Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left

January 28, 2012

By Sarah Palin

We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this week’s tactics aren’t what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment should stop and think about where we are today. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary. Let me make clear that I have no problem with the routine rough and tumble of a heated campaign. As I said at the first Tea Party convention two years ago, I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate. They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.

I am sadly too familiar with these tactics because they were used against the GOP ticket in 2008. The left seeks to single someone out and destroy his or her record and reputation and family using the media as a channel to dump handpicked and half-baked campaign opposition research on the public. The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth. All of it came at them at once as “facts” about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us – both the good and the bad.

We know that Newt fought in the trenches during the Reagan Revolution. As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Newt was among a handful of Republican Congressman who would regularly take to the House floor to defend Reagan at a time when conservatives didn’t have Fox News or talk radio or conservative blogs to give any balance to the liberal mainstream media. Newt actually came at Reagan’s administration “from the right” to remind Americans that freer markets and tougher national defense would win our future. But this week a few handpicked and selectively edited comments which Newt made during his 40-year career were used to claim that Newt was somehow anti-Reagan and isn’t conservative enough to go against the accepted moderate in the primary race. (I know, it makes no sense, and the GOP establishment hopes you won’t stop and think about this nonsense. Mark Levin and others have shown the ridiculousness of this.) To add insult to injury, this “anti-Reagan” claim was made by a candidate who admitted to not even supporting or voting for Reagan. He actually was against the Reagan movement, donated to liberal candidates, and said he didn’t want to go back to the Reagan days. You can’t change history. We know that Newt Gingrich brought the Reagan Revolution into the 1990s. We know it because none other than Nancy Reagan herself announced this when she presented Newt with an award, telling us, “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.” As Rush and others pointed out, if Nancy Reagan had ever thought that Newt was in any way an opponent of her beloved husband, she would never have even appeared on a stage with him, let alone presented him with an award and said such kind things about him. Nor would Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, have chosen to endorse Newt in this primary race. There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan. What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stalin-esque rewriting of history. It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Leonardo Riera says:

    Ms. Palin: Unfortunately, Mr. Gingrich – whom you openly support – does not have an exemplary personal life consistent with his now professed religious beliefs, and his activity as Congressman did not finish in an exemplary manner, either. And then he went into questionable Lobbying. For a person with so much negative baggage on him, to try to abrogate for himself the inheritance of one of the most revered American leaders of the recent past, is improper at best. Perhaps at some point in time Mr. Gingrich deserved receiving the “torch”, but his posterior actions, his inconsistencies, his aggressive and unpredictable style, turned him into an undeserving heir, and a most undesirable person to lead our troubled nation.

    Mr. Gingrich could probably play a role, and if he is able to control his anger and destructive feelings against Mitt Romney, he could be a valuable addition to the Republican team moving forward. For now, Gingrich’s vengative style has turned him into a liability for the Republican party. He started the dogfight, only he is responsible for causing the avalanche that has now fallen on him.

    He is a fighter, granted. But a leader should be humble and magnanimous, too. And he isn’t. Look at Obama, he thinks so highly of himself and is so arrogant that has turned out to be the worst President in the history of our country. He has been the most divisive too. We can’t wait for November to get him out of there, and trust me when I tell you that your friend Newt is not the person who is going to help us achieve that goal.

    Get smart, Ms. Palin. This is about November. If you feel that the debate has gone a bit too far, reprimand your friend Newt first. But most importantly, use your position and credibility to start uniting Republican forces around the only candidate who can defeat Obama. Gingrich won’t win the nomination, and he won’t be President. You know it, we know it. What’s the point of causing harm to the best horse we have in the race?


    Leonardo Riera

  • Bud Ennis says:

    I agree with what you say you have seen and heard. I go back to Goldwater and Reagan and what I see here in Florida is about equal with those that say they are Reaganites. The people that are Rominyites were Reaganites and the people who are Newtonians are Reaganites as well. It seems that my opinion could be based on that I have warched the debates and It has been from the start the strongest argument against Rominy is the Bain Capital and yet I can see nothing wrong with the way Rominy made his money. On the other hand the people that work close with a canidate sees all the dirty infighting that goes on and all the falsehoods being thrown around. The American people by and large are getting their information from the debates which Rominy is winning. The arguments brought up secondhand is having no effect on the outcome of this race. Bud Ennis Winter Haven Fl.

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