HOOOOOORAAAAAAYYYY  4:27 pm January 24, 2012

Gingrich Threatens to Shut Mouth If Media Does Thing He Hates Again

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

A Newt in his birthday suit.

Does Newt Gingrich understand how threats work? He has worked himself into a lather over the part during last night’s GOP debate when moderator Brian Williams went all Mother Superior and instructed the Republican audience to hush for once in its life and wait for a commercial break to applaud, which meant that all of Newt’s usual smirking laugh lines about poors and minorities were met with a giant room full of awkward silence, AS THEY SHOULD BE. He therefore officially threatens to no longer participate in any future Republican debates if the audience is asked to behave itself. Which, REALLY? In that case, we’d say the media basically has a moral obligation to America to take him up on his offer.

Whine whine whine whine whine, via the NYTimes:

“I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”

No, Newt, a presidential debate is not a contest between the candidates and the moderator. The debates are a contest between the candidates. This is a Fundamental Historical Fact that Newt Gingrich does not understand, like so many others.

“We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” he told Fox. “We’re just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

Hahahaha and here is the fun correction at the bottom of the NYTimes story, because even they cannot keep all of Newt’s affairs/wives/lies straight:


An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated whom Newt Gingrich is said to have asked for an “open marriage.” It was an ex-wife, not his current wife.

FOR ALL WE KNOW, at this moment. [NYTimes]

 
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nounverb911 January 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Do you promise, Newt? Really? It's not like you kept any of the promises you gave your wives.

Mojopo January 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Make him a vow to let his clappers clap, decide you love the country too much to allow the thunderous applause. Explain that we need a Buick candidate, not a Jaguar. Easy. Next!

Jukesgrrl January 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

He must have seen that cell phone commercial where the teen-aged girl gives her boyfriend the "silent treatment" by calling him a hundred times a day to tell him she's giving him the silent treatment.

nounverb911 January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Newt's the teen-aged girl.

nounverb911 January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

"The media doesn’t control free speech."
No, just Rupert Murdoch.

GOPCrusher January 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I found it interesting that he felt the need to go on Fox and Friends to throw his hissy about how Brian Williams treated him.
Any other news(?) organization won't put up with his bullshit.

Negligently_Joe January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

And yet, Newt's core constituency are the same people who get so very mad when "those people" are loud and disruptive in movie theaters.

BaldarTFlagass January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Dude, it's a debate, not a paid advertisement for your candidacy.

GOPCrusher January 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I thought that's what the little Fox News logo was doing on the wall behind him?

Tundra Grifter January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

BTF:

Oh – you mean unlike those FOXPAC infomercials where the candidates give their contribution website address a couple of times a minute?

mrpuma2u January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Newt is turning into Cartman. "Screw you guys, I'm goin home"

Panty_Buns January 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

Seemed more like an advertisement than a debate to me. Rummy and Grinch got almost all the face time.

tihond January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Your move, media.

MrFizzy January 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Good luck with that shit. They're just selling a product – the time of journalists doing anything honest and useful ended about 20 years ago. Juan Williams should've hung Newtie from the rafters, but it ain't gonna happen.

MittBorg January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

The way things were goin', back there, it was nothing short of a miracle that Newton Pigboy didn't string poor Juan up by his dewlaps.

Gratuitous World January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

relax newt. you can't yell 'Fire' in a crowded theater but you can burn a cross in back of it.

Chillwillard January 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Sometimes Newt makes rooting for him REALLY hard…

Callyson January 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

This is bad news for the liquor stores that did a bang – up business last night. Ricky and Grandpa just can't give an entertaining catfight the way Newt does.

YasserArraFeck January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I really don't give a fuck if Newtie has an open marriage – as long as he keeps the crapper door(s) closed.

Monsieur_Grumpe January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Next debate should have a laugh track.

