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At Dole Institute, Gingrich says GOP must change course

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, center, and Bill Forstchen, right, answer questions from Dole Institute director Bill Lacy about their latest historical fiction novel, Victory At Yorktown, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, center, and Bill Forstchen, right, answer questions from Dole Institute director Bill Lacy about their latest historical fiction novel, Victory At Yorktown, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at the Dole Institute of Politics.

November 14, 2012

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It's time for the Republican Party to take a serious look at itself, Newt Gingrich says.

After the result of last week's election shocked many GOP leaders, including him, it's time for the party to admit that what it's doing now isn't working, he told a packed house at the Kansas University Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday.

"The fact is I thought we would win. I said so publicly. I thought we would win decisively," said Gingrich, the Speaker of the U.S. House from 1995 to 1999.

He spoke in front of a crowd that Dole Institute officials estimated at more than 500, which spilled into an overflow room where an audience watched on a video screen.

Though Gingrich ran against Mitt Romney and others for this year's Republican presidential nomination, he said during a conversation with Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy that the reason the party lost the presidential race as well as two Senate seats wasn't because of Romney, but because of deeper structural problems with the party.

"The gap was so big between what we thought would happen and what happened that I think it requires the Republican party to stop, do really serious analysis and really think deeply about where we find ourselves," Gingrich said.

Getting the party to rebound will require careful study of why it fell short, especially among certain groups such as young people and Hispanics. Of particular concern, he said, was that the GOP has now lost five of the last six presidential popular votes (Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, though he lost the presidency).

"We're a little bit like an athletic team that is a generation out of sequence in recruiting, training, strategy, practice," Gingrich said, "and it all shows on the floor."

On Tuesday night, Gingrich was a guest on "The Colbert Report." He said that he was one of few Republicans willing to go on that show or Comedy Central's other news-comedy program, "The Daily Show," which serve as a crucial source of news for many people under 30.

That, he said, served as one example of how the party had become disconnected from young people.

During a Q-and-A session with the audience later, Gingrich did say he believed young people would turn more toward the Republican viewpoint if the economy remains sluggish for a few more years.

"I have a hunch that an unemployed college graduate might be dramatically more conservative than a college student on a student-loan program," Gingrich said.

He also said it would be important for Republicans to recognize the hurdles they face, which he said include left-leaning university faculty who influence many young people and news media with a liberal bias.

"It's like playing a game in which the referees actually come from the other team," Gingrich said.

He said he thought it looked as though it could be tough for House Republicans to cooperate with President Barack Obama during his second term, if his repeated desire to raise taxes on the rich is any indication. As for the impending "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and funding cuts set to go into effect if a tax deal isn't reached by January, he said he believed a deal would get done, though it could be ugly.

"We'll muddle through it," Gingrich said. "It'll be inelegant, stupid, sloppy, kind of mildly embarrassing. You won't want to show young children."

Gingrich and co-author Bill Forstchen also spoke about their new novel, "Victory at Yorktown," their third book in a series of historical novels about George Washington in the Revolutionary War. A book signing took place afterward.

Gingrich said discouraged Republicans could take to heart that things could never look as dark as they did for Washington's forces in the war.

"You want hard? Try marching nine miles in the snow with no boots," Gingrich said. "You want desperation? Cross the Delaware River overnight in a snowstorm and the ice, and have as your password "victory or death" and literally mean victory or death."

Lawrence retiree Tom Brown, a registered Republican, said he enjoyed hearing Gingrich speak, and he agreed with his assessment of the GOP.

"They've got to regroup, and they've got to rethink," Brown said. "They've got to approach these young people."

KU sophomore Zach Altschuler, who said he leaned more to the liberal side of the political spectrum, said he, too, agreed with Gingrich's assessment.

"He recognized that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the Republican Party," Altschuler said.

Comments

buffalo63 2 years ago

I heard one woman say the Republican (conservative) principles must be kept, just need to explain it better next election. No, you need to move to the center if you really want to lead this country. That goes for the far left as well. The majority votes for the party that gives ideas that moves everyone forward and a center position does that better. JOBS, that is the major concern for most Americans now. Lets get to it.

fiddleback 2 years ago

Given the way discourse and policy have drifted rightward for 30 years, the "far left" would be just left of Reagan, comparable to Nixon. If we want to move forward, we have to do away with all these false equivalencies about who's really being immoderate. Obama is putting very ugly cuts on the table in exchange for fulfilling his campaign promise of letting the Bush tax cuts on the rich expire. If he's again offering a 3-to-1 ratio of cuts to increased revenue, and the GOP again kicks and screams over not getting it entirely their way, informed Americans will know where to point the finger, and the next midterms will reflect that they expect a losing minority party to actually compromise. The GOP will be lucky to keep the House in 2014.

