July 26, 2011

Regrets, I've had a few: Gingrich on climate ad with Pelosi

Newt Gingrich, wallowing in the shallows of voter disinterest, has decided to come clean. Well, not really.
Remember when Newt called Paul Ryan's plan to tackle the national debt extreme?  Later he expressed his regret - for his choice of words.  Remember when his campaign staff quit en masse?  He later expressed his feelings of liberation.  Remember in 2008 when Newt made a climate ad with Pelosi?  Now, The Hill has a story on Newt's expression of regret over making that ad.
Gingrich, who partnered with Pelosi while she was Speaker for the 2008 ad, said the spot was "misconstrued," and for that reason, he wouldn't do it again.

"I was trying to make a point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment," Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. "Obviously it was misconstrued, and it's probably one of those things I wouldn't do again."
Yeah, he was trying to point out that we should debate the left on climate change. That's why he did a climate change ad with Pelosi. That's what I call Obama-spin - take the obvious facts, and argue the exact opposite as though to disagree with your approach means you aren't an adult in the room.

So it's our fault for not getting it? Fine, let's take that silly notion as a given. If you can't talk to your base, then why would we expect you to be able to talk to the electorate as a whole. I used to have a lot of respect for Newt, after all he's had some really good ideas. But his decisions have trailed off and it just seems as though his time has passed. I know others have said that in the past and were way ahead of me on that curve. I've always been willing to give people who've earned it the benefit of the doubt. For Newt, I've finally been worn out.

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