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Pat Oliphant for February 16, 2009

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    believecommonsense  almost 13 years ago

    who’s the kneeling figure? Timothy G?

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    believecommonsense  almost 13 years ago

    fennec, thanks much …

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    HUMPHRIES  almost 13 years ago

    I’ve seen this guy debate on CNN. I’m left with the impression of a “Momma’s pride in’ joy” right out of the late fifties.

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    believecommonsense  almost 13 years ago

    Humphs, great characterization of Gingrich, and so apt. This is the guy who didn’t understand why it was so awful that he brought divorce papers for his first wife to sign in her hospital room after her cancer surgery. He just couldn’t see what was wrong with that … yep, momma’s cute lil pride ‘n’ joy

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    Simon_Jester  almost 13 years ago

    Like Cantor, Gingrich also came to prominence as the House Republican Whip. He was one of the first Repugs to make vilifying Dems part of the Republican agenda.

    And what did that do for HIS political career?

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    Motivemagus  almost 13 years ago

    S-J - It worked surprisingly well for a while. Their Contract on America – excuse me, Contract for America – was a very public piece of nonsense that got them a lot of attention. Newt was one of the leaders of the “criticize Clinton for morals I don’t have” school. (He was a deadbeat dad who divorced his wife as she was in the hospital with cancer and she had to throw herself on the charity of their church.)

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    Simon_Jester  almost 13 years ago

    Q: Which one of the following got booted out of office before the end of their term?

    Was it…

    a. Newt Gingrich

    b. Bill Clinton

    BTW, if the Mainstream Media is soooo liberal, then what is Newt Gingrich doing, delivering commentary on CNN in the first place? ( And as I understand it, that was anything but a one-time deal. )

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    Casserole  almost 13 years ago

    It’s incomprehensible why the Republican Party continues to rely on the now-proven-faulty old supply side / monetarist economic model. There are only extremist right wingers left in the Congress, and they continue to sleepily murmer “tax cuts” and “deregulation,” even though those two devices have come closest to destroying this country than any other pointedly false philosophy! These cranky obstructionists are singing to their wacko base back home, but the majority of Americans are scared sh**less and support the President’s measures to get us back on our feet (eventually). Where are the fresh, new Republican ideas? Who now speaks for the decrepid GOP? Limbaugh? Palin? Grandpa McCain? Good sweet god! Time for the Modern Whig Party to take over as the home for what’s left of the traditional conservatives. I hate how the Democrats historically seem able to succeed only upon the rotting carcass of a failed Republican Party.

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    believecommonsense  almost 13 years ago

    casserole, whoa, you said a mouthful. I’m thinking about that last line. The Reps compare themselves to insurgents, Limbdumbo prays Obama fails and the GOP wonder why many folks don’t feel like the Reps care about the working middle-class anymore. But it takes so little to get the pendulum swinging the other way … and seems to me that’s the goal of the GOP right now, swinging things the other way in the 2010 elections and if more people have to suffer in the interim, so be it, they still think they’re serving a higher purpose … worshipping at the feet of business and the wealthy and influential … i’m paying more attention to the libertarian philosophy lately

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    lalas  almost 13 years ago

    I always thought it scary that tacticians like Rove and Newt always referred to the “Permanent Republican Majority” before they would ever refer to “helping the people”. They made it clear (in their own terms) that it was about The Party.

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    deadheadzan Premium Member almost 13 years ago

    What angers me is that a moderate Republican like Tom Ridge doesn’t have a chance to advance. That gig as homeland security chief really messed up his credibility. Also Colin Powell.

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    KenBonnell  almost 13 years ago

    Congress swings like a pendulum do. It’s not the tick-tocking those people should heed, but the hearbeat of the naton. Hope springs eternal, but these days its spring gets less bounce for the ounce.

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