Gingrich: Hate-filled Speaker who made Trump possible

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

With the death of at least 49 people in two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand this week by a self-declared white nationalist whose manifesto praised American president Donald Trump for helping such racism expand around the world, the quick reaction is to blame Trump for the terrorism and murders.

Trump is a beneficiary of white nationalism and used racism and bigotry to win the White House in 2016 but the hate that spilled out over social media from the killer in New Zealand existed long before Trump became a cancer on our government.

Trump’s hatred of Islam and Muslims is well documented.  He claimed, falsely, that he saw “thousands of Muslims” in New Jersey cheering on video when the Twin Towers in New York fell on September 11, 2011.  No such cheering occurred and the video did not exist.

He has tried outright to ban Muslims in bulk from immigrating to the United States.  He embraced the white nationalists who brought violence and death to Charlottesville during a protest over removal of Confederate statues.

His racism is both well-known and documented.  His company has a long history of fines for racial discrimination in handling of properties.  Manages at his Casinos were ordered to keep African-American employees away from his and his nude modeling wife during their visits.

He calls African countries “shitholes.”

Trump played the inbred racism of Republicans and angry unemployed voters to give him the votes he needed to pull off his upset win in the 2016 presidential election.

Racist organizations praise his presidency and white nationalists say his actions helped bring them “out in the open” and “to the forefront” of what is happening in America today.

Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the killing of at least 49 people in a mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was “inspired by hate mongers in the United States” and he singles out Trump as a major player in that hate.

Yes, Trump thrives on hate.  So does the rapid right-wing that controls the Republican Party today.  Their hate took control of Congress in 1994 when rising GOP Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich promoted his lies-filled “Contract With America” with promises of term-limits and other needed reforms to fuel the Republican takeover of Congress in that year’s election.

Gingrich abandoned term limits as one of his first actions as the new Speaker in the House in 1995.  He promised an end to padding legislation with lavish pork-barrel projects and then loaded an expensive transportation with ultra-expensive projects for Republicans.

Gingrich put an end to legislative compromises and bi-partisanship and implemented a “our way or the highway” Congress.

Gingrich, like Trump, screwed around a lot.  He dumped his first wife to marry a mistress, then dumped her to marry another mistress.

Gingrich, much more than Trump, created the current right-wing leadership of the GOP.  During the failed impeachment of then President Bill Clinton, Gingrich assailed the “immorality” of a president who had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while the Speaker was bedding an Agriculture Committee staffer who is now his wife.

Gingrich shutdown the government because he didn’t like where he was seated on Air Force One on a trip.

And his mistress back in the 1990s?  She is now the American enjoy to the Vatican, an appointment by Trump as a gift to her husband, Newt Gingrich.

Hate, white nationalism, racism and bigotry has been part of America for too long.  Newt Gingrich made it part of the way Congress works as his sole “accomplishment” as Speaker of the House, starting in 1994.

His actions fueled a tragic transformation in Washington that laid the foundation for someone like Donald Trump becoming president.

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CPAC: More focus on liberties than social issues

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. at CPAC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. at CPAC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists comes to a finish Saturday but not before a final group of Republican all-stars takes the stage.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headline the third and final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings thousands of activists, opinion leaders and

Republican officials to suburban Washington. Other participants Saturday include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.

Saturday also features the results of the conference’s annual symbolic presidential preference straw poll. The gathering is an early audition of sorts for most of the GOP’s prospective 2016 presidential field.

Some of the GOP’s most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year’s midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate this year and then the White House in two years.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist pastor, set the tone early in the second day of the conference.

“If this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us,” Huckabee said to cheers. “It’s time for government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back.”

The day also featured Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who, like Huckabee, have run presidential campaigns fueled in part by support from religious voters.

But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the final speakers of the day, represents a new generation of libertarian-minded Republicans less likely to oppose gay marriage or embrace laws allowing the government to affect people’s private lives.

“There’s a great battle going on. It’s for the heart and soul of America,” Paul told a swelling crowd, focusing on civil liberties instead of social issues.
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Does Obama abuse power? Damn right. Is he the only one? Hell no.

A power-mad despot?  Of course!
A power-mad despot? Of course!

In the latest blatant example of how hypocrisy rules in Washington, Republican congressional leaders bitch and moan about how President Barack Obama is ignoring the Constitution and abusing the power of his office.

