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.


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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bjphysics 01/21/12 - 09:28 pm
“They Just Can't Turn Off The

“They Just Can't Turn Off The Obama Hate”

“Rather than graciously give the POTUS credit, and rather than setting aside the truly petty personal attacks that traditionally anchor the right's incessant swipes, lots of critics just can't stop.

I'll highlight just two particularly disturbing examples.

The first came courtesy of Emily Miller at the Washington Times today. Read this passage and ask yourself how people like this ever come to view the President of the United States with such a blinding personal contempt. It's a dripping derision that can't even be set aside for 24 hours while America celebrates bin Laden's demise [emphasis added]:

The president made a televised briefing to the nation at 11:35 p.m. to announce that the 9/11 terrorist had, at last, been captured and killed. He concluded his scripted remarks – which he read from a teleprompter – with soaring, spiritual words. “Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said Mr. Obama. “May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.”

Talking points aside, the suddenly religious president started his Sunday morning as he usually does: skipping church to go hit the golf links.

Yes, the Washington Times unloaded on the president for quoting the Pledge of Allegiance.”


Sargebaby 01/21/12 - 09:28 pm
Willow says; "With the

Willow says; "With the condition of the economy, the threats to The Constitution, & our freedom at stake; SMART PEOPLE will concern themselves with the critical issues."

CRITICAL ISSUE; What if....what if the cancellation of the oil pipeline was a Military move to further weaken our nation? In one fell swoop, the Prez wiped out millions in income, tens of thousands of jobs, and a strengthening of our economy! Who is he President of, Palestine?

bjphysics 01/21/12 - 09:41 pm
Obama Derangement Syndrome

Obama Derangement Syndrome PSA


“…a half-baked thought is a terrible thing to waste.”

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 01/21/12 - 10:01 pm
Sargebaby, scary stuff,

Sargebaby, scary stuff, indeed. One's allegiance and love for this country is really something to consider.

As Mitt Romney said, "it's time for him to just get out of the way."

carcraft 01/21/12 - 10:10 pm
BJphysics, Just to jar your

BJphysics, Just to jar your memory a little bit, Jennifer Flowers came out in 1992 and even had tapes of converstions between her and Clinton. Flowers and others (including Ms America from Arkansas) were such disruptions that Clinton had a "bimbo erruption" squad to quell the "disturbances". Of course Flowers was ignored by the press as where the State Troopers who were required to procure women and run interferance with Hillery. Paula Jones came along and was ignored until she actually sued leading to the famous "it depends on what the definition of is is" statement by Clinton. I think a state trooper was also sent to bring Jones to Clinton's room, hence the Paula Jones affair was called "trooper gate" if memory serves me correctly! Of course that was a Democrate so sex was a infedilty etc were none issues because Clinton's heart was pure and he had the strength of 10 ( he needed it to defend against Hillery when she found out)!

Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:38 pm
Sargebaby. It's so simple to

Sargebaby. It's so simple to see. A weak economy = distracted and demoralized citizens = more sheeple to cry out for help from the government = a stronger government = more power for the community organizer.

The weaker the American economy and people get, the more powerful obama becomes. Americans are focused on putting food on the table, keeping their house, filling their cars with gas that has doubled in price since obama took office, or taking welfare from the govt. Meanwhile obama is busy making terrible decisions for Americans, appointing communists to his staff, destroying American freedom and our economy. He's grabbing power and bypassing Congress every chance he gets.

A dictator is in the making. And it is being done intentionally and skillfully through intentional economic desruction through bad policies, saddling us with more debt than can EVER be paid back and by wasting of US taxpayer money (GM, Solyndra, all all the other debacles).

skeptic griggsy
skeptic griggsy 01/22/12 - 01:40 am
Obama wins since Leroy won

Obama wins since Leroy won the S.C. vote!

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