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Gingrich: GOP victories could set model for nation

Newt Gingrich speaks Wednesday at the Eldridge Hotel before heading to a speech at the Dole Institute. The conservative author said Republicans would have enough time to field a high-quality candidate for 2012.

Newt Gingrich speaks Wednesday at the Eldridge Hotel before heading to a speech at the Dole Institute. The conservative author said Republicans would have enough time to field a high-quality candidate for 2012.

November 5, 2009


Former House Speaker Gingrich visits Dole Institute

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich headlined a series of programs this fall at KU's Dole Institute of Politics, beginning with a speech Wednesday night. Enlarge video

Gingrich speech highlights

Snippets from the speech given by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics:

On Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia becoming governors and key faces in the Republican Party:

“I certainly think those are bigger jobs than talk radio hosts.”

Health care reform

“It’s not a question about financing. It’s a question about the whole nature of the health system, which is why the current bills are so ludicrous.”

Challenges from China and India

“At the end of the movie ‘2 Million Minutes,’ you realize that we are a country aggressively preparing for the 1956 Olympics, and we’re not going to win any medals in 2012 preparing for the 1956 Olympics. … I believe that it requires us to fundamentally rethink litigation, regulation, taxation, education, health, energy and infrastructure. That’s going to be a huge fight, a huge challenge.”

The fight against terrorism

“We are in a setting where we are arguing over Afghanistan, which is like arguing over Guadalcanal. … If I’m fighting a global war, Guadalcanal is a skirmish in the war.”

His Wednesday visit to the Kansas University Natural History Museum:

“It may be the best university natural history museum in the United States, and it’s an extraordinary facility.”

The face of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress saw something he liked in Tuesday night’s election results.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Republicans Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia capturing the governorships could provide a model for the party in the rest of the country.

Wednesday night in Lawrence, Gingrich said people in the two states were engaged in dialogue about critical issues they faced. The GOP victories came months after huge Democratic victories in the fall, including the election of President Barack Obama.

“Suddenly it got time to make a decision, and you could see (voters) close up,” Gingrich said. “You could see them think it through, and suddenly both states began to clarify themselves. I think for the country we need that kind of conversation, and I think we’re actually ready to have it.”

The conservative author and history professor spoke to more than 300 people in a packed Dole Institute of Politics, and more than 100 people watched the speech and question-and-answer session in an overflow room.

Gingrich addressed a variety of topics in front of an audience that was generally friendly and applauded him several times. He said the country faces several challenges in trying to compete with India and China in coming decades and also in fighting terrorism.

“We need, in national security, a grand national strategy that is honest about our opponents, clear about the threat, and outlines a coherent strategy of meeting those threats,” he said.

He wouldn’t rule out his own challenge to Obama in 2012, saying he won’t make a decision until the February before the election, but Gingrich also voiced confidence that nationally Republicans will have a deep bench and enough time to field a high-quality candidate.

“Why is it that people are anxiety-ridden?” he said. “They are anxiety-ridden because it’s the nature of the national media to be anxiety-ridden.”


getreal 8 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps he didn't hear that Democrats picked up another seat in the House, one that had not been held by Democrats since the civil war. Both national races went to the D's in favor of health care reform.

nbnozzy 8 years, 5 months ago

Bozo.... the man was there to explain issues, national and international. He isn't required to speak and solve the problems of the world. That's for you to do. Now, get with it and solve all my problems and everyone else's.

preebo 8 years, 5 months ago


I was in attendance last night, and I would have to agree with JABOTB, as all Fmr. Speaker Gingrich seemed to deliver were talking points. I would have liked to have heard his rationale for switching from supporting Dede Scozzafava and moderates place in the GOP, to backing Doug Hoffman, only after the conservative star machine of Sarah Palin and others jumped onto the Hoffman bandwagon.

jayhawklawrence 8 years, 5 months ago

Gingrich still doesn't get it.

People aren't interested in the same old Republican Party anymore.

I keep waiting for the new improved models to roll out and I keep seeing clunkers.

leedavid 8 years, 5 months ago

Let me remind my liberal friends of a very famous saying that will come to play in the midterm elections, "It is the economy, stupid." Remember that one? How is the economy going for you folks? Of course there are those that want to say "Boooossssshhhh's fault". Just like they did on 9/11 after the man was in office 7 months. So I'm sure they will changed to "OOOOOObbbbbaaaaaammmmmaaaa's" fault on the economy.....any day now. LOL!

