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Charleston Debate – Newt took 1st question about ex-wife, wrapped question around John King’s neck, and tightened

Charleston Debate – Newt took 1st question about ex-wife, wrapped question around John King’s neck, and tightened

John King started the night with a question about Newt’s ex-wife’s interview in which she alleged Newt sought an “open marriage.” Newt answered the question eventually with a denial, but used the oppoturnity to give King a smackdown which will be remembered for a long time.

It was classic Newt, and will be the highlight of the debate.

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Wow. Checkers speech 2012. I have to reconsider. As Lincoln liked to say about Grant: “This man fights!”

I’m deducting one point for Gingrich’s failure to properly show King his own heart after having ripped it from his chest.

John King should simply disappear at the next commercial break.

newt has his faults, but I think he is only one willing to insult and demean obama. and we need that. we are beyond the gentleman phase with obama.

We got ourselves a fighter.

Newt “The Ego Has Landed” Gingrich vs. Barack “I am the (Bombastic) One” Obama.

I’d sign-up for it on pay-per-view, pass the popcorn please.

More important, Mitt has a glass jaw. He is starting to look like Obama without a teleprompter when he gets a question he isn’t prepared for. That’s what happens when you are all script, no principles. That’s what makes vetting so valuable 🙂 Mmm, and we get to vote in FL next.

The only thing Newt has to do is not get cocky. Impossible, no, for him? 🙂

Today’s mistakes by the media will be corrected for the next attack run. But, they will be back for the next strafing run soon enough. Say, by Saturday.

Newt kicked a$$!!!

Someone needs to ask King what it feels like to be two inches tall.

That was brutal.

That wasn’t merely “classic Newt”, that was a new form of excoriation not yet heard by any presidential candidate or any republican in my lifetime. Calling out this well-groomed worm King — the archetype for the “objective” pretense of the media — for beginning the debate in this fashion was massively righteous and decades overdue.

You all may like aggressive Newt, but how will it play with the independents you need to win over?

    Sanddog in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    If cringing and apologizing (because that’s what the left demands) is the criteria for a republican candidate, I’d just as soon the so-called independents stick with Barack.

    StrangernFiction in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    If aggressive Newt can’t win by pointing out the truth about Barack Obama, then this country is beyond salvation. And electing Romney isn’t going to change this.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I think it will play very well, because I think independents are as disgusted with the current administration as anyone. The ‘meme’ that independents require special wooing, special treatment, is as wrong as was Mitt The Inevitable or Mitt The Electable. All of a sudden it’s Mitt The Sweaty Lipped or Mitt Romney, Drawer Of Blanks.

    andcar in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Should play pretty well, actually. Everyone in America- certainly everyone I know, Right or Left- is weary of politicians who refuse to talk straight. That’s especially true of independents. Newt is not afraid of clarity, and that has appeal.

    McCoy2k in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    It’ll play quite well with political independents. The country is hungering for a President ready to call it AS IT IS, whether Republican, Democrat, or third-party.

    punfundit in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    The precious independents respond to leadership.

    valleyforge in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Undecideds in head-to-head matchups overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama but haven’t committed to the Republican.

    I think Newt says what many of them have been screaming at their TVs for 3 years.

“You all may like aggressive Newt, but how will it play with the independents you need to win over?”

Obama is shivering in his boots. There will be no Obama left, just a puddle of pee on the floor when Newt takes him down. Newt will hold him responsible for solyndra, for the Volt, for the Keystone pipeline, for an unemployment rate among blacks worse than anything since the great depression, for abandonment of Israel. Independents will finally say, “Newt is right. Obama has been terrible for the country.”

    Aggie95 in reply to Con Ed. | January 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    also ….signing statement….Gitmo….. gun running ….as a racial angle what if Newt plays up the fact that obama policies are killing hundreds of Mexican citizens ….police on both sides of the border and slowly destroying Mexico as a nation while coming to hispanics with open arms asking for their help with their blood on those same hands ….tough one ain’t it …..then he can ask obama about his broken promise to take public funding for his campaign …..or if illegal aliens are spoken of ask obama when his Aunt and Uncle will be deported ….oh yea if Newt fully develops his mean streak he could gut obama like a fish

    celestechristi in reply to Con Ed. | January 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    You are soooo right.
    Newt is the man that keeps Obama up at night.
    Gingrich 2012!!!

    huskers-for-palin in reply to Con Ed. | January 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    We tried to be “nice” (Dole, McCain) and it resulted in getting whacked in November.

