The Beltwaying of Newt Gingrich

2009 October 26
by INC

Never have presidential aspirations so rapidly bit the dust. (Via Michelle Malkin):

You gotta vote for the (R)!

You gotta vote for the (R)!

Quin Hillyer in The Sound of Newt Choking and Spluttering , has come up with an appropriate description of what has happened to Newt (my emphasis):

IF this latest poll is accurate, showing Hoffman now leading the three-way race in New York’s special congresional election, then Newt Gingrich, Pete Sessions, John Boehner, and all the party hacks, including the NRCC staff who reportedly helped talk the local New Yorkers into endorsing Dede Scozzafava, will be eating so much rancid crow that they are bound to cough and choke and splutter….Frankly, Newt Gingrich should be ashamed. He has been Beltwayed.

What began in the days of Bill Clinton, continued with Nancy Pelosi, has now been finished by Dede Scozzafava.

P.S.  I think Newt missed Mark Steyn’s warning to him last week:

Newt really needs to re-think his support for Dede Scozzafava. This isn’t RINO but DIABLO – Democrat In All But Label Only.

H/T: TobyToons, used by permission; The American Spectator: AmSpecBlog; The Corner.

51 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 October 26 1:54 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    INC, did you see on Drudge Podesta wants to tax marijuana to pay for healthcare?

    As soon as I read that, I thought: finally, the left will start paying their fair share of taxes. Now if only we could make abortions taxable.

  2. 2009 October 26 1:54 pm

    Can a cong seat be won with a plurality?

  3. 2009 October 26 1:57 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘Podesta wants to tax marijuana to pay for healthcare’

    There will be an opt-out for liberal potheads.

  4. 2009 October 26 2:00 pm
    INC permalink

    Tony, I missed that. The Left base won’t like that a bit. (see phineas!).

    IP–I don’t know NY election laws.

  5. 2009 October 26 2:07 pm
    conservativetony permalink


    Yeah, the libs read that and are in sheer panic. “Bastards, what will they tax next??! Lattes? Arghhhh!!!”

  6. 2009 October 26 2:12 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    It’s ok, the swells are smoking arugula these days.

  7. 2009 October 26 2:39 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    Oh man, if Hellcare is to pass I would LOVE, JUST LOVE to see pot legalized and taxed to hell to pay for it. It would be sweet poetic justice if the liberals end up paying twice a much for their pot than they do today because it’s now illegal. Besides, having the IRS on your ass for not paying taxes is certainly a lot worse than having the ATF on your ass for growing pot.

  8. 2009 October 26 2:47 pm

    Besides, having the IRS on your ass for not paying taxes is certainly a lot worse than having the ATF on your ass for growing pot. MPT

    If they can’t stop it from being grown in the backyard, what could the IRS do? The black market in pot is already established.

  9. 2009 October 26 2:49 pm

    “did you see on Drudge Podesta wants to tax marijuana to pay for healthcare? ”

    It would not raise the needed capital, it would raise some capital even after accounting for enforcement of the tax and licensing regime, but no where even close to “pay for healthcare”.

  10. 2009 October 26 2:50 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    More distraction while they drop the tax hammer on the middle class.

  11. 2009 October 26 2:52 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    Expect something along the lines of ‘we’ve all got to pay our fair share’, while of course the idea of who is responsible for creating these monstrous unfunded entitlement boondoggles in the first place goes by the wayside.

    The goalposts will be moved to assuming the entitlement is a given.

  12. 2009 October 26 2:53 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    This is why it will never be repealed if passed.

    The ratchet of socialism only turns one way.

  13. 2009 October 26 2:58 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The ratchet of socialism only turns one way.

    Not quite —

    former USSR,

    … and probably some I missed.

    I ratchets one way, then falls off a cliff to be replaced.

  14. 2009 October 26 2:59 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    As much as I am opposed… I would participate in the medical marijuana arena by being a grower… I can’t think of a more profitable crop for my few little acres. Plus, I could certainly beat out the competition because there would not be any loss in production from sampling the product. LOL.

    To be sure the license to grow/sell will be taxed as heavily as liquor licenses are now.

