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Newt Is the Problem
National Review ^ | December 12, 2011 | Avril Roy

Posted on 12/12/2011 6:28:46 PM PST by Steelfish

DECEMBER 12, 2011 Newt Is the Problem On health-care entitlements, Newt has moved left.

Newt Gingrich’s rise to the top of the GOP polls is fueled, in part, by Republicans’ mistrust of Mitt Romney. Romney’s signature Massachusetts health-care law, the model for Obamacare, leads many to wonder whether Romney can challenge the president on this most important domestic issue.

But any conservative who opposes Romney because of Romneycare should oppose Gingrich with thrice the intensity: Newt Gingrich is one of the principal abettors of the exploding health-care entitlement state we face today. Indeed, it’s not clear what would be worse for the cause of entitlement reform: Newt’s losing to Obama or Newt’s beating him.

“I wouldn’t switch my positions for political reasons,” Gingrich recently told a South Carolina radio station, in an apparent attempt to draw a contrast between himself and Romney. And perhaps Newt is right. He doesn’t change positions out of a considered desire to attune himself to public sentiment. Apparently he changes positions based on what he had for breakfast that morning.

“On Monday, we would say we’re not going to give a $500 child tax credit to people who don’t have tax liabilities,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) to National Review’s Brian Bolduc. “On Wednesday, he’d meet with President Clinton, and that position would change.” Newt has displayed egregious unreliability on the issues with the highest stakes.

As Bolduc recounts from the memoir of former speaker Denny Hastert (R., Ill.), “In May 1997 . . . Newt declared the GOP willing to separate tax cuts from other items in a balanced-budget deal that we were negotiating with Bill Clinton. That was news to us and represented a huge change in policy in less than twenty-four hours.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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Called Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity, the boldest set of entitlement reforms as "right-wing social engineering"!!!!!
1 posted on 12/12/2011 6:28:49 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Bachmann 2012!!!!! Santorum as VP.


2 posted on 12/12/2011 6:30:06 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: Steelfish

at least Newt is supporting legalizing illegals (who apparently are law-abiding citizens). That sure is bold.


3 posted on 12/12/2011 6:31:11 PM PST by heiss (heartless and inhumane (radical rightwinger))
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To: Steelfish
Newt Is the Problem ... for Mitt. [and that's a good thing!]
4 posted on 12/12/2011 6:31:20 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Not if Newt is unelectable.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 6:34:25 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Can’t we just re-elect Obama, just so we can get along?

sarc


6 posted on 12/12/2011 6:34:34 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, then he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: Steelfish

When NR-types endorse the enabler of Romney-care, I find ALL of these types of arguments disingenuous. Come out for Perry or Bachmann. But if we must have a big government guy, I’ll take Newt over Romney, if that’s all that’s on the menu.

Newt never attendd a NARAL fund-raiser, not even in his Rockefeller Republican days.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 6:34:50 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: Steelfish

Yes, he is the problem for the FRantic Newt-Bashers here, who refuse identify their favorite candidate (Paul?)

(Already posted.)


8 posted on 12/12/2011 6:35:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Steelfish
I think people are missing one vital point. Romney comes across as smarmy and patronizing. It's almost as though he doesn't relate well to humans and feels the need to put on a theater act when in public.

It doesn't seem to hurt him in urban settings but it sets off alarm bells in flyover country.

9 posted on 12/12/2011 6:37:36 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Steelfish
Not if Newt is unelectable.

Why does the MAJORITY of movement Republicans always whave to kowtow to the Establishment crowd?

NO. ROMNEYS. EVER.

If Romney gets the nomination, the Republican Party will be in shambles as a majority will be UTTERLY unrepresented.

If the Establishment was so afraid of Gingrich, they should not have helped tear down Cain and Bachmann and Perry.

NO Nelson Rockefellers. No Gerald Fords. No Bob Doles. No John McCains.

No more Establishment losers.
10 posted on 12/12/2011 6:39:06 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: Steelfish

Of course he is electable. That’s a primary reason he’s the frontrunner.


11 posted on 12/12/2011 6:39:15 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Revolting cat!

You nailed it.
All these concerned stealth Paul butters are
Playing the Non stop trashing again .
Ron Paul the Jew hating 9-11 truther -Blame America for 9-11 vile crazy.


