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Why the Republican Establishment Fears Newt Gingrich

As Newt Gingrich has risen in the presidential polls, the campaign of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has flushed a bevy of Republican establishment figures to criticize the former House Speaker.

And they have plenty to work with. In a forty-year career in politics, Gingrich has stepped on a lot of toes and made plenty of enemies who are only too happy to come forward to say that he is temperamentally unfit to be president, would waste money on faddish intellectual exercises, has too much personal baggage, etc.

As Gingrich himself acknowledges, some of these concerns are legitimate issues to weigh when taking the measure of a candidate for President of the United States.

But much of what has appeared in the media in the past week or two is nothing more than the personal trashing of Gingrich to mask the real reason the Republican establishment is deathly afraid of a Gingrich presidential candidacy.

What the Republican establishment is really afraid of is not Newt Gingrich’s personality or baggage, but a campaign about conservative ideas.

For the past fifty years, the Republican establishment has mostly run content-free campaigns and regularly lost elections at the national level. The three major Republican victories of the past half-century -- the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, the 1994 Congressional elections and the 2010 Congressional elections -- all occurred only because Republicans deviated from the establishment’s content-free model and ran on conservative ideas.

And Newt Gingrich was the leader of, and catalyst behind, one of those campaigns.

The major fault line in today’s Republican Party is the split between those who are part of and benefit from Washington’s insider culture and those who don’t.

The last thing establishment Republicans who benefit from business-as-usual in Washington want is a great ideas-based crusade that actually builds a national movement behind reducing the scope and intrusiveness of the federal government, holding government accountable and changing at a fundamental level the way the federal government does business and interacts with citizens. That is exactly what Newt Gingrich is calling for.

Grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers are flocking to the Gingrich candidacy because outside of Washington, conservatives don’t want another content-free election. They want a campaign that says, “here’s how the federal debt crisis can be solved and the American economy restored,” and, “here’s how government can be more accountable and efficient.” That means building public support behind the kind of fundamental change that Gingrich is talking about.

And the Republican establishment fears more than anything that, just like in 1994, Gingrich actually means it and can pull it off.

I have yet to endorse a candidate for President -- I don’t know when or if I will endorse a candidate in the Republican presidential primaries. But one thing has become remarkably clear since Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls has gelled into something more solid than the flavor of the week: the Republican establishment fears Newt Gingrich, and they fear him not because of his tart tongue or his personal life.

What establishment Republicans really fear is that Gingrich’s great conservative ideas-based crusade will actually succeed, and that on Inauguration Day 2013, Gingrich will arrive at the White House at the head of a vast citizen movement with a legislative agenda and dozens of Executive Orders ready to implement the conservative government establishment Republicans have promised -- but failed to deliver -- for the past 45 years.

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Republican Elites hate Ginrich because he is not one of them

Your post was right on! Republican eites say they want to retake the White House, but their very actions suggest otherwise. Everything they are saying suggests they are satisfied with the status quo. How else can they justify supporting  pseudo conservative Romney instead of true conservative Ginrich?

Short of divine intervention, Romney cannot beat Obama, and the Republican elites know it. Likewise, the Democrats are well aware that between Romney and Ginrich, Romney would be the easier to defeat. For instance, Romney cannot show he would govern better than Obama. His RomneyCare was so much like ObamaCare that he would not be able to make ObamaCare an issue during the campaign. Yet, ObamaCare is one of the most important concerns facing voters.

Plus, Bain Capital's hands are not as clean as Romney wishes the world to believe. Attempting to raise a business to another level works, at times. But, at other times it does not -- at times it's best to simply shore up a business as is. And I am speaking from experience. I had a very successful business and got the bright idea that it should be expanded. And that turned out to be a big mistake -- it cost me money. What I should have done was attempt to improve on what was already working. I later sold the business for a profit, but for less than it should have been.

On the other hand, Newt Ginrich has an unparalleled positive record in Congress. He knows how to bring people together and get the job done. The balanced budgets he ushered through Congress alone makes him him worthy of being President. Can anyone imagine what balancing budgets would do for this nation today? Wouldn't it be nice not to owe our future to China?

Plus, one big factor that Ginrich has in his favor is his position on the Middle East. As a Christian I appreciate the fact that he takes the side of Israel over the Arabs. That alone gets my vote.

Again, an interesting and factual post!



Some people fear Gingrich because he gets results.

As it is today the only two Republican candidates that have enough support to win the nomination are Gingrich, and Romney. Mr. Viguerie hit the mark with his piece. I don't want to be McCained again with Romney. The liberials, and the Republican Establishment want Romney as the Republican candidate because he is a moderate as is McCain. Have you noticed the liberial media never really criticizes Romney? Romney's statements and speeches are designed to not offend potential supporters. Gingrich tells us what he really thinks which I appreciate. Who toes has Romney stepped on? The Massachusetts legislature which is eightyfive percent Democrat, the most liberial in the nation, and there isn't any Republican Establishment criticism of policies when he was govenor. Ann Coulter said" Romney and Bachmann are the two most conservative of the Republican candidates." She has different definition of conservative than I do.The Republican Establishment want to lead us to Romney, but I'm not drinking. I know who is a born leader, and who isn't.

Newt Gingrich and the Establishment Republican Attacks

It has become very clear to me that the Establishment Republicans fear NEWT the same as they feared Palin, Trump, Cain, Bachmann, Paul and others.  They do not want anybody to interefere with Business as Usual in DC.  We now have a One Party System made up of two factions called Establishment Republcans and Establishment Democrats.  Both the estabalishment parties cater to their base and to their fringes, but at the end of the day, there is very little difference between the Dems and Repubs in power and their rhetoric is interchangeable.  Both parties put up a Dog and Pony Show Fight which is Made For TV audiences and this Dog and Pony Show Fight is no more real or serious than is TV Wrestling.  It is all hype and show and ZERO substance.  The same holds true for the supposed Rival TV Networks.  Fox likes to call themselves the voice of the conservatives when, in fact, FOX is nothing but the Mouthpiece for the Establsihment Republican Party.  When Obama bashes Fox News, it is no more serious than when TV wrestlers trash their opponents when the cameras are running.  It is to gain support and to make the public believe that we have real competition in political racesd, when in fact, we do not.  The Republicans campaign to Abolish or Repeal Democrat policies, regulations and legislation and programs, but when they are elected on this promise, they do not change anything and in fact, they add their own legislation, agencies, programs and regulations and it is business as usual.  Our current Political System which consists of a One Big Government/Socialist Party made up of Establsihment Democrats and Establishment Republicans is totally Fascistic, which means they will not allow any opposition or outsiders to attend.  That is why FOX News is pulling out all the Neo Con mouthpieces such as Ann Coulter to trash and bash Gingrich because the Fix is In for Romney, who is establishment Republicanism.  That is all there is to the story.

Please define conservative

I don’t understand the definition of conservative as it is currently used. How does being paid to help receive bailouts and being paid to support other big government programs fit within the definition of conservative?


Mr. Viguerie, I have long known you to be a voice of true conservatism and a TRUE anti-establishment figure. So it pains me to see you joining in the chorus claiming that  Newt as anti-establishment. 

When I ask people what exactly makes Newt anti-establishent, their answer amounts to "Newt runs his mouth a lot, talks tough, and says things that tick people off."

In short, he's a showboat.

Frankly, I think that Newt is a tool of the establishment, a pawn in the  effort to get Romney elected.  I think that the establishment is promoting Newt as the anti-establishment candidate to siphon away support from Candidates such as Bachmann, Perry and Paul. Once they drop out, the high- profile conservative cheerleaders will turn on Newt and make short work of him.   Which of course will result on Romney's nomination.

I will continue to read your work as it is a valuable source of information, but I encourage you to re-think your position on Gingrich.

Michael Moore makes more sense than this piece!


I understand that you're desperate to find an alternative to Romney. We all are! But this piece is pure nonsense.Gingrich is an ideas man, but most of those ideas involve expanding the federal government. And the assertion that he is somehow on the side of the divide opposite the Washington insiders is preposterous. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures, but I will never be able to forget about this article. It will be ringing in my ears every time I read something you write from now on. This is a severe blow to your credibility. 

And for those who don't know me, I neither support Ron Paul nor Mitt Romney. I wish I had a horse in this race but I don't. If I had to rank them, however, Newt Gingrich would be at the very bottom of my list, and nobody has ever challenged my conservative credentials. 


I like him, got some good points ...

But I do not trust him!

He changes on some important things too quickly, only to fit in the "Tea Party" look of things and show that he is a conservative, too. Too loose for me ...

His history ... his moves on many things as a leader, and his votes on many key bills were all contrary to the conservative small government ideals ... and his actions while being a lobbyist show that he is still of the same old mold ...

Then all of sudden, he is solid ... how so?

To me he is just a chameleon who will do anything to get what he wants, and will do things contrary to what we are seeking.

Gingrich IS the establlishment

  Suddenly the entire Republican populace seems to have fallen prey to an alien invasion of body snatchers. Since when is Gingrich a conservative? He squandered his "Contract with America" back in 1994 when he actually had a chance to enact conservatism. Then he tried to block a national E-Verify Bill in order to placate employers of illegal aliens. When the bill's passage looked inevitable, he added an amendment to make it voluntary. Now he's pushing another mass amnesty for illegal aliens like the one angry citizens squashed in 2007. According to Glenn Beck, Gingrich idolizes Woodrow Wilson, the father of American socialism.

