Newt vs. The Ruling Class

The media elite and the Republican Ruling Class are remarkably similar in their political projection for the coming year. Journalists spent the entire year savaging every fast-rising challenger to Mitt Romney. The GOP’s power pundits became equally agitated at the sniff of a conservative anywhere near the top of the GOP pack. It’s the odor of extremism that both the elites in the media and the GOP have detested – always.

So here we are, heading into an election year, and both these groups have one primary target: Newt Gingrich. Both are using the same ammo: Newt is too unstable, immature, flawed, and arrogant. Or as power pundit Peggy Noonan put it, Newt is “a human hand grenade who walks around with his hand on the pin, saying, ‘Watch this!’” The Washington Post’s political cartoonist drew him as a suicide bomber.

I think they’re stuck in the past. The candidate that people are now seeing is not the self-styled “revolutionary” of the 80s and 90s. He’s an older man, a wiser man, but that man has a vision of both American history and the American future – and that’s what scares the establishment. Pundits like Noonan live to throw beanbags at conservatives on the set of “Morning Joe.” Oh, how they delight their liberal chums with a taste for GOP fratricide.

Ari Melber of The Nation eagerly quoted Noonan’s “human hand grenade” line and compared Noonan (mostly favorably) to that liberal windbag Maureen Dowd of The New York Times. This is high praise in New York and Washington. The rest of the country couldn’t care less about Maureen Dowd.

It brings us back to Angelo Codevilla’s piece last summer in The American Spectator on “America’s Ruling Class.” What Codevilla called the “country class” – the party of freedom, as opposed to a “ruling class” that resents the country’s input – has rarely captured the GOP flag. The GOP rulers sabotaged Barry Goldwater and ultimately were stuck with Ronald Reagan. Contrary to quaint historical rewrites, they were not in his camp, and instead bogged Reagan down with establishmentarian deal-makers and principle-shredders.

The country class is demanding the GOP choice be independent of the GOP establishment and confrontational with the radical Left. It is why both camps are now united in their desire to tear this man down. He is a threat.

When Gingrich climbed to the top of the polls, the Newt-hating media were so predictable theymerely recycled all their liberal talking points from the mid-nineties. NBC’s Lisa Myers narrated their rerun: “Gingrich shut down the government….At the time, Gingrich generated this headline [‘Cry Baby’], after suggesting that he shut down the government because the President made him sit in the back on Air Force One….He became the first Speaker ever reprimanded by the House for ethics violations, and was fined $300,000 for misusing tax exempt funds.”

What tired old spin this is. (1) Can you believe NBC ignored crooked Jim Wright’s resignation in that “first Speaker reprimanded” summary? (2) Eighty-three of eighty-four ethics complaints were dismissed and on the final one, Gingrich made the political equivalent of a plea deal, agreeing to a fine over the college course he was teaching while he was Speaker of the House. Big deal. (3) Myers and every other network reporter and outlet ignored the part where the IRS was brought in to investigate Gingrich, and in 1999, cleared him unequivocally of everything.

(4) Apparently these reporters will cling to their “Gingrich shut the government down” propaganda as long as they live. That’s not true. Technically, it was Clinton who shut it down. And (5) it’s another media myth that the shutdown was some personal tantrum over airplane

That’s five massive distortions and falsehoods in one report.

Some attacks on Newt the Bomb-Thrower are coming from professional bomb-throwers. Take Chris Matthews, who said “ever since he appeared on the national scene, politics has been nastier, more feral, too often uglier” and suggested Gingrich being nominated for the presidency would be a cause for “embarrassment and sadness for our republic.”

This, from the man who then described Gingrich as a “political killer, a gun for hire.” Republicans, he feared, “may be ready to bow down before this false god of hatred.” The Ruling Class is losing control of its senses. Maybe, just maybe, the Country Class has found its champion.

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  • thatsullivan

    Why is it that we social conservative Catholics always get the “gift” of SEVERAL republican primary candidates, all in parallel, always sapping each others’ strength? Why does our vote always get split somehow? Why was it that Keyes would only run when Buchanan ran, and not when Keyes could have had the social conservatives to himself in 2008? The answer is that the RNC (and most “conservative” candidates themselves) have no intention of ever allowing a clear single conservative to emerge. This time, we have an even finer split – Santorum for the real social conservatives, Paul for the constitutional conservatives and Gingrich for the fiscal conservatives – when are we going to wake up to this?
    Romney is clearly the establishment’s annointed one.
    The puppet show rules are as follows:
    1. Do not peak too early. Keep Romney’s support managed at 25% by having fake candidates run interference.
    2. When any fake candidate rises too quickly, manage their demise. Have Perry pull a forgetting act just when he is rising too quickly AND EVEN HAVE HIM STAY IN THE RACE FOR A WHILE AFTER IT IS CLEAR THAT HE HAS NO CHANCE. Drop a Cain scandal to manage his rise until Santorum rises, then murder the Catholic Santorum in liberal New Hampshire and protestant South Carolina. Get Gingrich to do a crying act on mainstream TV just when he was rising too quickly above the sacred Romney. Gingrich’s failure to get an organization at all, or even get himself on the ballot of his home state is proof that this is just a puppet show and he himself knows that he is not serious about being president.
    3. Keep doing Rule number 1 so that the average liberal independent will remember all he needs to remember by November – “Gee, I remember Romney getting attacked by all sorts of republican conservatives in their primary; he must be a free and balanced thinker.”
    4. By this November, remind republican social conservatives that they have nowhere else to go and that they had all sorts of candidates in the primary.
    By November, the RNC will have done what it was good at doing before 2008 – lean so far to the Left as to deny the democrats any kind of maneuver room and any way of identifying themselves, then use Rule number 4 to keep us in the big tent party and supporting the “lesser of two evils”. The one time this recently did not work was 2008 when the demos had an issue with which to identify themselves (socialized “health” “care”) and this is where Romney comes in. He will fix socialized health care costs because legalized euthanasia will come in on his watch. The demo Obama breaks private heath care; the republican Romney fixes socialized heath care. The two parties are the two wings of the same albatross that has no intention of ending abortion.