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The GOP Empire Strikes Back At Gingrich
Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2012

Posted on 01/27/2012 7:27:18 PM PST by Steelfish

The GOP Empire Strikes Back At Gingrich

By Dan Balz January 27

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The revenge of the Republican establishment is a sight to behold. From one corner to another, those who have tangled with Newt Gingrich, who feel aggrieved toward Newt Gingrich or who fear Newt Gingrich have amassed to stop him. They know how much harder it will be to do so if the former House speaker wins Florida on Tuesday.

The quintessential example of establishment angst came Thursday from Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee. Hours before Thursday’s GOP debate, he released a letter — circulated by Mitt Romney’s campaign — attacking Gingrich and pleading with Republican voters not to make him the party’s nominee. There is much rich history behind that letter.

Dole is just one voice in a chorus of critics who have spoken out. Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina just a week ago sent a shudder through the ranks of elected officials and others who make up the establishment and the conservative elite. Fear of Newt has displaced lack of love for Romney as the dominant emotion among these Republicans.

In recent days, the group has included former House majority leader Tom Delay (R-Tex.) and the caustic Ann Coulter. A trio of House members shadow Gingrich’s events. Others who are prominent in the conservative movement have joined ex-colleagues of Gingrich to sound the alarms.

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1 posted on 01/27/2012 7:27:24 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Not wise to piss off an Irishman with an IQ as high as Newt’s....just sayin.


2 posted on 01/27/2012 7:30:15 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Steelfish

All of them either losers or contributors to the present day mess.


3 posted on 01/27/2012 7:35:41 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: Bobalu

Mitt Romney is George Soros’ partner in JET BLUE. I’m voting for Newt!


4 posted on 01/27/2012 7:37:07 PM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Steelfish

See tag line.


5 posted on 01/27/2012 7:38:43 PM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! The Anti-EstablishMITTarian Candidate)
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To: Steelfish

They are all RINO’S!!!


6 posted on 01/27/2012 7:39:24 PM PST by angelcindy ("Those who follow the crowd,gets no further than the crowd")
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To: Steelfish
In recent days, the group has included former House majority leader Tom Delay (R-Tex.

What Newt do to get him mad ?

If anybody should know about getting the shaft Delay should
7 posted on 01/27/2012 7:41:06 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Steelfish

Yesterday Tom Delay said “Newt is not a conservative.” This from the guy who left Sugarland, Texas a carpet cleaner and returned a millionaire without holding another job in the private sector. Oh, wait! He did’t return except for his court appearances. But, way to cash in, Tom!


8 posted on 01/27/2012 7:42:08 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a second party.)
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To: Steelfish

I would rather be associated with Michael Reagan, Thomas Sowell, Art Laffer,Chuck Norris, Bob McFarland, the commander of Black Hawk Down, Mark Levin, Rick Perry and Jim Robinson..also, I do believe Sarah Palin is rooting for Newt. GO NEWT! WOOT! WOOT!


9 posted on 01/27/2012 7:46:17 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Steelfish

Quite clearly the GOP is irretrievably broken. Seems the moderates among them will sit home if Gingrich gets the nomination, and ditto for the conservatives if it`s Romney.

The Republicans are in desperate need of adult leadership.


10 posted on 01/27/2012 7:46:31 PM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.Oh, let me gues)
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To: Steelfish

As far as I’m concerned, the GOP is a nonentity. It has not represented my standards for many decades. I sometimes have a very difficult time voting for some of their nominees. I’ve voted for the last RINO I will ever vote for.

America has been reduced to a sweet memory for a lack of high standards. I must say it again. High standards come from Almighty God, and were the foundation of this nation. Without God there can be no America!


11 posted on 01/27/2012 7:47:05 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: katiedidit1

Me too, but the real question I have is, has Jim Thompson endorsed yet?


12 posted on 01/27/2012 7:50:04 PM PST by infool7 (Let us water the tree...)
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To: infool7

Haven’t heard ...hope he is on our side. God knows we need some serious help.


