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Clarifying Gingrich on LBJ and Obama

By Dan Balz

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quoted Sunday as saying that President Obama and the Democrats, by passing comprehensive health care legislation, "will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years" with the passage of civil rights legislation.

The article went on to note how Johnson's support for civil rights legislation broke apart the North-South coalition in the old Democratic Party and led to the realignment of the South into solid Republican territory.

Gingrich responded with several emails saying that the context misrepresented his views by implying that he believed Johnson was wrong to sign the major civil rights legislation of the 1960s. To the contrary, he said, the civil rights revolution of 1956-1965 was "morally absolutely necessary" for the country and Johnson was correct in pushing for the legislation. Other Johnson actions, he said, inflicted more damage to the Democratic coalition.

Johnson shattered his party, Gingrich went on to say, because he had "grotesquely overreached" in four areas: mismanagement of the economy, the failure in Vietnam, the cultural divisions that emerged in part over Vietnam and later civil rights initiatives. Johnson's mistake on civil rights, he said, was not in signing major legislation but in later getting ahead of the country by supporting school busing and failing to take a firmer stance against racial violence in the cities.

"If LBJ had done nothing on civil rights," Gingrich said, "he would still have been in trouble on the economy, Great Society big government, the counter culture and the war."

He went on to repeat his prediction that Obama risks shattering his party with his policies. "Obama is repeating the worst of LBJ and the worst of [former President Jimmy] Carter. It is likely to be lethal for two generations."

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Without the actual quote, tying "will have destroyed their party" to "passage of civil rights legislation," this is a non-issue. The FULL QUOTE needs to be released.

Posted by: drossi2 | March 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Newt does not teach "history' and very few real historians take him seriously. He teaches conservative ideology masked as history. History is based on actual, demonstrable, evidence. Believing what you believe in spite of evidence to the contrary, or ignoring facts that you don't like in favor of those that you do, is ideology not history. The field of history requires critical thinking and Newt has proven to be incapable of that.

Posted by: wdague | March 23, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Newt has been teaching history at a college
the last time I heard of him. But he is history himself now, and his "Contract with America" initiative when he was active has been laid to rest in the graveyard of the American history failures as well.

And there he is, in a graveyard again, digging out Lyndon Johnson to make a point,
while the American are still suffering the
greatest pain and catastrophic losses of his pal, George W. Bush, presidential tenure. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll
on January 18, 2009 found that 68% of Americans considered George Bush presidency "a failure", and George Bush exit from the white house "a good riddance!"

If Newt had to dig Johnson's relics in a graveyard of history one-half a century later to show some relevancy of his ideological acumen, then his philosophical tenets belong in George Bush's scrap-heap of history as well. Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Posted by: Nikos_Retsos | March 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Newt hit the nail on the head -- putting the nation on the road to universal health care is just like giving black people civil rights. Unpopular at the moment, necessary for history.

Posted by: johnnormansp | March 23, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Newt once again displays the lack of integrity with someone who says one thing, does another (try any wife), and then tries to redress the situation by inventing an incongrous statement that denies what he really meant the first time around.

The tragic thing about the racisim of my native South is that it's always been hidden behind wordage, e.g. "our Southern Way of life. And the Republicans have made southern white racism a standard which they use incessantly, but dare not march behind openly.

Everyone in the South know how Lyndon Johnson destroyed old Democratic Solid South. Everyone watched the birth of the applied Southern Strategy in 1964 when for the first time in many decades, hard right wing Republicans were elected to seats in Congress.

And just to emphasize the validity of what Gringrich said before he realized he'd said something inflammatorily racist, he took the same course as always, he didn't say it after he had said it. If that leaves you confused, it's because Gingrich isn't a mealy mouth racist and right wing fanatic, he's a bluntly spoken right winger who always says what he means -- unless it's later found to be inconvenient.

For emphasis, consider that in 1964 -- AFTER THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AS SIGNED INTO LAW -- Lyndon Johnson carried all but six states of the Union. Barry Goldwater carried his home state of Arisona and the five most racist states of the old Confederacy - Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina.

It did not take long for the Gringrich types of the day to turn racial progress into a political deficit. The Great Society has always been the codewords to cover over the South's hatred for Johnson and the Democrats. The old ladies who happily are treated by doctors on Medicare and cash their Social Security checks have selective memory. As does the Washington Post.

