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

sashamanda Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 11:42 AM
Nothing illustrates the hypocrisy of the GOP more than their contempt for Gingrich. All the talk about smaller government, balanced budgets, and free(er) markets evaporates when put to the test. While Gingrich championed the "opportunity society," the GOP is more often than not the party of "I got mine, sucker!"
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...