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"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence." Frederick Douglass _________________________________ "You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein _________________________________ Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr" ____________________________________ "Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain ____________________________ "When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ “When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron _________________________________ "Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk _________________________________ “And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.” Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI _________________________________ "if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn _______________________________ "The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk

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The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Forget to be, or not to be, the question is whether ‘tis nobler in the mind – excluding what passes for minds in South Carolina – to question the character of a slimy, arrogant, philandering con artist, or to limit the questions to those of a less personal nature.

I quite agree John King made a tactical error leading-off the Republican debate with a question about the non-news that Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife Marianne confirmed he is a liar and a whore. But whatever one thinks of the timing, it was appropriate to question Newt’s character, particularly since he’s made a career out of calling other people’s character into question.

Newt's faux outrage at having his character questioned ought to have produced guffaws from the audience, rather than a standing ovation. More on that in a moment.

                     

Newt failed to answer King's inartful question truthfully, and instead attacked the “liberal media”. That, too, speaks to his character; it confirms he is a liar, a man who will say or do anything to avoid dealing with the truth. He's the proverbial child who refuses to admit his crime even when caught with his hand in the cookie jar or in this case his appendage in a cookie.

The chutzpah of the man is truly beyond belief he says the liberal media's personal attacks keep decent people from seeking public office. Well, leaving aside whether Gingrich has a clue about decency, surely he indicts himself with that charge. After all, he stooped to calling Obama "the most dangerous President of our lifetime" and "the food-stamp President".

That latter spurious charge was one of many bones Newt has thrown the Republican base. A man who repeatedly toots a dog-whistle and grovels before a racist mob surely deserves to have his character questioned.

As does a man, a putative "family values" candidate, who despicably drags his daughters into his defense. Hasn’t he caused his family enough grief?

                     

I have little sympathy for Newt’s second wife Marianne; payback is hell. She can’t even plead ignorance, since it was common knowledge among his staff that he was a sex addict.

Still, she didn’t deserve to be slammed again by Newt, who stated flatly that her charge he asked for an open marriage was false. Since he has repeatedly acknowledged he carried on an affair with future wife number three (and likely fooled around with other staffers) while married to wife number two, what part of her charge is false? Or did he mean to deceive by denying he made the specific request and used the words “open marriage”?

If so, that’s on a par with his nemesis Bill Clinton quibbling about the definition of sex, a definition that renders both men semantic tap-dancers and moral lightweights. 

That's certainly the conclusion to be drawn from the admission of Anne Manning, another former  staffer, who stated that at Newt's request, she “serviced” him orally rather than through intercourse, so that he could maintain the deception he didn't have sex with her. How about it, ladies do you buy that dodge on either end of the stick, so to speak?

                     

Bill and Newt will be forever tied together, if for no other reason than that they share an addiction to power, food and sex. But Clinton is loved by millions and respected even by some of his enemies, while Newt is loved by no one and disrespected even by his friends. Oh, and I hate (not really) to rub it in “family values” folks, but Bill is still married to his first wife.

That brings me back to Newt’s first wife, Jackie. She was his former high school geometry teacher, and he married her when he was 19 and she was 26. Some find that another sign Newt has some sort of deep-seated psychological problem with women.

Or maybe Newt’s just what he appears to be – a sociopath and a user, a liar and a loser.

                     

There is a much larger issue here than Newt’s character, and that is the character of the Republican base. The standing ovation he received for his vicious and duplicitous attack on the media is stark testimony to the hypocritical nature of the aptly named base. After all, these are the people for whom “family values” supposedly trumps all else.

The failure of the other candidates to bring up the character issue is stark testimony to their hypocrisy and cowardice as well. Hypocrisy in politics is hardly news, but the level to which these and other “family values” politicians have sunk boggles the mind. Mark Foley, John Ensign, Larry Craig, David Vitter and Mark Sanford come immediately to mind, but they are many more.

According to a study cited here, "Republicans were involved in 61% of sex scandals in the past 10 years, whereas Democrats were involved in just 39%. Moreover, 34% of the total number of scandals were gay scandals (i.e, involving an ostensibly straight politician and a same-sex partner), with Republicans accounting for 78.5% of all gay scandals. Republicans were also involved in 66% of the underage scandals."

