Brilliance From Newt

Assigned Reading: Once, We Would Have Called it a Scandal
(FROM: Human Events)

I’m a little torn about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. On one hand, he’s absolutely brilliant and can articulate conservative talking points as well as anybody. On the other hand, as a candidate he comes with baggage and could be perceived as a symbol of entrenched Washington politics.

Honestly, as I said at the beginning of April in Hat in the Ring, or Just Old Hat?, I would like to see Newt Gingrich in a highly-involved, behind-the-scenes role, developing strategy and whispering in the ear of the newest face in the conservative movement.

Whatever his role, this particular statement from the Human Events piece is dead-on correct:

There was a time when we would have called it a scandal.

In 1921, oil tycoon Harry Sinclair gave several prize head of cattle and around $269,000 to President Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall.

In return, Sinclair got the exclusive rights to drill in an oil field in Wyoming. Sinclair’s no-bid contract became the Teapot Dome scandal, the most notorious example of political corruption in America prior to Watergate.

Between 2000 and 2008, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union gave $23,675,562 to the Democratic Party and its candidates.

In 2008 alone, the UAW gave $4,161,567 to the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama.

In return, the UAW received 55 percent of Chrysler and 17.5 percent of GM, plus billions of dollars.

But nobody’s calling this a scandal. It’s time we start.

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  1. PAGING ELLIOT NESS says:

    Chicago politics gone national.

  2. Gail B says:

    The entire regime operates like that. It's called "Chicago politics."

    There is no accounting of the tax monies. We hear nothing out of the Government Accounting Office; and when we do, all we get is the deer in the headlights look.

    Disgusting!

  3. Gail B says:

    Great news! Just found this:

    Trust on Issues
    Voters Now Trust Republicans More than Democrats on Economic Issues
    Monday, June 08, 2009

    Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on six out of 10 key issues, including the top issue of the economy.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% now trust the GOP more to handle economic issues, while 39% trust Democrats more.

    This is the first time in over two years of polling that the GOP has held the advantage on this issue. The parties were close in May, with the Democrats holding a modest 44% to 43% edge. The latest survey was taken just after General Motors announced it was going into bankruptcy as part of a deal brokered by the Obama administration that gives the government majority ownership of the failing automaker.

    Voters not affiliated with either party now trust the GOP more to handle economic issues by a two-to-one margin.

    Separate Rasmussen tracking shows that the economy remains the top issue among voters in terms of importance.

    Republicans also now hold a six-point lead on the issue of government ethics and corruption, the second most important issue to all voters and the top issue among unaffiliated voters. That shows a large shift from May, when Democrats held an 11-point lead on the issue.

    For the eighth straight month, Republicans lead on national security. The GOP now holds a 51% to 36% lead on the issue, up from a seven-point lead in May. They also lead on the war in Iraq 45% to 37%, after leading by just two points in May and trailing the Democrats in April.

    Fewer voters see national security as a very important issue this month, but confidence that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror is at its highest level since February.

    Republicans lead the Democrats on immigration for the third straight month, pulling ahead to a 35% to 29% advantage on the issue.
    On taxes, the GOP leads the Democrats for the fifth straight month, 44% to 39%. In May and April, Republicans held six-point leads on the issue.

    Democrats continue to hold the lead on the issues of health care, Social Security and education. While Democrats have a 10-point advantage on health care, that’s down from the 18-point lead the party had a month ago.

    Democrats lead by six points on Social Security, down from nine points in May. The parties were tied on the issue in April.

    On education, Democrats hold a 44% to 37% lead over Republicans.
    The parties are tied on the issue of abortion for the second straight month, each earning 41% support from voters.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thought you might like a recent similar yet different view on Newt from another conservative:

    TIME FOR NEWT GINGRICH TO GO AWAY!
    http://angrywhitedude.com/?p=1835

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree about Newt. Sometimes he is brilliant, and at other times he is leaning on some fence to keep himself in the noncommittal game. I also agree about remaining behind the scenes for advisory purposes.

    He should not have retracted his comments about Sonia Sotomayer. That was a mistake.

  6. Rix says:

    People with heavy balls and equally heavy political baggage like Newt are unlikely to win a national election – our loss, not theirs – but I'd love Newt to kick the Obama-lite, "hip-hop Republican" clown out of the RNC chair.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I usually agree with Newt on most issues but I am not proud that Colin Powell calls himself a Republican…he chose to support Obama over McCain so he is responsible for this mess we are in..why would we think he is going to support a Republican against Obama in the next election? McCain was a big disappointment..he did not support conservative principles because he is not conservative…he fizzled out in the election and left those of us who made phone calls, knocked on doors and wrote letters for him feeling abandoned..he did not go after the dimwits and Obama like he should have..if he had been half as passionate as Sarah Palin, the election may have been different. The left is not attacking him now like they are Palin because they know SHE is the threat, not McCain or Powell. I believe Powell is deliberately trying to encourage the conservatives to water down our message because he knows if we really get united and stand behind our conservative principles, we will be more effective against Obama's policies. I don't trust his motivations..I do not believe he is concerned with the welfare of the Republican Party..we do not need him or McCain.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Personally, i dont thing the baggage thing is a problem for Gingrich but i too feel his brilliance is better served as Counsel to the candidates within the party. He is so good at strategy.

  9. Anonymous says:

    PAGING ELLIOT NESS…

    'luv your comment.

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