Keith 2 years ago

"Gingrich and co-author Bill Forstchen also spoke about their new novel, "Victory at Yorktown," their third book in a series of historical novels about George Washington in the Revolutionary War. A book signing took place afterward."

Oh, he's on a book tour. As usual.

avarom 2 years ago

Gingrich is walking commerical, always trying to sell himself!

avarom 2 years ago

Gingrich and others in the House, including the newly minted Gang of Seven, railed against what they saw as ethical lapses under Democratic control for almost 40 years. The House banking scandal and Congressional Post Office scandal were emblems of the exposed corruption. Gingrich himself was among the 450 members of the House who had engaged in check kiting; he had overdrafts on twenty-two checks, including a $9,463 check to the Internal Revenue Service in 1990....and. Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as Speaker. All were eventually dropped except for one—the ethics panel "finding that Gingrich repeatedly violated one rule by using a political consultant to develop the Republican legislative agenda"] that is, claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes] Instead, the House officially reprimanded Gingrich (in a vote of 395 in favor, 28 opposed) and "ordered [him] to reimburse the House for some of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000".] It was the first time a Speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation!! No wonder he wrote over 27 books, he had a lot of explaining to do......uuuuggghhhh.....Yep!

question4u 2 years ago

Gingrich "said it would be important for Republicans to recognize the hurdles they face, which he said include left-leaning university faculty who influence many young people...."

If that's really the case, then one way to change that might be to quit being the anti-education party – and that should start at the K-12 level.

The problem that Gingrich needs to grapple with is that the Republican party pandered to the least educated part of society and did it partly by trashing intellectuals and claiming that facts don't matter (facts from scientific polls but also the kinds of things that Santorum routinely disregarded when "speaking from his heart"). He's right that it was a major miscalculation. Romney's quips about the faculty lounge and Santorum's comment about snobbery played to what they thought would be the group that would put them in the White House: the same group that now thinks that's it's anything but childish to sign a petition for secession.

The Republican party will have to recognize that the bigoted, anti-intellectual, fundamentalist sector, even in alliance with the 1% and its billions, is not going to carry a presidential election. To say that you won't let your campaign be "dictated by fact-checkers" is enough to make any thinking person lean away, whether that person is a university faculty member or anyone else.

jjinks 2 years ago

Are you serious? The party that caters to the uneducated is the Dems how do you think they got elected? What Gingrich does is say what he needs to say depending on who he's talking to at the time, he's no spokesman for the Republican party, he sold out when he was in office just like the Dems do all the time.

What the Republicans think they have to do now is figure out how to give away more STUFF than the Dems and when they do that they have joined them and there is no longer a need for a two party system. Good plan HUH?

The reason they did not get elected was not going after the man they ran aganist and not being Conservative enough. Obama has written books that detail what he wants to do and they NEVER used it in their campaign ONCE. The man is an open book and they refused to use it aganist him. If any party is bigoted it's the Dems. Why they feel the need to bring it up repeatedly is to keep a race war going all the time to their benefit because those are the uneducated among us.

The problem with the education in this country is they quit doing it. No government employee should be able to join a union to hold the rest of society hostage. If we just gave every kid the money that's spent on education and let them go to a private school this country's education priblems would be solved. Why do you think he did away with school vouchers for the poor? That was a good idea and got several kids an education that they couldn't get in the innercity but it worked and the unions couldn't have that now could they?

Funny how this Liberal rag prints nothing positive about Republicans until one sides with them and their Socialist ideas isn't it?

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Uh huh. Keep telling yourself all of that.

Actually, no, don't keep telling yourself that. Once your party breaks out of that mass of self-delusion, they might be able to retain relevance, which would be good.

jjinks 2 years ago

Well the bad thing about all this is you're all going to live long enough to see how bad an idea Socialism.

jjinks 2 years ago

Source: CNN____ pretty much defeats the purpose of your post doesn't it

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

I keep hearing how all the Dems do is want to give away "stuff". Can you please enumerate for me just exactly what "stuff" they are giving away?

deec 2 years ago

And can we apply for all the free stuff with one application? I hope there's some laptops and cars are included. Christmas is coming up. :)

msezdsit 2 years ago

You been smokin way to much koolaid there buddy boy.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

Fox Noise has taken up the cry that the education system is to blame for the ideological shift in America. Gingrich totally ignores the idea that old, white men dying off might have something to do with it.

fiddleback 2 years ago

Uh-huh.

