That’s How You Do It

Newt smacks down that smarmy, shit-peddling felch artist John King so hard that his grandchildren will be feeling the sting (h/t Bill Quick):

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Now, don’t get me started on Gingrich’s past infidelity issues, because you’d be preaching to the choir. Nobody needs to tell me that it was scummy behavior, even if we limit ourselves to the parts that are actually true, because that’s not the issue here.

The issue IS, as we spent 8 long years bemoaning during Dubya’s presidency, that there aren’t any Republicans with the stones to stand up to the liberal media’s shit-flinging. Well, it would appear that there is one in this race. For 8 long years I yelled at my TV every time yet another leftist Alinsky lie was thrown out there as “fact”, not because it was despicable to behold, but because the entire RINOcracy refused to FIGHT THE FUCK BACK!

Because that would be “unhelpful” and all, don’t you know? Also, if we suck up to the DNCMedia just a little bit more, then they’ll finally start liking us!

It was, and is, sickening to watch. For a while there we wondered if we should quit calling them the Stupid Party and go with the more apt French Surrender Monkey Party.

So Hell yeah, His Imperial Majesty loved watching the above. He also loved watching him demolish Juan Williams’ utterly predictable race-baiting and stomp on the greasy, smoldering remains of that liberal asshat just to really drive the point home.

It’s about time that the GOP quit yakking endlessly about how America is worth fighting for and then running away screaming like little girls (with our apologies to little girls everywhere) when an opportunity to actually do so presents itself.

It’s time to fight back. No, it’s way damn overdue. And unless somebody in the GOP finds enough of a spine (they can always go borrow one from a guppy if they can’t find the one they misplaced decades ago) to punch the leftist swine back right in the kisser every time they try to pull another fast one, then the fight is over.

It’s good to see that somebody in this race still understands that.

I’d rather it were somebody else, but we’ll take the fighter at the end of the day every day and twice on Sundays.

Are you serious about destroying the socialist cancer in our country? As in really serious? Then understand, please, that you don’t fight swine like that with civility, at least not if you have any intentions of ultimately winning the fight.

You wait for them to swing, then you kick them in the crown jewels, followed by driving a knee into their gremlin faces and then, when they’re on the ground, you douse them with gasoline and set them on fire.

Thatisall.

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  1. 1
    single stack growls and barks:

    He’s stupid but he’s got guts, and guts is enough-
    Gunny Hartman

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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    But…but…but… Gingrich should have taken “the high road” and ignored all the allegations made by his bitter, vengeful ex-wife!

    To take it out on The MSM is unseemly and not worthy of a presidential candidate!

    /Spineless RINO

    One of the things that really pissed me off about The Newtster was the way he let himself be railroaded out of Congress instead of fighting back against the charges for which he was eventually exonerated and the marriage allegations that turned out to be either grossly distorted or outright false.

    It’s apparent that he’s learned his lesson in that regard and has no compunction about smacking down media hacks.

    To trot out a bitter ex-wife and let her vent about what she sees as her monster of an ex-husband smacks of desperation on the part of the “unbiased media”.

    At least Gingrich knows that if he gets the nomination he’s going to be running against the MSM as well as The Chosen One.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Gawd, I am luvin’ this! First West, now this clown. They keep trying and he keeps knocking them down. Perhaps the networks in their arrogance haven’t noticed, but we the people love this stuff……sent that one on yesterday when I first saw it, LMAO all the way.
    Nail ‘em to a wall, Newt……with rusty nails. :em05: :em05:

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    LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder growls and barks:

    Impressive rebuttal but all the same, Newt just whacked a hornets nest.

    If the LSM wasn’t going to keelhaul him and drag the bloody corpse through the streets before (and they had every intention of doing so as evidenced by this little debacle)…You can bet the spin machine dials are right now getting cranked up to 150% overdrive and they are going to come after him with a vengeance.

    Any one get a whiff of hypocrisy here? I did, after all wasn’t the Talking heads at CNN NBC CBS et al screaming their lungs out that Clinton’s little indiscretion in the White House was a “Private Family Matter”?
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Elephant Man says:

    At least Gingrich knows that if he gets the nomination he’s going to be running against the MSM as well as The Chosen One.

    LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder says:

    You can bet the spin machine dials are right now getting cranked up to 150% overdrive and they are going to come after him with a vengeance.

    As was always the case.

    At least we might have a candidate who isn’t going to roll over and grovel for the DNCMedia’s forgiveness like a good little Establishment RINO Poodle.
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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder @ #:

    Gauging from the reaction of the audience, if Gingrich manages to get the nomination, this election might turn out to be not only a referendum against Obama but the MSM as well.

    I’m sure he’s got a warehouse full of this to hose down any media hack. :lol:

    As far as hypocrisy goes, who could forget the LSM shelving John Edwards “indescretions” during the 2004 election?

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    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    More simple math.
    LSM=Scandalmongers

    Now that was some pretty good reality TV.

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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    In regard to dealing with the “unbiased media”, I remember Reagan had no compunction about whacking the MSM hornets nest.

    Who could forget his “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes” quip.

    Media hacks were squealing and crapping their collective pants for weeks after that one :lol:

    His usual modus operandi was to roll his eyes and say “There you go again” whenever the MSM trotted out the meme of the week concerning his latest “outrageous outrage”.

    That coupled with Reagan treating the MSM like they were mentally challenged children drove the media hacks insane with rage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Gingrich is the next Reagan.

    I’m just noting their mutual contempt and disdain for the MSM.

    While Reagan had a more “gentile” method of showing his disdain and contempt, Gingrich uses a more direct approach.

    Sign of the times, I guess. :grin:

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    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    Newt is dirty and scummy… yes. But at least he’s honest about it. I don’t like the guy, but I -will- hold my nose and vote for him against Obama.

    And look, marital infidelity, yes. Divorce, yes. But why are these things such scandals? Almost every politician does the marital infidelity thing, at least in Newt’s case the obviously toxic relationships were ended. My father is twice-divorced and I’m pretty sure he cheated on my mother. It was wrong, and terrible, and yet my father is still a Godly man who obviously regretted what he did. We are all imperfect, flawed and fuck up. Any politician who looks clean is a bought and paid for puppet of the media (or maybe the media is HIS puppet).

    I’m not saying these things are RIGHT but I am asking the obvious question: why is anyone surprised about it? At least Newt’s dirty laundry is ALREADY flapping in the wind. Who knows what will be dug up about Romney if he gets the nod. You think Newt’s attacks on Romney are bad… just wait until the Media flips on Romney and starts going after him full-force.

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    As I was telling Rob last night, I hate Gingrich – with the passion of a thousand burning suns – BUT… the one thing I’d LOVE to see is him take on Zero in the debates.

    Mish:

    The issue IS, as we spent 8 long years bemoaning during Dubya’s presidency, that there aren’t any Republicans with the stones to stand up to the liberal media’s shit-flinging. Well, it would appear that there is one in this race. For 8 long years I yelled at my TV every time yet another leftist Alinsky lie was thrown out there as “fact”, not because it was despicable to behold, but because the entire RINOcracy refused to FIGHT THE FUCK BACK!

    I think the problem is that we’re all so mired in the latest revelations about Newt’s scumbaggery, which by all reports is gargantuan, we forget his actual record as a RINO.

    Make no mistake, Newt IS a fucking RINO. I wrote this on my blog, and I’ll write it here.

    Medicare Part D. I don’t give a fuck if Dubya was pushing it RINOs wanted to support their leader. Reality: “The drug benefit now costs taxpayers over $60 billion a year and has almost $16 trillion in unfunded liabilities.”

    Individual health care mandate. I don’t give a fuck which tool at Heritage came up with it. It’s wrong to force individuals to make a purchase by government mandate. And he still believes the government should use force to compel individuals to purchase coverage.

    Opposed Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms as “right wing social engineering” and then was forced to recant. Those proposed reforms to Medicare weren’t even all that radical, but Newtie stepped in it and then had to grovel.