                     

Supporters of these wayward politicians claim to practice “forgiveness”, and at first blush that would seem to be true, since they return so many of their miscreants to office. But they have no forgiveness for sinners on the other side of the political divide. And Lord knows, there are plenty of Democrats who need forgiving, too.

The fact there are sinners on both sides provides no refuge for the "family values" crowd. Those who tout themselves bastions of virtue are rightly held to a higher standard than the rest of us. But it's all too apparent the Republican base has lowered its standards.

They've embraced characters like Trump, Cain and Gingrich, who have no character and no apparent family values. Many of them were willing to settle for dullards like Bachmann and Perry or loonies like Santorum and Paul. And when it's all said and done, despite their supposed high principles, they will vote for Romney, a man many of them deem a spineless, unprincipled waffler and a member of a heretical cult.

I'd add that he is also arrogant, condescending and oblivious to the needs of others. But none of that will matter to the Republican base come November.

But maybe it isn't an abundance of hypocrisy and a lack of perspicacity that is the problem with these people; the problem may be that they just don't have any standards. After all, they voted twice for He Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken, the worst President in U.S. history.

©2012 Tom Cordle

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Disclaimer: I have a host of skeletons in my closet, as well. To all the girls I've loved before, please let them remain there. I beg your indulgence on the grounds that I am not now nor never will be a candidate for public office -- and thus -- your secret is safe with me.
As I've said before: If you don't commit any sins, that means Jesus died for nothing. Gingrich is just making sure that he takes full advantage of the lord's sacrifice. No wonder they cheer him for his efforts.
:] Nice disclaimer.
The Republican base is indeed a scary lot I think their nooses include one labeled sanity and another reality. Rated for truth, ...plain-spoken and straight from the hip. Too bad you can't have a clone run for office. I long for someone to tell it like it is and use the big words. R
Norwonk
I'm told time and again that God never gives you more than you can handle, and my reply is that He/She/It certainly has a lot more faith in me than I do.
Persistent Muse
Thank you for the kind words. I'm afraid my clone wouldn't have much chance even against these clowns.
Torrito
I confess, my stomach isn't strong enough to watch these fiascoes either; my observations are drawn on clips which are more or less unavoidable.

I did attempt to watch the very first debate, but my gag reflex kicked in at the very first question supposedly posed by a "small businessman" who resembled Joe the Plumber's dumber brother, but all too obviously composed by someone at the RNC.

I tried again at another debate, but the first three questions were posed by three Neocons, including David Addington, Secretary of Torture -- who is otherwise (for some reason probably relating to a pending indictment in some foreign country) maintaining a veeeerrry low profile.

Then there's the matter of the troglodyte audience at these affairs cheering someone's fatal disease, the death of a gay soldier, and overt racism spewing from the mouth of Santorum and Gingrich. Ron Paul prefers to save his for his newsletter.
Brilliant essay, Tom. I am sick to death of the "family values" song and dance. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Rated.
I haven't been watching the debates, but based on what I've read here and another respected blogger's post I think I know all I need.
As for Mr Gingrich, the phrase "a sociopath and a user, a liar and a loser" came to mind before I got to your paragraph.

Thank you for a stellar piece, Tom.
R♥
Tom, great post, and I agree with a lot of it, but everyone in South Carolina is not stupid or naive. You're looking at and hearing the conservative kookoo's, but there are some very proud and intelligent liberals and even conservatives that live there. I myself live in North Carolina, but have some friends who I consider fairly intelligent who live there. Just saying...,
I'm a news clip watcher as well, being that most of the debate blather is too close to dinner and exceeds my nausea index.
This post seems to be a good, concise wrap-up of what we have seen so far, with the noted exception that I think you have unfairly denigrated whores by comparison. Generally, price, terms and conditions are known in advance in that sort of exchange, whereas with the Newtster there could never be any assurances that what you see is what you're going to get.
Scathing, and oh so true. You're on fire Tom;
another well deserved EP!
And speaking of Shakespeare
how about this... killed me--

a sociopath and a user,
a liar and a loser.