Gratuitous World January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

indeed. the entire thing is a blooper reel

paris biltong January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Brilliant. Do it like an old-fashioned sitcom. Hilarious.

yrbmegr January 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Tom Bergeron as moderator.

bikerlaureate January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

"Yakety Sax" when going to and from commercials…

HateMachine January 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Even better, make it Big Bang Theory's laugh track. Or, as nbc keeps insisting, its live studio audience.

dadanarchist January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Or a Gong.

Gainsbourg69 January 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I'd love it if each candidate had their own theme music. Mittens gets the theme from the Munsters, Newt gets the theme from Benny Hill, Rick gets the theme from Little House On The Prairie and Ron Paul doesn't get any, since no one gives a fuck about him anyway.

Monsieur_Grumpe January 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Nice!

Loaded_Pants January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I think a variation on the Addams Family TV show theme song would cover them all:

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The GOP family.

Their house is a museum
Where people come to see 'em
They really are a scream
The GOP family.

(Newt)
(Astute)
(A hoot)

So get a bitches' brawl on
A corndog you can gnaw on
We're gonna pay a call on
The GOP Family.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

And yet they make me want to cry.

BaldarTFlagass January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Maybe they can have a debate in the Ed Sullivan Theater and give each of the debaters their own buttons for the signs that tell the audience to "APPLAUD." That would be fun.

Callyson January 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

And please let an insider hack those buttons so that the audience is directed to "BOO!" at regular intervals…

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

While Letterman is taping. He'd skewer them.

actor212 January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Dear Lord, please let the next moderator enforce the rules…

Swampgas_Man January 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

After Brian AND Juan Williams got slapped down, think the next moderator should be Serena. Anybody booed her, she'd backhand 'em out of the room.

MittBorg January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Diamanda Galas. Four piercing octaves of fury, plus the black-leather-clad Dyke Squad for rapist-burning. Should clear the halls in no time flat.

Loaded_Pants January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I cannot upfist you enough for the DG mention.

MittBorg January 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Yay, a fellow fan! I love that woman. She is wicked crazy.

prommie January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Nobody puts Newt in the corner. Bill Clinton learned that. Woe betide anyone who tries to make him sit in the back of a plane.

MittBorg January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Can I just make him sit in the back of a zinc-roofed hut in MetroManila?

SudsMcKenzie January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Fine, the next debate is at the Apollo theater.

Limeylizzie January 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I can walk there in about 8 minutes, get threaded next door and yell obscenities at Newt, that sound like a fun-filled evening.

starfanglednut January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Be careful. He might try to make you wife number 4. Or is it 5?

Limeylizzie January 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

If, big fucking if, I happened to get roaring drunk and ended up naked with Newt, consummation would be impossible because my vagina would slam shut and he would end up banging his tiny dick on my leg.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

Oh, Lizzie! My partner's complaining because I'm laughing so hard the bed's shaking!

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

The media doesn't control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

So, is that an open invitation for OWS to show up and mike check the next debate? Or is it only "free speech" that agrees with him that the media doesn't control?

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I think he's saying that the next debate should be held in one of the shrub's so-called "free speech zones".

Urban_Achiever January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Republican Debate audience members are people too, my friend…(oh wait)

V572 the Merciless January 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thank you thank you thank you, K B-J, for reminding the world that alternating press conferences among candidates for their party's nomination for president are not "Presidential Debates."

edgydrifter January 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Presumably, Newt would be totally cool if part of the audience were to loudly BOO or honk vuvuzelas over all his answers as is their right? No? Weird.
Fucking 1st Amendment, how does it work?

GOPCrusher January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Or jump up and fire their pistols in the air like Yosemite Sam.

GunToting[Redacted] January 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I thought Perry dropped out.

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

It only works one-way for these fucks.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:48 am

And ONLY for them. Fuck everybody ELSE's freedom of speech.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Yes, how dare the media expect that the audience be thoughtful and attentive to what the candidates are saying. Don't they know that the only way anyone can deal with Newt is if they hollering as loud as they can so that they don't actually have to listen to him?