    Rimmed Skeletor Lugosi on that couch in a united front to address “climate change,” and was willing to sacrifice free market, laissez-faire ideals for questionable science and defends and still supports ethanol subsidies.

    Supports TARP.

    Do I need to go on? Gingrich talks a good game, folks. A real good game. He stands up to the media. All well and good. BUT HE IS AS MUCH OF A RINO FLIP-FLOPPING SCUMBAG AS FUCKING MITTENS!

    And what makes him worse is that he arrogantly claims he’s so much smarter and so much better. That hypocritical arrogance (“People need to hear what I have to say. Sure I’m fucking Callista in our bed and want you to put up with it, but I’m so incredibly wonderful and amazing, that it shouldn’t matter.”) remains to this day.

    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.
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    harvey growls and barks:

    Good to see Newt donkey fuck this smarmy shitbag of lying liberal leninist filth with a baseball bat wrapped with concertina wire dipped in agent orange. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Speaker. You’ve got my support. Please please please can we have LTC West as your VP? Or Sen. Rubio?

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    I think Newt would make a good Press Secretary for a true conservative POTUS. Hopefully the other “candidates” get a freaking clue and adopt a similar willingness to get froggy when necessary. Unfortunately I have difficulty envisioning Romney and Santorum acting like they have a pair.

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    LC Darth Scoundrel growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    Do I need to go on? Gingrich talks a good game, folks. A real good game. He stands up to the media. All well and good. BUT HE IS AS MUCH OF A RINO FLIP-FLOPPING SCUMBAG AS FUCKING MITTENS!
    And what makes him worse is that he arrogantly claims he’s so much smarter and so much better. That hypocritical arrogance (“People need to hear what I have to say. Sure I’m fucking Callista in our bed and want you to put up with it, but I’m so incredibly wonderful and amazing, that it shouldn’t matter.”) remains to this day.
    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.
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    This should be the easiest election for the Republicans since Jimmi the Dhimmi, but predictably they are going to find a way to go down in burning flames. I think I’m going to show up for the down-ticket races and that’s about it.
    For Presidink I’ll write in this candidate. :em05:
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    LC Darth Scoundrel @ #:

    OMG, she’s the shit!!!
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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    Oh good grief, Misha. The Marianne Gingrich story was probably one of THE top news stories of the day, and it would have been impossible for ANY news agency NOT to ask that question. Suddenly it is the media’s fault for bringing it up?

    Especially a toad like Newt Gingrich to turn this around and make it about the media? Seriously? And the crowd giving a standing ovation only goes to show how morally bankrupt the Republican Party has become to be supporting a slime mold like Newt in ANY way, shape or form.

    Something tells me that there is going to be a brokered nomination at the RNC convention, and that the three stooges, “Man on Dog”, “Dog on Roof”, and “Man on woman on woman on woman” are not going to be the nominee. I half expect Chris Christie to parachute into the convention at the last moment to save the day, because there is NO way the current occupants of the Republican Klown Kar are going to take on Obama and win.
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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    I half expect Chris Christie to parachute into the convention at the last moment to save the day

    Provided there’s a parachute that will actually support his bulk.

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    only goes to show how morally bankrupt the Republican Party has become to be supporting a slime mold like Newt in ANY way, shape or form.

    To be fair, I don’t think most Republicans support or even like Newt even a little bit. He’s just the latest not-Romney incarnation RINO fuck from hell – but he’s louder, more bombastic, and more arrogant.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.

    I’m officially endorsing Newt Gingrich for President today.
    Jan 19, 2012 | Jim Robinson

    I’m officially endorsing Newt Gingrich for president today. Was going to wait until after Florida, but see no reason to delay. We need Newt to win in South Carolina and Florida to stop any possible momentum building up for the establishment big government, statist, abortionist RINO!!

    RomneyCare = ObamaCare = government tyranny!! Taxpayer funded abortion is as evil as evil can be!!
    Newt is a pro-life Reagan Revolution conservative who led the Republican Revolution of the 90’s, taking the majority away from the democrats who had held it for 40 years. And as Speaker, cut the taxes, cut the government, cut the spending, cut the deficit, cut regulations, cut unemployment, brought the federal budget under control for four years running. And unlike Romney, actually blocked a socialist healthcare system from becoming law. And created a pro-growth, pro-free market, pro-jobs environment and extended the Reagan economy throughout the 90’s!! Newt is the ideal candidate to lead the Tea Party Revolution!!

    Newt plans to go to a 15% personal flat tax after deductions and a 12.5% corporate tax and eliminate the capital gains taxes altogether. He wants to privatize social security and medicare and eliminate the payroll tax.

    And he wants to neuter the EPA and the Fed. Repeal ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley. Fire all of the czars, dismantle the Marxist state and fire if not jail Bernanke. And send 185 federal socialist welfare programs back to the states and the people, and return education back to local control.

    Newt will directly challenge the liberal activist judiciary and end the unconstitutional power grabs of our usurping black robed rulers.
    He wants to restore the constitutional balance of powers between the three branches and restore states rights and individual rights. He wants to turn government control back to the states and local people as the founders set it up.

    These are the kind of dramatic reductions in government that the tea party is demanding.
    And he has the knowledge, experience, know how, fire in the belly, and the balls to get it done!!

    In short, I believe he’s exactly what we grassroots conservative tea party rebels are looking for. I think we can use some of Newt’s conservative revolutionary talents right now!!

    As long as the conservatives remain split, the establishment RINO Romney will waltz in just like McLame in 2008 and he will lose to Obama just like McLame. It’s time to build the Gingrich Coalition!!

    FR is hereby officially in full open rebellion against the elite GOP establishment and the Marxist commiecrats!!

    Go, tea party!! Go, Newt!!

    We are the resistance!!

    Damn the torpedoes, damn the RINOs, damn the exes!! Full speed ahead!!

    Free Republic is and will remain a pro-life, pro-family, limited government, strong defense, grassroots conservative site!!

    RINOs need not apply!!

    Happy Newt Day!! Only 366 days until President Newt evicts Obama!!

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    Hvy Gunner 0331 growls and barks:

    It is indeed refreshing to see the MSM taken to task. One fact is clear (and emphasized repeatedly in these confines): America needs a hard-ass at the helm. Unfortunately, those hardasses we have identified are not on the ticket. I wonder whether the folks we need at the helm have seen the garbage they have to wade through to get to the White House and determined that they would have no part of it.

    I’m worried, folks… There is such a disconnect between common sense and the Government, between the Common Man and the Government that grows wider by the moment. The power brokers in Washington are pulling the strings, and there is no way a true Patriot President could shake loose their fetters to accomplish anything substantial.

    I fear that the time is coming where we will have to resort to Misha’s “third box”, and the enemy is on our own shores, in our own houses of government.

    Somebody please tell this broken down old Infantryman that he’s wrong.

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    LC Gladiator @ #:
    Jim Robinson better hope Newt keeps his promises to the country better than he keeps his promises to his wives.
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    Teufelhunden_JD growls and barks:

    From a campaign tactical perspective I would rather have Newt running as VP than top of the ticket. Unleash him on a nationwide verbal firebombing tour, let him do what he does best all day, every day, and his personal issues wouldn’t come up nearly as much because he’s not really the one people are voting for. I don’t like him as President (to be fair, I don’t like any of our choices), but as a designated attack dog he’s a winner.

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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    Provided there’s a parachute that will actually support his bulk.

    I was going for the visual there. ;)

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    To be fair, I don’t think most Republicans support or even like Newt even a little bit. He’s just the latest not-Romney incarnation RINO fuck from hell – but he’s louder, more bombastic, and more arrogant.

    Yet he is on track to win South Carolina. Honestly, I would have expected Santorum to be the winner there. At least with Rick Santorum, he walks the talk — mostly.

    Hvy Gunner 0331 says:

    It is indeed refreshing to see the MSM taken to task.

    “Taken to task” for what? What you saw was a diversion.

