Gingrich's grudge match

Do we need another president who harbors so much resentment?

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The biggest difference between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich, other than where they’d take America, is how they handle grudges.

Both men hold a grudge as tightly as a squirrel gripping an acorn in winter. It’s just that Mr. Obama is adept at keeping his grudges from public view, most of the time – his infamous airport run-in with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer notwithstanding.

Mr. Gingrich, on the other hand, can’t help himself. Literally.

After winning the South Carolina primary, he was all flowers and sunshine toward his primary opponents. But then, it’s easy to be Mr. Magnanimous when you win. Tuesday night, after losing Florida big to Mitt Romney, Gingrich’s concession speech snarled toward the “Massachusetts moderate”; there was no public nod to the winner; and there was no
private phone call either, apparently.

“Newt Gingrich loses Florida – and reminds us why,” was Jennifer Rubin’s take in The Washington Post.

The man who embraces big ideas just made himself look very small. This is what we’re left with? A grudge match to the end?

Like Gingrich, we regret the tone of the campaign; one source reported 92 percent of the broadcast ads in the Florida primary were negative. We wish people weren’t swayed by them, but they are.

But we also don’t need another president who clings so tightly to perceived grievances. Show some class.

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TParty
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TParty 02/01/12 - 11:35 pm
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Can you imagine him being a

Can you imagine him being a commander-in-chief? Commanding our nuclear arsenal? I don't know if it's true or not- but I read it in a lot of papers; I read that the reason Newt went after Clinton, trying to impeach him was that Newt was very upset for having to sit in the back of Air Force One. Very childish and scary Newt can become when things do not go his way.

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Riverman1 02/01/12 - 11:40 pm
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TParty, maybe Newt was

TParty, maybe Newt was concerned that Bill wasn't safe to have the red button in a suitcase next to him? Monica and 30 other women could have made him grovel to stay silent.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 06:32 am
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I still say Newt is too

I still say Newt is too valuable to waste. If Romney wins he should appoint Newt his press secretary.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/02/12 - 06:40 am
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RM...You must want to see a

RM...You must want to see a blood fight in the WHouse.....They both have egos as big as my house......;)

Ga Values
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Ga Values 02/02/12 - 07:21 am
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If a man keeps mistresses how

If a man keeps mistresses how can you trust him to be president, not to mention being a LOBBYIST for freddiemac

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/02/12 - 07:31 am
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Ga Values......we could

Ga Values......we could probably count on 1 hand the # of Presidents who DIDN'T have a mistress....
anyway....Gingrich does hold a grudge...kinda spoiled.

charlesaiken
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charlesaiken 02/02/12 - 08:06 am
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'Can you imagine him being a

'Can you imagine him being a commander-in-chief'
He would be much better than the idiot we have now.

draksig
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draksig 02/02/12 - 08:22 am
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He had made himself look even

He had made himself look even smaller now. Florida is a 'winner takes all' state but he says he may go to court to force Florida to distribute delegates proportionately. If you recall Florida moved its Primary up (and lost half its delegates) and there is a Republican rule that no election prior to April 1 can be winner takes all. Poor looser wants to change the rules of the game after the game is over, I doubt he would be doing this if he had won. Get over it Newt, you will never be president.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/02/12 - 09:26 am
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Hold grudges? What about

Hold grudges? What about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? It was Brewer who simmered over her perception of how the president treated her during a non-publicized White House meeting, and then chose to go public with her grudge in a book. President Obama disagreed with her publicized description of the White House meeting, and told her so, face-to-face, in the tarmac meeting that was videoed but not recorded. In the video, it is Brewer who is seen getting up in the president's face and wagging her finger at him. It was Brewer who chose to go public with what Obama said to her on the tarmac. In her calculated public attempts to make political points, Brewer is much closer to Gingrich than Obama. The president handled his bone of contention with Brewer in a polite and gentlemanly way, not shying away from disagreement, but voicing it privately. ACES got it half right today. Gingrich is a loud mouth who bad mouths his political adversaries in public. But Brewer is too!

harley_52
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harley_52 02/02/12 - 09:41 am
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The General Election upcoming

The General Election upcoming will be the most brutal, disgusting, hateful, and divisive in our lifetimes. I'm glad to see a lot of this stuff coming out now because it will provide a degree of "old news" insulation when it comes up again between now and November.

