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Video: Pat Buchanan Calls Newt Gingrich 'a Political Opportunist'

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Fresh off his vacation, MSNBC's Pat Buchanan came out swinging Tuesday on "Morning Joe," calling former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a "political opportunist" for his comments about the proposed mosque in New York City.

On Monday, Gingrich compared the building of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero to Nazis putting up "a sign next to the Holocaust Museum" or "the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor."

Buchanan argued that Gingrich's controversial comments were meant to position him to the right of his potential GOP primary opponent, Sarah Palin, on the issue.

According to Buchanan,
Newt is a political opportunist. What Newt is doing is he's trying to get out and be more flamboyant and more charismatic, if you will, and more controversial than Sarah Palin, who is his primary challenger, if he gets into Iowa and New Hampshire.

She will take all his oxygen and a lot of his support. If she doesn't run, he wants to move into that opening, Joe, in my judgment, in the Republican primaries, and how do you get more attention than Sarah Palin, who's very good at this, is to go two steps further. I mean, I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics, because there is no valid comparison there. And secondly, you know, you bring that in, and that's all we start talking about. So I think Newt went too far with that comment. but I know why he's doing it.

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Republicans are increasingly fighting among themselves, which is a small sign of---dare I say it---wholesome progress. Maybe they'll begin looking at themselves---really looking at their direction or lack thereof, and above all, confront some of the mouthy hot-mike people who are destroying them as a viable party. Yes, I believe the right-wing phrase is, "Take back our party".

August 17 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Ah, now we watch the Republican infighting ... oh what fun !!!! .... better than WWE Raw or NASCAR ....

August 17 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

LMAO... Pat Buchanan calling Newt an opportunists... How utterly hilarious!!! Pot, kettle, Pat..

August 17 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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