    First, ABC — not exactly a “Liberal media” with its Conservative ownership and all, does an interview with the ex-wife of Newt Gingrich — who has his enemies within the Republican Party, most of them being Conservatives who served with him in the House.

    Then you have CNN, the day this HUGE story broke about the interview and is pretty much on everybody’s mind, DARES to ask the obvious question that ANY responsible news joint is going to ask.

    Newt’s response? To be “appalled” at such questions that most people would expect to have an answer to, given the circumstances. After all, it does go to the man’s “character” and “moral compass”.

    Instead, he did the gypsy twist and played the “liberal media” card, which is red meat to those people.

    Now be honest, had this been John Edwards or Bill Clinton standing up there at a debate and was asked the same question and given the same answer, would you be congratulating either of them for “taking the media to task?”

    I’m guessing not.

    It was a fair question, and there was no easy way for Gingrich to answer it. So he diverted people’s attention.

    “Don’t look here, look over THERE.”

    There was no way John King wasn’t going to ask the question. Even Sean Hannity, if placed in that position, would have been forced to ask the question. NOT asking the question would have been a HUGE story unto itself. Every other news organization in the world would have led with it — even FOX. They wouldn’t have been talking about what was said in the debate, but by what WASN’T.

    So yeah, the question was going to be asked.
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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    I was going for the visual there.

    And I was trying to eat lunch, dammit! :em05:
    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    Yet he is on track to win South Carolina. Honestly, I would have expected Santorum to be the winner there. At least with Rick Santorum, he walks the talk — mostly.

    Maybe he’s just too creepy for even SC.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    Jim Robinson better hope Newt keeps his promises to the country better than he keeps his promises to his wives.

    And Obamas record on promises is better? Where are Obamas accomplishments? His records? Newts NOT perfect. NOBODY is. But Ill vote for my dog before I vote for Obama. We still dont know if the wife is even telling the truth (Remember Herman Cain?)Lemme see if I got this straight -
    The knee-pad media in this country will ignore the immorality, greed, theft and fraud of the Left, but give credence to an Ex with an axe to grind.
    Have I got that about right?
    Newt is no paragon of virtue, but it seems to me that Marianne embraced the concept of an open marriage when she agreed to start sleeping with Newt while he was still married to his first wife.

    BTW, if Jesus were running, would you not vote for Him because of the rumors He consorted with prostitutes?

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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    And I was trying to eat lunch, dammit!

    I made you vomit last night on Facebook too. Damn I am a bad boy… :em05:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    Maybe he’s just too creepy for even SC.

    And Newt isn’t?

    Like I said, Chris Christie would probably walk away with the entire show at the convention, and IMHO is probably the best bet to beat Obama in November.

    For the record, I would vote for President Christie over Obama, if for no other reason than it would be pure entertainment. But I also think he would do a good job.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – In what appears to be a last ditch attempt to halt Newt Gingrich’s late momentum in South Carolina, a fake CNN Breaking News alert was emailed to state Republican activists early Thursday morning claiming that the former House Speaker pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion. CNN did not send out the email alert. It’s not clear how many people received the fake email, though at least two members of the South Carolina GOP Executive Committee, who did not want to be named, were among those who found the missive in their inboxes this morning..

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    LC Gladiator says:

    And Obamas record on promises is better? Where are Obamas accomplishments? His records? Newts NOT perfect. NOBODY is.

    I will take the evil I know over the evil that promises to be conservative and has a record of breaking promises.

    LC Gladiator says:

    But Ill vote for my dog before I vote for Obama.

    I would too, but my dog just died. :(

    LC Gladiator says:

    We still dont know if the wife is even telling the truth (Remember Herman Cain?)

    Honestly, I don’t give a fuck that much about his personal foibles, other than to say that it makes him a repulsive human being. I don’t care if the wife is telling the truth (there’s no denying he cheated on two of them). I care about the fact that this guy has a less than conservative record, but somehow we’re expected to trust him?

    FUCK THAT!
    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:
    I made you vomit last night on Facebook too. Damn I am a bad boy…

    Uhhh… Yeah! I know you have my best health interests at hear, but I’M NOT THAT FAT! :em05:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    For the record, I would vote for President Christie over Obama, if for no other reason than it would be pure entertainment. But I also think he would do a good job.

    I wouldn’t. Other than fiscally, fucker’s a total lib.

    He supports a multi-state Cap & Trade scheme known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and is so committed to Cap & Trade that he used funds raised from RGGI’s carbon auctions to help balance the budget; he has directed that state funds be appropriated to subsidize “green” technology ventures such as off-shore windmills;

    He has refused to join other state attorneys-general in a joint lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare while accepting federal funds for the implementation of a similar program on a statewide level;

    He is on record saying that he does not believe illegal aliens are here illegally; he has indicated that he supports amnesty for illegals; he generally favors strict gun control and he supports construction of the Ground Zero Mosque even as he condemns those who oppose it.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    I hadn’t been for Gingrich initially and spent plenty of energy excoriating him, these last several years, for any number of sins he committed against the Republican/Conservative ideals. He seemed a turncoat of sorts, particularly when he babysat Pelosi on the couch.

    On reflection, Newt is an attention whore seeking relevancy for his ideas and I guess I take him at his word that he made a few mistakes in his life and he has at least some regret for those decisions. God knows I am no angel and so I have to reflect on the man’s ability to get things done.

    Newt gave us the Republican majority, the Contract with America and completed 2/3rds of his agenda while in office.

    He now has a new plan for America and with what is likely to become a Congressional Super Majority and a Senate Majority, if not Super Majority, I believe he will absolutely accomplish his agenda.

    Say goodbye to ObamaCare the single biggest scam and travesty foisted upon a free people who, by right, ought to have been given the opportunity to read the bill and debate it. Instead, a win at all cost, cheating agenda was developed and it was signed with most people never laying eyes on at least page 2 of this utopian dreck.

    Executive Orders Positions:

    The following are all within the executive powers to simply order and with the exception of securing the border within one year, they are all easily accomplished with the stroke of a pen and no way to challenge them in the legislature.

    Keystone may be challenged in the courts but I think the Executive can order the EPA to approve, under National Security Priorities and it is a National Security issue, as well, a jobs issue.

    As President, Newt, could actually have a very busy 1st week or month just on these initiative alone.

    1. Eliminate the thirty-nine White House “Czar” positions created during the current administration. The president does not have the authority to appoint bureaucrats to power who are not accountable to the Congress.

    2. “Mexico City Policy” of Respect for Life. Reauthorize President Ronald Reagan’s policy – also known as the “Mexico City Policy”— to stop tax payer dollars from being used to fund or promote abortions in foreign countries.

    3. Restore conscience clause protections for Healthcare Workers.No American working in a medical environment should be forced to perform any procedure that he or she finds morally or ethically objectionable based on religious teaching. This protection should include, but not be limited to abortion. Existing conscience clause protections need to be strengthened.

    4. Respect Each Sovereign Nation’s Choice of its Capital. Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own Capital. Accordingly, the U.S. State Department should be instructed to respect the choice of each sovereign nation and place the American embassy in their Capital. (Israel is the only country the United States discriminates against in this regard. The people of Israel have designated Jerusalem as their capital. Yet the United States retains its embassy in Tel Aviv.)

    5. End the Attorney General’s Assault on the States. Instruct the Attorney General to withdraw all immigration-related lawsuits against states immediately, including those pending in Arizona and South Carolina. The Obama Administration refuses to enforce federal immigration laws, and instead sues states who are merely trying to enforce the laws that the federal government neglects. The Gingrich Administration will secure the border by Jan. 1, 2014 by any means necessary.

    6. The Keystone Pipeline
    Unleash American Energy by Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Instruct the State Department to approve a Presidential Permit immediately for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that will send 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Great Plains and Southwestern states to Gulf Coast refineries lower staggering energy prices, and create up to 120,000 American jobs.

    LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS
    Now we get into the details of an inclusive agenda that brings the people(you and me), through their representatives, into process. The TEA Party and conservatives are going to have a majority in both houses.

    Let’s elect an Executive who will absolutely fulfill the promise of our ideals.

    Executive Summary
    1.Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.
    2.Return to robust job creation with a bold set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms that will free American entrepreneurs to invest and hire, as well as by reforming the Federal Reserve and creating a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits to encourage work and improve the quality of our workforce.
    3.Unleash America’s full energy production potential in oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear oil shale and more, creating jobs, stimulating a sustainable manufacturing boom, lowering gasoline and other energy prices, increasing government revenues, and bolstering national security.
    4.Save Medicare and Social Security by giving Americans more choices and tools to live longer, healthier lives with greater financial independence.
    5.Balance the federal budget by freeing job-creators to grow the economy, reforming entitlements, and implementing waste cutting and productivity improvement systems such as Lean Six Sigma to eliminate waste and fraud. Pass a balanced budget amendment to keep it balanced.
    6.Control the border by January 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of government; reform the legal visa system, and make it much easier to deport criminals and gang members while making it easier for law abiding visitors to come to the US.
    7.Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats by restructuring and adequately funding our security agencies to function within a grand strategy for victory over those who seek to kill us or limit American power.
    8.Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending towards urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions knowledge of the brain will help solve.
    9.Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution.
    10.Enforce the Tenth Amendment by starting an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states, respectively, or to the people,” as the Constitution requires. Over the next year, state and local officials and citizens will be asked to identify the areas which can be transferred back home.
    Newt gave us the three most important victories of the 90’s Welfare Reform, Balanced Budget and Reduced Taxes. I hope I don’t need to describe the benefits of those victories. They ought to be obvious to everyone by now.

    Lastly, there have been some reports that Newt shouldn’t get all the credit. Really? Then perhaps we marginalize the accomplishments of Washington, Roosevelt, Kennedy and ….wait for it… Reagan.

    Do we really want to go down the road with that kind of adolescent sophistry and parsing of what happened?

    Newt is the guy who thought of these big things, proposed them and shepherded their implementation?

    Newt has once again identified what is important to us now, at this time and described how we can get there with our representative majorities. He has done it before and I declare Newt Gingrich was then and is Now a leader.

    We should elect Newt Gingrich to the Presidency of the United States

    h/t Free Republic.com , Gingrich.com

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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #25:

    None of this surprises me at all. Of course, I am sure the inclination would be to blame “Liberals” for this, but the reality is, we would wait until the GENERAL election to do something like this. Instead, I would be looking towards those who actually have a need to derail Gingrich. Frankly, liberals would welcome a matchup against ANY of the remaining occupants of the Republican Klown Kar of candidates. They are going to save their energy for later.

    Also, if the previous presidential election was any indication, the more the primary candidates beat each other up in the primaries, the more material will be used against them by the opposing Party in the general election.

    Virtually everything that Cain and the Right tried to use against Obama came from the fight between Obama and Hillary. That includes the Birth certificate, Ayers, Wright, etc. There is going to be a wealth of stuff to use against the nominee in November.
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    Seriously, they’re comparing Newt to Washington and Reagan????????

    Bottom line is I just don’t trust him. YMMV
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    EDITORIAL: Obama’s pipe-dream economy
    President thinks more jobs created by jobless checks than oil pipeline
    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    The White House’s pre-emptive strike on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is a disaster for American workers and consumers. President Obama continues to demonstrate that he has no idea how real jobs are created or how the economy works.

    The proposed pipeline would bring oil from the tar sands in Alberta to refining centers in the United States. The project would produce 20,000 direct jobs and indirectly employ 118,000. Once completed, it would enable America to continue to shift oil imports away from trouble spots such as the Middle East and regimes that American consumers would rather not be supporting. Predictably for a fossil-fuel project, Keystone XL ran into opposition from environmental groups and became a rallying cry for greens disappointed by Mr. Obama’s perceived failure to energetically push their agenda. The pipeline project was seen as the last straw, especially after uber-global-warming alarmist James Hansen declared that completing Keystone would mean “game over for the planet.”

    In November, after a series of high-profile protests by celebrities, the State Department announced that a lengthy review process was necessary to find a route around the sensitive Sand Hills region of Nebraska. That pushed off the decision on Keystone until after the 2012 election, allowing Mr. Obama to dodge the issue. Congress responded by demanding an answer by Feb. 21, and rather than use the remaining month to conclude the study, the White House punted on third down and blamed Republicans.

    more
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/18/obamas-pipe-dream-economy/

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…..?

    According to ABC, Marianne Gingrich became the subject of an FBI sting operation in Paris in the late 1990s, involving an arms dealer working undercover for the U.S. government. The network said the investigation was dropped but that the then-Mrs. Gingrich had claimed that she could “get things done” in Congress and had sought a $500,000 down payment as part of a $10 million bribe to influence her husband.

    Marianne Gingrich denied the accusation and blamed it on an unnamed convicted felon.

    “This is all made-up, fabricated hogwash,” said the former Mrs. Gingrich, laughing off the suggestion that she had tried to profit from her then-speaker husband’s position. “Heavens, no,” she said, while acknowledging that she had met with the man.

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    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    Now be honest, had this been John Edwards or Bill Clinton standing up there at a debate and was asked the same question and given the same answer, would you be congratulating either of them for “taking the media to task?”

    That would never have happened!! :em04:

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    Southern Libertarian growls and barks:

    Hvy Gunner 0331 says:

    Somebody please tell this broken down old Infantryman that he’s wrong.

    I pray that your wrong.

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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    Wait a bloomin’ minute here! I missed this little gem, Misha:

    The issue IS, as we spent 8 long years bemoaning during Dubya’s presidency,

    On what parallel universe are you referring to? For crying out loud, the man was pretty close to being he Second Coming of Christ for most of you. If someone said one bad thing about Bush, we were “haters” and “un-American” and “traitors” who didn’t respect the “Commander-in-Chief” and probably should have been imprisoned for attacking a sitting president during the time of war. Some of you must have been double or even triple jointed in the way you tied yourselves into knots defending the guy. It was like political yoga going on in here.

    And now you characterize that as “bemoaning” Bush?
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    Oh good grief, Misha. The Marianne Gingrich story was probably one of THE top news stories of the day, and it would have been impossible for ANY news agency NOT to ask that question. Suddenly it is the media’s fault for bringing it up?

    Yeah, right and whatever. It was the Biggest Story Ever Told™ including the birth of Jesus Christ!™

    Except it was so old that you have to dig out history books to find the last time it was mentioned AND it was a giant nothing-burger that had already been done to death back in the 90s with NO additional information being provided. Which doubtlessly explains why ABC was playing around with the idea of holding it off until after the primaries in SC were done. Does more damage that way, you know.

    Oh, and I’m equally sure that it was a Pure Coincidence™ that this ancient non-story got dug out two days before a primary in which Newt is suddenly crawling up in the polls, threatening Mittens ObamaBot’s “inevitability.” Just as it was Pure Coincidence™ that the Tardasil non-story just happened to “break” (i.e. get a fire for effect order, full press court order) just as Perry was threatening the MittBot, followed by the Pure Coincidence™ that every deadbeat, bankrupt hooker in the country came forward with Gloria Allred at their side providing no facts or corroborations whatsoever about alleged, lurid affairs with Herman Cain just as he was threatening the MittBot in the polls.

    All just Pure Coincidence™. Their hands were tied, don’t you see? They had no choice! They’d really, really rather not, but what is a serious, impartial, unbiased journalist to DO???!?!!!!?!

    :em05:

    Changing gears: About the pipeline. Yeah, I know, you certainly have told us all often enough, that oil is somehow magically exempt from the powers of supply and demand, but that doesn’t make it so.

    Still, I remember one time, right around when Iran was rattling its sabers about the Strait of Hormuz, when you told us all that it was an obvious ploy by the Iranian mullahs to drive up the price of oil and that they’d gotten just that out of it. For once you were actually right, but I’m just having a hard time figuring out how that might happen, considering that no increase, decrease or even threat of either in the supply of oil has any effect whatsoever on the price of the stuff.