The hard core of the Great Society was a Just Society in which men (and women) would no longer be judged by the color of their skin. That was the part of the Great Society that Gingrich was referring to. Racist then, and he's still a racist. He's constantly got his foot in it.

Posted by: joe9595 | March 23, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz, I was on the NYT website reading Krugman's column (the most emailed on NYT today), feeling angry at Gingrich until I got to the end and saw that he based his info on your article which was then corrected. This is why I looked up your article. But I am still confused. What context led you to write "with the passage of civil rights legislation" -- this would help me better understand if Gingrich is doing damage control or possibly intended what he was saying. With something this inflammatory it would have helped if you could have framed the civil rights aspect in a quote as well, not just the first half of the sentence.

Also, why don't editors add your correction (if that is what this is intended as) to the original article? For the record, I'm an independent voter that supports health-care reform, just trying to get my facts straight.

Posted by: RJLee2000 | March 23, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

My,my Newt Gingeich finally exhibits his true nature....not only is he a skirt chaser but he is also a bigot. I suppose the Bush-Chaney years were great years, that is if you were of the wealthy and uncaring class of Americans whom consume more than others, yet never serve in the Armed Forces. Or you are a war hero like John Mc Cain who some how got through the Naval Academy but can't count how many homes his wife purchased for him or all of the free schooling and healthcare he received from the American tax payer. Then there is poor John Boehner, he couldn't finish his Navy tour because of a bad back, but for some strange reason he is able to play a hell of a lot of golf. I sure would like to see a real conservative Republican with virtue who knows the difference between right and wrong and B.S., step up to the plate and say no to the NO misfits whom are ruining the Republican party because they would rather see a monarchy replace our democracy.

Posted by: Rlupodimare | March 23, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

The most amazing thing here is that an old crank like Newt gets mainstream media attention. He did his best to destroy the country, was drummed out of office in disgrace and now news groups are hanging on every word he says.

Twenty years ago no one would care what a wing nut like Newt says, much less give it space in the news.

Next thing you know we will be forced to hear what Jack Abramoff is thinking…

Posted by: biggerjake | March 23, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Newt is showing his true nature. He would have Social Security abolished and replaced with a Stock investment portfolio. Can you imagine where we would be today.He wants to repeal Medicare and he and his Party of NO would repeal Civil Rights for all Americans. He should stick to promiscuity.Something that he thinks Americans have forgotten about

Posted by: Americacares | March 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Newt said exactly what he meant. He has and always will be who he is and that is an immoral republican who believes this country belongs to only them. He and all his republicans keep crying that americans don't want this healcare bill. They think they are the only americans. There are democratic americans who want this healthcare bill. They are americans. Newt still has those old southern ideas that promoted white superioty and black inferioty. As the old saying goes "you can take a man out of the country but you can't take the country out of the man."

Posted by: lclon | March 22, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm NOT buying the clean up job that Newt Gingrich is trying to do now. I believe his comments were reported and written precisely as he said them, he meant what he said and said what he meant. The Republican party today is nothing more than a thugish, gang who do not have the best interest of their country at heart. They are reeling from the knowledge that "their" America is no longer - the days of the rich old white man calling the shots is OVER and they are scrambling desperately to understand it. Years ago my grandmother gave me a sage piece of advice - she urged me to listen and HEAR what a person says the first time around because that's their truth. Later on when they try to "cean it up" or "fix it" that's when they lie. Newt - "you lie!"

Posted by: DianeD1 | March 22, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

GOP used to represent their "Grand Old Party".
Not anymore.
Now it's their "Gang Of Propagandism"...lies, theft, cheats, graft, corruption, deceit, manipulation...all tools Republicans are so very proud of...more port-a-potties please.

Posted by: Nipit | March 22, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Newt, Newt, Newt. Yeah, Newt is great at getting headlines, but this is one more blatant "spin" of history to enhance his view with his Republican base. To LBJ's credit, he worked tirelessly to master the Senate and became the greatest legislator in its history -- as a conservative and moderate. Then once he held the Presidency, he became the closet liberal few people knew, and passed the most important progressive legislation for civil rights in US history, that was about 100 years overdue. Yes he forced the conservative Democrats into the Republican party, but his efforts helped shape the most critical extension of basic civil rights to ALL AMERICANS which ushered in a "kinder, gentler nation." Unlike all Conservatives, Obama believes in America living up to the promise we all pledge our lives to in the Pledge of Allegiance -- "with liberty and justice FOR ALL." Conservatives believe in liberty, but want nothing to do with "justice for all."

