The real Newt…
There’s a great article in Politico this morning about Newt Gingrich. Recall please that Newt is making moves like he’s going to run for President in 2012, he recently noted that he’d “make a decision after the election”.
I don’t write much about Newt because frankly, I try not to think about Newt. He makes my head hurt. I think he did a good job pre-94 as a backbench bomb thrower who took the Democratic leadership (and the Republicans for that matter) by surprise. He was the beneficiary of Haley Barbour’s leadership at the RNC and he did an excellent job of nationalizing the 94 elections with the Contract With America. And then he folded like a cheap suit. And he hasn’t changed his suit since. I don’t think he’s had it cleaned either.
Today, Howard Rich, a guy you probably haven’t heard of because he keeps a really low profile, has a great article about the Newt. And he quite eloquently covers the ground that I’ve ignored. By the way Howard IS rich, and he’s a big time donor to conservative causes and chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Here’s Howard for starters…
The news that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich folded like a cheap suit in the wake of a brazen political attack on the tea party movement was sad. But not surprising.
As far back as his second term in Congress, in 1980, Gingrich sided with big labor interests until brought to his knees by a National Right to Work education campaign. Contrary to his image, Gingrich has demonstrated throughout his political career that he possesses no real ideological mooring.
Now, his legitimizing the NAACP’s crass political attempt to play the race card reveals him to be nothing more than a rank political opportunist – a White House-aspiring demagogue who prefers looking good for the liberal legacy media to standing up for our rights as citizens and taxpayers.
Well gosh Howard, if you’d just stop mincing your words maybe we could figure out where you stand.
The laundry list of Newt’s gutless forays is almost endless. Starting with the shutdown of the Federal Government and his caving to Clinton. In my anything-but-humble-opinion, Haley Barbour did the real lifting to bring Republicans to power in 94. Newt was the beneficiary of really good coaching. By the time Newt had to stand nose to nose with the best politician of my lifetime, the jello in his spine had wilted and he was clueless. We had the opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of the far Left by killing Clinton’s agenda and showing them for the pre-Obama’s that they were and Newt blew it. He’s made a run at redemption a couple of times since Clinton left office and he writes for Human Events on a regular basis. He also never misses an opportunity to stand with the Left in a bipartisan fashion from his collaboration with Hillary on health care to his scientific opinions about global warming. And then there are the candidates he supports. Nary a conservative in the lot.
Mr. Rich gets downright down and dirty about the government shutdown and I totally agree with his conclusion.
“When the Republican Party faced withering criticism during the government shutdown of 1995 to 1996, our leaders folded instead of standing their ground,” then-former Rep. Tom Coburn wrote in his 2001 book, “Breach of Trust.” “Rather than doing the hard work of explaining to the public, or even to rank-and-file Republicans, what was necessary to reduce the size of government, our leaders retreated.”
By taking the easy way out, and bowing to the altar of political-correctness, Gingrich established a pattern of appeasement that has defined the GOP to this day. Making matters worse, it was his arrogance which precipitated the costly sellout.
“He told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him and Bob Dole sit at the back of Air Force One,” former House majority leader Tom DeLay later wrote. “Newt had been careless to say such a thing, and now the whole moral tone of the shutdown had been lost. What had been a noble battle for fiscal sanity began to look like the tirade of a spoiled child. The revolution, I can tell you, was never the same.”
True limited government advocates should recognize both the NAACP and Gingrich for what they are – enemies in the fight for greater personal and economic freedom for all Americans.
That is the real “teachable moment” of Gingrich’s latest betrayal.
Hopefully Gingrich will read this and take heed. He really needs to go back to teaching history and get out of the political eye of the storm. He had his time in the sun. He got a sun burn. So did we. We don’t need another one.