  15. 2009 October 26 3:02 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    ahhhhh… great cartoon… but shouldn’t those be middle versus index fingers?

  16. 2009 October 26 3:03 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Problem is Judy, everybody who is growing tobacco in NC, SC, GA, KS will have the same thoughts. Course I guess you could go the artisan route and provide a 4x THC count roach clip to die for…. 🙂

  17. 2009 October 26 3:06 pm

    The pot heads are already growing their own, with no tax problems.

  18. 2009 October 26 3:09 pm

    “To be sure the license to grow/sell will be taxed as heavily as liquor licenses are now.”

    Yup that is the model I used in working up such a system for the State of CA.’
    Worthwhile to do from the state treasury stand point, yes it’s a net positive, but is it going to solve the state’s budget issues? Not even remotely close.

  19. 2009 October 26 3:10 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    To be sure if the government legalizes growing it then there will have to be some license or control and maybe I can get a check from the dept of ag for not growing pot… isn’t that the american way… pay me to not grow a specific crop….lol…

  20. 2009 October 26 3:10 pm

    “The pot heads are alreay growing their own, with no tax problems.”

    Especially in AK, where they are free (in a way) to do just that.

  21. 2009 October 26 3:11 pm

    lol suddenly Judy will be pro-farm-bill. 😉

  22. 2009 October 26 3:18 pm

    Hoffman attacked by GOP ad. (HT: tommy_boy HHR)

    Un-fu__ing real.

  23. 2009 October 26 3:20 pm

    “This is a bad decision by the RNCC. In order to “win” one seat out of 435 (and what does winning mean in this context?), they’re alienating the foot-soldiers and voters and donors in the other 434 districts.”

    Gee you think?

  24. 2009 October 26 3:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    How’s the old saying go — “The heights of your success are measured by the depths your opponents will go to defeat you.”

    If that’s the case in NY-23 then Hoffman is winning.

  25. 2009 October 26 3:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Being a student of history that he is, hopefully Newt appreciates the similarities between this and a historical event from the old west. The braves are massing and the cavalry won’t be coming to the rescue. Little Big Horn II starring Newt Gingrich as George Custer and Pete Sessions as Major Reno.

    Newt is going to be “On the Record” tonight. Let’s see if Greta has the guts to bring up NY23.

  26. 2009 October 26 3:52 pm

    ‘Little Big Horn II starring Newt Gingrich as George Custer and Pete Sessions as Major Reno.”

    This needs a Rush parody spot, reminds me of Saddlesore canyon parody starting McCain and Grahm

  27. 2009 October 26 3:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I might go for the Bataan death march. With the GOP standing in for the US Army surrendered. The elites don’t know how close to a range war they are approaching.

  28. 2009 October 26 3:59 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Just a couple weeks ago Newt was trying to give Sarah Palin advice about how to handle her career. Maybe next he’ll advise her on the secrets to a successful marriage.

  29. 2009 October 26 4:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    If you are into WWII analogies, what about being in the wheelhouse of the Arizona?

  30. 2009 October 26 4:05 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I wonder if John McCain and Lucy Graham are rethinking their plan to move the GOP left. I don’t think the ladies believe that’s an idea they can live with.

  31. 2009 October 26 4:20 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    McCain is announcing he’ll support cap and trade if nuke energy is included.

    I hope he does, that will make him easier to defeat in 2010….

  32. 2009 October 26 4:21 pm

    McCain needs to be struck by an asteroid.

  33. 2009 October 26 4:22 pm

    Sorry Meghan but daddy needs to go bye bye.

  34. 2009 October 26 4:24 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    Newt is going to be “On the Record” tonight. Let’s see if Greta has the guts to bring up NY23. bc3b

    I think Greta thinks NY 23 is part of a football score. If it is the score is Sarah 1, Newt zip.

  35. 2009 October 26 4:25 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Wouldn’t it be something if Sarah Palin endorsed McCain’s opponent in the primary? I can’t wait to get my copy of Going Rogue.