   I think the establishment loves Gingrich, and is fabricating Tea Party and grass roots support to give their Trojan Horse credibility. Is there any other way to explain this sudden mass insanity? We might as well elect John mcCain. 

Huh, what?

You can't get any more {CORRUPT} party establishment than gingrich! Holy Crap, ConservativeHQ.. have you really been Newtered??!


Gingrich is a detestable liar.  How much more can I possibly say?

Funny... No really

If Newt is what a conservative is supposed to be then no wonder so many people hate the GOP and why Republicans lost in 2008. Kinda sad when people like dogden flock to who ever their media masters says to regardless of the hypocrisy and complete lack of ethics Gingrich is well known for. It's rather telling of you that you go oiut of your way to attack the only person who stands for what conservatives claim to. Remember smaller government? Fiscal responsibility? The constitution? 
Neoconservatism is a cancer that has plagued Republicans for way to long. They love the anti-intellectual, and prefer to talk in slogans because they just want to get in and abuse the power of office for personal gain. They could care less about the people in America or the rest of the world. And deficits are Ok as long as its serving PNAC agenda.

Hey it's alright your masters tell you what to think and what to say even if you don't realize it. If being a sellout  phony elitest is what being a conservative is then I guess you can count me out too. But I happen to believe thats not what it's about. I prefer honesty, integrity, and someone who will actually work for the people and this country. Not a warmongering pandering slimeball whos just looking to line his pockets along with the special interests he serves. THANK GOD not everyone is so easily manipulated by corrupt media and politicians. Lets hope someone who represents whats good about conservatism (like Ron Paul) wins this time...... See you at the caucus dogden!  

Rexx, you really don't know

Rexx, you really don't know what in the hell you are talking about. I have been a paleo-conservative my whole life. No so-called media master tells me what to think.The fact that you use the term "warmongering" indicates that you are not a conservtive at all but rather a leftist posing as one. "Warmongering" is a favorite term of your friends on the left. Why are you even on this site?

The simple fact is that your man Ron Paul is also NOT a conservative. He is rather a libertarian and a left leaning libertarian at that. Why can't you Paulites just admit that? Paul's embrace of Occupy Wall Street, the 9-11 Truthers, his criticism of Gitmo, his hostility to Israel, his disdain for water boarding, his blaming the U.S. for 9-11 and other similar stands all put him in the same crowd as the leftist morons at and the like. Conservatism by its very nature believes in an aggressive foreign policy that seeks to head off threats to our nation's security before they can harm us-that is what the doctrine of preemption is all about. Conservatism also believes in American exceptionalism, which Paul disdains. Paul's election would put our country at risk from our enemies, which he is either too stupid or naive to understand. When I hear Paul talk, he sounds like the leftists form the ACLU sound. That is because he is a leftist at heart.

Ironic view of Gingrich

Whatever ideas Gingrich now espouses, he has never been a small-government Republican and has certainly never been a strict Constitutionalist. He lauded the theories of Alvin and Heidi Toffler, even writing the forward for their book “The Third Wave” that proclaims the U.S. Constitution is outdated and should die. Moreover, Gingrich remains unapologetic about his career selling his influence in support of big government solutions. It is ironic that he should now assume the mantle of a conservative and an outsider.

Gingrich’s great conservative ideas??????

I beg to differ, Newt is not a true conservative. His career has been nothing more than part of the problem we have today. We need a true statesman not another career politician. I do not know who, but Newt is not the answer.




A true Statesman

Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to cut spending and truly balance the budget. This is the only plan that will deliver what America needs in these difficult times: Major regulatory relief, large spending cuts, sound monetary policy, and a balanced budget.

Lowers the corporate tax rate to 15%, making America competitive in the global market. Allows American companies to repatriate capital without additional taxation, spurring trillions in new investment. Extends all Bush tax cuts. Abolishes the Death Tax. Ends taxes on personal savings, allowing families to build a nest egg. Ron Paul for an honest, trustworthy and ethical President.

GOP fears

I agree with the article concerning the GOP fears of true conservatives. I believe the GOP establishment is correct to fear the "real" movement since it could mean they will lose their elite position in government. It should be clear to all conservatives that it is going to be difficult to vote the old Republican guard out of office. The establishment is not going to relinquish their royal position without a fight.

Newt thinks out loud and sometimes scares people but his actions during the contract with America should give conservatives a reason to support him over the establishment Romney. His support of the Perry position on the 10th amendment indicates to me that he is on the right track. Washington needs to be a ghost town.

Don't expect the media including the so called conservative media to support anyone wanting to reduce the size of government. Moving government back to the states and closer to the people means the press will not have their elite core in Washington DC. Its going to be a tough fight folks.

