Gingrich: Obama put the “bully” back in “the bully pulpit”

posted at 5:15 pm on July 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

President Barack Obama has played a mean game in the debt limit debate, but Republicans have advantages they didn’t have in the last showdown of this sort in ’95 — and it’s time to press those advantages by acting, not talking, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said today.

Speaking on a conference call with bloggers, Gingrich said now is the time to stand up to Obama.

“The potential here to have the nerve and the toughness and the energy to get through the next few weeks in a positive way is very great,” he said. “The potential to cave and give Obama an enormous amount of resources is equally great and I don’t think anybody knows yet which way this is going to work. … My view is that what you’ve seen is Obama really put the ‘bully’ back in ‘the bully pulpit.’ … This is the moment to stand up to Obama. This is the moment to insist on real change. The Republican House ought to quit talking to Obama and focus on passing legislation.”

The scheduled House vote on a balanced budget amendment and the Republican Study Committee’s ongoing push for its “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan is a good start, he said. Gingrich would add to that a Social Security Payment Guarantee Act, which would do exactly what its name suggests and guarantee that Social Security payments would go out Aug. 3 and beyond.

“Let Obama be the one to veto that bill,” he said.

Gingrich also favors a bill to increase the debt ceiling by the amount needed for 30 to 45 days — a bill he would pay for with spending cuts and by opening up offshore drilling to bring in additional oil and gas revenues.

“Legislative bodies do better when they act because they don’t have a single voice and they can never match a president in voice,” he explained. “But they can match a president in action and I think the time has come for the House to act more and talk less.”

What’s more, the former Speaker said, the House has two important advantages that the Republicans didn’t have in 1995 — the economy and Obama’s evident radicalism.

When Gingrich became Speaker in 1994, unemployment was at 5.6 percent. As the federal government controlled regulation, cut taxes and reformed welfare, the economy kept getting better and better. In one month in the spring of 1996, the American people created something like 24 times as many jobs as the nation created last month. By the time Bill Clinton ran for reelection in 1996, the economy was clearly on the right track. That’s not the case now.

“You have a president right now who is clearly failing at the most important job that the American president has and that is to try to arouse entrepreneurs and job creators and small-business owners to employ people,” Gingrich said. “As I’ve said over and over, this is the best food-stamp president in American history when the American people want a paycheck president. If Republicans can’t take that and win with that argument, I don’t think there’s much hope for the party to ever win an argument.”

That food-stamp president is also “the most radical president in American history,” according to Gingrich.

“All of his instincts are for radicalism,” Gingrich said. “All of his instincts are for big government. All of his instincts are for high taxes. We should be able to take that and turn that into an enormous advantage for us. … This is an extraordinarily important period and we are right on the edge of deciding whether we have the nerve to take on the most radical president in American history or whether we’re going to back off from that.”

 

 


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POUTUS

pilamaye on July 14, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Brilliantly said, in yesterday’s Obamateurism thread.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Hi Newt…

… How’s it hangin’?

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM

At least Newt is right on THIS one…

Khun Joe on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Ha! Well-said, Newt. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

Buy Danish on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Storming out of meetings with meany Republicans is “bullying”?

faraway on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Newt displays a moment of brilliance, right before finding another Scozzafava to endorse.

portlandon on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I like that. Pass the Social Security Guarantee Act and make Obama choke on it!!!!!!!!!!!

taney71 on July 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Sideline Newt is at it again, it seems. He knows juuuuust what to do. Couldn’t do it himself, but he knows. Just ask him…like Sean Hannity does, over and over.

I guess in a pack of gutless so-called conservatives, the best we can do right now is a blowhard has-been.

MrScribbler on July 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I don’t particularly favor Newt but when he is right, he is right. People should listen to him, even if they don’t intend to vote for him. He is a smart man and knows what he is talking about.

glennbo on July 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Ending meetings and saying see you all tomorrow is bullying??

lexhamfox on July 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Gingrich would add to that a Social Security Payment Guarantee Act, which would do exactly what its name suggests and guarantee that Social Security payments would go out Aug. 3 and beyond.

How stupid is this? Number one, we have a law that mandates that social security checks get paid. It’s called Social Security.

Second, if he’s talking about prioritizing payments, that’s the executive’s responsibility, and there’s no way in hell Obama will cede that power.

Another useless idea, Newt.

KingGold on July 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM

a bill he would pay for with spending cuts and by opening up offshore drilling to bring in additional oil and gas revenues.

Gingrich obviously has no idea how many people and bears would die by opening offshore drilling. Racist.

Bishop on July 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Second, if he’s talking about prioritizing payments, that’s the executive’s responsibility, and there’s no way in hell Obama will cede that power.

Another useless idea, Newt.

It’s called optics. Let the President and his Democrat accomplices veto the legislation. It has pure stink written all over it and the smell will linger for a very long time.

glennbo on July 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Why is Newt still talking?

LiquidH2O on July 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

“The Republican House ought to quit talking to Obama and focus on passing legislation.”

This is classic Gingrich, and why I admired him. His interview with Ingraham the other day was equally sharp.

“All of his instincts are for radicalism,” Gingrich said. “All of his instincts are for big government. All of his instincts are for high taxes. We should be able to take that and turn that into an enormous advantage for us.

You’d think. Instead, we have a Senate leader who preemptively surrenders because the thought of taking on Obama and the media makes him wet his pants, and a House leader seemingly obsessed with building bipartisan bridges and playing golf.

rrpjr on July 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Who is New?
Seriously, there is no point to go one with this, considering the lunatics running the White House and the Senate. Put together just enough to get us to the election, then try again when some adults come to town.

michaelo on July 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM

“Legislative bodies do better when they act because they don’t have a single voice and they can never match a president in voice,” he explained. “But they can match a president in action and I think the time has come for the House to act more and talk less.”

yeap

unseen on July 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Gingrich obviously has no idea how many people and bears would die by opening offshore drilling. Racist.

