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December 8, 2013
I think some people bought a rationale that defined everybody who was in any way in rebellion against the established system in the third world as anti-American. There are people who have sustained this kind of mythology. There’s no question that in the ’50s Mandela moved from a nonviolent model toward being allied with the Communists. My point to conservatives is: there weren’t any conservative allies. Churchill allied with Stalin in World War II. I think in a similar tradition, Mandela was desperate by that stage, he saw the scale of the oppression, and the only allies that were available, frankly, were on the hard left.

Newt Gingrich, calling out his commenters for being jerks about Nelson Mandela’s death on his Facebook page, while simultaneously pointing out that politics aren’t the same in every other country.

Short version: Get a broader perspective on how the world works, my America-centric supporters.

EDIT: Gingrich also commented about the situation on his website, offering some sorely needed clarity to his audience.

12:20 // 7 months ago
June 19, 2013
"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

19:01 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013
But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. ‘In the end,’ Gingrich says, ‘it was just too hard to negotiate.’

Bloomberg Businessweek has a story about how Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich nearly ran for president together on a quote-unquote “Unity” ticket. 

Hope that second to pick yourself up from fainting helped.

9:17 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013
You can say, ‘I believe my principles so much, I’m kicking you out.’ You can say, ‘I still believe in my principles, but I love you.’ Or you can say, ‘Gee, I love you so much, I am changing my principles.’ Rob picked the third path. That’s his prerogative.
Newt Gingrich • Discussing Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to come out in support of gay marriage as a result of his relationship with his son, Will. Portman’s decision drew strong support from younger conservatives, but among older ones, it might be a tougher sell — just 30 percent of Republicans between 18 and 29 oppose gay marriage, while 68 percent of Republicans between 50 to 64 remain opposed. (In both cases, the total has gone down significantly in the past nine years.)
9:50 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012
Newton to the rescue: Embattled Missouri Senate Candidate Todd “Legitimate Rape" Akin may have been abandoned by the Republican establishment, but he’s not entirely without friends: Akin is getting an assist from failed presidential candidate and "Definer of Civilization" Newt Gingrich, who will be attending a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Akin’s candidacy this Monday (Photo credit: AP). source

Newton to the rescue: Embattled Missouri Senate Candidate Todd “Legitimate Rape" Akin may have been abandoned by the Republican establishment, but he’s not entirely without friends: Akin is getting an assist from failed presidential candidate and "Definer of Civilization" Newt Gingrich, who will be attending a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Akin’s candidacy this Monday (Photo credit: AP). source

22:28 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012
Today in “where are they now:” Sheldon Adelson
We love headlines like this. Adelson, you’ll recall, is the casino magnate who single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign from collapsing so moons ago. He’s still a prominent Republican contributor, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the party apparatus in charge of electing House Democrats—is in some hot water for making some sketchily-sourced claims about Adelson. They caved yesterday and apologized after Adelson threatened to sue. source
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We love headlines like this. Adelson, you’ll recall, is the casino magnate who single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign from collapsing so moons ago. He’s still a prominent Republican contributor, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the party apparatus in charge of electing House Democrats—is in some hot water for making some sketchily-sourced claims about Adelson. They caved yesterday and apologized after Adelson threatened to sue. source

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4:22 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012

Shepard Smith on Mitt Romney’s statement about Newt’s departure: “Politics is weird and creepy and now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.” Y’know, “weird and creepy” could probably describe a lot of things — for example, this. Either way, this is the best deadpanning we’ve seen in years.

18:58 // 2 years ago
thedailywhat:

Suspended Campaign of the Day: Newt Gingrich finally, officially, has waved the white flag. At a press conference happening now in Arlington, VA, Gingrich announced the suspension of his campaign for the GOP nomination, calling his run “an amazing year” for himself and his wife, Callista.
More to come.
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Eh, took so long that by the end it was kind of a non-story.

thedailywhat:

Suspended Campaign of the Day: Newt Gingrich finally, officially, has waved the white flag. At a press conference happening now in Arlington, VA, Gingrich announced the suspension of his campaign for the GOP nomination, calling his run “an amazing year” for himself and his wife, Callista.

More to come.

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Eh, took so long that by the end it was kind of a non-story.

16:10 // 2 years ago
May 1, 2012
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Newt Gingrich: Sorry for the confusing presidential announcement 
Did anyone else find the rollout of Newt Gingrich’s presidential plans to be a tad confusing? If so, Newt agrees with you. “It (the roll-out) led to unfortunate confusion,” Gingrich said yesterday. “I wish we had been a little more structured last week. But I don’t take it as a very serious problem.” Newt’s defense of his work during the 1995 shutdown was timed kinda weirdly and gave opponents a good talking point. Of course, it didn’t help that Fox News added their own wrinkle to the mess. But on the other hand, Newt did in fact prove us wrong, so we guess that’s worthy of some credit. source
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Here’s a little blast from the past: Newt Gingrich bungled announcing the start to his campaign, pre-announcing the announcement and causing confusion in the process. And now he appears to have bungled announcing the end of it.

shortformblog:

Did anyone else find the rollout of Newt Gingrich’s presidential plans to be a tad confusing? If so, Newt agrees with you. “It (the roll-out) led to unfortunate confusion,” Gingrich said yesterday. “I wish we had been a little more structured last week. But I don’t take it as a very serious problem.” Newt’s defense of his work during the 1995 shutdown was timed kinda weirdly and gave opponents a good talking point. Of course, it didn’t help that Fox News added their own wrinkle to the mess. But on the other hand, Newt did in fact prove us wrong, so we guess that’s worthy of some credit. source

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Here’s a little blast from the past: Newt Gingrich bungled announcing the start to his campaign, pre-announcing the announcement and causing confusion in the process. And now he appears to have bungled announcing the end of it.

10:51 // 2 years ago

Newt pre-suspends his campaign before he suspends it: In this video, intended for his supporters, Newt Gingrich thanks his supporters before he suspends his campaign for good. Consider this our pre-post about it.

10:46 // 2 years ago