #35 Obdicut

Now I'm imagining Newt in a kilt and that's just frightening.

Please pass the brain bleach.

38 Targetpractice  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:21:49am

re: #35 Obdicut

Now I'm imagining Newt in a kilt and that's just frightening.

Ban him!

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39 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:22:55am

re: #35 Obdicut

Now I'm imagining Newt in a kilt and that's just frightening.

[Link: www.oxhorn.com...]

:)

40 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:23:17am

Does anyone else think it would be a good idea for a pro-Obama superpac to run attack ads against Romney in Florida this week? Or maybe, as reverse psychology they run "attack ads" against Newt, and actually fire up the GOP Base to go vote for him.

41 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:24:49am

re: #40 aagcobb

Does anyone else think it would be a good idea for a pro-Obama superpac to run attack ads against Romney in Florida this week? Or maybe, as reverse psychology they run "attack ads" against Newt, and actually fire up the GOP Base to go vote for him.

I wouldn't. Offers them both common ground to fire at.

The GOP candidates tearing each other down is simply good for Obama. Their negatives build and they spend money firing salvos at each other. No reason to become an alternate target more than necessary.

42 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:25:51am

re: #41 oaktree

I wouldn't. Offers them both common ground to fire at.

The GOP candidates tearing each other down is simply good for Obama. Their negatives build and they spend money firing salvos at each other. No reason to become an alternate target more than necessary.

That makes sense; Obama keeps his hands clean.

43 erik_t  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:25:56am

re: #40 aagcobb

Does anyone else think it would be a good idea for a pro-Obama superpac to run attack ads against Romney in Florida this week? Or maybe, as reverse psychology they run "attack ads" against Newt, and actually fire up the GOP Base to go vote for him.

The risk to reward ratio is not favorable.

44 rwmofo  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:26:46am

Newt Gingrich's "Ethics Violations" have got to be one of the biggest yawners to to ever be tied to a politician. Let's recap what the media hates to admit:

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker, all by Democrats.

Eighty-three of the charges were later dropped.

The Ethics Committee's Special Counsel, James M. Cole, concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law...

In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations.

Summary: Newt was falsely charged with 83 ethics violations by a hyperventilating media/democrat party. The Ethics Committee was uncertain about ONE CHARGE and proceeded with an investigation. The IRS fully exonerated Newt Gingrich. Total nontroversy.

If Newt were a democrat, the media would have summarized this "footnote" exactly as the handsome and charming rwmofo has so eloquently done herewith.

45 Altermite  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:27:07am

re: #40 aagcobb

Does anyone else think it would be a good idea for a pro-Obama superpac to run attack ads against Romney in Florida this week? Or maybe, as reverse psychology they run "attack ads" against Newt, and actually fire up the GOP Base to go vote for him.

If I were obama, my 'negative ads' would be calculated to make Romney seem as similar as possible to me, just to f with the republican base even more.

Romney: Born in Kenya?

46 Altermite  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:27:55am

re: #44 rwmofo

Newt Gingrich's "Ethics Violations" have got to be one of the biggest yawners to to ever be tied to a politician. Let's recap what the media hates to admit:

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker, all by Democrats.

Eighty-three of the charges were later dropped.

The Ethics Committee's Special Counsel, James M. Cole, concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law...

In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations.

Summary: Newt was falsely charged with 83 ethics violations by a hyperventilating media/democrat party. The Ethics Committee was uncertain about ONE CHARGE and proceeded with an investigation. The IRS fully exonerated Newt Gingrich. Total nontroversy.

If Newt were a democrat, the media would have summarized this "footnote" exactly as the handsome and charming rwmofo has so eloquently done herewith.

No, they would have swarmed over it anyways, just like they do with anything remotely juicy.

47 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:28:20am

re: #45 Altermite

If I were obama, my 'negative ads' would be calculated to make Romney seem as similar as possible to me, just to f with the republican base even more.

Romney: Born in Kenya?

Actually, you should use Mexico.

Because George Romney was born in Mexico.

48 Altermite  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:28:58am

re: #47 EmmmieG

Actually, you should use Mexico.

Because George Romney was born in Mexico.

Right.

Romney: A secret mexican? Why won't he show us his real birth certificate?

49 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:31:28am

re: #44 rwmofo

I approve wholeheartedly of your support of Gingrich. I hope he wins primaries elsewhere.

"I did not manage the effort intensely enough to thoroughly direct or review information being submitted to the committee on my behalf. In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee."

