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Conservatives should think twice about Newt
Washington Examiner ^ | 112911 | Editorial

Posted on 11/30/2011 1:14:42 PM PST by Fred

Newt Gingrich's surge to the top of the Republican presidential field has some conservatives imagining the former House Speaker as the anti-Romney. Gingrich is encouraging such a view with his claim that he is "certainly more conservative" than the former Massachusetts governor. The Manchester (N.H.) Union-Leader's endorsement added to the perception of a growing "newt-mentum" to anoint Gingrich as the preferred conservative in the Republican presidential field. But there are substantial reasons why thoughtful conservatives should think very carefully before jumping on this bandwagon.

There are, for example, gaping holes in Gingrich's conservative credentials. As the American Spectator's David Catron pointed out Monday, Gingrich has long been a fan of Dr. Donald Berwick. Berwick just resigned as President Obama's director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare. Obama put Berwick there because of his professed love for Britain's socialized medicine.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; gingrich; mandate; newtcare; obamacare; rino; romneycare
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1 posted on 11/30/2011 1:14:44 PM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

Newt abandoned one of his wives as soon as he knew she had MS.

My wife has MS and I will never leave here.

Newt is a quitter in my books.


2 posted on 11/30/2011 1:16:55 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Fred

I have. He’s still miles better than Mittens.


3 posted on 11/30/2011 1:17:18 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: Fred
Judgement? WE don't need no stinkin' judgement.


4 posted on 11/30/2011 1:17:59 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Now that’s creepy... almost as creepy as Huntsman


5 posted on 11/30/2011 1:19:51 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Fred

I believe we all know of the holes in Newts record.

We also know that Bachman is done, We will wait and see on Cain.

Unless Rick Santorum makes a hell of a run, and soon, we won’t be seeing him around

That leaves Newt and Romney.

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

Sure I can think twice, I can think three times, but if it comes between Romney and Newt, I go with Newt.

Nothing can be as bad as another 4 years of Obama.


6 posted on 11/30/2011 1:20:11 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Fred

Hate to tell you but if Cain flames out and Bachmann and Perry remain trailing in the low single digits, I’m going all in with Newt. Not that I like or trust him, but I really, really DISLIKE and totally DISTRUST Romney. It’ll be anyone but Romney for me.

DRAFT PALIN!!


7 posted on 11/30/2011 1:21:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Fred
Conservatives should think twice about Newt

Some of us only had to think once before saying "no, thank you".

8 posted on 11/30/2011 1:21:40 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Fred

I looked at him and rejected him. He’s not reliably conservative enough for me. And I thought that even prior to reading about the slobbery wet kiss he planted on the radical leftist rationing-for-thee-but-not-for-me Berwick.


9 posted on 11/30/2011 1:22:12 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Fred

Obama vs. Obama-Lite again. If Obama-Lite wins, are we stuck with “hope and change”?


10 posted on 11/30/2011 1:22:27 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Fred

I’ll gladly think twice about Newt, unless and until it comes down to Newt and Romney. Then it’s a no-brainer, Newt. As I’ve said before Newt is certainly not my first choice, and probably not my second or third. But in the end I could support him with a minimum amount of heartburn, something I couldn’t do for Romney.


11 posted on 11/30/2011 1:23:16 PM PST by apillar
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Same. Not happy with him, but I could vote for him.
Gingrich occasionally gets it right.
Romney? No way.


12 posted on 11/30/2011 1:27:00 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Venturer

It’s those independents who are going to pick the next pres. Which one do you think will do better?. Whose baggage smells of less mildew? Who will impress the morons more with silly appearances on all the idiot comedy shows? That’s the degradation lazy-a$$ independents demand.


13 posted on 11/30/2011 1:27:22 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Obamacare=Romneycare=Newtcare

Dream on if you think that Gingrich will not KEEP pushing
an individual mandate if he wins.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/11/18/busted-proof-positive-that-gingrich-supported-healthcare-mandates/2/


14 posted on 11/30/2011 1:30:12 PM PST by Fred (Obamacare=Romneycare=Newtcare)
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To: Fred

Santorum was my first choice, but he can’t get any traction. Newt won me over in the debates when I realized he had answers, (even though they aren’t always the same as my answers), and that’s what people are looking for...answers.


15 posted on 11/30/2011 1:30:46 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: rhombus

Sorry, don’t want to “win” with Romney. Don’t want to go where he leads.


16 posted on 11/30/2011 1:31:27 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: ez

ok, good you are for mandates and amnesty. That is what a vote for Newt gives us.


17 posted on 11/30/2011 1:32:10 PM PST by Fred (Obamacare=Romneycare=Newtcare)
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To: rhombus

Depressing, but true.


18 posted on 11/30/2011 1:32:26 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Jim Robinson

Why be sorry?


19 posted on 11/30/2011 1:33:33 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Fred

We must be on to something if the libwhore media want us to dump Newt so bad.


