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Great irony of 2012 campaign for GOP nomination:
The “anti-establishment” candidates were D.C. Beltway residents

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - April 26, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Random Thoughts

As I was reading Timothy Carney’s critique of Newt Gingrich’s bid for the White House, caught something about the man who billed himself the “Last Conservative Standing” in the contest:

He was speaker of the House until he resigned from Congress, stayed inside the Beltway, and began working as a lobbyist and consultant for the most entrenched industries while living in McLean. Even so, he said he was running as the “conservative” against “the Beltway establishment.”

Rick Santorum, the other choice of Republicans eager to repudiate the establishment, also remained in the Washington, D.C. area after leaving Congress.

Not sure I agree with Carney’s conclusion about the damage Newt has done to GOP; it all depends on how he exits the race next week.

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9 Comments

  1. So few of these guys go back home and kick around their districts to do good after “serving” said districts so “diligently”. They catch Potomac Fever and build their wigwams by the big fees fetid waters. From there on their native roots become the art of the possible coupled with grand illusion.

    Newt will pop up again on the K Street merry-go-round and rebuild his dog and pony show on the speaking circuit with Callista in tow. There will be a book a month and soon enough they will be back in the “Mr. Speaker” swing. Not to worry.

    One cannot mix too many metaphors when describing Newt.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 26, 2012 @ 9:50 am - April 26, 2012

  2. People will say what they want about Newt Gingrich but there are few that will go one on one with him and survive.

    Comment by Richard Bell — April 26, 2012 @ 10:39 am - April 26, 2012

  3. Newt does debate very well. He has a tendancy to put his foot in his mouth because he does not seem to know when to stop talking.

    Comment by Tony — April 26, 2012 @ 10:57 am - April 26, 2012

  4. It is interesting that Senator Dick Lugar… a man who has not lived in the state he allegedly represents for over thirty years… is using the Mitt Romney “negative ad carpet bomb” strategy against his primary opponent.

    Being a Washington Insider is more about your state of mind than geography. I’ve lived and worked in the National Capitol Region for the last nine years, and I am as anti-Washington as anyone.

    Comment by V the K — April 26, 2012 @ 11:10 am - April 26, 2012

  5. Well, not as *anyone* strictly speaking; since there are those who openly advocate firebombing the place.

    Comment by V the K — April 26, 2012 @ 11:11 am - April 26, 2012

  6. People will say what they want about Newt Gingrich but there are few that will go one on one with him and survive.

    That says more about the people he’s up against than the man himself. And lets face it, Newt only did really well when he went directly after the media and attacked the moderators, not exactly a hard thing to do.

    Comment by sonicfrog — April 26, 2012 @ 12:54 pm - April 26, 2012

  7. 6 – “That says more about the people he’s up against than the man himself.”

    Yes, it does.

    “Newt only did really well when he went directly after the media and attacked the moderators, not exactly a hard thing to do.”

    True, it’s not hard to do and get away with it if you have a depth of education and experience to armor yourself from retaliation.

    Gingrich has the depth of education Mitt Romney sorely lacks but hopefully Romney’s high level management experience will be enough for him to succeed if he’s elected.

    Comment by Richard Bell — April 26, 2012 @ 4:05 pm - April 26, 2012

  8. Well, your geographic location in relation to Washington DC has nothing to do with whether or not you are a part of The Establishment. Mitt Romney is most definitely an establishment candidate. Republicans and Democrats are only capable of nominating establishment candidates. Nominating establishment candidates is the sole function of the two party system. End of story.

    Comment by Levi — April 27, 2012 @ 7:10 am - April 27, 2012

  9. #8

    Allen West was unavailable for comment.

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The Livewire — April 27, 2012 @ 8:10 am - April 27, 2012

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