Skip to comments.Bill Clinton Republicans
Posted on 08/07/2006 10:38:34 AM PDT by presidio9
There are few desirable candidates seeking political offices this year, something we can attribute to the fact that monarchs within the party establishments chose who would be allowed to run in most elections. Our plight is hardly worth expounding on. As we peer into the future, however, we should realize that even worse candidates will be upon us in 2008.
Republicans appear hell bent on emulating every Democratic president the nation has had since 1940. The current president has managed to outspend LBJ, but he hasnt managed to act as a flamboyant moral degenerate. This is a flaw that some Republicans will attempt to rectify in the next election. Generally all of the names we see mentioned as potential candidates for president will disturb any person who is reasonably informed. However, I continue to see one name floated about that I find particularly atrocious.
That is Newt Gingrichs. In a straw poll held at Minnesotas state Republican convention, he received 39% of the vote -- more than twice as much as Senator George Allen, who came in at second place. He has won similarly in several other straw polls across the nation.
Tom Coburn, now a Senator in Oklahoma, was elected to the U.S. House in 1994. He left in 2000 due to a pledge that he would only run for three terms, but in the course of his six years in the House, he witnessed the rise and demise of the Republican revolution. He wrote about his experiencesprominent among them his encounters with Newt Gingrich, then Speaker of the Housein a book, Breach of Trust. I am going to quote from the portion that outlines its demise (it begins around page seventy of a 270-page book).
The last bill to be taken up before the two-week Easter recess [in 1997] was a bill that would have trashed one of the key items in the Contract with America. In 1995, we passed a bill that cut committee spending by a third. Now, only two years later, leadership had decided to increase committee spending by nearly 15 percent. Many of my colleagues were incensed that we were so casually going back on our word.
Fortunately, the bill failed by a vote of 213 to 210. A few minutes [after the vote], the whips office announced a mandatory meeting of the conference it was immediately obvious Newt Gingrich was furious Gingrich said every Republican would be meeting even if he had to send the sergeant at armsthe policeto track members down. Senior Republicans had never heard of a mandatory conference before.
According to Coburn, Gingrich said, The eleven geniuses who thought they knew more than the rest of the Congress are going to come up and explain their votes Those of you who had planned to go to [Representative] John Kasichs wedding on Saturday are not going. No one is going anywhere until we get the votes we need to pass this rule.
Representative Steve Largent wrote about the meeting in his diary: [Gingrichs] speech began by praising the moderates for voting with the team He said he never wanted to hear from you conservatives about the moderates going south on the party. (Interesting to me to hear Newt refer to us as you conservatives.) He also suggested if we didnt want to go along we should consider becoming independents and form our own party.
Lee Howell, Newts press secretary in 1974, once observed, "Very candidly, I don't think that Newt Gingrich has many principles, except for what's best for him, guiding him."
Politics aside, theres also Newts personal life. Its one of those cases where morals dont apply so long as you belong to the right party. The thrice-married Gingrich, according to his former campaign treasurer L.H. Carter, justified his first divorce with the statement: "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer."
The second divorce, as most will remember, took place in 1999, after the discovery of Newts five year affair with an intern twenty-three years his junior. Another observation of Lee Howells was, Newt Gingrich has a tendency to chew people up and spit them out. He uses you for all it's worth, and when he doesn't need you anymore he throws you away.
But then again, thats in sync with the spirit of todays Republican Party. Thanks to amoral liberal converts from the Democratic Party, the Republicans are a party without any standards or morals. This is a topic I would like to expand upon in the future; for now, suffice it to say that we dont need another Bill Clinton for president even if his name is Newt Gingrich, and even if he has an R next to his name.
Much ado about nothing.
Newt has always seemed best as a "behind the scenes" person to me, once he becomes the "party leader" he seems to screw it up.
Oh brother. As bad as some of the republicans are NONE of them come close to the pervert in chief, getting bjs in the oval office, selling secrets to the chicoms and pardoning terrorists.
bump with no comment.
If I joined would it increase my chances of scoring chicks?
I have always been somewhat favorable disposed toward Newt......but I am always willing to change my opinions based on new facts. (One article is not enough, but is one more piece of a puzzle.)
That's my take as well. Oped.com is more of a blog that posts editorials than anything else, so the evidence is out on what the agenda is. I like Newt. Warts and all. But that can change.
When you vote in a cartel for the many times you will not get the cream. All said with this corrupt "Two-Party Cartel" Newt is looking good. At least he can put together a statement & deliver it appropriately. I would vote for him for pres if he would put Tancredo as V/P in charge of ILLEGA immigration.
They roll this out every few months before an election because of the legendary Reagan Democrats.
There are no Clinton Republicans, other than those PW rino men whose wives ordered them to vote for hitlary.
this makes a lot of sense, because there clearly was a huge internal shift against Newt in that period of time. I always wondered what happened, and this sheds some light on it.
I hope this puts down the myth that Newt Gingrich was some spending hawk. The true spending hawks are never elected to leadership roles.
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"Oxymoron = Bill Clinton Republicans"
Indeed. Only suicidal Republicans need apply.
Blah blah blah...Republicans are going to Hell, Dims will take over. Cue the "We're doomed!" pic...