Posted by: jcluma | March 22, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Newt's Contract with American is the cause for the polarization of the Democrats and Republicians. So this remark by him is not surprising. It also supports why the Tea Party and the Republician Party are in bed together. Michael Steele, how do you explain this from one of your Republician leaders? This is not some nitwit from the Tea Party which is your explanation for the racism that is imbedded in the good old GOP.

Posted by: brit89 | March 22, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: javr949 | March 22, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

We have to remember that Newt Gingrich is a fiction author. And what he has written is no different from the novels that he likes to write.
Poor Newt, he has started to believe in his fiction-historical-novels.

Posted by: richardcolonel | March 22, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's clarify for good ole Newt....what he was saying and what he meant was passing civil rights was wrong politically and that republicans don't get behind social advancement in our nation because the republican party comes first, before the moral dictates of our nation.

Posted by: easysoul | March 22, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich will be proved wrong again. The Republican Party will lose in November for their unthinking opposition to health care reform. A party that offers to "reform" health care by helping 3 million Americans but not eliminating pre-existing conditions doesn't deserve to even be recognized for the stupid changes they proposed. They will lose big!!!

Posted by: MyComments | March 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am convinced, at this point in our nation's time, Republicans have nothing, intellectually, to contribute to any dialogue, issue, or evaluation of history.

Posted by: charlesalmon | March 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Newt is finally revealing his total character.
Clearly he considers the landmark Civil Rights Bill to have been B-A-A-A-D in his racist eyes.
He was the supposedly flaming liberal congressman from Georgia's only liberal district, including university communities.
Then the "Good Ol' Boys" decided to Gerrymander his district out of existence and left Newt's house in the state's most conservative district in a wierdly shaped strung out mess.
This chameleon Mewt changed colors immediately, began campaigning in the new district as a total Georgia conservative and went back to Congress as the most radical conservative of all.
Every independent poll shows the national electorate split almost evenly -- about 40% up to 45% FOR and the same numbers AGAINST the Health Care Bill which passed last night.
THE HUGE DIFFERENCE -- The health insurance shills and stated opponents have been LYING, LYING, LYING for the past year about what the Health Bill contains.
They were lying about the contents before their was anything approaching a final bill.
Go back to June, or July, or August, or September, or October, or November, or December, or January, or February or even this March -- and review the lies spread.
Among the more than 200 GOP amendments in the bill -- Private doctors compensated for "End of Life" consultations.
Exactly the same wording which the GOP put into their "Medicare Reform" during the administration of DubYah and the Draft Dodgers.
Only as soon as that GOP proposal, with their exact wording was accepted in committees -- The haters and attack dogs began screaming "Obama Death Panels."
The fact is the opposition, including Day-Glo Newt have told and continue telling every lie they can envision, hoping to serve their paymaster Insurance Companies.
The same Health Insurance industry which had $2.5-BILLION annual net profit for 1998.
By 2008, that industry wide net profit had exploded to $12.5-BILLION.
In North Carolina, the supposedly non-profit Blue Cross/Blue Shield controls more than 95% of all Health Care insurance [medical/hospitalization] in the state.
BC/BS is now paying its #1 executive MORE THAN $4-MILLION annually.
To manage a monopoly with no competition.
What are the paychecks of all the other non-profit insurors nationally?
Reality is -- the Bashers,Haters, Birthers, Tea Baggers and all the other Neo-Cons have convinced themselves that Democracy is a flawed system -- The nation would be better off in their minds in a Nazi-style dictatorship with each of them convinced they would be the perfect Fuhrer!

Posted by: pahrumpete | March 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Open mouth, insert foot...

Didn't Newt also say that Sotomayer was a racist.

Isn't this the guy who was boinking his last wife, while wife number one (or number 2?...I forget) was in the hospital fighting cancer?

Who listens to this guy?

Posted by: falvella | March 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The History professor has been wrong all along, his reactionary revolutionary ideas are a myth and theoretical horse manure; his disdain for Obama's brains is evident as well as his ambitions which will never happen. If the Repubs think we are going to sit iddle when the president brings the next issue before Congress they are utterly mistaken; next time the president will deal with them on another level, no Mr. nice again again.
Newt should be more concerned with all the losses of his "party" in November, than worry about the Democrats, his doomed predictions are as bad as Bushue's WMDs, lies and fabrications not to mention blasphemies since they tell US they are good Chrisians.alas all the good pastors who preceed and cry for forgiveness, the congressional talibans and their cohorts should start repenting since they tella US we are approaching the end thanks to the policies of president Obama.

