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Gingrich Tweets Without Tweaking

Updated, 12:26 p.m. ET

Newt Gingrich is toning down his tweets since he declared to his more than 404,000 followers on Twitter that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a "racist" -- a contention he later withdrew.

He had no live tweets from the big House/Senate Republican fundraising dinner last night, at which he served as keynote speaker, filling the role that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin originally was to assume. No tweets, no jabs at Palin, who, though she didn't speak and had reportedly let it be known to the party establishment that she was miffed about Gingrich stealing the limelight, still showed up.

The Twittering was left to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). After his former running mate and her husband, Todd, strode across the stage with Gingrich and his wife, Callista, the former 2008 presidential nominee tapped out: "Great to see Sarah and Todd at the dinner tonight -- nice reunion!"

Still biting his tongue (or fingers, as the case may be), Gingrich this morning happily tweeted, "On the way to fox to do fox and friends with my daughter jackie gingrich cushman and discuss our book '5 principles for a successful life.'"

Is Gingrich turning over a new leaf -- or should we say, a new tweet?

Correction: In our original posting, we inaccurately attributed a tweet from last night's dinner to Gingrich. It was McCain who said it was "great to see Sarah and Todd" at last night's dinner, not Gingrich.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
 
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Comments

To think that this scum acts as a role model for his daughter makes my skin crawl.

Posted by: kevin1231 | June 9, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

'5 principles for a successful life'....Principle 1: dump wife of 25 years when in cancer treatment at hospital and hookup with young secretary.

Posted by: August30 | June 9, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So, this is what the important people do: shoot off their mouth and "tweet." No wonder things are so screwed up. Everyone I work with simply works on improving things; if we wanted to be in the press, I guess it would be wise to say foolish things about nominees and waste time tweeting.

Posted by: johnnyballer | June 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

lol at the GOP's 'leadership'

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it was John McCain that tweeted "Great to see Sarah and Todd at the dinner tonight -- nice reunion!"

Posted by: waypen | June 9, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Still biting his tongue (or fingers, as the case may be), Gingrich this morning happily tweeted, "On the way to fox to do fox and friends with my daughter jackie gingrich cushman and discuss our book '5 principles for a successful life.'" -from the article

This is hardly a tweet. It's a sales pitch to any of his 400k followers that hadn't bought the book yet.

With apologies to August30, let me flesh out Newt's 5 princples a bit further:

Principle 1: Marry teacher 7 years your senior to make sure you have someone to support you while in graduate school and running for office.

Principle 2: Commit adultery while wife, not pretty enough to be first lady, is battling cancer. Then serve her with a divorce agreement when she is drugged up and recovering from surgery. Pay her nothing in child support for your two daughters.

Principle 3: Marry younger, prettier secretary wife. Commit adultery with new paramour while publically chastising Clinton's affair with an intern. Claim to support Republican 'family values.' (Apparently, Caligula shared these same values.)

Principle 4:
Then divorce 2nd wife when she is diagnosed with MS and marry the blond paramour who is 23 years younger and IS pretty enough to be first lady.

Principle 5:
Hope everyone has forgotten about your past dallying, lying, and hypocrisy and expect them to turn to you for leadership even though you've never demonstrated anything in your career other than Newt looks out for Newt. Have your daughter write a book and share the credit with you. Get twitter account to promote book sales.

Newt is a fine upstanding fellow alright, but I wouldn't let my daughter twitter with him. He might need an even younger wife.

Posted by: rakehell | June 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

....Is this the best you (Republicans) got???

Posted by: MsAh1on1 | June 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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