Buckle up peeps we are going for a ride!
It is Thursday. There is a GOP CNN debate tonight and Romney is playing for keeps. South Carolina is make or break. If Romney wins the chances of anyone recovering their campaign to beat him is next to zero. It is crucial that Romney lose in South Carolina. Gov. Palin seems to think that Newt has the best chance of beating Romney there, therefore, Newt it is…
So, have I jumped on the Newt train? Only for South Carolina and I have one hand on the escape door come Sunday. However, Mama Grizzly said to vote Newt in South Carolina and I am going to defer to her judgement for the next 3 days. Take it up with her if you have a problelm. You don’t have to agree with me, heck, I don’t completely agree with me but I’m riding the CudaCoaster and this is the hill we are on. Hang on! It is going to get bumpy!
Remember what happened last time Palin endorsed in South Carolina? Yes, rumors of affairs. What was the result? South Carolinians either didn’t buy it or didn’t care. Let’s hope for the same victory.
So for the news:
First to deal with this Ex-wife of Newt. First, Marianne Gingrich has openly spoken to the media for years. She has no problem sharing her story so for her to come up with something new now would make me think she is lying. In my opinion, Marianne is the new Levi. I have a hard time having sympathy for a woman who started out as a mistress first to Newt and wife second UNLESS she had an epiphany of change and sought a path of forgiveness and redemption. Marianne has not done that in fact when she met Newt she was the mistress of another married man. In her last interview in 2010, she takes no responsibility.
Drudge should be ashamed. I will temporarily boycott his site as I think this was dirty pool. Let’s review his history to see where this motivation comes from. Matt Drudge has dated Ann Coulter and they remain friends today. He has several ties to Mitt Romney. To me, this has Romney finger prints all over it. This is the way Romney plays. We saw it with Palin, there was evidence he was behind Cain’s attacks and now this. How do I know it is Romney behind this attack? Because the attacks are coming now. That is what I suspect the “civil war” is about inside ABC. The Mittwits vs the liberals. Mitt wants the interview released now and the liberals want to save it for this fall. Interesting that the Mittwits won…
After the news broke claiming there was a bombshell, these tweets came out:
@HowardKurtz HowardKurtzI’m told Gingrich’s ex-wife says nothing to ABC she hasn’t said before — but simply saying it on camera makes it a big television story@JimPethokoukis James Pethokoukis” … insider says Gingrich’s second wife does not say anything … that she hasn’t said in previous print interviews.”
What happens if Newt runs?, the reporter asks.
“He can’t do it without me,” she replies. “I told him if I’m not in agreement, fine, it’s easy” –she giggles at her naughtiness. “I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything…I don’t want him to be president and I don’t think he should be.”
I’m sorry but what wife does that while they are still married? She also claimed back in 1995 that she could sink his career with one interview. That isn’t a new comment as some are claiming. I think that she is full of smoke on that one. She is clearly bitter and I think she would have dropped something like that already. Mitt has deep pockets, I think Marianne would have appreciated that.
Now, here is the 1995 Vanity Fair article about Newt. It is HEAVY on opinion and clearly a hit job created to undermine him at his height and create questions. The author talks to mostly campaign staffers that were fired by him but VF doesn’t reveal that until closer to the end. Keep Frank Bailey in mind. The most interesting part is the beginning where it talks about his childhood. What a sad mess. I can see why he has inner demons and I actually feel sorry for him. It explains a lot. Am I defending his adulterous behavior, absolutely not. However, with the exception of those charges everything else is accusations, insinuations and unproven.
84 ethics charges were filed against Newt in 1997. 83 were dismissed. He was found guilty of one and the fine was $300,000. The largest in history. In 1999, the IRS cleared Newt of that violation ruling that he did not violate any rules. So in reality, Newt didn’t violate any ethics violations. Funny how the news never mentions that part. Does this sound like someone else we know?
What surprises me the most is in THIS article that also interviewed Marianne in 2010 is just how conservative Newt was. Yes, there were lots of opinions claiming he had no core beliefs etc… but if you look at his actual actions, he was VERY conservative and took on both party’s establishment class and for a time, he won. No wonder they hated him.
