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Gingrich's Deranged Ethics Advice

No one’s ever accused Newt Gingrich of lacking nerve, but the former House speaker’s over-the-top assault on the current speaker is stunning even for Gingrich. Doubly stunning, actually.

First, while I have no brief for Nancy Pelosi’s handling of the waterboarding episode, to argue that her comments are so extreme as to require her to step down from her leadership role is deranged.

“She really disqualified herself to be the speaker,” Gingrich told ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to Pelosi’s allegation that the CIA “routinely” misleads Congress. For Pelosi to remain two heartbeats from the presidency, he said, is “very dangerous for the country.” Charitably, Gingrich would allow Pelosi to remain in the House as long as she relinquishes the speakership.

Second, and my real reason for writing, it’s amazing that Gingrich -- the only House speaker in history to be disciplined for ethics violations -- had the gall to make that claim. Does he think no one remembers?

Let’s review. Gingrich was reprimanded by the House and had to pay a $300,000 penalty for improperly using tax-deductible money for partisan political gain and for submitting false information to the ethics subcommittee investigating his conduct. An investigation by the House Ethics Committee concluded that Gingrich’s conduct represented "intentional or…reckless" disregard of House rules and that there was “reason to believe” that Gingrich knew he was providing false information.

"The violation does not represent only a single instance of reckless conduct," a report by an investigative subcommittee concluded. "Rather, over a number of years and in a number of situations, Mr. Gingrich showed a disregard and lack of respect for the standards of conduct that applied to his activities."

To be clear, the ethics case against Gingrich was no partisan witch hunt. The investigative subcommittee that determined he had violated ethics rules was headed by Florida Republican Porter Goss. The vote to reprimand him and impose the penalty was 395 to 28.

And Gingrich himself admitted to the violations with which he was charged. “In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee,” Ginrgrich acknowledged. “I did not seek personal gain, but my actions did not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives.”

All this, by the way, was before the married speaker was having an affair with a congressional aide during the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

Somehow I don’t think he’s in any position to be dispensing ethics advice.

By Ruth Marcus  | May 20, 2009; 2:31 PM ET
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I've been theorizing for years that conservatives are genetically incapable of recognizing the irony of their own words. Mr. Gingrich is merely the latest example.

Posted by: CardFan | May 20, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I can't believe how many news outlets reported Gingrich's remarks without noting his own lack of ethics. If Gingrich had any shame he would be working somewhere in the private sector and keep out of the spotlight.

Posted by: Gutavo | May 20, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What truly amazes me is that people are even paying attention to Former Speaker Gingrich. Between his ethics lapses and his willingness to find fault with others while he commits the same acts, he presents a public image that is a caricature.

Simply put, he is a hypocrite who is good at tossing verbal bombs, but incapable of offering reasonable, workable solutions to the problems confronting our nation. Here's wishing him anonymity.

Posted by: galliond | May 20, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course, we don't even investigate ethics violations in the House anymore. Just ask John Murtha.

Posted by: cincodecuarto | May 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

In a word, yes; he hopes we've forgotten. Newt is such a dolt - he thinks he's the smartest one. But by all means republicans, run Newt!

Posted by: michael5 | May 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

i'll go a step further: i am surprised that people are paying attention to anything the republican party has to say considering that most of them are about as credible as used car salesmen practicing law.

Posted by: glenknowles | May 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

...and why does television even pretend that Gingrich is a reliable voice of "balance" and "fairness"?

Posted by: tperry1 | May 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Right. However, it seems to me that the problem isn't so much that Mr. Gingrich is hypocritical. Rather, the problem is that news organizations do not do what Ms. Marcus does here: call him out on it.

Of course, I don't see it happening. Access and manners and all the rest. Mr. Gingrich has gotten away with plenty before: his "sanctity of marriage" blather and his browbeating of a president for infidelity despite his own record of indulgence.

Good luck, Ruth!

Posted by: rmassony | May 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich is squandering our oxygen supply.

Posted by: TOMHERE | May 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have become the party of stoopid.

and greed.

Posted by: vigor | May 20, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Investigate, convicted, fined and apologized. Now let's hear any of you hypocrites muster any outrage for any of the existing "ethical dilemmas" in the current House Democratic caucus any of which make Gingrich look like a shoplifter.

Or does the WaPo even "report" those?

Posted by: cincodecuarto | May 20, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

It has long been apparent that Gingrich is amoral. He has no grounding whatsoever. There are so many examples. It is quite a puzzel that so many in the news business take him seriously, but that might too much to expect those folks.