No shit!
I agree with commenter.
Scanner too and heehaw.
I ain't intended to offend.
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Erica
Thanks, as far as I'm concerned the best way to support family values is by financing education and creating jobs that allow one wage-earner -- or two part-time wage earners -- to support a family.
Fusun
Thanks for putting a star in my crown
Scanner
Your point is taken, after all, Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina. However, SC has a long history of plaguing the rest of us with racist politicians who appeal to the worst in people -- John C Calhoun, Strom Thurmond and now Jim DeMint.

Furthermore, you can't pull the South card on me, Carolinian, since I live in backwoods Tennessee in a town so poor it can't afford a traffic light, let alone afford to educate its children.

As to the general matter of painting with too broad a brush, as I said previously here, I operate on the presumption reasonably intelligent people have the power to discern what is stated as fact and what is fired for effect.

That said, Republican candidates are not excused for their hyperbole, since there are by all appearances no reasonably intelligent people in the Republican base.
alsoknownas
Some of the women I've loved before thank you for your vigorous defense of whores
tr ig
TLC and EP, a match made in -- well, it sure wasn't Heaven. As for me and my buddy Bill, yeah, I think he was always a little jealous of my way with words ;-)
Art
I hope you'll accept my apology -- sort of -- to scanner above for painting with too broad a brush. As for the socks, I'm gonna steal a line from Roger Miller -- I was twelve years old for a found out socks came in matched pairs.
I'd vote for my dog before I'd vote for Newt. My dog has a lot more sense.

Obama might make me angry sometimes, but holy moly, he's a far better president than Newt could ever dream of.

(And Leo, my dog, has more sense than to run for president. He'd like a bowl of kibbles, please.)
Wonderfully and scathingly written. I wish I could rip 'em off like that, but if I start I get going and then I start foaming at the mouth and cannot suppress the desire to bite the nearest Republican. And that might not be fair to the nearest Republican.

And in fairness, there are times when my desire to snap at the nearest Democrat is just as strong.
Just now watching Newt on CNN opining that he'll win SC and then the nomination...

I kinda hope he does. He and Obama debating would be entertaining.
I'm hoping Newt wins in SC. If he does, that means the clown bus will continue rolling and the longer it rolls the less Obama has to do.
Froggy
I'd vote for a real newt before I'd vote for the reptile

Dunnite
What makes you think I wasn't foaming at the mouth when I wrote this?
Myriad
Agreed that Obama/Newt debates would be far more interesting than Obama/Mitt. But personally, I'd rather see Newt run as the candidate of the American Independent Party
John B
If the clown bus ever gets a flat, they could use Newt for a spare
Quite the genteel rebuke Tom. Such is the political culture of the present day that these are the sorts the system tosses up. Calling out the Repubs' failings, whether they be on science (global warming and evolution can't be true), morals, hypocrisy, economic and social policy; is almost too easy an exercise. That it needs to be done is what's truly appalling.
You're a good writer, Tom. However, your logic always escapes me.

I am uncertain which is worse -- excoriating the hypocrisy of the "side" promoting family values or lauding the side that doesn't promote family values.

The third choice could well be to question the reason for such concern over a topic Liberals regularly dismiss, out of necessity, as unrelated to competent leadership. After all, aren’t you guys proud that Clinton was able to conduct foreign affairs over the phone while be serviced domestically by Monica? Or is that just a myth?
Abrawang
You're right on all counts -- it is almost too easy, it needs to be done and it's a shame that it has to be done because so many people are willfully blind to the obvious.
The crowd on the Right doesn't think well so they miss the hypocrisy based on a simple-minded template. When one of their own gets his dinky in strange inky, they whine that it's hypocritical to point it out because Dems have sex; they whine that it's racism to point out their racism; it's media bias to point out their media bias, etc, etc, etc.