    So let me see if I’ve got it right: Increase in supply does nothing to lower the price, but the mere hint of a future decrease in supply does?

    :em05:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    On what parallel universe are you referring to? For crying out loud, the man was pretty close to being he Second Coming of Christ for most of you. If someone said one bad thing about Bush, we were “haters” and “un-American” and “traitors” who didn’t respect the “Commander-in-Chief” and probably should have been imprisoned for attacking a sitting president during the time of war. Some of you must have been double or even triple jointed in the way you tied yourselves into knots defending the guy. It was like political yoga going on in here.

    Did you actually read the site during those years? Did you read about the Harriet Miers dustup? The Medicare clusterfuck? No Child (but mostly teacher’s wages) Left Behind? The “should I stay or should I go” waffling on Fallujah? Shamnesty ’07?

    And those are just a few of the times when I was, according to you, tying myself into knots defending the guy.

    Damn, I had loyal Bush-Bots writing me hate mail, unsubscribing and swearing to never read the site again (a promise that they kept, by the way, in spite of quite a few of them having been readers for a long time) over my Second Coming of Christ Worshiping of everything Dubya did.

    If what I wrote about Jorge Arbusto McShamnesty Limp Dick Noodlespine Bush 43 (just to use some of the milder terms I used for him when he pissed me off) was ‘political yoga” bending myself out of shape to defend him, then I’d truly hate to see what I might have written about him if I’d been truly ticked off.

    Correct that: I would love to have seen it. It would have been the End All and Be All to Flaming, the Mother of All Take-Downs, The Daisy Cutter Equivalent of a SPNAK!!!1!, The Big Bang of Mockery, the…

    You get the drift.
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    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    +1 Emperor.

    I’ve been lurking at the Rott for a long time, I don’t even remember when I started lurking here, actually (BC might…). And I clearly remember loving this blog mainly because it was a Conservative blog that would call Bush out on his bullshit rather than lick his boots.

    Here, people tell it like it is. If Bush was being a fucknozzle, Misha would call him out on it.

    Deej, your argument is full of more holes than a hooker’s panties.

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    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Yeah, right and whatever. It was the Biggest Story Ever Told™ including the birth of Jesus Christ!™

    No, but it WAS the top story of the 72 hour news cycle and for the first time the story contained first hand information from his second wife herself. The fact that he had asked her for a divorce and 48 hours went out to give a speech on family values seems to be rather news worthy.

    And exactly how do you vet a candidate? Do you ignore the stuff the media brings up? Or do you muzzle the media — unless of course they dig up dirt on the candidate you don’t support?

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Except it was so old that you have to dig out history books to find the last time it was mentioned AND it was a giant nothing-burger that had already been done to death back in the 90s with NO additional information being provided.

    Except that back in the 1990s Newt wasn’t running for president. In fact, he had just been drummed out of the Congress and was expected to worm his way back into the wood work somewhere to die a quiet death. But now that he is running for the Top Job of the World, his past is throwing back the giant doors and exposing itself again, lest there are people who might have forgotten or never have known what kind of a cad the man really is.

    I think that if I hadn’t known before, I would want to know now, wouldn’t you? There are still scads of people in this country who don’t know what Newt Gingrich is all about.

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Which doubtlessly explains why ABC was playing around with the idea of holding it off until after the primaries in SC were done. Does more damage that way, you know.

    And like I said somewhere, this has the fingerprints of Willard “The Mittens” Romney all over it. He has connections to ABC through Bain Capital’s ownership of Clear Channel and their partnership with ABC. It doesn’t take much to connect those dots. Is it dirty? Sure, but then politics IS a dirty game — ask Gingrich, he helped invent the viciousness of it. Now it is biting him on his ample ass and he is now somehow “appalled”.

    And you are right, there are no “coincidences” here. Newt was climbing up in the polls and someone felt he needed to be taken down a notch. But when you use a news story like the Marianne Gingrich interview as that means to take him down, it has its intended results: it piques the interest of the public. It has sex, scandal, lies, deceit, and scorn. A perfect recipe for public interest. All it was missing was the blood.

    So yeah, it was the elephant in the room, and the choice was simple: ask the question, have Gingrich be indignant (Newt has priors for blaming the media for his own short comings) or not ask the question and have the media circus turn THAT into the story going into the weekend. Ether way, the story ends up with legs and that was it’s intent in the first place. It doesn’t matter whether it was “old news” or something that doesn’t really run a flag up your pole, the fact is, it DOES matter to a LOT of people who might have never heard the story before.

    I agree with you though — this is an old story and for those of us who HAVE paid attention all these years, it isn’t really a surprise to us. Of course we are jaded that way. But then, we are really a minority in this country. More people can name the judges on American Idol, but cannot name two of the candidates currently running for President on the Republican side. There are many who don’t know who the Vice President is, or can’t name one Supreme Court Justice. They can’t name the Senate Majority Leader or the Speaker of the House, but they can tell you the entire cast of Jersey Shore.

    Gotta run. I will get back to you on the other side of the Lake.
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    And exactly how do you vet a candidate?

    I have a few ideas, but if you have some too, I suggest you send them to the OgabeMedia who only seems to be able to “discover” vetting when it’s not a Demoscum who needs vetting.
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen says:

    I think that if I hadn’t known before, I would want to know now, wouldn’t you? There are still scads of people in this country who don’t know what Newt Gingrich is all about.

    There are even more scads of people who don’t know jack fucking squat about Ogabessiah, five fucking years after their alleged vetting should have been carried out. And your point? Other than the one on the top of your head, that is.

    More people can name the judges on American Idol, but cannot name two of the candidates currently running for President on the Republican side.

    More people know what’s currently playing on my mp3 player than have ever laid eyes on Ogabe’s college transcripts or, for that matter, anything relating to what he was doing before the DNCMedia declared him the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

    Again: Your point?
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    MarineVet1995 growls and barks:

    LC Darth Scoundrel @ #:
    Ya know… I was planning on seeing who the PravadaUS (MSM for those who don’t know) ignored from either the Libertarian or the Constitution party, and going with them, but fu** it… Free bacon wins!

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.

    I hear ya, sestrichka, I really do. So what are our choices? Mittens who is Ogabe with a lighter tan, Santorum who is creepy, Ronulan who is a fucking crack pot?

    I do understand how you feel, even if I’m not quite ready to just refuse to vote for any of them myself. But do me a favor and do show up to vote down ticket, because we’re going to need all the help we can get from Congress if we’re to survive another four years of Ogabe.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    There are even more scads of people who don’t know jack fucking squat about Ogabessiah, five fucking years after their alleged vetting should have been carried out. And your point? Other than the one on the top of your head, that is

    Praise the Lord whoever brought our Misha to see DJ s dark side again

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:

    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.

    I’m very nearly there with ya, not quite but very nearly. The only one I will not vote for, for any reason is Paul. I can’t convince myself that he is anything other than an anti-Semitic bigot. He could be perfect on everything else, I will not support a bigot.

    Gingrich is as far as I’m willing to go, yep the guy is scum and I don’t trust him. I do trust that he is a contrary asshole who will do something just to piss in someone’s cornflakes. Further more I trust that the leftists and media will be unable to help themselves, they will attack him. Let his assholeishness work for us.

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    Emperor Misha I says:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch says:
    I will fucking pull that lever for Zero, before I EVER cast a vote in Newt’s direction. Ever.
    I hear ya, sestrichka, I really do. So what are our choices? Mittens who is Ogabe with a lighter tan, Santorum who is creepy, Ronulan who is a fucking crack pot?
    I do understand how you feel, even if I’m not quite ready to just refuse to vote for any of them myself. But do me a favor and do show up to vote down ticket, because we’re going to need all the help we can get from Congress if we’re to survive another four years of Ogabe.
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    Moy dorogoy bratik, honestly, I’m ready to give up on the White House and focus every last effort and my dying breath on ensuring a conservative veto-proof majority in Congress. Let the legislature tie his foul socialist paws! I’m convinced that no matter who gets elected to the White House in 2012, we all lose.

