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Gingrich: The phony intellectual ^ | 11/17/2011 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 11/18/2011 1:32:48 AM PST by federal__reserve

And there is Gingrich the liberal. “The liberal revulsion toward him obscured how unorthodox — occasionally, how liberal — his conservatism was. The books then and now are full of heresy. He showed a willingness to criticize other Republicans, even Reagan at the height of his popularity. He advocated a health tax on alcohol to discourage drinking — social engineering, it’s called — and imagined government-issued credit cards that would allow citizens to order goods and services directly from the feds. He thought the government should run nutritional programs at grocery stores and give away some foodstuffs free. He was pushing cuts in the defense budget in 1984 and a prototype of President Obama’s cash-for-clunkers program in 1995.”What is noteworthy is not only how liberal are his prescriptions, but how mundanely statist they are.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: circularfiringsquad; corruption4newt; cronycapital4newt; gingrich; newt; newtbotsquad; whinersfornewt
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I am well aware Jennifer Rubin is a liberal. In this article she is basically regurgitating what Andy Ferguson wrote in Weekly Standard after reading all 21 of Gingrich's books. Something about Gingrich did not smell right to me, but if what is said in this article can not be disputed, conservatives should take cover.
1 posted on 11/18/2011 1:32:49 AM PST by federal__reserve
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The anecdote was repeated ad nauseam when Gingrich became House speaker in 1995. Then it was repeated ad nauseam
when he filed for divorce with his second wife, Marianne, in 1999.
The story came up again in the mid-2000s when Gingrich was openly mulling a 2008 presidential bid.
In 2007, when Gingrich told James Dobson in a radio interview that he had in the 1990s cheated
on his second wife (with his current wife, Callista), several stories about the admission also noted the 1980 hospital encounter.

If Gingrich is really serious about a 2012 candidacy, expect the hospital story to stay with him throughout the campaign.

2 posted on 11/18/2011 1:56:35 AM PST by truthfreedom
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To: truthfreedom

Gingrich is too much of a loose cannon to be liked by either side of the aisle.

3 posted on 11/18/2011 2:04:26 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (bloodwashed not whitewashed)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I can’t forget Gingrich using the phrase, “right wing social engineering” when discussing Paul Ryan’s proposal last summer. It was a hideously stupid phrase to use. I was wondering if Gingrich would next be taking Republicans to task for supporting “right wing activist” judges.

“Social engineering” is, by its very nature, left wing just as “judicial activism” is, by its very nature, also left wing. Using the words “right wing” in conjunction with the word “activism” makes no sense whatsoever and only serves to create the false dichotomy the left has been trying to fabricate (without much success) for years.

“Right wing social engineering” holds no more meaning than “choclate-flavored solar flare”.

Yeah, something doesn’t quite smell right about Gingrich.

4 posted on 11/18/2011 2:11:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: federal__reserve

None are perfect. I’d vote Ron Paul if I could appoint his SecState/Def. Congress must be the key, not which R is in the White House. tagline....

5 posted on 11/18/2011 2:21:43 AM PST by chiller ( Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.)
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To: Lancey Howard
"Yeah, something doesn’t quite smell right about Gingrich"

I agree, however don't look for the MSM to report much at this time. They are salivating that he gets the nomination.
Then hide & watch it won't be pretty.
If NEWTIE gets the nomination we are screwed with another 4 years of the Kenyan buffoon.

6 posted on 11/18/2011 2:22:22 AM PST by DeaconRed (My Hat Don't Hang on the same Nail to Long. I am a CAT adjuster.)
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To: federal__reserve

I’ve had my doubts about Grinch going all the way back to the Government shutdown during the Clinton years. I agreed with the policy at the time, but there were a number of other weird things about him. His off-again, on-again catfight with Clinton — which he always came out of worse for wear..., various other rumors...

As President, no... I just can’t make the picture.

7 posted on 11/18/2011 2:23:13 AM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: federal__reserve
I am well aware Jennifer Rubin is a liberal.

Actually, she isn't. She may not be as conservative as most on this site, but she has done some significant conservative reporting (click here).

