Bolton we can trust. Newt we can trust to resign at the firt sigh of political hot water-just as he resigned from the Speakers’s position rather than stay and fight. I will never forget tht Newt is a coward.
I’d say that it was a strategic retreat. Fact is, Newt didn’t have the votes to be re-elected as Speaker, so he resigned, knowing that for the next several years his influence would be greater outside of Congress.
Your view, in my opinion, lacks perspective. There would have been no Republican majority in the House, including no welfare reform & other reforms, without Newt. He was the political and intellectual leader, but revolutions typically eat their own, so he had to temporarily step aside.
With the power of the Presidency, a bigger majority in the House, and a new majority in the Senate, Newt is poised to pick up where he left off. Perry & Bachmann could not sustain their surges. Cain would not impress in a debate with Obama. Gingrich is the last man standing. And given that Gingrich could makes so many more millions & have a much easier life outside of government, it’s pretty wrongheaded for you to impugn his character.
Under his Speakership, Congress passed and Clinton signed the 1996 reform of welfare, a capital gains tax cut and the first balanced budget since 1969.
Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 midterm electionsthe worst performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the presidency. Polls showed that Gingrich and the Republican Party’s attempt to remove President Clinton from office was widely unpopular among Americans. Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the election loss. Facing another rebellion in the Republican caucus, he announced on November 6, 1998 that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House as well. Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”
Read about the Paxton conspiracy and the phony ethics charges.