12 posted on 12/12/2011 6:42:09 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: heiss

Yes a different name for amnesty but still the same act. Newt supports amnesty but you are free to make up any flowery name you wish.


13 posted on 12/12/2011 6:43:07 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: Steelfish

Gingrich is no more unelectable than Romney. There, simply, is no right or wrong position regarding anyone’s choice of candidate. I know that there are legions of partisans desirous of influencing our choiices in this regard but it’s all Bullshit! Of relevance is the piss-poor performance of that bumbling marxist in the Whitehouse vis a vis our liberty and and our economic well-being. Any of the Republicans contesting for the Presidency could beat an abject failure, the likes of which we have never seen! Let’s get freakin’ real!


14 posted on 12/12/2011 6:44:20 PM PST by old school
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To: Steelfish

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2819500/posts


15 posted on 12/12/2011 6:46:33 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Am wondering if Soros has ownership of National Review all of a sudden.


16 posted on 12/12/2011 6:51:02 PM PST by oldtimer (uee)
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To: oldtimer

Nah. They do have an inordinate number of writers in the tank for Mitty though.


17 posted on 12/12/2011 6:52:59 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: ncalburt

I’m not a Newt fan and am sorry it’s come down to him or Romney, but I’ll get behind Newt anyday over Romney... Just don’t ask me to be happy about it. BTW, I’m not a Ron Paul supporter.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 6:53:17 PM PST by umgud
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To: Servant of the Cross
Newt Is the Problem ... for Mitt. [and that's a good thing!]

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God." The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."-- Noah Webster

19 posted on 12/12/2011 7:00:14 PM PST by loboinok (the Truth will set you free... but one must first KNOW the Truth)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Agree- but Newt is establishment too. Read the full article.


20 posted on 12/12/2011 7:02:35 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Servant of the Cross

So was McCain and Dole


21 posted on 12/12/2011 7:04:08 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
I would sure feel better about Newt than I did about McCain.

That crap sandwich was only able to be washed down by Palin.

I wish people liked the true conservative Bachmann.

22 posted on 12/12/2011 7:04:55 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: old school
I feel your frustration. We're not a bunch of pathetic victims of RINOs, establishment Republicans, 1 per-centers or whatever other class envy phrase we want to use to mask our own demons. Some want to die on their swords. Let them. “No ba$tard ever won a war by dying for his country.” Vote for the candidate you think has the best chance of making that other ba$tard lose the only election that matters. I've voted in every presidential election since 1976. Next year, I'll be voting for the GOP candidate.
23 posted on 12/12/2011 7:05:35 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Steelfish
“On Monday, we would say we’re not going to give a $500 child tax credit to people who don’t have tax liabilities,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) to National Review’s Brian Bolduc. “On Wednesday, he’d meet with President Clinton, and that position would change.” Newt has displayed egregious unreliability on the issues with the highest stakes.

Grahamnesty criticizing Newt for being unreliable?

24 posted on 12/12/2011 7:06:45 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: loboinok; Steelfish
Unhinged Chris Matthews Shrieks:'Deadly,' Satanic Newt Gingrich Is a 'Political Killer'

Funny, I don't remember him saying this about McCain or Dole.

25 posted on 12/12/2011 7:08:27 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Steelfish
NRO is a paid pimping service -- like Politico.
Why in the world would they PUSH a failed governor who was dog abuser?

"But the details of the event are more than unseemly - they may, in fact, be illegal. Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon. "An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying "it's definitely something I'd want to check out." The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it's against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and "if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal."


"Dog on Roof? What Was It Like for Romney's Pooch? - Scientists Say Dog Likely Experienced Wind-Whipped, Uncomfortable Trip - "Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. e'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog,".. Jordan Kaplan, the owner of Petaholics, a dog walking service in New York City,
and a lifelong dog owner and dog lover, said Romney's actions were uncalled for"


"Romney's dog - This is a distinction Mitt Romney probably could do without, but he is surely the first presidential candidate to be attacked for putting a dog with diarrhea in a carrier and tying it to the top of a station wagon. Romney's defense: Seamus liked it. [like the citizens under Romney's RomneyCARE, etc.?] "


"As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours. As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway."

"Story about dog on car roof comes back to bite Romney - 200 comments from readers complaining of animal cruelty"

Romney's bad behavior Exposed by Seamus

"Romney Loses Nomination Over Dog Abuse? - Romney was traveling that summer with his wife, five sons, and Seamus to his parent's cottage on Lake Huron. But hours into the ride, Seamus apparently suffered diarrhea, which ran down the back window of the car. .David Kravitz wrote on BlueMassGroup, a liberal blog. "It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause."

