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Coup de Newt
National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2011 | Brian Bolduc

Posted on 12/02/2011 11:47:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

...Since Gingrich had taken control in January 1995, Republicans in the House had held together. Focused on fulfilling the Contract with America, they passed a flurry of legislation, which kept them occupied — and their divisions concealed — for the first two years.

By July 1997, however, the contract was finished, and conservatives, particularly those elected in the Revolution of ’94, were growing frustrated with Gingrich’s leadership.

The speaker was disorganized. “He knew nothing about running meetings and nothing about driving an agenda,” DeLay writes in his memoir, No Retreat, No Surrender.

He was erratic. “On Monday, we would say we’re not going to give a $500 child tax credit to people who don’t have tax liabilities,” Graham tells National Review Online. “On Wednesday, he’d meet with President Clinton, and that position would change.”

“In May 1997 . . . Newt declared the GOP willing to separate tax cuts from other items in a balanced-budget deal that we were negotiating with Bill Clinton,” writes former speaker Denny Hastert (R., Ill.) in his memoir, Speaker. “That was news to us and represented a huge change in policy in less than twenty-four hours.”

He was hyperbolic. “He’d call something ‘the single most corrupt act in the history of Western civilization’ . . . always these Armageddon-type announcements,” says Rep. Pete King (R., N.Y.).

The congressman still remembers that fateful trip on Air Force One in November 1995, when Clinton made Gingrich sit in the back. Miffed, the speaker later asked the press, “You just wonder, where is their sense of manners? Where is their sense of courtesy?”

“I still think it’s the main reason we lost [the government-shutdown] debate,” King says.

“Before the government shutdown we thought Newt Gingrich was invincible,” writes Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) in his memoir, Breach of Trust. “After the shutdown, however, he was like a whipped dog who still barked, yet cowered, in Clinton’s presence.”...... Continued

TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: allovermap; conclusive; donedeal; erratic; final; flighty; newt; nominee; perryastroturfing; reevaluategingrich
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To: samtheman

This is what....the 3rd time today you’ve accused me of being paid?

It’s a lie. Stop it.

Was I paid all those years I supported and posted for Sarah Palin?

41 posted on 12/02/2011 12:43:25 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I didn’t mention you and didn’t post to you.

Please bother someone else.

42 posted on 12/02/2011 12:47:49 PM PST by samtheman
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To: shield

You have posted a lot of half-truths.
Half-truths are by definition LIES.
Not a very ethical thing to do.

43 posted on 12/02/2011 12:48:12 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ll continue to vote for the guy that can actually compete and win.

Newt Gingrich.....

“Results from an American Research Group poll of likely GOP primary voters in Florida: Newt Gingrich (50 percent), Mitt Romney (19 percent), Herman Cain (10 percent), Jon Huntsman (3 percent), Rick Perry and Ron Paul (2 percent), Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Buddy Roemer (1 percent).”

44 posted on 12/02/2011 12:50:02 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Notwithstanding

I must agree with your post #2.

45 posted on 12/02/2011 12:50:19 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: Notwithstanding

Talk to Dr. Jack Wheeler who is one of the top TRUE conservatives in the country...Wheeler doesn’t not lie. Ask Rush about Newtie...both have never been proven to be liars.

46 posted on 12/02/2011 12:51:23 PM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Fantasywriter

Yes, when the government shut down due to a budget impasse, the MSM blamed it on Newt.

Certainly Newt did force the issue - he was willing to shut down the federal government rather than go along with democrat spending increases. For this reason alone there has never been a bigger set of conservative balls than Newt’s.

And you claim he is not a conservative.

47 posted on 12/02/2011 12:52:54 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: shield

Dr. Notwithstanding ain’t buying your bulloney.

(And yes, I have the credentials to use the title “Dr.)

48 posted on 12/02/2011 12:55:17 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

You want “unethical?” Just wait until Newt is the nominee and the MSM start non-stop headlines of how Newt was sleeping with another Rep’s young staffer and that Rep was sleeping with Newt’s staffer, all the while Newt was going after Clinton for lying to Congress/and the Monica affair.

