Newt Gingrich spoke Thursday night at the Southern Republican
Leadership Conference and it was a doozy
. Sixteen years after Gingrich led a
nationwide campaign against President Bill Clinton that resulted in
Republicans retaking the Democrat-controlled House of
Representatives, he wants to do it again. "We'll repeal every radical
bill passed by this machine," he said
. Gingrich promised that Republicans would retake
Congress, stop President Obama's agenda in its tracks, and he even hinted
he might run for president in 2012. Here's the
talk on Newt's latest star turn.
When we win control of the House and
Senate this fall, Stage One of the end of Obamaism will be a new
Republican Congress in January that simply refuses to fund any of the
radical efforts. ... Stage Two is…to ensure Obama joins Jimmy Carter in
the tradition of one-party presidents (sic). And, that in that context,
that we be prepared to commit that a Republican President and a
Republican Congress in February and March of 2013 will repeal every
radical bill passed by this machine.
- Another 'Shut Down The
Gov't'? Think Progress' Faiz Shakir compares the
current Gingrich plan to his 1996 plan to "shut down the government,"
which he did for three weeks. "Gingrich orchestrated a shutdown of the
entire federal government by refusing to fund its operations, either by
passing a budget or a continuing resolution," Shakir writes. "Newt’s
budget showdown with President Clinton caused the former Speaker
significant political damage. His personal disapproval ratings reached a
high of 65 percent. ... It’s a mistake that Gingrich appears willing to
- Will GOP Follow Newt's Example? The
Washington Monthly's Steve Benen exasperates,
"it may seem almost amusing that Gingrich would actively encourage his
party to follow his misguided playbook all over again. Perhaps the more
relevant question is, would the GOP be so foolish as to follow Newt's
- Boy, I Hope This Doesn't Work Liberal
blogger Matthew Yglesias worries,
"I don’t think voters are very good at understanding the overall
consequences of their congressional votes, but I do hope people consider
whether they really want the government to simply cease all regulation
of business enterprises due to lack of funds when they contemplate their
- So Much For 'Party of Yes' Salon's Mike Madden muses that the "theme" of the speech "was
supposed to be 'the party of yes.' ... But the plan that Gingrich got
the most applause from" was his plan for "refusing to pay for anything
the (hypothetical) GOP Congress
didn't want to let President Obama do."
- What A Failure
Wonkette's Ken Layne just loses it.
He calls Gingrich "such an awful failure within his own party, we
can probably just write off this whole episode as another sad blurt
from a infantile blob who briefly held a position of power in the House
of Representatives two decades ago and BLEW IT because he was an
infantile blob then, too."
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