Overdone anger

Gingrich's hot response to media didn't look very presidential

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Newt Gingrich’s rage at the news media in Thursday night’s debate was delicious, understandable, crowd-pleasing and wholly overdone.

His over-the-top combativeness may, paradoxically, help boost him to the top in today’s South Carolina primary – but also ultimately may be the end of him.

We agree, in principle, when he says, “The destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.” The tone set by the media – and the double standard in which Republicans are subject to vivisection while Bill Clinton remains a rock star and much of Barack Obama’s past is a closed book – is a growing problem for civil, civic America.

But if Gingrich’s umbrage felt good, it didn’t feel all that right.

For one thing, it was a completely legitimate line of questioning by CNN’s John King, one of the fairest members of the broadcast media: That Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, alleged in an ABC-TV interview that Gingrich had asked her to have “an open marriage” in order for him to philander with the woman who ultimately became his third wife – well, that was simply the big news of the day.

Gingrich’s righteous anger at being asked about it right out of the chute at the debate was also a bit much; what difference does it make when it’s asked? It’s possible King could have waited until later, only to be accused of lying in wait. And again, it was the breaking news of the campaign.

The major media are biased; they have made a mess of the campaign; they are hurting the country by tugging the national dialogue into the sewer. But in this particular case, Gingrich has nothing to complain about. How could he not have known his past wives might be an issue?

Conservatives feel under siege by a hostile media.

We appreciate someone finally standing up for us with a modicum of courage.

But Mr. Gingrich just came off looking imperious in his rumbling anger Thursday night. How might he deflect the even greater flak that comes with being president – by constantly returning fire?

Asked Thursday night what he would’ve done differently in the campaign, Gingrich basically said he would’ve avoided being handled by political consultants at the start of his bid. Well, he sure needed a consultant Thursday night.

A little less indignation and a little more contrition might have helped his former wife’s charges blow over.

Maybe.

But his pugnaciousness – while it played well for the cameras and may even help him today – ensured the issue won’t go away anytime soon, and might hurt him in the long run.

Upon reflection along the winding campaign trail, conservatives may, once their own anger at the media subsides, conclude that the former Mrs. Gingrich’s allegations are actually quite grievous and not to be discounted in the emotions of the moment.

Especially for a political party grasping onto quaint values as one might hug a tree in a hurricane.

There may be a media double standard for Democrats and Republicans. However unfair, the tougher standard is still preferable.

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Insider Information 01/21/12 - 12:04 am
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Calling a tabloid-like

Calling a tabloid-like assault more worthy of TMZ than CNN "...the big news of the day" would be laughable if not for the reality we find ourselves in.

Dredging up a decades old allegation (which, if true, why did it take more than 20 years to come up?) is insulting to the millions of Americans without work, the soldiers dying each day to protect our freedom, and the countless of other legitimate crises facing our nation.

Whether true or not, does it really have any effect at all on YOUR life?

Name a person and I can find an ex-wife, ex-husband, ex-girlfriend or an ex-boyfriend chomping at the bit to make some salacious accusation for a moment of revenge.

Sometimes, the media needs a little egg on its face to remind them of the problems real Americans are fighting every day.

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robaroo 01/21/12 - 02:59 am
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Newt Gingrich has had to

Newt Gingrich has had to endure two cheap shots in the past couple of weeks - his ex-wives issue and calling one of his welfare proposals racist.

Mr. Gingrich has plenty of problems from the past that legitimately should be brought up. He was cited for ethics violations while in the House in the 90's. He made a fortune selling influence after leaving the House.

The conservative media have some egg on their face too. A few weeks ago I watched Bill O'Reilly of Fox News make excuses for Mr. Gingrich lobbying for Fannie Mae.

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copperhead 01/21/12 - 05:44 am
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Why are hussein's college

Why are hussein's college transcripts sealed? What are some of his 20+ year old sins? Is this why sealing his own records was his second official act? What is he hiding? Why can't newt seal his records?

