Gingrich: Networks May Have E-mails Showing White House Explicitly Telling Counterterrorism Teams to Stand Down in Benghazi
Last night with Greta Van Susteren, Newt Gingrich made the shocking claim that news networks have access to e-mails which explicitly show the White House itself ordering counterterrorism groups to stand down and do nothing while four Americans were being killed by terrorists.
Will they be released by the media? And will any network other than Fox start covering the story more intensely? This is after all, the biggest coverup in modern Presidential history.
Via the Daily Caller:
On Tuesday night’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on the Fox News Channel, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that major news networks might have secret emails proving that the White House canceled plans to assist the besieged U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. Gingrich said that the bombshell emails could be revealed within the next two days.
“There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,”
Gingrich said. “But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action. If that is true, and I’ve been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president’s role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser’s role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don’t go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel.”
Here’s the video…
After a string of recent primary defeats, and the hospitalization of his daughter with a rare genetic disorder, Rick Santorum will be announcing shortly that he is dropping out of the Presidential race.
Via the Washington Post:
Rick Santorum will announce Tuesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, all but bringing to a close the 2012 GOP presidential contest and formally handing the nomination to Mitt Romney, according to an official close to the campaign.
Santorum is set to announce his withdrawal at a campaign event happening shortly in Gettysburg, Pa. — the site of the historic and pivotal Civil War battle.
The former Pennsylvania senator had been Romney’s top opponent, but he suffered a trio of defeats last week in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and over the weekend his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized for the second time this campaign due to complications from a rare genetic disorder.
Yahoo! is reporting that Santorum has called Mitt Romney to concede.
They also rehashed just how unlikely it was for Santorum to have come as far as he did:
The former Pennsylvania senator spent most of 2011 on a grueling and often lonely campaign tour through Iowa. His strenuous underdog campaign was organized by a skeleton staff and run the old fashioned way: By methodically speaking with voters face-to-face, town by town. Candidates like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain rose and fell throughout 2011, while Santorum spent the year mostly relegated to the far end of the debate stage. He was a long-dormant volcano due for a surprise eruption.
In the final days before the first Republican caucuses in Iowa–a contest on which Santorum rested his entire strategy–it appeared that his campaign would be laid to rest in the state where it was born. Iowa Republicans did not turn their eyes to the man who had spent more time in their state than any other candidate until the very end, but they ultimately awarded him with a surprise, hair’s-breadth victory–not formally confirmed until weeks after the vote–that helped keep his fledgling campaign afloat into the spring.
From there, he became the clear number two candidate, and the conservative answer to Mitt Romney, the GOP favorite.
“While this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said from Gettysburg, Pa., flanked by his family.
The question now becomes, does Newt continue the fight and hope to garner the conservative votes that were going to Santorum, or does this signal the eventual Romney win that most expect?
Prayers for Mr. Santorum’s family, and especially his little girl, Bella.
Candidates sometimes get caught up in the heat of the moment with campaign rhetoric, but this one is way off base.
A little background…
A recent claim by a top Romney adviser made news when he stated that the former Governor of Massachusetts could shift his campaign from trying to win conservative voters, to trying to win moderate voters, rather easily.
“It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”
The comment shook conservatives who already view Romney as a flip-flopping moderate. Yesterday, Rick Santorum responded to the Etch a Sketch comment.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn’t the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.
Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: The former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.
“You win by giving people a choice,” Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”
Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”
The problem with such hyperbolic rhetoric is that it is simply false and makes the candidate dishing it out look petty. Yes, saying and doing things just to get elected, as the Romney adviser is asserting, is concerning. But the bottom line remains that Romney is an infinitely better choice than Obama for the Presidency.
Yid With Lid, who had endorsed Santorum for President, was so dismayed with the comment that he rescinded that endorsement today…
I am sure Santorum will try and walk back the statement but is too late, the damage has been done. Rick Santorum committed the ultimate sin for a 2012 GOP candidate —saying Barack Obama would be preferred over his opponents. This was hyperbole, which is both false and irresponsible.
Barack Obama represents the biggest threat to individual freedom in my lifetime (Joe Biden might even say in the past 500 years). Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney would be FAR superior to Barack Obama. With his suggestion to the contrary, Santorum proves himself to be less than ready to handle the job.
As long as we’re comparing Presidential candidates to toys from the ’60s, I’m going to have to disagree with Santorum on this one. I’ll take the Etch a Sketch candidate any day, over the candidate who has been lighting up the Constitution in an Easy Bake Oven.
And we know there are many of you clamoring for such video…
While we’re aware that this was produced by an Obama supporter (h/t Ben), we simply had no choice but to share the video with you. Any time you can produce something that involves Mitt Romney singing Eminem’s Please Stand Up, then you’ve done something rather epic. This is, hands down, the single best video of the campaign season.
And now, without further ado, will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Via The Margins of Error…
My dog is on the roof. My dog is on the roof.
The main question is, which one of these gentleman would submit to playing the role of vice-President?
A Gingrich staff senior adviser tossed out the idea of a Newt/Santorum ticket on Tuesday. While this would certainly cause problems for camp Romney, it seems highly unlikely to happen. I just can’t see either of these guys playing second fiddle to the other at this stage of the game, however.
From the Huffington Post:
A senior adviser to Newt Gingrich told The Huffington Post Tuesday night the campaign likes the idea of Rick Santorum and Gingrich running on the same ticket for the presidency and vice presidency.
“Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would make a powerful team against Barack Obama,” the adviser said on the condition that his name not be used. “They have the capability to deny Gov. Romney the nomination.”
The proposal comes after rumors of a Gingrich alliance with Texas Gov. Rick Perry surfaced earlier this week. It does not come off as a sign of confidence. Rather, it is an indication that the Gingrich campaign senses their candidate’s position in the race slipping after the former House speaker’s losses to Santorum in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday night.
Real possibility or just talk? What say you?
And this is why, if you had to give this country an enema, the process would start right here in New York…
A Siena Research Institute poll released today found that Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum in New York by 15 points, and Newt Gingrich trails Romney by 25 points. Ron Paul is 27 points behind. President Barack Obama holds leads of between 26 and 39 points over all GOP candidates, according to Siena. Romney is supported by 38 percent of Republicans, Santorum has the support of 23 percent, Gingrich has 13 percent and Paul has 11 percent.
“Each of the four Republican presidential contenders is viewed unfavorably by a majority of all New York voters. Even among just Republican voters, only Romney has a majority viewing him favorably, while Paul and Gingrich have more Republicans viewing them unfavorably than favorably,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement…
…Obama’s favorability rating is 61 percent to 36 percent, down from 64 percent to 34 percent in February, the poll said. Fifty-six percent of voters said they would re-elect Obama and 38 percent said they would prefer “someone else.” The split last month was 58 percent to 36 percent. The president’s favorability rating is 82 percent to 15 percent among Democrats and 54 percent to 43 percent among independents. The president has a negative rating of 26 percent to 71 percent among Republicans.
“The President enjoys solid support among New York voters, largely because there are twice as many Democrats in New York as there are Republicans. Obama continues to be viewed very differently by Democrats – who give the President an even stronger favorability rating than they give Governor Cuomo – and Republicans, who view him unfavorably by a nearly three-to-one margin,” Greenberg said.
The GOP selection process has been a long and drawn out affair, with some suggesting it is a disaster that could lead to a brokered convention. The opposite is true, however. Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner, much to the chagrin of the conservative base. But, if the lone goal of removing the most damaging Presidential term in the history of this country remains intact, then this is a good process. If Romney earns the nomination, he will garner a large percentage of votes that will simply be cast against President Obama, and not for the candidate himself. At the same time, his prolonged inability to capture the hearts of conservatives will actually be a positive factor for so-called independent voters – which will only earn him more votes in the general election.