Generally speaking, they can't follow logic because they don't know what it looks like or the tracks it leaves. They don't get that they're the ones advertising superior morality and family values as their Main Cause and Qualification, so there's a big difference when one of their sanctified does the disreputable dicky-dunking.

It's like arguing with a toddler, except a toddler eventually understands.

Now, to set the record straight and defend Clinton's skills, he could talk on the phone and eat a pizza while he was getting oral from an intern. GW Bush admired that so much he tried to replicate it, but ended up talking on a pizza while eating a phone and blowing an intern. Yes, he got it wrong, but still, it was multi-tasking.
Uncle Chri
You say "You're a good writer, Tom. However, your logic always escapes me."

Abrawang was right on three counts; you're right on two ;-).

One reason my logic escapes you is that you are blinded by your sophistry. I derided both Gingrich and Clinton in my post, but you fail to see that. So instead of addressing the issue at hand -- Gingrich and the obvious hypocrisy of the family values crowd -- you see fit to argue only about Clinton's escapades.

As the Good Book advises, remove the log from your own eye before trying to remove the splinter from mine.
Insightful post as usual Tom..... RRRRated
"a sociopath and a user, a liar and a loser."

Found myself singing this to Steve Miller's song The Joker. But Newt's not a joker. I suspect he is a sociopath though. He feels no guilt, no remorse and he's as slippery as a greased pig, which is an insult to that noble animal. There's something wrong with him.

You've already pointed this out better than I can but for someone who claims to revere "family values" - whatever the hell that's supposed to mean - he seems to have made a career out of disgracing his own. He ought to be ashamed to be in the spotlight. But that's another characteristic of a sociopath - inability to feel shame. The whole lot of them have made things worse for families. I think what they mean by "family" applies just to their own kind and the only thing they value is their net worth. Excellent as always Tom and I'm so glad this got an EP.
Brie Barbara
Thank you

Margaret
Thanks for visiting, and you're quite right that sociopaths can be identified by the wasted lives they leave in their wake. I suppose they simply chalk that up as collateral damage necessary to achieving their own ends -- when and if they think at all about those whose lives they've laid waste.

Another sign that Newt is a sociopath is that so many women have thrown themselves at someone so physically unattractive and morally bankrupt. Whatever the attraction is, I'm missing it. But sociopaths often have some sort of inexplicable charisma.
An essay on morals that is not moralistic is rare. This calls to mind why I'm not going to church much these days. It's because I stopped seeing the exploration of sin --which is what we're talking about here--done the way you do it here.

So Christian thought (a description that would likely repulse some of your other readers) is something I both see and appreciate here.

Finally, the "both sides do it" argument is smacked down hard here. Shown as the diversionary waste of time that it is. And I like that a lot.

I read something like this and I'm hopeful. Because I know that there is someone who can call it like it is.
Yeah, but maybe Newt could make the trains run on time.
PJ'O
Sorry you got lost in the shuffle. As usual, you cut to the heart of the matter, and leave the tap-dancers no room for lap-dancing.

ChiGuy
As I've said before here, I think religion is far too important to be left to those who can only parrot without thinking. Riffing on Socrates, the unexamined faith is not worth having

Chicken Maan
I doubt it, but I'm sure he'd find someone else to blame for the fact the trains were always late.
Once again, the scariest thing about this Republican debate was the crowd itself.
Newt Gingrich has the moral compass of a lodestone boat.
Daniel
You got that right -- the Sons and Daughters of Sanctimony have no sense -- and no sense of shame.
Stacey
Good one. Maybe the captain of the cruise ship that just went down was using Newt's moral compass.
Tom, Ted Bundy comes to mind. Although he was drop-dead handsome.
Margaret
Handsome and intelligent and without a conscience -- the perfect profile for serial killer -- or a politician -- sounds just like Mittmormon
The notion that Newt represents the "family values" party is farce at best, maniacal at worst. The rep base wants to pit someone against Obama who could go head to head with Obama vocally and wouldn't be afraid to get nasty to beat him. The scary part is that these ar ethe same people who have been duped into voting against their own benefits. They don't vote on who they are and what they need, but what they aspire to be. They will forgive Newt anything in order to get a good race going and a possible win. Newt scares me for this reason.