    Time to fight.

jimbo ….well if Newt does to obama what he did to king how do you think independents will like obama if Newt is allowed to debate him and make him look like an ass time after time after time ….this is pretty much all they have on Newt and Newt has somehow turned it to his advantage ….granted a very friendly crowd but as most independents are already soured on obama now …..* SHRUG *

    jimbo3 in reply to Aggie95. | January 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I didn’t watch the debate. But Newt loses to Obama in the latest polls by about ten percent. Romney, on the other hand, is tied with Obama.

    Throwing the red meat to the highly conservative crowd may turn out the GOP base, but I doubt it will win the general election.

    Newt is a serial adulterer. And I suspect the only reason some of the not-Romney folks in the GOP won’t support Romney is because they are bigots against Mormons.

      JohnInFlorida in reply to jimbo3. | January 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      jimbo, you just keep whistling past the graveyard.

      The left/Obama has created a seething discontent among the people in this country who produce and, to quote your beloved Rev. Wright, “the chickens have come home to roost”.

      The left can try to spin it and say whatever they want but the biggest gift that Obama could receive would be for Romney to become the Republican nominee. For the first time, I see a glimmer of hope that we can deny him that gift.

      Gingrich 2012 … fighting for THE Republic!

      Sanddog in reply to jimbo3. | January 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Mitt could be a pastafarian for all I care. We made a huge mistake with McCain and I don’t want to go down the wishy-washy “progressive republican” road again.

        Con Ed in reply to Sanddog. | January 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

        Agreed. I have plenty of Mormon friends – all good conservatives. Why do we get stuck with the only two (now one) liberal Mormons as candidates?

        With Romney, you cede the huge enthusiasm gap. Democrats are demoralized and plenty will stay home in November (and the number of self-identified Democrats is way down – half of self-identified conservatives). With Romney, plenty of Republicans will stay home.

“Today’s mistakes by the media will be corrected for the next attack run.”

That is true. They took down Perry. They took down Cain. Newt has dealt the liberal media a mortal blow. Their credibility is shot. All further cheap shots will be seen for what they are and people will see that the liberal press is now being vindictive for being put in their place.

aguyfromjersey | January 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

After 8 years of “Bush is an idiot” and getting no response from anybody in the GOP, this is great to see and hear. And why is Newt the only one calling them out? Where is the rest of the party leadership.

And Jimbo3, what answer would make the independents happy? As a great American once said “Sometimes you use have to say What The F*CK”

    Let me match your Tom Cruise with a Jack Nicholson:

    “The truth? You can’t handle the truth.” The truth is that Newt will pretty clearly lose in the general election to Obama. A whole lot of us remember Newt in the 90s. And we’ll be sure to pass on that knowledge to kids who were too young then.

    Newt will fairly clearly be at U of Illinois instead of Yale when this all ends.

Wasn’t CNN at one point declared by themselves a REV WRIGHT FREE ZONE? That was totally unimportant, of course!!!

I guess they had some scruples then, but not now…thank you Newt, this turd got caught red-handed…solid.

I need a cigarette. Hell, I don’t even smoke! WOW.

Can you imagine were John Edwards be a Conservative?

“Mr. Edwards, there have been reports recently going viral on the internet that you have fathered an illegitimate child with a staffer, with videotaped evidence of a potential three-way between her and a male staffer, all the while your wife is dying from cancer. Would you care to respond?”

But they never asked that jackass anything about anything personal…just amazing the level of moral sickness in those people.

i love most that newt doesn’t let John back away and shift blame. He isn’t just a fighter, he knows how to finish someone off when they are on the ropes. Obama would shrivel on national tv in front of this guy.

If Newt doesn’t get the nod republicans should be ashamed.

And I thought Chris Christie smackdowns of union-goons was HOT!!! Please, please, please, South Carolina — please vote for Newt. I want to see more.

    punfundit in reply to Mutnodjmet. | January 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    For whatever other political faults Chris Christie may have, I would pay to watch him dismantle the union agenda and get in the face of their thugs. There’s a fighter.

Newt smacks John King, but Karl Rove goes, “ouch!”