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carcraft 01/21/12 - 07:53 am
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I remember right after McCain

I remember right after McCain got the nomination the New York Slimes ran a debunked 20 year old story about an alleged affair McCain was supposed to have had with with a lobbyists. Geoorge Bush indured the 60 minuet National Guard story supported by easly determined forged documents. Then when the presses beloved Obama was asked about redistributing the wealth they attacked Joe the Plumber who ask the question! I think Newt's reaction was a fair response and put the media on notice that he would call them out. It was a stupid question and a smear tactic that blew up in the face of the "main stream" media-good for Newt!

copperhead
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copperhead 01/21/12 - 08:16 am
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I would like to know a little

I would like to know a little about hussein BEFORE he went to law school. Does anyone know where to find any info(other than hussein said)?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/12 - 08:37 am
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Kinda funny how liberals

Unpublished

Kinda funny how liberals excused Bill Clinton when it was obvious he had not only cheated on his wife and turned the WH into a brothel, then lied through his teeth. They said things like, "Well, everyone lies about sex." And "It doesn't mean he's not a good president." You didn't hear a word from them about John Edwards cheating on his wife while she was fighting cancer, or Eliot Spitzer paying for call girls, or Anthony Weiner sending photos of his "member" over the internet. Now, with Newt Gingrich, all of a sudden, morality is a big issue to the liberals. Hypocrites!

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Jane18 01/21/12 - 08:51 am
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Good luck

Good luck copperhead....................

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bjphysics 01/21/12 - 08:59 am
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IOKIYAR

IOKIYAR

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 09:14 am
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Newt is right: the liberal

Newt is right: the liberal media "makes it harder to attract decent people to run for public office." Which is precisely why we end up with candidates like Newt!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 09:25 am
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What is poor ACES to do? As

What is poor ACES to do? As an editorial staff with self-professed Tea Party leanings, and faced with a series of goof-ball Tea Party candidates, ACES has spend the past several months trying to convince itself and its conservative readers that Mitt Romney should be the Republican to oppose President Obama in November, if only by default. This evolution has been both painful and hilarious to watch. And now, just when ACES believes the path to victory is finally clear for Mitt, and ACES is backing a winner, here comes Newt! No wonder ACES is not joining the fickle Republican crowd in South Carolina (and elsewhere) in elevating Newt to hero status for his "debate" grandstanding on Thursday night. As for me, the "Newt for President" signs are going up in my front yard this morning!

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allhans 01/21/12 - 09:55 am
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Then tell me what

Then tell me what Evangelicals are to do. Go with the Catholic nice family guy Santorum, the "converted Catholic" mean guy Gingrich, or the ultra-rich Mormon family guy , Romney...
Decisions, decisions....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 09:47 am
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In the midst of all the media

In the midst of all the media bashing Newt Gingrich used to deflect the question about his 2nd wife's allegation that Newt asked her for an "open marriage," he did actually offer one relevant explanation. Newt said his former wife's charge was a lie, and that his version could be substantiated by "several of our closest friends." Really? Are we supposed to believe that when Newt got on the phone to tell his wife about his new mistress, it was a conference call? Or that Newt asked several of his and Marianne's closest friends over to the house to hear him tell her he was cheating on her and wanted an open marriage?
You really think so?. No, no doubt Newt admitted his infidelity to Marianne alone and in private, and the only two who really know what he said are Newt and Marianne herself. Marianne has given her version. What's Newt's?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 09:48 am
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allhans: I feel your pain, I

allhans: I feel your pain, I really do! Where's Sarah when you really need her?

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allhans 01/21/12 - 09:54 am
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eel..Sarah is not the answer.

eel..Sarah is not the answer. I will probably go with Mitt. At least he looks good.

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allhans 01/21/12 - 09:56 am
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Oops. I left off the 80 year

Oops. I left off the 80 year old grouch Ron Paul. What is his religious affiliation, anyhow...none?

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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:14 am
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All that and none of you know

All that and none of you know anything about hussein. Sad that you all follow palosi's lead yet still can't find out what's in it!

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Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:26 am
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I totally disagree with this

I totally disagree with this editorial. Newt did what HAD to be done. Someone needed to step up and dress down the liberal media. He's the only one of the 4 who could wipe the floor with these folks routinely - Chris Christie style. Whoever is elected is going to face a never ending barrage of attacks and lies. We don't need another GW Bush who bumbles around and lets the media do what they want to him.

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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:26 am
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WHY won't all these liberals

WHY won't all these liberals enlighten us on hussein's life 20+ years ago? What scares y'all so much about hussein's past? What are y'all hiding?

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JRC2024 01/21/12 - 10:32 am
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I only care about what each

I only care about what each person can do to get the economy rolling again, reduce the entitlement payouts, stop overseas payouts of our money to countries that do not like us and all of the unnecessary spending. As someone else said we do not have a revenue problem in state and federal government, we have a spending problem. What happened 20 years ago is of no concern to me unless it was against the USA. The media does go overboard and never lets up on conservatives so I have lost faith in them to present an unbiased report. I think Newt was right to dress them down.