And I won't let on about any of our dalliances. *wink*
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"They don't vote on who they are and what they need, but what they aspire to be."

Indeed. Problem is, their aspirations far exceed what ought to be their expectations.

PS (Personal Stuff) I have fond, fond memories of your sweet winky, but I'll never tell
Algis
Thanks. The Republican base puts me in mind of the old saw "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"
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Team Republican vs. Team Dem groupthink. He is THEIR bastard. Clinton was the Dems' bastard. So it goes.

They circled the wagons sadly around someone who didn't deserve to be protected. But chutzpah seduces, too, doesn't it?

Meanwhile the USWarMachine is committing genocide. What does that say about the character of all the bastards of the universe and the rest of us taxpayers, as long time accessories to mass murder? Not much talk about mass murder and US enabling of tyranny from any US leaders or wannabe leaders except for Paul.

We all know from watching reality tv for this long that an outrageous and feisty sociopath elicits admiration by refusing to embrace his or her shame and tilting against the messenger. People think it is courage but it is really pathological narcissism. The tv camera also loves sociopaths sadly. Guilty-capable are nervous and jittery on the tube. Sociopaths are smooth and sometimes bombastic and overconfident.

Bastard Newt also is good at posturing as the "pig parent" a child-ego state posturing from a parent-ego state, trying to enthrall authoritarian following type people, and it works and there are many many many. Also, so much misogyny in this culture it is sickening. Titillating sex scandals. Some "players" are condemned, some are teflon-y for some reason, the worst offenders often that don't have the conscience to be ashamed. And the redemption crap from the God-name-dropping hypocrits calls for the vomit bucket.

You don't mention, or did you, how his daughters got into it, which also creeped me out.

The best offense is a good defense, and Newt really ramped it up. WAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Is he offensive? You betcha.
At the end of the day, I often thing the Christian Right is controlled by Corporate America. Look at that guy Joel Osteen. He has his articles in Fortune magazine, and when he's not preaching, he's giving motivational speeches about how Christians can get rich.

It seems that corporate America has been, for the last 20 years, also been consciously crafting a NEW THEOLOGY that supports their gospel of greed. "Prosperity Theology" I think the name is.

This is the most ballsy thing they have done yet. Its not enough to ally with radical fundies. Instead, they want to invent a whole new branch of Protestant Fundamentalism that espouses radical free market capitalism antithetical to the Gospels.

r
And that's probably why so many Fundies don't care about the sex scandals. Free Market principles are "commandments from God" according to these people, more important than those brought down by Moses from the Mountain. As such, a GOP politician can violate the 10 Commandments, but he's still ok, provided he's white and supports radical "free market" fundamentalism.

Of course, we all know that the sort of capitalism endorsed by the GOP is only "free" in the rhetoric. In fact, it is a very controlled, corrupt and inefficient sort of crony capitalism that they espouse, one just as inefficient as the Communism of the Soviet Union.
terrific analysis, Tom r.
Great how the system works is it not? And yet we swallow and Vote.
Good one
Tom, that image you planted in my head of Newt as a "spare tire" will resonate and split my sides for hours....days perhaps....
Algis
I'm drunk on your praise

libbyliberalnyc
Loved your line "the redemption crap from the God-name-dropping hypocrits calls for the vomit bucket". Hey, I'm all for redemption - god knows I need it, but the kindergarten kristians seem to have forgotten the part about "Go, and sin no more."
"Newt's faux outrage at having his character questioned ought to have produced guffaws from the audience, rather than a standing ovation."

No doubt. Well said.
rw005
You've gotten to the heart of the matter. How these people can equate the teachings of Jesus with the Prosperity Gospel is truly mind-boggling, tho it is not surprising. There is a long tradition of this heresy in Christianity -- from the ermine robes of the Pope and all the other material excesses of the Catholic Church to the Protestant Elect that holds that the proof of Heaven's favor is somehow earthly goods.

Then, too, the Protestant Work Ethic is a perfect tool for corporate capitalism to exploit -- just as it exploits natural resources and the environment -- since it provides guilt as well as greed to promote the endless, useless striving of the masses, the vast majority of whom will never be free from debt or exploitation by their corporate masters.

As I said elsewhere, every prophet from Jesus to Jefferson has warned about the danger of mixing Church and State, and yet a theocracy is ever the aim of Kindergarten Kristians. Perverse that, since it flies utterly in the face of the Constitution and the Democratic values they purport to hold so sacred.
Jonathan
Thanks

Cheffer
Thanks, when it comes to the big boys, the system is working, but none of us are

Gary
Sorry to have filled your head with that image-worm. I must say, that's the only thing "spare" about Newt
tai
Thanks, as others have pointed out in comments, the crowd reaction may be even more disconcerting than Newt's resurrection from the dung heap of history on which he so justifiably belongs
Point of information (apologies if someone has already provided this and my tired eyes overlooked it): 1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is where that bit about "God won't give you anyhting you can't handle..." Funnily enough, it's specifically about resisting temptation and not life's vicissitudes in general. Apply as needed.


Good post, Tom.
I don't watch the debates, but it strikes me as a legitimate question. Not sure why everybody's saying King blundered other than Newt had his red-hot response ready to go in his pocket in case anybody brought it up.
I came. I saw. I read. I agreed...and was envious of your continued success while I grind away at the mortgage business, which is as thankless as work gets. The Republicans....well, I think I will post my thoughts on them elsewhere. Stay tuned.
Tom -
"They don't vote on who they are and what they need, but what they aspire to be."

”Indeed. Problem is, their aspirations far exceed what ought to be their expectations.”

Please explain what that means before I assume you are now dictator of what others' expectations "ought to be ”.
What does that mean?

As for all your vile comments about NG person life, how about that politician that committed the greatest of crimes yet was elected for a lifetime in the Senate?

You hate NG or one reason Tom, and you know it. He is a conservative and you are afraid of any of them that might beat Obama. Why not just say it.

So he is a hypocrite on family values. Show me a politician who is not in one way or another. This whole rant is nothing but MSNBC style rhetoric to avoid simply saying "I hate conservatives".

We already know that TOM. One could write a thesis on
all the moral, ethical and character flaws of most politicians.
But I guess it makes you eel better.

If NG falls behind you will be here ready to bash the next one as well.

And NG did what all politicians should do. Tell them to go F themselves. That is why the crowd responded. I would expect that in any debate Rep. or Dem. These shit bag reporters need top be put in there place. Otherwise why don't we just let the checkout counter rags run the debates.
Jett Noire
Thanks for pointing out the biblical reference, and I appreciate the distinction between resisting temptation and dealing with life's vicissitudes. However, the cliche "God never gives you more than you can handle" doesn't seem to make the same distinction.

In my case, God seems to have been much more helpful dealing with life's vicissitudes than in dealing with temptation. Altho, I hasten to add that in my case, life's vicissitudes are often a direct result of my giving in to temptation.
Con
Criticism of King by reasonable people stems largely from the timing -- making it a lead-off question and thereby suggesting that was the most pressing and important issue, rather than merely the latest media meme. Criticism of King by unreasonable people, like those who support a liar, thief and philanderer like Newt -- well as I said, what can you expect from people who voted twice for He Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken?
Sagemerlin
I imagine the mortgage business is quite a grind these days. In business, like music, timing is everything. Bad timing.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
It really is sad that you, a man who professes superior intellect, has so little idea how your comments indict you. Rather than defend Newt and his indefensible actions -- other than to say everybody does it (that won't win the day in a courtroom nor in the court of public opinion) -- you choose to criticize me. Surely you know that is sophistry of the basest, most infantile sort. Or maybe you don't.
Those of us housing skeletons among our coats have the good sense NOT to run for political office. The arrogance of all these people, regardless of affiliation, who seem to believe they can prevent their skeletons from escaping is downright stupefying. Well deserved EP, Tom.

