Red, red meat: Gingrich rallies the base to take back Congress

posted at 9:44 pm on December 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

A palate cleanser in the spirit of Lt. Col. Allen West’s now-famous stemwinder, offered to boost your morale as the Reaper descends and to remind you that rumors of Newt’s Scozzafavification have been greatly exaggerated. This is actually the fifth of five parts; the other four are at David Horowitz’s site, but this one works well as a standalone summa of recent Democratic madness.

You know, his favorable rating is a reasonably healthy 43/36 according to one recent poll. Hmmmmmmmm.


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I watched the entire 5 part video of Newt’s speech.

Thumbs up, Newt. As much as you have pissed me off in the past, I’ve got to admit, you won me over there.

Saltysam on December 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Go away Newt. You chose party loyalty over principles. You are dead to me.

Blarg the Destroyer on December 22, 2009 at 9:50 PM

I agree… Newt is pro life except when a Sanger Award winner has an R next to her name… Sorry, I lost all respect for Newt after that. Like Newt the history prof, but would never donate to, or support for anything.

kringeesmom on December 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Gingrich is awesome and useful, screw what most here will say.

Narutoboy on December 22, 2009 at 9:51 PM

This is the kind of thing that Newt is very good at, he frames the issues very well and makes anyone listening think. Must have been a great teacher. As a candidate, not so much and he has too many bones in the closet.

whbates on December 22, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Steve and Lance, don’t flatter yourselves. You can’t touch Newt, he owns you.

Great retort.

Oy.

Yes, I’m just jealous of Newt’s abilities. Gosh, I wish I stayed in school and got my Ph.D.

Double oy.

SteveMG on December 22, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Newt’s problem is that while he comes up with some great strategies, every once in a while he comes out with something like that fake field goal attempt the Redskins tried against the Giants on Monday night. And the problem there is you never know when it’s going to happen, so even when you think he’s going good he’ll blindside you with a dumb decision like sitting on the bench with Pelosi to give affirmation to the climate control alarmists.

Combine that with the (already mentioned above) less-than-artful ways Gingrich has divorced his first two wives and you get someone more suited to an advisory role in 2010 and 2012, but is loopy if he thinks he’s getting elected president three years from now.

jon1979 on December 22, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Yes, I’m just jealous of Newt’s abilities. Gosh, I wish I stayed in school and got my Ph.D.

It’s also why I oppose President Obama’s policies. He has a Harvard Law Degree and I don’t. And he’s a better orator than I am.

That’s why.

Not because of his policies or views or actions. Nope.

Man.

SteveMG on December 22, 2009 at 11:30 PM

SteveMG on December 22, 2009 at 11:27 PM

I was gonna say something, but my business cards that I had made up in ’95 say at the bottom ’10% discount for Republicans’.
I was gonna have them put ‘Mention Newt Gingrich and receive an additional 10%’.
That would have been a bit much.

True story.

Lanceman on December 22, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Say what you want about Newt… but that was a hell of a speech.

BPD on December 22, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Hear hear!

CP on December 22, 2009 at 11:36 PM

That was one helluva last minute of the speech.

Newt earned some points back with that.

WashJeff on December 22, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Combine that with the (already mentioned above) less-than-artful ways Gingrich has divorced his first two wives and you get someone more suited to an advisory role in 2010 and 2012, but is loopy if he thinks he’s getting elected president three years from now.

Newt’s big regret should be that he never went into the Senate. He could have been the conservative Ted Kennedy; the guy who the other side loves to hate, never gets top billing, but always pushes his agenda.
In a 20 year Senate career, Newt could have pushed this country to the right just as much as Kennedy pushed it to the left.

billy on December 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM

I had high hopes for Newt, and he really has let me down numerous times. BUT, Man oh man, if he would just keep making these speeches, every time he gets in front of a few or many. THIS is what gets people’s conservative, founding virtue motors running!

I honestly don’t think he aspires to run anymore. I think he aspires to do what we all aspire to – use whatever power, skill, ability and sway to influence and motivate people to grasp and appreciate the position we are in, and fight for our Nation. If he sticks to that – it’ll be good for us all.

I don’t care about his past romantic problems. Because he wasn’t president at the time or trying to be. He didn’t lie about it or make ridiculous ‘soul mate’ speeches. He’s over that stage of his life. History is full of people who were public successes, private failures.

