August 17th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan

 Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's latest comments regarding the controversial Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack are being called "absurd" - from no less a conservative stalwart than Pat Buchanan.

Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, the former presidential candidate and conservative commentator said recent comments from Gingrich likening the proposed project to the hanging of a Nazi symbol outside the Holocaust Museum were merely part of the former Speaker's efforts to appear more controversial than Sarah Palin.

"Newt is a political opportunist," Buchanan said. "What Newt is doing is he's trying to get out and be more flamboyant and more charismatic, if you will, and more controversial than Sarah Palin, who is his primary challenger, if he gets into Iowa and New Hampshire. She will take all his oxygen and a lot of his support."

Both Palin, the former vice presidential nominee, and Gingrich are thought to be among the leading Republicans considering a presidential bid next year.

Gingrich's original comments came Monday, when in an apperance on Fox News he targeted President Obama for appearing to support the proposed controversial construction near ground zero.

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," Gingrich said, adding, "We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor."

"I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics, because there is no valid comparison there," Buchanan said. "And secondly, you know, you bring that in, and that's all we start talking about. So I think Newt went too far with that comment. But I know why he's doing it."

Buchanan is no stranger to controversial statements - he's perhaps best known for his 1992 Republican National Convention speech that, among other things, derided abortion rights and the homosexual rights movement.


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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Ellid

    When a racist blowhard like Pat Buchanan says you've gone too far, you have indeed achieved wingnut nirvana.

    August 17, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Pangloss

    "Newt is a political opportunist," Buchanan said.
    I would disagree. He is more a craven, soulless demagogue with absolutely no scruples.

    August 17, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. joann

    Newt is an idiot

    August 17, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Wow.......... Pat Buchanan calling-out Newt??? Amazing. What's is so very disturbing and hypocritical is how many of the Conservatives who are always crying about the sanctity of the United States Constitution and their Freedoms wanting to take others Freedoms away!

    How ignorant people are! Scary. When CNN says that 70% of Americans are opposed to the Mosque in NYC , I suspect that a majority of these people .......do.........not........know.......that.........the........Mosque.......will be built........ several city blocks away from Ground Zero!

    And while September 11th is a tragedy to us all, how come NO ONE cries for the 40,000 plus Americans that die ......each.....and every year because they do not have healthcare?!

    August 17, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Both Pat and Newt can relax. The inept, corrupt, union toady we now have as president is dropping like a rock in the polls now that Americans can see him clearly for the dunce and socialist tool that he really is. Anyone will beat him in 2012. Although beating will be easy ( I think there is a chance what is left of the democratic party ofter November may actually dump him), we need someone who is truly great to lead us out of the muck and mire he has created in less than two years. That should be our concern.

    August 17, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Bassman

    Buchanan doesnt know what he is talking about. For him to be right it would mean Gov. Palin was throwing her own bomb. She was not. She was a mirroring how Americans feel. Something Pres. Obama does not know how to do. She said: "“He just doesn’t get it, that this is an insensitive move by those Muslims that want to build a mosque in this location. That feels like a stab in the heart collectively of Americans who still have that lingering pain from 9/11.”
    She is coming at this emotionally, Buchanan comes at this politically.

    August 17, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. shadysider

    Buchanon rebukes Gingrich, Dobbs rebukes SB 1070, and Gov. Christie rebukes partisanship of Cordoba Mosque issue...but Conservatives still think they haven't gone far enough right or partisan enough. When asked what they thought, Conservatives responded: " Whatever Limbaugh said."

    August 17, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Get Real

    oh my God, it's no wonder we have so many ignorant Americans in this country. Politicians like Newt, and other crazy Republicans paint this picture that all Muslims are Terrorists. People actually believe this nonsense. The Terrorists as a small group of extremists cannot be linked to a peaceful and faithful religion that is practiced worldwide. It's not like Osama bin laden and Al Qaida are building the damn mosque. Get real people.

    August 17, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. LMC

    I never thought there would come a time that I would agree with Pat Buchanon!

    August 17, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    These republicans are becoming more and more repugnant. Please come up with some solutions to problems instead of vacuous rhetoric and name calling. Constitutionally, lawfully, a mosque can be built near ground zero. Thoughtfully, I'd say it's a bad idea and will be a lot of trouble for whoever builds it.

    August 17, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. tom

    Newt is right! Building a mosque at or near Ground Zero is an abomination and a disgrace to the memory of those who lost their lives at the hands of radical Muslims. Obama is totally insensitive.

    August 17, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. MDM

    And while September 11th is a tragedy to us all, how come NO ONE cries for the 40,000 plus Americans that die ......each.....and every year because they do not have healthcare?!

    Maybe you've heard – there is a new law..... might I suggest you start harping on either Cap & Trade or Immigration Reform now?

    August 17, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. sara

    I swear there is something in the drinking water.

    August 17, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. water bearer

    Wow. Is the universe somehow turning inside out??? Pat calling out Newt?? Amazing. Really awesome, but amazing none the less!

    August 17, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. ETM

    Obama will win big in 2012, especially if his opponent is someone like Palin or Gingrich. As for Gingrich, he is a contemptible human being.

    August 17, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. W.B

    If I was the Democrats I would campaign to let the Republican Tea Party defend Newt exetreme views.

    August 17, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. jackson

    Wow, when Buchanan says you have gone too far, stick a fork in you, you are done!

    August 17, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. NatTurner

    Being called "absurd" by Pat Buchanan is like being called ugly by a frog.

    August 17, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    And now, I've seen everything.

    August 17, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Dano

    Newt, Newt, Newt...you should know by now that NO ONE can out-stupid Mama Grizzly Palin. She's in a class of her own. It's been said that you're a very educated man – why not act like it for a change and don't compete with Caribou Barbie for the Neanderthal vote? Maybe you could try to elevate the discusstion rather than drive it to new lows?

    August 17, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Angie

    Hmmm...... Angle's recent comment about needing "2nd Amendment remedies" surely smacks of Nazi tactics too, doesn't it? This and Gingrich's analogy show the deeper mindset of the Republican neo-conservative movement–playing on and using fear to sway people. Totally un-American. Totally! Beware of the wolf in the Republican sheeps' clothing.

    August 17, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. LeftCoastMike

    The VAST, VAST, VAST majority of us could care less what that jello-brain from Alaska has to say, what old Newt babbles, and what the glibb Buchanan quips. Of the three, Buchanan is the most interesting, and actually can string together a coherent message, whether you agree with it or not. Palin is just a total, laughable moron barking from the extreme wilderness, and Newt blew his chance in 1996 when his cowardly creepo friends shut down the government, breached their so-called "Contract With America", and replaced with a Contract With Hedge Fund Owners, off-shore bankers, and fraudsters. I pity the poor tea party folks. They have no party, no message, no jobs, no money, and are being led down the primrose path by these "R" traitors just like the poor christian coalition folks were by "W". Yeah, they'll take your vote, then stab you in the back while they're hand is in your pocket. In the end, Obama wins again, BIG, because everyone already knows what the alternative is, and we saw it in action under "W".

    August 17, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. darla

    Buchanan has his moment I'll give him that if some Republican act like him once in a while Democrats will have some challenges.
    THE PROBLEM WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOT KNOWING WHAT WILL GET THEM BACK IN OFFICE.ITS NOT THEIR OPINION NOR IDEALS BUT ITS THERE ABILITY TO BE RATIONAL AND SACRIFICE THEIR AND THINK FOR THE GOOD OF THE MAJORITY.

    August 17, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Squiggs

    Maybe he's just an idiot!

    August 17, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. michelle

    I find the irony a bit hilarious that all this outrage explodes over a Muslim community center to be built in similar vicinity to Ground Zero as strip clubs and McDonalds ("hallowed ground" indeed) yet the same people keep the fight going in Iraq where our service people are dying doing what? Protecting Muslims! Freeing Muslims from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein! People have no idea what they get upset about sometimes.

    August 17, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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