Newt Gingrich blasts fellow right-wingers for dissing Nelson Mandela

For all of his faults, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a curious knack for making sense every once in a while — sometimes even courageously. Such is the case with the passing of Nelson Mandela, as Ta-Nahisi Coates explains HERE: I think this is a fairly noteworthy statement from Newt Gingrich on Mandela’s passing that should get some airing. Gingrich is addressing the rather disgraceful response to Mandela’s passing that we’ve seen in some quarters: Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country. After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech. As Americans we celebrate the farmers at Lexington and Concord who used force to oppose British tyranny. We praise George Washington for spending eight years in the field fighting the British Army’s dictatorial assault on our freedom. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Thomas Jefferson wrote and the Continental Congress adopted that “all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Doesn’t this apply to Nelson Mandela and his people? Some conservatives say, ah, but he was a communist. Actually Mandela was raised in a Methodist school, was a devout Christian, turned to communism in desperation only after South Africa was taken over by an extraordinarily racist government determined to eliminate all rights for blacks. I would ask of his critics: where were some of these conservatives as allies against tyranny? Where were the masses of conservatives opposing Apartheid? In a desperate struggle against an overpowering government, you accept the allies you have just as Washington was grateful for a French monarchy helping him defeat the British. I think it’s important to note that Gingrich’s position here is not particularly new. This is not an attempt to rewrite history, or claim someone in death whom Gingrich opposed in life. Newt Gingrich was among a cadre of conservatives who opposed the mainstream conservative stance on apartheid and ultimately helped override Reagan’s unconscionable veto of sanctions. At the time, Gingrich was allied with a group of young conservatives including Vin Weber looking to challenge Republican orthodoxy on South Africa. “South Africa has been able to depend on conservatives to treat them with benign neglect,” said Weber. “We served notice that, with the emerging generation of conservative leadership, that is not going to be the...

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If Newt Gingrich would only read my blog, perhaps he wouldn’t make mistakes like this

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If some of these prominent right-wing nitwits would only take the bother to read this award-winning blog on a regular basis, they wouldn’t so often make fools of themselves. Take, for example, the widespread myth that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shuman visited the White House on 157 separate occasions between 2009 and 2012. It simply isn’t true, as I noted HERE last week. But just days later, Bill O’Reilly was on Fox News peddling that same bit of fiction to his gullible viewers, as we see here. [youtube]http://youtu.be/Que9_uyGsvg[/youtube] . And then, just last night, Newt Gingrich was on Fox News with Sean Hannity and said this: When you learn, for example, that the commissioner of Internal Revenue visited the White House 157 times, more than the attorney general, more than the secretary of state, more than any cabinet officer, 157 times, you have to ask yourself, “What were they talking about? What were they meeting on?” Upon reflection, perhaps both O’Reilly and Gingrich know the truth of this matter but prefer to play the geezers who regularly watch Fox New Channel for the suckers they...

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The 2012 Republican presidential ticket that almost was

THIS would have been great fun: It’s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee. As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum almost agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservatives support and topple Romney. “We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, said. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.” “It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” said John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist. The negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.com. In the end,” Gingrich said, “it was just too hard to negotiate.” Romney eked out a three-point win in Michigan on Feb. 28 and was never seriously threatened again. While this type of elaborate plotting is more typical of political thrillers, it was real this time. A year later, many who worked to build the Unity Ticket still believe it could have been decisive. “I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary,” Santorum said. “More importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general...

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Even Newt Gingrich sometimes gets it right

The former speaker of the House says the powers-that-be in the financial community won’t let Republican lawmakers balk at raising the debt ceiling: [youtube]http://youtu.be/cWeKH-ofWoc[/youtube]

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Prominent conservatives attack Romney as vulture capitalist

Earlier this year, when Mitt Romney still faced opposition for the Republican presidential nomination, we all knew that certain statements made by his rivals would live on long after the outcome of the race was a foregone conclusion. And, by golly, we were right about that. Notice, for example, that there are no Democrats in this video. It’s all about Republicans dissing the Mittster. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fJhF6uctfM[/youtube]

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