BigPrune 8 years, 5 months ago

getreal, I believe that civil war reference by Pelosi was wrong.

19 different Dems have held this seat since the Civil war, as recently as 1993.

But, thanks for drinking the koolaid like the rest of the media who don't fact check anything.

nbnozzy 8 years, 5 months ago


Why did you expect anything different? Why did you assume the man was there to talk about specific items that catered to your interests? Kind of selfish of you, don't you think? He was there to talk about a variety of issues, not to offer up the solutions for the world. Newt is a historian and likes to make comparasions about the past, present, and future. You were looking for the politician Newt, and are obviously disappointed that you didn't get that. His history lessons are much more interesting than his political views. As a moderate Republican, I have differences with some of his beliefs, but I take into account his overall views, which I generally agree with most times.

puddleglum 8 years, 5 months ago

g.o.p. is still dead. two governors and you bust out the champagne?

maybe so out of touch that it is actually a good thing.

I wish someone new would take over the party with a real socially centrist and fiscally conservative and ANTI-big business agenda.

that is where my vote would be.

mom_of_three 8 years, 5 months ago

yes, I agree. His history ideas were much more interesting than his politics. he didn't even seem to like Bush very much.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

newt newt newt!!!

any grown man that has a name like newt and owns it and uses it is okay enough for me to sit down and have a sammich w/ him!

preebo 8 years, 5 months ago

"getreal, I believe that civil war reference by Pelosi was wrong.

19 different Dems have held this seat since the Civil war, as recently as 1993.

But, thanks for drinking the koolaid like the rest of the media who don't fact check anything."

BigPrune - you might want to check your facts again. It wasn't only Pelosi that has made this claim, NPR, NBC, ABC, CBS, and (wait for it) Fox News all reported the same thing prior to the election. The reality is that it (being the district) has been gerrymandered and redistricted many times over the years, but the 23rd district has been in Republican hands for over 130 years - look it up.

tbaker 8 years, 5 months ago

Anti-big just don't get it. You should thank God we have big business.

leedavid 8 years, 5 months ago

GOP is dead? How amazingly crazy. Less than eight years ago it was believed the democratic party was dead, look at what happened. LOL! Get out a history book and you will see changing of the guard with political parties happens all the time. You will see it in 2010 because the public is angry, very angry with the democrats. And who can blame them?

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

As an Independent, I don't really like to see Republicans like Newt even COMMENTING on this year's election results. I believe they do more harm than good, and I feel like these results DO NOT reflect any growing popularity of the Republican party, but rather an expression of dissatisfaction with the whole political scene. I dislike Obama intensely and feel he is doing real harm to our country, but he is simply following orders from "higher up" which are definitely not in our country's best interests. He is just a glib "puppet," very likely without much in the way of an original thought.

I am just pleased to see the Independents responding in such an intelligent way--let's hope they can accomplish a lot a year from now.

sfjayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

"Gingrich: GOP victories could set model for nation" - what is the model - old white dudes who have not had a new idea in decades? Imagine the possibilities!!!

Jim Williamson 8 years, 5 months ago

I still find it ironic that a man who served his terminally-ill, cancer-ridden wife with divorce papers in her hospital bed can hold himself up as a moral beacon. I don't understand why people listen to him. Newtie is a reprehensible human being.

jafs 8 years, 5 months ago

As an independent, can you find Republican politicians who aren't just "puppets"?

Money is such a major influence in our political system that it's almost impossible to find an influential politician who isn't beholden to rich contributors.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 5 months ago

leedavid “It is the economy, stupid.”

Yes, but the Republicans bear primary responsibility for trashing it (along with everything else they touch) and they show no indications of doing anything differently. If they make gains in upcoming elections, it'll be because the Dems aren't doing much better, not because they have anything to offer.

nbnozzy-- "Newt is a historian and likes to make comparasions about the past, present, and future."

He's a self-serving a$$hole, and no amount of pseudo-academic window-dressing will change that.

leedavid 8 years, 5 months ago

Bozo: so republicans Chris Dodd and Barney Franks failure to regulate housing funding resulting in the total collapse of the banking industry....oh wait, they are democrats. And during the Bush admin when the democrats took over the congressional budget (midterm in his second term) Uh... what has happened since then?

As I always have said congress is the biggest reason for the problems we are facing today and nothing is happening to make that better. Republican or Democrat.