Captain_Quark January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Newt does Tinkerbell: "People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want." So, the pasty, flatulent marshmallow man is now a fairy princess. Thank you, Newt!

anniegetyerfun January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Well, now the image of Newt in a short, sleeveless green dress, flying around the room, is lodged in my head forever. Thanks for that.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

And now, thanks to both of you, it's lodged in mine. Anyone wanna play daisy chain?

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

What's next? Will Mitt Romney demand that the moderators not tell the audience to stop snoring when he is speaking?

yrbmegr January 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

No, he'll just demand all the hard questions go to the other candidates.

Baconzgood January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

"I said all that racist shit and no one did the wave. BULL SHIT ON YOU."

-Newt Gingrich-

elviouslyqueer January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Petulant porcine pontificator is petulant.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:51 am

Apt alliteration's artful aid …

Eve8Apples January 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

OK Newt. We'll let the audience applaud if they like something, but if they are unhappy, they get to use tasers and pepper spray on the candidates. Now, that's a debate I'll watch.

PsycWench January 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I'll bring the pepper spray. What's wrong with rotten tomatoes, though?

jus_wonderin January 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Tomatoes are picked by the Browns.

anniegetyerfun January 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Not as nutritious as pepper spray.

Isyaignert January 25, 2012 at 1:47 am

Pepper spray is food my friends (so says Fux News).

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

What was the name of that skanky dimbo who claimed "Pepper spray is a vegetable, basically" or something like that live on Fox? Retchin' Morgan? Tracy Bumpass? Something weird.

Eve8Apples January 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I'm in favor of anything that burns when in comes into contact with the eyes or skin. If rotten tomatoes are acidic enough to cause serious pain, throw those rotten tomatoes.

starfanglednut January 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Why bother? Pepper spray is a vegetable.

yrbmegr January 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Guns, ftw!

Eve8Apples January 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Second Amendment remedies kick ass baby!

tessiee January 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Yeah, let's *survey* his big fat ass!

CrunchyKnee January 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Poor Newton. Poor, poor, Newton. He has a sad. Is it because his huge dome is full of shit? Or, maybe because he alone knows what is best for America? The world may never know.

Baconzgood January 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

…is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates…

I sure as fuck am!

MissTaken January 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I promise I'll applaud if Newt comes to the next debate in his furry frog outfit.

Eve8Apples January 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Newt is hell bent on reminding us why we hated him so much by the time he left the House.

PsycWench January 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

“I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong,” Mr. Gingrich said
Yes, of course, it's all about what NEWT GINGRICH THINKS. Surely we should have understood this by now.

MrFizzy January 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Demagogues don't like quiet rooms.

starfanglednut January 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Those are for discussing income inequality.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

Yes, but most of them would benefit from one. With several feet of padding.

WiscDad January 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

How boorish can ya get…In other news…Newt unmasks himself with one of his concubines at a weird Republican bestiality sex swap party…Pass the Santorum shots

johnnymeatworth January 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Noted legal mind Uncle Remus calls this the "Briar Patch" gambit.

elviouslyqueer January 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Also, that pic… if Newt had a lick of self-awareness, he'd switch costumes with Marianne.

actor212 January 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I sorta picture Newt in a Pedobear costume.

Wonderthing January 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Dang. Next thing you know they'll be banning the torches and the white hoods. 'Merica!

Joshua Norton January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Keep that wingnut blood-lust flowing, Newtie.

Nananananananananananananananana – Batshit!!!

UW8316154 January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Newt eliminates facts and fills up the gaps with charm.

emmelemm January 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

You call that "charm"?

Wilcoxyz January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Normally, I'd say call his shitty bluff. But since all he wants is to let a bunch of yahoos get all riled up and lynch mob-y while he baits Romney, I say we do it his way.

Rosie_Scenario January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Newt is a furry. No news there, but now we have photographic evidence.

Schmegeg January 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

This cocksucker should just cave in to his impulses and start having all his rallies in beerhalls.

SudsMcKenzie January 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

You know who Else had their rallies at beer halls?