P.S. Did YOU HEAR the crowd at the impeach portion? Sounded like they got to their feet. They were definitely “feelin’ it!

Minorcan Maven on December 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Newt is one of our best assets and is probably the most articulate Republican leaders right now.

Narutoboy on December 22, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Republican

Key word of the day — we aren’t looking for republicans —

We are looking for Conservative leaders:

Democrats, Independents, or Republicans.

nwsseeker on December 22, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Newt is one of the great thinkers of our time. I’m not saying he has to be at the head of the ticket, but I think the GOP better adopt the strategies he outlines here. We live in dangerous times and Newt is talking about how to simply and dramatically take the liberal minority head on, take our country back, and do what it takes to make America unstoppably great again! Will we listen? We will see.

I’d vote for Newt/Palin in 2012.

Ordinary1 on December 22, 2009 at 11:46 PM

We are looking for Conservative leaders:

DEMOCRATS, Independents, or Republicans.

nwsseeker on December 22, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Conservative Democrats are what we call Republicans. A conservative Democrat would never get his or her party’s nomination or support for anything. The Republicans are the only way. Independents are pointless. It’s just the truth.

Narutoboy on December 22, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Nice speech. Newt is complaining that we don’t have leadership that is willing to say that we’re in a serious struggle. How about leaders who back a DIABLO with an R after her name?

ramrocks on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Rallying a bit late in the game, aren’t they?!

Irenaeus on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 AM

I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed, animal food, trough water!

yubley on December 23, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Gingrich goes both ways politically. He veers left to get ingratiated with the DC crowd until the Conservative heat gets to be unbearable he comes back but just until things cool off. In other words – an opportunist.

bill30097 on December 23, 2009 at 12:54 AM

bill30097 on December 23, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Or maybe he’s just a person with flaws. Not a partisan. Somebody who actually makes their own decisions, based on what they think is right at that time, not on whether or not the base will like him anymore.

In other words, he’s human – and, yes, a conservative.

Narutoboy on December 23, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Gingrich is awesome and useful, screw what most here will say.

Narutoboy on December 22, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Yup.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Or maybe he’s just a person with flaws. Not a partisan. Somebody who actually makes their own decisions, based on what they think is right at that time, not on whether or not the base will like him anymore.

In other words, he’s human – and, yes, a conservative.

Narutoboy on December 23, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Well said.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 1:21 AM

He’s a windsock, weathervane, mover to whatever is popular, opportunist, big tent leaning republican. I stuck a fork in him to check his temperature when he sat down with Pelosi. By the time the Scozzafava fiasco was well underway I realized that he had been left in the melting pot of small “r” elitist beltway goo for far too long. His education tour with Sharpten was the last straw. He has pandered to special interest groups when he should have remained pricipled. It is my firm belief that if this man has aspirations for the highest office in the land, he will want to be everything to everyone. Reminds me of a certain guy who did the same thing during the 2008 presidential contest. Delivering on promises made about everything to everyone is harder than making the promises themselves. He may sound like he’s ringing the conservative bell now but in the end he’ll be more Clintonesque and flow and go with the polls. Review the the record of the end of his time in office. The winds changed, so did he.

Narutoboy needs to grow up into a Narutoman. Conservatives bring people around to their way of ideologic thinking, not the other way around.

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 1:43 AM

Call Newt what you will, criticize to your heart’s content, re-hash his divorces, call him an opportunist, call him a sell-out, question his motives — fine; call him anything you want, and chances are, you will probably be at least partially right about something he has done at some point or other in his career. But when you are done, listen to this speech again, and forget who the speaker is and what you believe his motives to be; listen only to the content. If you truly are a conservative, then there is no denying that everything he said and every point he made was absolutely, positively Right. On. The. Money.

Dopenstrange on December 23, 2009 at 1:46 AM

If newt had always sounded like this I could get behind him but you are never sure what newt is going to show up.

uber on December 23, 2009 at 2:14 AM

Newt screwed the pooch royally with NY-23 and his love fest with Pelosi on the couch (….ok, bad image, sorry…), but I’m willing to forgive him.

We need all the help we can get at this point.

