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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

Earl29 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 6:25 PM
I have not now, nor have ever had, contempt for Newt Gingrich. He is a great man and I supported him after Herman Cain dropped out. If not for him, this country would be in even worse shape.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...