Posted by: anders1 | May 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse


I believe the article was about Newt. Excusing him because someone else in a similar role was unethical makes no sense. Attacking those who agree that it is farcical for Newt to cast the first stone is also not to the point of the commentary ot the comments by the public. None of the commenters excused the behavior of other miscreants. Murtha and others, however, have not been, so far, censured or fined by the ethics committee. When he and/or they are your comments will be more appropriate.

Posted by: sauerkraut | May 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Dumb ole Newt. He still thinks that the liberal media has a single standard of behavior for Republicans and Democrats. He should know by now that the media gives the Dems a pass on everything short of oral sex with a female intern in the oval office or lying barefaced on national TV; at least until a Dem does that, and then that is no big deal either. But if a Republican misspells Potatoe (as it was written on the flash card), or misspeaks, he is branded forever as a buffoon.

Posted by: amazd | May 20, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich Who?

Never heard of the America-hating Talibangelist.

Wasn't he convicted for fraud and having sex with his mistress while his kids were inside the house as she did him in the car?

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 20, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Galliond said it beautifully - hit the nail right on the head. Gingrich is a pompous, hypocritical, egotistical blowhard. I should know. I was once unfortunate enough to live in the district he represented.

Posted by: nana1ellen | May 20, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse


I believe the post is about hypocrisy.

I didn't and I don't excuse him. I do forgive him.

I didn't attack others I attacked hypocrites.

Murtha and others have not even been investigated.

If the point is not to be critical of other comments then doesn't that make you a hypocrite for attacking mine?

Posted by: cincodecuarto | May 20, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Nancy Pelosi is blameless in the CIA briefing situation, but I have two questions:

1. Should we pursue her instead of the members of the Bush administration who perpetrated the crime?

2. Why is anyone paying any attention to what Newt Gingrich has to say?

Posted by: ebroadwe | May 20, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

So many tools, such a small shed. Sigh...

Posted by: piotrorloff | May 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, will you even mention what Pelosi did before attacking Gingrich, who last time I checked is not holding office? She accused the CIA of lying to Congress, which would be a felony and a real scandal if true. Of course it's not true, which means she is lying and falsely accusing others of serious crimes. You are such a shill for the Democrats, I don't know why anybody takes you or WaPo seriously.

Posted by: BagODoughnuts | May 20, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Newt the Nuke- Divide and Conquer is attempting to 'bamboozle' the 'C' nation that thrived for the last 8 years?

He can get away with that on Fox-Rush and that am show on MSNBC with the congressman from Florida who left to be with family.

Is MSNBC in Florida?

Anyway- Newt the Nuke is taking advantage of wounded America.

After all, the USA does not even rank within the top 25 countries in the world for education.

Just a reminder:

9-11 happened on Mr. Cheney's watch.

Tom Kean, the Republican co-chair of the 9-11 Commission, has said the attacks could have been prevented.

Before they took office, senior Bush administration officials were briefed repeatedly about the al Qaeda threat.

Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger told incoming National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice,

"I believe that the Bush administration will spend more time on terrorism in general, and on al Qaeda specifically, than any other subject.''


When Dick went on the FOX - HANNITY CLOWN SHOW stating Al Qaida was ‘relatively’ unknown on September 11, 2001 – one must wonder- where the hell he was?

I guess he really was too busy with the country’s ENERGY policy- BEHIND a closed door!

9-12-01- Dick takes control of the CIA.

Posted by: sasha2008 | May 20, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

In addition to what you listed-

This occurred while he was in office and as Speaker:

Columbia/HCA is a partnership of financier Richard Rainwater of Ft. Worth and lawyer Richard Scott. Scott was recently terminated by Darla Moore, the wife of Richard Rainwater .

Rainwater also owned a large stake in Magellan Health Care which controls Charter Medical. Magellan, run by Darla Moore, is the largest network of psychiatric hospitals in the country. They are becoming more and more involved in obtaining government money for services formerly not covered as health care, according to Fortune Magazine.

1997 - Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. - the nation's largest for-profit health care company

Note: Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) was acquired by Columbia in 1994.

Balanced Budget Act of 1997- Home health - which was struggling under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997; about 1,400 agencies closed nationwide in 1998.

On Sept 8, 1998 Standard and Poors downgraded the bonds of Charter/HCA to negative bases on poor earnings. Looks like Rainwater and his Crescent Cos' have finally stumbled.

Columbia just decided to sell its home health-care business and its head announced she is forming a company of her own. The home care unit is valued at $ 450 million.