GOPCrusher January 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Sam Adams?

littlebigdaddy January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

The dueling fraternities at Heidelberg University?

GunToting[Redacted] January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Putsch libel!

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

Putz libel.

Oh, wait. You can't libel that putz.

anniegetyerfun January 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Wait, are we sure that's him? Because he's smiling, but his face isn't collapsing in on itself like I know it has to.

Dr_Zoidberg January 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Yes, Newt, shut the fuck up.

Baconzgood January 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Because debates and church are supposta be like WVU football games. Full of cheering, face paint, a drunk fist fight here and there OH! and a beachball being batted around.

Bonzos_Bed_Time January 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Wait, that doesn't look like Callista at all. Did she used to be a brunette?

SaintRond January 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Yeah, she was a brunette, before she came down with a raging case of feline leukemia.

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Explains a lot, actually.

Isyaignert January 25, 2012 at 1:50 am

Well, then Gnewt will be kicking her to the curb any day now.

Man0nTheStreet January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

That was her original head, not the aftermarket upgrade we see on tv.

MosesInvests January 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

That's Mistress #1/Wife #2, not Mistress #2/Wife #3.

OneYieldRegular January 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Applause has never really allowed for the full expression of audience appreciation at Republican debates and rallies. But this thoughtful invitation to audiences to use, say, a chorus of vuvuzelas, some of those compressed-air ship horns, and maybe a little Diamanda Galas turned up high on a few hundred ghetto-blasters just might help people get to the right level of enthusiasm.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:58 am

Les Litanies du Satan. So apropos.

SaintRond January 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

They could go creative and use rim shots on a snare drum at the appropriate racist zingers. Or laugh tracks, with an applause button. Or hell, Loony Tunes sound effects would be even better. I don't fucking know. Fuckers.

GOPCrusher January 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm
WinterOuthouse January 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

As his ex-wives and numerous mistresses will tell ya, "Ya jus can't trust 'em". Basically, the fucker lies.

hagajim January 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Newton LeRoy throws a hissy – again.

YouBetcha January 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Newt, this can't end well for you. Inviting audience reaction will require you start screening each and every audience member.

badseeds January 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The logical end of all this nonsense, of course, is an R. Budd Dwyer moment.

ph7 January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Newt is more likely to pull a small nuke out of the manila envelope.

widestanceshakedown January 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Once he shuts it, can a SWAT team swoop in and weld* the foul and hateful orifice/source of all idiocy shut? Please.

*yeah, flesh will not weld, but it should melt into place if heat is applied long enough

iburl January 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

"People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to."
Newt then added,
"But if they're dirty hippies standing on a public sidewalk, then beat and mace the s**t out of them."

Toomush_Infer January 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Better (and Republican!) idea= Let the audiences bring their free speech guns to these pre-debates….

bumfug January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Why keep the audience quiet? They only cheer for stuff that makes normal people hate them more.

bikerlaureate January 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Somebody must've gotten him to realize what a bloodbath is in store when President Obama debates him. Any excuse to slither out of that reality check will do.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:02 am

Yeah, I get the same feeling. Nothing with this weasel is as he says it is. I wonder if he's beginning to realize that he can't beat Romney's ground game. He's got to win a helluva lot more than just South Carolina to debate Obama. Right now, he's got the largest number of delegates, but FL is a winner-takes-all state, and it is HUGE. If Mitt takes FL, Newt's gone, baby, gone, pretty much.

MzNicky January 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

How about if the audience wants to boo? Is that okay according to The Newt's Rules of Free Speech? Or how about if I were in the audience and decided to stand up on my seat and drop my pants and invite Newt to kiss my ass? Is that okay? No? Free Speech! Free Speech!

BTW, I'm so grateful to have the strength to crawl into the Wonkette room and get some much-needed laffs after my first week of working again in four years for crissakes. Love all y'all Wonkers!

RavenRant January 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Congrats for the work! Stay tough. It can be exhausting/stressful at first.