26 posted on 12/12/2011 7:08:35 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: heiss

Barf is spelled BARF, not bold.


27 posted on 12/12/2011 7:10:59 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Steelfish

NOOT is just a symptom of why the GOP is called the Stupid Party.


28 posted on 12/12/2011 7:11:51 PM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: Dr. Sivana

>> “If the Establishment was so afraid of Gingrich...” <<

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They’re not. - They love his socialist surrendering ass; they just love Mutt more.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 7:15:35 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Steelfish

President Newt Gingrich....... get used to the idea, it’s going to happen.


30 posted on 12/12/2011 7:16:26 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Servant of the Cross

Noot is the Mediots’ frontrunner, not the voter’s.
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31 posted on 12/12/2011 7:17:20 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: napscoordinator

[ Bachmann 2012!!!!! Santorum as VP. ]

I agreed but America don’t want a conservative President..
America wants some form of socialism.. YES.. even republicans..

America doesn’t even know democracy is Mob Rule by mobsters..
“Democracy” has become a “holy word”.. try telling someone democracy is idiocy..
Most americans are socialists..


32 posted on 12/12/2011 7:18:48 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: ncalburt; Revolting cat!

Holding another clown posse convention?

Noot is unacceptable to conservatives; only you clown posse sycophants can stand him.


33 posted on 12/12/2011 7:20:36 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

He will loose by a landslide. There will not be more than 3 debates and they will not allow gingrich to dominate. They will make sure to show a white old man against obama. Social conservatives will not turn out for gingrich. Atleast for romney, few moderates will show up. Bottom line, I have to really think hard to spend lot of time canvassing my precincts. If newt is the candidate, Republicans will loose North Carolina. I can guarantee you !


34 posted on 12/12/2011 7:22:01 PM PST by Ranjit
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To: Steelfish

Lindsay Graham doesn’t like Newt, well hells bells thats all it takes...............


35 posted on 12/12/2011 7:22:44 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Manic_Episode

Noot is McCain times 3.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 7:24:52 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Ranjit
Loose lips sink ships.
37 posted on 12/12/2011 7:25:03 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Gator113

Obama could beat Noot like a drum.


38 posted on 12/12/2011 7:28:46 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Gator113

Obama could beat Noot like a drum.


39 posted on 12/12/2011 7:29:37 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Steelfish
I could never vote for Mitt Romney and neither can many others, if he is the candidate Obama gets 4 more years. Newt is a long shot but at least a shot.
40 posted on 12/12/2011 7:33:17 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Steelfish

Establishment Republicans for $200, Alex.


41 posted on 12/12/2011 7:33:36 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: editor-surveyor
I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.
42 posted on 12/12/2011 7:34:02 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

I certainly hope you are not using Chris Matthews as a standard of measure!


43 posted on 12/12/2011 7:36:26 PM PST by loboinok (the Truth will set you free... but one must first KNOW the Truth)
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To: loboinok

We both know that Noah Webster is rolling in his grave right now.


44 posted on 12/12/2011 7:39:15 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: org.whodat
Can you spot the pro-ILLEGAL alien RINO?


45 posted on 12/12/2011 7:40:25 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Noot isn’t a one eyed fatman; he’s a one trick socialist surrender pony.


46 posted on 12/12/2011 7:44:29 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Steelfish

What makes Newt unelectable. He is better at articulating the opposing vision of Obama (ie the majority views on almost every issue) than anyone else in the field. He also has a tremendous experience building a national majority. Yes, we know he has warts, but he has a lot of positives, too. If he can withstand the scrutiny through IA, NH, SC, and FL and takes the lead without any major problems, he will have demonstrated pretty good capability for the general election.


47 posted on 12/12/2011 7:45:37 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: editor-surveyor

Your boy Ron Romney will never get it!


48 posted on 12/12/2011 7:47:38 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: dog breath

Noot’s a shot up the poop port.


49 posted on 12/12/2011 7:47:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Revolting cat!

You keep getting Noot’s first name wrong.

It’s a good thing you don’t get hay fever, the way you’re always hugging a strawman.


50 posted on 12/12/2011 7:50:09 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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