Gingrich's problem is that he can't pull himself away from the tactics of campaigning into the strategy thereof. He hasn't learned how to take a punch in the "rope a dope" strategy Mohammed Ali, or Ronald Reagan's smile, shake your head and say "there they go again."

Gingrich has taken a monumental attack from Romney and come through with some holes in his armor. He can recover, but he must adopt a strategy that is more aloof from the daily attacks and more presidential. He's got to focus on issues and be dismissive of the sniping which will make the snipers look small. If he can't figure out how to do that he may as well drop out because the whining and hissy-fits are taking their toll.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/12 - 10:03 am
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"The president handled his

"The president handled his bone of contention with Brewer in a polite and gentlemanly way"

Polite and gentlemanly way?.... walking away from someone while they are talking is polite and gentlemanly?

Jan Brewer stated "I was telling him, 'You have ONE more year,'"
"The president needs to be reminded that he is the president of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state governors."

The President had been upset about her portrayal of him in her book and before she could finish her sentence, he walked away. If he had been polite and gentlemanly he would have heard what she had to say.

Jan Brewer stated, "I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn't get my sentence finished."

Since the conversation was not recorded, none of us know what was said between Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama. Pictures sometimes can be deceiving and not portray the true story. According to a statement by the President, he said it was no big deal and has been blown out of proportion. So why didn't he wait until they were some place more private to discuss his dissatisfaction with the book instead of right out in front of everyone on a tarmac. Also, being rude and walking away from someone when they are still speaking is both rude and arrogant.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/02/12 - 10:00 am
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"whining and hissy-fits":

"whining and hissy-fits": aka "music to liberal ears"! Go Newt!

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Jon Lester 02/02/12 - 10:21 am
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Seeing someone using the name
Unpublished

Seeing someone using the name "InChristLove," spreading false information and advocating for the racist Jan Brewer and the philandering and pathologically lying Newt Gingrich, while using an image of the crosses of Cavalry for their avatar, is just too rich.

The tendency in human nature to simply accept everything a preacher says, without actually reading scripture, is obviously not exclusive to Christianity, but it really is something one should overcome, if one has any interest in personal growth and enlightenment (to say nothing of truth).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/02/12 - 10:25 am
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You have no evidence than Jan

You have no evidence than Jan Brewer is a racist, Jon.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 02/02/12 - 10:27 am
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IC'sN: Of course we have

IC'sN: Of course we have only Jan Brewer's word that the president walked away without letting her finish her sentence, don't we? That's the thing about unrecorded conversations: they can be reconstructed in ways favorable to one party or another. All we know for sure is that it was Brewer who wiggled a bony witch finger in the face of the President of the United States....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/02/12 - 10:29 am
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EEL wrote: . . . a loud mouth

EEL wrote:

. . . a loud mouth who bad mouths his political adversaries in public.

Badmouthing your political opponents is a time-honored tradition. I cannot think of any electoral victor who did not badmouth his opponent.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/12 - 10:35 am
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Jon, can you please prove

Jon, can you please prove your accusation? Quotes within my comment were taken from several news article. I have no proof, and neither do you, that would indicate that Jan Brewer is a racist.

Also what does "everyting a preacher says" and scripture have to do with this article? If you could be more specific, maybe then we could discuss it....otherwise it comes across as being a bunch of sarcastic comments with no depth to their meaning.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/12 - 10:39 am
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Jon, also where in my

Jon, also where in my statement did I even mention Newt Gingrich? Who says I'm advocating or not advocating for him? " if one has any interest in personal growth and enlightenment (to say nothing of truth)."

