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Here is a video clip from yesterday’s “Meet the Press” where Fred Thompson cited a New York Times article that said the Romney Campaign seemed to have “Matt Drudge in their back pocket.” The relevant quote from the article is below, and it says much of what the Romney Campaign dispensed in attacks against Newt Gingrich found its way onto The Drudge Report. The Gingrich Team finally gave up on trying to get the Drudge staff “to spare them”:

NEW YORK TIMES: . . . A team of some of the most fearsome researchers in the business, led by Mr. Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, spent days dispensing negative information about Mr. Gingrich, much of it finding its way to the influential Drudge Report, which often serves as a guide for conservative talk radio and television assignment editors and to which Mr. Rhoades has close ties.

The effort hit a peak by Thursday, when the site was virtually taken over by headlines assailing Mr. Gingrich, whose advisers said they eventually gave up on trying to persuade the Drudge staff to spare them, acknowledging, in the words of one aide, that “very little can be done.” . . . Read More

Via Gateway Pundit

I’m not sure the evidence would bear that out. Drudge posts whatever is bubbling in the news at a given point in time. He’s had headlines about Newt rising and doing well in South Carolina and at other times. It has just been a lousy week for Newt Gingrich, and virtually all the headlines bear that out.

Fred Thompson Says Romney Team thinks they have “Matt Drudge in their Back Pocket” – Video 1/29/12

BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller reports from Florida that the Mitt Romney Campaign no longer views winning the Florida Primary as their goal. It’s now all about “destroying” Newt Gingrich:

BUZZFEED: Mitt Romney’s goal in Florida is no longer just winning.

After Gingrich Newt scored a surprise blow-out victory in South Carolina last week, the former Massachusetts governor not only unleashed a political broadside of epic proportions.

“It not about winning here anymore,” one Romney staffer told BuzzFeed. “It’s about destroying Gingrich — and it’s working.” . . . Read More

The onslaught of attacks on Newt Gingrich from all quarters within the Republican Establishment would confirm what this report indicates. The Romney Team sees an opportunity to not only defeat Newt Gingrich, but to so ruin him that he cannot recover elsewhere. My guess is that regardless what happens in Florida, Newt Gingrich will keep going and try to make a comeback in March in the Super Tuesday states. The question will be whether he can hang on until then.

Report: Romney Staffer says Florida No Longer Just about Winning; “It’s About Destroying Gingrich” – 1/29/12

Here is video of Fred Thompson on “Meet the Press” today who said some of the attacks coming against Newt Gingrich by fellow Republicans is “old score-settling going on” by people who “were holding Newt’s coat, back when he conceived of the way for the Republicans to takeover and have the first Republican House speaker in 50 years.”

That is undoubtedly the case.

Via Daily Caller

Fred Thompson on Republicans Attacking Newt Gingrich: There’s some “Old Score-Settling Going On” by People who were “Holding Newt’s Coat” in the 90′s – Video 1/29/12

NBC News and Tom Brokaw have asked the Mitt Romney Campaign to take down an ad they began running today that uses an NBC News broadcast from 1997 to attack Newt Gingrich. The entire ad consists of footage showing Tom Brokaw reporting on Newt Gingrich being sanctioned for ethics violations:

POLITICO: Via POLITICO’s Reid Epstein, NBC News and Tom Brokaw are loudly objecting to the Mitt Romney campaign’s use of footage from the 1990s in an ad blasting Newt Gingrich over his House ethics charges.

Brokaw, whose statement noted he was speaking on his behalf, said, “I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad. I do no want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”

“The NBC Legal Department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads,” NBC News said in a statement, which added, “Similar requests have gone out to other campaigns that have inappropriately used Nightly News, Meet the Press, Today and MSNBC material.” . . . Read More

Tom Brokaw and NBC News Ask Mitt Romney to take down Ad Attacking Newt Gingrich using 1997 News Footage – Video 1/28/12

Here is a new Mitt Romney ad that attacks Newt Gingrich for ethics violations while he was Speaker of the House. The entire ad is the news report of former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw reporting that Gingrich was sanctioned by House members for violations. This ad will reportedly run “heavy and statewide” in Florida this weekend leading up to Tuesday’s Florida Primary.

The Romney Campaign has very craftily tried to leave the impression that Gingrich had to resign as Speaker of the House in “disgrace” when he was sanctioned in January 1997. Actually, he did not. He served as Speaker of the House for two more years, and resigned on January 3, 1999 after the GOP lost 5 House Seats in the mid-term elections.

If Mitt Romney becomes the GOP Nominee, it will be interesting to see if is still enamored with the “fair and objective” reporting of the liberal media when they are bashing him as they try to keep Obama in power.