Is Obama abusing power?  Damn right, but those same Republicans who now complain loudly sat on their asses and said nothing when President George W. Bush — one of their own — did the same thing.

Obama’s flagrant abuse of power is straight out of the Bush playbook. If Republicans are so concerned about Presidents who exceed the power of their office, where were they during the tyrannical Bush reign?

They were sitting silently, of course, because Republicans, like Democrats on the other side of the political aisle, put politics and allegiance to their party above loyalty to America.

Are Democrats guilty of such hypocrisy? Of course. Those from the party of the jackass defend Obama for doing the same things that they jumped all over Bush for during his reign of pain.

Abuse of power is business as usual in the nation’s capital and those who put control above what is best for the nation include Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Like Obama, they are men who neither deserve positions of power or the offices they hold.

Obama, a first term senator with no real background in government or positions of leadership, won the Presidency primarily because he was a charismatic black man running against a tired old man with a flake running mate who later couldn’t even finish her first term as governor.

Reid is a bag man for the Nevada casino industry and his questionable ethics in office deserve investigation.

Boehner is a drunk who wanders in and out of reality.

All, of course, hold positions of power that became national jokes because of the clowns who held those positions.

Political historians have a hard time remembering anything of substance that Newt Gingrich did while serving as speaker. He lied a lot, but that is nothing new in Washington or the halls of power.

The married Gingrich, who earlier dumped one wife to marry his mistress, was banging a House committee staffer behind his wife/former mistress’s back while he spoke out publicly in favor of impeaching President Bill Clinton for, among other things, doing the same thing with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The House committee staff member is currently Gingrich’s latest mistress turned wife.  Many wonder who long it will be before she loses the job to his latest mistress.

Gingrich also got caught kiting checks during the House banking scandal.

The first choice Republicans picked to follow Gingrich, Bob Livingston, withdrew from consideration and retired from Congress after word of his own extramarital affair became public.

Another Republican, Henry Hyde of Illinois, ran the impeachment trial of Clinton and was later exposed as a man who fathered a child during a four-year affair.

Were these miscreants exceptions?

Of course not.

They are typical of the so-called “leaders” of our nation.

 

Failed ‘fiscal conservative’ GOP Presidential candidates face millions in unpaid campaign debts

Failed Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: Living large off other people’s money.
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Failed Republican primary candidates for President — who preached fiscal responsibility throughout their aborted runs for office — face millions of dollars of debts from their now shuttered campaigns.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s campaign owes creditors close to $5 million, according to his Sept. 30 filing with the Federal Election Campaign.

Gingrich, who used private planes and luxury hotels throughout his failed bid for the Presidency, managed to pile on another 50 grand in debt after his campaign ended, the reports reveal.

“Newt live large on other people’s money,” GOP strategist Al Waring tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “That has always been his style.”

The overdue bills from the Gingrich campaign bills include fees for advertising, ballot fees, event expenses, consulting, legal fees, telemarketing, travel and web hosting.   Gingrich also stiffed some states when his checks for ballot fees bounced.

Former Senator Rick Santorum, another self-described “fiscal conservative,” owes $1.13 million.  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is $607,218 in the hole and Hermain Cain still owes $450,000 in unpaid travel expenses and loans.

In contrast, Texas Congressman Ron Paul ended his third unsuccessful Presidential campaign with a $2 million surplus which, is Paul follows his practice from previous campaign, will go into the foundations that support his various programs and employs members of his family.

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Political candidates preach financial responsibility while stiffing creditors

GOP Presidential wannabes like Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich may preach financial responsibility on the campaign trail but they are deadbeats when it comes to paying their campaign bills.

Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, owes $4.85 million in unpaid campaign debts.  Santorum, a former Senator, has stilled creditors for $1.69 million to date, according to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Huntsman wrote a check for $1.5 million from his personal funds to cover some of his campaign debts after angry vendors hired lawyers and threatened to sue.  He stills owes more to others.

Bachmann owes more than $935,000.

A lot of the unpaid bills are held by small businesses who GOP candidates claim they represent.

Republicans aren’t the only ones who stiff those who provided services.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton still owes millions in debts from her failed run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.  Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, won two terms in the White House but still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars from both winning campaigns.

“Campaigns often stiff creditors,” one Republican consultant told Capitol Hill Blue.