Maybe in another few years they'll become even slightly more aware of these so-called "young people" and realize that while they were railing against wars on Christmas and traditional marriage for the past 10 years, the entire millennial generation was nursed to political literacy by the Daily Show, and Fox's socially conservative hogwash will be as outdated as the stars and bars in another 10-20 years.

webmocker 2 years ago

Who promised immigration for all? Source, please.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Alternatively, you know you are wrong about everything you just said, and won't admit it as well.

Isn't this fun? We can just say things, and claim that they're true! Arguing on the interwebz is great!

jafs 2 years ago

That's funny :-)

Have you seen the New Yorker cartoon where a guy is sitting at his computer late at night, and his wife asks if he's coming to bed, and he says "I can't - somebody on the Internet is WRONG!"

Katara 2 years ago

I have it saved because it cracks me up (also because I am guilty of the same thing).

beatrice 2 years ago

Entitlement nation? What of the many "red" states that take in far more from the federal government than they pay into the system? Please explain how that doesn't qualify as entitlement.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years ago

never ending unemployment compensation??? I do not know what the hell you are talking about. All employers pay into unemployment insurance. It is just like all insurance, there if you need it. And it is NOT unending, there are limits and requirements, like looking for work every day. In the employment wasteland that is Lawrence, that can be a real task. You need to put down the GOP dogma manual and learn some facts.

cabmando 2 years ago

Same ol BS from life long political persons. New ideas are needed not rehashed and constant ideas only on party lines. COUNTRY FIRST is a splendid concept, now all you Washington bureaucrats make it happen (How much did Mr. Gingrich make on this book tour stop,while telling us his party is out of touch?)

Trumbull 2 years ago

I don't give him that much credit. Look at this video. He is dishonest. This exposes him for what he is.

Scott Tichenor 2 years ago

He's right of course.

But he should also man up and state the obvious: it needs to change course by making sure people with his racist and out-of-touch opinions don't run for office--except in Kansas, where your election is certain.

SnakeFist 2 years ago

Conservatives need to disconnect social from fiscal conservatism and run on the latter. Social conservatives come across as hateful and resistant to all change, even good change. I realize they don't see themselves that way, but I think most others do. At least fiscal conservatism can be argued in a rational way. Frankly, I'd like to see more fiscal conservatism, but not at the expense of society's moral obligation to help those in need.

KEITHMILES05 2 years ago

It's hilarious hearing Newt "break down" what is wrong with the GOP. He is nothing but a pure hater and user and will flip/flop just like Romney. It's pretty disgusting to hear ALL the losers in the primary get behind Romney and throw extreme hatred at Obama. The voters see the hypocrisy of what did. NOTHING this toad says has any credibility and it's all about POWER and MONEY. He is a shameful politician who in fact has sold his soul to the devil. At one time he was an up and comer with great ideas but then sold out. I laugh when reading what this toad said.

fiddleback 2 years ago

I think it's funny that he feels obligated to act surprised by Romney's loss, when back in the spring he was saying that Romney's flip-floppery would lead to certain defeat. This man is a pure and shameless political animal; those who would mistake his relentless aggrandizement for leadership are utter fools.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

And the "crazy" just got crazier. It's pretty hard to take a political party seriously when they, themselves, take things like this seriously.
"Georgia GOPers hold meeting over Obama mind-control conspiracy."
http://www.salon.com/2012/11/14/georgia_gopers_hold_meeting_over_obama_mind_control_conspiracy/
Note that the Kansas legislature (a pretty whacked out bunch themselves) is mentioned in the article.

tolawdjk 2 years ago

"They do that by a process known as the Delphi technique. The Delphi technique was developed by the Rand Corporation during the Cold War as a mind-control technique. It’s also known as “consensive process.” But basically the goal of the Delphi technique is to lead a targeted group of people to a pre-determined outcome while keeping the illusion of being open to public input."

Sounds like the Tea Party to me.

headdoctor 2 years ago

Unless the people chose to have a short memory, I don't see anyway for the Republicans to reboot and gain any credibility. They have went out of their way to show their true side and beliefs. What they have done and tried to do is no secrete. Their modern day platform and actions is exactly what they have thought for years. They just didn't openly promote it. The only difference is they thought they had enough support they could actually act on their core beliefs and get away with it. Pushing their religious beliefs, attacking women, and destroying public education, etc. has been their desire for years.

beatrice 2 years ago

What is surprising is that Republicans were surprised by the election results. People who took a serious look at polls leading up to the election -- Nate Silver being top of the list -- ended with a 90.9% probability of an Obama re-election. He was correct in his predictions on 50 of 50 states. And Gingrich was surprised? Apparently, the claim of his being an "intellectual" should be in doubt.

