The New GOP: Bickering leaderless confusion and chaos
As I watched some of this on CSPAN, I was amused by Ole Newtie trying to make his comeback by being the same old Newtie. The guy was making some speech about how Christian he was, how Christian the nation is, a whole pile of the usual Religious-Right bullshit with big puckering smooches intended for Pat Robertson and James Dobson, the only two religious leaders on the right left who haven't been swapping meth for gay sex. What makes it so hilarious is Newtie thinking people are still going to buy this bullshit, like they did when George Bush actually pulled it off, or like back in the day when Newtie could make these "I'm more Christian then you" speeches and get away with it, before people knew who he really is. Again, it's the "TNT" party, where Newtie wants all the other little boys and girls to play "pretend"! Newtie, divorced twice, both times so he could marry a younger mistress, a guy who served his wife with divorce papers while she was in the cancer ward, a guy run out of office because he was cheating on his next wife, the one he dumped his cancer-stricken wife for, while he was going after Clinton for a blow job - he's just a good ole Christian boy, ain't he?
But the real hilarity was the conference itself. What a circus. And these people want to run the country again? They can't even run their own party, the thing is starting to look like a trailer park.
Gingrich speaks at GOP event after Palin flap
Alaska governor silent at fundraiser; Voight brands Obama a 'false prophet'
updated 6:27 a.m. CT, Tues., June 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday urged some 2,000 Republican loyalists to stand up for the party's principles but to be inclusive as the party tries to retake the majority.
"I am happy that Dick Cheney is a Republican," Gingrich said at the annual Senate-House fundraising dinner. "I am also happy that Colin Powell is a Republican."
Cheney, the former vice president under President George W. Bush, and Powell, who was Bush's secretary of state, have feuded recently over the approach of the party, with Powell calling for more moderation and Cheney arguing against that.
"A majority Republican party will have lots of debates within the party," Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman, said. "That is the nature of majority parties."
Standing in as the party's de facto leader, Gingrich was filling a speaking role that Bush held in recent years and that was initially offered to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president, this year. He headlined a series of speakers who gave the crowd a blistering review of President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill.
Despite the rallying cry, the Republican faithful still weren't opening their wallets as they have in recent past. The event took in a relatively small fundraising haul of $14.5 million, the lowest total in at least five years. Last year, it raised $21.5 million, compared with $15.4 million in 2007 and $27 million in 2006.
Committee officials attributed the drop partly to the struggling economy and pointed out that when Bush headlined, he gave the dinner a bigger draw for donations.
The dinner for weeks was clouded by a will-she-or-won't-she mystery about whether Palin would make an appearance.
The party's 2008 vice presidential nominee left frustrated organizers hanging as late as Monday afternoon after she was told she would not have a speaking role at the event.
It was the latest twist in an unusual public flap between the potential 2012 presidential candidate and the Republican congressional leaders who run the fundraising committees.
In March, organizers replaced Palin as the keynote speaker with Gingrich after she wavered over accepting the invitation. Although the committees issued a press release announcing her as the headliner, Palin said she never confirmed that she would speak and wanted to make sure the event did not interfere with state business.
She hadn't been expected to attend until last week, when her advisers approached organizers saying she would be near Washington and would like to come.
Palin, who attended with her husband, Todd, was introduced to the crowd but did not speak.
Voight ‘embarrassed’ by Obama
Actor Jon Voight, who hosted the dinner, delivered a particularly harsh rebuke to Obama, saying he was "embarrassed" by the president and that Obama's leadership would cause the "downfall" of the country.
"We are becoming a weak nation," he said, calling Obama a "false prophet" and his administration the "Obama oppression."
Republican leaders who spoke afterward praised his comments. "You're great. Come back any time," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said. Gingrich called Voight's comments a rallying cry until the next elections in 2010.
Palin and Gingrich are both considered possible presidential candidates in 2012, and the confusion over the fundraiser comes as Palin is denying an allegation that she borrowed heavily from an article he co-wrote in a recent speech.
Responding to an accusation from a blogger on the Huffington Post Web site, Palin's attorney said the governor gave Gingrich proper credit when she used some of his material about former President Ronald Reagan.
The event, held in a hall resembling a small arena at the downtown Washington convention center, is one of the party's largest fundraisers of the year, drawing major donors and lawmakers whose support would be key to a presidential campaign.
Gingrich's remarks about inclusion came after he was criticized for calling Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist over her comments that a "wise Latina" would reach a better conclusion than a white man without similar experiences. Gingrich backed away from that criticism last week, saying his comments may have been too harsh.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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