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Posted on 12/18/2011 10:55:03 PM PST by neverdem
Knute Romney is not going to win one for the Gipper.
It's deja vu all over again: as in 2008, the two frontrunners are not conservatives. The recent National Review editorial, despite reading as if it were written by a committee, was nonetheless correct. Newt is not a conservative. It's easy enough to count the ways, but there is one albatross that's particularly heavy and odoriferous: his tie with Freddie Mac.
The $1.6 million is not just part of his baggage -- of which he has more than the Partridge family on tour. "It's the economy, stupid" may be a motto for the ages, but it's going to be particularly spot-on in 2012. This election should be a referendum on the four-year recession. Blaming high unemployment, anemic growth, a swooning stock market and a moribund housing market on Bush, "deregulation," and the 1% may not play with informed voters, but we're a minority and this is going to be BHO's theme song. Let's not forget that Roosevelt -- the brilliant con artist whom Newt admires -- was reelected in 1936 with an unemployment rate of about 17%.
To win on this issue, the GOP needs someone who can connect the very large dots in the mortgage and credit meltdowns of 2008. That means, to shift metaphors, someone who can point to the fingerprints of the feds and quasi-government agencies. Someone who can talk about the role of the SEC, following Basel II, in lowering leverage requirements for investment banks in April of 2004. About Clinton weaponizing the CRA and, later joined by the Bush administration, pushing banks to write...
If Newt can rise from the dead, Michele can, too. At least in the primary elections, we should be willing to vote for someone without first having to swill Pepto-Bismol.
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Oh, horse manure. What a yawn.
What does private whoring for Freddie Mac have to do with "conservatism"?
Leading a Republican Revolution to victory after 40 years of democrat rule is not conservative? Cutting the deficit and balancing the federal budget four years running is not conservative? Blocking socialist HillaryCare, reforming welfare and reducing unemployment are not conservative? Give me a break. I love Michelle’s constitutional stand on issues, but what great conservative feats has she actually accomplished?
He has someone else he supports, so that stuff gets overlooked.
Goodness knows Bachmann has nothing like that on her resume.
I would vote for Bachmann.
The press did a job on her and worked. Republicans think she is crazy.
To me she is the best candidate, and yes she has flaws.
“Re that NR editorial, I would like, politely, to dissent from my colleagues dismissal of Perry and Bachmann.
In the former case, a handful of poor debate performances should not disqualify a man from executive responsibility: Our ages veneration for men with nothing to do but think and talk (in Churchills words, on the sort of chaps he didnt want in his war cabinet) is one reason why the Western world is sliding off a cliff.
In the latter case, Congresswoman Bachmann has fought a principled, conservative campaign with only one significant misstep her overreach on the Gardasil business. Again, that shouldnt be a disqualification. Nor should having more chiefs of staff than she has foster children (I speak as a guy who believes citizen-legislators shouldnt have chiefs of staff, anyway). To be sexist about it, President Bachmann at her best would be another Thatcher and at her worst another Merkel and Chancellor Merkel currently presides over the least worst Western economy. Whats not to like? Go, Michele!
As for the assertion of our more hysterical commenters that being reluctant to support a man with an office on K Street and a retainer from Freddie Mac is a sure sign that NRO is full of Beltway cocktail-sippers angling for cosy sinecures in the Romney administration, yeah, sure, whatever: Fellows who try this line of attack on me have failed as spectacularly as its possible to fail. But, just for the record, in recent years Ive visited Washington, D.C., once every 18 months or so, and plan to cut it down to once every 24 months in the next half-decade. And I have no interest in serving as Deputy Assistant Under-Secretary of the Department of Paperwork under Mitt or anyone else. Anyone who thinks that sentient beings require an ulterior motive to be wary of a Newt nomination should have an herbal tea and lie down in a darkened room for half an hour.”
FFS. Please inform yourself.
$1.6 million paid out to a consulting firm over the course of 10 yearsthat’s chump change, not a bribe for buying influence. Further, apparently Newt didn’t do anything that Freddie Mac believed they could use on their behalfperhaps because Newt told them what they didn’t want to hear?:
“He was expected to provide written material that could be circulated among free-market conservatives in Congress and in outside organizations, said two former company executives familiar with Gingrichs role at the firm. He didnt produce a white paper or any other document the firm could use on its behalf, they said.”
Awwww, someone has their knickers twisted over Newt?
I and others who worked hard to block it go third party or write in if Perry were to be the Republican nominee.
This is non negotiable.
[ Newt is not a conservative. ]
True but neither is Myth Romney..
Oh Puhleeze she is in Mitts pocket.
Your national panties are in a twist over a freeking road?
How is eminent domain for roads socialist?
That quote was Mark Steyn
” I love Michelles constitutional stand on issues, but what great conservative feats has she actually accomplished?”
I don't know how you can say that after she tore into Cain, Perry, and Gingrich.
Bachman is running for VP.
I am so confused!