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Tea Party rising for Newt Gingrich
The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf

Posted on 01/23/2012 11:25:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

So long as the Washington establishment continues to underestimate - and even misunderstand - the Tea Party, insiders will continue to be pummeled by the grass-roots giant that no longer sleeps. Democrats dismissed the Tea Party in 2010 and took a historic shellacking. Republicans would be wise to learn from their mistake.

First, let’s remind ourselves, the Tea Party is not a formal political party or even an advocacy group, but rather a state of mind. If you believe in constitutional fidelity, limited government and the free market, then you don’t need your name on some official roster or even to have attended a rally to be part of the Tea Party movement. You simply need to use your vote and your effort to demand that our leaders embrace these principles as well.

The Tea Party plays chess, not checkers. The nascent movement demonstrated remarkable maturity in 2010, for example, by resisting the temptation to form a third party. Memories still loom large of the 2000 presidential race when Green Party candidate Ralph Nader took just enough votes from Democrat Al Gore in Florida to tip the balance and award the White House to Republican George W. Bush. So the Tea Party wisely exercises a disciplined loyalty, if not to the Republican Party, then at least to the William F. Buckley Jr. rule of supporting the most conservative candidate who can be elected.

In truth, the Tea Party has been far more loyal to the GOP than the GOP has been to the Tea Party. While the establishment abandoned and even openly sabotaged Tea Party Senate candidates such as Nevada’s Sharron Angle, the Tea Party still delivered a historic victory to Republicans that captured the House....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt; teaparty; teapartyrebellion
I was assured by the press that the Tea Party was dead.
1 posted on 01/23/2012 11:25:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So long as the Washington establishment continues to underestimate - and even misunderstand the Tea Party...

Ah yes...You Betcha! For goodness sakes, don’t awaken the sleeping giant (aholes)... The less the know and understand, the better.


2 posted on 01/23/2012 11:28:24 PM PST by Deagle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Swansong for Versailles on the Potomac.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 11:31:00 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Memories still loom large of the 2000 presidential race when Green Party candidate Ralph Nader took just enough votes from Democrat Al Gore in Florida to tip the balance and award the White House to Republican George W. Bush

Actually, we were thinking more of Clinton/Perot, but you'e close.

4 posted on 01/23/2012 11:36:18 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The...

T axed
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A lready

Party.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 11:36:53 PM PST by muffaletaman (ABOAR)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney "supporters" paid to show up at events. (VIDEO)
6 posted on 01/23/2012 11:38:05 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 01/23/2012 11:41:49 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is not to say that Newt Gingrich is the “wrong” person - far from it. While he has frustrated conservatives at times, his contributions to the movement have been monumental. The Contract With America. A balanced budget. Welfare reform. A Republican takeover of Congress. No serious discussion of the conservative movement of the 20th century is complete without acknowledging Mr. Gingrich’s enormous contributions to it.

It is within this framework that Mr. Gingrich’s rise and the Tea Party’s embrace of him should be viewed. The conservative movement deserves an unapologetic, full-throated Great Communicator once again. Few can articulate conservatism as effectively as the former speaker. Plus, Mr. Gingrich wisely recognizes that the mainstream media are complicit with Democrats in general and with President Obama in particular. He openly refers to them as his “secondary opponent,” and he refuses to fall prey to their duplicity. What’s more, he has demonstrated amazing resilience in the face of an onslaught. He can take a punch, and Team Obama and its media allies will certainly throw plenty.

This piece was written by Barack Obama's cousin.

8 posted on 01/23/2012 11:42:49 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great article- especially coming from Obama’s cousin.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 11:47:01 PM PST by matthew fuller (Mitt is not a used car salesman- he's an aborted fetus salesman! http://www.stopstericycle.com/)
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To: Psalm 144
Well articulated.

How about this one:
Today I became a sleeping giant!
(And now I am fully awake.)

Have you and any who read this thread seen the gigantic surge in the FL primary polls for NEWT?
It is the most amazing resurgence of Conservatism since Ronald Reagan slew the peanut farmer.

10 posted on 01/23/2012 11:49:58 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Crony Capitalism & Union boot-licking Marxist politicians are our undoing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In the immortal words of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto: “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
11 posted on 01/24/2012 12:02:34 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

Quite so!


12 posted on 01/24/2012 12:48:18 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think we were all waiting to see who would be the anti-Romney guy.

I prefer Santorum, but I’ll support Gingrich to keep Romney out.


13 posted on 01/24/2012 1:21:13 AM PST by kidd
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To: kidd

I will support Newt because the is the only fighter we have, the rest of the contenders can go to Hades.


14 posted on 01/24/2012 1:35:33 AM PST by Sea Parrot (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. — Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party is everything OWS is not.


15 posted on 01/24/2012 1:36:02 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But, but, the shrill, delusional, harridan, shrew (aka Ann Coulter) has stated (emphatically) that the T-Party supports (and voted overwhelmingly) for Mittens!