Lezlie
So glad to see what these people started come back to bite them on their bloated behinds. Bunch of effin' crybabies.
Daisy Jane
Thank you for the high praise, and glad I could provide a laugh or two from this travesty -- I laugh to keep from crying. A word of caution to you, tho -- it's probably not a good idea to mention "stick" and "blow" in this context -- or any other context that involves Newt.
L in the Southeast
Yes, the chutzpah of these guys is amazing, but I'm not sure guys like Gingrich and Clinton even worry about keeping their dalliances secret. I suspect that at some level, they want it known because it adds to their reputation and their self-image as a lothario, tho in my view despite their high stations, they are low-rent lotharioes.

But that may be giving them too much credit; perhaps the simple answer to the question "Bill and Newt, what were you thinking?" is that they weren't.
Jeanette
Agreed. The unholy marriage between kindergarten kristians and compassionate conservatives bit both sets of ample behinds. Kristians are saddled with either a Newtant life-form or a Mormon vulture capitalist, and the too-clever for their own good Rovian Republicans got stuck with a bunch of holy-rollers who can't be controlled by party pols. Talk about a dysfunctional family!
I think he fails the test of having an appropriate temperament for the job.

Which is something I consider of the utmost importance.
Nick
Yes, appropriate temperament for the job can be added to the long, long list of qualifications Newt lacks. His past makes plain he is a vindictive bully, and while that may play well with the hot-headed Repugnant base, it is not what anyone should want in a man with his hand on the trigger -- or on the red phone.
they eats boiled peanuts down there too
Great article Tom. I too am stunned that the GOP is willing to give Newt a standing ovation. Maybe if they find out that he's cheating on his current wife (or as I like to call her, his next ex-wife) they can bypass the rest of the primaries and anoint Newt.
Tpme - and surely you NEVER answer a direct question.

And I did to defend NGs behavior. I said it is typical tomany politicians. You love name calling Tom.

But you never have an answer to a simple question. And you show your immaturity , or maybe intentional spin, using the Jesus and Mary thing when I quite clearly dispelled you of that notion.

So answer the question. What does this mean?

”Indeed. Problem is, their aspirations far exceed what ought to be their expectations.”

What should my expectations be?
No Newt is good Newt. The only thing I've found likable about Newt is his ability to fluster Willard Romney. Rated.
Damon
Of course, they eats boiled peanuts down there -- they's Republicons
Damon E Walters

Roger
I think Calista has him Newtered, and from the looks of her, if she caught him foolin' around, she'd go Lorena Bobbitt on him -- if she could find it
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
I'll give you credit for persistence, if not for substance. What should your expectations be? Well, since you've accomplished so much already -- those nine or so worldwide patents, for instance -- I think the only expectation you should have left is to get that Social Security disability check you're so desperately in need of -- that's setting your aspirations high!
Drewonimo
Well, I guess everybody's gotta be good for somethin' -- even if they're good for nuthin' like Newt
Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors. ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Tartuffe

(Here's looking at you, Newt)

From my vantage point north of the border, this Republican "thing" is an absolute gong show. Amusing and depressing in equal measures.
Yes, Tom I will persist until you answer a single question. You should be a politician because you never answer.
And again you spin if not just plain make false statements. I do not have 9 patents nor have I ever said so. It is 3 0r 4 and one or two are duplicated in Germany and Japan. Depends on how you count.

Why should anyone's aspirations/expectations be limited. You seem to have no ;limit on your expectations on your big gov collective agenda. Why should anyone limit their personal aspirations/expectations.

My aspirations are to get well and go back to working on things that will lead to another patent. But maybe that expectation is to high. How dare I accomplish anymore. Of course you bring up the SS claim as if it is dirt. And you only know it because I am willing to put my personal situation on the line. You are worse than the guy that questioned NG the last debate. NG does have dirt.
What is my dirt Tom? Patents? Hard work? Making too much money to suit you.
I have seen several specialists in the last 6 months and have had 3 MRIs, 1 CT scan, 5 scopes involving every orifice there is with duplication, and tons of blood work. Tomorrow I will be swallowing a "fake" camera to determine if it is safe for me to swallow a real one. Wouldn't want it to get stuck. If I can't swallow the camera, I get 2 more last resort invasive scopes.
And talk of exploratory surgery.
All of that to deal with only one new unrelenting symptom that is not diagnosed. You have no idea what diagnoses I do have and are well established. Do you need a clue as to why so many tests?

