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Gingrich’s Endorsement And The Failings Of The Conservative Media
Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 11/27/2011 7:25:45 PM PST by Steelfish

Gingrich’s Endorsement And The Failings Of The Conservative Media By Jennifer Rubin The conservative punditocracy is all aflutter today about the Union Leader’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich. Both the newspaper’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid, and those chattering about the endorsement offer the latest evidence to the conservative media being downright daft in this primary — a result, I suspect, of their increasingly self-segregation, which abets tone-deafness.

Let’s start with the endorsement itself. The editorial board’s rationale is based on the conviction that Gingrich is “bold” — I kid you not — and that he should be recognized for “bringing in the first Republican House in 40 years and by forging balanced budgets and even a surplus despite the political challenge of dealing with a Democratic President.” In short, this is another case of selective conservative amnesia.

The endorsement includes no recognition that Gingrich was creamed by Bill Clinton in the budget standoff. No mention of the ethics violations and the penchant to compromise away conservative principles. No mention of the House Republicans’ attempted coup against Gingrich’s leadership. And no mention of his post-speakership, which consisted primarily of feathering his nest by shilling for causes and interests the Union Leader opposed (e.g. ethanol subsidies, Freddie Mac, Medicare Part D, immigration reform).

Even sillier than the ill-reasoned endorsement is the reaction of right-leaning pundits who find this development meaningful — decisive, even! Good grief. While the newspaper is New Hampshire’s largest, it has a lousy track record of picking winners. (It has previously endorsed Steve Forbes and Pat Buchanan.) Moreover, conservative pundits are usually the ones warning Republicans that newspaper endorsements are declining in value in recent years.

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1 posted on 11/27/2011 7:25:47 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

The Union-Leader is “conservative media”... how much of their content is from the AP or Reuters?


2 posted on 11/27/2011 7:32:19 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

WaPo sounds scared.


3 posted on 11/27/2011 7:34:32 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Roll the stone away, Let the guilty pay, It's Independence Day)
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To: GeronL

I used to live in NH and the Union Leader, when the Loebs were in control, was a great paper. It’s still great compared to its regional competition, The Boston Globe. Sadly the Union Leader has swung rightward in response to the migration of Massholes who left to escape the high taxes but brought their Liberal leanings with them.


4 posted on 11/27/2011 7:36:18 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Steelfish

All of the political insiders are determined to have a dyed in the wool pure political insider running. They ever so blythly allowed Herman Cain to be villified by those who have no crawled back into the woodwork, now they totally ignore him and the millions who want a non politician. Congress is already full of slick Willys, we don’t need more.


5 posted on 11/27/2011 7:36:50 PM PST by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: Steelfish

Mitt Romney.


6 posted on 11/27/2011 7:40:11 PM PST by SMCC1
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To: Steelfish

It’s just New Hampshire being New Hampshire. Their only intention is to bring the front runner (whomever that may be) down. My SIL is a liberal in that state who votes in the republican primary all the time.


7 posted on 11/27/2011 7:44:43 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Did you mean ‘leftward’?


8 posted on 11/27/2011 7:45:32 PM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Steelfish

As if Jennifer Rubin and the WaPo know anything or care about the conservative movement. What a bunch of rubbish in that article.


9 posted on 11/27/2011 7:57:05 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer
Isn't she the token conservative at the ComPost?

Gingrich's "ethics violations" may be bogus but he did have to give up being Speaker at the time of Clinton's impeachment because his own past affair came to light. He has plenty of vulnerabilities for the media to attack.

There is no perfect conservative candidate running. The 3 conservatives that have some chance of getting the nomination are Gingrich, Perry, and Cain, but whether any of them would be able to beat Obama is uncertain. If Romney gets the nomination, the election will be another "lesser of two evils" choice, but most elections are. We can't afford another 4 years of Obama.

I rarely vote for a candidate. Usually I'm voting against his opponent.

10 posted on 11/27/2011 8:13:18 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Steelfish

Rubin. Sounds like the temper tantrum of a petulant RomneyBot bemoaning the loss of a coveted endorsement...


11 posted on 11/27/2011 8:17:57 PM PST by TBBT
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To: Steelfish; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; ...
RE :”The endorsement includes no recognition that Gingrich was creamed by Bill Clinton in the budget standoff. No mention of the ethics violations and the penchant to compromise away conservative principles. No mention of the House Republicans’ attempted coup against Gingrich’s leadership. And no mention of his post-speakership, which consisted primarily of feathering his nest by shilling for causes and interests the Union Leader opposed (e.g. ethanol subsidies, Freddie Mac, Medicare Part D, immigration reform).

Clinton had alot of help beating Newt, from Newt.
Newt just had to complain to the MSM about getting a crappy seat on AF in the middle of the 1995 budget standoff/government shutdown so it could get made fun of by SNL and those in popular media and be made to look like the whole reason why Republicans were doing it. Newt is the gift...

