According to Romney & Santorum Character Counts – Right?

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If anyone wants to know the real reason Newt is not on the ballot in Virginia, look no farther than Bob McDonnell.  He wants to be Mitt’s VP choice so badly he would do anything, including the sleazy way things are being handled in VA over the GOP primary.  He and Nikki Haley want to be VP so bad they will do just about anything, including cheat?

If character is important, family perfection is important, then Jimmy Carter should be considered one of the great leaders in American History.  So should Herbert Hoover.

In the  list of the greatest Presidents I gather we should be looking for perfection of character and family. If instability is an eliminator, then kiss Abraham Lincoln goodbye.  Thomas Jefferson would be excluded because of his constant womanizing.  Harry Truman was a lousy businessman.  George married Martha for her money.   He was considered an abject failure in life.  FDR had a mistress.  JFK was a womanizer.  Madison owned slaves, Ike had a mistress.  Ronnie & Nancy jumped the gun with Patti being born in record time. Andrew Jackson had a serious problem with Rachel and banks.

If we are to believe Mitt Romney’s fawning press, not one of the above should have been nominated, let alone elected POTUS.  They were not perfect.  Their character was flawed.   If you want to add PMs of the UK, all bets are off.  You really get into some very flawed men of very questionable character.

Why is Mitt Romney surrounding himself with people like Nikki Haley?  Why did he hire Warren Tompkins in SC?  I thought character was important. I gather Nikki’s alleged affairs, lap dances and love nest, along with her tax problems are not issues of character.  Only Newt Gingrich has a flawed character.

I’m glad we understand this, now.

RCP

Rick Santorum’s law license is under suspension, for non payment of dues.

“...”There’s no indication that Santorum has violated any rules of conduct,” Tim McNair, a Pennsylvania attorney and HuffPost Hill reader who spotted the suspension and flagged it to us. But, he said, it does speak to basic organizational abilities.

“If you want to be responsible, you have to take care of business, and for whatever reason, Rick hasn’t done it,” said McNair, a Democrat who has volunteered for three Santorum opponents in Pennsylvania.

Santorum’s suspension was for non-payment of a fee that would have allowed him to stay inactive, his campaign told HuffPost. He’s been inactive since 1994 and was finally suspended on April 2, 2010, board records show. The fee itself was nominal….”

Character matters – right?

“…South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley denied an allegation by a conservative blogger that the two had engaged in an affair several years ago, insisting that the charge was aimed at derailing her rapidly-rising campaign for governor.

“I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage,” Haley said in a statement released to a local television station. “This claim against me is categorically and totally false.”

She noted that the timing of the “disgraceful smear” — less than a week after a poll showed her leading the field in a June 8 primary — was suspicious; “It is quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst.”

Haley, a one-time protege of disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford, had been riding high of late — benefiting from endorsements from South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.(Palin released a statement — via Facebook — defending Haley.)

Given that rise, the allegations by Will Folks, who writes the Faith in the Sound (FITS) blog and is a member of the Washington Post Political Blog Network, landed with a dull thud in the Palmetto State this morning.

“Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki,” Folks wrote on his blog. “That’s it.”…”

Seriously, folks, Mitt Romney picked the wrong person in Nikki Haley.

FTS

A recent poll found one of the reasons Mitt is losing support in SC is because of Nikki.  She is corrupt and she is vicious.  He is using her to do his dirty work, standing behind the skirts of a woman.

“…“When I look at the crowd this morning, my enthusiasm meter went up, my confidence goes up,” he said. “But we’ll see what the numbers are in the final tally. But what I can tell you is this is a campaign that is going to go the distance. I’m confident we’re going to get the delegates we need and that despite all of the ups and downs of the campaign, in the final analysis, if I do my job right, get our supporters motivated, why,  we’ll be able to take the prize.”

He also sought to play down the public demand for his tax returns, saying it was more of an issue for the media and the Democrats than it was for voters over all. When he was finished answering, Gov. Nikki Haley, who spent the day campaigning with him, chimed in with her own analysis.