As for Newt, he's an interesting combination of political fire-breather, policy wonk, and nerd goofball. Sometimes all three personae are evident at once. He's at his best exchanging well-aimed shots with pompous liberals (like his encounter with Scott Pelley at last weekend's debate) and at his worst regurgitating idiotic management-Newspeak ("lean six-sigma"). He tends to react before he thinks everything through. Christopher Hitchens (of all people) pegged him best when he said that he thought that Newt has about 200 ideas per week, of which about 100 may be good ones.

His current ascendency in the polls is a reflection of the relative weakness of his competitors, not of his own personal political strength. He will fade back into the pack, as many others have before him.

9 posted on 11/18/2011 2:34:45 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: federal__reserve

Paid $37 million from health care companies
Still Advocates for a Healthcare Mandate

10 posted on 11/18/2011 3:01:22 AM PST by Fred (no job no house no gas no food no problem Obama 2012)
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To: Cincinatus
He will fade back into the pack, as many others have before him.

I wouldn't be so sure. If I could make a guess, the single most important quality that people are looking for in a candidate is leadership, and that is something Gingrich is displaying above all the others. That's why he's rising and others are falling. Newt can handle himself in pretty much any situation. He's intelligent, knowledgeable, and can think quickly on his feet, and people are responding to this because he's deliberately making it known.

I wouldn't make the mistake in dismissing him so quickly.

11 posted on 11/18/2011 3:06:41 AM PST by csense
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To: federal__reserve

Welcome to FR. Enjoy your short stay here.

12 posted on 11/18/2011 3:46:41 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Voter#537

Oh poor obummer supporters, what ya gonna do? Newt has ya as nervous as wh—es in church.

Your boy obummer is gonna be history in 2012 and you know it and you just don’t know how to stop it. Bring on the mud, we got plenty of water.

13 posted on 11/18/2011 4:25:35 AM PST by swampfox101
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To: truthfreedom

Please read:

14 posted on 11/18/2011 4:31:53 AM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Gingrich the grinch is a consumate cockblocking whore.

He only occupies debates and is a paper gangster.

OWS is the true mirror trashy alter ego of Congress.

They occupy and they play with their own minds,
in pseudo-optimism, getting way ahead of themselves
in “super-programs” and spendings, very college like seupid ego know it all.

Gingrich liberalness is typical of those who cannot
fathom they are not needed for 99.99% of the
jobs being done out there. They are irrelevant and cry for it without
even trying a real job, too cowardly, arrogant and corrupt.

A head of state should worry more about the morality
and discipline of his government workers and calm their
interventionist zeal.

15 posted on 11/18/2011 4:47:45 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: chiller

Great tagline.

I defer to Gingrich as a terrific historian and his grasp on foreign affairs but I don’t see him at the top of a ticket. Ron Paul has a better grasp of the markets and Federal reserve but his defense posture is lunacy. I haven’t heard him address corruption. In fact, I’ve not heard any of the candidates address market corruption or the market/Wall Street cronyism. Maybe Michelle Bachman did and I missed it.

2012 is going to be much more than who is President. I’ll be doing my part to elect a new Senator in my state (Pa.) and see that Congressmen and women in my district are those that are willing to change the status quo.

16 posted on 11/18/2011 4:56:18 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: federal__reserve

Jennifer Rubin is, I think, the one they had on Fox News all- stars. And who attempted to debate Charles K on Iran. She is as dumb as a rock, actually used the word “gazillion” in her debate. You should have seen the expression on K’s face - priceless. She is your typical lib journolist, all chutzpah and no brain.

17 posted on 11/18/2011 5:00:15 AM PST by gramho12
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To: federal__reserve

The WAPO Romney advocate stiles again.

18 posted on 11/18/2011 5:01:32 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: chiller
I’d vote Ron Paul if if he's the nominee against 0. You cannot get worse that 0. Having 0 as president is not that much different than having Hugo Chavez as president. Thank God for the Constitution (and Dubya's judges).
19 posted on 11/18/2011 5:06:10 AM PST by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: Timber Rattler
Timber Rattler
Since Nov 2, 2011

THE NEWT GINGRICH TRUTH FILE (for those FReepers with short memories!)

For newbies with even shorter memories ...

20 posted on 11/18/2011 5:29:17 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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