10 Reasons the GOP Is Really Messed Up -- According to Republicans
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4. Newt Gingrich: Romney “insult[ed] all Americans.”
In an interview with KLRU in Austin, Texas, former House speaker and Romney rival Newt Gingrich got his digs in on Romney, and implied that the GOP needed to stop insulting potential voters -- a pretty novel idea coming from a guy, as digby notes, who, throughout the presidential campaign, referred to Obama as “the food stamp president.”
During the interview with reporter Evan Smith, Gingrich states that it wasn’t just Latinos and blacks Romney that Obama won, but Asian-Americans, as well -- so, if I'm reading Gingrich correctly, he's saying it can’t just be the food stamps. But the former speaker doesn’t stop there: He goes on to knock Romney and his billionaire superPAC donors (at least one of whom, Sheldon Adelson, began the 2012 campaign as Gingrich’s billionaire superPac donor), suggesting that Romney would have spent their money more wisely had he just used it to buy votes more directly. From the transcript, via Hullabaloo:
NEWT GINGRICH: This is the hardest working and most successful ethnic group in America, okay. They ain’t into gifts. Second, it’s an insult to all Americans. It reduces us to economic entities who have no passion, no idealism, no dreams, no philosophy, and if it had been that simple, my question would have been “Why didn’t you out-bid him?”
EVAN SMITH: Right, “You had the money…” you could be in the gift-giving business if you had elected to be.
NEWT GINGRICH: He had enough billionaire supporters that if buying the electorate was the key, he could have got all of his super PAC friends together and said, “Don’t buy ads, give gifts.” It’d be like the northwest Indians who have gift giving ceremonies. He could have gone town by town and said, “Come here and let me give you gifts. Here are Republican gifts.” They could have an elephant coming in with gifts on it.
5. Raul Labrador: Republicans are defending big business, which loves big government.
While the bigger-deal mouthpieces of the Grand Old Party are suddenly paying lip service to the struggles of the middle class and the dignity of the poor, the Idaho congressman goes one step further, calling out his Republican brethren for their love of big business. Displaying his neo-libertarian streak, Rep. Raul Labrador, as part of the November 18 Meet the Press roundtable segment, suggested that the party’s problem is that it just talks the small-government, no-handout game, but when it comes to corporations, government and subsidies rule. And voters don’t like that, he said.
The issue with Romney, according to Labrador, is that he wasn’t really a conservative, and was not convincing trying to play one on TV.
From the MTP transcript:
I think the problem that Romney had throughout the campaign is that he couldn’t talk about conservatism like conservatives talk. As I heard somebody say, he talked about conservatism as if it was a second language to him. We ...believe in small government, but we also believe in the individual. There are too many Republicans here in Washington, D.C., and they are actually defending big business. They are defending the rich. I didn’t become a Republican to defend the rich. And what we need to understand is that big business loves big government, because they get all the goodies from big government. They get ...less competition. The more that government grows, the more that big business actually benefits from the tax code and from the regulations...
6. Peggy Noonan: A kinder, gentler Tea Party needed.
On the November 11 edition of CBS News’ Face the Nation, former Bush 41 speechwriter Peggy Noonan fingered the Tea Party movement as the G.O.P.’s true nemesis, even though she contends that the movement was useful, up to a point. (Noonan is now a columnist for Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal.) Her remarks rankled the Tea Party-heads at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller. Noonan’s remarks on “Tea Party rage,” from the FTN transcript: