Skip to comments.Gingrich Evolves on Federal Role
Posted on 12/01/2011 6:56:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Newt Gingrich's rise in Republican presidential polls has come as he positioned himself as the true conservative who could capture the small-government fervor of primary voters. But his long history of policy pronouncements suggests the former House Speaker also believes in the power of government to do big things.
At various times in his career, Mr. Gingrich has come out in favor of requiring that individuals carry health insurance and increasing federal spending for scientific research. He has backed programs run by the Education Department, which many of his peers would like to abolish, as well as national curriculum standards and a government response to climate change.
Mr. Gingrich has said he favors government solutions when they are smart. On the campaign trail, he has denied some of his positions and toned down others. And he has won the loyalty, for now, of many Republican primary voters, despite holding views that might appear anathema to them.
"When Gingrich is good, he's better than anybody. And when he's bad, he's just awful," said Ken Emanuelson, a lawyer and Dallas Tea Party steering-committee member. "But you have to take the overall pluses and minuses, and think, 'Is this guy going to be the best from what we have to choose from?' and I think a lot of conservatives are making that calculation."
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Are Conservatives Ready to Forgive Newt Gingrich His Sins?
..If Newt can withstand the rehashing of Tom Coburns book a book that portrays Gingrich as talking the talk, but betraying the talk once in office we may have our anti-Romney. If not, I think Rick Perry may yet have a second coming if he is ready. I say that having asked many callers to my radio show who are Cain supporters where they would go. Most say Newt. The others Perry. And if Newt implodes? They almost always say theyd go to Perry Romney is rarely their choice.
Nov. 13, 2011: Pelosi fires back at 60 Minutes report on soft corruption
Pelosi and her husband participated in an initial public offering of Visa in 2008, according to CBS. They bought 5,000 shares at the initial price of $44; two days later, shares were trading at $64, CBS said........... Source
Pelosi Bashes Catholics: 'They Have This Conscience Thing'... After having some of her behind the scenes shenanigans exposed, Nancy Pelosi has turned to her friends in the MSM to help her with damage control. The effect is something akin to watching what scrambles out after you overturn a large rock.
Pelosi sought to defend herself from allegations that she and her husband made millions from insider trading in what the Washington Post calls a wide ranging interview ..
Pelosi added a startling, if inadvertent, admission. Addressing the effects such [ObamaCare] legislation would have on Catholic health care providers, Pelosi said:
"I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing."
John Kerry, Newt Gingrich Take On Environment, Each Other ........"Gingrich began first with a concession to his opponent. Holding the new book by Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Gingrich said, "This is a very good book. As a clearly right-wing reader, I would commend the book" as one that shows examples of local leadership on environmental issues.
"I would agree with about 60 percent of this book," he added.
Kerry of Massachusetts also took a friendly stance in his opening remarks before turning to the debate, sponsored by New York University's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.
"While I don't have his book in hand, and I don't know what it's about, I've always enjoyed every dialogue he and I have ever had," Kerry said, calling the global-warming face-off the "environmental version of the Lincoln-Douglas debates."
....Gingrich raised some discrepancies among the science that has led to the current data on climate change, but when asked pointedly about science doubters, like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., Gingrich strongly held the case that climate change is a problem.
"What would you say to Sen. Inhofe and others in the Senate who are resisting even science? What's your message to them here today?" Kerry asked.
"My message, I think is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading in the atmosphere "
"And do it urgently, now?" Kerry interrupted.
"Urgently, yes," Gingrich said."................
2009 - Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Conservatism is about principles, and they do not change just for political expediancy. Newt has no core principles, he’d back the individual mandate tomorrow if he thought it would be advantageous in some respect (like dumping the rest ObamaCare- we could hope).
He is totally unreliable as a small government conservative.
At this point, unless a real conservative surges, I am hoping for a floor fight at the convention with someone like DeMint throwing their hats in the ring on the second ballot.
Newt loves the game of politics. He’s held so many positions it’s impossible to believe that any of his statements are rooted in a belief system or emanate from core values — and like the weather (or wives), wait a few days (years) and it will change.
Great, let’s all spend time beating up every opponent to the kenyan marxist toady.
***Newt loves the game of politics.***
The ‘Game of Politics’ is typing a few opinions on FR or cutting and pasting out of context blurbs from Marxist journ0lists.
Being involved in the governance of America is deadly serious.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I like that quote — and would apply it to the treatment Gov. Perry has been receiving.
Guess what. It's the Primary. This is where we beat up on candidates to see if they are fit to lead. Newt hasn't been vetted yet and now is the time. So far, it doesn't look good if you are a Conservative.
So your methodology for supporting Rick Perry is to attack and drag down all other candidates ... until Rick stands as tall with them? LOL
I will not sit by and watch the insane contortions taking place to raise up such a personally flawed, such a politically compromised candidate as Newt Gingrich over a candidate like Gov. Rick Perry.