That's Gingrich on his ethics violation. It's that kind of integrity-- where a guy lets things be submitted with his signature and then claims any inaccuracies aren't his fault-- that American voters are looking for.

50 SidewaysQuark  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:32:14am

Republicans aren't voting for Newt; they're voting against Romney. He's not CONSERVATIVE™ enough for them. Neither is Newt, for that matter, to a lot of them.

51 Targetpractice  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:32:33am

re: #44 rwmofo

Then Newt should have no problem with releasing the records of said investigation and putting the issue to rest.

52 Girth  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:33:54am

re: #44 rwmofo

This:

In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations.

Is not equivalent to this:

The IRS fully exonerated Newt Gingrich.

And you do realize that one can be in violation of House Ethics Rules without being in violation of federal tax law?

53 SpaceJesus  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:34:30am

re: #44 rwmofo

You should try reading the entirety of that Wikipedia article you are cherry picking from

54 erik_t  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:36:30am

re: #53 SpaceJesus

Coffee, screen. Screen, coffee.

55 Artist  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:37:14am

re: #53 SpaceJesus

You should try reading the entirety of that Wikipedia article you are cherry picking from

That would require thinking outside the talking points, which we all know is a big no-no.

56 Girth  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:37:19am

re: #53 SpaceJesus

You should try reading the entirety of that Wikipedia article you are cherry picking from

Yeah, like this sentence that didn't make the cut for rwmofo:

After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was reprimanded and penalized $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in the history of the House that a speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation.

57 Alexzander  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:37:27am

re: #53 SpaceJesus

You should try reading the entirety of that Wikipedia article you are cherry picking from

lulz.

58 SpaceJesus  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:41:10am

re: #56 Girth

I was thinking more along the lines of where the article correctly states that Gingrich was found to have lied to, and misled, the investigators.

59 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:42:32am

re: #58 SpaceJesus

Nah, he just let documents be submitted in testimony to congress that he didn't even read, with his signature on them. No big deal, right?

60 lawhawk  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:42:42am

re: #44 rwmofo

You do realize that Newt paid a $300,000 fine in connection to that ethics flap, and that his fellow Republicans booted him from his position, essentially ending his run in Congress?

More to the point, Congress voted 395-28, to reprimand Gingrich and to fine him $300,000. As one of his fellow GOPers noted:

"Today we conclude this case by imposing a heavy penalty on the leader of this House. It is a tough penalty, unprecedented and appropriate," Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson, who chaired the ethics committee, said at the time on the House floor.

The original charges had fallen by the wayside. Gingrich admitted he had unintentionally but materially misled the committee and had failed to keep the college course insulated from partisan politics.

You don't pay a $300,000 fine for anything as an individual if there was nothing there. That wasn't some slap on the wrist.

61 Alexzander  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:42:49am

Man, I've been away from LGF for a couple of days and I come back to the loss of albusteve and what feels like a declaration of war from the stalker blog.

62 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:43:27am

re: #61 Alexzander

Man, I've been away from LGF for a couple of days and I come back to the loss of albusteve and what feels like a declaration of war from the stalker blog.

They declared war ages ago; this is just another temper tantrum.

Steve I will miss.

63 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:43:36am

re: #61 Alexzander

Declaration of hissy-fit.

64 engineer cat  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:45:27am

romney attacking newt won't work - the morons and racists live newts hate speech

america's worst have rallied to their pudgy little fascist and won't listen to anything bad about him

65 Girth  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:46:36am

re: #58 SpaceJesus

I was thinking more along the lines of where the article correctly states that Gingrich was found to have lied to, and misled, the investigators.

I just particularly loved cutting this paragraph

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker, all by Democrats. Eighty-three of the charges were later dropped. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was reprimanded and penalized $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in the history of the House that a speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation.

down to this

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker, all by Democrats. Eighty-three of the charges were later dropped.

Because clearly only Democrats had problems with Newt's behavior, as shown by that 395-28 vote where all 395 Democrats voted to reprimand him, and only the lonely 28 Republican members of the House ...wait, what?

66 Targetpractice  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:47:08am

re: #64 engineer dog

romney attacking newt won't work - the morons and racists live newts hate speech

america's worst have rallied to their pudgy little fascist and won't listen to anything bad about him

It's the victim ideology, i.e. "They're attacking Newt because they're afraid of him!"

67 Sheila Broflovski  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:47:11am

re: #45 Altermite

If I were obama, my 'negative ads' would be calculated to make Romney seem as similar as possible to me, just to f with the republican base even more.

