The Knives Are Out for Newt

And they’re not slicing baloney.  I’m not a big fan of Elliott “Iran Contra” Abrams, but he has a great piece up at National Review Online (“Gingrich and Reagan”) accusing Newt of dishonesty and hypocrisy in calling himself Ronald Reagan’s BFF.  You’ve probably noticed that Newt says “Reagan” as often as Rudy Giuliani says “9/11.”

The whole column is worth reading, but here are some excepts:

“[N]o candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich.  ‘I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,’ ‘we helped defeat the Soviet empire,’ and ‘I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress’ are typical claims by the former speaker of the House.

“The claims are misleading at best. … Mr. Gingrich equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism.  Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong.

“Thus Gingrich concluded as he surveyed five years of Reagan in power that ‘we have been losing the struggle with the Soviet empire.’  Reagan did not know what he was doing, and ‘it is precisely at the vision and strategy levels that the Soviet empire today is superior to the free world.’

“There are two things to be said about these remarks.  The first is that as a visionary, Gingrich does not have a very impressive record.  The Soviet Union was beginning to collapse….  The policies Gingrich thought so weak and indeed ‘pathetic’ worked, and Ronald Reagan turned out to be a far better student of history and politics than Gingrich.”

If Newt continues to surge against Mitt, expect more of this from “house organs” of the GOP establishment like National Review.  They are very, very afraid.

3 comments on “The Knives Are Out for Newt

  1. Patti Kuche says:

    This is becoming too depressing. Speaking as a newly minted American citizen with the right to vote, I never ever thought the Newt would be anywhere near a ballot paper. I would never vote for him anyway, I like Obama, but to think the of the Newt as an opponent that others might vote for?

    (please do let me know if my comments are becoming tedious – I hate the thought of wearing out my welcome here but I do so enjoy your snippets of embattlement for which I say thank you.)

  2. Please! All of this posturing by the clowns doesn’t matter. The game was over when Obama gave his” watch my back and I’ll watch your back Navy Seals speech.” Game over! Pack up the clown tent and go away!

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