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Newt, Nancy Pelosi and the Nadir of American Politics
Forbes ^ | 02/07/2012 | Bill Flax

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 America’s 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 I’m 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. It’s hard to reconcile Gingrich with principled conservative beliefs.

Gingrich’s recent incendiary attacks on Republican rivals have likely harmed his party’s 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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: constitution; corruption; elections; govtabuse; nancypelosi; newt; statesrights; taxes
God bless!
1 posted on 02/07/2012 4:50:23 PM PST by billflax
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To: billflax

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.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 4:58:41 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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3 posted on 02/07/2012 4:58:41 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: billflax

Congratulations on getting published your memorable article.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 4:58:46 PM PST by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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To: billflax
Now you've done it.

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.

5 posted on 02/07/2012 4:59:17 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: billflax; 50mm; Jim Robinson

Hey guys, I thought we had a moratorium on posting slanted propaganda crap like this?


6 posted on 02/07/2012 4:59:37 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: billflax
Ho hum.

Bein' as you be the author why not post the entire article?

7 posted on 02/07/2012 5:04:18 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: SoConPubbie

Maybe it doesn’t matter because the author is a Freeper. But it’s still crap.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 5:06:57 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: billflax

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?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43022759/ns/meet_the_press-transcripts/t/meet-press-transcript-may/#.TzHGtsgeW9w

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 .


9 posted on 02/07/2012 5:07:12 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: bwc2221

He never said the Reagan era was over. Produce the quote or shut your lying mouth.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 5:08:59 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: billflax
She was just using Alinsky # 9. She had nothing but the threat: the perception was to become the reality.

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

11 posted on 02/07/2012 5:09:16 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: bwc2221

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.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 5:10:55 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: billflax

“As numerous commentators have portrayed, she’d 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.
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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.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 5:11:08 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: bwc2221

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?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839819/posts


14 posted on 02/07/2012 5:13:39 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: billflax

So who DO you support, Romney or Paul?


15 posted on 02/07/2012 5:13:52 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Navy Patriot

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.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 5:18:14 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: billflax

oh, Bill...really?
“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.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/apr/19/key-witness-in-passport-fraud-case-fatally-shot/

Mitt won’t beat Barry-even George Soros said Mitt and Obama are the same.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 5:18:34 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Navy Patriot

I’ve tried many times. FREEP will not allow you to post the entire article.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 5:21:29 PM PST by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: Old Sarge

Generally vote Constitution Party.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 5:23:24 PM PST by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
Hey Forbes-Let’s see
A choice of gay marriage-higher taxes-pro choice flipper -set itno law socialized medicine which is the blueprint of Obamacare candidate. vs.
Newt/2 bad marriages/ sitting on a sofa with Nancy when at that time a lot of people on our side didn't know which way to go on GW (hello) and he was the focus of attack by the liberals since he was very powerful in getting things done that the Leftists hated him for.
20 posted on 02/07/2012 5:28:37 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: duffee
Yeah, the article was pointless and rambling unless it was a keyword correct camouflaged hit piece on Newt.

To find out, I had to waste my time a Forbes.

21 posted on 02/07/2012 5:29:00 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: billflax
Try harder, post from your blog. (no excuses about a blog)
22 posted on 02/07/2012 5:36:23 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: billflax

What’s your point? Sniff.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 5:38:13 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: bwc2221

24 posted on 02/07/2012 5:43:20 PM PST by glock rocks (I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me.)
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To: billflax
but hardly the attribute of a transcendent leader

If you are looking for a transcendent leader and you're a Republican, you are in the wrong party.

25 posted on 02/07/2012 5:45:50 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Son House

That kind of reasoning gave us Obama too. “Ohhhhh....he inspires me!” Does Newt give you a tingle up your leg too?


26 posted on 02/07/2012 5:56:53 PM PST by PjhCPA (Game On!)
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To: billflax

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.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 5:58:12 PM PST by Floppy Disk (Mitt Romney is more wooden than Bob Dole on Viagra)
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To: billflax
His overarching concern seems to be Newt Gingrich(snip)

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.

28 posted on 02/07/2012 6:03:36 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Son House
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.

Holding our noses seems to be the primary conservative theme of this election cycle.

29 posted on 02/07/2012 6:29:35 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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All contributions are for the Current Quarter Expenses.


30 posted on 02/07/2012 7:01:27 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: PjhCPA

Newt has the best economic plan. Best legislative plan. If you don’t see that, I can’t help you.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 8:03:57 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Son House

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.


32 posted on 02/08/2012 2:26:11 AM PST by PjhCPA (Game On!)
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