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

jafs--I'm of the opinion that most people who are able to rise to positions of power in the political realm today ARE puppets whose strings are pulled by a group beyond our control. The difference between Bush and Obama is that Obama is a little more clever, but his narcissism makes him a whole lot more vulnerable to control.

Read Taylor Caldwell's book, Captains and the Kings--she saw this situation many years ago.

I'm not a Newt Gringich fan, obviously, but his personal life--involving his divorce--doesn't concern me. I remember what Socrates did, when he divorced his wife and his friends chastised him for it. He held out his foot and said, "Who among you, looking at my shoe, can tell where it pinches me?", or words to that effect. It's kind of foolish for us to pass judgments on others' personal lives.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 5 months ago

leedavid-- My criticism of Republicans shouldn't be taken as an endorsement of Democrats. The collapse of the economy was a bipartisan effort. However, that's primarily because Democrats have moved toward Republican economic policies, and neither of them seem to get it that corporate socialism is a failed model.

preebo 8 years, 5 months ago

'Compromise' isn't a 'core principle'.

Uh. You are obviously not a student of politics or public policy. Throughout the course of history, compromise is the one constant in government. Only in the last 20 years or so has it been about gaining large majorities and ramming your own agenda through, the problem with that is that once the majority is lost, the new party in power immediately changes the policy.

headdoctor 8 years, 5 months ago

jayhawklawrence (Anonymous) says… Gingrich still doesn't get it. People aren't interested in the same old Republican Party anymore. I keep waiting for the new improved models to roll out and I keep seeing clunkers.

There is no same old Republican Party.

Definition: Republican Party= No leaders, no platform except for anger, ignorance, greed, and confusion. Especially with how to take down the Democrats without destroying their own version of their Socialist self centered agenda. Examples of the current Republican Party can be seen by reading several of the so called Conservative posters comments on LJW forum.

BigPrune 8 years, 5 months ago

The seat was last held by a Democrat from 1979-1993.

Jimo 8 years, 5 months ago

The GOP remains unable to field a national team that could get itself elected. That said, they remain the "other" party that voters can temporarily move to when they dislike the candidate with a "D".

All I see: 1. Perhaps the most disliked governor in the U.S., multi-millionaire with Wall Street wealth, gets defeated by a moderate Repub criminal prosecutor where the #1 issue is the highest property tax rates in the county. 2. A Dem who couldn't run far enough from Obama and openly stated he'd attempt 'nullification' of many Democratic schemes loses to a radical Repub who was able to keep the focus on basic job/tax issues and not his own wackiness. 3. A California seat, vacated by a moderate Dem, filled by an unabashed liberal, leftwing, socialist. 4. A NY seat,holding territory that is bedrock Republican -- but not particularly conservative -- pulls a "Kansas" by having the nuttiest part of the right capture the process and force the moderates to the Democrat. 5. The Republican, errr..."independent" mayor of NYC, billionare self-financier, mostly regarded as a good mayor, barely squeaks by.

All in all, voters don't like (a) incumbents, (b) nutjobs, or (c) candidates who fear rejection for who they are.

CheneyHawk 8 years, 5 months ago

1st wife was recovering in the hospital from treatment for cancer when he served her divorce papers. While speaker, he was censured by the house for accepting a $600,000 advance on a book from Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox Network, who at the time had major legislation he wanted passed that would have benefited his network. Then, right before he resigned, he gave a speech in which he stated that he would bring up President Clinton's lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky in every major speech he gave. What came out days later was that while he was berating Clinton, he had been carrying on an affair with one of staffers who was half his age. He later divorced his second wife to marry the staffer, who is now his third wife.

And that doesn't even touch on his shutting down the federal government because he didn't get a good seat on Air Force One.

Jimo 8 years, 5 months ago

The NY 23rd gets redrawn periodically. (It was once even down in NYC.)

So, it is correct that the 23rd has had many Democrats elected - just during the time the 23rd represented other parts of NY.

It is also correct that the area now represented by the 23rd (since 1993) elects only Republicans regardless of the number attached to their district.

mom_of_three 8 years, 5 months ago


He has a Ph.D. in history from Tulane. Taught at Western Georgia (I think).
Don't call that pseudo-academia

mom_of_three 8 years, 5 months ago

I heard him comment about a question regarding propaganda that he will get the facts and present those, and not propoganda. SO I will be looking at that come the next election.

preebo 8 years, 5 months ago

75x55 - No, I am well aware of what a core principle is. However, it appears that you are a fan of one party, and by extension one particular view control, as long as that party is yours. Where have I seen this before???