Posted by: postDC | March 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the Republicans have been behind on Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights legislation and in condemning Jimmy Carter they ignore the morality of his banning of the forced sterilization of 40% of American Indian Women on the reservations through the Indian health Service and the Freedom of Religion Act of 1978 which removed a hundred years of putting Indians in jail for not being Christian. Where were the Republicans on this?

Nowhere to be seen and they are even worse on the complex culture in the country and public goods. The one Republican exception? Richard Nixon. Nixon was good for Indians and for American complex culture. Otherwise its trinkets and trash, provincialism, and private profiteering all the way.

Posted by: Digoweli | March 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Like millions and millions of Americans, I am celebrating two things with the historic passage of Health Insurance reform. The first and most important is universal health care coverage and deficit reduction in America. The second is that the Republicans now really do look stupid and weak, because instead of trying to influence the nature of the solution, their goal all along was to prevent a solution. Their obstructionist tactics went far beyond any real policy objections that they could articulate. After all, this bill is very close to what Richard Nixon proposed, and very close to what Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts. Far from being the single-payer plan many liberals wanted, it is very middle of the road. And yet the Republicans opposed it solely as a political strategy to deny the president an accomplishment. That did not work! I think Newt is overthinking this thing, contorting himself to find a silver lining in a very dark cloud hanging over the GOP.

Here is what happened, right in front of our eyes:

The president achieved something great and historic for the American people, while the Republicans sat petulantly on the sidelines throwing rocks.

Posted by: chouteau | March 22, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This sort of dumb thinking from the right is not new as illustrated in a quote from John Stuart Mill in the 19th century.
All conservatives are not stupid but most stupid people are conservatives.

Posted by: wconkie1 | March 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You racist religious zealots can yammer all you want. We liberals are staying on message too.

(see how I can play your same game?)

PS Is that the history books where you want to say that dinosaurs played with humans?

Posted by: bhuang2 | March 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Minnie2, It's not Suck on an Egg. It's Suck an Egg

Posted by: Yelfpmets | March 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, if you read the various blogs which purport to allow various individuals to comment upon political happening, the greater number of the hateful, bigoted statements come from the right wing who alternate between "you're stupid, idiot, and so forth, to outright racism. That was clearly evident last night outside of Congress, and the epethets spewed forth from the mouths and hearts the right wing demonstrators. Newt just fell into the same right wing trap, and now is trying to claw his way out.

Posted by: atc333 | March 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

You beltway liberals can whine all you want about Newt. Go ahead, try to change the subject. We're going to stay on message until November. We're going to keep talking about this out of control congress and administration, and they're contempt for self sufficient Americans. They'll be swept into the history books soon enough.

Posted by: DStiers | March 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to go ""Suck On An Egg".

Yada, Yada, Yada and the world will come to an end too because of this.

Posted by: minnie2 | March 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

While I haven't read every word of the foregoing comments, they seem surprisingly enlightened and well-informed! Has a new age dawned?

Posted by: RHouck | March 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

While I haven't read every word of the foregoing comments, they seem surprisingly enlightened and well-informed! Has a new age dawned?

Posted by: RHouck | March 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

People pay attention to this ethics violator? He resigned from Congress in shame. Have you forgotten?

"On January 21, 1997, the House voted overwhelmingly (395 to 28) to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The house ordered Gingrich to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.[16]
Eighty-four ethics charges, most of which were leveled by House Democratic Whip David Bonior, were filed against Speaker Gingrich during his term, including claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. Eighty-three of the 84 allegations were dropped.[17] Gingrich denied the charges over misuse of tax-exempt funds; however, he admitted to providing inaccurate statements during the probe over the college course and agreed to pay US$300,000 for the cost of the investigation.[18][19] The House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules.[20] The full committee panel did not reach a conclusion about whether Gingrich had violated federal tax law, instead they opted to leave it up to the IRS.[21]
In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations."

Posted by: janye1 | March 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

So Gingrich in dissembling regarding his remarks points to non-existent problems with the economy (the 1961-69 economic expansion was one of the longest and broadest in U.S. history resulting in per capita incomes for the average American rising over 50%) and then raising the race-baiting issue of school busing, which was the centerpiece of Nixon's Southern Strategy and a stalking horse for opposition to Civil Rights. Seems to me that Newt's "clarification" just makes things worse for him.