Put down the bong, Ann and lay off the Kool Aid!

16 posted on 01/24/2012 2:45:16 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tea Party is flying below the radar and the Beltway elites are too full of themselves to see it.


17 posted on 01/24/2012 3:00:38 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: Psalm 144
Swansong for Versailles on the Potomac.....

Has anyone got in contact yet with the French? We should at least be pencilling in an availability with Madame Guillotine, assuming she's not otherwise engaged.

18 posted on 01/24/2012 3:03:36 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wishful thinking on the part of the media, democrats as well as Republican elites.
Course no one told the rubes in South Carolina that the Tea Party is dead.


19 posted on 01/24/2012 3:36:05 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If by “Tea Party uprising” the Media means a grossroots uprising that wants the voters to select their candidate rather than the establishment, then yes, Newt appears to have that wind at his back. If the Media means, “those racist, nutjob hicks we have been telling you all about and attacking for the last year,” then no. Clearly, the MSM means the latter and are setting up their meme for the general election of labelling the “not Romney” as a far right whacko.


20 posted on 01/24/2012 3:53:00 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Deagle

Having Tea Party backing is a lot like having a ‘pet’ lion.


21 posted on 01/24/2012 3:57:07 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Jim Robinson

Very good article on the TEA Party & Newt!


22 posted on 01/24/2012 4:48:14 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: AdaGray
"Tea Party is flying below the radar"

Absolutelly True!!

I was never comfortable at a demonstration; and I will never...........ever participate in chanting inane slogan.

But I haven't gone ANYWHERE! And I've been kept aware here at FR.

23 posted on 01/24/2012 5:05:15 AM PST by Pietro
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, I guess I should get rid of my Tea Party hat since we don’t exist anymore.


24 posted on 01/24/2012 5:25:48 AM PST by texhenry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can't help but wonder if Newt is popular more because he is aggressive and has intellectual credentials than because of an examination of his policy history and the lasting substance of what he says. He is running as a Reagan Republican but wrote that the Reagan era is over. He has a great knowledge of history but says his favorite Presidents are the Roosevelts who brought about big government.

Newt can be brilliant but consistency is not a strength of his.

I just wonder if there are T partiers and Republicans out there who just want a candidate that won't be portrayed by the press as dumb.

25 posted on 01/24/2012 5:39:19 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: kidd
In the summer of 2010 the TEA party had a W PA event, and Herman Cain was one of the speakers, way before he was running for President.

He was a radio talker and was there because of a local radio talker but he clearly energized the crowd.

We had a huge success in the fall of 2010 and taken our lumps since then, but when I go and visit with a couple of the local "rednecks with guns and Bibles" {I'm meeting 5 of them for lunch today, there will be at least 6 pistols at that lunch} we haven't lost our enthusiasm.

I've got bad news for the DC elite, "We're still here and if you can't hear us, JUST WAIT".

26 posted on 01/24/2012 6:23:25 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: meadsjn

Thank you for posting this link. Unemployed Hispanic guy paid to show up wearing a Romney T-shirt and says his pick is Newt?.......Priceless.


27 posted on 01/24/2012 6:55:11 AM PST by lula (I'm 4 Newt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In truth, the Tea Party has been far more loyal to the GOP than the GOP has been to the Tea Party. While the establishment abandoned and even openly sabotaged Tea Party Senate candidates such as Nevada’s Sharron Angle, the Tea Party still delivered a historic victory to Republicans that captured the House....

Yep, some crap never changes. Now, since the establishment choice Mitt is losing to the Tea Party choice Newt, well, we are all hearing talk of a brokered convention to instill a candidate who couldn't be bothered to go through the primary process, such as Daniels or Barbour or Jeb.

Conservatives are tired of one-way party loyalty.

28 posted on 01/24/2012 6:57:52 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Republicans would be wise to learn from their mistake."
Isn't that an oxymoron?
29 posted on 01/24/2012 10:26:51 AM PST by bksanders (I think I just had my backslashed on a carriage return)
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To: GVnana
No serious discussion of the conservative movement of the 20th century is complete without acknowledging Mr. Gingrich’s enormous contributions to it...
The conservative movement deserves an unapologetic, full-throated Great Communicator once again. Few can articulate conservatism as effectively as the former speaker.

Well said!

30 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:33 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Cowman
I just wonder if there are T partiers and Republicans out there who just want a candidate that won't be portrayed by the press as dumb

No doubt. Many want someone who can beat Obama in debate. For success in the election, but also just to see Obama take some licks for all the misery he's created.

31 posted on 01/24/2012 3:24:57 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: tbpiper

You know so little of what you are talking about! Become a tea party member and then come back in 6 months and report.


32 posted on 01/27/2012 1:06:12 AM PST by Deagle
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