Friday, January 27, 2012

Newt 'Cry Baby' Gingrich is back

Newt 'Cry Baby' Gingrich is back.

Back in November 1995, before Gingrich-Clinton confrontation over the budget resulted in shutdown of all non-essential services, New York Daily News published its famous 'Cry Baby' cartoon by Ed Murawinski. The cartoon portrayed the government shutdown as a tantrum thrown by Gingrich over a personal slight.

Newt Gingrich's reaction to his poor performance yesterday in a debate in Florida is a stark reminder that Newt cannot handle rejection in a mature fashion.

Gingrich campaign claimed that the audience was stacked for Romney. “They definitely packed the room," Kevin Kellems, a Gingrich adviser, told the Post. Why would CNN, which hosted the debate do such a thing? What proof is there beside a lack of applause for Newt?

Mitt Romney, who has done well by going on the offensive against Newt Gingrich delivered a new zinger at an event in Orlando, mocking Newt's  complaints about this week's debates. "Speaker Gingrich said after [debate on January 23rd]... that the crowd wasn't allowed to cheer so he couldn't do so well, because the crowd was too quiet. Then last night he said the crowd was too loud, he couldn't deal with it. It's like Goldilocks, you know - the porridge is too hot, the porridge is too cold."

Gingrich had another excuse for less than stellar performance in last night's debate by blasting Romney for a ‘dishonest’ debate performance. Newt explained that he couldn't come up with an immediate response, because he was so shocked and “I wanted to fact check. I wanted to make sure he was as totally dishonest as I thought he was."

Newt didn't say which statement were so shockingly dishonest. Meanwhile, his campaign ran another ad, which was blasted as dishonorable by Mike Huckabee - it seems Newt didn't learn the lesson from his two previous ads, which were challenged by Ron Paul, and Marco Rubio for attacking free enterprise and inaccurate and inflammatory rhetoric, respectively.

That new TV ad  from Gingrich campaign is called, “"What kind of man?” It features a quote from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: “If a man’s dishonest to get a job, he’ll be dishonest on the job.” Huckabee disavowed the ad today: “Any use of an out-of-context quote from the Republican presidential primary four years ago in a political ad to advocate for the election or defeat of another candidate is not authorized, approved, or known in advance by me,” he said in a statement. “I have made it clear that I have not and do not anticipate making an endorsement in the GOP primary, but will support the nominee.”

These desperate tactics come as the momentum is slipping from Gingrich.  A new poll from Quinnipiac University showed Romney back on top in Florida’s high-stakes Republican primary.

Newt seems destined to not only lose the nomination, but the good-will and respect of his party, as well.

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