Normally, the small business owners end up holding the bag.  Larger vendors, like telephone companies and airlines, demand huge cash deposits to hold against future bills.  Even then, campaigns run short.  Early in his 2008 Presidential bid, Republican contender John McCain had to make emergency phone calls when his campaign plane was grounded for unpaid bills.

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The race for the nomination is over. Time for the GOP to get its act together

Ron Paul's faithful flock: A revolution or a revolting development?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination for President Tuesday night with a convincing win in Texas, a state where Ron Paul‘s never-say-die supporters carpet-bombed the web with loud predictions of an upset win and who now will undoubtedly claim fraud at the polls.

Romney ended the night with 1,184 delegates — well over the 1,114 threshold.  Paul has 129 — more than 1,000 delegates shy of Romney and still in fourth place behind Romney and non-candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

In many ways, reaching the magic number was anti-climatic in a GOP campaign that had more than enough explosive moments in the early going.  The nomination was Romney’s when Santorum dropped out in early April, leaving only perennial gadfly Paul along with financially and morally bankrupt former Speaker of the House Gingrich in the race.

Gingrich threw in towel a short time later but Paul — who suspended active campaigning so he could conserve what campaign cash he has left to convert to other uses after the election — vowed the carry on by concentrating on remaining state with caucuses and conventions where his loud and vociferous following could pack the rooms and subvert the democratic process.

It’s an interesting hypocrisy by a candidate who claims to believe in the will of the voters but now wants to overturn that will by playing an inside game.

In reality, there is nothing Paul can do to stop Romney — then or now.  The race for the nomination is over and the only remaining questions if whether or not Paul and his rowdy flock really want to help beat Barack Obama or if they just want to make a mess of the whole process.

In traditional party primaries, bitter rivals come together once the voters speak and work together to put their nominee over the top.

But politics nowadays is anything but traditional.  Personal ambition all too often trumps cohesive political action.  Disruption outweighs unity.  The end goal of beating an incumbent President who deserves defeat is lost amid the chaos and screams of a “revolution” that accomplishes little, if anything.

If the various factions of a fractured Republican party really want to beat Obama they had better find a way to work together for a common — and achievable goal.

Barack Obama can be beat.  He is a flawed, inexperienced and all-too-often incompetent President who broke most of his campaign promises, extended the rights-robbing abuses of of predecessor and drove this nation so deeply into debt that it threatens to collapse under the load.

But he can’t — and won’t — be beat by a party dominated by extremists and brawling children who would rather make a failed point than win an election.

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Romney closes in on magic delegate number with primary sweeps in Arkansas, Kentucky

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Mitt Romney closed in on the Republican Presidential nomination Tuesday, sweeping primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, ending the day just 79 delegates shy of the 1,144 needed to officially clinch the race.

Romney captured all 42 delegates in Kentucky and 31 of the 33 up for grabs in in Arkansas.  A convincing win next week in Texas could put him over the top.

“Romney is the nominee,” GOP political operative Chris Sloan told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday.

The former Massachusetts governor spent primary day raising campaign cash, raking in $5 million at a New York event, capping a three-day, $15 million swing through the Empire State.

In Kentucky, Romney captured 66.7 percent of the vote. Paul received 12.5 percent while two candidates no longer in the race — Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — collectively pulled in 14.8 percent of the vote.

Non-candidate Santorum finished third to Paul in Arkansas by just one-tenth of one percent with 13.3 percent of the vote, compared to 13.4 percent while Gingrich came in last at 4.9 percent and Romney took the gold with 68.3 percent.

“Republican voters have made their choice,” Romney campaign worker Ann Hastings said.

As Romney emerges as the winner of a brutal primary season, polls show him virtually tied in head-to-head match-ups against Obama, which surprises some GOP officials.

Among those changing their view is former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former Gingrich supporter, who told Politico:

Romney is a lot better off than I expected him to be this quickly. A lot of people were concerned that Romney, with his being the least conservative of all the Republican candidates, was going to have to work hard to unite the party — that he would have a serious sales job on his hands. But President Obama has apparently taken care of that for him.

After Tuesday’s primaries, figures compiled by The Republican National Committee and The Associated Press show Romney with 1,065 delegates, Santorum with 253, Gingrich at 131 and Paul at 119.  With 717 delegates up for grabs in the remaining primaries, Romney only needs to capture just over 10 percent (79 delegates) to clinch the nomination.

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