Skip to comments.Pat Buchanan: Reagan White House saw Newt as ‘something of a political opportunist’
Posted on 01/28/2012 4:58:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Over the last week, several people that worked in the Reagan administration have come forward and countered former House Speaker Newt Gingrichs claim that he is a Reagan Republican. These people say Gingrich wasnt on board with a lot of what President Ronald Reagan tried to accomplish during his two terms.
And although that claim has been disputed by other Reagan administration officials, former Reagan communications director Pat Buchanan told The McLaughlin Group this weekend that Gingrich wasnt seen favorably by those in the administration.
[I]n the Reagan White House, Newt Gingrich was considered quite frankly by a lot of folks to be something of a political opportunist and who was not trusted and who had played no role whatsoever, Buchanan said. He was a Rockefeller Republican in the great Goldwater-Rockefeller battle, where conservatism came of age.
Later Buchanan reiterated his criticisms of Gingrich, recalling his opposition to Reagans 1986 veto of a South African anti-Apartheid sanctions bill and about how Gingrich used it to score points against Reagan.
I dont think he has a core, Buchanan said. I dont think he has a fundamental, ideological and political core. I think, look he moved, he was a Rockefeller Republican, he comes up I remember meeting him in 78 when he came to town, you know he is knocking Reagan.
Reagan believed that sanctions on South Africa would cripple the economy that the Africans would inherit. So it was a tough decision. Reagan vetoed it. And he scored points off us by you know voting for the sanctions and doing that. I dont think he has an ideological core. I think he moves from one issue to another to another.
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I’m glad Newt looked the opportunity to lead
Republicans to win the House for the first time in more than 40 years.
That was in the 2000 campaign, IIRC.
et tu, Pat?
That describes every politician.
Newt cooperated with the oppo party more than any Speaker ever, co-sponsoring more bills that any such duo. He did spend a lot of time on her couch, of course.
I still don’t know if he supports the individual mandate or not, he did say he likes about 300 pages of ObamaCare.
He did basically approve of amnesty during this campaign.
Everything a politician does is ‘political opportunism’. I guess except the ones who never flip flop.
Jim, do you have a rogue moderator?
This was posted yesterday on 1/28/12 @ 16:58:46, but it was moved to the top of the list for Front Page news today just a few moments ago. Why would a moderator re-post a story very critical of Newt by a Romney supporter to the top of Front Page?
Just asking is all.
Your the best,
I will bet if this were favorable to Gingrich it would be in front page breaking news; its not so it is bloggerland.Putting up only the Good Gingrich articles does not make it all go away.I can’t stand Romney but denial will get no one nowhere.
A sign of the times? lol
I posted it as a straight up ‘propaganda’ piece.
I see it eventually got re-routed and re-tagged .. wasn’t by my request..
I've been saying that since he drank the green kool aid and got caught on the couch with Pelosi.
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