Category Archives: Newt Gingrich

Gingrich vs King

The Thursday CNN debate in South Carolina started with an exchange between the moderator John King and Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife's ABC interview claims.  King carefully placed the ball on the T and Newt smashed it out of the park while the audience ate it up. Here is my theory behind the exchange. I think that CNN set up this opportunity for Newt on purpose, but it has little or nothing to do with who they want to win the nomination or the Presidency.  The media has an interest in a long and active primary campaign.  Political campaigns are a treasure trove of news stories.  If you wish to be more benevolent in your attitude towards the media you could take the argument that a long campaign is also beneficial to the voters, and the media is simply looking out for our interests.  For the voters, a long primary gives more of us in the later states a chance to be a real part Read more

The Bland Leading the Bland

Thomas Sowell explains why a focus on Speaker Gingrich's past is bad for our future. He makes a compelling case that it is better to take a man of accomplishment in office like Gingrich than the bland leading the bland like Mitt Romney. While the televised debates are what gave Newt Gingrich’s candidacy a big boost, concrete accomplishments when in office are the real test. Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years — followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was speaker of the House. Speaker Gingrich also produced some long-overdue welfare reforms, despite howls from liberals that the poor would be devastated. But nobody now claims that they were. Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was speaker Read more

Gingrich is Cool

I read all sorts of hits on Conservative legend Newt Gingrich.  I admit that he is not as conservative as I would like, but on balance, he is cool.  He has accomplished what others dream of.  Clinton claims credit for a balanced budget, but he vetoed it three times until Gingrich finally got a version Clinton couldn't refuse without a political meltdown.   Clinton claimed credit for welfare reform, but he vetoed it 3 times before looking at the polls and signing almost the same bill and claiming credit.  You can go down the list.  Who was behind conservative victory after victory and even more bills that made it out of one house?   Gingrich got the House to commit to tax reform.  Capital gains tax cuts which helped us get the investment we needed to avoid a real crisis of Y2K.  The nation spent hundreds of billions upgrading its technical infrastructure, the crisis predicted was Read more