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The Newt Gingrich Republican Primary Voters Love

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, December 5, 2011, 9: 49 PM

I have said here that there is more than one Newt Gingrich, one we love and another one that says jaw-dropping things we don’t understand, such as his belief in global warming hooey, support for ethanol subsidies, calling Paul Ryan’s budget “right-wing social engineering”, etc.  Put that one aside, the one conservatives love was out today in full force.

Last Friday Nancy Pelosi threatened that since she was on the House Ethics Committee when Newt was Speaker of the House, and Democrats filed 63,489 ethics charges against him and all but one were bogus, she knows a lot of alleged hidden dirt on Newt.  She said, “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

Today Newt responded saying “thank you” to Nancy Pelosi for an early Christmas gift. Newt said, “If she’s suggesting she’s going to use material that she developed while she was on the ethics committee, that is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope that members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it.”

And now…Pelosi is backing off, saying well, she didn’t really mean she there was private dope on Gingrich, nooooo…she was referring to all the public information on Newt. Her Friday statement reminded me of the favorite tactic of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950’s when he would hold up a piece of paper and loudly claim, “I have here in my hand a list of [insert number] communists in the state department.” Of course, nobody ever got to see all the names he claimed he had or what proof he had that they were communists or that they were planning to overthrow the country.

What Newt did is exactly what conservatives and Republican primary voters want Republican candidates to do; they want them to show some backbone and stand up to liberal McCarthyites like Nancy Pelosi.  When they do what Newt did today a marvelous revelation is born:  These liberal flame throwers aren’t used to anyone taking them to task for their mean-spirited nastiness and they can’t take it.

If more Republicans will take note of how well it works when you stand up and fight back, they will find themselves winning elections and having high approval numbers.  If only.

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