    StrangernFiction in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Ouch for King or ouch for Newt? I’m assuming the latter.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to StrangernFiction. | January 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Anything that helps Newt, hurts Romney, and anything that hurts Romney, hurts Rove, because he is clearly among the leadership of pro-Romney GOP elitism. I’ll flat guarantee that Rove went double facepalm when Newt smacked down John King and won yet another standing O in what, the first 60 seconds of the debate?

      Romney = Singles hitter

That’s the Newt I know and love! Take that, John!

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Conservative porn at its finest

Why am I reminded of a picture of the eunuchs leaving the imperial palace in the forbidden city in Peking holding their genitals after the fall of the last emperor? King must envy them right now.

That was excellent!

John King: If you could have a do-over in your campaign, what would it be?
Paul: I would improve my delivery by rambling a little slower.
Newt: I would have ditched my consultants before they ditched me.
Romney: I would have spent another four years to get 25 more votes in Iowa.
Santorum: Nothing. I never dreamed I would sell 1000 sweater vests in two weeks.

    valleyforge in reply to MerryCarol. | January 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Nice. And if the also-rans had been on the stage:

    Perry: Instead of “oops” I would have finished my list with “heartless”.
    Bachmann: I would have challenged Barack Obama to a staring contest.
    Cain: Thank for the question, John. It’s very simple: 9 – 9 – 8. They tell me I forgot to carry the one back in April.
    Huntsman: I would have run in China where they believe in evolution and science.
    Pawlenty: I would have looked Mitt in the eye and called it Obamney-, Obam-, Obamaney-, um, screw it! When do I get to be secretary of Agriculture?
    Christie: What do I have to do? Kill myself? I’m not running, people!
    Daniels: Jeez – Gingrich? Really? huh…Gingrich. Dammit, Cheri!
    Barbour: Can I take back that decade of lobbying, or is this limited to the last year or so?

After Newts initial response, John King looks like a naughty kid in front of the principal. I swear he’s about to burst into tears! *lol*

Newt just gave us a preview of the Smack-Down he’ll give to Obama given the chance to debate 🙂

John King looked like a 6 yr old who’d just used the f-word with his mother, not realizing it’s a cuss word.

I want an asshole, I made mistakes, I want to get this country in order for President.
Newt is the man.
And he knows inside what the bullshit of “congress” is.
He knows what “is” “is”.

Ex-wives from 12 years ago who hate the man aren’t going to bring him down.

I must say that Santorum was excellent tonight.

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theduchessofkitty | January 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

Newt Gingrich is a snake.

He didn’t even tell John King “Don’t Tread on Me!” He bit and drew blood!

Go get ’em, you snake!

If Newt gets the nomination, I’m predicting now that Obama will suddenly be too busy to debate except for a one-hour forum hosted by Chris Matthews focused on terrorist-killing policy limited to Yes/No answers airing opposite World Series game 7.

Matthews: Congressman Gingrich, have you personally killed any terrorists? I mean, like Chuck Norris-style, twisted their necks til they cracked?
Newt: Chris-
Obama: I have, Chris. Several, in fact. But let me be clear, I enjoyed killing them and protecting the American people, and I would kill again.
Matthews: Great. Thank you, Mr. President. Let’s go to the footage…

    Newt has said that he will follow Obama around, be his shadow, until Obama agrees to sit-down, basically unmoderated debates. Newt will hammer this and the American public will demand it. Obama will not be able to say no.

notquiteunBuckley | January 20, 2012 at 1:01 am

TITLE : Nuking Newt
SOURCE: National Review v46 D 31 ’94

“In assessing Gingrich the goal is totalist—no concessions are made. Well yes, he got a PhD and taught history—but he never got tenure. On the other hand, that is not so unusual, at age 28. In any case, Gingrich is “no great scholar.” That’s right, nor has he ever said that scholarship was his primary interest. (At the time Adlai Stevenson, the intellectuals’ dreamboy, was nominated for President, not one listing under his name appeared in the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, where minimal journalistic and scholarly events are recorded.) “He is also reminiscent of the middle-brow
thinkers of the nineteenth century who won their fame explaining all in a single volume: Henry George, whose Progress and Poverty led to the single-tax movement . . . ”

“Henry George a middlebrow thinker! What would that make of such as Albert Jay Nock, one of George’s biographers, who deemed George among the seminal minds of the economic renaissance?”

