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Gingrich: Get Rid of the White House Briefing

There’s plenty of showboating going on. Always was a certain amount, but now more than ever.

Still, some serious questions are asked, and it’s a good thing for Americans to see the White House being questioned. It’s just that the silliness gets most of the play after each briefing.

Not sure what I think at this point, honestly. If the briefings were done off-camera, there would be a more serious exchange between the press secretary and reporters, and those asking questions just to be on TV will have less to do with the proceedings. No doubt there would be more follow up by individual reporters seeking serious answers, and Sarah Sanders would probably take the whole thing more seriously and give deeper and more thoughtful answers without moving around the room so quickly.

So I’m truly wondering, what do you think?

Trump “Surprised” at Gingrich Criticism

Well, looks like Newt is off the VP list.

Donald Trump Monday morning said Newt Gingrich was “inappropriate” in his criticism of him for referring to the judge in the Trump University case as “Mexican.”

“I saw Newt and I was surprised at Newt. I thought it was inappropriate, what he said,” Trump said. “All I want to say is find out why am I being treated so unfairly by a judge?”

Gingrich Sunday had called Trump’s remarks “inexcusable.”

“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable,” said Gingrich. “That judge is not a Mexican. He’s an American,” he said. “I hope it was sloppiness.”

Here’s some video of Trump — on the phone — mentioning Gingrich and defending Trump University.

“I’ll win the case very easily,” he said.

Here’s the group at Morning Joe commenting this morning on Trump’s remarks about the judge.

Stop Them Before They Impeach! Send Five Dollars Today.

As you may be aware, the White House has been talking up the possibility that President Obama is going to be impeached – IMPEACHED, I TELL YA – by Republicans.

Well, Democratic fundraisers, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, have been talking it up too and raising tons of cash on the possibility. Nothing like a little fear and loathing to get the money pot stirring.

This, even though nobody serious on Capitol Hill is talking about it, and most conservatives have come to realize impeachment would be politically disastrous. In fact, that’s why they’re suing Obama instead.

Well, ABC’s Jonathan Karl wanted to know today if the White House is being used as platform for raising cash. He quizzed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about whether the White House was coordinating with the DCCC on the OMG, they’re going to impeach the president meme.

House Speaker John Beohner today called the impeachment talk what it is, a “scam” being run out of the White House.

What’s going on is, memories of 1998 are dancing in Democrats’ heads. It was the sixth year of Bill Clinton’s presidency, a midterm year that should have been disastrous for them, but they gained seats in the House as Republicans cranked up the impeachment machinery.

Boehner, who was the fourth ranking House Republican at the time, well remembers the episode. Then-Speaker Gingrich was predicting a gain of more than 20 seats, and the GOP lost five. Gingrich was soon out as Speaker, and Boehner was jettisoned from the leadership as well.

Thus the passion you see above. Impeachment has now been converted, by executive action of the Speaker of the House, from an 11-letter to a four-letter word.

Republicans No Better Than Obama on Trayvon

With President Obama leading the way, Republican presidential candidates fell into line last week in prejudging the case of Trayvon Martin, offering up sympathy for Trayvon that suggested they do not believe his killer acted in legitimate self defense as claimed.

Evincing either a spineless willingness to blow with the prevailing wind or a lack of presidential-caliber prudence, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all suggested they agree that Trayvon’s shooter, George Zimmerman, is culpable in the killing of an innocent man.

This even as new evidence emerges that Zimmerman may be telling the truth. From today’s Orlando Sentinel:

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say . . .

In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him . . .

Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.

Romney Friday indicated sympathy for Trayvon similar to that offered earlier in the day by Obama, who had said Trayvon looked the way his son would have.

“The shooting of Trayvon is a terrible tragedy unnecessary uncalled for and inexplicable at this point,” Romney said. “What we’ve heard from the media reports suggest that it’s entirely appropriate for the district attorney to be looking into this and to have called a grand jury and find what the facts are. We hope that justice is done in this case as in all cases. But very tragic and our hearts go out to his family his loved ones his friends this shouldn’t have happened.”

Santorum suggested prosecutors should have gone after Zimmerman, even though he did not yet have the facts about why they didn’t.

“It’s a horrible case, I mean it’s chilling to hear what happened, and of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.”

Gingrich spoke along the same lines.

“As I understand it, (Zimmerman) was trailing the young man. The young man wasn’t trailing him. I suspect justice will be done,” Gingrich said.

“I think that Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy, and it is a tragedy, that we’re going to relentlessly seek justice. And I think that’s the right thing to do,” he said, adding  “you had somebody who was clearly overreaching” by following Trayvon.

The job of a leader is to stand athwart the crowd – in this case a kind of lynch mob – and call for calm, reason, and justice. None of these three passed the test.

Zimmerman may be guilty of a crime. We’ll know that after a trial. We have no idea whether he’s guilty right now, and at least one of these three should have said so.

Carney Reels in “Lying” Reference to Gingrich

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today acknowledged that he went too far Monday when he said anybody who suggests a strategy exists to reduce gas prices to $2.50 a gallon was “lying.”

Carney was clearly referring to Newt Gingrich, who has been repeating up and down the campaign trail that he can reduce gas prices to just that level.

Carney’s breach of political etiquette occurred during the regular briefing for reporters. At today’s briefing he amended his remarks.

