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Nia-Malika Henderson, a national political reporter for The Washington Post and the anchor blogger for The Post’s "Election 2012" blog, previews tomorrow's primary in South Carolina.
One thing about the candidates - they are all pro-life. Today is the March for Life in Washington and we now have many laws around the country making people think about what abortion is before they choose it. The other day was the March for Life in San Francisco and they are starting a March for Life in St. Louis.
the newt gingrich montage at the beginning made me throw up a little in my mouth. Thanks brian.
I take that back. To be precise - everyone who is impeached/prosecuted is tried for allegedly doing something - that's what due process is for But to say that Clinton was impeached for supposedly committing perjury is redundant. He was impeached for perjury.
But to say he's a better lawyer for saying something idiotic is a matter of opinion.
Jack Jackson -
That doesn't change the fact that he was impeached for perjury and not for a sexual encouter with an intern. There is no such thing as being impeached for "supposed" anything. Unless you're addressing the due process concept of "innocent until proven guilty" generally in which case you need not include "supposedly" as thats a given and in fact Clinton was found not guilty - but I don't think that's what you're doing, I think you're trying to revise the facts. Fact is, he was impeached for perjury, and as Clifford Worley in True Romance said, "Tell me, if that's a fact, am I lying?" All I'm doing is keeping the record straight.
Now, questioning the motives behind the impeachment is a whole separate topic.
And it's not twitter, so there's no need to use @.
Clinton was impeached for supposed perjury because the lawyers deposing him didn't know how to frame a proper question...Clinton said, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the—if he—if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not—that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement". There was no perjury in his deposition. Sins of ommission are NOT perjury. And from this the GOP managed to impeach him for 'high crimes and misdemeanors'. Gimme a break...
Essentially, he was impeached because he was a better lawyer than the dolts arrayed against him and Monica was too foolish to get the dress dry cleaned.
Imagine, if a Democratic party that had a pair had started to impeach George Bush in 2006 for leading the charge into Iraq on a false claim of WMD despite having an offer from Saddam and his sons to go into exile and avoid the war altogether. Whose crime is greater?
Great commentary here, starting with the first. I'd just add that in the south the power Newt is getting from the ether is more south-anti-north than it is racist. Civil War memories are stronger for them than for us.
FACT CHECK: Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, not for having an affair. He was ultimately found not guilty of perjury, but was still disbarred by the Arkansas bar.
Its amusing how the public can be so distracted by the pre-election forplay. Its obvious that Romney is a honerable, moderate, rebublican who belives in god, is deeply a moral person who was governor of a democratic state, who knows how to mannage money and government and save failing orginazations. He is also wery rich as were many of our presidents. Yes he carries himself with dignity, I guess you can critize him for bering a gentleman. Sounds lik a man of good character: Sounds presidential to me.
Is Newt Gingrich kidding? As the guy who led the charge for Clinton's impeachment and as the guy making an issue" of marriage and who gets to sleep w and marry whom, He was completely out of line complaining about John' opening question last nite. But where was John bringing this up? He caved. And if u r going to ask such a question right out of the gate, you have to be prepared to defend it. Now, Newt is a misbegotten hero!Pat
Funny how Christian conservatives forgive Newt for his nontraditional sexual activity, but they never forgave Bill Clinton
Nia...Ron paul is not an isolasionist, he wants free trade with the world...putting sanctions on Iran is isolationism...please 'report" that correctly
I think it is a bit disingenuous of Newt Gingrich to complain about the focus on his exwife's story of his bad behavior when he led the government's attack on Bill CLinton during the Monica Lewinsky debacle. Talk about a waste of time and distraction from the work at hand! I do not support any man who disregards his vow to his wife... but it is worse to then be a hipocrit about it
what Ron Paul was doing was called debating for those of you keeping score...
Newt is what is needed to get Obama out. He has the intelligence and Chutzpah to stand up to the liberals.
Mitt Romney, another guy born on third base thinking he hit a triple.
hmmm...Clearly, Newt is pandering to the South Carolinean GOP need to put the 'n-word in his place'...It may win him the primary but Newt can never win the election.
The serial philanderer and hypocrite extraordinaire has no chance.
Those who oppose Santorum's pro-life, anti-abortion, pro-family and anti-gay marriage stance naturally want to dismiss him.
Newt is a great debater...but he is wrong...changes his position, wants war, and has no real cuts...Ron Paul 2012
Newt Gingrich's tantrum following John King's question about the former Speaker's former wife's charge that Gingrich asked her to welcome intern Callista into the marital bed (whew), reminded me of the shoplifter who tries to get away by screaming at the security guard. Not sure why moderators don't come back with a simple comment, "Mr Gingrich, you impeached a president of the United States over a similar accusation. I believe the question is justified."
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