Our preference in candidates goes in this order – Santorum, Gingrich, Romney. (Paul is inconsequential and unelectable).
Unfortunately, that list gets reversed when considering which candidate has the best shot of beating Obama in a general. Romney has the money, name recognition, presidential looks, and appeal to independents. If he adds a hard conservative to the ticket (West, Rubio), he will be unbeatable. Gingrich would wipe the floor with Obama in a debate, which could give him a puncher’s chance. Santorum we’re afraid, has little shot against Obama. (Paul still remains inconsequential and unelectable).
We maintain that Romney is the man to beat, and the only true way for it to become interesting again is for either Santorum or Gingrich to agree to drop their bid, support the other candidate, and stop peeling conservative votes away from each other.
Mitt Romney squeezed out a win in pivotal Ohio, captured five other states with ease and padded his delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination but was forced to share the Super Tuesday spotlight with a resurgent Rick Santorum.
“I’m going to get this nomination,” Romney told cheering supporters in Massachusetts,” pointing particularly to delegate support that was greater than the combined totals of his three rivals.
On the busiest night of the campaign, he scored a home-state win in Massachusetts to go with primary victories in Vermont and in Virginia — where neither Santorum nor Newt Gingrich was on the ballot. He added the Idaho and Alaska caucuses to his column.
Ohio was the big win, though, and the closest contest of all as the Republican rivals battled for the chance to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November.
Also, there’s this, via Michelle Malkin:
Then of course, there’s this – The toll of the campaign trail has been rough on poor Newt Gingrich, who took a couple of power naps during a live satellite feed.
Obama Lite… I mean, Mitt Romney is projected to sweep tonight’s primary battles. Just kidding, Mittens fans.
Via NBC Politics:
Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican primary on Tuesday, staving off Rick Santorum in the state where Romney was born and raised and avoiding an embarrassing setback for his campaign.
NBC News projected that Romney would win the Michigan primary, along with another primary that took place on Tuesday in Arizona.
Romney and Rick Santorum awaited final results Tuesday evening following a tumultuous three weeks that had both candidates fighting for momentum in the Republican nomination contest.
Most of the attention was focused on Michigan, where the results could prove to be a turning point in the race.
Michigan will result in a splitting of the state’s 30 delegates. CNN reports:
The state’s 30 delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis, and Romney and Santorum each won three so far, according to the early returns.
Fox describes it as such:
Romney’s victory may not settle those questions, but it prevents a major embarrassment going into Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries worth hundreds of delegates.
That’s Romney in a nutshell. No convincing victories, just doing enough to stave off embarrassment.
No surprise here, as Romney captures all of Arizona’s 29 delegates with a big victory. Still too early to call in Michigan though, where the real story is whether or not Romney can capture his home state over Rick Santorum.
Via Fox News:
Mitt Romney has won the Arizona Republican presidential primary, Fox News projects.
The Michigan contest, meanwhile, is too close to call as early returns show Romney and Rick Santorum separated by a narrow margin.
With 20 percent of precincts reporting in Michigan, Romney is leading with 41 percent, followed by Santorum with 38 percent. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are trailing far behind, though Fox News can project that Paul will take place third and Gingrich will place last in the state.
With his win in Arizona, the former Massachusetts governor will take all 29 delegates in the winner-take-all state, padding his lead in the national delegate hunt.
Again, if you’re looking for coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries tonight, coverage that will serve as an alternative to the mainstream media, please give Tony Katz and Stephen Kruiser a look. But don’t stare!
Watch them. Call them. Loooove them.
They’ll also be taking phone calls at (888) 955-8669. So feel free to give them a ring and do lots of heavy breathing. I’m told they like that. No, not you Mr. Frank!
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And with this post, my personal integrity has pretty much gone out the window. Enjoy anyway…