You think I am doing this because it is fun? To support my case. Well lack of diagnosis does not support my case. I am doing it to get well, not to stay sick.


So again I ask or a simple explanation of this statement.

”Indeed. Problem is, their aspirations far exceed what ought to be their expectations.”

Now you going to explain or call me Jesus and Mary again.

And BTW I don't hear too much support even hear for your definition of SS means testing. You Rx is it goes only to feed, house, and clothe people. Anyone who has that covered gets nothing. I doubt seriously hardly anyone agrees with you.
Many, many people expect it to supplement a few extras like a vacation once in a while. A hobby to support etc. Maybe even an iPhone. If your Rx had been the original intent as you spin it, the amount collected could have always been much less. Which would have been fine with me. But it never was a tax just to keep people out of poverty in retirement. It was more that that and you know it. You just don't like it because it is inconvenient that is is not capable of working like the pyramid scheme is was presented as. So you decide to rewrite history. Sorry but your opinions not current LAW no matter how many times you say it.

So answer the question.
DiBi
The Gong Show! Yes, that's it -- maybe the Repugs can throw up Chuckie Babe next.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
I'm afraid you don't understand how this works -- I'm not running for office, so I'm not required to answer your asinine questions. To put it bluntly, I couldn't care less about your ass-pirations. So save your paranoia and your whining for the people at the Social Security office.
Hey Tom. Excellent as always. There was noting inherently wrong with John King's question. In fact, it was perfectly appropriate. The error was in the way he framed it.
We've spent hundreds of years now trying to make it possible for people to marry or divorce who they want, but still the stigma continues.

I was stuck in Oregon on the road when the news of Weiner's trangressions reached the airwaves so listened to a right wing crazy literally howl with delight over it.

What's being proven now, with Newt's recommendation by the preacher caucus is what a pile of shit the whole thing is and politics trumps morality even among the self-righteous.

Europe seems to have learned the lesson, but Americans still confuse politicans with Jesus Christ. (who is dead, if I'm not mistaken and will probably never run.)
Fay
Obviously, I agree. There was something very wrong with Newt's non-answer, and there was something even more wrong with the audience's cheering his non-answer.
Ben Sen
Wiener gets the prize for stupidity, but his "sins" don't begin to compare to Newt's -- or Clinton's. At least Clinton wasn't guilty of adding to his "sins" with blatant hypocrisy, as Newt surely was. And, as you note, what may be an even greater sin is vociferously and publicly condemning such sins when it suits you, but blatantly and publicly ignoring them when it suits your political aims, as the Republican base is clearly doing.
Nice Tom. I already knew w you can care less abut anything but yourself. You don't have to answer but why don't you?

You are a thief Tom; pure and simple. You don't really want the head of a Head of State. You want an arm , leg, mind and soul from anyone you see fit to extract it from.

I get exactly how it works here. Chickenshit liberals that whine to each other to get high fives. No challenges desired.

I have already how to put up with Obama's bullshit.
But should the GOP happen to win I fell sorry for your weak ass.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
If you were a challenge, if you had anything to say except complaints about how the government you despise doesn't treat you right, it might be worthwhile to engage with you. But you aren't, and you don't; you're so pathetic you don't even know you're pathetic.

If you find nothing worthwhile on my blog, why do you keep returning? I'll tell you why; you grossly overestimate your abilities, and you somehow imagine you can best me in a discussion about something other than your supposed physical ailments. You can't because your ailments aren't physical, and you prove that with your every utterance.
I don't mind skeletons in the closet. I mind skeletons that would say, "You're BORING! An ASSHOLE! And a Hypocrite for calling out others how are doing the same thing you're doing!" Anything else I think I could forgive.
And you still cannot answer a question can you Tom.
Bellwether
Gee -- I hope you weren't referring to me ;-)

Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
Apparently you enjoy wasting your time as well as mine