Hawkins1701 on December 23, 2009 at 2:30 AM

Dopenstrange on December 23, 2009 at 1:46 AM

Oh yes, he’s has a gift to speak persuasively about all the degrees of politics. Earlier this year he supported the big tent ideal which includes people who were in favor of some of the policies favored by liberals. The flavor of the month for him now is conservatism. He has reminded all of us throughout his career that his is the neapolitan ice cream type of politician. Who knows where the wind blow next year? It doesn’t matter, because he’ll be ready to go with it not long after it when and if it changes. Hence, a very gifted windsock politician. It would be nice if a political cartographer could provide a map of the arduous political spectrum of places and adventures undertaken througout his career. Nautical terms can be referenced for when he performed aft, starboard, astern, etc, ….

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 2:33 AM

Newt may be a lot of things, but POTUS material he is not.

Can’t be trusted. He is too quick to accept every crazy premise the communist party throws out there.

Take global warming for example.

Whack Job communist: “The earth is on fire, we’re all gonna die!” (while running around like their ass is literally on fire)

Mr Newt: “Well…..we need to find the ‘conservative’ way to address this imminent danger that threatens mankind.

Correct answer: “Put down the crack pipe hippy! Man can’t cause the weather to change. Now climb your ass out of your mother’s basement and get a job! Oh, and a bath every now and then would be nice as well!

People like Gingrich make me ill. The ONLY way we will beat these evil bastards is to stop playing their game. Stop accepting the premise of whatever lunacy they throw out there.

Instead of accepting idiotic crap, like the notion that man made global warming is real, spend a little effort disproving it.

By accepting the premise, you are now obligated to work toward some sort of compromise. Some sort of “solution” to a problem that doesn’t even exist!

This is why we are so screwed.

Newt lost me over his love affair with Pelosi and Al Gore. Someone needs follow the money on that deal and see what Newt is invested in.

The Scozzafava deal finished it off. Even if Sarah Palin herself endorsed this guy, I would not be moved. He is dead to me.

He needs to go re-write another history book or something.

gary4205 on December 23, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Just words. Folks, please, Newt is a screwup, several times over. But then they all seem to be. Let’s see, we’ve got The Quitter, The Huckster, and Mittens. We’ve got Mr. What Up heading the RNC. If Moderate Tim were only slightly less passionate he’d be 6 ft under. Jindal sabotages his big chance by sounding like Howdy Doody.

Frustrating.

edshepp on December 23, 2009 at 2:43 AM

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 2:33 AM
gary4205 on December 23, 2009 at 2:40 AM
edshepp on December 23, 2009 at 2:43 AM

Hey guys — did you read a word I wrote? Here’s the newsflash: I AGREE with all of you! All I said was that what he said was true. Not sure how that can be denied. “Just words”? Fine — no problem! But if those words can rally a party that sure needs some rallying, I don’t give a crap who’s speaking them!

Dopenstrange on December 23, 2009 at 3:14 AM

And one more thing — I don’t think he’s Prez material either!

Dopenstrange on December 23, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Just words. Folks, please, Newt is a screwup, several times over. But then they all seem to be. Let’s see, we’ve got The Quitter, The Huckster, and Mittens. We’ve got Mr. What Up heading the RNC. If Moderate Tim were only slightly less passionate he’d be 6 ft under. Jindal sabotages his big chance by sounding like Howdy Doody.

Frustrating.

edshepp on December 23, 2009 at 2:43 AM

Sorry Ed, we HAVE a leader, and she FIGHTS!

Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

Last weekend while you were preparing for the holidays with your family, Harry Reid’s Senate was making shady backroom deals to ram through the Democrat health care take-over. The Senate ended debate on this bill without even reading it. That and midnight weekend votes seem to be standard operating procedures in D.C.

No one is certain of what’s in the bill, but Senator Jim DeMint spotted one shocking revelation regarding the section in the bill describing the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (now called the Independent Payment Advisory Board), which is a panel of bureaucrats charged with cutting health care costs on the backs of patients – also known as rationing.

Apparently Reid and friends have changed the rules of the Senate so that the section of the bill dealing with this board can’t be repealed or amended without a 2/3 supermajority vote. Senator DeMint said:

This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law. I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates. I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.”

