Gene Healy at the Washington Examiner gives the grim details.
But there’s more than what Gene digs up. Here’s what a Gingrich supporter is implicitly saying:
(1) It’s all right that my candidate says he would have voted for TARP, what Reagan budget director David Stockman has called “the single greatest economic-policy abomination since the 1930s, or perhaps ever.” With the people on one side and the entire establishment on the other, Gingrich made his choice, and I’m glad he chose the establishment against me.
(2) It’s all right that my candidate, even into 2011, supports the individual mandate for health insurance, the linchpin of Obamacare, which I am supposed to be against.
(3) It’s all right that my candidate says he would support a cap-and-trade scheme.
(4) It’s all right that my candidate made a TV ad with Nanci Pelosi about global warming.
(5) It’s all right that my candidate, when the GOP had a genuine window of opportunity in 1994, imposed on Republicans in Congress the toothless Contract with America, which even if enacted in toto would have changed nothing of significance.
Newt’s dreary record goes on and on. I’ve covered it on this blog here and here. And if you read or listen to him for any length of time, and refrain from superficial judgments based on talking points he repeats in presidential debates, it is clear he is in no way the conservative the GOP base claims to want. Nothing in his philosophy is conservative. The Left wants to tinker with society and so does Newt. He just thinks his “solutions” are better than the Left’s.