With all the false accusations in your comment towards me, maybe you should take a look at what truth (or lack there of) you seem to be promoting.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/12 - 10:43 am
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EEF "All we know for sure is

EEF "All we know for sure is that it was Brewer who wiggled a bony witch finger in the face of the President of the United States...."

Well that's also can be debated. According to the pictures I saw, she is pointing, but I don't see her wiggling a bony witch finger at anyone. See how opinions can give a different persepection, depending on the individual viewing it. So who's view is closer to the truth?

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itsanotherday1 02/02/12 - 10:44 am
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Can anyone link me to a video

Can anyone link me to a video showing Brewer "wagging" her finger at Obama? So far, the only view of that I can come up with is a still photo that isn't conclusive of anything; just a finger pointing in his general direction. For all we know that could have been over his shoulder.

I will happily concede her faux paux if anyone has evidence (there appear to be others standing there, any leaks from them?); but until then I will have to accept it as manufactured outrage from the left.

Show me the money!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/02/12 - 11:03 am
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EEL wrote: All we know for

EEL wrote:

All we know for sure is that it was Brewer who wiggled a bony witch finger in the face of the President of the United States.

She is my hero.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 11:23 am
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I heard she actually slapped

I heard she actually slapped him, but the camera didn't catch it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/12 - 12:39 pm
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written by Jon Lester "Seeing

written by Jon Lester "Seeing someone using the name "InChristLove," spreading false information and advocating for the racist Jan Brewer and the philandering and pathologically lying Newt Gingrich, while using an image of the crosses of Cavalry for their avatar, is just too rich"

Still waiting on an explanation to this slanderous remark.

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harley_52 02/02/12 - 12:57 pm
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EEL said "All we know for

EEL said "All we know for sure is that it was Brewer who wiggled a bony witch finger in the face of the President of the United States"

We don't know that at all. You made it up. What we know from the picture is that she was gesturing with her hand and for all we know she could have been saying "Mr. President, I think you are number 1."

As for the "bony witch" part, I'll just add that to my mental file of nasty, personal insults you "progressives" spew so routinely.

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kmb413 02/02/12 - 01:16 pm
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I had not really put much

I had not really put much thought into Newt being in charge of our nuclear arsenal. Possibly it would cause other countries to respect us again...even if out of fear.

I am not voting for Newt, just thinking out loud.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 03:01 pm
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The Soviets were certain

The Soviets were certain Ronald Reagan would use our nukes. They later reported that after the way he handled the air traffic controllers strike they believed he was brash and feared him. The rest is history. Capitalists now sell pieces of the Berlin Wall online.

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harley_52 02/02/12 - 03:39 pm
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Riverman1 said "They later

Riverman1 said "They later reported that after the way he handled the air traffic controllers strike they believed he was brash and feared him. The rest is history."

"Brash" is one word for it. "Bold" is another. Still another is "firm," and another "determined." Whatever you call it Ronald Reagan had it. People respect it, especially your potential adversaries.

On the other hand some leaders are "timid." "Unsure of themselves." Maybe even "sycophant." Whatever you call it, Obama has it, at least as regards foreign policy, especially when dealing with certain leaders who take advantage of it and see it as a sign of weakness.

Whatever else you might say about Gingrich, you'll probably agree he fits the former description, not the latter.

TParty
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TParty 02/02/12 - 07:12 pm
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I don't think the decision

I don't think the decision the President made going into Pakistan to shoot bin Laden in the face makes Obama timid, or unsure.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 07:20 pm
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TParty, I didn't realize

TParty, I didn't realize Obama went along on the raid into Pakistan and was the one who shot Osama in the face. Of course, Obama does know Pakistan well from his previous visit when he lived with the Muslim family for a couple of weeks. Did he go along secretly to help the SEALS understand the Muslim facets?

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scoopdedoop64 02/02/12 - 09:52 pm
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It is a real shame that we

It is a real shame that we don't have a good conservative candidate to vote for. Having Mitt Romney is like having Cain again. Having Newt Gingrich is not good because he can act very childish.

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