In other words, Democrats are protecting this rationing “death panel” from future change with a procedural hurdle.

You have to ask why they’re so concerned about protecting this particular provision. Could it be because bureaucratic rationing is one important way Democrats want to “bend the cost curve” and keep health care spending down?

The Congressional Budget Office seems to think that such rationing has something to do with cost. In a letter to Harry Reid last week, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf noted (with a number of caveats) that the bill’s calculations call for a reduction in Medicare’s spending rate by about 2 percent in the next two decades, but then he writes the kicker:

It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.

Though Nancy Pelosi and friends have tried to call “death panels” the “lie of the year,” this type of rationing – what the CBO calls “reduc[ed] access to care” and “diminish[ed] quality of care” – is precisely what I meant when I used that metaphor.

This health care bill is one of the most far-reaching and expensive expansions of the role of government into our lives. We’re talking about putting one-seventh of our economy under the government’s thumb. We’re also talking about something as intimate to our personal well-being as medical care.

This bill is so unpopular that people on the right and the left hate it. So why go through with it? The Senate is planning to vote on this on Christmas Eve.

Why the rush? Though we will begin paying for this bill immediately, we will see no benefits for years. (That’s the trick that allowed the CBO to state that the bill won’t grow the deficit for the next ten years.)

The administration’s promises of transparency and bipartisanship have been broken one by one. This entire process has been defined by midnight votes on weekends, closed-door meetings with industry lobbyists, and payoffs to politicians willing to sell their principles for sweetheart deals. Is it any wonder that Americans are so disillusioned with their leaders in Washington?

This is about politics, not health care. Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.

- Sarah Palin

A friend and I were just talking and she hit the nail on the head.

Sarah says “death panels

The liberal media says “lie of the year.”

Sarah then proceeds to jam the death panels right up their asses!

When you show me any one else who can and will do this all the time, every time, I’ll listen, until then…….

….we have a leader and SHE FIGHTS!

gary4205 on December 23, 2009 at 3:35 AM

Listen to all 5 segments of Newt’s speech–definitely worth the time.

ClanDerson on December 23, 2009 at 4:09 AM

How many new, smart, good, winnable faces for the Republican party are being held back because the “you had your chance” guys just won`t go away?

If Newt went away, stepped out of the limelight, wouldn`t somebody with a better chance step forward? (And I don`t mean Palin…) Nice ideas both of them; great campaigners for the conservative/anti-liberal cause, but too much baggage to win a campaign.

albill on December 23, 2009 at 4:20 AM

Anybody else catch what was missing from that speech? A teleprompter. The dude spoke from notes and actually talked to the audience rather than the two panes of glass beside the lectern. That is oration.

Mallard T. Drake on December 23, 2009 at 4:48 AM

Now THIS is an opportunist.

Ronnie on December 23, 2009 at 5:06 AM

Newt is flawed, but when he is on, he’s ON.

We need all the arrows in our quiver right now. Every last one. Newt might not make a great Pres, but who cares? If he can help make our case to the public NOW when we need him, he’s got my support.

Missy on December 23, 2009 at 5:59 AM

Words. Actions.
Speech. Scozzafava.

Ronnie on December 23, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Newt is the best there is at articulating the message, but he always needs a chaperone nearby to prevent him from straying.

Don L on December 23, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Newt is a strategist, not a tactician, and when you screw up at the strategic level no amount of fighting at the tactical level will help as you are headed towards a bad place.

Where is the takeback of America or even the sea change in American politics that Newt ushered in? He had a great strategic document, got people signed up to it and then, when he left office, the Republicans in congress were deal-making, free-spending and not at all what he had set out for years previously. Getting legislation to put a cap on welfare was necessary, not sufficient to his goals. The tactical in-fighting in DC, especially the government shutdown, was not well done, well framed nor well received.

Great and grand vision? Yes.

Makes a great general away from the lines, but don’t ever give him a field command again as bi-partisanship is what got us into this mess in the first place and he would rather ‘make a deal’ to ‘get things done’ rather than say ‘no’ and stick to principles. We have seen where the Monty Hall mentality gets you – look at the Senate the past week or so.

No more Monty Hall Republicans, please. It is bad enough with the Monty Hall Democratic party in power.