Johnson himself said that civil rights split the Democratic Party by alienating the south but he never doubted the rightness of his cause. I see no parallel here since the health care legislation does not cause a major internal breach in the Democratic Party either along regional or philosophical grounds. One can argue that those Democrats who opposed the bill did so out of political expediency because of local politics but there are few parallels from the past here.

I think that Gingrich's remarks tells a lot about how he feels he needs to approach the narrative regarding these issues and this period in history, which has been somewhat of an obsession by conservatives. The racial tensions of the late 1960's that flared into the notorious riots in Watts, Newark, D.C. and elsewhere were born of long-simmering frustrations where people had been very poorly treated, intimidated, denied equal rights and brutalized because of the color of their skin. Had Johnson, the Democratic leadership and progressive Republicans not acted it is very likely that open racial civil war would have occurred, especially if King's non-violent approach had been viewed as ineffective. What Johnson (and the martyred Kennedy before him) did was commit this nation to do the right thing regardless of political consequences.

Our own time is a time of new robber barons, where the political process has been controlled by large and entrenched economic interests among large corporations, centralized financial institutions and concentrated wealth, which oppose effective government action to ameliorate their actions. So if Gingrich is in fact praising President Obama for presidential leadership despite the forces arrayed against him that may try to extract a political cost then his critique makes sense, but not in the context of the civil rights stuggle.

Posted by: OldNavyGuy | March 22, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich,the GOP and AIPAC must be sidelined for a few decades until history is allowed to enumerate their combined evils to the USA. eg The invasion of Iraq.

Posted by: ddmjlennox | March 22, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Newt is correct that doing the right thing in regard to civil rights and the plight of poor people in this country caused the racists and the bigots to jump to the Republican Party. In fact they didn't just join it, they took it over. They just learned to use more polite language and symbolic euphimisms. What Newt failed to say (in either version) is that the acquisition of that element cost the Republican Party as progressive and moderate Republicans left the party in droves to join the Democrats or became independents. There are no Jacob Javits, Nelson Rockefellers, Charles Percys or Everett Dirksens left in the Republican Party. There are just ultra-conservatives and looneys. The next great split will not come from the Democrats - it is already in progess in the Republican Party. The Tea Party and Libertarian factions of the Party are in transition at this moment to become a de facto third party. Newt and his successors can share the blame for that for their narrow-minded focus on a flawed Lockean ideology which, though it sings public praises to democracy, look upon the people with elitist disdain.They are as relevant to American society today as a manual typewriter.

Posted by: wcourson | March 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Talking about "BACK PEDDLING!!! "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quoted Sunday as saying that "President Obama and the Democrats, by passing comprehensive health care legislation, 'will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years' with the passage of civil rights legislation.... Johnson's support for civil rights legislation broke apart the North-South coalition in the old Democratic Party and led to the realignment of the South into solid Republican territory" It is so clear even to most casual observer that Newt Gingrich meant exactly what he said and said exactly what he meant. Once he realized the gravity of his speech, he quickly back peddled. So typical of his ilk.

Posted by: paulmsmith | March 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Next Newt will claim that there was no "southern strategy" and that Reagan never campaigned on race issues to get the white backlash vote. Newt, slimy as ever.

Posted by: jbowen431 | March 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

gingrich should find another mistress, it's about the only thing he has excelled at.

Posted by: calif-joe | March 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So Newt is saying that doing what is right should not overide what is politically expedient? Is Newt admitting that the GOP was helped when the reactionary racists joined the GOP because of what LBJ had done concerning civil righrs. OH, now he is backtracking away from those statements and putting a new spin on what he wrote and said. Another GOPer exclaiming again: What I said is not what I meant. I guess thier doublespeak has become so ingrained that they even confuse themselves. But in thier case, it sure beats being honest about thier intentions.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | March 22, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If he'd denounce the racist epithets yelled at John Lewis on Saturday, never mind the homophobic slurs at Barney Frank, I'd take his "clarification" of this LBJ remark a little more seriously. But none of us should hold our breath that he will risk alienating the Tea Party crowd that he will work to cultivate for 2012 just yet, even if doing so would indicate his sincerity that the civil rights movement was "morally absolutely necessary," and therefore not something that opportunistic politicians should spin for partisan gain.

