Gingrich the Culprit? And Other News

Turns out Newt Gingrich was doing more than advising Republicans in Congress, he was whipping up their fury against the Wall Street Bailout plan, then went on television a couple times and said nothing of his role. Typical Republican liar. So, a nonelected man played a key role in harming American finances. Is that terrorism?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Who pushed the Republicans in the Senate to vote against the economic bailout? Evidence is surfacing that Newt Gingrich was whipping the Republican House members to vote against the measure, mere moments before he came out reluctantly in favor of the measure. Yeah, the evidence is showing the man is twofaced. That should be no surprise to any of us, as he has been a Republican for a long time. That’™s part of the initiation or something. Here’™s Sam Stein at HuffPo, quoting from Andrea Mitchell’™s appearance on MSNBC’™s Morning Joe:

Gingrich was whipping up votes for the opposition, Mitchell said, apparently without the knowledge of the current GOP leader, John Boehner, who was responsible for recruiting enough support from his caucus to help ensure the bill’™s passage. Ultimately, the GOP was only able to rally roughly a third of its members.

‘œNewt Gingrich,’ she said on MSNBC, ‘œI am told reliably by leading Republicans who are close to him, he was whipping against this up until the last minute, when he issued that face-saving statement. Newt Gingrich was telling people in the strongest possible language that this was a terrible deal, not only that it was a terrible deal, it was a disaster, it was the end of democracy as we know, it was socialism ‘” and then at the last minute [he] comes out with a statement when the vote is already in place.’

Indeed, as Mitchell noted, shortly before the bill’™s failure, Gingrich ‘œreluctantly’ came out in favor of its passage: ‘œTherefore, while I am discouraged at the final collapse of the Bush Administration, and frustrated by the Democrats’™ passion for the taxpayer’™s money, I would reluctantly and sadly vote for the bailout were I still in office.’

Of course, Gingrich says nothing later on the day of the failed bailout vote about his role in the matter. He continues with his lying to Greta Van Susteren on her show on FoxNews:

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. You mentioned Senator McCain. He came back ‘” he got criticized some, and the term political stunt ‘” I’™ll use that, my word, to describe what I think how people are calling it. What was ‘” was his returning to Washington a contribution to trying to find a solution or not?

GINGRICH: Well, the Republicans in the House are the most conservative element in Washington. And they were firmly opposed to the bill, and nobody was paying any attention to them because they thought they could run over them. When Republican leader John Boehner went down to the White House with Senator McCain and they went around the room, everybody else had cut the deal. Everybody else was in on the fix. They got to Boehner, and he said, We can’™t go along with it, the House Republicans. And McCain said essentially, I’™m with Boehner.

At that point, Barney Frank and other liberal Democrats blew up because they thought that they had a deal. They thought the administration had basically sold out the House Republicans and was going to deliver them, and they suddenly realized that with Senator McCain siding with Congressman Boehner, that they had to negotiate. That was on Thursday.

Watch Greta’™s interview with Gingrich: Pt. 1 | Pt. 2

There was a long, painful, hard negotiation. And the fact is that they dramatically improved the bill. I said this morning if I had been in the Congress, I would have hated it, it makes me very angry, but I would have voted yes. And I said that because I watched Congressman Roy Blunt and Congressman John Boehner and Congressman Cantor and Paul Ryan really improve the bill significantly. It was still not a good bill, but it was dramatically better.

That would not have happened without John McCain’™s involvement. And by the way, on the other side, I don’™t believe Senator Obama delivered a single vote in the House today to try to help pass this. I think he once again was voting present.

Not only does Gingrich refer to his role not one little bit, when evidently he played a major role in whipping up the fury of the House Republicans, but he comes back and criticizes Obama for not helping enough to pass the bill. What, was he disappointed his work to defeat the bill didn’™t have a good enough opponent? Man, this guy is duplicitous. But we knew that. Back to the Morning Joe Show, Mike Barnicle says Gingrich did this as a prelude to his own candidacy for President in 2012. Harming the Us economy as a campaign trick? That sounds like a McCain-like stunt.

If Gingrich thinks his stunts in Congress are going to help, someone ought to remind him how his party was hurt when they shut down the government during the Clinton Administration. Right now, the public is blaming Republicans for everything going wrong in the economy, and I’™m betting Gingrich’™s work is tying them to economic failure. Where the Republicans are tied to economic failure, so will be John McCain.

In other news, John McCain has kicked Maureen Dowd off of his campaign plane. That’™s just petty, grouchy old man stuff.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

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