HCA Inc.
formerly known as Columbia/HCA and HCA - The Healthcare Company)

Rick Scott was recently terminated by Darla Moore, the wife of Richard Rainwater and according to Fortune Magazine, the “Toughest Babe in the Business”. Moore created the corporate bankruptcy finance tool, DIP, debtor in possession while at a Chase bank. (1997, Fortune) Darla Moore, titled "The Toughest Babe in Business."….

In 1997, as part of Richard Scott's severance package from Columbia he was paid $5.13 million and given a five year consulting contract at $950,000 per year.

1997 + 5 = 2002

In 2002 FBI raided the offices of National Century Financial Enterprises in Dublin, Ohio

“This case is one of the largest corporate fraud investigations involving a privately held company headquartered in small town America,” said Assistant Director Kenneth W. Kaiser of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

Guess where ALL of those Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. - home-care units were? National Century Financial Enterprises- "...largest corporate fraud investigations involving a privately held company…”

11 Executives found guilty-one acquittal, James K Happ.

While Richard Scott was at Columbia in 1997 - James K Happ - the one and only acquittal was CFO of Columbia Homecare Group, Inc.

Posted by: sasha2008 | May 20, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who remembers when gingrich and lott were considered the radical fringe of the GOP? Now, Gingrich, Cheney and Limbaugh are the leadership...

Doesn't anyone else see the horrible irony of the law and order party being led by a shameless, disgraced ex-speaker, a war criminal and a drug-addled buffoon?

Posted by: joebanks | May 20, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Yup... 'Newt' + 'Big Wheezy' = ZZZZZZzzzzz.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | May 20, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus is exactly wrong when she thinks people remember. Which is why we need her! Newt is obviously counting on no one remembering. And who will remind us? Rush? Hannity? Wolf? When was the last time a news organization introduced Gingrich or even refered to him as the "disgraced former speaker?"

Posted by: mmfleming1 | May 20, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show that any man or woman capable of lying to a spouse and conducting an extramarital affair, really can't be trusted, period. They should be kept on a very short leash and be required to check in with a keeper,until some mental health professional certifies a major change in character. Those are generally hard to come by.
Just ask any shrink.

Posted by: captn_ahab | May 20, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What other career can Gingrich have, other than being a crank on T.V.

The man is a disgrace, I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's been caught exposing himself or some other sick weirdness.

Posted by: katavo | May 20, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah! Great work, Ruth! Drove the spike clean through his black heart in one swipe!

Posted by: 33rdStreet | May 20, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Newt is becoming a real asset to the Democratic cause. Leave him alone. Let him huff and puff. He is doing a tremendous amount of good for us.

The more he rants about Speaker Pelosi, the closer we are to an independent counsel investigation of Bush Cheney torture policies. I love it!

Posted by: LeftGuy | May 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

you people..what a bunch of loons. How could anyone with half a brain follow Pelosi or even stand by her? Your hatred of Bush so overwhelms you that you cannot see what she and Barry O are doing to this country. Marx would be proud of you all.

Posted by: JOEY61 | May 20, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Pelosi, but to say that Newt Gingrich can't point out Pelosi's faults is just illogical. Would you ignore a convicted murderer if they reported a crime?

Why not argue with Gingrich on the substance of his remarks? Too hard?

Posted by: mikem1 | May 20, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It is he who is the most despicable human being on the face of this earth. And he wants to be your president. Oh I forgot, thats perfect qualification for the GOP.

Posted by: kevin1231 | May 20, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

to Kevin 1231

He is the most despicable?

What about Osama Bin Laden, muderers and rapists?

Get your head out of your *** and see reality. What a moron

Posted by: JOEY61 | May 20, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

mikem1 does not see the problem with taking ethics advice from a liar? he's a republican alright.

hypocrisy is the defining characteristic of the republican party.

btw now the repubs have had the audacity to attempt to rename the Democratic party do we get to rename their party? I propose the Hypocricy Party.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

It's to be fully expected from a Dixie Conservatard, like Newt.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | May 20, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich is the most powerful voice the Democrats have. He has essentially newtered Hannity by being his de facto co-host. Now he comes to the rescue of Pelosi by claiming she shouldn't be speaker. All this from a delusional nut-job who actually thinks he could be a serious candidate for anything.

Posted by: Cleareye | May 20, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Cleareye - apparently your name does not go with your thoughts. If you had any clear might be dangerous instead of being a fool.

Posted by: JOEY61 | May 20, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

So many tools, such a small shed. Sigh...piotrorloff

Funny! Thank you for the laugh.

