Skip to comments.Pat Buchanan: Reagan White House saw Newt as ‘something of a political opportunist’
Posted on 01/28/2012 4:58:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Over the last week, several people that worked in the Reagan administration have come forward and countered former House Speaker Newt Gingrichs claim that he is a Reagan Republican. These people say Gingrich wasnt on board with a lot of what President Ronald Reagan tried to accomplish during his two terms.
And although that claim has been disputed by other Reagan administration officials, former Reagan communications director Pat Buchanan told The McLaughlin Group this weekend that Gingrich wasnt seen favorably by those in the administration.
[I]n the Reagan White House, Newt Gingrich was considered quite frankly by a lot of folks to be something of a political opportunist and who was not trusted and who had played no role whatsoever, Buchanan said. He was a Rockefeller Republican in the great Goldwater-Rockefeller battle, where conservatism came of age.
Later Buchanan reiterated his criticisms of Gingrich, recalling his opposition to Reagans 1986 veto of a South African anti-Apartheid sanctions bill and about how Gingrich used it to score points against Reagan.
I dont think he has a core, Buchanan said. I dont think he has a fundamental, ideological and political core. I think, look he moved, he was a Rockefeller Republican, he comes up I remember meeting him in 78 when he came to town, you know he is knocking Reagan.
Reagan believed that sanctions on South Africa would cripple the economy that the Africans would inherit. So it was a tough decision. Reagan vetoed it. And he scored points off us by you know voting for the sanctions and doing that. I dont think he has an ideological core. I think he moves from one issue to another to another.
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Who isn't in DC?
I wondered how long before this f***nut came out of the woodwork to slam Newt.
Go Newt! Seize this opportunity!
Pat’s sister, Bay, is a big Romney supporter and a convert to Mormonism. They’re both nuts.
It did not pleasure me to post it,, bandwidth for some is exceedingly cheap as is the shots they take..
The McLaughland Group .. They must be senile by now..
25 years ago is a lifetime in politics.
Reagan was a democrat 25 years prior to him becoming president.
I wanna be first:
“I never trusted Pat Buchanan ....he always seemed like a RINO to me.
Another pissant heard from...
The Devil can quote scripture.
From this you KNOW the system really is scared of Newt.
Now they’re allllll Reagan experts, yup.
Well if it isn’t GAS BAG PAT!
GAS BAG, GAS BAG, GAS BAG PAT!
Gingrich has no core? Well, when it comes to the media, Newt does show some core values. He excoriates them at every opportunity.
And that may have been the reason for the really great showing Newt had in South Carolina. You notice that Newt had not had a similar opening in either of the Florida debates, and it puts him a little behind.
Still, in Florida, there was a sizable vote already cast BEFORE the debates that were held here. So the tally may be closer than anybody thinks.
Newt versus the media is his best showing yet.
Newt probably sees November as his big “opportunity” to pull America’s chestnuts out of the fire by getting rid of Barry for us. He’s right.
AMEN to that!
Go Newt Go!
Never thought of Pat Buchanan as a conservative; more of a populist who never met a Nazi he didn't like.
Pat should know about the “Establishment GOP” turning on rebels. Back in 1996, when he won the Louisiana Caucus and The New Hampshire Primary and for a short while threatened Bob Dole’s inevitable nomination, the GOP Powers-That-Be trained all their firepower on Pat until he folded.
I know whereof I speak. I was part of the campaign team in Louisiana.
“The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive. I know that Ronnie believes they will succeed, and the American people support their efforts.
(Nancy Reagan, Speaking at the 1995 Goldwater Institute Dinner)
Et tu, Buchay?
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