13 posted on 01/27/2012 7:53:01 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Steelfish
The quintessential example of establishment angst came Thursday from Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee. Hours before Thursday’s GOP debate, he released a letter — circulated by Mitt Romney’s campaign — attacking Gingrich and pleading with Republican voters not to make him the party’s nominee. There is much rich history behind that letter.

Perhaps Gingrich's classic line labelling Dole "the tax collector for the Welfare State" touched a nerve.

14 posted on 01/27/2012 7:55:05 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Steelfish

The Empire might be attacking, but Newt has the power of the Force, FREEREPUBLIC.com!!!!!


15 posted on 01/27/2012 7:55:14 PM PST by The Chief (Newt 2012!)
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To: katiedidit1
Amen! Gingrich has the RIGHT folks backing him.

GODSPEED NEWT GINGRICH.

16 posted on 01/27/2012 7:58:22 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Steelfish

Actually I feel better about Newt’s chances tonight because Dick Morris assured Fox viewers tonight that Romney would win Florida.


17 posted on 01/27/2012 7:59:47 PM PST by Kahuna
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To: uncbob

Tom DeLay is an ass who claimed there was no more fat to cut from the budget under W. He wouldn’t even allow fellow Republicans to propose other areas, or offsets for Katrina spending. If cut, DeLay bleeds establishment.


18 posted on 01/27/2012 8:02:09 PM PST by newzjunkey (a FL win returns Romney to the "inevitability" path.)
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To: Terry Mross

None of what you said about Tom DeLay is true.


19 posted on 01/27/2012 8:04:18 PM PST by ngat
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To: newzjunkey

None of what you say is true.


20 posted on 01/27/2012 8:05:21 PM PST by ngat
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To: uncbob
In recent days, the group has included former House majority leader Tom Delay (R-Tex.) and the caustic Ann Coulter. A trio of House members shadow Gingrich’s events. Others who are prominent in the conservative movement have joined ex-colleagues of Gingrich to sound the alarms.

The establishment message that Gingrich is a threat to the party is not new, but the intensity with which it is being delivered is. That he might become the nominee has touched off near panic in the ranks ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Party establishments, to the degree they exist, have only limited power to direct the course of events. But to the extent that they have power, they are exercising it with a vengeance.

Over the target, ergo co-ordinated and all-inclusive flack.

Very very interesting that DeLay considers Newt a threat. That puts him in the Bush/Rove/Hutchison camp for me. Statist, in other words.

21 posted on 01/27/2012 8:07:17 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: Paperdoll

I put the poison pills back on the shelf when Newt won SC.

This thing has the potential for more twists and turns than a gunny sack full of blue racers...


22 posted on 01/27/2012 8:10:13 PM PST by One Name
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To: Steelfish

The GOP establishment and the Democrat Party are both rooted in and controlled by the same deep pockets. To make it worse - the GOP establishment knows well and good that no real Conservative is going to win without them (or so they are selling in the media).


23 posted on 01/27/2012 8:12:20 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Steelfish

The GOP establishment and the Democrat Party are both rooted in and controlled by the same deep pockets. To make it worse - the GOP establishment knows well and good that no real Conservative is going to win without them (or so they are selling in the media).


24 posted on 01/27/2012 8:12:24 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Paperdoll

ote:America has been reduced to a sweet memory for a lack of high standards. I must say it again. High standards come from Almighty God, and were the foundation of this nation. Without God there can be no America

That is why the elites want abortion legal;ironically ,my observation is that poor people are more likely to accept the unwed mother and child as still a human person,but the “higher” social groups don’t want the bloodlines soiled or confused.The glaring double standard was always the king or prince or wealthy landowner and son “vigorously” siring plenty of bastards but WOE to any than touched THEIR womenfolk!

America has a ruling class whose first loyalty is to themselves not the Constitution.


25 posted on 01/27/2012 8:12:38 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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26 posted on 01/27/2012 8:12:57 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: txhurl
Bob Dole:

“If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices,” Dole wrote. “Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.”

Well, Bob and your spineless gop-e hand-wringers, in case you haven't noticed, it's Zero's way or the highway.

I can't wait to drive down Newt's highway. GO NEWT!

27 posted on 01/27/2012 8:16:50 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: katiedidit1

I would too.