Posted by: BLogical | May 20, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich who ? Speaking of memories, pardon me for I am overcompensating here to reach the younger generation of Voters and to overcome that 30 year memory defect of Society. Here are a list of names:

Earl Warren
Richard B. Russell
Hale Boggs
Gerald R. Ford
Allen W. Dulles
John J. McCloy

I have copied those names as signatures to an opening letter of a report ordered by Former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

I was able to copy those names directly from my copy of "The President's Commission On the Assissination of President Kennedy".

Maybe one day, the Honorable Senator Arlen Specter will autograph this copy for me as he is in fact the only surviving member of that Investigation today as I know.

I would write alot more at this juncture, but need I say more ? You make the call.

My inflamed intestines are now leaking bacteria into my body cavity causing a rash and my anklosying spondilytis to come out of remisssion due to immunity reaction, I think. In the meanwhile lack of sleep is another symptom of a disease I carry. Some day, I hope to go to the doctor after my last hospitalization has been paid for in balance.

If certain parties are not sick to their stomachs in Washington, D.C. then they must be deranged.

Good Night and Good Luck.

Posted by: truthhurts | May 20, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Go Newt! He's almost as good as Rush as the voice of the Republican party. A party that has labored hard for the 15 years to make itself utterly irrelevant.

Newt and Sarah in 2012 - the dream team to finally kill the Christianist wacko control of the party!

Posted by: fr3dmars | May 20, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

and what about newts lipstick lesbian sister , there are reports that she has been sleeping around with real fat, real dudes like her brother! im gonna sent wanda sykes after her! lol

Posted by: willemkraal | May 20, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

You can't be this stupid? I'm a lifelong Democrat and think Bush will go down as the worst President in history but HONESTLY. Pelosi is beneath contempt for the blatant lies and complete lack of integrity. Even Nixon had the personal integrity to step down. There is no reason to support lying. Period. When you do, you are no better than the liar. And how can you even have the word "ethics" in your article? Ever heard of Rep Murtha? Get a clue.

Posted by: l_ervin | May 20, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Y'all, including Ms. Marcus, are missing the true hypocrisy here. In 2007, Mr. Gingrich said that the CIA's National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was "fundamentally misleading" and "a deliberate attempt to undermine the policies of President Bush by members of his own government."

And Rep. Hoekstra, who has had words for Speaker Pelosi, has opened an investigation (!) into the CIA for being less than forthcoming about its actions in Peru, i believe it was.

The discussion should not be about Mr. Gingrich's ample yet past ethical lapses, but about the sheer politicking that finds calling out the CIA disgraceful only when it's done by a Democrat.

Posted by: applestuff | May 20, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

We all know this man likes to lob bombs. On top of that, this man is a hypocrite scum.

Posted by: kevin1231 | May 20, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Why's everybody picking on the Neut? He's the most honorable man. Sure he was carrying on an affair while trying to impeach Clinton. But then he did the honorable thing. He married his mistress and made her an honest woman.
Of course in order to avoid bigamy he divorced his wife, who was dying of cancer. A most honorable man.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | May 20, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It's not even Christmas yet, and the gifts have been pouring in to the DNC. Gingrich, Steele, Palin, Rush, Boehner, Cantor, and the other GOP wannabe-leaders. But this is America - let them speak and give us their fresh ideas for what our country needs from them. They carried the Pelosi deal too far and now there's a backlash, but they don't know it yet. We have yet to hear Cheney's views on this, but meanwhile Newt is doing a fine job.

Posted by: jbleenyc | May 20, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the era of expecting any intelligent remarks to come from the old Republicans is over. They have been disgraced, steamrollered and destroyed by the Obama democrats.As for Mrs. Pelosi, I fear she may still be powerful but is showing signs of older age confusion.(full disclosure,I am ten years older than she is)Nevertheless, can we really believe the CIA of2002-04? They were politicized by Bush-Cheney at the top and along with the Neocon junta misled the American people into approving a useless war.Obama should put this in perspective, support Pelosi,support the current CIA and either open the files or shut down all talk..

Posted by: bobtich | May 20, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the deranged Nancy Pelosi continues to get cover from Marcus. Sad for the republic, that's for sure, when the watch dogs become lap dogs.

Posted by: bandmom22 | May 20, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party are back to being exposed as a extremist party full of religious zealots and corporate pawns. They say one thing and do another and actually get people in the middle class and poor to vote for them which is against their economic and really, the country's best interests. But the political reality of 2002-2003 is that the Republicans were busy shredding the US Consitution and using 9-11 as a tool to push the phoney and bad Iraq war while too many Democrats like Nancy Pelosi were utter cowards.
Nancy Pelosi is a Red Herring. People like Bush, Runsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Pearle, Ashcroft, Gonzales need to be brought up on charges of treason and held accountable for damage done to this country. It truly is a shame the people of this country do not demand better and accountability and a big reason why we are in decline.