Romney: Born in Kenya Mexico?

Oh wait, that was his father.
Mitt Romney: "Natural-born"?

68 pinkbunny  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:48:31am

re: #10 Lidane

Newbie here, the thing about Newt is that he's like dessert to the GOP conservatives. He's so out there and open about inciting hate and racism. He's telling rightwing nut jobs, everything they believe in is ok!

Romney on the other hand is like brussel sprouts and broccoli in one huge boring serving. Plus there's something shifty about him, like he's a slick salesman (no offense meant to real salesmen!!!)

from NRO: [Link: www.nationalreview.com...]

"Why is the stump speech so awful? “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” Mitt paid some guy to write this insipid pap. And he paid others to approve it. "

If Newt keeps this up, without making a huge error, I think he can win the nominee!

69 Girth  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:51:05am

re: #66 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

It's the victim ideology, i.e. "They're attacking Newt because they're afraid of him!"

Just like Palin. What's with today's GOP and their adoration with grifters? Maybe I should write a Coulter-ish book and see how much wingnut welfare I can get.

70 JeffM70  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:51:59am

re: #10 Lidane

Ann Coulter a hidden RINO? Talking about jumping the shark.

71 engineer cat  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:52:11am

re: #44 rwmofo

you win

your faction has taken over the republican party

and destroyed it as an effective force in american politics

72 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:52:29am

re: #68 pinkbunny

Welcome hatchling.

73 William Barnett-Lewis  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:52:49am

Prayers folks. I'm off to our bankruptcy hearing brought on by our foreclosure and a long stint of unemployment. BBL.

74 Obdicut  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:53:03am

re: #68 pinkbunny

I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.

Whoah. That's terrible.

75 pinkbunny  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:54:22am

re: #72 oaktree

Thanks :-) I stumbled onto this site, and found out where the cool kids hang

76 JeffM70  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:55:08am

re: #44 rwmofo

Which reality are you typing from, because it isn't this one.

77 erik_t  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:55:26am

re: #74 Obdicut

Whoah. That's terrible.

It sure is. America.

78 aagcobb  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:55:32am

re: #74 Obdicut

Whoah. That's terrible.

One thing you can say about Newt. He would never spout a line that insipid.

79 lawhawk  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:57:41am

re: #65 Girth

Also ignored is that the 84 charges were dropped down to one because it was essentially the same ethics provision repeatedly violated (85 times in total).

The vote was 01/22/1997. 395-28 agreeing to the report findings. And it's interesting to note the reasoning of some of the nay votes:

Two Democrats voted against - because they wanted to make sure that the penalties came from personal funds, and not any other entities. At least one GOP who voted against thought the penalties were too high (not that he wasn't guilty). Several other Democrats voted Present because they didn't think the penalties were sufficiently high.

80 pinkbunny  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 11:57:46am

re: #74 Obdicut

I know!! It sounds like an answer to a joke about how many Americans it takes to screw in a light bulb!

It boils down to the fundamental problem Romney has - that he can't connect, but Newt can...

81 Lidane  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 12:11:37pm

re: #76 JeffM70

Which reality are you typing from, because it isn't this one.

It's the alternate one where Newt Gingrich is a victim of a Democratic conspiracy, and he's a principled conservative on the level of St. Reagan.

82 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 12:33:23pm

re: #62 SanFranciscoZionist

Steve is out? I've been busy myself and missed that.

83 Archangelus  Mon, Jan 23, 2012 1:43:47pm

re: #37 SteelPH

Please pass the brain bleach.

Extra strong for me, please....

84 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Tue, Jan 24, 2012 2:26:43am

re: #44 rwmofo

Newt Gingrich's "Ethics Violations" have got to be one of the biggest yawners to to ever be tied to a politician. Let's recap what the media hates to admit:

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker, all by Democrats.

Eighty-three of the charges were later dropped.

The Ethics Committee's Special Counsel, James M. Cole, concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law...

In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations.

Summary: Newt was falsely charged with 83 ethics violations by a hyperventilating media/democrat party. The Ethics Committee was uncertain about ONE CHARGE and proceeded with an investigation. The IRS fully exonerated Newt Gingrich. Total nontroversy.

If Newt were a democrat, the media would have summarized this "footnote" exactly as the handsome and charming rwmofo has so eloquently done herewith.

Hey, motherfucker (it's your nick, so it's OK), that some charges were dropped doesn't mean that they were false.


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