Bishop on July 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Save Da Bears!

GrannyDee on July 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Save Da Bears!

GrannyDee

Nah … I want them to go 0-16 this year.

BD57 on July 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Nah … I want them to go 0-16 this year.

BD57 on July 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I’m in Brown’s Town. Need I say more?

GrannyDee on July 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Ending meetings and saying see you all tomorrow is bullying??

lexhamfox on July 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Yes, where I come from we call it ‘passive aggressive’
He’s a spoiled little brat. He hasn’t had to actually do any work to date. This is where the President can show true leadership.
He has shown True FAIL.

bridgetown on July 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

0bama put the punk back in the punkin,

A witch once turned me into a Newt.

But unlike Gingrich, I got better.

LegendHasIt on July 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

At least Newt is attacking Obowma…

… Right T-Paw?

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Good for Newt!..:)

Dire Straits on July 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Is this has-been traitor so cynical and arrogant as to condescendingly believe that we toothless righting rubes will overlook his throwing the Ryan Plan under the bus, writing the Democrats attack ads for them, and possibly costing the GOP the NY House seat if he throws enough red meat at us.
If giving This irrelevant hack front page treatment for some unexceptional cookiecutter attack on Obama is part of some repetitional rehab effort for Newt, then screw that.

Raisedbywolves on July 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Raisedbywolves on July 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It’s about Obama and the economy. Try to focus.

bridgetown on July 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I love what Newt has to say, but I can never erase the photo of him sitting with the wench on the couch.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

*Rightwing not righting
*repetitional not repetitional
First day with the iphone

Raisedbywolves on July 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

At least Newt is attacking Obowma…

… Right T-Paw?

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 5:46 PM

T-Paw was really, really bad on Greta the other night. She was steam-rolling him. I take it Greta’s not a T-Paw fan.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Why do we insist on talking about the messenger rather than the message?

Newt Gingrich could have horns and a tail and he’d still be right about this.

What about doing something or at least talking about policy and specifics and action rather than spouting off knee-jerk personal assaults that accomplish nothing. He’s not on the ballot for most huggable man of the year. He’s making some pretty solid points (the man has never been dumb, even when he’s done some pretty dumb things) that we better address.

Or are we only willing to listen to the truth from those upon whom we bestow our approval?

IndieDogg on July 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Newt, please call Mitch McConnell. He could use your advice on PR and how to put Barry more on the defensive.

NO QUARTER.

JimP on July 15, 2011 at 6:08 PM

IndieDogg on July 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I totally agree. Stop attacking the messenger!
People on the right are always complaining about the emotional left. The right needs to take a look in the mirror.
Stop with all the Drama and focus on what actually matters.

bridgetown on July 15, 2011 at 6:09 PM

@bridgetown I am aware of that. My point is that conservatives need to follow the catholic church’s lead and excommunicate the traitors and heretics. To all the Newts/Powells/Crists/Murkowskis of the world, once you stab conservatism in the back, I don’t care what your message is. Go preach it on some Mediterranean Island but don’t think for a second that we will let you back into our good graces.

Raisedbywolves on July 15, 2011 at 6:13 PM

What Obama has been doing to the economy is simply too stupid to be considered stupid. You could swear these were the economic strategies of Stalin.

Lon Chaney on July 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Do I hate you
And your Red, White and Blue?
With my golf game score depression
Damn uppity Tea Party insurrection
With the old folks whining about their fate
Like I should care or have time to contemplate
My TSA is only being thorough
That’s why into your whitey private parts they must burrow
For 20 years I sat before my mentor Jeremiah Wright
Who taught me well that the US is a total rotten blight
My dear church picked Farrakhan man of the year
I learned whites and Jews I should hate and fear
On you my subjects, taxes and regulation, I’m a big time raisin’.
Giving cash to union campaign cronies brazen
I disparage Ben Netanyahu
That pushy arrogant dirty Jew
How dare he question my authority
On anything minority?
I’ve arranged for the Arab spring
Now you ask me such a thing?

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I doubt he will be president but can we swap him in as speaker of the house about now?

Resolute on July 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Why do we insist on talking about the messenger rather than the message?

Newt Gingrich could have horns and a tail and he’d still be right about this.
Or are we only willing to listen to the truth from those upon whom we bestow our approval?

IndieDogg on July 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

We need to listen to this guy too.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies… Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the ‘buck stops here’.

Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Senator Obama – 2006.

The debt ceiling at that time was $9 Trillion.

Corsair on July 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

First, Newt is relevant how? The Donald had the perfect way to get to Obama, go right after him and don’t back down.

flytier on July 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

bridgetown on July 15, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Because Newt is another Candyass RINO who needs to be dealt with by removing him from any kind of relevance.

flytier on July 15, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I doubt he will be president but can we swap him in as speaker of the house about now?

Resolute on July 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

It is so easy to spot the youngsters . . . you weren’t there when Newt was Speaker.

He and Dick Armey might have been the only men capable of engineering the Republican resurgence in 1994 with the Contract with America, recapturing the House for the first time since Ike’s first term. But even that achievement was less theirs and more the rampant corruption among Democrats in the House Bank scandal, where they were writing bad checks which weren’t returned and getting in effect interest-free loans.

After the initial passage of most of the Contract items, Newt began to show signs of letting his mammoth ego get in the way. They were still able to force Clinton to balance the budget, but even that was aided by circumstances with the windfalls from capital gains tax cuts and the tech boom.

Newt isn’t the narcissist Obama is, by a long shot, but he may be the closest thing the GOP has to it.

Adjoran on July 16, 2011 at 3:33 AM