    I cannot, in good conscience, give any of those fucktards my vote. I consider my vote sacred. I know that if my parents had remained in the USSR, and subsequently Russia, my “vote” would mean jack shit there, and that’s why I take voting as a sacred trust. I will be in that voting booth on election day. But I will cast my vote either for Gary Johnson, provided he gets the LP nomination, or I will write him in, knowing that no matter whose ass occupies that White House next, they will all be scum or in Ron Paul’s case, batshit crazy. And I cannot give any of them my vote. I realize Gary has no chance of winning, but at least I’ll walk out of that voting booth with my head held high, and I’ll be able to sleep at night.
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    MarineVet1995 @ #:
    Laura came to my blog earlier and told me I could be her campaign manager!

    Will work for bacon… and ammo. :em01:
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    LC Gladiator @ #:

    All those accomplishments of Newt’s… let’s remember some history.

    One thing that makes Newt Gingrich an attractive presidential candidate to many conservatives is his term as Speaker of the House and his role as the captain of the Republican Revolution of 1994. But a closer look at the history of the years between 1995 and when he stepped down as speaker in 1998 show that Gingrich was usually at odds with those pushing the Reaganite vision of a truly limited federal government. In fact, when the Republican Revolution succeeded at all it was often in spite of Newt Gingrich, not because of him. Unfortunately, too many conservatives have forgotten this or perhaps may not have known it at all.

    Gingrich does indeed come across as an eloquent defender of limited government principles. In 1995, he envisioned the new GOP congressional majority presaging a cultural revolution in Washington, D.C. “The real breaking point is when you find yourself having a whole new debate, with new terms. That’s more important than legislative achievements,” Gingrich told a reporter on the first day of the 104th Congress. “We’ll know in six months whether we have accomplished that.”

    The freshman congressmen elected to the 104th Congress can be seen, in an ideological sense, as the Tea Party candidates of their day. As Sam Brownback of Kansas, who was elected to the House in 1994, noted, “A number of us are the political children of Ronald Reagan.”

    In the House, Republicans had a majority plus 12 votes if every Republican voted the party line. But not all Republicans would. That’s why the freshmen class mattered. There were 73 brand new members of the House, close to a full third of the entire Republican majority. They held the balance of power. The battles against Big Government were not going to be won simply because there were more Republicans in Congress. The battles would be won because there was more of the sort of Republican committed to making government smaller.

    Their first high-profile test was over the federal budget. But once President Clinton refused to sign the budget bills that had passed Congress and that included a number of real spending cuts – including the termination of the Department of Commerce – the battle become one of squabbling politicians during the ensuing government “shutdown” in the winter of 1995. Few people saw the internal squabbles within the Republican caucus in the House over whether the Republicans should stand their ground during the shutdown. Gingrich was actually one of the primary forces aligned against the budget cutters.

    The House conservatives knew that refusing to re-open the government was the only way they could get Clinton to move further in their direction. And despite the conventional wisdom at the time, many congressmen noted they were not getting much negative feedback from their constituents. Journalists who followed the events closely admit that Republicans were gaining more of their policy goals the longer the government was shut down. As Elizabeth Drew of the Washington Post wrote in her book about the first year of the 104th Congress, “Clinton had already moved quite a bit [during the shutdown] toward the Republicans, and was prepared to move further.” But Gingrich was eager to end the shutdown. When seventeen House Republicans – twelve of them freshmen – voted against re-opening the government, Gingrich was enraged and cancelled fundraisers in some of their districts. The deal that was eventually struck with Clinton by Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole restored many of the cuts the conservatives had fought hard to pass in the first place.

    The GOP did, in one sense, change the terms of the debate as Gingrich claimed they could. One of the biggest beneficial changes to federal entitlement programs ever was the welfare reform of 1996. The groundwork for that reform had been laid in think tanks and public policy circles during the previous twenty years, but it did require the right kind of political climate for passage.

    The federal budget was a different matter, however. And after the 1996 elections, Gingrich seemed determined to resuscitate his image with non-conservatives than fighting for spending cuts. And, in many respects, the eventual abandonment of fiscal discipline in the GOP and the embrace of “compassionate conservatism” during the years of the George W. Bush presidency had its beginning in the era of Newt Gingrich.

    The opening days of the 105th Congress in January 1997 show how little interest Gingrich had in fighting Big Government. Upon being re-elected as Speaker, Newt Gingrich gave an acceptance speech based on promoting on what he envisioned as the new “great mission” for Republicans: Saving poverty-stricken children from hopelessness, violence, ignorance, racism, and drugs. Gone were the calls for a smaller government. Gone were the acknowledgements that the federal welfare state with its barracks-like public housing projects and top-heavy education bureaucracy was the biggest impediment to economic and social advancement for inner-city youth.

    The lack of a conservative agenda led Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal to wonder if the Republican centerpiece for the next two years was a “Contract with Ambivalence.” Joe Scarborough of Florida, then a sophomore congressman, summed up the feelings of the hard-charging freshman class of 1994: “Quite a few members are obviously concerned over the direction that the leadership has taken in these first three months. We have a concern that our leadership remains shell-shocked from the government shutdown a year and a half ago. Most of us are ready for them to start leading again rather than sitting back and reading from Clinton’s song sheet.”

    But what afflicted the GOP leadership wasn’t a lack of direction. Gingrich did have a direction in mind. The problem was it led down a path away from smaller government. As prominent neo-conservative William Kristol observed, “He seems to be trying to rehabilitate himself personally instead of leading the conservative movements. He’s not trying to be an ideological leader; he’s trying to be a nice guy.”

    The first of many battles between Gingrich and the budget-cutters was over the funding for House committees. A bill the Speaker was pushing would have reversed the hard-won cuts of the previous year. In fact, the legislation would have trashed a key element of the Contract with America: in 1995, when the House cut congressional committee funding by a third, House leaders touted it as one of the first Contract promises kept.

    “It should have come as no surprise that some of us were going to say no when they want to hire more Washington bureaucrats,” said budget hawk Mark Neumann of Wisconsin when he declared he would vote against the bill. “When we go out and tell our people we’re going to balance the budget, we can’t start with an increase in our own budget.” With all Democrats opposed to the bill, the swing votes came from eleven GOP budget hawks. It went down to defeat by a narrow margin of three votes.

    Gingrich was furious. A few minutes after the vote, he announced an unusual mandatory meeting of all House Republicans in the caucus room right outside the House chamber. The session was going to begin with a roll-call and the Speaker threatened to send the sergeant-at-arms to round up any absent GOP congressman. Once the meeting started, Gingrich fumed. “The eleven geniuses who thought they knew more than the rest of the Congress are going to come up and explain their votes,” he said. It was an unusual step and one that seemed to be motivated mostly by anger. It even surprised the more senior members of Congress, none of whom had ever heard of anyone being asked to explain their vote in this way to the entire caucus. Gingrich’s goal was to humiliate, and he derisively referring to the dissenting members as “you conservatives,” as if they were a distinctly different and unacceptable breed of Republican. He derided them for not being team players and threatened to delay a two-week recess until each of those members explained himself and until the leadership had enough votes to pass the committee bill.

    Rep. Steve Largent of Oklahoma, former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, pushed back. “The Speaker tonight talked about the eleven of us letting the team down. The more significant question and the question that never gets asked in Washington, D.C., is whose teams are we on?”

    Many in the room began to nod their heads. The mood had turned against Gingrich. When he was done speaking, Largent received enthusiastic applause from most of the Republicans present. Gingrich never tried a stunt like that again.