20 posted on 11/30/2011 1:34:02 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Jim Robinson
"Hate to tell you but if Cain flames out and Bachmann and Perry remain trailing in the low single digits, I’m going all in with Newt. Not that I like or trust him, but I really, really DISLIKE and totally DISTRUST Romney. It’ll be anyone but Romney for me.

DRAFT PALIN!!"

I painfully agree with this. But I'm having a really hard time with Newt basically working on behalf of the Democratic Party via Fannie Mae to help Fannie Mae thwart Republicans from passing legislation to regulate Fannie Mae. That's a hard one for me to over look. But Newt did get the budget balanced and even ran a surplus and he reformed welfare into block grants (which Obama's stimulus act wiped out).

But Romney? I won't vote for him. I'll concentrate my dollars on Republicans taking over the Senate.

21 posted on 11/30/2011 1:35:48 PM PST by avacado
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To: ez

I like Santorum too- but he looks too whiny and pitiful on stage

not presidential at all

Newt looks like he can’t wait to get Obama in a debate, like a lion on red meat.

I would pay good money to see that

and if coward Obama refuses, he is going to follow him from town to town- he announced that the press can contact the white house for Newt’s schedule, because he will be everywhere Obama is, 4 hours later.


22 posted on 11/30/2011 1:36:30 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Fred
I will not support him for the republicrat nomination but if the republicrats choose him as their candidate I will vote for him for president.

I will not vote for Mitt Romney.

23 posted on 11/30/2011 1:39:28 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Fred
First newt is no conservatives, so the ones supporting him must have the same liberal big government slant. But the bunch here that supports amnesty are just trying to get someone that will give them amnesty.
24 posted on 11/30/2011 1:39:33 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: Fred

Just say NO to AmNewtsty !


25 posted on 11/30/2011 1:39:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Mr. K

Obama will debate Newet, he’ll just make sure the debate is rigged (not that they all aren’t). And the media will proclaim Boy Historic the winner once again.


26 posted on 11/30/2011 1:40:10 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Venturer

I’m a republican and more important a conservative one. I’ve listened to the ranting and raving about why each of our current candidates is unelectable.

I’ve heard loud and clear Ann Coulter saying that we should bypass the primaries and rally around Romney. I think I’ve read my last Ann Coulter column folks until she regains her sanity. When it comes to backing a candidate she is almost always wrong.

Three weeks ago, I decided that I’m for Newt. So far, no remorse. Each day I hear something from him that makes me stop and think, and say to myself, “You know, Self... that makes a lot of sense.” Like today he said we need a nation of Lawyers with Christian values. Think about that for a minute. I guess he could have directed this to teachers, doctors etc. but he targeted Lawyers.

You see, it’s making me think, and asking the “why” he said that.

No other candidate for many years now, as long as I can remember, made me think. No other candidate in my life time have I considered to be smarter than me, except Reagan and Kennedy.


27 posted on 11/30/2011 1:40:35 PM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: Mr. K

Yes, the tag stalker newt will really help!!


28 posted on 11/30/2011 1:44:17 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: Fred

I figure Newt is as conservative as Romney, maybe. Which one has the best character, honor, decency? It’s a tough question, and one I hope I don’t have to worry about. If Cain keeps getting assaulted by “fifteen minute” bimbos, I’m going to join the Palin crowd in hoping for the unlikely and impossible. I don’t see any of the other wannabes playing shooting star for the GOP.


29 posted on 11/30/2011 1:44:24 PM PST by pallis
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To: Jim Robinson

If I could just pick the next President I would choose Cain, Santorum, Bachmann, or Perry over Newt.

But that’s not how it works, of course.

I’ll stick with Cain for now, but if Newt bests him and it comes down to Newt vs. Mitt then that’s an easy call for me.

I will be voting GOP in November regardless.

Every day I am sickened anew by Obama.


30 posted on 11/30/2011 1:45:52 PM PST by rogue yam
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Plus I read a brilliant article by Newt that told how precedents have been set to remove activist judges from all our benches. That hit me like a ton of bricks—I thought we were stuck with them till they died. I also think he might truly be a great orator. I hate the lib part of him though. Good gravy, how did we end up in such a mess?


31 posted on 11/30/2011 1:48:29 PM PST by worriedinoregon
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To: Jim Robinson
Sorry, don’t want to “win” with Romney. Don’t want to go where he leads.

You have made your intentions very clear. You have vowed to continue to actively campaign against Romney and I take you at your word. Perhaps your best hope if Romney wins the nomination is for a third party candidate to get in the race.

32 posted on 11/30/2011 1:48:36 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: Eye of Unk

geez quit repeating media lies- go to his website and check out his info on this topic


33 posted on 11/30/2011 1:48:49 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Perry isn’t going to remain trailing for very much longer. He’s just moving at his speed, not the LSM’s.


34 posted on 11/30/2011 1:50:15 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Jim Robinson

No wonder I’ve hung around Free Republic for so long.

You and I think 99.999% alike.

(Can’t think of what that .001% is at the moment.)


35 posted on 11/30/2011 1:50:33 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: nikos1121

I like Newt and I liked Newt in the 90s too. But female Independents I knew in the 90s hated the guy. A lot of it had to do with the foxhole comments about women in combat but there just seemed to be a visceral dislike that I couldn’t understand. But I definitely think this guy can stand up to the media abuse that is thrown at the presidency. After all, that’s how he kicked off the debates.


36 posted on 11/30/2011 1:55:07 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Eye of Unk
Newt abandoned one of his wives as soon as he knew she had MS.

From what I've read from Newt's daughter, this is a mischaracterization.
37 posted on 11/30/2011 2:00:39 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Jim Robinson
Hate to tell you but if Cain flames out and Bachmann and Perry remain trailing in the low single digits, I’m going all in with Newt. Not that I like or trust him, but I really, really DISLIKE and totally DISTRUST Romney. It’ll be anyone but Romney for me.

Ditto that!

DRAFT PALIN!!

If Romney manages to weasel his way to the nomination, that may become the battle-cry.
38 posted on 11/30/2011 2:01:13 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: worriedinoregon

“Good gravy, how did we end up in such a mess?”

I vote for our “public education system.” We’ve let union goons “educate” our children since the 60’s. How do else do you create the “personal thought processes” that result in the electorate we have today? They have changed our voting public today from people who “think and “reason” to people who “feel.”
“Hope” and “Change” are meaningless words, but the “educated masses” buy them hook, line and sinker. Speaking of Good Gravy, I took my grandsons to school for their parents the other day. I gave them a couple of min-root beers to have with their lunch. They were not allowed by the teacher to drink them on school property. So much for parental “rights.”


39 posted on 11/30/2011 2:21:47 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: ez

Why was Santorum eliminated from the start by the Republican primary voters? Is it because is the youngest of the Republican candidates? Or is it that they are just too uninformed to recognize him?


40 posted on 11/30/2011 2:30:19 PM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, articulate, passionate, less baggage.)
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To: Fred

It appears we are getting the candidates that the establishment ants to give us. More of the same old Sh*t and not much different than Obama. All these guys work for the same gang. The only difference is the GOP only slows down our demise, it doesn’t reverse it. They are nothing more than liberals on a budget..


41 posted on 11/30/2011 2:40:58 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Fred

Newt is not a conservative.
He is loads better than Mitt, but Newt is a big gub mint dope.
Smart guy but still a dope.


42 posted on 11/30/2011 2:50:44 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy is just a quota boy No RINO's)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Just say NO to AmNewtsty !

Why not, Newt did.

There are several reasons why amnesty would be a disaster for the United States and migrants and why those who are working here illegally but who wish to take part in the worker visa program must first return home to get in line and apply.

Anything less than requiring people who are working here illegally to return home to apply for a worker visa is amnesty.

Newt says NO to Amnesty

43 posted on 11/30/2011 3:15:56 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Your problem is mental. Your definition of amnesty is any policy with which you disagree. That is known as sanctimonious righteousness and is unseemly


44 posted on 11/30/2011 3:28:31 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Your problem is mental. Your definition of amnesty is any policy with which you disagree. That is known as sanctimonious righteousness and is unseemly


45 posted on 11/30/2011 3:28:50 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Jim Robinson

I see eye-to-eye with you about 95% of the time, Jim. Pretty sure that’s why I keep coming back to FR.

On this, though, we do not see things the same. Newt is an enemy of the constitution. So is Mitt. The difference to me is that Mitt has been a far more decent human being over the course of his life than Newt. And Newt has done more damage to the country in public life than Mitt. I would not vote for either in the general election, but if it comes to it, I would vote for Mitt in the primary if it’s the only way to keep Newt from securing the GOP nomination.


46 posted on 11/30/2011 3:40:30 PM PST by CowboyJay (Generic Republican - 2012. He's the only 'electable' candidate.)
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To: bert

No, Bert. My problem is with people who think Newt Gingrich is a reliable Conservative and Presidential material. He is not with us. He is only for himself. I dismissed him as a political leader after he folded like a cheap suit at the end of 1995. He is a total joke.


47 posted on 11/30/2011 4:08:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Paladin2
LMAO...Hold that pic!.....if it comes down to Newt vs. a real conservative....Plaster it across the Internet!

I'm not real fond of Newt...but I will listen closely to what he has to say as we get closer to crunch time.....If he wants my vote .....He better not screw up ANY conservative stance in a debate!...if he waffles again....He's toast.....

48 posted on 11/30/2011 4:31:46 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Fred

I only had to think once. Newt is WRONG for America.


49 posted on 11/30/2011 4:34:48 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Jim Robinson
DRAFT PALIN!!

Bears repeating. I've just about made up my mind to write her in, in the primary and the general. If Cain falls out, that's what I'm going to do.

To hell with the corruptocrat GOP/DNC establishment. I'll walk away from the voting booth with a clear conscience.

50 posted on 11/30/2011 5:19:56 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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