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Gingrich once again at head of Republican pack

February 4, 2010

Once, a first-term Democratic president failed to deliver on healthcare reform and found his party USA-POLITICS/swept from office by a wave of voter anger that brought Republican Newt Gingrich to the forefront of American politics. Could this history lesson from the Clinton era be repeated?

Healthcare reform is stalled, voters are angry and Gingrich — who rose to prominence as House speaker after Republicans won Congress in 1994 — is again leading the pack, this time among  potential White House hopefuls for 2012.

The Washington-based political news outlet, Politico, says Gingrich’s political action committee is raising money far faster than those of 2008 campaign veterans including Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

OBAMA/Gingrich’s group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, pulled in $6.4 million in the second half of 2009, says Politico, citing finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That compares with about $1.6 million for Romney’s PAC, $1.4 million for Palin’s and $519,00 for Huckabee’s.

The PACs exist ostensibly to support Republican candidates, promote the party and advance conservative policy. But according to Politico, they also help boost the visibility of White House wannabes. (Gingrich’s PAC spent $585,000 just to fly him around the country.)

Meanwhile, Palin, whose PAC paid $50,000 for policy advice, wants Rahm Emanuel to resign for using the epithet ”f*#!ing retarded” to describe liberal Democrats who wanted to launch attack ads against party conservatives concerned about healthcare reform. The New York Daily News reports that Emanuel apologized to advocates for the disabled in the White House on Wednesday.

Palin, the mother of a child with Down syndrome, slammed Emanuel’s remark as unacceptable and heartbreaking and called for his resignation on her Facebook page.KOREA

NBC News says conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh also has used the ’R-word’ on his nationally syndicated radio program but that Palin has yet to comment.

Photo Credits: Reuters/John Gress (Gingrich in Iowa); Reuters/Jason Reed (White House); Reuters/You Sung-ho (Down Syndrome Sufferer)

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Just what we need, a moron like Sarah Palin running around trying to keep her name in the spotlight.
Didn’t we learn from the last administration?

When are we going to wake up?

Do we want more ignorant people in leadership roles?

Posted by jk718gp | Report as abusive

Gingrich, there’s a role model, divorced how many times?
Couldn’t wait for one wife to kicj the bucket and he has another floozie on the side.
that’s leadership for you!

Posted by jk718gp | Report as abusive

Gingrich, there’s a role model, divorced how many times?
Couldn’t wait for one wife to kick the bucket and he has another floozie on the side.
that’s leadership for you!

Posted by jk718gp | Report as abusive

I hold Rahm Emanuel to a much higher standard then Rush Limbaugh. That said, Rahm Emanuel did use the word in good context … he was describing the cowardly democrats .. who are trying to act conservative because they think its popular. Hey democrats, your base doesn’t reject you because your too liberal … we aren’t showing up to vote because your weak.

At the end of the day, the GOP has an edge because easier to rally ‘r’ type people who hate a president for things he never did … as the Chinese once said, best to keep their backs strong and their minds weak.

Posted by JulsMan | Report as abusive

This pseudo-intellectual clown hasn’t held public office since the ’90s. He was driven from his leadership post in disgrace — by members of his own party — nearly 12 years ago. The GOP must really have shallow bench if Gingrich is considered one of their front-runners.

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