Is Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to the party?

Governor Chris Christie went on Meet the Press this morning and called Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to the Republican party.

“I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time,” Christie said. “Whether he’ll do it again in the future I don’t know, but Gov. Romney never has.”

“We all know the record, I mean he was run out of the speakership by his own party, he was fined $300,000 for ethics violations. This is a guy that’s had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment to the party. I don’t need to regale the country with the entire list again … but sometimes, past is prologue.”

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What do you think MMM readers? Is Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to the Republican party or will Governor Christie being singing a different tune come August?

Posted: January 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics | Tags: , , | 17 Comments »

17 Comments on “Is Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to the party?”

  1. Freespeaker1976 said at 7:43 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Me thinks Christie ought to watch what he is saying, because if Newt pulls out a Miracle, Christie might be on the outside looking in.

    But to the question of an embarrassment; Obama is the real embarrassment and the truth is that ANY of the three candidates (barring Ron Tin Foil Hat Paul) would make an excellent President because of their experience.

    We all seem to be willing to give Slick “It was only about sex” Willie a pass, even though he lied under oath. We forget about the Philanderer in Chief, JFK.

    Looking at South Carolina, voters didn’t seem to care. We’ll see how that holds up; but people want someone to kick the media’s arse so that Obama is not protected this time around.

    Maybe they are willing to do a little horse trading. Besides, who amongst us is perfect; not everyone has had the best of marriages or went thru troubled times.

    This stuff was 15 years ago. I’m not a terribly religious guy, but a pretty forgiving one because I’m forgiven every day. Time passes and people do indeed change.

    What ever quote works for you, “People In Glass Houses,” “He who is without sin” or whatever…

    I think you ought to be thinking about the budget that was balanced 4 times under Newt and the MILLIONS of jobs he helped create…

  2. ArtGallagher said at 7:47 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Freespeaker, Christie was specific about that fact that he wasn’t talking about Gingrich’s marital problems.

    He was talking about his ethics violations, getting fired as speaker and the $1.6 million from Fannie and Fredie

  3. Freespeaker1976 said at 8:09 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    I understand Art.

    But, again; who knows what happens down the road. Christie might need some help some day and have to go begging to Newt.

    But the real thing is, that like the problems with Super Pacs; I never really liked surrogates being hatchet men. It still comes back to the candidate.

    Almost everything is out there re: the ethics violations. I don’t remember much about him getting fired, but perhaps…

    Newt might have pissed off a lot of people who wanted their earmarks and pork barrel spending.

    The 1.6 mil. Yes, I want to see more there. But, as I understand it, there might be a confidentiality issue. That’s what I heard.

    But, I am looking at what he’s good at and that is taking people to task. Mitt will NOT due that. He will play by Marquis of Queens-berry Rules and fail to bloody Obama.

  4. Tom Stokes said at 8:19 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Art – Newt is a great debater.

    However, the ethics clouds from the past and his involvement with Fannie and Freddie (and ignoring his penchant to outdo Bill Clinton in the womanizing field) I believe would leave the GOP with a wounded candidate going up against the Soros candidate who will have a billion or more USD to spend defaming Newt.

    Sorry, but Newt would lose the pro-family evangelical crowd (who seem to be shifting to Sen. Santorum).

    This country so sorely needs to reverse course and elect someone who hasn’t been a Washington insider. Unfortunately, Herman Cain also self destructed over allegations of womanizing.

  5. We want Anna said at 8:29 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Kyrillos man Romney is done!!!!

  6. Bob English said at 9:23 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Part of the reason that Newts fellow House Republicans staged a coup against him was that they considered him a disaster as the Speaker of The House. Tom Colburn referred to his leadership as “lacking” and that was being kind. I don’t think Joe Scarborough or several other of his R colleagues from the early/mid 1990’s would vote for him against Obama.

    If Newt somehow does get the nomination, I’d expect to see clips of Christie’s ringing endorsement of Gingrich appearing on a DNC commercial for OBama in the Fall.