Posted by: dwdave67 | May 20, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

MS. Marcus didn't mention

that Gingrich himeslf has called the

CIA "misleading" in a very important

finding. He said it was entirely inaccurage, and not true.

We get more and more outright jerks lately. Used to be some commodity in the congress. THey've always been greedy liars and cheats. But they talked nicely. Not even that any more.

Posted by: whistling | May 20, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi's conduct on the matter of enhanced interrogation methods is disgraceful. She should be replaced as Speaker at the beginning of the next Congress. I say this as a liberal Democrat who values the public safety ahead of political ideology. While it may have been wrong to use the CIA to capture people instead of the US Marshals service or the military, surely these people needed to be questioned. And if they didn't cooperate, then make them wish they had. If George Washington had faced a renegade clique of Hessian soldiers who had gunned down innocent civilians, and he had captured one of them who likely knew when the next planned massacre would be, where it would take place, or who was planning it, I don't think he would have hesitated to use the harshest methods available at that date to find out the truth, if necessary. The fact that he never faced such a threat just shows how far off the beaten track these Al Qaeda criminals are; that no one in history has ever faced this kind of threat. Instead of punishing the CIA personnel involved, they should be given medals.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | May 20, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Some people really need to get a grip on these posts... "conservatives are genetically incapable of recognizing the irony of their own words."
Really? All conservatives? Way to keep the tent "wide open" for different views..

Newt has this job, speak of the house, so who better than he to comment on Pelosi.

Newt and Pelosi are not the first ones to screw this job up and they won't be the last. Furthermore, Newt is more qualified to comment on this situation than this columnist.

Let's not pretend Pelosi didn't screw up here... she accused the CIA of lying!!!

She's pissed a lot of people off and it could get her fired... Is this such a shock? Were have you people been? Watching Idol or something?

Posted by: ravioliman6666 | May 20, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Gingrinch gets the GOP nomination in 2012. He is still reviled by most Americans, but Republicans seem to think that Gingrinch represents "The Good Ole Days" of the GOP Congress. If Palin were to run and be defeated, Republicans would call Americans sexist. However, for Obama to trounce Gingrinch will prove to Republicans once and for all that Americans do not want a more conservative GOP.

Posted by: AxelDC | May 20, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi should step down not only for the CIA comment but protecting the ehtics challenged leadership of the Democrats. The MSM would be up in arms if Republican heads of committee were up on ethics charges as Rangel, Murtha, Dodd, Frank, Waters are right now. And she can take Reid with her. The Dems have a corruption problem, they ignore and the media lets them, just like they elected Obama, the most inexperienced President we had in over 50 years.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | May 20, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

You'd think we were a country of anorectic debutantes one moment away from collapsing of the vapors! Oh goodness, she said the CIA lied! (swwooon)

Do you all really think the CIA and its predecessor agencies have been straight with the American people over the decades? Regarding Iran? Guatemala? Vietnam? Chile?

All this faux outrage is a hoot! But it's puzzling that no one has brought up the repeated shadings, bendings, and hidings of the truth it's engaged in for decades.

And even more bizarre is the suggestion that morale at the agency is "plummeting" because of Pelosi's public statements. These are our hardened, dry-eyed, intelligence operatives, peeing in their pants because a politician says they've lied? What the hell?

Posted by: BorincanoDC | May 20, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth what a pathetic media pimp. In a debate with the Newt, you'd lose every time, every time.Oh Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth Ruth what a pathetic media pimp.

Sing these lyrics to any of your favorite songs it don't matter.

When you get tired of that song you can sing everybody's favorite song, "Journalism is Dead"

Posted by: ekim53 | May 20, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Marcus is throwing stones at Newt????!!! Get a clue lady - take a look at the morons running Congress right now - it's a never ending comedy of errors with Pelosi, Reid, Jumpin' Joe....oh wait, I forgot, the Dems were going to show the country "how to really do it." Frankly, I hope Nancy stays around and provides humor and continues to lead the a**-showing Dems for what they are.

Posted by: zekeman | May 20, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you know? "Christian" Republicans like Gringrinch are God's chosen people and "above the law" They, like their intolerant O'Reilly Catholic and Dobson evangelical base have a gift from their small and shallow god to pick and chose what's moral and what's to be judged - just like they cherry pick scriptures for their Rovian agenda to turn America into their own private theocracy.

They love Leviticus 18:22 but hate 19:33. They love Newt but cast their twisted judgmental fingers at Democrats.