You can get elected like that, but good luck governing that way, not to mention getting re-elected.

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

Off the subject, but does anyone besides me see a strong physical (certainly not political!) resemblance between Newt and Garrison Keillor? If Newt's eyes were as big as GK's are, they could pass for brothers. But then, since I don't have TV, I'm just going on a couple of photos I've seen, so maybe that isn't true.

puddleglum 8 years, 5 months ago

like I said, maybe being so out of touch is a good thing. No, the democrat party is not ideal for me at all-far from it.

but the democrats cover so much larger voter area than the narrow g.o.p. is. If you wipe out the south, the g.o.p. doesn't really have much left.
like I said, if they would just get some new faces involved-like someone who has a real socially centrist and fiscally conservative and ANTI-big business agenda.

that is where my vote would be.

I don't like term limits. Then our representatives would have no sense of voting responsibility at all, they'd just say "well, heck with it-I'm outta here in 4 years anyway."

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

I appreciate your comments, puddlegum. I'm not quite sure that would be the actual effect of term limits, depening how how many terms, of course. Certainly term liimits would be an improvement over the "I'm in for life" attitude many have now.
It's interesting, though, that you consider the South so strongly Republican--weren't they solid Democrats for many years? I'd like to hear opinons as to what some of the reasons are for the switch--but nothing extensive from Merrill, please! (Guess he must not be reading this particular set of posts, or we would have heard from him by now.)

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, I left the "L" out of your name, puddleGLUM!

tolawdjk 8 years, 5 months ago

Both parties are failing to look at the full picture of these elections.

THe GOP touts the wins of NJ and VI but completely fails to address how the extreme fringes of thier party effectively lost them a seat that is typically safe.

The DNC has failed to own up to the fact that their insane breakneck pace at forcing change down peoples throats has turned off many of the swing votes that they need in these high value "purple" states.

The one thing these three elections prove is that the fringes of anything cannot carry the election weight alone. Of course, no one wants to hear that. They think that if they just yell louder, longer and with more zeal than the "other" guy they will eventually convince everyone that they are right.

It disgusts and insults me.

lounger 8 years, 5 months ago

GOod god puleese!!! This a*s is yesterdays news and who gives a fudge!!!! All this guy did is get in Bill Clintons way back when. Get rid of him-retire now newt (and honestly who calls their kid Newt anyway??).

Jim Williamson 8 years, 5 months ago

"I wish all politicians who get caught screwing up, either morally or illegally would resign."

Preach on, brother.

puddleglum 8 years, 5 months ago

canyon wren: that's okay, at least you didn't call me puddledumb.

Yes the south was owned by the democrats pre-1960's. But the beginning of the end was the rise of the kennedys, who continually antagonized the south's social being (heavy segregation) and the combo of big John in the oval office and robert becoming attorney general meant the writing was on the wall...The advancement of desegregation and the fall of the democrats' influence in the south coincided directly. Once Johnson became president, he passed civil rights bills ( civil rights act signed july 2 1964) and again in 1965 voting rights act (allowing blacks to vote) he was scared that he would lose the presidency in 65-but the g.o.p nominated goldwater and the result was that He took a larger percentage of the popular vote than any president before him. These policies began alienating the south once the effects of said polices commenced. Disillusion grew throughout the south. However, near the end of his term-the following months saw national widespread racial division across the country with the slayings of robert kennedy, MLK, and malcolm X ...the republican party appealed to most of the south-with their self-proclaimed old-fashioned presidental candidate Nixon, and they never really looked back since-with the exception of a few southern presidental votes (j. carter-georgia & Bill Clinton- arkansas) but senator-wise, the damage done by continual social upheavings in a set-way of like pave the road for the republicans' stranglehold of local offices and representations. Outside influence or 'medling' constantly irritate the south. They lost the civil war. They are still pissed about that. Removing the rebel flag from within their own state flags? Pissed. basically, its a combination of race and what they feel to be the yankee north treading on their way of life-right or wrong. So all you really need to do is be anti-yankee government-and you got yourself a vote. can you blame them?

verity 8 years, 5 months ago

This may be a little off topic, but I think relevant to the conversation.

As far as I can tell, the only way for the people to get back the control of government from "big money" (corporations, political interest groups, PACs, etc.) is to have publicly funded campaigns.