I am up for a job this very minute. I hope your comment brings me luck.

MzNicky January 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I blame Obama for the apparently improved economy that would finally provide a job opportunity for a 59-year-old geezerette who's been out of work for four years. Best of luck to you Raven! Keep us posted.

Limeylizzie January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

In my mind you are a 32 year old whippersnapper.

MzNicky January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

In my mind too, LL. Unfortunately, not in body and spirit.

starfanglednut January 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Wow! That gives me hope.

MzNicky January 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Keep hope and change alive, I say.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:04 am

And you didn't share! Congratulations, and good luck!

Here, a good luck hug. Knock their socks off, you can do it!

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

An old, beloved but now defunct radio station (KFAT) used as a catch-phrase "work sucks, but we need the bucks". Congrats, I think, but I feel your pain.

MzNicky January 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Yeah, it's good. Cool job, not much money but sweet sweet health insurance and other bennies. It's sad to be pushing 60 and not have health insurance in this the best of all possible countries.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:04 am

Hey, girl! Good to see ya again!

Love you too, welcome back, and don't let work grind you down!

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

Thanks MittBorg! I'll try to crawl back in here again tonight when I return from the salt mines. Now I'm off to fix my lunchbox and see if I have any wearable clothing items. Can't sit around in my bathrobe til noon anymore, dammit.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Think of those wonderful bennies! I used to keep a picture of my house on my desk at work. It reminded me that I had to put up with the assholes I worked with because I wanted that house and loved it with all my heart and soul.

Troglodeity January 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

What an idiot. Romney's just going to say "I'll be there. If Newt doesn't want to be there, he can stay home." Newt's painted himself into a corner.

PS: This exposes how Newt's so-called "Lincoln-Douglas Debates" would really work: two guys shouting it out in front of a "Jerry Springer Show" type audience.

Generation[redacted] January 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I can tell you from my knowledge of history that Lincoln and Douglas both sided against the liberal media.

RavenRant January 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

That would only happen if 'the media' doesn't immediately cave to Gingrich's demands. Which they will.

Slim_Pickins January 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

The Newtwit doesn't have to ask Calista for an open marriage, because it was in the prenup.

Generation[redacted] January 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Calista doesn't care what he does. Look at her. She doesn't give a shit. Newt finally bagged himself a honey badger.

RavenRant January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Newtwit – I regret that I only have one upfist to give for this comment.

Slim_Pickins January 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I think that she's a replicant, Have you ever seen her move a facial muscle?

Angry_Marmot January 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

The older models are incapable of empathic response.

Slim_Pickins January 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I'm guessing 2nd Gen, maybe early 3rd. Newtwit isn't rich enough to afford one of the newer pleasure models.

johnnyzhivago January 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Are you sure about your facts?? I was sure the Lincoln Douglas debates were a big halla-baloo between Douglas and the Nieue Amsterdaam Gazzetteer with Lincoln having very little role at all.

Tundra Grifter January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Here's the way it works. Ask Ole Newt a tough question about one of his ex-wifes and debates are supposed to be dignified affairs.

But when it comes to the audience, it is supposed to be a barn burnin' campaign rally.

chascates January 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Last night on PBS someone said how Robert MacNeil (or maybe the other one) used to tell audiences before a debate that if anyone made an outburst he would have the camera focus on that person and embarrass the shit out of them.

But then PBS is a tool of the radical left.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

People are no longer embarrassed by their misbehaviour and stupidity. They have lost all sense of shame.

Biff January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Gotcher applause right here, newt.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

Oh, baby. You sure know how to get me hot.

Redhead January 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

How dare that evil evil media not pick his side and kiss his ass! Portraying the truth without trying to paint him, constantly, in a flattering light, why, that's just not what the first amendment is about!