I have no love for weak-sister Pelosi who should resign or be recalled for her complicity in Cheney's nightmare after Democrats voted for her to do something about it, but for Newt to cast stones at her after his corruption and abuse is truly classic RNC Fox News where the gollum Newt slithers down the halls late at night with Atwater's protege Rove.

Posted by: coloradodog | May 20, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is the best thing that the Republicans have going for them. She is a disgrace to the Democratic Party. She has a case of "hoof In mouth" disease. I hope she stays on. No one can take her or the Democratic Party seriously
untill she quits.Obama has a BIG problem on his hands.

Posted by: sonnysideup | May 20, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

coloradodog, you're the typical colorado lib (and and anti-christian dem) trashmouthing anyone who differs with you...everyone has it wrong but you. At least the "leaders" (and I use the term loosely) of Congress are doing it to themselves with their one is making them act like fools. So Newt calls Nancy on you have any idea of how Congress works in the closed hearings? There are meticulous notes taken of what was said and who said it...for Nancy to tap dance now after she opened her mouth is fascinating. Btw, have you ever watched anything but MSNBC? You might want to check around to see (and compare) who's reporting the news accurately.

Posted by: zekeman | May 20, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Pelosi Lied. Her body language at the press conference screamed "I'm a liar". Yes the forensics were visible for everyone to see. And she trashed the entire CIA and cut her own throat in doing so.
Is it time to gas up her broom and send her flying back to San Fransicko?
Actually, it might be a good idea if the wicked witch from San Fransicko stayed on as just another corrupt face of the Democrat party which is already peppered with tax cheats, liars and thugs and incompetents. A reminder to all Americans that many need to be extension of the corrupt Chicago Politics like ACORN. With the huge tax increases on EVERYBODY that are coming with Cap and Trade, No knew practical domestic energy, and the EPA wacko restrictions, and the outrageous spending and debt the Obamination will bring, Americans will be so sick of this incompetent and criminal group and their mugs that they will run to the polls to throw ALL of them out.They did with Carter. And though Carter was bad, these bozos are like Carter on steroids.
Yes the smell coming from the White House is getting strong and will be stronger as the days past. So I say to the Conservatives, "Turn up the fans and let all Americans who have diminished senses, get a good whiff of the Democrat stench".

Posted by: ekim53 | May 20, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It's not "hypocracy." Newt and Glenn Beck and the rest of the crazies are going for the flat out b@tsh1t insane "base," so they are ratcheting the insanity up into frequencies that only lunatics can hear.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | May 20, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi disqualified HERSELF when she made that inane comment that tea parties were 'planned by the very rich for the rich'.

What a crock. If it was planned by the rich, you'd think we'd have not had all those homemade signs!

Truth is, she tried to cast aspersions on genuine anger for what this crook in chief is doing -- looting the middle class, and soon the working and lower class, and handing the money to his banker backers in foreign countries so they can further control and manipulate us.

Obama is a criminal and someone ought to do a citizens arrest.

The CIA was reporting on this during an administration that sanctioned it so why would they lie about it?

Pelosi is and always has been a hypocrite AND a liar... and should resign. There is no politician TO DATE who has a record of criminality to compare to the combined offenses of this administration, some repeaters from the Clinton era.

The Dims are fast going down the toilet, and to think it only took 100 days to prove they are the party of the rich, stealing from the poor, the party of greed and big corporations married to government (I think they call that FASCISM), hubris and master liars.

WAKE UP LIBERAL, and smell the fascism of your own party who is destroying America faster than it can be reported.

Posted by: username | May 20, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Geeze - what did you expect! He's a republican - a sleazy hypocrite, with no ethics! Blinded by his own arrogant ignorance.

Posted by: stodayxx | May 21, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Isn't he the guy who dumped his wife for a bimbo when she lay dying from cancer? What a guy.

Posted by: nwflyfisher01 | May 21, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse


Yes, it sounds a bit Edwards, one of your former poster boys for morality and justice. I suppose all you Democrats have expressed equal outrage about that one, too? Riiiiight, sure you did. What a bunch of buffoons and all of you have me laughing until the tears roll down my legs. How predictable, how boooring that all of you are so quick to shoot the messenger (Gingrich) instead of focusing your energies where it rightfully belongs: on the clownish Pelosi whom you have elevated to a stone's throw from the White House. THAT is the story, not Gingrich who's opinion doesn't matter for much more than your fodder. No wonder this country is so screwed up - I thank all of you for that. Not Pelosi, not Obama, not Bush,......and certainly not Gingrich. You keep on putting clowns in Washington and then seem so shocked at the neverending circus which results. Give me a break. My only real complaint is that my OWN future is being determined by clowns like you who keep electing clowns like them. Wake up.

