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Gingrich: There’s No Reason For Voters To Keep Republicans In Power

Reported by Ellen - February 14, 2008 -

Newt Gingrich visited Hannity & Colmes last night (2/13/08) and delivered some very pessimistic views on the state of the Republican Party. After conceding to Alan Colmes that there wasn't much reason for someone to vote Republican unless there's a real change in the Party, Gingrich added, with an obvious reference to Senator John McCain, the likely nominee, “If somebody runs this year on the principle of four more years of the last eight years, they’re just gonna get beat.” With video.

Gingrich’s gloom didn’t prevent him smearing Barack Obama. Gingrich said, “Look, if Senator Obama who’s a very, very attractive person, is able to carry out a campaign for president in which he simply says, ‘I’m for change, you’re for change. I love America, you love America. Life is good. Don’t we want to be good friends together?’ He’s just gonna win.”

In fact, while Obama’s policies may not be as fully fleshed out as Hillary Clinton’s, he has staked out positions on a range of issues, including offering a $4000 college tuition credit in exchange for national service, and a loan forgiveness program for doctors and nurses who work in underserved rural areas.

Gingrich must not have much faith in Americans because he went on to note that in Virginia, twice as many Democrats showed up to vote in the primary as Republicans. Considering that Obama won by a large margin in Virginia, that’s a lot of voters for what Gingrich alleged was a fluff candidate.

Nevertheless, Gingrich obviously understood that his own Party bore much of the responsibility. “Unless Republicans get a grip on life, figure out that if they’re not the Party of real change, if they’re trying to explain the current situation and they’re trying to defend the current situation, they’re just gonna get beaten this fall,” he said.

Gingrich went on to advocate that conservatives become more independent of the Party. “The conservative movement cannot be a subsidiary of the Republican Party. The conservative movement is a long term, permanent commitment, a fundamental philosophy.” He recommended that conservatives reach out to form a coalition with conservative Democrats. He added that conservatives did Bush a disservice by not being “as critical and as direct and as blunt as (they) should have been.”

What, and get called a terrorist enabler? Undermining our Commander-in-Chief during a time of war? It sounds a lot like Gingrich was promoting a MoveOn.Org-type wing of the Republican Party... the same kind of advocacy that he condemned when it came from Democrats.

Colmes seemed to remember those days when Gingrich sang a different tune. “It’s easy to say (conservatives weren’t critical enough) after the fact, now that we see how unpopular (Bush) is. You’ve asked the American people ever since you were Speaker to vote Republican, vote conservative. They listened. They voted for Reagan. You helped bring in a Republican, conservative Congress… and now you’re saying ‘Well, I’m gonna call myself an independent now because this other stuff really isn’t working. ‘Cause look what you guys have done with all the power you’ve had since 1980.”

Gingrich tried to duck the issue, first by praising Ronald Reagan, then by talking about some of the accomplishments of the Contract with America. But finally Gingrich admitted, “I’m also telling you publicly, Alan. I concede this. It causes me enormous pain. The Republican leadership, sometime after 2000, went off the rails. How can you explain the Bridge to Nowhere? How can you explain earmarks? How can you explain all that spending with no vetoes? How can you explain Katrina?”

Colmes asked, “So why should the American people reward the very political Party that’s now asking again for their vote that just brought us all the things you just mentioned?”

Gingrich replied, “They shouldn’t… I absolutely believe that if somebody runs this year on the principle of four more years of the last eight years, they’re just gonna get beat.”