Skip to comments.Newt, Nancy Pelosi and the Nadir of American Politics
Posted on 02/07/2012 4:50:17 PM PST by billflax
Nowhere is the haughtiness of American politics better displayed than with our dueling former Speakers. The latest love spat between Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi illuminates Americas sorry political state. She keeps coyly insinuating she knows something and will time its release for maximum damage.
It appears Mr. Gingrich is finished anyway, and Im no fan. His infidelities trouble me. His overarching concern seems to be Newt Gingrich, a not uncommon trait in politicians, but hardly the attribute of a transcendent leader. His prior associations with Mrs. Pelosi promoting Cap and Trade and frequent policy flip-flops reveal an unscrupulous opportunist. While ultimately exonerated of ethics charges, questions linger.
Gingrich highlights what ails the GOP. On his watch Republicans preaching fiscal restraint backslid into apostasy by bedding K Street. After serving as Speaker, Gingrich represented Freddie Mac and hopped on the Cap and Trade bandwagon. Its hard to reconcile Gingrich with principled conservative beliefs.
Gingrichs recent incendiary attacks on Republican rivals have likely harmed his partys chances. Last year, he blasted Paul Ryan for right-wing social engineering and more recently ridiculed Romney over profitable business practices. The incessant debates have devolved into what Pat Buchanan coined a circular firing squad. The liberal media eagerly reloads their arsenals.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
Newt is the only bold candidate that inspires me to get up and vote, if I have to hold my nose for someone else, it’s only because the Democrat economy has been that bad.
Congratulations on getting published your memorable article.
There are hundreds at FR who are convinced that Newt is the salvation for conservatives even though after resigning from the House he supported numerous liberal initiatives: the global warming scam, cap and trade, Medicare D, individual mandates, amnesty and Dede Scuzzafava. He praised RomneyCare and ObamaCare. It matters little to them that they can not name a single conservative initiative that Gingrich aggressively supported during that time or that he claimed the Reagan era was over and that he was “Wilsonian” and a “progressive” - his words, not mine.
Hey guys, I thought we had a moratorium on posting slanted propaganda crap like this?
Bein' as you be the author why not post the entire article?
Maybe it doesn’t matter because the author is a Freeper. But it’s still crap.
Are conservatives such wusses that they’re so gravely offended by this answer from Newt where he spelled out his specific objection to the Ryan plan? What is so offensive about his simple, clear, honest opinion?
MR. GREGORY: What about entitlements? The Medicare trust fund, in stories that have come out over the weekend, is now going to be depleted by 2024 , five years earlier than predicted. Do you think that Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare , turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors...
REP. GINGRICH: Right.
MR. GREGORY: ...some premium support and — so that they can go out and buy private insurance ?
REP. GINGRICH: I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left- wing social engineering . I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors. But there are specific things you can do . At the Center for Health Transformation , which I helped found, we published a book called “ Stop Paying the Crooks .” We thought that was a clear enough, simple enough idea, even for Washington . We — between Medicare and Medicaid , we pay between $70 billion and $120 billion a year to crooks. And IBM has agreed to help solve it, American Express has agreed to help solve it, Visa ‘s agreed to help solve it. You can’t get anybody in this town to look at it. That’s, that’s almost $1 trillion over a decade. So there are things you can do to improve Medicare .
MR. GREGORY: But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, which is completely changing Medicare .
REP. GINGRICH: I, I think that, I think, I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose upon the — I don’t want to — I’m against Obamacare , which is imposing radical change , and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change .
He never said the Reagan era was over. Produce the quote or shut your lying mouth.
RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality... The upshot is that the organization (NEWT) will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
IT DIDN'T WORK
Newt wrote a whole book “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” during that time which led to the “Drill, Baby, Drill” rallying cry. He testified against cap and trade and against Al Gore. You’re just spreading lies and spin like a Romneybot.
“As numerous commentators have portrayed, shed struggle to manage a lemonade stand.”
That’s putting it very nicely, Bill. You might have said she couldn’t manage a two-stall loo, which is about what congress has become.
I for one agree with you about Newt’s remarks probably damaging Republican chances. It almost seems that the party is intentionally trying to shoot itself in the foot early on.
I don’t think we have much talent in the pool anyway, no good can come from shooting fish in a barrel.
No end of tired old cliches that apply to these losers. Looking more and more like Obama will win.
Newt said he was PROGRESSIVE when it came to reforming government and fighting corruption. Do you realize when you don’t paste links to the actual quotes, people know you’re lying and spinning?
So who DO you support, Romney or Paul?
I read the article even though it’s crap. I didn’t see who he’s for but I suspect it would be Romney as he openly attacks Newt and blames him for the negativity and says he may be the blame if obama wins re-election. He never once mentioned the negative campaign launched by the Romney and his PACS, much less the lies and distortions from the Romney campaign. This article smells like the entire Romney campaign.
“His infidelities trouble me.”
How do you feel about the homoPOTUS?
Any troubles with that?
Donald Young? Larry Bland? Nick Colvin? Nate Spencer?
How about Lt. Quarels Harris?
“Key witness in passport fraud case fatally shot.”
Mitt won’t beat Barry-even George Soros said Mitt and Obama are the same.
I’ve tried many times. FREEP will not allow you to post the entire article.
Generally vote Constitution Party.
To find out, I had to waste my time a Forbes.
What’s your point? Sniff.
If you are looking for a transcendent leader and you're a Republican, you are in the wrong party.
That kind of reasoning gave us Obama too. “Ohhhhh....he inspires me!” Does Newt give you a tingle up your leg too?
Imagine that, Wall Street’s magazine backs Wall Street’s candidates (both Romney & 0bama) and trashes the guy who will turn the bailout spigot off. At least you can’t say that Forbes doesn’t look out for their own best interests.
NOT, of course, to be confused with Barack Obama's "overarching" concern, or Mitt Romney's "overarching" concern or Nancy Pelousy's "overarching" concern, or Hairy Reed's "overarching" concern, or Barney Frank's . . . . . .
You get the point.
Holding our noses seems to be the primary conservative theme of this election cycle.
Newt has the best economic plan. Best legislative plan. If you don’t see that, I can’t help you.
He has plans. Always has. They change constantly...and to some pretty bad ones. If you can’t see the ticking bomb he is, I can’t help you.