  36. 2009 October 26 4:32 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Bruce –

    The Rogue kicked a rouge? In Canadian football the endzones are very deep. If a team kicks or punts the ball into the other team’s end zone and the receiving team can’t run it out, the kicking team receives a single point (called a “rouge.” Unlike a safety, there’s no change of posseession – the receiving team gets the ball on their own 35 yard line.

    Canadian football is cool:
    – 110 yard field, which is also wider than the U.S. field
    – 12 players per team
    – 3 downs to make 10 yards; lots of passing
    – No illegal motion penalties or fair catches

  37. 2009 October 26 4:34 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Lou Dobbs is about to have a segment on why so many people are “calling themselves conservatives.”

  38. 2009 October 26 4:35 pm

    I don’t think she would do that (even if she wanted too), but yes that would be very very amusing.

    Bruce game day really isn’t till the 3rd, though she’s clearly winning in the pregame endorsement games given the flood gates starting to opening following hers.

  39. 2009 October 26 4:37 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    If you are into WWII analogies, what about being in the wheelhouse of the Arizona?

    I would have wanted to be sure my insurance had been updated. Seeing as how AP that hit the forward powder magazine sheared off most of the superstructure of the ship.

  40. 2009 October 26 4:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ok, I presume most of you know who Frank Luntz is, the poll guy that frequents Fox. Well he be conducting a focus group in Dallas. —


    Renowned polling and political firm Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research is holding a focus group THIS SUNDAY in the Dallas area about Political topics and consumer products.

    The group will be Sunday, November 1st, and will run from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

    This focus group is for women only.
    You will receive 100 dollars AND the opportunity to give your opinion…it couldn’t be easier.

    Please forward this email on to other people you think might be interested. Also, we are interested in hearing from people who will speak up and actively participate in the discussion. If you are going to remain quiet, you shouldn’t participate.

    If you live in the area, we welcome your participation. Please click on the following link or copy and paste it into your web browser, answer the questions and click done when completed.

    We will then email you to let you know if you have been accepted to participate.

    Your name and information will be used for research purposes only and will not sold or given to any other party other than Luntz Research. Please check us out on the web at for more information.


    Know anyone, female, in the Dallas area, that wants to burn a few hours. And no gags about going in drag…. 🙂

  41. 2009 October 26 4:47 pm

    Know anyone, female, in the Dallas area, that wants to burn a few hours. And no gags about going in drag…. mutley

    She who shall not be named lives in the Dallas area. She posts at HHR, shall I let her know???

  42. 2009 October 26 5:06 pm

    “She posts at HHR, shall I let her know???”

    I nearly just copy and pasted that over there too… then I wondered if I’d wanted her in the focus group…. there could be an upside but then I thought about the downside so I refrained.

  43. 2009 October 26 5:14 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    bc3b- yea, I used to watch Canadian football many years ago. I think they used to show it on espn when it was fledgling….Aussie football too which is also a kick.

  44. 2009 October 26 5:25 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘there could be an upside’

    The Scozzafava perspective? Only if you’re already upside down and backwards.

  45. 2009 October 26 5:50 pm

    Oddly enough Mrs.? came out against DeDe.. lol.

  46. 2009 October 26 6:04 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    Go figure–? opposing the Margaret Sanger award winner.

  47. 2009 October 26 6:05 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    Must be because Scuzzy favors higher taxes.

  48. 2009 October 26 6:13 pm

    You know someone’s bad when even ? labels them a rino.

  49. 2009 October 26 7:23 pm
    wildernesstea permalink

    I de-subscribed from Newt’s list in 2006. Yes, sadly, he turned into a completely tone deaf K Street, inside the Beltway, Washington-ite. He completely lost touch.

  50. 2009 October 28 11:49 am

    As to legalizing and taxing marijuana, does that mean that the politicians will then create price supports, low interest rate loans programs, and wind up paying the growers NOT to grow marijuana???

    Can you make biodiesel from cannabis?

  51. 2009 October 28 11:52 am

    And will they make big fires to burn it all up if the prices get too low?

    All the people downwind would be laying there stoned saying “Wow, far out, man.”

    George Carlin would have had something to say about all this.

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