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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) today reversed on a comment he made last week upon the nomination of would-be Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, acknowledging that in calling her a "racist" he had made a poor choice of words.
Gingrich's comment, posted on Twitter, was, "Imagine a judicial nominee said "my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman" new racism is no better than old racism."
Today, he wrote:
"My initial reaction was strong and direct -- perhaps too strong and too direct. The sentiment struck me as racist and I said so. Since then, some who want to have an open and honest consideration of Judge Sotomayor’s fitness to serve on the nation’s highest court have been critical of my word choice.
With these critics who want to have an honest conversation, I agree. The word “racist” should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable (a fact which both President Obama and his Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, have since admitted).
So it is to her words -- the ones quoted above and others -- to which we should turn, for they show that the issue here is not racial identity politics. Sotomayor’s words reveal a betrayal of a fundamental principle of the American system -- that everyone is equal before the law. "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) today reversed on a comment he made last... more
Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor of law at the University of Maryland School, explains why Rush, Newt, Glenn Beck and other Republican leaders are dead wrong when they call Judge Sotomayor a racist.
"...when Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and several other conservative commentators call a sitting federal appeals court judge and Supreme Court nominee who happens to be Latina, a racist, it's time to push back. Real hard.
To lift one statement out of Judge Sotomayor's eight-page speech without examining the context and substance of her remarks, is an example of the kind of shoddy character assassination that I suspect will dominate this judicial confirmation process.
Judge Sotomayor's speech is, in fact, an excellent meditation on how the experiences of judges might affect how they approach aspects of judicial decision-making. It explores the important, and too-little examined reality that judicial deliberations can be affected by a judge's background, perspective and experience."Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor of law at the University of Maryland School, explains why... more
Newt Gingrich is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to resign her leadership post Tuesday, days after deriding the California Democrat as a "trivial politician" over her description of what the CIA has told her about aggressive government interrogation techniques
In a column for the conservative publication Human Events, the former House Speaker takes aim at Pelosi's press conference last week, during which she said the CIA did not tell her in 2002 that it used the aggressive interrogation technique of waterboarding. She went on to allege the CIA routinely misleads Congress.
"She charged that the CIA, deliberately and as a matter of policy, violated the law by lying to Congress," Gingrich writes in the column. "And with that allegation, Speaker Pelosi disqualified herself from the office she holds."
"Speaker Pelosi has damaged America's safety," Gingrich also writes. "She's made America less secure by sending a signal to the men and women defending our country that they can't count on their leaders to defend them."
In an interview on ABC Wednesday, Gingrich elaborated on his comments, saying CIA agents aren't likely to trust Pelosi with sensitive information going forward given her allegation.
"If you were a CIA agent today and you were told to brief Nancy Pelosi, how could you have any sense of confidence in telling her anything?" Gingrich said.
A Democratic leadership aide Wednesday called Gingrich's comments a "political ploy."
"This is an ethically challenged former Speaker of the House who is out to sell books," the aide said.Newt Gingrich is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to resign her leadership post... more
As tea party tax protests were staged all over the country, assembly democrats in California staged a low-key counter event to bring to light what they believe is public misunderstanding. Keith Olbermann adds his voice explaining how the supposedly grass roots movement was actually financed by big money from GOP sources and the event actively promoted by Fox News.As tea party tax protests were staged all over the country, assembly democrats in... more
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in Sunday on news that the first family has finally settled on a new puppy for daughters Malia and Sasha.
“I hope that the girls love the dog,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I hope the family – and all the pressure they’re going to be in – finds it useful. And I think that this whole thing is fairly stupid.”Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in Sunday on news that the first... more
The GOP has a new mantra: if at first you don't succeed, find a scapegoat. If you still don't, find another one. From Michael Steele to George Bush, Republican failures are always somebody else's fault. But they don't really believe that sacrificing these guys will put their party on the road to victory. They just hope you will. But bad news, GOP: it's not them, it's you.The GOP has a new mantra: if at first you don't succeed, find a scapegoat. If you... more
To those “conservatives” who look to Rush Limbaugh as a spokesman for the cause of limited, constitutional government, this should silence any doubts as to where Rush stands when it comes to big government. His rant just about sums up everything that is wrong with what the “conservative” movement has become especially during the eight years of the Bush Administration (but clearly getting underway with the “Gingrich Revolution”). The so-called conservative movement is dead, and anyone who wants to understand why would do well to read Rush’s actual words here. I don’t think he was joking at all when he said, “It’s going to be a bigger, more powerful, stronger government — and we’re going to turn it against the left in ways they could have never imagined.”To those “conservatives” who look to Rush Limbaugh as a spokesman for the... more
Maybe director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actor Sean Penn, and everyone involved with Milk thought they were making a nice little tribute to gay activist Harvey Milk, something to remind us that the dark days of Dade County and the "Twinkie defense" are no more. Come Proposition 8 and Newt "Gay and Secular Fascism" Gingrich, and suddenly it looks like, more than ever, we need the film and its lesson of what it takes to defend one's liberties.
I was able to sit down with activist Cleve Jones, who was a friend of Milk and a consultant on the film, for this Air America interview.Maybe director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actor Sean Penn, and... more
When the most respected conservative political pundit and the face of the Republicans in the 90's call you a big gamble, you're in big trouble.When the most respected conservative political pundit and the face of the Republicans... more
ABC News' Tahman Bradley and Arnab Datta Report: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on Sunday described Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's request for billions of dollars to buy debt from struggling Wall Street financial firms as "un-American" and said the secretary should have stepped down.
Gingrich even expressed concern with Paulson's connections to Wall Street. The treasury secretary served as the chairman of a major global investment banking and securities firm before joining the Bush administration.
"You have the former Chairman of Goldman Sachs asking for 700 billion dollars, and in his initial request, asking for it in such an un-American way that I think he should have resigned... "
ABC News' Tahman Bradley and Arnab Datta Report: Former House Speaker Newt... more
Washington DC - Activists at a conservative political forum Saturday were snapping up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
The product, Obama Waffles, was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the Values Voter Summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.
Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.
While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's...
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THIS IS BLATANT RACIST B.S. !
Washington DC - Activists at a conservative political forum Saturday were snapping up... more
Newt asks the reporter to name one thing that Obama has done - the reporter sent it back to the desk - obviously he couldn't come up with anything.
The confidence Newt Gingrich has is instructive and very refreshing.
What has Obama done?
Seriously.Newt asks the reporter to name one thing that Obama has done - the reporter sent it... more
This is the Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi ad for the We Campaign. I was really surprised when I first saw this. I never thought these two would come together...This is the Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi ad for the We Campaign. I was really... more
YAY!!! "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday."YAY!!! "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008... more
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will begin next week to seek financial commitments from donors for a presidential-nomination bid.Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will begin next week to seek financial commitments... more
"If you don't represent real change, you just gave away the 2008 election," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994 and now is flirting with a White House run. Oh snap!"If you don't represent real change, you just gave away the 2008... more