Rush Limbaugh this week said that Newt is not a part of the establishment. That he is not a part of the permanent political class. They hate him. Now with all the adultery that goes on in the political world and DC especially, it isn’t Newt’s philandering that is the cause of that hate. Rush said it is Newt’s conservative core. I find that interesting and I find his record interesting.
Now clearly Newt has his fair share of issues but he also got a lot accomplished and I do believe that he is older and wiser now. In the Esquire article the fact is mentioned that he wrote an apology book first and was very remorseful. That shows that he has a soul and a conscience and was looking for some sort of forgiveness and redemption. No one disputes that he is a great father and grandfather. I think he has learned to connect much more deeply than in his early years. I do believe that his conversion to Catholicism is real and while I think he brainstorms out loud far too often, I do think his core is conservative. I know he isn’t perfect but he has led a revolution before and maybe he learned from his mistakes so that he can be much more successful this time. Maybe that is what Todd and Sarah see in him.
I still want Palin in the White House but I would accept her in a major role and holding Newt’s feet to the fire. Seems that Newt would too.
So in defense of Newt here are the latest articles:
National Review talks about Marianne’s bitterness
Gingrich’s education history
Mark Levin weighs in on this issue putting things in perspective
A leading Pastor weighs in
Not to sound too preachy but I really hold to a belief that people can change and everyone deserves second chances. My son’s middle name is David. He is named after King David in the Bible. Not once have I ever been asked how I could give my son the middle name of a man who was a serial adulterer, liar and murderer. Not once. Instead, people focus on the fact that God claimed David was a man after his own heart, a great King and beloved by God. Are we talking about the same David? I’ve also never heard anyone claim that David was a bad King or incapable of ruling because of his personal flaws. Why? Because he was a flawed, human and a forgiven man. Just like all of us. Some food for thought…
The MSM is using Newt to distract from Obama’s refusal to approve the Keystone project and to keep Romney from being vetted.
Please know that my first choice is still Palin. That doesn’t change. I am only advocating for Newt because she is advocating for Newt in South Carolina therefore I feel a sense of duty to help carry him thru poll closings on Saturday.
In other news:
First his still employed staffer claims women should not be in leadership positions and now his still employed staffers are making these claims… The fact that they are still employed speaks volumes. Our economy is in the tanker, our freedom is at risk and we have countries that want to kill us and this is what they focus on?
Of course the MSM wants to talk about Newt but THIS is what should be getting the attention. This is a BIG, darn deal…
This should also be making news.
How is this not making news?
Why is Romney still the least vetted candidate?
Gingrich is leading Romney in South Carolina. This is credited to Gov. Palin. Let’s pray he keeps that lead.
Good for them…
Newt is exactly right… Palin knows this first hand.
Yay!! Thank you House GOP for saying no more…
Obama kills XL pipeline thus killing jobs…
OK Arizona, we can NOT have this person in Congress.
Heh, Erikson and Laura Ingrahm ask Perry to drop out. At this point, I agree. He should drop out and endorse Gingrich.
Santorum wins Iowa by 34 votes.
Here is a great article from National Review about Sarah. There are many friends quoted in it.
She the People…. LOVE IT!
Rick Perry drops out and endorses Newt Gingrich. I think Rick will sleep well tonight. His heart wasn’t in it but it is a shame that his record didn’t get more praise. With Texas being in better shape than most of the US, Rick should be proud. He was tied with Newt as my second choice behind Palin. He had great ads and a swagger that I like. I find it curious that he and his wife only own one home and that most of his money has been made on real estate deals in farm land. For someone who has been in office for a decade, he isn’t wealthy. I know that he dabbled in cronyism but I don’t see the monetary reward from it. I think Perry is an overall good man and hope we see him more in the future. It is being reported that Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Gingrich to help devolve the federal government of power and return it to the states. I LOVE this idea and it is very Texan of Perry to do.
If the Tea Party Express endorses Newt that will be a huge score for Newt. That will help negate the Marianne interview and Santorum’s win in Iowa. Apparently Marianne is quoted as saying Newt wanted an open marriage and she refused. I find it humorous that she was for an open marriage when she was the mistress but against it when she was the wife. Who knew that Marianne was a flip flopper, she should endorse Romney. They are a great match.
Have a great day today! Enjoy the CudaCoaster and don’t throw up!