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If Newt Gingrich is the Answer, Tea Party has Failed

December 3, 2011
Joshua Green, Bloomberg

Newt Gingrich is only the latest improbable Republican frontrunner, and unlike those who preceded him — Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain — he has a decent chance of sticking around. That’s partly due to necessity. Just a month from the Iowa caucuses, conservatives don’t have time to anoint a new savior. It’s also because, despite his copious shortcomings, he seems immune to what felled the others. An able debater, he won’t flop like Perry and Cain. He’s not a full-on nut like Trump. And his legislative record eclipses Bachmann’s, which barely exists.

But his late emergence as the “true conservative” poised to challenge Mitt Romney is rich, and its broader significance underappreciated. For two years, the driving force in national politics has been the Tea Party, whose founding myth was that ordinary citizens were rising up in defiant resistance to the hidebound, self-dealing ways of Washington. Greedy politicians had bloated the government and lined their own pockets at taxpayers’ expense, while letting the country go to rot. Prime examples were held to be the expansion of government health care and federal support for the housing market, especially Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored entities that many conservatives blame for the financial crisis. The mere fact of being a veteran Washington legislator cost respected conservatives like Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah their jobs. Should all that anger, energy and contempt for Washington end up concentrating itself in the person of Newt Gingrich, then the movement will have failed when the stakes were highest.

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  1. December 3, 2011 9:39 am

    The MSM has anointed the greatest carpetbagger of our generation as the frontrunner for the nomination. They, like all reading this blog know, that Hussein will crush Newt in the general election. Newt has more baggage than the Orient Express, more skeletons than Forest Hills Cemetery, and who knows what else this charlatan, counterfeit intellectual has done that will be exposed. Just recently, he violated campaign laws, mysteriously bought hundreds of thousands of jewelry from Tiffani’s, and the list is endless. Please, please go to your Republican friends and tell them the truth about Newt. he has to be stopped. He is Hussein’s ticket to four more years of Bolshevik tyranny.

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