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

Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. sharon

    Let thar bottom feeder spew his venom all over Fox and stop covering him. He says it to get attention so stop giving it to him. Can you not find anything else to cover on the news but this baffoon If the American voter elects this man or that woman President, the world as we know it will come to an end. The few corporations that do not own Washington, will join right in. The great depression will look like a picnic. Newt Gingrich is nothing more than a domestic terrorist and by the way He is not Speaker of the House why??????? How soon the public forgets.

    August 17, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Sniffit


    Aside from the obvious paradox of you quote-posting something that you want removed, you should realize this: the more angry, irrational and crazed we can get these biggoted, racist, xenophobic demogogues to act and speak, the more damage they do to their own cause. As disgusting (and embarassing for the rest of America) as what they say is, we should be encouraging them to say more of it so America can truly understand the putrid beliefs underlying and motivating the constant stream of screed issuing forth from the right wing tinfoil hat wearing teatard army.

    August 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. ann

    Newt is a NUT! It's a newtnut!

    August 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. diridi

    Both are the biggest idiots, and the nation...nonsense...

    August 17, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. JonDie

    As usual, Republicans play right into the hands of Al Qaeda recruiters, who can honestly and truthfull tell potential recuits that most Americans are illiterate bigots when it comes to Islam. In fact, Katie Couric calls the 9-11 bombers "Islamic terrorists", thus, pinning the 9-11 attacks on all Muslims, much like Christians until very recently blamed all Jews, dead as well as living, for the death of Jesus.

    August 17, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working America's shoes!

    MEMO TO: The Toad

    SUBJECT: The "Supreme Leader" of the Republikkkan party calling you absurd and stating your comment is over the top?

    That means you have peed in your Wheaties with 75% of the American electorate.

    August 17, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Irwin

    That's one (and probably the only) thing I've agreed with Pat on – not to be in the tank for Israel. He's one of the few poiliticians/reporters who's close to even-handed on the Palestinian-Israel issue, so he doesn't like the idea of Muslim-bashing. There's absolutely no strategic benefit to it, just scoring cheap political points.

    August 17, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As election time draws near, all the Retards are acting as if they had some sense.

    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! They're still Retards.

    August 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Dick

    Both Newt and Palin are great at telling other people how to live their lives, but don't want others telling them how to live theirs. "Do as I say, not as I do."

    August 17, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Timothy McVeigh was a registered Republican and Catholic.

    By Newt's logic, all Christian memorials (including crosses) to McVeigh's victims at the Oklahoma City bombing should be removed.

    August 17, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. oldsoldierboy

    Instead of amending the constitution we should amend the star spangled banner. The land of the free; home of the brave no longer applies to this country. We have become a nation of hatefilled cowards.

    August 17, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Playing the Nazi card – a true sign that someone is totally without ideas and has only fear,ignorance, division and hate to offer.

    This is what the GOP has devolved into; pretty darn pathetic!

    August 17, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. dadsnorz

    I believe many Americans, including myself, wouldn't have a problem with the Mosque on that site, were it not for the built in tolerance of the radical movement within Islam. They seem like a really nice family who move in next door with a pack of pitbulls in their back yard, neither trying to restrain the mad dogs, nor taking accountability for the damage they do.

    August 17, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    I thought Republicans were all about private property rights and the government leaving them alone?

    The proposed site for the mosque is privately owned and under the jurisdiction of New York City, whose mayor is a Republican. There's nothing illegal going on – and all President Obama has stated the Constitutional right of citizens to practice their religion freely.

    All the fuss by Newtsie, Palin and all the other Republican blowhards is nothing more than yet another attempt to rouse their masses with the same old intolerance, ignorance, division, fear and hate.

    When all you have are tried-and-failed policies, it's all you can offer, I guess ...

    August 17, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES August 17th, 2010 5:24 pm ET

    "Build the mosque, fill it with liberals, and then fly planes into it."

    Yep, I think I read that in the New Testament somewhere ... NOT!

    August 17, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. hobart

    Remember when Pat was as Conservative as it got? He hasn't changed; his Party has gone off the deep end, and will probably label him a rino and throw him under the bus, along with Colin Powell, etc.

    Newt, you used to be honest. Now you think America is so imperfect that it's OK to lie, bear false witness, violate the 9th Commandment on a regular basis.

    August 17, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. guest123

    I wonder how long it will take Newtie and friends to claim the Buchanan isn't a real conservative anyway.


    After all, all of the world's religions have zealots and nutjobs who use their 'faith' to hurt others – so only those who have no history of such should be allowed – in the promotion of peace.

    Nah, I am not foolish enough to think anything of the sort will ever happen.

    August 17, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    The next time some halfwit Republican says something outrageous for the sake of getting publicity, reporters should respond with a request for their detailed proposals on how to turn the economy around (no "tax cuts for the wealthy" allowed) and in general, actually address the issues they let fester for all the years they were in power.

    Also, ask them to explain again why anyone with half a brain would ever vote for the people who took our country down the toilet under GW Bush.

    August 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Flagship, NC

    I never thought I would say this, but Thank You Pat Buchanan. He is exactly right about Gingrich going too far.
    Newt Gingrich has become a cold-blooded opportunist.

    August 17, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    When Pat Buchanan says Newt G. went to far, he REALLY went to far.

    August 17, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Peter

    So according to Newt's logic a Buddhist temple would be banned near Pearl Harbor and a Lutheran church banned near the Holocaust Museum assuming that the Japanese are Buddhist and Nazis are Lutheran. What idiots fill the Party of No....

    August 17, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. GOP Scorched-Earth Politics

    It's STILL all about fear-mongering and exploiting 9/11 for the GOP. No need to sugarcoat it. So why not change the Consitution for that too and say that only Muslims are not allowed to practice freedom of religion and they can not do so within 3 MILE

    August 17, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. andy

    Just the name Newt is disgusting...

    August 17, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. wayne

    Pat's still alive?!?!?

    August 17, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. jag

    I thought the Republicans scraped the bottom of the barrel with their candidates in the last presidential election, but it looks like they intend to go even lower in 2012.

    August 17, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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