I hope you’re ready. I don’t think I have the stomach for it. But it will happen and then they’ll tick down the list of Newt’s baggage — and it is a long list.

This is what the Tea Party fought for... what we worked for in the 2010 victories......NEWT?


49 posted on 12/02/2011 12:56:26 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Hugin
What exactly does this story have to do with Perry? Nothing. If you are going to use the Perry ping list on stories that merely bash the other candidates, you can take me off. 12 posted on Friday, December 02, 2011 3:03:45 PM by Hugin
Still haven't gotten back to you on that, huh?

Well, be patient. Houston on a Friday afternoon can be hectic. The Perry Support Line is probably just out to lunch.

50 posted on 12/02/2011 12:58:01 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Notwithstanding

There is a list going around FR of all the progressive positions Newt has taken. It is long, extensive and deeply troubling, and should give pause to any conservative.

51 posted on 12/02/2011 1:01:10 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

An OpEd from the Mittwits at NRO. Hmmmm....

52 posted on 12/02/2011 1:01:20 PM PST by Josh Painter ("The only thing these 'investments' will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy." - Palin)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

We are all frustrated, but we can’t use the imaginary “perfect” as a stick to beat up the “good”.

I think the saying is:

“Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.”

53 posted on 12/02/2011 1:04:01 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yes, I did read “conservatives”. I also noted those they attributed the moniker to. Hardly rock bed conservatives in my view. More like country club Republicans in my estimation.

Again, if they were kicking Newt out so that they could govern more conservatively, what happened? Did they accomplish all that they said Newt wasn’t doing, or did they drift waaaay to the middle in order to conserve their power? Hmmm

Newt is far from perfect, but this article is quite disingenuous. Just look at the record of accomplishments between the Newt era & post Newt. The rank hypocrisy of these guys is somewhat stunning to me.

54 posted on 12/02/2011 1:04:08 PM PST by Confab
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

At least he wasn’t “community organizing” and putting on his knee pads for Saul Alinsky and his political progeny.

55 posted on 12/02/2011 1:04:16 PM PST by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Notwithstanding

What is Newt’s lifetime ACU rating? I tried to search for it and even went to but so far I can’t find it.

Some people here have said 94%, others have said 90%. It’s a shame ACU doesn’t have a search function.

56 posted on 12/02/2011 1:04:24 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Notwithstanding
Newt is a proven mover and shaker - and we need a president who will move in and shake up Washington just like he did as a long-term member of congress when he orchestrated the historic GOP majority and Contract With America. No one else has any sort of track record that indicates they have actually done anything at all similar to ACCOMPLISHING a real SHAKE UP in D.C. with TANGIBLE CONSERVATIVE RESULTS!

You think Newt did this by himself? I think you need to read up some on how much Newt helped and how much he was in the way. What is the saying about turds floating to the top? That's how it is with Newt. The most competent self-promoter in the bowl.

57 posted on 12/02/2011 1:05:13 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In fact, Newt was very circumspect about the whole Lewinsky thing. He attacked Clinton on many fronts, but not so much on that one.

58 posted on 12/02/2011 1:08:37 PM PST by karnage
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To: Notwithstanding

The domestic partner and I were talking about that very thing this morning.

He remembered how frustrated Newt’s compadres got trying to work with Newt.

I think he has A.D.D. He expounds on a great idea one day and the next day it’s ‘huh,what?’

Don’t get me wrong. If he’s the candidate, he can probably win and I won’t be miserable.

I think he’ll probably make it if he can only keep his mouth shut, but can he?

He says one controversial thing, gets that tamped down and then comes out with something else.

Why can’t he just coast on his already stated positions and not rock the boat?

Why? Because he’s hyper, full of terrific ideas and CAN’T SHUT UP.

He’s my second choice, though, in spite of it all.

59 posted on 12/02/2011 1:09:06 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: samtheman

90% at the end of 1998.

60 posted on 12/02/2011 1:09:29 PM PST by magritte
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