Ron Paul’s Devastating Attack On Newt Gingrich

Ron Paul isn’t going to be the Republican nominee for President, but he’s been running a far more polished, professional campaign than he did in 2008, and he’s been far less reticent to go after his opponents.

Take a look, for example, at this web ad that just came out today:

Ouch, just ouch.

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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. Aaron says:

    What is the point of inserting your opinion before doing the reporting? Ron Paul’s chances of winning have nothing to do with what you are posting. I’m not here for your election predictions, try and hide your biases a little better.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    It’s his blog. Of course he writes his opinion. This isn’t the AP.

  3. John Peabody says:

    Huzzah, Michael! From your lips to (many) ears.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    One of the most delicious things about this ad is that much of it could equally apply to Mitt Romney…still, I’m sure Democrats would LOVE for Gingrich to be the GOP nominee…

  5. Anonne says:

    I’m expecting to come out next!

  6. Hey Norm says:

    @ Interested…
    Actually the most delicious part is that the same party that used a lie to help defeat John Kerry will now lose the best shot they’ll ever have at the WH because they are going to run someone who is actually guilty of that lie. You really can’t make up how ironical it is.

  7. Kylopod says:

    Maybe Rick Perry can zing him at the next debate:

    “I think Americans just don’t know sometimes which Newt Gingrich they’re dealing with. Is it the Newt Gingrich that was on the side of against the Ryan plan before he was for the Ryan plan? Was it – was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for standing up for the Libya war before he was against the Libya war? He was for the individual mandate, he’s for Obamacare, and now he’s against it. I mean, we’ll wait until tomorrow and — and — and see which Newt Gingrich we’re really talking to tonight.”

  8. de stijl says:

    @Hey Norm:

    I didn’t realize that Newt faked an injury while lying about being in Cambodia on Christmas Eve. Not even a real injury – basically, it was a scratch.

    Oh, you were going for the flip-flop thing.

    Kidding aside, I have never been more disgusted with my fellow Americans than the 2004 Republican Convention. The obvious glee that people displayed while sporting purple band-aids was just – ahh, not going there.

  9. Fiona says:

    Great ad! Newt is one of the most vile politicians ever to grace a podium. If I didn’t fear the possibilities of what might happen if he actually won the presidency, I’d be pulling for him to get the Republican nomination.

  10. Ouch, indeed.

    Also: a well constructed ad.

  11. john personna says:

    That Gingrich has become the “not Romeny” is high comedy.

  12. channelboss says:

    Ron Paul is the only candidate worthy of my trust and though I may not agree with everything he says you know he’s going to keep his word. Can that be said about any of the other candidates? And if you love freedom and believe that freedom is the inherent right of all human beings then I can’t imagine supporting any other! The Constitution used to be the law of the land but the people we elect to uphold and defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic (for the most part) don’t share that belief. Witness their support for the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act. They way they can will nilly sacrifice our rights and violate their own oath of office is astounding. Ron Paul would restore liberty and it’s really hard for me to imagine why Newt, Romney or any of the rest of the bunch get a single vote!

  13. Barb Hartwell says:

    Thank You Ron Paul for using your money for helping the American people. I hope you all start attacking each-other It makes politics fun to watch.

  14. Barb Hartwell says:

    Why are these ads not on non cable channels I feel Americans are being cheated yet again since all debates and information are not getting to all of them. We could do without some stupid rerun sitcom to inform the public for free. Many of my older relatives cannot afford cable and do not use computers. There is so little on national news now its pathetic. We know more about stars lives than anything important and it not what the people want, it`s what the scum wants us to know.