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Republican Insider: Gingrich Regularly Criticized Reagan

January 26, 2012 by  

Republican Insider: Gingrich Regularly Criticized Reagan

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has often said that he had fond recollections of working with the Administration of President Ronald Reagan, but Republican insiders are now taking the candidate to task over his claims.

Elliott Abrams, who served as assistant secretary of state in the Reagan Administration, has called Gingrich’s claims like, “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” and “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” misleading at best.

In a feature published by the National Review, Abrams writes:

As a new member of Congress in the Reagan years — and I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism. Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong.

Abrams goes on to cite a number of instances when Gingrich—launching rhetorical attack after attack against Reagan—broke “The Eleventh Commandment” that the 40th President popularized: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Mark in LA

    Of course Reagan and Newt are on the same page. Every program and policy designed to destroy the middle class was dreamed up or put into action under Reagan. Free trade, Reagan campaigned on it and gave us NAFTA without Mexico only because Mexico needed to fail some more before Bush could bribe them into joining. Illegal immigration, Reagan looked the other way when meat packing companies sent busses to Mexico and signed a fraud ridden amnesty giving special consideration to farm workers at the behest of Senator Pete Wilson of California. Guest workers, he used the NSF to create a big lie campaign to create the myth that there was a massive shortage of tech workers to get the H-1B program that was signed into law under Bush. Banking derugulation leading the to S&L crisis that allowed politically connected people such as Charles Keating and Neal Bush to make money on the boom and the bust. Looking the other way while Wall Street was looting the assets of companies in the LBO craze leading to bank failures and pension fund collapses when the debt ridden companies stock collapsed and most of the pension assets were company stock.

    Yeah, we need another Reagan and quick.

  • GILLYSROOMS in Australia

    Abrams goes on to cite a number of instances when Gingrich—launching rhetorical attack after attack against Reagan— Gingrich broke “The Eleventh Commandment” that the 40th President popularized: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

    We have all seen him do it to all his opponents during the debates…so Abrams is clearly correct with his statements.

    The should be more diplomacy in your politics and the 12th commandment should be not to attach your opposition ie Democrates or the President personally but to attach their policys and their mismanagement under their administration. When you attack your President you are also attacking the decision of all the voters who voted to give him a chance so you are insulting the very people you are hoping should vote for you. You will never know who they really are and every percentage matters. So wise up you guys… ..

  • s c

    My info says Abrams is acting like a neocon or a RINO who decided to come out of his closet. The timing stinks. Abrams is probably working undercover for those who don’t want Gingrich to have a chance.
    While Gingrich is not my favorite, what Abrams is doing is worse than wrong. Abrams owes it to us to switch sides. He seems to have all the minimum qualifications, and if he is owned by those who can live with the idea that 4 more years of the Anointed Nation-Destroyer is acceptable, then we need to see Abrams as the filth that he is.
    There is too much at stake for someone like Abrams to ‘conveniently’ energe from his closet when he should have done so long ago IF this is true about Gingrich.
    According to FDR, “NOTHING happens by accident in politics.” DON’T trust ‘Republicans.’ Haven’t we learned that lesson yet? We have too much to lose by thinking Obummer is a fluke. FLUSH the toilet, America.


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