Posted by: jumpinjackflash | May 21, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

bagodoughnuts wrote:
will you even mention what Pelosi did before attacking Gingrich, who last time I checked is not holding office? She accused the CIA of lying to Congress, which would be a felony and a real scandal if true. Of course it's not true, which means she is lying and falsely accusing others of serious crimes. You are such a shill for the Democrats, I don't know why anybody takes you or WaPo seriously


Do you people even keep up with history? Since when has the CIA told the truth, the next time the CIA tells the truth will probably be the first time. Why do you think minutes are not kept from the briefings, it is because they need wiggle room to make assertions. I have asked any conservative, blogger, columnist or supporter, to give a coherent explanation for the CIA destroying the waterboarding videotapes, even thought the CIA Inspector General reccomended that the videotapes be kept. And these people who are being investigated for a cover up in destroying the tapes are beyond misrepresenting what Pelosi was told.

Posted by: impartial1 | May 21, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

impartial1 - you don't know what you're talking about - closed briefing minutes ARE kept, very meticulously...along with the identity of everyone in the room.

Posted by: zekeman | May 21, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Look, for the first time in years the GOP--with the willing aid and comfort of the mainstream media--are on something of an offensive. The Pelosi business has given them a distraction to deflect the public's attention from the economy and from Obama's steamrolling success in his first 100 days.

Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney--look, the coin of the realm with this bunch is their stunning, monumental penchant for hypocrisy and a fading memory of their own indiscretions. Lying baldly (Cheney), skuking about parking lots making deals for illicit drugs (Limbaugh) and marital faithlessness and sexual indiscretion (Gingrich) on their part is cavalierly forgotten in their embittered zeal to get at Obama. Why? Because he committed the most unpardonable crime of all: He defeated them!

Revenge as they say is sweet. But it is also blinding.

Posted by: jaxas | May 21, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

P-l-e-a-s-e, don't pin Newt on the South! Lord knows, the South has enough to apologize for without adding that insult.

"Newt Gingrich was born Newton Leroy McPherson on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania." He is a yankee Republican transplant whose military stepfather happened to be stationed at Ft. Benning, GA when he graduated high school.

Newt Gingrich is the last person to be advising someone else regarding personal character or ethics issues.

Posted by: old_sarge | May 21, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Some TV commentator pointed out that Gingrich is one of those politicians who thinks in a pre-Google mentality. He forgets that people can just look up his record in an instant.

Posted by: mypitts2 | May 21, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This article and comments against Newt are intellectually dishonest and misleading. Not only was Newt telling the truth about the college course's funding (the basis of his "ethics" violations), the IRS exhonorated him in 1999. Marcus was either not working for the Washington Post in 1999 or not reading it. Here is a quote from a WP article posted February 4, 1999, "The Internal Revenue Service has cleared an organization of charges that it violated its tax-exempt status when it helped fund a college course taught by former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the organization said yesterday." It also added, "In its ruling, the IRS said the content of Gingrich's course "was educational and never favored or opposed a candidate for public office."

Ms. Marcus - a little investigation demonstrates the memory you are so proud of is, actually, selective. How convenient when it suites your agenda.

Posted by: afwahoo98 | May 21, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

What's more surprising is that, with his history, anyone would expect that he has a conscience, or is capable of feeling shame. He certainly has given no reason for us to think that.

The problem is more with the media, that simply reports whatever he has to say uncritically.

Posted by: catherine3 | May 21, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that we don't have any of the representatives and senators from either party either refuting or affirming what Pelosi has said? Did Sinbad attend the briefing? It's ridiculous that there is silence on the topic. If Rs were present then they should either concede that the full truth didn't come out at the briefings or Pelosi is wrong. I want all those briefed to clarify.

Posted by: Babar1 | May 21, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich dissing Pelosi is like the pot calling the kettle black. Pelosi invites criticism by her actions and her behavior ...a little bit too much like Benito Mussolini and other Italian fascists.

Pelosi is unwilling to fess up to knowing about waterboarding. She refuses to endorse nuclear energy or offshore drilling. She is very authoritarian and power mad. Reason enough for impeachment or term limits.

Posted by: alance | May 21, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Ruth. Gingrich as someone who has authority to comment on ethics is laughable. How about taking him on as "the man of ideas" which is how he has reinvented hmself. He doesn't really have any. He is just a poseur.

