Skip to comments.GOP angst: Gingrich's rise could be their downfall (CNN hit piece with contribution from John King)
Posted on 01/24/2012 2:13:03 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Washington (CNN) -- Newt Gingrich might have led Republicans to their first House majority in 40 years in the 1990s, but the prospect of the former House Speaker becoming their presidential nominee is producing significant GOP angst.
"If he's the nominee, it's a disaster. There is no way to sugar-coat it," said one GOP congressional strategist describing the tension after Gingrich won South Carolina.
"There is a reason most people who know him best aren't supporting him," said a former House colleague still serving in Congress.
Asked why he had endorsed opponent Mitt Romney if he had served with Gingrich for so long, a House Republican replied with a smile, "Because I served with Gingrich for so long."
Those GOP congressional sources and many others spoke on condition of anonymity because they believe Gingrich, who is running against the "Republican establishment," will only turn the criticism into his advantage.
"The less they talk to the better," said one of the GOP sources concerned about Gingrich, "it only feeds into his narrative that the establishment is out to get him."
Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond scoffed at the criticism, noting that the candidate himself said during CNN's debate last week what he regrets most in this campaign is wasting time attacking anyone besides President Barack Obama.
Veteran Republican leadership aide Ron Bonjean said on the record what most of his colleagues would only tell CNN privately.
"Most people on Capitol Hill and in Washington are very nervous about a Gingrich candidacy," he said. "It sends a shiver down a lot of Republican spines."
"You can actually feel the nervousness from Republicans around town that Gingrich could actually bring the craziness back of his speakership from the 1990s. It's everywhere."
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Guess CNN must listen to Rush. This is exactly what Rush said the other day - but he was thrilled about it.
“”You can actually feel the nervousness from Republicans around town that Gingrich could actually bring the craziness back of his speakership from the 1990s. It’s everywhere.”
Yeah.. That ‘crazy’ Newt.
Those ‘crazy’ ideas he had like..
balancing the budget and creating a surplus
Cut taxes and giving money back to the people.
Holding Republicans accountable..
Yeah.. ‘crazy’ things like that.
Can’t have that... no sir..
It’s amazing how state-controlled media can campaign for people they like and against people they don’t, but it’s the campaign contributions of actual citizens that are suspect.
Oh how Reaganesque. : D
It's about damn time they start feeling the pressure from their ways!
I feel sorry for King, being married to Skeletor.
I had no idea the GOP congress even had a strategy let alone anyone who would own up to being responsible for a strategy.
I been blaming that Bozo Boner and one of those so-called Republican leaders names Mitch something, I get those Mitch guys confused.
Yeah, I saw that too ... then again, all these “people” could be just made-up fictions, invented by CNN to smear the one candidate that Team Obama can’t intimidate.
That Contract with America thing was just nuts. We just got our trotters in the trough, after waiting half a century for "our turn" and the Newter started up that nonsense. Boy did we show him.
The MSM and political left, in all forms (as well as RINOS, Establishment Republicans, and Elitist Republicans) will get nastier and nastier against Newt, and the total left will, profoundly, attack the final ‘12 GOP POTUS candidate, no matter who this is. What’s new about this?
LOL. No kidding Dick Tracy. See my post #18.
This just proves what I keep saying: the b@stards who think of themselves as elite would rather lose the election than lose their power. OMG, Allow the unwashed, ignorant voters to decide for themselves who should be president?
If we don't elect Newt and cleanse the GOP of these establishment Liberals, then we need to stop voting Republican.
Why quote all these anonymous sources, when there are plenty of people who will publicly state the same thing? If someone was saying something bad about Obama, you’d know their name, their employer’s name, their spouse’s name, their medical history, 3 rebuttals from Democrat operatives and speculation as to whether or not the person might be a racist.
He said, as he continued to figure out ways to "get him."
I can tell John King contributed. I can see tear drops.
First we get Newt elected, then we go after every single one of those corrupt and spineless elites, cowards all.
Yep. The first thing I thought was 'those are fake sources.' It was an automatic reaction to that kind of "reporting."
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