“The people of South Carolina are not talking about tax returns,” Ms. Haley said. “They’re talking about jobs, spending and the economy, and in all honesty, I’ve heard more people wondering why you guys aren’t asking about ethics reports and ethics problems with the Gingrich campaign.”

Mr. Romney seconded Ms. Haley’s call that Mr. Gingrich release the additional documents surrounding his Congressional ethics investigation. But when specifically pressed on recent allegations by Mr. Gingrich’s second wife that he had requested an “open marriage” before their divorce more than a decade ago — a topic that also came up in Thursday’s Republican debate — Mr. Romney demurred….”

If Romney were that interested in character, he would not be associating with Nikki Haley. Pardon me while I puke over the discussion about Mitt Romney’s perfect life, his perfect family, and his perfect hair.

W Examiner

SOUTH CAROLINA DIRTY TRICKS

Daily Caller

If The Pink Flamingo did not have a few suspicions of my own about the origin on the latest attack on Newt, I would not be putting the tale here.  Because I do, I’m simply going to let you be the judge.  Remember – character counts.

CNN
FTS

The SC attorney general is now investigating fake emails slamming Newt Gingrich.

“...S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office will investigate the two-pronged email assault leveled against former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich on the eve of the 2012 South Carolina GOP presidential primary, FITSNews has learned.

“They are looking into it as we speak,” a source close to Wilson tells FITS. Sources at the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) have also confirmed to FITS that forensic investigators at the state’s top law enforcement agency have launched a preliminary inquiry into the matter as well.

Less than 24 hours before Palmetto State Republicans were scheduled to go the polls in the pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary, Gingrich’s campaign was rocked by a pair of fake emails.

The first email took the form of a fake CNN news alert, while the second was a fake “official response” to the news alert ostensibly sent from the Gingrich campaign. The gist of both emails? That Gingrich had been accused of (and later acknowledged) pressuring his second wife Marianne Gingrich into have an abortion….”

Mitt Romney’s supporters are trying to make us believe that because a person has a less than perfect family and perfect home life, there is something wrong with him or her. Like The Pink Flamingo has said before, that’s bunk. In a way, what they are doing is very threatening to those poor jerks out there (present company included) who have a less than perfect life. Fact is, it is downright insulting.

Anyone who plans their life and does not encounter problems, heartache and difficulties is either lying to him/her self, or living a very strange existence. From my point of view, they don’t know much about life. All they know is perfection. By having just perfection of the perfect spouse, perfect children, perfect education, perfect career, they are missing out on the humanity and the nasty little lessons that make us better, more tolerant people.

I find it almost laughable that these people consider someone who is flawed, and we all are, even those who see only perfection in their lives, to have psychological problems. We all have psychological problems. Those who don’t, have even worse problems.

“...Great moments in history are achieved not necessarily by great people, but rather by courageous people who will defend great ideas. The American story is one of an enduring struggle by imperfect champions of perfect ideals: natural rights, individual liberty, independence, sovereignty, the rule of law and more. America, even in its third century, deserves nothing less.

As the Fox News/Wall Street JournalGOP presidential debate unfolded in South Carolina on Monday, it became exceedingly clear: Mitt Romney is masterful at defending Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich is masterful at defending conservatism….”

Quite frankly, I find a man who has planned his entire life, following in his father’s shoes, doing everything in his life to be POTUS to be pathological. I’m disturbed by it. There is just something wrong with this picture. Instead of mentioning this, they try to make other people look disturbed. They are now laughing at Dr. Keith Ablow, for saying that maybe there is something interesting about Newt.

“...Conclusion: When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after one.

4) Two women—Mr. Gingrich’s first two wives—have sat down with him while he delivered to them incredibly painful truths: that he no longer loved them as he did before, that he had fallen in love with other women and that he needed to follow his heart, despite the great price he would pay financially and the risk he would be taking with his reputation.

