Skip to comments.Why a Newt Gingrich Candidacy Would Doom the Tea Party
Posted on 12/06/2011 7:35:10 PM PST by Fred
Gallup finds that 82 percent of Tea Party affiliated voters deem Newt Gingrich an acceptable Republican presidential nominee in 2012. They don't seem to realize that if he wins the nod their movement is doomed, regardless of how the general election goes. The Tea Party cannot support Gingrich without betraying its core principles. But the movement also cannot disclaim him once he is the Republican nominee.
Tea Partiers with a better instinct for self-preservation would see that none of the Mitt Romney alternatives still running would be as corrosive to their cause as the former Speaker of the House.
The Tea Party wasn't just a reaction to President Obama or the financial industry bailouts. As Jonah Goldberg puts it, "a major motivating passion of the tea-party movement was a long-delayed backlash against George W. Bush and his big-government conservatism." Support for the War on Terrorism and the invasion of Iraq caused many conservatives to stay loyal to Bush. But that didn't mean they liked No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, the attempt at a guest worker program, TARP, or the Harriet Miers nomination. Especially after the defeat of John McCain, many on the right insisted they'd never again support Bush-Rove conservatism.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
He will nurture the Tea Party and make it stronger as an ally.
This is patently false and causes me to discount the entire article. I specifically remember Newt appearing on Fox News and railing against the TARP bailouts in the fall of 2008.
Nonsense. There is plenty of momentum for a conservative Congress, plus Governors and State legislatures. The lib media are scared of Newt.
Newt is not my top choice, but my sole focus is beating obama.
“Gallup finds that 82 percent of Tea Party affiliated voters deem Newt Gingrich an acceptable Republican presidential nominee in 2012. They don’t seem to realize that if he wins the nod their movement is doomed, regardless of how the general election goes.”
I have to somewhat agree, along with Savage.
Newt is maybe the sharpest of all, but has a lot of baggage
that he can not just throw away.
America, as well as the Republican party, is in deep doo-doo.
But let me say I just saw Newt on Gretta, and his brain makes Romney look like a pimple on a retards butt.
yea, I am sure that The Atlantic (another 0bamatron organ) is sooooo concerned about the Tea Party.
The problem is that tea partiers know in their bones that it is not possible to run a country like the Titanic. You don’t go full throttle when there’s ice in the ocean unless you expect to hit an iceberg.
You don’t claim to support limited government when you permit government tentacles to nip at the edges of Constitutional guarantees and good business practice until the bones of both are all that’s left.
Big government and elite media don’t really think there’s no limit and no end to all this. They just want US to believe it. AND WE DON’T, Jonah.
We don’t. Got it?
A bit of silly contribution by this author. I find his article one of many that tend to try to downplay Republicans regardless of their beliefs.
This seems to be happening all over the Republican (inside the beltway folks) party these days. To me, it is just another act of desperation to get their own moderate Republican nominated..can you say Romney!
Have you notice that almost all of the Party Republicans continue to support Romney? Have you also noticed that all of those folks on TV also support Romney and continue to downgrade other challengers?
Welcome to the world of Politics! Yes, these folks have something to lose if their candidate is NOT elected!
Yes, Politics is make up of crooked politicians and their supporters - time for both term limits and a third party!
Fox seems to be getting a bit desperate on this...a real shame!
Time to move on and join the bandwagon.
There is nothing wrong supporting amnesty, global warming, ethanol subsidies, fairness doctrine, fannie mae, obamacare individual mandate and bashing tea parties as “radical rightwing social engineers”.
These are core tea party principles /sarc
Seriously, we have actual conservatives running.
I sure won’t betray my principles by voting Nancy Pelosi’s best buddy.
“Newt is not my top choice, but my sole focus is beating obama.”
Newt was not my first choice but after listening to him on Greta tonight, he has my support. NoBama!
This Freepernut stuck in Connecticut has noticed that not a single like-minded woman in the region can stand Newt. FYI. And (I think) its because of his tacky-looking wife (my opinion). I know that sounds shallow.
I’m just taking notes at this point ...
The writer is full of horse pucky. He is clueless about the “Tea Party”
Mitt, no way. Newt, questionable. Cain out. Palin never in. Perry a woos. I think I will give up my right to vote this time around. Nobody in contention appeals to me. Why not keep the commie in office and hope for the best.
How about instead of blabbing all day long on FR you get your fanny out and start getting the signatures for your candidate...