The added benefit of that would be that politicians would not have to spend so much time raising money and might actually have time to read the bills they vote on.

Any thoughts on this?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

remember how this red state elected a democrat for a governor during the bush years? did that send a signal to the rest of the nation so dubya wouldn't stay for a 2nd term?

newmedia 8 years, 5 months ago

Newt's best days are behind him. All he wants to do now is sell books and get as much face time on cable news shows as possible. Believe it or not there are actually a few Americans left who can actually make up their own minds on issues without being told how to think. Just give us the facts from both sides without all the BS...

Jimo 8 years, 5 months ago

"The DNC has failed to own up to the fact that their insane breakneck pace at forcing change down peoples throats..."

  1. Would that the problems created by the last team would result in fewer problems, spread out over time! (We can all be glad that the last act in office by Cheney wasn't to attack Iran for a 3rd on-going war.) If you send a decade no solving any problems, problems have a way of accumulating.
  2. Forcing change? Change was front-center of the last campaign. I'm not sure how you "force" change "down peoples throats" when they use those throats to cry for change.
  3. Change? What change? If there's a criticism of the DNC right now its that there hasn't been any change, just business as usual.

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 5 months ago

Big deal. Two new Republican governors. Neither one votes in the House or the Senate.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

This what the GOP brings to the country:

This is about the RINO party that took over the republican party and wrecking the good republican name. This RINO party is neither fiscally responsible nor socially responsible.

The Hostile Take-Over of the Repub party

RINO's have taken over our city,state and federal governments. RINO's represent Reaganomics = Wreckanomics by way of tax favors, war and financial scandals.

It's about the NEW RINO party that first entered the scene in 1980 which has cost the nation 15-20 million USA jobs.

canyon_wren 8 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the info, puddleglum. I knew some of that but had forgotten it.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Isn't it time to take upon ourselves the implementation of term limits?

Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America :

The Instant Runoff Voting Solution

How Instant Runoff Voting Works: IRV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference (i.e. first, second, third, fourth and so on).

Voters have the option to rank as many or as few candidates as they wish, but can vote without fear that ranking less favored candidates will harm the chances of their most preferred candidates.

First choices are then tabulated, and if a candidate receives a majority of first choices, he or she is elected. If nobody has a clear majority of votes on the first count, a series of runoffs are simulated, using each voter’s preferences indicated on the ballot.

The candidate who received the fewest first place choices is eliminated. All ballots are then retabulated, with each ballot counting as one vote for each voter's highest ranked candidate who has not been eliminated.

Specifically, voters who chose the now-eliminated candidate will now have their ballots counted for their second ranked candidate -- just as if they were voting in a traditional two-round runoff election -- but all other voters get to continue supporting their top candidate.

The weakest candidates are successively eliminated and their voters' ballots are redistributed to next choices until a candidate crosses a majority of votes.

Instant runoff voting allows for better voter choice and wider voter participation by accommodating multiple candidates in single seat races and assuring that a "spoiler effect" will not result in undemocratic outcomes.

IRV allows all voters to vote for their favorite candidate without fear of helping elect their least favorite candidate, and it ensures that the winner enjoys true support from a majority of the voters.

Plurality voting, as used in most American elections, does not meet these basic requirements for a fair election system that promotes cost-saving elections with wider participation.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do?

We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue.

Excellent reasoning behind public financing of campaigns:

tomatogrower 8 years, 5 months ago

He also gave the old line that if we just cut taxes for businesses, they would create jobs. I would have asked him why all these wonderful businesses got tax cuts for taking jobs out of the country. Yes, they helped the economy of those who owned the stocks and their executives, but they f'd the US. I say raise the taxes 500% on any company who took jobs out of the country, then lower that percent if they start bringing the jobs back. If greed is more important to them than the stability of our country, let them pay big. Bunch of friggin traitors, if you ask me.

tomatogrower 8 years, 5 months ago

Also, no tax cuts in advance. The Republicans want people to go buy health insurance, then they'll give them a tax credit. The same should go for business. Create jobs, then get a tax cut. Don't trust the corporations. They could care less about the countries economic stability.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 5 months ago


He has a Ph.D. in history from Tulane. Taught at Western Georgia (I think). Don't call that pseudo-academia"

I have no idea what he did at Tulane or Western Georgia, but "pseudo-academic" is an extremely overly generous description of what he's done since, including this dog-and-pony show.

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