However, as others are pointing out, Republicans do need to sever ties with the lunatic fringe of their party and return to a center-right position if they wish to be relevant on a national stage. Not only did they lose the election for the White House, they also gave up Senate and House seats in an election when they were hoping to gain a majority in the Senate. That is a serious defeat.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years ago

Newt has a clear and unobstructed view of the obvious.

You go out and stasrt a petition to secede from the United States.

What could be more clear and reasonable???????

headdoctor 2 years ago

If this pattern continues in 2014 the Republicans will be in big trouble. Up for grabs is 435 House seats, 33 Senate, 38 Governors, and 46 State Legislatures. I don't expect the Republicans to lose out in the usual areas but they could be hurt much more than just losing the White House this time.

SnakeFist 2 years ago

I agree, conservatives' simplistic rationalizations for why they lost are absurd. For example, Obama won the Cuban, Jewish, and Catholic votes, what free stuff did he give to them? Conservatives have already doubled-down on extreme tea-party conservatism, now they're convincing themselves that the answer is to triple- or quadruple-down.

gatekeeper 2 years ago

What republicans need to realize is voters like my mother, 78 and life long republican, switched parties and voted dem. She personally couldn't stand behind them anymore because of their stance on social issues and she realized that they would just continue to cater to the rich. She's been through the depression, WWII, etc.... and has been so shocked that the republicans don't understand that it's time for those with more in this country to sacrifice for the better good of the nation as they did in the past. The older Eisenhower/Nixon/Reagan republicans see that the republican party of today is not the same as the "old" republican party.

roadwarrior 2 years ago

I'd like to see republicans take on the attitudes of the far right voters they have to pander to. Those voters need to understand what respecting individual rights requires from them.

In_God_we_trust 2 years ago

"The U.S. people must return to virtue before the government allows them to be free. The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. " Ron Paul

Return to virtue and God and He will return to you and heal your land. For Republicans and Democrats alike.

tolawdjk 2 years ago

"God" fights Satan and yet Christians tell me Satan is everywhere.

Thor fights ice giants. I don't think I have ever seen an ice giant.

Thor in 2014!

In_God_we_trust 2 years ago

""God" fights Satan and yet Christians tell me Satan is everywhere."

God through Jesus Christ has defeated Satan already. Return (repent) to God and virtue and live.

It will be interesting to see how many "thumbs up" there will be on the original statement. How many people desire to be a person of virtue and morality in this land so they can be free, so God will heal our land.

deec 2 years ago

I guess we should all become born-again Americans, eh?

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

I was never aware that I had a fight with God, but if He wants me to be sorry and come back then He needs to admit that this is just as much His fault as it is mine. I know a good couples counselor if He really wants to work it out but there has to be just as much effort on His part as He wants me to put into it.

In_God_we_trust 2 years ago

@cait48: God sent His Son to die for your sins on the cross. Is that enough effort for you? What greater thing could He do? It costs you nothing but a change of heart and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day; just acknowledge Him and what he already paid for you to live free from sin. Then God will provide the Grace and ability for you to follow Him as you read His Word.

beatrice 2 years ago

"Did Obama change or move to the middle in order to win the election? No..."

Wow, for once I agree with rc. Obama truly did not change and absolutely did not move to middle to win the election. He started in the middle and stayed there.

The rest of his post is just silly. Fiscal responsibility is a core principle of the Republican Party??? Since when? I know they like to say it is, but in practice -- not so much.

Regarding not listening to Democrats giving advice, I'm surprised to discover Newt must now be considered a Democrat. Thanks, but no thanks. He can remain a Republican. We don't want hm. (Also good to know some Republicans are refusing to learn from their defeats.)

Oh, and rc, did you notice you were dead wrong on your million-plus predictions of a landslide victory for Romney? hehe

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Well, he had to wait a few days to get his talking point in order. But I dunno, is it truly chutzpah to come raging in with your bitter rants, or is it simply the rage of a bull, stung by the matador, lashing out at the red cape dangled in front of him?