One Glorious Moment and Slick Talk

Those who support Newt are doing so because of that one glorious moment in 1995 when the GOP passed meaningful legislation. (That is a very sad statement about how truly inept the GOP is) or because they think he can beat Obama in a debate. Unfortunately, the rest of the Newt package has little to be desired and one good moment and slick talk IS not enough of a reason to vote him into office.

Ron Paul is the only consistent conservative. If you think Ron Paul is left leaning you do not understand the definition of conservative.

Gingrich Reduce Federal Intrusion? He's Already Bought!

Gingrich "... actually builds a national movement behind reducing the scope and intrusiveness of the federal government..."  I do not believe that someone whose think tank accepted $37 million dollars from corporate medicine is going to do anything other than return the favor via legislation that supports forcibly taking money from citizens and putting it into the pockets of these corporations. They are expecting a return on their investment and government intrusion is the payback.  He is a very slick talker that will find one way or another make that happen.

Gingrich is a movement Conservative

Viguerie's article is dead on. The GOP has not had a movement Conservative leading it since Reagan. George W. was a good man who had a good foreign policy and had some conservative instincts but he was not a movement Conservative. Newt is and that is why he will win the GOP nomination. By the way, for all of you Paulites out where who inhabit this site, your man is no a Conservative at all but rather is a left-wing libertarian. Thank God he will not be the GOP nominee or President.

I agree with Richard Viguerie's article

I've watched many of Newt's speeches in the past months.  I now support Newt 100%.

I was surprised to see how much the insiders opposed him.

I was truly amazed at the unprecedented, so far as I know, editorial, UNSIGNED, by the National Review, trying to destroy Newt's candidacy.

Richard Viguerie was an innovator in direct mail in politics back in the 1980's, I believe, and has been involved in conservative politics for years.  So I think he know a lot more about the motivations of opposition than I do.

But even from afar, it looks to me as if the reaction is insanely disproportionate.  

Newt is without a doubt offering the American people an opportunity to clean up Congress and rebalance the influence of the courts and move back to constitutional first-principles.  And the wonder of it is, the American people are at the heart of the plan.  So he won't be beholden to Washington power-brokers.

Is it possible that National Review had deteriorated to the point where the editors put their own interests as beltway insiders above the good of the country?

I am thrilled at the prospect of making government smaller, less intrusive, cheaper, less predatory against the American people, more transparent, more accountable.

I think the new technology can be used for good or for bad.  We need to elect people who love liberty and are willing to protect the American people from government.

I loved the sentence in which he said that the problem is that Newt is promising to deliver changes the Republicans have been campaigning on for 45 years and never deliver.  Ha!  So true!


A movement conservative?

I don't know what that means, but the idea that Gingrich would reduce the intrusiveness of the federal government is a laughable one. Didn't you hear him during the last debate arguing for "strengthening the Patriot Act," the most egregious and intrusive piece of legislation in the history of the United States already? Are you not aware that Gingrich was charged with 82 ethics violations and drummed out of office and forced to pay $300,000 because he brought corruption to such a level that it was unacceptable even in Congress? If this is the brand of conservatism if what you are searching for, then good luck to you for you deserve just what you get, and I can guarantee you that it will not be good.

The Patriot Act is a

The Patriot Act is a brilliant piece of legislation designed to improve our nation's security and it has in fact worked. If you were a conservative you would support it. Why is it that all of you leftists who inhabit this site are even here? Move over to where all your brethren are who hate America and want to emasculate the ability of America to defend herself.


Right on for dogden. He said it all.

hannitys parrot..

News flash.... Faux news Hannity, Oreilly, Rush, ARE part of the establishment republicans. It was only after McCain was trounced in 2008 that they started pretending they wern't so they could co-opt the Tea Party movement. When you parrot their talking points it's obvious they were successful. 

Fox has had neocons on all week trashing Newt

Fox is throwing in with Romney, clearly.  They've had Bennett, Rove, Beck, Dick Morris, even Britt Hume, etc, etc, etc on Fox tearing down Gingrich for a week.  The Republican Establishment pretty much stayed on the sidelines and thought that Romney would win it on his own, but this week they must have all decided that Newt CANNOT become the nominee, and they've brought out the long knives.  They've had no Newt positive pieces at all.  Just hit pieces.  The Obama machine has nothing on the Establishment Right when they want to take down one of their own.


I think you miscunstrue "Conservative" with "Neo-Conservative".  Newt will just bring more of what we've had for the past 12 years:  more war, bigger government and more big brother.


Are you that brainwashed by the money?

What money are you talking

What money are you talking about? You Paulties make me sick with your sycophant support for Ron Paul. He is a total leftist moron posing as a conservative. Do all of us conservatives  on this on every other conservative web site a favor and get the hell off our sites and move to the leftist web sites where you moronic Paulties belong!


That sums it up quite well. Ron Paul for President