12 posted on 11/27/2011 8:18:37 PM PST by sickoflibs (Cain :"My parents didn't raise me to beg the government for other peoples money")
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To: Verginius Rufus

Any conservative can beat Obama. Can some one name me 2 items conservative and centrist voters are happy about what Obama has accomplished?

How about that “misery index”?
How about Obamacare with mandates?
How about $15 Trillion national debt?
How about Trillion+ yearly budget deficits with no end in sight?
How about 47 million on food stamps?
How about 23 million can’t find full time jobs?
How about $500 billion cuts in military?
How about that $875 Billion Stimulus with borrowed money?
How about killing the oil pipeline from Canada?
How about 99 weeks of unemployment checks?
How about gargantuan trade deficits year after year?

How is Barack Hussein Obama going to defend on so many fronts? Unless Willard is the opponent, Zero is toast.


13 posted on 11/27/2011 8:30:05 PM PST by federal__reserve (Only Herman Cain could break up Barack's 95% black voting block down to 75-80%.)
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To: Steelfish

I happened to catch most of the interview this AM with McQuaid on CSPAN Wash Journal. I don’t recollect many callers of any persuasion supporting this decision.

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-Sunday-November-27/10737425796/


14 posted on 11/27/2011 8:44:02 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Steelfish
...Gingrich is “bold” — I kid you not..."I kid you not"? - what a cliche, I kid you not.....
15 posted on 11/27/2011 8:54:16 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: federal__reserve

I wish you were correct. When you have a poor record and $1B in campaign funds, and with the MSM as a willing tool, you bring out all the dirt on your opponent. No matter what they say about the politics of personal destruction, it works and Newt has explosive baggage tied to his waist.


16 posted on 11/27/2011 8:57:15 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Jennifer Rubin is nothing more than a token Conservative working at a liberal publication. Her job is to ‘eat her own’ by critiquing Conservatives from a ‘Conservative point of view.’ She’s ‘Joe Scarborough’ in drag.


17 posted on 11/27/2011 8:59:15 PM PST by lmr
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To: Steelfish

Rubin is pushing hard for Romney. She pushed hard for Rudy in ‘08.

Just sayin’...


18 posted on 11/27/2011 9:13:14 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: Steelfish

I see the WaPo is all wee wee’d up. Thats always a good thing. LOL!!!


19 posted on 11/27/2011 9:15:45 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Jennifer sounds PMS-y.
20 posted on 11/27/2011 9:28:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Verginius Rufus
“Isn't she the token conservative at the ComPost?”

Actually Jennifer Rubin is a neocon. If an issue doesn't involve Israel, it's not on her radar screen.

21 posted on 11/27/2011 9:48:05 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: sickoflibs
I championed the idea of Newt's over all debating skills, pretty solid over all understanding of how the Federal government works, and in some cases, strong conservative parts such as maintaining a strong military, his knowledge base on history at large, especially recent history as how it pertains to American foreign affairs, the inner workings of how the House and Senate operate, blah, blah, blah, as representing a strong candidate that could beat the socialist usurper now residing in the White House.
But I totally admit my dismay at how much is coming out about his shortcomings as one (Newt) who pretends to be a solid conservative. But then equal in alarm. I see no one other then perhaps Cain, and he is slipping downward, who could provide a successful challenge and potential win over the ice cream sucking golfer who bows to the rest of the world and plays careful attention to obeying his sundry mix of socialist and communist advisers.
I in all humility continue to think my often descriptions as how the damaged canoe with lost paddles rams hard against the rocks in the deep sets of rapids with a soon arrival at the final huge standing wave front before it flies off the huge water fall, IS entirely pertinent to the current scenario we find our selves in.
Like most here and at other conservative web sites and organizations in general. There is little comfort to be taken in recent developments. I have to hit the rack shortly. Do have a pleasant upcoming day.
22 posted on 11/27/2011 9:59:54 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Steelfish

Both Mitt and Newt would be better presidents than Obama. However you are correct, the MSM and $1 Billion smear machine will shoot those two down like sitting ducks.

There are 700 page dossier’s each, ready for attack in the Obama re-election war room on Mitt & Newt, after nomination, complete with extremely effective commercials showing on video the opposite viewpoints enunciated by Mitt & Newt, on important issues such as healthcare mandates, illegals, global warming etc. Newt’s adulteries will be on national television. Mitt’s strapping his dog on top of his car will drive pet lovers crazy.

What are they going to shoot down Cain with? 11 second delay in answering question on Libya? All Cain needs to do is ask how many jobs will be created by in-depth details of situation on ground in Libya. How about Bialek allegations? Have y’all noticed Gloria has been awfully quiet since Herman hired Lin Wood? Is Gloria afraid of defending multi-million dollar defamation law suits?


23 posted on 11/27/2011 10:14:29 PM PST by federal__reserve (Only Herman Cain could break up Barack's 95% black voting block down to 75-80%.)
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