The Washington Examiner, which features one of the nation’s finest, most thoughtful, most conservative editorial pages in the country, today takes on Newt Gingrich.
[T]here are substantial reasons why thoughtful conservatives should think very carefully before jumping on this bandwagon. There are, for example, gaping holes in Gingrich’s conservative credentials. As the American Spectator’s David Catron pointed out Monday, Gingrich has long been a fan of Dr. Donald Berwick. Berwick just resigned as President Obama’s director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare. Obama put Berwick there because of his professed love for Britain’s socialized medicine.
More recently, as The Examiner’s Byron York noted yesterday, Gingrich has been seen as an ultimate Washington insider, as exemplified in that $1.6 million he was paid to represent Fannie and Freddie, and his work with Nancy Pelosi on behalf of cap-and-trade. Such facts make it difficult not to view Gingrich as an exemplar of Washington’s professional Republican politicians who talk the talk to get elected, but often don’t walk it once in office.
Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, the Washington Examiner, Tim Carney, Jennifer Rubin, Freedom Works, and lots of other well-known conservatives of various strains have all warned that Gingrich would be a disaster both as nominee and as president. The Wall Street Journal, in various ways, also has made its distaste clear. All of them understand that general election campaigns rarely hinge on debate performances, and that character counts. Many have adjudged Gingrich’s POLITICAL character, not just his personal moral character, to be severel lacking. Not just on policy purity, but on how he treats people, I’ve said that I wouldn’t trust Gingrich in power any farther than I could throw a Mack truck with my pinkie. That’s because I saw him up close while I was a leadership staffer when he was Speaker.
These are the sorts of considerations that lead a thoughtful newspaper such as the Washington Examiner to editorialize against the failed/imploded former Speaker.