You do not fight from the armchair, but on the ground. And a screw up or two in strategy is getting to the point where another one is fatal. Stay on the speaking circuit, Mr. Speaker, you are good at speaking. Forget trying to lead the charge, I don’t trust you in that and haven’t since the mid-1990′s.

ajacksonian on December 23, 2009 at 6:50 AM

Damn it Newt! About the time I write you off and decide that the movement is better off without you, you come up with a message like this.

Good stuff.

/hat tip

conservnut on December 23, 2009 at 7:04 AM

BRAVO

Now I will have to watch the other 4 parts.

jdsmith0021 on December 23, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Well Newt has ALWAYS been a great speaker however his actions have spoken louder then any words he could EVER speak and BTW I have had ENOUGH with eloquent speakers!

Jaded on December 23, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Conservatives are so desperate for a strong leader, they’re willing to accept washed up retreads like Newt on the basis of a good speech.

Can’t blame ‘em, though. We’re in a tight spot.

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 8:10 AM

This is really a great speech, people.

You should watch all of it.

Good Lt on December 23, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Newt’s just reading the tea leaves and capitalizing on his ability to give a great speech with a message his audience yearns to hear.

I am ok if he just wants to give speeches though I will never mark his name on a ballot.

Socmodfiscon on December 23, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Palin/Gingrich 2012? Think about it.

Bugler on December 23, 2009 at 9:15 AM

A call for impeachment by a national figure, finally! Lets Roll!

Alden Pyle on December 23, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Newt’s time has come and gone. Time for some fresh blood, and while we’re at it…some PURE conservative blood. He blew his chance. I don’t mind listening to him, for he has some good ideas…but I will never look at him as a leader again.

search4truth on December 23, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Newt is flawed, but when he is on, he’s ON.

Missy on December 23, 2009 at 5:59 AM

And when he’s not, he’s NOT.

We need a leader who never sways. Like Palin.

fogw on December 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Newt is our Barack Obama, and I mean that in a good way. Both men can give a great speech, inspire people, and lead a movement for change.

Neither of them should be President of the United States.

rockmom on December 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM

He’s just another politician working for Himself above all.

I wouldn’t trust him to mow my lawn.

rcl on December 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Make it unequivocally clear: elect us as the majority in the House of Representatives, and we will not pass a budget bill until Obamacare is repealed.

Make it the PLATFORM.

Enough is enough.

Anil Petra on December 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

What I wrote above notwithstanding his message is right on the mark.

The fact that not one single elected Republican office holder has the guts to say this defines the GOP as a corrupt, business-as-usual institution to most conservatives and independents.

rcl on December 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM

There is a film at Mt. Vernon about this very story which should be seen by every American Patriot.

The Continental Army had men who walked for eight years into horrendous battle after battle against the world’s mightiest military machine. They knew what Liberty meant and were willing to suffer mightily for it.

I consider what they did, and ask myself, “What do I have to complain about?”

They, and those that followed, gave us our Liberty, now it is time for us to stand and fight to keep it.

Filecchio on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Unfortunately for Conservatives, and for the Republican party, Newt has become part of the problem, that only pretends to be the solution.

ARom on December 23, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Newt can be very good or very bad, not a leader for Conservatives to follow.

RJL on December 23, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Newt is a wolf in fox suit. Wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw him, and I can’t even pick him up.

frizzbee on December 23, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Sitting on the couch with Pelosi; continued support for Scuzzyfava, even when he knew a better candidate was running…

Nope, don’t trust him, and I don’t think I ever will. He’s shown that he’s too susceptible to faulty logic and flat-out lies. He does give a good speech, though.

rmgraha on December 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Great speech.
So what?
You want another Velvet Jonson word smith? Screw that. I actually liked Newt based on what he would say…and then he became a ‘reach around’ kinda politician. I just can’t trust the judgment of a man who nudges up to Nancy Lugosi and sucking into the global warming shictk ..and then partnering up with the race baiter Sharpton in a traveling hug fest
I just can’t respect that kind of judgment.

Itchee Dryback on December 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Newt is not just a RINO, but a stupid flaming RINO.

Dandapani on December 24, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Gingrich has lost his mojo (and its been missing a long time). He’s a flaming RINO now.

Dandapani on December 24, 2009 at 9:12 PM

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