28 posted on 01/27/2012 8:18:06 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: uncbob

Here is a link to the Tom DeLay interview. Not nearly the trashing that everybody is making it out to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeD3qHR2C4U

The conservative rebellion in the house was greatly influenced, in my opinion, by the necessity house republicans felt to be a contrast with the Clintonian antics, not to join in with them, which would have been a betrayal of the higher ethical conduct platform they had won control of the house on four short years before.


29 posted on 01/27/2012 8:18:37 PM PST by ngat
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To: Steelfish
This so-called "GOP Establishment" gave us Obama.

How fitting that, now, they dare try to subvert what they perceive to be "the People's" will by launching a well-coordinated debate-day attack on Gingrich, complete with an on-site "flash mob" for Romney.

The problem is they never have encountered the power of a people who are beginning to understand their rights, and who, with the First President, George Washington, recognize the dangers of Party, when that Party fails to protect the Constitution and liberty.

30 posted on 01/27/2012 8:19:46 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: musicman

‘The peasants are revolting’


31 posted on 01/27/2012 8:19:54 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: Interesting Times

as someone said the other day, ‘when was the last time that we have heard from Dole?.. he could have been speaking out against Obama these past 3 years, but he waits until now to go after Newt.


32 posted on 01/27/2012 8:21:43 PM PST by go-ken-go (Ca)
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To: ScottinVA

You are nearly hitting the nail on the head. Here is what I see signs of in talking to quite a few people who are quite Conservative:

IF Romney gets the appointment as the nominee - Fiscal conservatives will stay home in droves - and Social conservatives are learning more about his “pro-choice” positions - thus limiting their influence as well..

IF Newt gets the nomination, Social conservatives will stay home in droves, and even some fiscal conservatives will dodge the polls.

IF Santorum gets the nod - people will sleep through election day...

Ron Paul - Some of the independent voters and quite a few Libertarians will vote for him - but a large portion of Republicans won’t bother.

And NONE of these candidates are going to help candidates “down-ticket” - where we absolutely HAVE to gain seats - especially in the Senate.

What the Conservatives and remaining GOP (not the “establishment” chunk) at all levels desperately need is a truly inspirational candidate who can energize the base - and motivate the voters to get out in force to take this nation back. Absolutely NONE of the the remaining “GOP” have that potential or ability. I seriously doubt the ability for ANY of them to even offer a serious challenge to Obama who SHOULD be one of the EASIEST candidates in the last century to beat (he make Jimmy Carter look like a fair president). Yet the best any polls today show is a “close” race, and many show Obama as beating any of the GOP hopefuls.

How did we get to this sad point? I will give you a hint (and many Freepers are guilty as sin) - compromise - year after year, election after election - we have tried the “anybody but ___________” attitude... and we have watched the whole political landscape shift Leftward. The hole that has been dug is a mighty deep one - and one that is growing dangerously close to insurmountable.


33 posted on 01/27/2012 8:29:10 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: txhurl

'Your excellence, the peasants are revolting. Just so ya know'.

'Yes, they are, my good men, ugly people. How's that George P doin?'

'Very well once we launch him, your Excellency. With your permission, of course'.

34 posted on 01/27/2012 8:31:17 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: Steelfish

We need to take notes and make an enemies list.


35 posted on 01/27/2012 8:31:26 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: txhurl
pitchfork
36 posted on 01/27/2012 8:35:44 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Bobalu

I just pray the Tea Party people can pull this out and get Newt in.


37 posted on 01/27/2012 8:37:21 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: hoosierham

I am well aware of the idiosyncrasies of the “ruling class”.
But they are a small segment of American society. Of course many of us “think” they are members of that class. For some reason I have never separated America into classes. I judge and accept or reject ALL people on the merits of demerits of their own character. Don’t you?

The real “ruling class” of the world separate themselves from the rest of us in many ways, preferring to remain overt though powerful.


38 posted on 01/27/2012 8:38:49 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: vox_freedom
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39 posted on 01/27/2012 8:43:11 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: txhurl
Not “flack”. A Flack is a public relations spin doctor. FLAK = Fleiger Abwehr Kanone (German for anti-aircraft cannon). WW2 American and British aircrew adopted the German word “flak” as a slang term for anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire. Very correct: flak is heaviest over the target.
40 posted on 01/27/2012 8:57:23 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Steelfish
"He may resent what the establishment is doing to him now, but he also may welcome the attacks as ratification that he remains a threat to established order.