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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 10:30 am
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What is really fascinating to

What is really fascinating to hear is the newly emerging Republican double standard. Santorum is held out as a "good man," with a single, completely faithful, longterm marriage, a large, attractive, "All-American" family, a transparently virtuous life. All this is viewed by conservatives as one reason to believe Santorum is worthy of being president, and his faithful marriage a good reason to vote for him. But recently, the facts that newt Gingrich has had three wives, cheated on the first with the second and on the second with the third, may have left wives one and two when they were seriously ill, and had the gall to attack Clinton for Clinton's infidelity when Newt was in the middle of his own infidelity, all that is suddenly irrelevant to his candidacy? The really slick answer from some Evangelicals is that Newt has "confessed" to some rather vague "indiscretions" and has, or will be, forgiven by God. Well that's pretty easy, isn't it? Newt may be forgiven by God--that's Christianity. Whether Americans should find Gingrich's private life irrelevant is not a question of theology, it's a question of politics and the good of the nation.

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Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:35 am
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copperhead. From the

copperhead. From the beginning obama was raised by communists, marxists and anti-colonialists. In his own words, he said he "chose his friends carefully......marxist professors, feminists, etc"

That group has an agenda and obama is carrying it out. Not one of them will squeal on him, it might destroy the mission. They want to fundamentally transform the United States of America and they are on their way to doing just that, to the delight of certain sheeple.

Plus don't forget, he spent an enormous amount of time not even living in the USA. There's a huge gap missing.

The Clinton machine couldn't even dig up anything personal on him. Plenty has been dug up about his communist, marxist past. He is doing plenty to destroy America's economy as we speak. But the sheeple who voted purely on race, entitlement, race guilt or agenda just don't care.

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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:37 am
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eel,tell us about hussein's

eel,tell us about hussein's past. You judge newt on 20 years ago,lets hear something about hussein 20 years ago. Or does it scare you?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 10:38 am
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chillen: Newt did do "what

chillen: Newt did do "what HAD to be done," but only for his own political future. He knew "that question" was coming, and he knew he did not want to answer it. So he did the politic thing--he attacked the messenger. It's an age-old tactic. Yell loud enough about the motives (or the timing) of questioner and hope no one remembers you did not answer the question. It's called indirection. Copperhead is doing the same thing this morning. He would prefer not to talk about Newt's problem, so he tries indirection, tries to shift the discussion to Obama. Nice try, Copperhead!

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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:44 am
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In other words,you know

In other words,you know nothing about him.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 10:45 am
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copperhead: as our dearly

copperhead: as our dearly departed Ronnie Reagan once famously said. "There you go again!" Your comment, again, is off subject. The topic today is Newt Gingrich. I get you hate Obama, which is really why you should be very, very concerned about Newt Gingrich. You should be very concerned about who ends up as the Republican to oppose Obama in November. There is a reason that so many Republicans (including ACES) are very worried about the recent turn of events in SC. You can believe what you wish, of course, but in my view, Gingrich would be a godsend to Obama. Romney may appeal to the block of middle-of-the-road voters who in the end elect presidents. Those voters will run from Gingrich in droves.

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Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:45 am
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effete, your continual &

effete, your continual & relentless attack on each of the candidates is unnecessary. Because we are all smart enough to know that every one of these 4 men is light years better than your choice for President - The community organizer extrodinaire. The mad marxist. The America hating, success bashing international man of mystery. The "man for the common citizen" who hosts luxury parties, vacations in luxury resorts and rewards his friends with billions of dollars of taxpayer money - even though he knows they will go under. The man who appoints communists to his czar roster. The man who is friends with America hating pastors, terroists, marxists and communits. The man who refuses to help America's oil situation, job situation and America's economy by building a stinking pipeline.

You know who he is....barack hussein obama. I like to refer to him as the "One Term Wonder"

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/21/12 - 10:49 am
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Chillen: see my above to

Chillen: see my above to copperhead. You both hate Obama so much that you seem really to believe that anyone nominated by the Republicans will win in November. That, sir, is a fantasy.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:50 am
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We know the sins of newt but

We know the sins of newt but hussein hides his sins. Just on that alone,newt wins!

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:51 am
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copperhead. They don't judge

copperhead. They don't judge obama on what he is doing NOW. Why would you expect them to judge him on his past? THEY DON'T CARE. As long as the agenda is implemented.

effete says to copperhead . "Your comment, again, is off subject. The topic today is Newt Gingrich".

If this article is about Gingrich, why did you bring Santorum into it at 9:30? Palin at 8:48? Romney at 8:25?

copperhead
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copperhead 01/21/12 - 10:54 am
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Bet he bails!

Bet he bails!

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