In_God_we_trust 2 years ago

"Fiscal responsibility is a core principle of the Republican Party??? Since when? I know they like to say it is, but in practice -- not so much. " I can find common ground with you there, but it is also true for democrats, if not more so.

That is why neither party, nor any man or woman can be trusted. Your best bet is to invest in virtue and morality as a voting group, and lead our government in the direction of freedom and acknowledge God, and he will heal our land.

KEITHMILES05 2 years ago

Your assertion "if all 47 million food stamp recipients" voted for Obama............that is really, really dumb thinking. NEVERMIND what the polls show. LMAO. This is why the GOP is losing out big time.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Polls skewed. Bias. Useful idiots. Liberal Media. etc etc.

optimist 2 years ago

We had two diametrically opposed candidates in this race. We had Romney, a center right Republican. Proof he is center right is based on the fact that he ran and won the Governorship in a far left New England state. From that position he managed to work with left and center left legislators that made up the vast majority of the state legislature. On the flip side we have a far left president presiding over the worst economy since the depression and it is worsening every day. There is no optimism on the part of the people and he continues to be unable to create consensus. Every policy that he championed and was passed was passed pretty much along party lines and continues to be hotly debated today. He has failed to present a single budget. I can’t remember any president ever failing to present a budget even once let alone several years in a row. The last time he did submit a “spending outline” he received no support from either side of the isle. This president has taken arbitrary steps to undermine federal law in the case of immigration enforcement via his version of the “dream act”, eliminating or giving exemptions to the welfare work requirement and various other things that he doesn’t have the authority to do. That said he invoked “authoritarianism” in doing so. If the president is allowed to ignore and choose not to enforce federal law, which is his sworn duty to do, then what limitations are there on the presidency? I understand many feel Washington is broken but I feel it is working pretty much as designed. Washington wasn’t supposed to matter this much in the lives of everyday citizens. The more they fight the less they matter as it should be. The Constitution was designed to ensure that the people understood that their rights didn’t come from Government but inalienable rights derived from within. Some say from God but the point is our rights come from somewhere far more powerful than Government. Sadly so many Americans look to Government to care for them. This includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care, Earned income tax credit, Corporate welfare, Farm subsidies, infrastructure, student loans and grants, education funding, welfare, free cell phones as we learned about during this election and many other federally funded programs. When we rely on Government to provide for us we give up an incremental amount of our freedom for the security we receive. To truly be free we must be willing to take responsibility for ourselves and help our neighbor. Government has interfered in both of these respects slowly eroding our freedoms. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue this is a Government issue.

asixbury 2 years ago

The economy is getting better every year, by the way. The stock market is way better now than it was in 2008. If people weren't so greedy and selfish, relying on charity from your neighbors would work. But sadly, charity is not something seen as much nowadays.

optimist 2 years ago

If we are to cure the divisiveness in politics we need to have less centralization of policy. This centralization diminishes States rights and gives those of us that disagrees no outlet. Having the option to travel between and live in any state in the union is what made us unique. Each state was its own sovereign entity and we could choose where to live based on these differences. We no longer have the option as all states are being standardized by this centralization. We are seeing the sparks of Federalism rear its head, albeit unfortunate, in the form of states taking back control of the issue of marijuana from the federal government. This is exactly what States Rights was about. I hope this movement grows in other ways too. There is no reason that States can’t get together and fight the national government over its exertion of authority over them. States need to ignore their differences politically and all agree they will oppose federal interference at some point and work to ultimately diminish this interference for the benefit of us all. This is how we all take our country back.

Katara 2 years ago

optimist says..."There is no reason that States can’t get together and fight the national government over its exertion of authority over them. States need to ignore their differences politically and all agree they will oppose federal interference at some point and work to ultimately diminish this interference for the benefit of us all."

That is an excellent idea! Since they are going to be banding together as a group, a union one might say, they can call themselves the United States... oh, wait.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

It would match the previous 12,410 days, actually.

How many names have you been through since November 6th? Six?

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Doomsday Prepper. Rofl. Couldn't tell with the one post which one of them it was, but it was one of them.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Addressed to now-disappearededed poster, not optimist.

dwendel 2 years ago

I expect that if certain banned LJW posters had voted under each of their previous disapperarded user names, Romeny would have easily won the national popular vote, (Wouldn't you like to be a prepper too?)

dwendel 2 years ago

Wow -- already gone! That's gotta be a record for the fastest zombie re-deathification ever. Glad to see LJW finally getting serious.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

If they were serious they'd let them stay and just give the rest of us an ignore button.

Katara 2 years ago

They would self-deport, right?