Gingrich struggles on state deadlines for filing
May not make ballot in Ohio
So now Ohio and Virgina???
What else would you expect from the Atlantic rag?
Nurture the Tea Party? What in the world does than mean? Give me some specifics how a historian has anything to offer Taxed Enough Already?
“...has a lot of baggage that he can not just throw away.”
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
The entire Western world is in deep doo-doo.
Yes, it would be better to have better candidates.
Tea party types who back Newt do so because they prefer him to Mitt and don't think any of the others has a chance.
Sure wouldn’t check the Atlantic to know what I ought to think about Republican politicians.
Correct-o-mundo! Even if a Preseident Newt lost his way on an issue or two again, he’d be infinitely better than what we have now.
Unless you think Newt would appoint the same kind of activist liberals to the Supreme Court that Obama would, then there’s a HUGE reason to support Newt.
“Why not keep the commie in office and hope for the best.”
Looks like you have bought into the “Hopey-Changey” thing?
A pity Bachmann isn’t able to perform better. Is it the accent? Or did she sacrifice herself when she helped take down Perry? She seems to be the real deal on every issue. Why don’t Republicans like her?
A third party always dooms its proponents to a period of electoral nonperformance, and it almost always puts the wrong people into office ~ usually evil people!
I am Paul Bachmann.
HOWEVER. If Newt gets the nod, damn right I am 100 percent NEWT. We need to oust Obama!
The Atlantic telling the Tea Party anything is a joke.
Not only did Newt support TARP, he stated that if he had still been in office, he would have voted for it. Maybe you shouldn't discount the article after all.
As far as I know, the Tea Party will not be fielding a candidate in the 2012 presidential race. I’m not sure when or where the Tea Party convention will be held next year, but if they DO plan to field a candidate they had better get really busy real soon.
Because there will be no Tea Party Candidate, the choice for the electorate is quite simple. The choice is to either: (a) vote for the Republican party candidate, (b) vote for the Democrat party candidate, (c) vote for an alternative party candidate, (d) write in a name of one’s choosing, or (e) stay at home and not vote at all.
Option (a), if undertaken by sufficient numbers of voters, will end the Obama regime by replacing him with a less-than-perfect new president. If these same voters are able to create a Republican-majority Senate and keep a Republican-majority house, then it is even better. Not perfect, but better.
The other options, if undertaken by sufficient numbers of voter, all have the same outcome. They will ensure 4 more years of hearing the words “President Obama”.
As a potential voter, the choice is yours.
By the way - feel free to poke holes in my analysis.
And that is different from toady how?
No, just hoping for a candidate that would make a change.
Hey, if he wants to blab. Let him blab. Come on, Fred. You know better than this. /sarcasm LOL!
I realize that Newt Gingrich has major liabilities, but don’t you find this editorial over the top? Gingrich is also very knowlegable on the issues and he has some real accomplishments to his record. I’m not saying he’s my first choice, but he’s hardly a disaster.
I believe that as well....
I could agree with that.
I think it s her inexperience and lack of gravitas.
She just hasn't ever done anything that seems very difficult or important.
The Tea Party, not being a PARTY, is made up of many different mindsets, both Reps, Dems & Inds., and it looks like the majority are with Newt, count me among them.
yeah that makes sense. /s
Ohhh rotflol...that's sooo good!
“Tea party types who back Newt do so because they prefer him to Mitt and don’t think any of the others has a chance.”
I have to agree with that. Newt is, indeed, a smart cookie.
I had great respect for him in the Gingrich revolution
back in 1990?..my memory fails me. He has, however, taken on a lot of baggage, not just in his belly.
Romney, in my opinion, is nothing more then a poster-child.
The only priority now is to defeat the Communist and get rid of Obumbo.
I do not care who does it.
It's a debate performance issue. Republican see Newt wowing them in debates with Obama. But Obama ain't debating anybody.
I'm not sure, are you?
I know that if amnesty becomes reality, none of these other issues like taxes, obamacare etc. will make any difference, we will permanently be a Democrat controlled, entitlement society. I know Obama cannot get amnesty passed. I fear that Gingrich can, and would get amnesty passed.
Who should I fear the most?
whatever it is, we need to beat Obama at all costs.
A Paulbot, you think?
And if your excuse for Newt's poor ratings is that his wife is a creeper, then does it follow that Palin was *too* good looking?
Kind of a Laffer curve of attractiveness.
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