New Mitt Romney Ad Uses Tom Brokaw Broadcast in 1997 to Hammer Newt Gingrich over Ethics Sanctions – Video 1/28/12

Here is video of Charles Krauthammer tackling the attack against Newt Gingrich that he had to “resign in disgrace” after serving four years as Speaker of the House.

Krauthammer’s conclusion? “No, that’s not exactly true.” He actually paid a fine two years into his Speakership but was re-elected after that. He resigned after Republicans lost 5 seats in the 1998 midterm elections. Krauthammer said he resigned in “defeat” but not in “disgrace.”

Charles Krauthammer Examines Romney Attack that New Gingrich had to “Resign in Disgrace”: “That’s Not Exactly True” – Video

Gov. Sarah Palin has taken to Facebook this afternoon and is blasting “Cannibals of the GOP Establishment” for employing what she calls “tactics of the Left” to destroy Newt Gingrich:

SARAH PALIN FACEBOOK: We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this week’s tactics aren’t what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment should stop and think about where we are today. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary. Let me make clear that I have no problem with the routine rough and tumble of a heated campaign. As I said at the first Tea Party convention two years ago, I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate. They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.

I am sadly too familiar with these tactics because they were used against the GOP ticket in 2008. The left seeks to single someone out and destroy his or her record and reputation and family using the media as a channel to dump handpicked and half-baked campaign opposition research on the public. The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth. All of it came at them at once as “facts” about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us – both the good and the bad.

We know that Newt fought in the trenches during the Reagan Revolution. As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Newt was among a handful of Republican Congressman who would regularly take to the House floor to defend Reagan at a time when conservatives didn’t have Fox News or talk radio or conservative blogs to give any balance to the liberal mainstream media. Newt actually came at Reagan’s administration “from the right” to remind Americans that freer markets and tougher national defense would win our future. But this week a few handpicked and selectively edited comments which Newt made during his 40-year career were used to claim that Newt was somehow anti-Reagan and isn’t conservative enough to go against the accepted moderate in the primary race. (I know, it makes no sense, and the GOP establishment hopes you won’t stop and think about this nonsense. Mark Levin and others have shown the ridiculousness of this.) To add insult to injury, this “anti-Reagan” claim was made by a candidate who admitted to not even supporting or voting for Reagan. He actually was against the Reagan movement, donated to liberal candidates, and said he didn’t want to go back to the Reagan days. You can’t change history. We know that Newt Gingrich brought the Reagan Revolution into the 1990s. We know it because none other than Nancy Reagan herself announced this when she presented Newt with an award, telling us, “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.” As Rush and others pointed out, if Nancy Reagan had ever thought that Newt was in any way an opponent of her beloved husband, she would never have even appeared on a stage with him, let alone presented him with an award and said such kind things about him. Nor would Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, have chosen to endorse Newt in this primary race. There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan. What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque rewriting of history. It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.

But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.

I spoke up before the South Carolina primary to urge voters there to keep this primary going because I have great concern about the GOP establishment trying to anoint a candidate without the blessing of the grassroots and all the needed energy and resources we as commonsense constitutional conservatives could bring to the general election in order to defeat President Obama. Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. . . . Read More

Via Fox Nation

Gov. Sarah Palin Defends Newt Gingrich Against “Tactics of the Left” being Used by “Cannibals in the GOP Establishment” to Destroy Him – 1/27/12

Mitt Romney is in full attack mode today in Florida. I suspect he will be the same in tonight’s debate on NBC.

Here he calls for Newt Gingrich to give back the “$1.7 million” of Freddie Mac money he was paid.

Mitt Romney Calls on Newt Gingrich to Give Back Money Paid to Him by Freddie Mac – Video 1/23/12

It’s survival time for the Romney Campaign.

Here is a new Mitt Romney ad that goes for the jugular on Newt Gingrich. Romney is trying to destroy Gingrich before it’s too late. This ad slams Gingrich for “cashing in” by advising Freddie Mac to the tune of $1.6 million while Florida families lost their homes in the mortgage/housing crisis. He also says Gingrich had to resign from Congress in “disgrace” and ends with a smiling Barack Obama as the narration says: “If Newt wins, this guy would be very happy.”

New Mitt Romney Ad: Newt Gingrich had to “Resign in Disgrace” from Congress; “If Newt Wins, this Guy (Obama) Would be Very Happy” – Video 1/23/12

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Here is Newt Gingrich wife number 2 – Marianne – apparently seeking to do maximum damage to his Presidential Campaign. She says he wanted an open marriage, and she refused. What a mess. This is why marriage is supposed to be between one man with one woman for a lifetime.

