Jim Geraghty at NRO has the latest. I think the one that should drive Tea Partiers, and any real conservative, the most crazy is this one:
In 2008, he hailed John McCain’s efforts in the crafting of the TARP legislation: Gingrich put out a statement hailing McCain’s eleventh-hour intervention. “This is the greatest single act of responsibility ever taken by a presidential candidate and rivals President Eisenhower saying, ‘I will go to Korea’. Eisenhower’s pledge was enough to reassure voters that if elected he would find a way to resolve the Korean conflict. McCain’s high-octane involvement in the bailout is meant to convey the same sense of stature and leadership, and to provide cover to reluctant Republicans to support a deal that runs counter to everything they thought they stood for.”
What a joke. This is what cost McCain the election. He had actually pulled ahead in the polls until the financial panic hit, and then he ran around like a chicken with its head cut off, spewing nonsense such as “Blame SEC Chairman Chris Cox” (specifically citing an error Cox supposedly made even though Cox had actually done the exact OPPOSITE of what McCain accused him of), a stalwart and honorably conservative who was just about the only person to keep a level head during the crisis, and of course supporting the execrable TARP at a time when opposing it would not only have been good policy but also may well have WON him the election. Yet here was Gingrich, in all his infinite political (un)wisdom, hailing McCain’s idiocy as if it were both statesmanlike and genius.
How many times does Gingrich need to be wrong on all levels? (Can you say “Absolutely blown 1998 elections,” anyone?)
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