Newt Gingrich: Sarah Palin Needs To Think Before She Speaks

Some words of advice for Sarah Palin from the former Speaker of the House:

Former speaker of the House and potential 2012 presidential contender had some words of advice for Sarah Palin on “GMA” this morning.

“I think that she has got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she’s saying and how she’s saying it,” Newt Gingrich told me.

A new USAToday/ Gallup poll puts Palin’s favorable rating at 38 percent following her reaction to the shooting in Tucson, her lowest since she was announced as Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

“There is no question that she has become more controversial, but she is still a phenomenon. I don’t know anybody else in American politics who can put something on Twitter or put something on Facebook and automatically have it become a national story,” Gingrich said about his possible 2012 rival. “So she remains, I think, a formidable person in her own right.”


Sarah, when Newt Gingrich of all people is saying that you need to think about what you’re saying, perhaps you’ve been speaking too much.

Here’s the full interview with Gingrich, in which he also praises President Obama’s response to the shootings:

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Smooth Jazz says:

    “Sarah, when Newt Gingrich of all people is saying that you need to think about what you’re saying, perhaps you’ve been speaking too much.”

    Hey Dude, I have news for you: Newt Gingrinch is thinking about running for President in 2012, meaning he would be a rival in 2012 IF she decides to run. You do know it is in his interest to make her look bad or make negative comments about her, don’t you??? Or are you going to play dumb. What is this now, your 10th Palin post today and 100th within the past week?? Keep going and you’ll soon get your invite for that normal guest slot on MSDNC.

    I bet you are not even capable of grasping that the people you are posting that are critical of Gov Palin have a vested interest in doing so. Btw, Here is another opinion on Gov Palin by a Liberal part of the left wing echo chamber that you are a part of. I doubt we would see a post what Mr Koch had to say at OTP:

    All together now, let’s sing: K-U-M-B-A-Y-A Oh Bama, You are so grand!

  2. John Burgess says:

    Oh! I didn’t realize Amazon was having a sale on pots and kettles!

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Doug do you have any pictures of Palin? You know, the kind weird people like you keep in a locked drawer? It is obvious to anyone who visits here you have an obsession with her. Some of us were thinking of starting a 12 step group for people like you and we intended to call it PA however IA is a better name Idiots Anonymous. Step one, you are powerless over your reaction to anything Sarah Palin said, does or may do. Step two, recognizing no power anywhere can restore you to sanity.

  4. john says:

    Doug, are you planning on writing an article about this:

    Koch defends Palin.

    Or just articles where people criticize her?

  5. anjin-san says:

    Hope Newt is not holding his breath…