Gingrich may lose this battle, and he could damage himself in the process. But he will not go quietly, and his old friends and enemies in the party know it."

This is truly grand and historical drama.

It's a good time to be alive.

41 posted on 01/27/2012 9:02:09 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: MasterGunner01
We are taking flak over their target!
42 posted on 01/27/2012 9:12:22 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: Steelfish

Perhaps more and more people will come to the conclusion I did back in 1998 that the Grand Old Party is no longer Grand and just an Old Party which has no integrity and deserves to be relegated to the dust heap of history.


43 posted on 01/27/2012 9:31:59 PM PST by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: fabian

I predict Newt will start to threaten the GOP-e miscreants that are attacking him. I think he will get pissed and state explicitly that he will create a Tea Party (actual 3rd party) and destroy the GOP....if they don’t repent and mend their ways.

How could anyone blame him!?

I have never seen anything so underhanded as what they have been doing to him.


44 posted on 01/27/2012 9:35:04 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Steelfish

If Willard the liberal can buy Florida with negative ads against Newt, let’s see how it works in REAL SOUTHERN STATES. The liberal Willard will be shut out in the South by Newt Gingrich. The GOP “establishment” are too damn stupid to realize this.


45 posted on 01/27/2012 9:38:13 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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46 posted on 01/27/2012 9:55:13 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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If Mitt wins the nomination, he will of scorched the electoral landscape so badly that any attempt to unify will be very difficult. I must believe that he doesn’t want the tea party or conservative base. He’ll do what Dole and McCain did and go for the “moderate/independent” vote. It’s a loser strategy even if he gets a “token” conservative as his VP nomination.


47 posted on 01/27/2012 9:56:42 PM PST by ak267
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To: Steelfish

I honestly believe that Newt could create and build up a viable 3rd party that could actually win the Nov election.

He would have to go scorched earth on both Romney and Obama, bring in Paul and his Paulistas, make certain promises to various groups....if anyone could do it Newt could. Look what he accomplished as speaker that nobody else ever could have. He not only enraged the democrats, he infuriated the RINO republicans....both are our enemies!

It would require a certain amount of outright lies and conniving, but extreme circumstances sometimes call for extreme measures.

Newt is just the ahole that could pull off the impossible.
Build a coalition, let him know we support him and will go along with whatever he decides he needs so do...even if it seems extreme....this is the time for EXTREME!!

I’m all in with him should he decide to go this route!

Just what do we have to lose??

I’d rather go down fighting! Even if it is a very dirty fight! Pull out all the stops, go for broke, Do whatever it takes.

I will cast my lot with Newt, the angry Irishman, and roll the dice, if we don’t take the chance we are LOST anyway....WTF do we really have to lose.

Life is short, I don’t want to go down as a spineless worm that was not willing risk all for a chance to save the nation....My God! Look what the founders risked! I can picture Washington on his knees, tears streaming down his face...promising God he will risk everything for the cause of freedom ... we should do the same!

Who is with me? This is the moment of truth!

Remember that if not for Newt we would already be living in a very different and sadder world.....lets pay him back for the work he has done for us.

Nancy and Michael are correct, The Gipper did pass the torch to newt. Newt, the flawed and extraordinary gentleman that may very well be our last, best hope.

Let victory be our motto, victory at any cost, victory or death. Death is preferable to slavery.


48 posted on 01/27/2012 10:20:37 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Steelfish

What the dumbass GOP establishment(I used to consider myself one) doesn’t understand is they are destroying the party forever with this Romney moderate garbage. They have effectively given this country over to the liberals. The are killing what the founder created and what thousands died for.People like me feel so jaded by this BS, that I am questioning my loyalty on alot which I will not name and I served in the US military. Just my 2 cents.


49 posted on 01/27/2012 11:57:44 PM PST by MARKUSPRIME
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To: ngat

which part?


50 posted on 01/28/2012 12:02:57 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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