Gingrich: Maybe the GOP should work with Pelosi on health care

posted at 7:59 pm on January 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Golly, I wonder what the reaction in the comments to this bon mot will be.

Gingrich sees the Massachusetts as a boost for his party, but also as a renunciation of go-it-alone by either party, and thinks Republicans would be “clever” to pass a series of relatively non-controversial measures with “huge bipartisan majorities.”

That said, he thinks many Republicans disdain Pelosi so much they simply won’t go along with anything with the speaker’s name on it, even if it serves the party’s larger interests.

“If you are a House member in the [GOP] caucus, I suspect we are about to have a huge argument. We could get clever and work with her…And I think people should work with her… But at that point it becomes a huge problem because nobody trusts her, they distrust her ideology and distrust her because she has run over them so hard…

Insane? Eh, not really. It all depends on how inoffensive the new stripped-down ObamaCare bill is and whether it looks like the Dems really do have the votes this time. If it’s a fait accompli and the reforms are minute, why not take a free kick by voting yes and blowing a hole in the left’s “party of no” crap before the midterms? Then the GOP could boast that not only did it help kill the awful first iteration of ObamaCare, but that when they finally got a good-ish bill, they proved themselves to be “Scott Brown Republicans” or whatever. The problem is, the left is already worried about precisely this scenario and is whining about it to HuffPo:

That the latter strategy [of passing a pared-down bill] is being seriously considered by progressive lawmakers is a testament to how large an albatross health care reform has become for the party. But the worry, for some, is that it could lead to Republicans claming victory.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “will have his whole caucus vote for it and make it a political win for the Republicans,” one well-connected Democratic health care strategist said. “They’ll say, ‘This was the Republican plan from the beginning. We’re glad the Democrats joined us.’ And take all the credit for passing reform.”…

Alternately, some Democrats might welcome such a move. “Hell yeah,” a Democratic congressional aide said. “We would have created a bi-partisan bill. We would have shown leadership. And we’d get credit for that.”

They would get some credit for it, which is the main partisan objection to it on the Republican side. It’s also hard to imagine the circumstances in which Pelosi would need a bunch of GOP votes for a health-care bill. Is she really going to float something that’s so centrist and modest that House progressives would walk away from it, leaving a vacuum for Boehner to fill? I’m skeptical, but if this drags on another week or two and there’s still no clear path ahead for Dems, they might just be desperate enough to try it. The urgent question right now: Should McConnell and Boehner approach Reid and Pelosi with their own compromise plan? At the moment they have as much leverage as they’re every going to get. If they think some sort of legislative accomplishment is important before the midterms, there’s no time like the present to strike.

Elsewhere, my lefty pal Michael Roston is horrified that the Democratic strategist quoted by HuffPo would reduce the health-care issue to such pure partisan politics. To which I say: But why? Hasn’t the goal from the beginning been simply to pass something to placate the left and preserve the Dems’ electoral viability? Politics has always been job one here. Effective health-care reform is an afterthought.

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Quit tugging on that bone, Newt. Let the Dems gnaw on it alone in the corner and focus on the economy. You may actually bump into some constituents there.

Barnestormer on January 24, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Dr. Zero replaces Allah Pee.

RobCon on January 24, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The time has come to ship Newt. to the home.

Slowburn on January 24, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I agree Slowburn. He’s lost his marbles.

dogsoldier on January 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM

You’re dreaming, Newt.

Skipper50 on January 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The only “reforms” that will work are those which enable the free market to operate. The left simply will not accept this approach. ANY other “reform” will simply constitute a “foot in the door” and as such should absolutely not be considered by the advocates of small government.

Charles Martel on January 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Dear God in heaven, Newt is almost as tone deaf as Obama.

I know he probably wants to come across as partisan and uses rhetoric to counter the “GOP is the party of no”, and “the GOP is obstructing” meme, but ANY health care bill that passes under Obama’s term will be regarded as a triumph and accomplishment for him.


atheling on January 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Newt, McCain, Grahamnesty, Crist, Swartzenegger, McConnell all are losers and make the GOP a laughingstock. The sad truth is the democrats are much worse. Vote out the RINOs, every one of them.

volsense on January 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM

He’s lost his marbles.

He did the same f’g thing with Hillary Care. There’s no change. Once he got a taste of power he was hooked just like 90% of the “conservatives”.

They all figure we need them more than they need us. To hell with any of the “old guard”.

rcl on January 24, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Sit down and shut up, Newt.

Special K on January 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Yet again demonstrating why he isn’t Speaker any more.

spmat on January 24, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Maybe these fools need to read the U.S. Constitution first.

Send_Me on January 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Newt is pathetic. His desire to be liked by people who hate him has turned him into something I detest and hopefully he is something that he detests. I used to admire him and I believed that he was truly a conservative. What he is now is more akin to David Brooks than Ronald Reagan. I don’t believe that a true conservative would ever negotiate with someone who openly refers to conservatives as Nazis (and believes it).

There are certainly those on the liberal perspective that we can work with but how do you negotiate with someone whose opening position is that conservatives are evil. Is the need for love from the left such a wonderful gift that he would sell his soul to get it?

Mormon Doc on January 25, 2010 at 1:30 AM

This is exactly the reason Bush lost me.
If I agree with Ted Kennedy I must wrong.
How did Christ work together with Satan? Where was the compromise.
If I agree with Pelosi, Reid, or Obama I must be wrong.
They are the enemy……PERIOD!

lilium on January 25, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Did. Not. Get. The. Memo.

Newt, don’t even waste your time for 2012. Your political toxic waste. Conservative principles? You’ve thrown those out the window years ago. You’ve shown yourself as a political opportunist who dropped the rudder. Time to go wander off into the wilderness and disappear.

Phil-351 on January 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM

There should be complete division on this bill. Dem dreamed it up, so let them live their dream alone. According to all of the bill I have read they would not have long to live anyway.

Also, I have always thought that the theme song for Dems is “Suicide is Painless” (theme from M.A.S.H.)

MSGTAS on January 25, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Newt is nuts!

Newt, 7000 people protested in the Boston Tea Party. I was there when 1.7 to 2.0 million people had a little tea party in DC and you didn’t notice? Read your tea leaves, Newt! You’ve lost it!

doncow on January 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Oh, please! Bipartisanship is defined by the gop rolling over for the other side which they do time and time again.

I don’t want anyone messing with my healthcare. I like what I have. Being forced to pay higher taxes and higher premiums so idiots in DC can claim they are making it more affordable is insane.

Blake on January 25, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Nothing kills enthusiasm and reinstates fear in our hearts than RINOS.

Blake on January 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Newt…get a good look at old Nancy in the bright light. That’ll kill those sexual fantasies pronto!

joe btfsplk on January 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Hi. I’m New Gingrich. I’m mentally ill.

kens on January 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

America–No–Sherman1864 Solutions:

Just put some rollers on that sofa and push down The Hill.

Don`t forget the seatbelts.

But make sure you weld the buckles.

It`s a one-way trip.

American Solutions my arse. I signed up for that crap and got my time wasted again.

American Recordings by Johnny Cash are just okay by me, though.

Sherman1864 on January 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM