Skip to comments.Newt and the Governing Class
Posted on 12/08/2011 12:14:45 PM PST by TBBT
I just returned from the belly of the beast, Washington, D.C. There is not a more parochial or insular city in the country. While there, I had a conversation with two members of what can be described only as the Republican establishment, one in the print media and the other a K Street lobbyist. In short order, the conversation turned to Newt Gingrich and his surge to the top of the ladder.
There is no one more reviled in Washington than Newt. If anyone believes he is part of the establishment, he or she is mistaken. In fact, it would not be a terribly great stretch to say some in the Republican wing of the governing class would prefer to see Obama re-elected than Newt in the Oval Office. However, the vast majority of this class are now in a panic as the preordained choice, Mitt Romney, is truly threatened by the rabble in flyover country constantly looking for anyone but Romney. These people have settled, so it seems, on Gingrich. The increasing volume of commentary of the Beltway insiders and attendant vitriol toward Newt has become a near-hysterical tidal wave rehashing and embellishing Newt's supposed failings and personal "baggage."
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The dem and press dirty tactics which were so successful for years don’t work anymore. Not since the rest of America has been exposed to Obama, Pelosi, dem house and senate and the Tea Party. The lies are ridiculed now. If Newt did something illegal during the recent past which can be proven, ok. Nothing short of that will cause us to throw him over, certainly not media and enemies rehashing the past which was mostly their lies.
Please understand I included Tea Party with the scum because American was exposed to people rising up and speaking truth to the lies and dirty tricks.
I accept it as a reality. However, there will be many of Newt’s new best friends who abandon him as quicly as they ran to him.
I agree with you that the most important thing, after getting Obama defeated, is to enlarge the number of conservatives in Congress.
However, there again, I won’t be shocked if they are either co-opted by Newt’s “intellectual conservatism” or at constant loggerheads with him while we lose precious time.
And, btw, I don’t conclude that “reaching out to Dems” is a benign political phrase with Newt. I don’t care so much about what he says as about what he does — and he has done some hummdingers.
I don’t trust him at all, which is why I say consider at least kicking up a little fuss before going all in with the guy.
I have no question that he has the stomach to do whatever it is he determines to do.
I think the question is: does he have the gut instinct to determine what it is that conservatism demands him to do?
Bush, for example, went against elite opinion by trying every which way to reign in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including in 2005 introducing legislation to strengthen regulation. This would have gone a long way toward helping to minimize the housing crash.
The Dems fought Bush's effort tooth and nail -- and so did Newt Gingrich, the man who took millions of taxpayer dollars in consulting fees from Freddie Mac.
I find that inexplicable and politically unforgivable.
It doesn't matter how much courage a person has if he isn't being courageous about doing the right (conservative) things.
Oh, and I disagree with you here. She has given some of the most authentically inspirational speeches in recent political history. And that's my definition of "finely crafted"!
Give me a break...spend some time in the Library of Congress Thomas Database and learn about the bills Gingrich co-sponsored with Pelosi.
He did 10X’s as much for the liberals and progressives then HE EVER did for conservatives.
Its 1775 again glad to see you would have picked the Tories to work with instead of standing with the real Patriots that made America happen!
Newt has been compared with Churchill, and Churchill was never a Tory. During the campaign of 1945, Churchill was curiouslly uneffective, His heart was not in it, because thought he despised socialism, he was in favor of the welfare state.
Believe whatever you want. As I said before.
Trust me.. he is far from my first choice. It’s getting pretty sad when we are constantly forced to support the least worse of all evils.
Is this the best we can do?
If there’s ever a year where something unexpected could happen, this would be it.
That said, it sure seems like the Newt phenom took the wind out of the sails of the Tea Party movement, at least in terms of how it was shaping the debate and the voter intensity.
I have said from the beginning that any candidate who is not completely focused on massive tax reform (and the follow-on spending cuts/entitlement reform) is simply not addressing our country’s survival.
Yes, Newt has a plan out there, but no one is talking about it — it hasn’t captured anyone’s imagination — and, to be honest, I get the sense it’s viewed as the same-old, same-old. Sort of like the “plan” to cut spending by “rooting out fraud, waste and abuse” — blah blah blah.