If they’re “dragged down” it’s by the weight of their own baggage.
Ah yes, nice excuse for invitations to your circular firing squad. However, to readers your efforts look just as I’ve characterized them, trying to pull everyone down to help Rick stand as tall.
I've gone from being interested in him to detesting him.
Major fail, Perry fan.
You are so transparent.
Try again — with more feeling.
It seems that you will stoop to anything to support your idol, however.
Nice slide into oblivion. Do you just pull your remarks out of the blue?
I wished we had Perry as our governor during the corrupt Richardson years; he's done great for Texas. But he'd be no match in a debate against Obama whose smooth talking and continual platitudes would convince those who aren't following closely that Obama is still the candidate to support and would succeed if it just wasn't for those pesky Tea Party Republicans.
I'm lukewarm towards Newt, but gotta be impressed with how he's handled the debates. He is the smartest one on the stage and his new films explore a wide range of American issues and topics (Gingrich's own movies explore topics such as Ronald Reagan's "rendezvous with destiny," Islamic extremism, alternative energy and the role of religion in the roots of the United States and the Polish Solidarity movement.).
The purpose is to win and even our FR founder says he would support Gingrich if it means ousting Obama (not so for Romney).
Hate to tell you but if Cain flames out and Bachmann and Perry remain trailing in the low single digits, Im going all in with Newt. Not that I like or trust him, but I really, really DISLIKE and totally DISTRUST Romney. Itll be anyone but Romney for me. DRAFT PALIN!!
Yes. Newt is a master self promoter as well as a master debater (he’d be the first to tell you too).
Great, lets all spend time beating up every opponent to the kenyan marxist toady.
Guess what. It’s the Primary. This is where we beat up on candidates to see if they are fit to lead. Newt hasn’t been vetted yet and now is the time. So far, it doesn’t look good if you are a Conservative.””
That is fine if the msm media were not corrupt and fraudulent in their support of all demorats. They use the carping about opposition candidates a 1000 times superior to the kenyan pig, to support the kenyan as the only viable alternative.
I think Newt has grown up a bit since his tantrum days. I do think he does have a role to play in Washington as he is one of the few republican politicians who has sucessfully navigated these treacherous political waters. Electing Someone who is an “Outsider” may spell disaster if we throw them in with liberal sharks. They will have a difficult time trying to survive much less accomplish something. Maybe we should concentrate not on a candidates shortcomings and instead judge them on what they have achieved and what they will be able to achieve if elected.
If you're referring to Gov. Perry, he's a D.C. outsider but he is no political neophyte. He's fought the LIBERAL machine here in Texas for over 20 years and as has been pointed out, he served as a conservative Democrat "pit bull" fighting spending in the Texas legislature prior to moving with Phil Gramm and many others across the aisle where their political ideology matched up. As a long time Texas governor, Rick Perry has had to deal with the federal government - fighting them in the courts (winning and losing) and he well knows where the problems lie and what a state can do with it off their backs.
I guess that's a better place than where you pull yours from.
We’ve seen him stumble in the debates. I don’t think Perry has been able to out-maneuver anyone in these debates. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked him right up until he debated. After that it became painfully obvious that Obama would run circles around him in that format. I think he is a good candidate but it is the wrong time for him. Unfortunately we need a good debater with a photographic memory for facts and details (otherwise the lefty media will jump all over them as liars). In the last debate CNN fact check was saying Newt was “not completely truthful” because he did not cite ALL the statistics of a particular issue. Seriously? They will be even tougher on someone if they actually cite the wrong information even if by accident.
BTW I was referring more to Cain than Perry (he seems to be having a lot of trouble navigating these waters, false accusations and all, but I do see him learning fast, really fast.)
It's reported that Romney is easily flustered -- and indeed he is (see Perry out-maneuver him in the clip below). You think someone with a photographic memory, who debates well is the person we need in the White House?
Where does their moral underpinning and ideological roots come into play? The Left is going to jump on the nominee regardless. Gov. Perry's debate performances have been panned for a comment or two (nowhere near the "distractions" others have encountered, yet Perry's have been hyped beyond belief), while honest assessments report that he has done well. I want someone in the White House who's positions are understood and who has a record that can be examined -- that's Perry's CV.
That's -- I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals. [video clip] -- Mitt Romney, GOP presidential debate - October 18, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV
Rudy Giuliani asked Mitt Romney the same question in the 2008 CNN debate that Rick Perry asked him during the CNN 2011 debate -- Mitt lost it both times.
Nov 28, 2008 CNN-YouTube Debate: Sound familiar? [LOOK who interrupts whom!!]
Funny Accent Mitt Romney, discussing reports illegal immigrants did landscaping at his home: It would "not be American" to check workers' papers simply because they have a "funny accent."
I guess Evolves is the new word for flip flops
CW: When are you going to give up on the delusions that 1) your posts will knock Newt out and 2) Perry will recover somehow from being a dunce?
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