Newt Compares Pearl Harbor Attack (Which Killed 2,402 Americans) to His Inability to Fill Out Forms in Virginia

Newt Compares Pearl Harbor Attack (Which Killed 2,402 Americans) to His Inability to Fill Out Forms in Virginia December 25, 2011

Michael Krull, the National Campaign Director of Newt Gingrich’s campaign responded to news that his candidate failed to collect 10,000 signatures in Virginia with this:

Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days – but in the end we will stand victorious.

I want to say something here that’s clever and acrid, but I feel like this comparison is such an insult to our nation (and our nation’s veterans) that even beginning to articulate the reasons pushes the knife in further.

Last Sunday morning at church in my hometown, I took my thirteen year old daughter to say hello to the only WW2 veteran we know.  We always shake his hand, and he tells us that his mind is still sharp but his body is betraying him a little bit more every day.

I  hope he doesn’t read the newspapers.


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  • Jason King

    An analogy is simply that, and this was a good one, though, perhaps, a bit premature. Understand, cast your mind back in history, to realise that Pearl Harbor was not the only event of December, 1941. Wake Island and Bataan, indeed, the entire Phillipines, was sorely beset at that time, and America was on the ropes all across the board, and for several months thereafter. BUT, we did not give up, we gathered our resources, and we struck back, and eventually won. THIS is the analogy Gingrich was making. Premature and doubtful? Maybe. Disrespectful to WW II veterans? No more so than calling Iraq and Afghanistan “quagmires”, the favorite word of the media for ANY war we get involved in was to Viet Nam veterans, where the term got popularised.

  • Terry

    I wanted to gag, literally, when I read Michael’s statement. The only thing lacking was sappy, super-hero music blaring in the background while crowds gathered to cheer Newt on to victory–not the victory of winning, but the victory of finishing the, (dare I say it?) … PAPERWORK … he should already have taken care of. (Excuse me a moment while I daub at the single, lone tear that is coursing its way down my right cheek.) He is truly (choking up here) a shining example for all procrastinators everywhere.

    One wonders if Newt will use this incident later on as an example of his ability to overcome extreme obstacles that may be placed in his path as president.

    (Note to Nancy: was that acrid enough for you?)


  • Brandon from NJ

    Ouch, if this is Newt getting short on his fuse, that’s not so good for his campaign right now.

  • Rex


    I’m with you. Newt’s reference to Pearl Harbor is contemptible.

    With his fertile brain, he should be able to find an accurate analogy where an ambitious person doesn’t do heavy lifting and shoots himself in the foot, and has no one to blame but himself.

    At Pearl Harbor, Americans were attacked by another nation. Virginia is not another nation. They didn’t attack anyone. There was nothing sneaky about Virginia’s well published registration requirements. This whining is not becoming of one of the leaders of the Republic party.

    Now if Virginia had offered Newt $1.6 million to meet its registration requirements, I’m sure he would have found time to get it done.

  • Edward

    Newt is completely out of touch with the american people. His analogy is misguided and insulting. To compare the actions of his incompetent staff to the horrible sneak attack on Pearl is incomprehensible. If the president had made the same anaolgy Fox News would rip him to shreds and they would probably throw in an insult about the first ladys anatomy for good measure. As for Nam being a quagmire, it was. We were bogged down there. Anyone who was “in country” at the time will tell you the same thing. Shame on you for sticking up for Newt.