Newt, Novak, and the AmSpecfasts

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jul 26, 2007 1:40 PM

Newt Gingrich is now saying (via Rick Tyler) that he did not refer to Republican presidential candidates as "pygmies," yesterday ... that instead, reporter Bill Sammon just didn't understand Gingrich's historical reference about de Gaulle and the Fourth Republic (or intentionally got it wrong).

... But isn't that also part of Newt's problem ... that he uses historical references that confuse even political "insiders"? The prospect of him using those big words and references in a presidential race sort of reminds me of Dennis Miller's Monday Night Football analogies.

By the way, this remark happened at the American Spectator Breakfast on Monday (held at American's for Tax Reform).

Today's AmSpecfast featured Bob Novak, who reportedly said that Republicans are "mean-spirited." I wonder if his press secretary will attack me for reporting that?

Update - 3:33 PM: Philip Klein vouches for Rick Tyler’s statement regarding Newt’s “pygmies” comment.