Conclusion: I can only hope Mr. Gingrich will be as direct and unsparing with the Congress, the American people and our allies. If this nation must now move with conviction in the direction of its heart, Newt Gingrich is obviously no stranger to that journey.

5) Mr. Gingrich’s daughters from his first marriage are among his most vigorous supporters. They obviously adore him and respect him and feel grateful for the kind of father he was.

When I want to know who in a marriage (or, for that matter, a series of marriages) is the one who actually was aligned with their best interests, I never dismiss evidence of who the children gravitate toward and admire. In this case, they have judged the father who left their family, then remarried twice. And they judge him 10 out of 10. I only hope my own children love me and respect me as much when they are adults.

So, as far as I can tell, judging from the psychological data, we have only one real risk to America from his marital history if Newt Gingrich were to become president: We would need to worry that another nation, perhaps a little younger than ours, would be so taken by Mr. Gingrich that it would seduce him into marrying it and becoming its president. And I think that is exceedingly unlikely….”

The MSM is ignoring a fascinating little story today.

“...Newt Gingrich, under fire today from his ex-wife, championed women members in the House when he became speaker, busting the GOP “glass ceiling” to elevate them to leadership roles, according to three current congresswomen.

“Newt Gingrich was very, very, very welcoming to all of us who were women. I mean he really just pushed us out front,” said North Carolina Rep. Sue Myrick.

“He was the one who said immediately, ‘We’re going to put women in the chair. We’re going to put women on committees.’ He said, ‘You would be a good appropriator.’ He did do that,” added Rep. Kay Granger of Texas.

They and other House members recently talked about Gingrich’s promotion of women Republican members at a seminar hosted by the moderate Republican Ripon Society.

The September session was focused on broadening the Republican’s base by reaching out to women and three House members offered up that Gingrich, not typically associated with championing women’s rights, moved swiftly to promote women when he became House speaker after the 1994 “Republican Revolution” election….”

Maybe The Pink Flamingo is just a little bit weird when it comes to the woman scorned. I think we are all responsible for our lives. If we make a soap opera out of them, don’t blame the other person, blame yourself. We must take responsibility for the way we screw things up and how that destroys interpersonal relationships. No one hooted louder when Mark Sanford hiked the Appalachian Trail to Argentina. He is a self-serving, hypocrite, still, who thinks that he is better than every one else.

You never saw me take his wife’s side. I don’t particularly care for her. From what I gather from my South Carolina contacts, she was an abject failure as First Lady of SC, dismal. She was not liked in the state. I don’t blame her for coming out against Newt, but please, do not think this is about his pathetic second wife. This about a very ambitions political ex-wife who is using the situation for her own advantage.

I don’t like women like Jenny Sanford and Marianne Gingrich. Marianne is a perpetually unbalanced victim who will do anything to destroy the object of her ire. Jenny Sanford is a highly manipulative and ambitious woman who is milking the situation for all it is worth to promote her own political ambitions. I suspect she is planning a primary attack on Lindsey in two years.

Both women are now enjoying their just desserts. Marianne’s woeful tale, as being told by the liberal media, does not mention how she assisted in the destruction of Newt’s first marriage. Once she was the other woman. Now she sees the other other woman getting all the attention, so she is going to destroy her. I find it fascinating that everyone is discussing how this shows how unstable Newt is, while ignoring salient facts about Marianne.

“...One former associate of Marianne Gingrich, former congressional wife Catherine Mann-Grandy, told Whispers that the speaker’s second wife was often rude, loud and unreasonable, and she doubted her story about the open marriage. [Could Romney Stumble in South Carolina?]

Citing a code among congressional wives, Mann-Grandy said, “We pretty much kept our lips closed, but Marianne was emotionally unstable and I particularly felt that she was obstreperous and rude.”