    Instead, he worked behind the scenes – and not for the last time – to upset the plans of the fiscal conservatives. He struck a deal with the eleven GOP budget-cutters to freeze committee budgets for 30 days so a compromise could eventually be reached. But instead of negotiating in good faith with the conservatives, Gingrich used that delay to cut deals with a handful of Republicans eager to increase spending. In the end, the committee budgets went up by roughly the amount originally proposed.

    The next battle was over the federal budget. The 1997 budget deal that Gingrich helped craft was replete with retreats on budget discipline. The spending caps that were in place in the Contract with America budget were abandoned: the 1997 budget ended up hiking overall discretionary spending by 11.5%. The GOP talking points on the budget compromise reminded reporters that the agreement gave Clinton less than he’d asked for. That’s certainly true. But Republicans voluntarily gave up more of their own territory than Clinton did and much of it was encouraged by Gingrich.

    Then came the highway bill in 1998. It, too, was a bloated and very expensive venture that highlighted the disconnect between the rhetoric of budget cutting and the reality of what was being pushed. When budget committee chairman John Kasich urged Gingrich to help him persuade members of the Congress to shave off some of the spending, Gingrich shut him down. The bill passed, as these things often do, largely as a result of the hundreds of earmarks stuffed into the bill.

    The final straw for many was the 1998 budget. When Kasich presented a budget that harkened back to the Contract with America days and included real budget cuts, Gingrich lambasted the budget-cutters in a closed-door meeting. Gingrich’s pushback against fiscal conservatives was a prelude to Congress, a few weeks before the midterm elections of 1998, passing a budget that hiked non-defense discretionary spending by over 5% that year – twice the 1997 budget deal’s increase – and funded a record amount of pork-barrel projects. It was in every way a rout of the very ideals that won the GOP a majority in Congress in the first place. When presented with an option by then-Rep. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and a number of other conservatives in the House to offset some of these hikes with spending cuts in other parts of the budget, Gingrich nixed the idea outright.

    Today, the nostalgia many seem to have for Gingrich’s days as leader of the House greatly clouds the reality of how conservatives actually felt about him after 1996. As Robert Novak reported at the time, on the first business day after the 1997 budget deal was announced the switchboard of the Republican national headquarters was swamped with calls from rank-and-rile GOP voters protesting the budget “sellout.” The 1998 election was seen then as a referendum on Gingrich’s attack-Clinton-but-spend–like-him strategy. Conservatives were already pondering whether a world without a Republican congressional majority would be all that bad. As George Will speculated in an October 1998 column, “it is unclear that having more Republicans in Congress would be good for either the Constitution or conservatism.” Two weeks before election day 1998, Gingrich grandiosely predicted that his new approach to governing would gain anywhere between 10 and 40 seats. Republicans actually lost three seats, narrowing their majority to five votes in the House. Gingrich stepped down from his Speaker post three days later.

    Simply put, anyone who seeks to base Newt Gingrich’s sincerity to the cause of restraining government simply cannot use much of his tenure as Speaker of the House as their basis for that conclusion. A look at the historical record alone should be enough to give pause to anyone who thinks of Gingrich as someone with a long record of leadership in the cause of smaller government. It instead indicates that he was more often part of the problem than the solution.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    This is no longer a perfect world.
    Our Country is in deep trouble. I am looking for a proven Leader who, in these very troubled times, with our economy tanking, our Military being decimated, enemies waiting to kill as many of us as possible, will be tough and stand UP to the threats that face us as a Nation and fight to correct them.
    The rest of you can keep looking for perfect. There are currently ONLY THREE probable choices; Obama, Romney or Gingrich. Wishing for a “better” choice wont make it happen. Open up your eyes and decide. There are no other alternatives and sitting it out only reelects Obummer.

    ABO

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Hvy Gunner 0331:

    One fact is clear (and emphasized repeatedly in these confines): America needs a hard-ass at the helm. Unfortunately, those hardasses we have identified are not on the ticket. I wonder whether the folks we need at the helm have seen the garbage they have to wade through to get to the White House and determined that they would have no part of it.

    Hell, we’re hard-asses. To steal a line< "We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!” :em01: Whether we infiltrate a party, secede, or take power in some other unimagined way, I vote for us.

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    LC Gladiator @ # 23: RIGHTEOUS!
    LC Gladiator @ # 27: DAMN! You are on FIRE today!
    Emperor Misha I @ # 41: Sire, after trying to formulate a good response to Nicki’s statements, that has got to be it. Okay, Newt gets picked, you don’t like him, don’t vote for him. But, for GOD’S sake, don’t push the O’Bullshit button! Even if you don’t like Newt, don’t give any points to the enemy!
    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ # 44: Better NO one than THAT one. Gary Johnson used to be my Governor. I didn’t think badly of him at all. Sure, vote for him by all means!
    LC Gladiator @ # 47: :em01:
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    LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician @ #:

    Hmmmm. Let’s see. Elected twice as a Republican in a blue state. Left office with a budget surplus. Has the best jobs record, because he understands that the best way for the government to create jobs is to get the fuck out of the way. First New Mexico Governor to propose statewide voucher program. Cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. Will stay the fuck out of my bedroom and my underwear. Knows what he doesn’t know about foreign policy and defense and listens to those who do.

    Yeah. I will, by all means, vote for him.

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    LC Robohobo growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, Private Citizen @ #:

    “haters” and “un-American” and “traitors”

    Yup, pretty much describes all of the Liberal A$$hats.
    :em07:

    Oh, and votes for Johnson or one of the one off maroons is a vote for Ogabe and serves your masters at NSPWP. And THAT puts you in a basket with the above mentioned class of New Traitors.

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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Give ‘em hell, NOOOOT!

    That reminds me, just a little, of “Give ‘Em Hell” Zell Miller, also of Georgia, ripping into the Dimocrats at the RNC in 2004. Just made ya wanna go out and OVERTHROW somethin’! –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXSQ5BX6YXg

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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ #:

    I’ll just toss out a counterpoint to make things interesting.

    Here’s an alternate view of Gingrich’s history.

    Almost all political commentators agree on one thing. The Republican presidential campaign is unlike any we have experienced. It is not a campaign of steady trends and continuities, but rather of emotional reversals and discontinuities. Perhaps this is so because the last 3 to 4 years have been a shocking time of discontinuities and reversals for America. Really, America has been bewildered, shocked and disoriented since Sept. 11, 2001. The economic collapse and the unprecedentedly statist policies of the last three years have just compounded the anxiety. The rise of China, the fall of Europe and the chaos in the Middle East have been startling in their swiftness — and the lack of American leadership as these dramatic events unfold is sending a shudder throughout the world.

    We don’t know what to make of events. We have not been convinced that either President George W. Bush or incumbent President Obama have had a clue about how to make things right.

    The GOP primary voters reflect this helter-skelter search for leadership. And I predict that when the general electorate is engaged in the general election campaign next year, the independents and some Democrats will reflect the same desperate confusion and search for the right kind of leadership for these treacherous times. But what kind of candidate is most likely to make sense of the terrible events and forces that weigh down our country; be capable of vividly describing our plight and what needs to be done; and convince the public that he or she has the intelligence, courage, experience and sheer willful capacity to force events favorably to America’s historic interests and needs?

    As I have chosen to phrase that question, the question answers itself. It is the GOP candidate currently at the top of the polls — my former boss, Newt Gingrich.

    But most Washington politicians don’t see it that way. They see a conventional, close election — not a bold, historic lunge by the voters to save the country. They suggest Mitt Romney may be better positioned to stitch together a safe campaign that noses out Obama by a point or two, or comes up short by a point or two. He might be that candidate.

    Thus, Romney received the endorsement of the GOP political types — congressmen and former congressmen. Now they are doubling down on their early bet and are out telling reporters that Gingrich was never much of a leader and never got much done.

