Some quick thoughts on the “conservative” Establishment’s attacks on Newt.
First, I understand that some good people sincerely believe Newt just can’t win because of all these supposed skeletons of, and alleged prior “non-conservative” utterances by, Newt.
But keep in mind: Newt is the Establishment’s worst nightmare.
Some criticize Newt’s criticism of Paul Ryan’s plan. I, too, think Ryan’s plan does not get to the root of the problem: it does not dismantle the entitlement machines of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, it taxes too much and is based on all sorts of rosy economic growth forecasts.
Re the “criticisms” of Ronald Reagan, I, too, at the time thought Reagan did not live up to many of his conservative campaign promises. Under Reagan, the Dept. of Education, which he promised to abolish, GREW. EPA GREW. During Reagan’s tenure I was on active duty and then in the Army reserves doing a variety of things up close and personal with the Soviet threat, with a Top Secret clearance and SCI access and I, too, believed that Reagan was not being aggressive enough against both the Commies and their cohorts, the Congressional Dems. (Remember Tom Harkin and John Kerry palling around with the Sandinistas?) Drudge makes it sound like Gingrich was criticizing Reagan in the way the Congressional Dems were; in fact, Gingrich was merely arguing in his criticisms that Reagan was not fighting the Commies hard enough.
For example, during Reagan’s reign, even funding for the National Endowment for the Arts increased (every fiscal year but two) — you know, that great, vital federal agency spending the taxpayer’s money on such “art” as Mapplethorpe’s “Piss Christ.”
As for the “conservatives” supporting Romney now and trashing Newt, such as Ann Coulter? Lately, she’s not been my kind of conservative. Christie? Same. So the Mormon members of Congress and in the media (Glenn Beck) are “all in” for Romney? So what? Fred Thompson, my kind of conservative, endorsed Newt. So has Rick Perry. And Chuck Norris.
The Establishment and Obamistake Media smear campaign first smeared the “outsider” Cain, did its best to ignore the “outsider” Perry, and now is in full-on smear mode against the “outsider” Newt so they can get “conservative” Norm Coleman’s (who said there won’t be a repeal of Obamacare in full by a Republican president) guy into the winner’s circle. The Republican Establishment want Romney because they know he won’t defund all their pet agencies and won’t repeal the regulations favored by their special interests and won’t fight to make Big Fed smaller. And they know he won’t really fight to abolish Obamacare. (Never forget, Mitch McConnell said the Senate Republicans’ “strategy” was not to kill Obamacare, but “make it better.”) And the Obamistake Media want Romney because they know he’s the weakest candidate and, even if he were to win, he won’t repeal Obamacare.
Bottom line: in the end, for me, none of the above really matters. Because, whomever the Republican nominee turns out to be, I’ll work my tail off for that candidate whether it’s Romney, Newt or someone else agreed upon by the delegates at the convention. Because four more years of Obama would be much, much worse. Meanwhile, I’ll take anti-Establishment Newt over Mitt Romneycare.
In 2012, will YOU become a “voting member” of the Republican Party in your precinct?