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"There's the left -- and then there's the rest of us"

Reported by Judy - July 22, 2004 -

I'm not making this up. That's what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia, said in an appearance on Fox News Live today (July 22). Gingrich was doing his best to paint Democrats as extremists and Republicans, no matter how conservative, as the mainstream.

In an interview with Bob Sellars (9:45 a.m. EDT), Gingrich predicted that Bush will have a much easier time winning re-election than people believe right now. He says that's because most Americans agree with Bush on important issues like leaving God in the pledge of allegiance. He claims 91 percent of Americans support that. (Maybe they do, but is that going to determine their vote?)

Gingrich went through a list of hot-button issues designed to get viewers' blood boiling, such as allowing convicted felons in prison to vote, requiring work in exchange for welfare, and leaving God in the pledge of allegiance. Gingrich said Kerry and Edwards oppose all those, making them part of not just the left, but the "hard left" in America. "If the choice is the left versus the rest of us," Bush will win, Gingrich said.

Problem is, Gingrich doesn't get to describe the issues all by himself. While 95 percent of Americans say welfare recipients should work in exchange for help (his number), will they still think that way if the question is "should mothers with young children who can't afford quality day care or dependable transportation have to work for minimum wage in a dead-end job that will never pay them enough to support their family anyway"?

It's all a smoke screen. Gingrich knows the Republicans and Bush are in trouble on the issues that people really care about -- the economy, Iraq, health care, crime, and so on. Between now and November, Gingrich and the rest of the Republican spin machine will be working hard to distract Americans with these phony emotional issues that do nothing to improve the quality of life in America.

Gingrich closed by saying, "There's the left and then there's the rest of us." He may be surprised to find out that "the rest of us" is a lot smaller group than he thinks.