  7. Done said at 9:30 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    @ We want Anna. Kyrillos is done politically!

  8. TheDigger said at 10:13 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Little’s Army is more like a squad. Too little and certainly overdone. Anna should go help more illegals get voting rights. She might get their votes.

  9. ArtGallagher said at 10:53 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    TheDigger said at 10:13 pm on January 22nd, 2012:
    Little’s Army is more like a squad. Too little and certainly overdone. Anna should go help more illegals get voting rights. She might get their votes

    Actually, Anna should run for congress in the 6th district. She would probably get the nomination uncontested, this time up and the next four times as well.

  10. Chris said at 11:32 pm on January 22nd, 2012:

    Romney never has???
    Yes, he embarrassed the party too when he passed RomneyCare

  11. TR said at 8:45 am on January 23rd, 2012:

    Gingrich is a very smart guy. The problem is he things he is even smarter. He has a classic narcissitic personality with delusions of granduer. Granted you need an outsize ego to run for President to begin with but newt Bordrs on being psychologically unfit. As much as I am concerned about Romneys commitment to conservative ideals I am more concerned about Newt as president. He is too much of a risk.

  12. Go, Newt! said at 11:21 am on January 23rd, 2012:

    delighted more people are beginning to understand that the “same-old, same-old,” plastic and predictable candidate will not defeat that President, this year.. hey, over such a long career and life, everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect!.. it’s the intelligent ones who actually learn from them, and turn their lives around, and move foreward to do better things..why (other than jealousy) can’t people cut this one man some slack- when we spend billions of our dollars in “human services” of all types, every day, under the concept of helping those who make really bad personal choices get back on the road to redemption/productive citizenship??.. many will give a convicted murderer or other felon more breaks than a guy who admits he’s sinned, has changed faith and sought forgiveness,and then done lots of things to try and help save his country.. in this case, it comes down to sour-grapes already, on many RINOS’ parts, and childish petulance and whining, because in their heart of hearts, they know the guy who’s been running forever may just NOT be the strongest today, against a billion dollars worth of lies, voter fraud, and predictable media forgiveness he will face in 2012: it is a unique year, and situation, the gravest in our lifetime, it is absolutely imperative that people wake up, forget the “norm,” the fun parties and “comfortable,” “moderate” solutions, think outside of the box, and go full-speed ahead for a clear and total choice: freedom and America, or serfdom and “Ameritopia”.. to me and many others,it is actually that serious, that simple..

  13. Freespeaker1976 said at 12:31 pm on January 23rd, 2012:

    Heard an interesting statistic re; Mittens, Mr. Electability.

    Romney is 9 out of 25 in his campaigns.

  14. Bob E said at 12:35 pm on January 23rd, 2012:

    If there is actually a “new Newt” why doesn’t he run for Congress again or maybe Governor and prove himself? As mentioned, his problems the last time he held office were with people he was serving with in his own party.

  15. brian said at 1:29 pm on January 23rd, 2012:

    You know what’s really embarressing–that l once was a supporter of Gov. you-tube, the key word being WAS.

  16. Ever hear of said at 6:53 pm on January 23rd, 2012:

    that green monster, jealousy??.. don’t forget how smart Newt is, and how successful, as the first majority- Congress in 40 years, and in actually reforming welfare by compromising with a D White House for a win-win: some people can’t stand someone ELSE being the mover and shaker that gets into the history books, (we’ve seen it on more than one level:) it is often about them and their personal ambitions, and knocking anyone else successful down, rather than the good of the order!..and, he’s already proven he can win with ideas, and at his age should not have to even go there, again.. ps: where was Obama’s great leadership experience?.. that woud be NOwhere, the Mr. “Community-organizer”, no-real-work Pres.!..

  17. Chris Christie Needs To Read These said at 8:39 am on January 26th, 2012:

    That SOLIDLY refute his view on ethics charges