GOP Hypocrisy: Obama’s “Un-American,” “Pro-Poverty” But Newt’s Over The Top?
There's no such thing as "almost" un-America. Boehner's just using empty rhetoric because he thinks it leaves him room. My only point in citing this is, I'm sick of the GOP hypocrisy. If Gingrich said this, we'd be hearing how unelectable he is because it's reckless, or over the top. But apparently it's fine for the current Republican Speaker of the House to throw the word "un-American" around. Meanwhile, Mitch Daniels, who some want to backdoor into the nomination, said Obama's "pro-poverty" in the GOP response. You mean like, the "Foodstamp president"?
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday forcefully denounced the Democrats' campaign theme that they are for the middle class and Republicans are for the wealthy – saying the politics the president is running on are "almost un-American."
"This is a president who said I'm not going to be a divider, I'm going to be a uniter, and running on the politics of division and envy is – to me it's almost un-American," said Boehner.
The Speakership is a nation GOP position, the GOP response is national positioning by definition. It seems to me, Newt is more in-step with the GOP, than is the milquetoast, Romney. Speaking of Romney, Byron York has the real story of Newt's past ethics issues. You can see how much Romney is lying about that.
Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it's worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich's former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich's ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior, after which Gingrich in essence pled guilty to two minor offenses. Afterwards, the case was referred to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter. And then, after it was all over and Gingrich was out of office, the IRS concluded that Gingrich did nothing wrong. After all the struggle, Gingrich was exonerated.