Saturday, February 18, 2012

Newt: Do as I say, NOT as I do!

Today's Golden Flip Flop Award Goes to Newt!

Newt Gingrich has a bad case of "do as I say, but not as I do."
His campaign has been sending out letters to TV stations warning them against airing a commercial paid for by a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney that make Gingrich look bad. According to the letter, the campaign claims the ad is "fundamentally NOT TRUE."
Whether or not a political attack ad is wording things in such a way as to bend, meld, or spin the truth is not the point here. 
The point?

Newt doesn't like it when someone attacks him and he can't (afford to) rebut it! And he really hates it when someone uses his track record against him.
So what is the big bad ad Newt doesn't want you to see?

Is it really all that bad?
Or is it as he says "fundamentally not true?"
Let's take a look-
The ad states that Gingrich co-sponsored a 1989 bill called the "Global Warming Prevention Act," with  Nancy Pelosi "that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N. program supporting China's brutal one-child policy."
The bill was introduced while Gingrich was in office, but it never passed. The bill was never about China's one child policy. As the title states, it was a bill about global warming measures, including fuel standards for cars and alternative energy, and sending money developing countries to promote clean energy standards.
The bill also proposed sending money to the U.N. Population Fund, some of which would go to China, but the bill specifically stated that no funds should go towards backing involuntary sterilization, abortion, or family planning coercion (in other words, China's birth control policies).
Gingrich did co-sponsor the bill with Pelosi. 144 House members who also sponsored the bill, according to PolitiFact. Considering that is nearly half the House, it is surprising the bill never passed.
The Gingrich camp is calling this ad libelous and false. And is threatening to sue the stations for defamation if they do air it.
Pretty tough words for a man who's own PAC ran this ad-

Really what it comes down to is Newt's trying to get some attention, because everyone has forgotten him and moved on lately. He's attempting to do something shocking and daring again, and it probably won't work. It will most likely backfire, even if the stations do remove the ad, as people go to YouTube to see what it is all about. And then the news channels will be forced to run a story, showing the ad, talking about whether or not it was true. Sure, Romney won't look good either, but does Newt really want the climate and Pelosi issues to come back up?
Maybe he does, because in Newt's world, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

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