As far as I'm concerned, what got stuck on his shoes with the prior remark is not removed by his blaming others that they placed his remarks in the wrong "context." How many times have we heard that excuse from politicians who realize in hindsight they should have engaged their brains before running their mouths? Truth is he's just another sore loser today.

Posted by: nc1123 | March 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gingrich is a smart man. Like many
professors his "analysis" is insightful BUT the "synthesis" from the facts is absent or fallacious and arriving at valid predictions is distinctly not his forte.

Enough already! Mr.Gingrich's party cannot think beyond its nose. Like lemmings they
followed the Cheney/Bush/Neocon madness into invading a country that had NOT harmed ours. Scared nincompoops!
At election time their standard-bearer, McCain, chose a vacuous pretty woman as a possible stand-in as President! Even the Almighty likely trembled with concern. This silliness is precisely why the party cannot prosper....unless the American electorate is entirely anesthetized.

Does anyone take Mr Boehner as a leader of anything? He sounds like the student who never got the basics of Physics but insists that the Earth is flat and quotes some bizarre outlier utterance to "prove" his point. Likewise, the RNC chairman is an insult to his party, his race and his nation.
So, the GOP needs to reconstitute itself and that cannot happen with what they have for "leaders".

Posted by: doppler1 | March 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering how long it would take the biggest snake in the republican party to show his head. He can't seem to get the truth out in order like usual. After his speeding toungue spews out what his brain comes up with he realizes he better correct that because it doesn't sound to good. So he spews out some more of his halfwit opinions and does his regular trick of distorting the truth to fit his agenda.

As he went on to say that Johnson was morally CORRECT and the legislation was absolutly necessary was probably more truth than he spoke in any of his replies or emails.

Maybe Gingrich would like to start explaining this:
House Congressional Record, 1995, pp H14041 and H14047
Congress, 1995. Root legislation HR1058 and S 240 {securities tort legislation} enabled, and kickoff, the bubble and meltdown. There were legislators who prophesied that it would happen, but they were preventedfrom stopping it by a veto proof new majority legislature. Snewt Gingrich was the recently empowered Specker of the House. He and his party's SIGNATURE LEGISLATION.... Securities Tort Reform!!! ( heeeeee's Baaaaaack!!)

The finacial collapse was no mistake and was not unforseen.

(lillypad2 filled me in on this record on an earlier blog.)

I still say the republican party turned commie with Gingrich as the lead babbler.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Remember the death panels-

Newt sent his out in espanol - not english via his spanish twitter acct

His ENGLISH twitter acct- NO

Whats up with that?


@GingrichEspanol Cuanto vale un año mas de tu vida? O un año mas para tu padre o esposa? Y para tu hijo? Lee mas

GOP really do like you DUMB DOWN- just like Murdoch WSJ asked POTUS-

REMEMBER- Murdoch/WSJ: Dumb it Down Mr President!

@GingrichEspanol No pueden dejar de ver esto: Lo que nos significa una tasa del 9.8% de desempleo

Newt- can you send these in SPANISH?

Or keep avoiding the GW Bush DEATH PANELS in TEXAS!

GOP Perry/Hutchinson didnt know this- amazing!

Now- TEXAS will re write HISTORY!

Posted by: sasha2008 | March 22, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Replying to the above statement saying 40 years of Democrats all I can add is "AND SEE WHERE IT HAS GOTTEN US". Clinton left us with a surplus which Bush used and left us with a deficit. In my 83 years I know scandal probably has gone on in any if not all administrations; however, look at the scandals in the Republican administration starting with Nixon and the most during Bush's of ELECTED OFFICIALS.

Posted by: vivianj8169 | March 22, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Strange Newt would be talking about a North-South coalition when there has not been anything as such for at least 20 years. Yankees still not accept southern leaders who have not come out of dark ages. Almost impossible at this time for a southern republican to win the north.

Posted by: tmd678 | March 22, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

newtie revealed that he's a hater.. he view the civil right legislation as a bad thing by spliting the democratis party in half.
The half that's racist went to the GOP party.
Would that include Robert Byrd?

Posted by: bacala1 | March 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

newtie revealed that he's a hater.. he view the civil right legislation as a bad thing by spliting the democratis party in half.
The half that's racist went to the GOP party.

Posted by: newagent99 | March 22, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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