Skip to comments.New Newt, old Newt, same Newt?
Posted on 11/22/2011 9:09:03 AM PST by MNJohnnie
In his Nov. 17 Op-Ed column, Doyle McManus draws attention to Newt Gingrich's comeback and compares it with Richard Nixon's makeover in 1968. To that end, McManus offers a side-by-side comparison of the two Newts:
Old Newt -- Angry Newt, the one who entered the presidential campaign last spring -- talked in apocalyptic terms about threats to American culture. Old Newt wrote about "a secular-socialist machine" led by the Democratic Party that "represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."
"If we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America," he warned, the U.S. could soon become "a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists."
And the revised version:
New Newt -- Presidential Newt -- talks about fiscal challenges more than cultural threats and says they don't look that scary. "There are ways to solve this," he told voters in Iowa this week. The economy can be fixed, he said, simply by allowing more oil and gas drilling, reducing fraud in federal programs and "putting people back to work."
The change is not complete. Gingrich still slips back into his past ways, as people do. Regardless, is this change sustainable? McManus wonders:
Can New Newt keep Old Newt at bay for long? It's one thing to focus on fiscal issues instead of cultural warfare; that's just a matter of emphasis. The greater challenge for Gingrich is maintaining his changed temperament after years of delighting in unconventional ideas and unrestrained polemic.
(Excerpt) Read more at opinion.latimes.com ...
But as anyone who has been in politics since the 1980s can tell you, Newt's Achilles Heel has always been his mouth.
We all are waiting for the other shoe to drop. We all know Newt is going to step in it sooner or later, we just have to wonder how bad it is going to be when he does lose it next.
Maybe, but if nominated you can bet Newt’ll have my vote in a heartbeat.
The bad thing about Newt is that he is a guy who thinks out loud, which sometimes hurts him, politically.
The good thing about Newt is that he thinks.
I resemble that remark.
“But as anyone who has been in politics since the 1980s can tell you, Newt’s Achilles Heel has always been his mouth.”
Well, except for being the one responsible for giving RR the line of attack in the debate and the “are you better off now?” question...ICONIC in politics, don’t ya think?
Newt is better than Romney and Romney is better than Obama.
If one of three men will be the next President — Gingrich, Romney or Obama — I would choose Newt in a heartbeat.
I, for one, like a guy who tells the truth.
However, the wimpy, p*ssified swing voters of the electorate are all about farts and rainbows and being “nice.”
We’re electing a President, not a f***ing Prom Queen!
One hour video of yesterday’s interview of Gingrich by NH Union Leader.
Obama and his supporters know that the majority of Americans feel just as you do.
Obama is beat in 2012 regardless of who the Repubs. nominate.
It appears American conservatives are suicidal...
They will shoot themselves in the mouth with Gingrich..
Shoot themselves in the temple with Romney...
Shoot themselves in the stomach with Cain...
OR shoot themselves in the heart with Perry..
The last thing they will do is shoot the socialists themselves with Michele Bachmann..
America is very depressed.. pity..
God help us if that jerk should get the nomination.
Same Newt. He will rip on whoever is convenient to make points. It was sickening how he played against Bush through the years.
>> “Newt thinks that big government is the answer, his god is government.” <<
Pretty good summation of Noot.
“...Newt wrote about “a secular-socialist machine” led by the Democratic Party that “represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”
That’s the stuff we need.
Thanks, Newt. And to think, this was supposed to be a hit piece.
I think you meant “Go Postal” with Michele Bachmann.
The LA Times? I’ve noticed a trend with your posts. You really like to use left wing rags to attack Newt, don’t you?
When Noot was speaker, he was the “secular-socialist machine.”
You really like to use left wing socialist Noot to attack Freepers, don’t you!
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