“I should have said, anybody who says that doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Carney said.

The White House and President Obama have for more than a year called for more “civility” in politics.

WHD Exclusive: Romney Was Conservative in the Womb

Mitt Romney gave a major address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last week at which he described himself as having “lived conservatism,” saying that his philosophy had originated from “my family, from my faith and from my life’s work.”

But an investigation by White House Dossier, based on extensive interviews – along with phone tapping, break-ins, and other illegal methods – has found that Romney in fact first became a conservative IN THE WOMB.

The Romney campaign declined to comment for this story, saying Romney himself had no recollection of the experience. But medical records and sources who knew the Romney family at the time paint a picture of a fetus steeped in conservative ideology. Romney’s conservatism at that stage was apparently already very severe.

This sonogram of Mitt Romney in the womb – an early example of the technology’s use – was obtained exclusively by White House Dossier. It clearly shows a pre-natal Romney reading “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich Hayek.

According to friends of Mrs. Romney – his mother Mrs. Romney, not his wife Mrs. Romney – a pregnant Mrs. Romney sang the following lullaby to her gestating baby Mitt:

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
The Soviet Union isn’t up to par;
Free markets are always right,
Liberals are so uptight;
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
A true conservative, yes you are.

According to three eyewitnesses who were with Mrs. Romney at times when she sang this lullaby, kicks could be felt on her abdomen as the fetal Romney reacted with joy to the melody and its words.

Fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich questioned whether Romney was really a conservative at such an early stage.

“As a historian, I can think of only three people who were conservative in the womb: Me, William F. Buckley, and Lyndon Johnson, though environmental factors subsequently changed Johnson into a liberal.”

The campaign of Rick Santorum claimed to have eggs extracted from his mother’s ovaries which would demonstrate that he was conservative even before conception. However, the campaign has refused to release the eggs or provide documentation of any analysis that would show them to be conservative.

Biden Plays the Race Card

Vice President Biden tried his hand at racial politics Monday, indirectly – but unmistakably – suggesting that use of the term “Food Stamp President” to describe Obama indicates Republicans are racist.

Biden, who spoke in Tallahassee, was referring to a term used routinely by Newt Gingrich, but he associated other Republicans presidential contenders with the remark.

From the pool report:

“For the first time, the Republicans are not – as we say, to use a football metaphor – they’re not hiding the ball. They’re saying exactly what they believe. For real – no, it’s good – it’s good because for the first time we can have an honest debate. These guys aren’t out there saying, ‘We’re compassionate conservatives, we want to fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid …’ They’re just being straight up, saying what they believe.”

“Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, I think they’re slightly different, and I mean this sincerely. I think it’s more about obstructionism for them. For them, their actions say what they really believe.”

“These are the same guys who are calling the president a ‘food stamp president’ – a thinly veiled, I don’t know what it is, but it’s inappropriate. It’s inappropriate.”

Biden in the last sentence is clearly pointing to the comments of other Gingrich critics who, unlike Biden, have finished the sentence, asserting that Gingirch’s remark is a thinly veiled derogatory reference to black people on food stamps. Gingrich has denied the comment has anything to do with race, saying he is pointing to the record numbers of people receiving food stamps during Obama’s presidency.

What’s more, Biden’s preceding comment about Republicans “saying exactly what they believe” would appear to be a play toward fears that Republicans are closet racists.

Newt Gingrich Takes it to the Establishment

I want to let you all know about a piece I did that is running today in Politico, “Newt Gingrich vs. The Republican Establishment.”

The article analyzes some of the reasons the base has been supportive of Gingrich and is willing to ignore his departures from conservatism and his occasional nutty proposals. Here’s a sample to give you an idea:

The grass-roots conservatives, tea partiers, evangelicals and the like who compose the base have had it with the establishment. The base is not only angry at President Barack Obama. The base wants to eat its own.

It was nice, polite Republicans, like Romney, who colluded with Democrats in expanding the federal government and who piled up the $15 trillion debt that now threatens to destroy the country. It was upstanding members of the GOP who added a new Medicare entitlement without paying for it, who created new agencies and wove myriad regulations to govern the lives of regular folk.

The base wants someone who is not polite, who is not conventional, who has the potential to grasp the established order in Washington by its cuff links and rip out its entrails.

I hope you’ll take a look.


Rick Perry to Drop Out. Good Riddance.

He’ll announce his decision at 11 am, according to reports. He’s going to endorse Newt. It’s only one person he’ll be endorsing, so he shouldn’t have trouble remembering. What a disaster he was. Forget the forgetfulness and the lousy debate performances. Attacking Romney for “vulture capitalism.” What a disgrace. Maybe this lifelong politician should go… Continue Reading

Report: Cain to Endorse Gingrich

The Atlanta TV station that broke the story about Herman Cain’s alleged 13-year affair with Ginger White is now reporting that Cain will endorse Newt Gingrich. From the report: Sources tell FOX 5 News that Herman Cain plans to endorse fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich on Monday. They say details of a formal announcement are still… Continue Reading

How Gingrich Played the Influence Game

A good piece in the New York Times today showcasing the subtle way in which Gingrich made himself rich playing the influence game on behalf of clients while steering clear of the technical definition of a lobbyist. He was not registered as a lobbyist, but he did things lobbyists do. That is, he connected his… Continue Reading