It’s worth noting that ABC News was supposedly wringing their hands yesterday on the “ethics” of running this interview before the South Carolina Primary. Now, they are not only going to run it tonight, they are going to tease it all day ahead of tonight’s GOP Debate on CNN. It’s an obvious hit-job designed to take Gingrich out. It is timed for maximum damage just before the crucial vote in South Carolina.

Newt Gingrich Ex-Wife Claims He Wanted an “Open Marriage” in Interview Set to Run Tonight on ABC News – Video 1/19/12

Good grief. Michele Bachmann is being ridiculous. How she can think that whining on Meet the Press is a strategy to win the GOP Nomination is beyond me.

Here she is on Meet the Press complaining that Newt Gingrich was being condescending to her in the recent GOP Debate because he said bluntly that she had her facts wrong.

When you have to say about yourself, “I’m a serious candidate for the Presidency,” you probably are not. As Gregory pointed out, Politifact did not in fact say that everything she said was accurate. The truth is that it was Michele Bachmann who was on the attack against Gingrich from the opening bell of the last debate. If you are going to dish it out, you have to be ready to take it. You don’t get to attack, attack, attack, and expect there will be no response.

Michele Bachmann Goes on Meet the Press and Complains that Newt Gingrich was “Condescending” to Her because He Disagreed with Her! – Video 12/18/11

Here is video of Michele Bachmann being asked by CNN’s John King if she stands by her South Carolina Campaign that has accused Newt Gingrich of “buying votes” there. Bachmann offered no proof of the claim whatsoever, but said they are “hearing all across the country” that “money is changing hands.”

That is not something anyone should say about another candidate unless they have proof it is true. But it’s not the first time in this campaign Michele Bachmann has recklessly attacked another candidate to try and build herself up. It appears to be her M.O.

Michele Bachmann Campaign Claims Newt Gingrich is “Buying Votes”; Offers No Proof – Video 12/14/11

Here is audio of Andrew Breitbart taking apart Glenn Beck’s recent attacks on Newt Gingrich as a “Progressive.” Beck also slammed the Tea Party Movement for supporting Gingrich, saying it must be because of “race” that they would support Gingrich over Obama since, in his view, both are “Progressives.”

Via Fox Nation

Andrew Breitbart Hammers Glenn Beck over Attacks on Newt Gingrich, Tea Party Movement – Audio 12/12/11

Here is audio of Newt Gingrich today laughing off criticism from Glenn Beck that he is a “progressive.” Gingrich laughed at the idea of being called a progressive, and then proceeded to remind everyone that as Speaker of the House he led in four consecutive balanced budgets and a reform of the Welfare system. He also invoked Ronald Reagan, noting that he worked with Reagan for eight years in defeating the Soviet Empire. Essentially, Gingrich is saying if you want to call him a “progressive,” then your standard is ridiculous.

Newt Gingrich Laughs Off Glenn Beck Calling Him a “Progressive”: “I Worked with Reagan for Eight Years in Defeating the Soviet Empire” – Audio 12/12/11

The long-knives are definitely out for Newt. Watch out in tonight’s debate.

Here is audio of Mitt Romney backer John Sununu – former New Hampshire Governor and former Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush – calling Newt Gingrich a “showman” with “a great mouth.” But Sununu went on to say, “but his mind isn’t so hot and his discipline and commitment are terrible.”

Via Breitbart.tv

Romney Supporter John Sununu Rips Newt Gingrich: “His Mind Isn’t So Hot and His Discipline and Commitment are Terrible” – Audio 12/9/11

Here is video of Glenn Beck talking to GOP Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann about Newt Gingrich, whom Bachmann actually called a “frugal socialist.”

Beck has made it clear he would vote for Michele Bachmann for the GOP Nomination (though he said it was not an endorsement), and seemed to agree (at least he did not disagree) with Bachmann’s characterization of Gingrich as a “frugal socialist” – someone who just wants to “manage socialism” rather than fundamentally change it.

Bachmann has shown herself to be eager to attack her opponents in hopes of building herself up. She certainly did that to Rick Perry with over-the-top attacks, and she now appears ready to do the same to Gingrich. Expect to see her trot out this “frugal socialist” attack in the next GOP Debate. She and others will be out to destroy Gingrich in the next two weeks because they know if they don’t, the race could get frozen in place over the Christmas / New Year’s Holidays just ahead of the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

Now you can disagree with Newt Gingrich, but the idea of using the word “socialist” to describe someone who is the only person in the race to actually force balanced budgets at the Federal level is just ridiculous. But when candidates get desperate, they will resort to just about anything. Gingrich needs to be ready, because this shows the knives are definitely out for him in the next two weeks.

Michele Bachmann Reveals Attack to Knock Newt Gingrich Down; Calls Him a “Frugal Socialist” – Video 12/6/11

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