“But you can’t win. Gingrich is a hypocrite, an eccentric, a woozy futurist; he is lacking in wit, given to schematic political constellations. Why, he even makes you-know-who look good! Newt cannot wear the white hat of Ronald Reagan. ‘He wears his black hat proudly and squints, looking back to the future.’”

“Now that kind of rhetoric betrays true fear, and one wonders what are the grounds for this fear . That under Newt, Americans will be permitted to starve? That isn’t really, very likely, but under pre-Newt, Americans are very widely permitted to be killed, mugged, raped, casually impregnated, exposed day and night to the sepsis of modern culture, rendered illiterate by indulgent inattention . . . Dear Newt is not going to change all of that; the prophet Jonah would not succeed against Nineveh . But what we are learning is that those nice people at the opinion stands of American liberalism just don’t like Old Testament sounds . Scary.”

    Paraphrasing Buckley: Mister Gingrich may not be beau ideal, but he is the conservative’s nonesuch in his capacity to scare all Hell out of the liberal establishment.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | January 20, 2012 at 2:43 am

The ABC trash tabloid interview with Newt’s ex-wife, is just another blatant attempt by the liberal media, to take down Newt, at all costs.

This is the same old standard liberal attack theme from either the far left, or the Romney RINO right, which is- go after Newt with gossip trash tabloid personal attacks, when they can’t defeat him on the issues, facts, conservatism, and especially on the debate stage. This is the way they sank Herman Cain, and is now the way they are trying to sink Newt. This is not Journalism, but trash tabloid gotcha political tripe, ie; A targeted political hit job, as so conveniently timed as always.

They, the liberal media, just can’t help make a fool out of themselves, let alone tell the whole nation, what a biased petty political propagandist entity they are, as is so obviously noted in their pattern of political agenda hit job tactics..

I loved how Newt shredded Mr CNN debate host John King to pieces, for even bringing it up at the debates. He ripped Mr. John King and the media a new asset !! I loved it, every second of it.!!

This is the Newt we need and want in the White House as US President, the take no prisoners, no-nonsense, in your face Reagan Conservative leader, to shake up Washington DC !!

Newt beats back the Liberal media and is surging past Romney in SC, as all the polls now say. Newt is the Reagan Conservative, that the Tea Party folks, as well as all other Conservatives and Republicans in America, can rally behind, like a tsumani tidal wave, which we need to defeat not just Romney, but Obama. And make ni mistake about it, Newt will absolutely wipe the floor up with Obama, in any and all debates they have.

You Go Newt, over Romney’s defeated political carcass, and all the way to the RNC Convention as the Republican Party Nominee, then next and 45th U.S. President on 6 Nov. 2012.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | January 20, 2012 at 3:00 am

I wish I could draw a picture here to illustrate the vision I see, of seeing a special media club room, where the only members allowed, were those who were thoroughly excoriated, admonished, trounced, and beated to a pulp by Newt, on debate night as a debate moderator.. lol..


I’m sure you weren’t going to get a lot (if any) Valentines Day cards from your fellow faculty members due to your, ahem, diversity of opinion re politics. In fact, seeing as how you are openly supporting Newt (I am too), I doubt you’ll even get one of those little candy hearts that say “Be Mine”.

What kind of candy do you like? I’d be more than happy to send you some:)

ps–If I could be invisible for a day I’d spend it in the faculty lounge, when you weren’t present. Oh the tales I could probably tell:)

WOW…2 debates in a row, Gingrich lands a knockout punch. First w Juan Williams now John King. Got standing ovations and much applause. I think Gingrich has a pretty good chance of taking SC. Voters there are more concerned about taking back our country just like Gingrich is. Bravo!

Reminds me of “The Honeymooners” when Ralph, when angry would say to Alice, “One of these days, Alice, POW! Right in the kisser.”
Newt delivered one to whoever John King is. POW! Right in his nuts.

Whatever one thinks about Newt, he is the one who surely can beat Obama; I am not convinced Romney can.

I worked late last night, went into work early today and worked late again…just getting to the news…

Gingrich did a Sheriff Joe on John King–who is now parading around the blogosphere in pink jail duds and wearing a sign that says ‘I’m a dumpster-diving doofus.’