Trumbull 2 years ago

It is likely that I will not even consider ever voting for a Republican because of several reasons:

1) They worked against the interests of Americans by obstructing things that could have eased the recession and put more people to work. There goal was to make President Obama a "one term President"

2) They risked the credit rating of the United States thru their actions during the debt ceiling crisis. We actually did get a slight downgrade.

3) They reacted negatively last month when the job report was positive. They should have been rooting for job growth....cause this would only help consumer confidence. It is like they tried to sabotage even this good news.

4) They tried to politize the Benghazi attack. Which is now apparent that there were some mistakes, but nothing like they portrayed. There was a timely and valient effort of rescue.

beatrice 2 years ago

It appears zombie hunting is in fine form these days. Well done Alex!

Just remember, you have to get them in the brain ... or whatever it is they have between their ears.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

Now this is interesting. According to Bloomberg, over half of Americans fully expect to go over the "fiscal cliff". But that's not the surprising part. The startling thing is that they will blame the Republicans for it. Are people finally getting sick of the GOP obstructionist policy? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-13/majority-says-u-s-won-t-avoid-fiscal-cliff-due-to-republicans.html

beatrice 2 years ago

Yes. Yes they are.

Most people agree that the TEMPORARY Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy should go away, and that the upper level be raised from 36% to 39% (most pay much lower than that because of loopholes). Personally, I think all of the Bush tax cuts should go away, including those who earn less than $250K.

However, people are tired of seeing Republicans in Congress holding the country hostage with their obstruction.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

Aggie, you're going to have to start quoting what you're responding to. Alex is hot on the ban hammer today.

blindrabbit 2 years ago

"GOP must change course" Duh! The most intelligent comment from this nutcase during the past year. Prior to this comment, the most sane comment from Newt was his desire to colonize the Moon, or was it Mars, or maybe the Sun.

Carol Bowen 2 years ago

Sometimes, we think too deep. I rather enjoy Newt's ideas. He just throws them out there. If everyone were "allowed" to do that, we might hear new ideas and solutions to our collective problems. A little bit of social concern, fiscal responsibility, libertarian principles, and an appreciation for our evolving culture.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

Although I don't disagree with you, sometimes I believe we don't think deeply enough and simply accept things on the surface. This is the point of "critical thinking skills"; the ability to think with a critical frame of mind and study something from more than one side. There is a point to Socratic questioning.
I find it interesting that the right is so suspicious of critical thinking; so much so that the Texas GOP actually put a plank against teaching it in their party platform. The inherent danger in this (or perhaps what they hope for) is that it makes people easier to lead around and manipulate.

Jeff Kilgore 2 years ago

As a Democrat, it's not that hard to figure out why they lost. In my opinion, the one most crucial thing that beat the Republicans was their refusal to negotiate in any way. It's simply irresponsible to come to Washington and try to dictate policy. It ignores the other party, and neither party has the luxury to do that. I'm not sure the Republicans would be wise to steer too far away from their base--they did tally 56 million votes. Had they compromised here and there, they very clearly might have swayed just a few million over and Romney would be president. Those are just my thoughts.

blindrabbit 2 years ago

cait48: Enjoyed your Texas comment about limiting critical thinking, it would be funny except for the following: I was told several years ago that because the Texas population was so large that the content of elementary, mid-level and high school textbooks are governed by the wishes of the Texas School Board; in other words Texas has the "clout" to dictate to book publishers as to content. Publishers contend that because of the economics, they must capitulate to the wishes of the most populus users. This however should not be a problem for us in Kansas, because we have adopted the lack of critical thinking, creationist milarky as well as the dumbing down concepts as supported and parroted by the GOP.

bearded_gnome 2 years ago

""It's like playing a game in which the referees actually come from the other team," Gingrich said. "

---so true.

I personally think we would've won had Newt been our nominee instead of a northeastern moderate.
note he got fewer votes than did McCain, that's really saying something!
some didn't like his mormon baggage, no not that evangelicals wouldn't vote for a mormon so much as the racial implications.

bearded_gnome 2 years ago

newt is correct that we must continue to explore our universe, and having a moon base would make that possible.

he's also talked about getting at resources in near space, a very good idea.

if somebody doesn't think about great ideas, they don't happen.

verity 2 years ago

Maybe instead of wandering around with their heads up their posterior, whining and moaning about why they lost and blaming the other side, they should start working for the betterment of our country instead of eternal power for the Republican Party.

They're all about power, no matter who they destroy to get it and eventually that always fails.

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