Some conservatives seem to have taken leave of their senses and/or developed a bad case of amnesia when it comes to Newt Gingrich. He’s credited with “leading the conservative movement for 25 years.” (Really? After he was booted from the speakership, what did he do to further conservative values and causes?) He’s labeled as a conviction conservative. (Really? Was hawking Freddie Mac and ethanol subsidies a pro-conservative or a pro-Newt endeavor?) He’s credited with grand accomplishments as speaker of the House. (Really? He lost the government-shutdown standoff to Bill Clinton and lambasted conservatives who objected to his penchant for excessive compromise.) He’s more mature and sober. they say. (Really? Attacking Rep. Paul Ryan for “rightwing social engineering” wasn’t exactly a responsible move.)
I really don’t think that Newt can be considered as a viable candidate.
It looks to me that the GOP should just get it over with and nominate Mitt Romney – RomneyCare and Flip Flop warts and all.
At least with Mitt, you know what you are getting…..
George Will and Andrew Sullivan jumped the shark with regards to Sarah Palin a long time ago. I wonder why the Lamestream media even consider Andrew Sullivan a pundit on the RIGHT since he has been a progressive for many years now.
Sarah Palin has to convince not the media nor the GOP Establishment that she is a viable candidate. She has to persuade independent voters in key battleground states that will determine the Presidency in the Electoral College.
It is all about the polls in Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada.
The Day By Day Archive
President-elect Barack Obama waves to reporters as he arrives at a conservative columnist George Will’s private residence for a dinner in Chevy Chase, Md., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009The RIGHT came first at a private off the record dinner at the home of conservative columnist George Will.
Call it a charm offensive or a high-level â€œListening Tour,â€ but Barack Obama is already signaling that he intends to break with the current president in one obvious way: hearing from his critics.
Obama Tuesday night trekked to the Chevy Chase, Md., home of conservative columnist George F. Will to talk politics and get to know some of his fiercest intellectual adversaries: Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Larry Kudlow, David Brooks, Rich Lowry, Peggy Noonan, Michael Barone, and Paul Gigot.
The two-and-half-hour dinner, which came at Willâ€™s request, is only the first get-together between the president-elect and Washingtonâ€™s opinion-makers.
Then, this morning it was the LEFT’s turn to bite at the defanging the press operation apple of “The One.”
Obama held a meeting with several columnists and liberal commentators this morning, following up on last night’s dinner with conservative writers, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Some of the writers there today are clearly on the liberal side, while others more moderate.
The group included the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and Eugene Robinson, the Wall Street Journal’s Gerry Seib, National Journal’s Ron Brownstein, the New York Times Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, among others.
Today’s meeting was held at the transition headquarters, and unlike dinner at George Will’s house, I’m told there weren’t refreshments. But similar to last night’s, the discussion was off the record.
All of these folks are Washington or New York MSM opinion makers and Obama is playing the “please be nice to me defang” card. Note, the LEFT’s meeting was obviously hastily arranaged (mid-day at Transition HQ and no food) after they whined about “The One” meeting with the RIGHT.
It may be a nice gesture but Obama’s cabinet appointment distractions are starting to reach a crescendo.
Exit question: Who on the RIGHT will write the first “Obama is All RIGHT” column?
Flap is putting his money on Peggy Noonan.