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    Don’t Pile On Newt

    Don’t Pile On Newt

    Newt’s campaign has its troubles.

    But there’s no reason to pile on Newt because of the Tiffany’s credit line story.  That’s just how the media does it; what difference does it make how he spends his money as long as it’s legal, nothing that touches on character, and he pays his bills?

    Prying into irrelevant personal details of Republican candidates’ lives is not unique to Newt.  It’s the Palinization of the media approach to Republican candidates.

    No matter who the Republican candidate is, that person will be portrayed with some variation of the treatment of Palin.  It’s why it so disgusts me when people who are on “our side” play that game against each other.

    What goes around comes around.


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    Pasadena Phil | June 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    retire05 said: “Ah, excuse me Pasadena Phil, but just who the heck are you to say that Newt has no business running?”

    Excuse me? And who are you? Is there a different 1st Amendment that applies to you but not to me?

    retire05 | June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh, Phil, you have the First Amendment right to say what you want but I also have the First Amendment right to tell you that you are out of line by sticking your nose in someone’s personal affairs. If you don’t like that, cease being a judgemental ass.

    One question, Phil; when was the last time you flew on a commercial airliner?

    Kerrvillian | June 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t talk Newt down. I don’t support him for President but there are a lot of candidates I don’t support.

    My time is better spent giving support where I do want it to go. Why spend time on the negative?

    JEBurke | June 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    What is an “irrelevant personal detail?” Lots of people would claim that marital infidelity is irrelevant. There certainly are people who would contend strongly that John Kerry’s choice of water sports is such a detail. Or how about John Edward’s seeming obsession with his hair early in his campaign?

    It has been said at least since 1984 when Gary Hart was nailed by reporters while cuddling with a woman not his wife that people who run for high office had better be prepared for everything they do and have ever done to be revealed and scrutinized — because it will be.

    I for one think this is just fine. The more we know about the people to whom we would give great power, the better. The half million dollar credit line for expensive baubles may not be a big deal by itself but not every wealthy man showers his wife with gifts of this sort, and not every would-be President has a third wife who wants to run his campaign. Betcha you won’t find any Founding Fathers in that category.

    Anyway, stuff like this will out and there is no use whining about it.

    Oldflyer | June 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    The reporting is typically not specific. The implication is that Newt has $500k in debt. But, all they say is that he has a 1/2 mil line of credit. Not the same thing. I imagine that a lot of well heeled celebrities are given a big line of credit as soon as they walk in the store. Just like we all get credit card offers in the mail. I have multiple credit cards; most of them have never been used and never will be.

    So, as is so often the case, everyone gets their panties in a wad over stuff they don’t even know is accurate.

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