Bush is Newt’s fault?

Ramesh Ponnuru:

Before Republicans put Newt Gingrich at the top of their party, they should consider what happened the last time he led it.

In the mid-1990s, Gingrich was the de facto head of the Republican Party. He helped lead it to victory in the congressional elections of 1994, which brought about real accomplishments such as welfare reform. But once he attained power, both his popularity and that of his party started to plummet. In the aftermath of his leadership, a Republican was able to take the presidency only by pointedly distancing himself from Gingrich.

Conservatives who dislike George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism have Gingrich to thank for it. After Gingrich lost the budget battles with President Bill Clinton, it took 15 years for any politician to take up the cause of limited-government conservatism that he had discredited.

George W. Bush’s conservative wasn’t very compassionate. It consisted of momentarily feeling bad for homeless people as you looked the other way and riding in your limo. He “compassionately” murdered at least 100,000 Iraqis in a war of conquest and made jokes about it.

I do, however, appreciate Mr. Ponnuru admitting that Bill Clinton successfully discredited limited-government conservatism.

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29 Responses to Bush is Newt’s fault?

  1. foxyladi14 says:

    flavor of the month, 😆

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Well, we know Obama is Bush’s fault 😀

  3. DandyTiger says:

    OT: Here’s something a presidential candidate could easily win by saying they’d put a stop to this crap:

    Three South Florida women, all elderly and with medical problems, say Transportation Security Administration officers made them take off their clothes during the screening process at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last week.

    All three, one with a defibrillator, one with a colostomy bag and the other with diabetes, say they were forced to disrobe in a private room at the same terminal.

    “This was outrageous,” Lenore Zimmerman, 84, who winters in the Wynmoor Village condominium complex in Coconut Creek, said on Monday. “For some reason, they decided I look like a terrorist.”

    Unfortunately for us, both political parties are 100% for this crap.

  4. kc says:

    they probably own stock in the company .

  5. timothy2010 says:

    Off topic I read here several times a day and occasionally post and i am missing WMCB or something like that. Is all well with her?

  6. timothy2010 says:

    Quick question do i make this dancing pink avatar thingy look gay?

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I like charts. Wonder why homeowners are losing their equity, if not underwater?


  8. DandyTiger says:

    Random, just because: “Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” — Drew Carey

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Alec Baldwin losing it again on twitter….yeah, this stuff’s going to the Library of Congress !

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