Posted by: sactoman | May 21, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he (or others) would blush at these lines from the new Testament book to the Hebrews...
HEB 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
HEB 12:13 and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
HEB 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the lord:
HEB 12:15 looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of god;
lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Posted by: hillhopper | May 21, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Geeze... Look up Nancy's nephew Laurence, and John Murtha. Look up Tunagate. Just because Pelosi hadn't been brought up on ethics charges doesn't mean that no ethics problems exist. The only reason they don't is because she currently pulls all the strings.

At least Republicans have the decency to resign.

Posted by: psycmeistr | May 21, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Isn't he the guy who dumped his wife for a bimbo when she lay dying from cancer? What a guy.

Posted by: nwflyfisher01 | May 21, 2009 1:41

I take it that you mean John Edwards.

Posted by: psycmeistr | May 21, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same guy who was so sure of his political strengths that he tried to shut down the government on his own watch and then blame president Clinton? And do I vaguely remember this same guy getting his A-- handed to him by A president who ostensibly had no power because his party had control of neither houses of power in Washington? So much for this nit wit!

Posted by: sls213 | May 21, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus,thanks for calling out this disgraced ex-congressman.

What has Nancy Pelosi done that is disgraceful? Think about. She said the CIA misled her.

Bush and Cheney said the CIA gave them bad intelligence about Iraq!! Don't you remember?

Posted by: rlritt | May 21, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: amazd | May 20, 2009 4:03 PM
" But if a Republican misspells Potatoe (as it was written on the flash card), or misspeaks, he is branded forever as a buffoon"

You mean the Newtster can't spell potato??? Bummer!!

Posted by: knjincvc | May 22, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Poor ole "Newt the Toot"....

Any number of the definitions for the word 'toot' fit.

Posted by: dutchess2 | May 22, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

political theater sells

Posted by: dconaty1 | May 22, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Nobody has ever accuse Newt Gingrich of NOT being a hypocrite

Posted by: hootie1fan | May 22, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

re; gingrich and pelosi
it takes one to know one.

Posted by: marsho87 | May 22, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is modern journalism for you....

Engage in the poltics of character assasination when your fellow idealogue steps in kaka....

"All this, by the way, was before the married speaker was having an affair with a congressional aide during the Clinton impeachment proceedings."

Wonder if Ruth will write a damning column on Clinton the next time he lectures anyone on morality.....

Oh, I forgot, its ok as long as they're DimocRATS.

Posted by: oldnova | May 22, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow did the government cheese and welfare checks arrive early. You liberal socialist whackadoddles seem to be out in throngs. Your 100 days are going to be over soon enough. I just hope the Country can undo the damage that has been done.

The sooner we can be rid of the vaporous hag Pelosi the better. Hopefully she will have that fat piece of excrement Franks, Reid and Dodds with her. Obama needs to be shown the door. Whatever happened to Obama's birth certificate?

Not that I am a Gingrich fan.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 23, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

RM's logic is facile and wrong. Granted that a disgraced Speaker is not the BEST critic of unethical Speaker conduct. Granted that he makes himself a legitimate target for just these kinds of attacks. But the fact that an individual has engaged in wronging in the past does not disqualify him as one who can identify another's misconduct and condemn it. Or is Marcus really one of those ethics dolts who thinks a parent who abused drugs years ago can't lecture her child about the same conduct because it's "hypocritical"?

There is only one issue with Gingrich's comments: is he right? And I think (as a long-time Newt-basher and a professional ethicist) he is. A Speaker who is willing to bolster her political attacks on a previous administration by covering up her own culpability and lying repeatedly about what she knew, even to the extent of accusing a non-partisan federal agency of a crime, is untrustworthy and should not be Speaker.

Other demonstrably unethical public figures whose analysis may be nonetheless valuable: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, Dan Rather, John Dean, Jose Canseco.

(I do not endorse anonymous web posts, but couldn't figure out how to avoid the "username." My real name is Jack Marshall.)

Posted by: jacko1 | May 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The more the media demonizes Gingrich, the more we recognize his courage. We are increasingly grateful to Gingrich and to every courageous and patriotic American – Democrat or Republican -- willing to speak out to defend Americans from Obama's strategy of lies, manipulation, intimidation and fraud, which is destroying our future and the future or our children.

Gingrich and other patriots who speak out face ridicule and demonizing from the powerful pro-socialism media. It's part of the Alinski’s strategy for radical socialists/communists to destroy democracy and take over. Saul Alinski is one of Obama’s mentors.

The Alinski’s strategy is Obama's strategy and the strategy of Obama's accomplices, including the mainstream media. Thank you, Mr. Gingrich, for your patriotism and courage!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | May 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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