Rotundo_ January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Surround the stage with wire mesh, framed by two by fours, with straw scattered around the floor, and free salted in the shell peanuts and beer in bottles in wretched excess for the audience, and no access to the bathrooms for the duration of the debate, It would be fun to see how these guys deal with the base on the bases' terms. When the debate is done, they can just take a skid loader and clear the debris like they clean barns and some bars I have known of. Or just burn it down (The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire! But we don't need no water let the candidates burn, burn motherfuckers burn!)

tessiee January 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

It worked for the Blues Brothers.

Pat Riot January 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I read something today that made sense. It said that Gingrich wasn't really a good debater, that he was a good stage actor. And without an audience he is lost.

tessiee January 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

'The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

Also to yell out, "Fatass!", or "Adulterer!", or "Eat shit, Newt!", because, you know, free speech.

tessiee January 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

So, it's not enough for this big, fat, whiny, 70-year-old titty baby to suppress any possibility of dissent from his audience? His bloated ego needs so much fluffing that they actually have to be hooting and hollering and stomping their feet, like they were at a NASCAR rally, and cheering wildly for everything that Newtie says and does?

ShaveTheWhales January 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Why, yes, I believe that's his point.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 3:10 am

AHAHAHAHAHA!! That's exactly right. He's a whiny-assed titty-baby screaming for his sugar tit.

owhatever January 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

No one has ever put it better than the Austin Lounge Lizards in their classic "Gingrich the Newt." Google it and turn up the volume.

Negropolis January 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

I kind of agree with Newt. The only thing that made this circus half-way entertaining is the often inappropriate whooping and hollering of the audience, like some Roman Colosseum. I'd much rather they keep this thing Showtime at the Apollo as opposed to the Lawrence Welk Show. If you're not going to let the candidate and the audience interact with one another, why even have a crowd for a televised debate in the first place?

Newt's right; he gets it. These things are nothing more than spectacle, so the Very Serious People need to stop pretending that they are anything more than mindless entertainment. If we wanted to know their positions on issues, we'd go read their soulless websites or read their terribly written memoirs.

Just sayin'…

Mr. Moderator, Tear Down This Wall!

Panty_Buns January 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

Newt should get fair and equal treatment – like the kind Gary Hart got.

dugbird January 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

All I can say is, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLEGGCF4UPs&fe
(start at 4:00).

dugbird January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

The Gingrich, in about 2 millenia ..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLEGGCF4UPs&li
(good part runs from 4:00 to 5:11).

ttommyunger January 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Poor Newt! The moderator is against him, the Democrats are against him, his ex-wives are against him, the Media is against him, and for what? Being a world-class douchebag, for starters, kiddo.

dugbird January 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

Presented for your consideration, a 30th-century town-hall style meeting, featuring what may be a distant descendant of the Gingrich, starting at 4:00 and running to 5:11. Here is the clip.

OneDollarJuana January 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Mmmmmmmmmm. Teen-age girls.

Oops. Did I think that out loud?

Loaded_Pants January 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Not only incredibly talented but she has one great intellect. And she's is NOT intimidated by anyone. I used to listen to her "Plague Mass" endlessly. It really sucks that she doesn't perform very much here in the U.S. anymore.

Isyaignert January 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

I just learned about Ms. Galas thanks to MB and LP above. Yowzer!! For the uninitiated, here's a clip from 1994 with John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin), introduced by Jon Stewart – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0AIjnQ8t30 – it's very, uhhhh, original.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:15 am

She does all her own sound stuff, her own lighting, plays her own music, and rips those incredible four entire fucking octaves for all she is worth. I have Plague Mass on the Pod, but you really need to be sitting down alone to appreciate it. You know (of course you do) that she wrote that for her brother, right? It's a helluva fucking piece.

It gives me a huge SAD that she doesn't come here much, but I did catch here a few years ago, you just have to watch her performance schedules like a hawk.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

Four octaves, baby. And she writes and scores and produces and plays all her own stuff and does her own sound and lighting, too.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thank you. You might want to edit your email address out of it, though.

Isyaignert January 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thanks – I'm kinda new at this here stuff and plus, I'm ignert, LOL.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

No probs, sweetie, just making sure you don't get trolled or worse.

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