She described Gingrich’s ex-wife as “outrageous, she is headline grabbing, she has always been that kind of person…we all have character flaws, but at this moment for her to choose this and to say these things about an open marriage, I mean, hello. I mean first of all, she’s probably making it all up. It’s he said, she said, but he doesn’t get to say, just she gets to say.” [Read the U.S. News debate on whether Gingrich can beat Obama.]

Mann-Grandy said she hopes Americans dismiss Marianne Gingrich as a loose cannon. “What I’m hoping is that the Americans who watch this, the patriots who watch this, will look at this and say, ‘OK, this is a woman who is angry, seems unstable, a little unhinged,’ because that was her rep.”…”

Has anyone bothered to question the character of Marianne Gingrich. This is not something I would be doing, had she not opened up a can of worms.

“...Marianne Gingrich had a half hour on network television Thursday night that many a former wife can only envy: telling her side of the story of a messy divorce at a moment designed to do maximum damage. What discipline she’s shown. Her revenge isn’t just cold. It’s frozen over the 12 years since Newt announced he was leaving her. It was all the more riveting because of it….”

Tina Korbe, who was backing Michele Bachmann awhile back, has an interesting take on Rick Santorum. She is using him for a sanctimonious attack on the character of Newt Gingrich.

“…Given Santorum’s scrupulous refusal to be sidetracked by Newt Gingrich’s distracting and undisciplined attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, his willingness to comment at all on the Marianne Gingrich episode does stand out, though. Perhaps his comments are yet another part of the differentiation process he says he began last night. Santorum is different than rival Mitt Romney in the consistency of his political past and different than rival Newt Gingrich in the consistency of his personal past. Surely that consistency should count for something….”

In order to come to their enlightened conclusions, people like Peter Wehner, who is a huge Romney supporter, present their version of things, without noting the reality, and ignoring salient facts.

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5 thoughts on “According to Romney & Santorum Character Counts – Right?

  1. I like Newt because I want a fighter with the ability and the courage to go after the left with all guns blazing. However, help me out with my reservations about what some have termed his progressive inclinations. Is he a Wilsonian or a follower of Teddy R? That bothers me. BUT (a big one) I do see the possibility of a flawed but powerfully effective leader at a time when one is most gravely needed…..ala Churchill. Convince me.

  2. No one ever complained about TR being “progressive” until Glenn Beck, idiot historian got it wrong. TR was quite a person. He’s one of my favorites. I think Romney would be more Wilsonian. Don’t even see it with Newt. Newt is more Reagan. I like the fact that he has the capacity to admit when he screws up. That’s important.

    SJR

  3. So you’d rather have someone who has twice traded in the wife for a newer model, took hundreds of thousands from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, attacked the Ryan budget, played the same class warfare game that Obama and Michael Moore have, and who is the only speaker to ever be reprimanded for ethics violations.

    Yeah, that’s a real GOP champion. If this guy wins, what difference is there between him and Obama? Just one DC insider vs. another. Might as well stay home if that is the case, and just watch as Gingrich becomes the 21st Century Goldwater whose landslide defeat enables the Left to ensconce its agenda in stone and bankrupt the country.

  4. I see it as just the opposite. Romney has so alienated the GOP Hispanic community that they are planning a boycott of the general election. This happens, we’re sunk. He has aligned himself with Numbers USA, Kris Kobash, John Tanton – promoters of bigotry and hate. I cannot support him because of this. Read tomorrow’s PF.

  5. CORRUPTION, Theft, Liar, Cheat!

    Meg Whitman worked with Romney at Bain in 1995, when Bain Capital bought FTD

    Ask Mitt about the FTD deal (94-95) Essentially a HOSTILE buy-out forced on 20,000 members as a “MERGER” but was actually a SECRETLY held Public Auction ripping off its members, Questionable legal transaction and DEFINITELY morally and ethically of the lowest caliber.

    Explain Mitt’s knowledge, participation, and or influence, with NO platitudes or non-sequiturs. Connect: Meg Whitman & Perry Capital NY. Millions!

    NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT

    Wally Greenlaw

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