From CNN — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is warning of a third party mutiny in 2012 if Republicans don’t figure out a way to shape up.
I bet this turns out to be just another broken promise. You could put the American public on the U.S.S. Bounty with nothing to eat but The Atkins Diet. We still wouldn't mutiny.
“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012,” Gingrich said Tuesday. The speech, to a group of students at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, was recorded by Springfield TV station KY3.
But Gingrich, bemoaning President Barack Obama’s “monstrosity of a budget,” acknowledged that Republicans are partially to blame for the escalation in federal spending.
"Partially to blame?" The way that Heads is partially to blame for not being Tails on the same coin?
"Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year,” he said. “If you’re going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama’s first two, three months.”
Well, the curve was a little less steep under Bush. But we're talking differences in degree, not differences in kind.
Gingrich told the students that the current governmental system “is so sick, so out of touch and so arrogant that you’re going to have a nationwide rebellion at the polls of people in both parties who are just fed up.”
At this point, I really don't think so. If they were going to get fed up, it would've happened within the last month. The damage has been done.
“You can do a Facebook page, you can Twitter,” he said. “I Twitter right now and I think we’re at like, I don’t know, 18,000 or 20,000 thousand people that follow my Twitter, which I have to say I think is nuts.
If 20,000 people follow Newt Gingrich on Twitter....Naw, I'm not going to go there.
But there are ways to communicate, you’re not trapped by CBS news.”
Gingrich has repeatedly said that he will decide in early 2011 whether he plans to seek the White House in 2012.
Mr. Gingrich is a very smart man. He knows a lot about history and economics.
He also masterminded the Republican Revolution of the early 1990's.
Here's P.J. O'Rourke on that non-event: "What a feckless, timid, timeserving revolution that was in 1994, as if the sans culottes had stormed the Bastille to get themselves jobs as prison guards."
Mr. Gingrich has been given a shot at stopping the madness, and didn't do anything but settle a few old scores. With that and some of his personal ethics issues, he might be the only Republican who would definitely lose to Obama. Let's hope it happens.
Bring on the third party mutiny ! Vote Libertarian !