    Curious. I remember most of them enthusiastically following his leadership year after year as the Republican whip from 1989-1994. It was the most successful congressional opposition movement since Benjamin Disraeli formed the modern Conservative Party in Britain in the mid-19th century. And after the GOP took back the House for the first time in 40 years (and the Senate, too, by the way), Gingrich’s four years as speaker proved to be the most productive, legislative congressional years since at least 1965 to 1967, and they were led by Lyndon B. Johnson from the White House. Working against — and with — Democratic President Bill Clinton, we passed into law most of the Contract with America, welfare reform, telecommunications reform (which ushered in the modern cell phone and Internet age), we had the first balanced budget since before the Vietnam War, we cut taxes and lowered unemployment to under 5 percent.

    Just who the heck do all these wizard political pros think managed all that? It wasn’t us clever staffers or many of the now grumbling GOP K Street crowd.
    We helped, but Gingrich led. I admit Gingrich’s methods were not orthodox. He modified the seniority committee chairman system and picked the best members for the key posts. More than a few feathers got ruffled.

    One of his key insights was to recognize that the two-dozen Northeastern moderates and liberals in the GOP caucus held the balance of power — we didn’t have 218 safe conservative votes in the House. Gingrich needed to avoid them playing off the GOP against the Democrats, which is what such a faction in any congressional party normally tries to do. Rather, he wanted them to feel fundamental loyalty and value in sticking with the GOP working majority. To do that, they had to get some of the provisions that they wanted in bills, often enough that they would stick with the conservatives on other issues.

    This required a lot of maneuvering by Gingrich. Conservative members got frustrated that he did that. They called that erratic on his part. No, it was a necessary, calculated maneuver. He was actually shrewdly managing a precarious majority. If Gingrich hadn’t kept the Northeastern liberals in the fold, very little would have been accomplished in those spectacular four years of legislating and leadership.

    But when it came to fundamental conservative principles and the political strategies necessary to protect them, Gingrich saw the threats to them and never wavered. I was amused to see Gov. John Sununu, President George H. W. Bush’s chief of staff and a current Romney supporter, criticize Gingrich last week.

    I remember back in 1990, just after Gingrich had become the GOP whip, President Bush, urged on by Gov. Sununu, was about to break his campaign pledge and raise taxes, which eventually cost him his re-election bid against Bill Clinton. It was Gingrich who opposed it. In fact, Marlin Fitzwater (Bush and Sununu’s loyal, shrewd White House press secretary — and no fan of Gingrich’s at the time) later wrote in his memoirs, “As it turned out, one of the few people on the Republican team who understood this trap (the Democrats demanded Bush raise taxes as the political price to reduce the deficit) was Newt Gingrich. … Newt had … recommended a different course of action: Abandon the budget negotiations (with the Democrats), keep the tax pledge, insist that Congress cut spending, and make a political fight out of it. It’s clear now that we should have followed his advice.”

    Years later, when Gingrich was speaker, he followed his own advice. He refused to raise taxes, he made a political fight of spending cuts with Bill Clinton (paying a big price in personal smears run against him), but we won the historic balanced budgets.

    In dangerous times, the safer choice for president is not the candidate who has always played it safe, nor is it the candidate who has not already faced and defeated adversity.

    Note: I know that cutting and pasting entire articles has a tendency to enrage administrators here. I’m only doing this once for “effect”. It won’t become a habit, I promise. :grin:

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    Elephant Man @ #:
    Yeah, I only did it once too. Not going to do that again.

    Two words: “former boss.”

    I’m sick and tired of “maneuvering’ by Gingrich. The maneuvering is what gets us in trouble every time and erodes our rights one by one. And his insistence on taking credit for the economic successes of the 90s, as if he rode in on a white horse and saved the day…

    Not. so. much.
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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    I see the concept of “trust” of a politician being used as a justification to support action or inaction at the polls. My perspective on that philosophy is that we are talking about POLITICIANS. I have zero “trust” in any of them. What I KNOW, is that left in place, Obama WILL destroy our Nation. While another candidate just “might.”

    I dont care for any of these “candidates”, and I damn sure don’t, nor will I ever trust any of them. Others may have a differing view, but I have been burned too many times before so that’s just me.

    This thing with Newts ex….., funny how the media hasn’t mentioned the 6 yr marital separation SHE initiated in (im pretty sure) 87. I wonder why? It is reasonable to think that maybe its because it doesn’t fit the meme? Why is it (considering this is a he said / she said scenario) automatically assumed that she is telling the truth? And can someone tell me WHO makes a story the “TOP” story of a news cycle?

    Oh and DJ, please feel free to vote for the GOP candidate for entertainment purposes, although I cant think of a more foolish reason to vote for a candidate other than because of the color of their skin. And yes I know you were referring to Christie, a hypothetical candidacy doesn’t make it any less of a foolish thing to say. Then again, you already voted for skin color so this mindset is status quo for you.

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    Lizard, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    I don’t like Newt as a person, but he does know how to verbally spare and win especially with the media which is something we have not seen since Reagan.

    Again I am at the point of who is the lesser of the evils. I cannot stomach it to vote for Romney, though if he gets the nomination I will be forced to do so. I will have trouble voting for Newt, but will do so because frankly while he also has some RINO tendencies he does have some plans that will be beneficial.

    Look with Newt you know what you are getting, with Romney not necessarily since he tends to flop on issues I feel are important.

    As for the things that Newt’s ex-wife is saying about him. She’s bitter and has said long ago that if Newt ran she would take him down with a single interview. For her to condemn Newt with the words that is not a marriage when she was screwing him before he was divorced from the first wife is laughable to me. She knew what she was getting when she got in bed with him.

    Oh and Deej, I am alwasy confused when I see you post here since you keep saying you are leaving and never coming back. Guess you understand Newt and Mittens better than the rest of us, say one thing and do another. :em05:

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Lizard, G.L.O.R. says:

    As for the things that Newt’s ex-wife is saying about him. She’s bitter and has said long ago that if Newt ran she would take him down with a single interview. For her to condemn Newt with the words that is not a marriage when she was screwing him before he was divorced from the first wife is laughable to me. She knew what she was getting when she got in bed with him.

    See? I’ve had a problem with that “explosive” Marianne Gingrich interview (which ultimately revealed absolutely nothing everybody didn’t already know but, then again, that wasn’t the real purpose of airing it right before a primary, was it?) all along: Not to excuse what Newt was doing, there is no excuse for that and only G-d can forgive him for it, but isn’t there a piece in scripture saying something along the lines of “let he who is without guilt throw the first stone?”

    What I’m getting at is, of course, that as a spokesman for the “Newt was a horrible, horny, libertine douchebag and serial hound dog” (which is all true) line, the whore who was whoring around with him while he was married to his first wife isn’t really all that impressive.

    Put it this way: What if it had been John Edwards running point for the Newt Infidelity™ offensive?

    See what I’m saying?
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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    Just as a heads up.

    The meme of the week concerning The Newt is most likely going to be, “Newt doesn’t hate the MSM! He loves the MSM! He’s always polite and chummy with the MSM behind the scenes! In fact, he and the MSM are in cahoots to win the nomination. The MSM really isn’t that desperate and stupid! They’re doing on purpose to help their pal! Really! It’s true!

    I’ve been hearing rumblings of this meme from the pro-Mittens camps and around, you guessed it, the MSM since Gingrich’s win in SC and if it gets any traction at all, the Donks will start echoing it as well.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Elephant Man says:

    I’ve been hearing rumblings of this meme from the pro-Mittens camps and around, you guessed it, the MSM since Gingrich’s win in SC and if it gets any traction at all, the Donks will start echoing it as well.

    Quite.

    I noticed it right after the John King smackdown when some of the RINO pundits were already criticizing him for being a hypocrite for talking to King after the debate. Apparently the same RINOsauri who had the vapors over him being “uncivil” in the first place are now calling him a “hypocrite” for not waiting for King in the parking lot and shooting him in the face afterwards.

    It is to laugh how pathetic they are in their Mittens ObamneyCare worship.
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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I @ #:

    So I guess this means that the MSM isn’t biased & corrupt toward Newt, they are biased and corrupt toward Romney……

    Does this mean they admit to being biased and corrupt?

    :em03: