What is it that Newt Gingrich did in Washington that scares the establishment Republicans? They are scared. We in Tea Party became hyperaware of the RINO syndrome in 2009. (Before that time actually) Despite numerous Washington fixtures who might espouse republican strategy in some TV interview, they have shown us now that their main strategy was more to keep status quo. It's life style there. It's their DNA now. Never mind the lib democrats. The repubs let us down.
Here comes Newt Gingrich 1979 clawing his way through the mire to re-invigorate Republican stature. How many of the DNA RINO groups did he offend? Probably every single one whom Newt failed to ASK or beg approval. He didn't say "May I." I'll bet he muscled through most all of them at one time. I wonder if folks like Santorum were surprised, flummoxed and frightened by Newt. This reputation for unstable, unpredictable, undisciplined came through and has continued. If Newt was anything like a bull in the china shop, he got this reputation because he did likely muscle around. Much of his muscle is intellect and he perhaps was not too polite.
As I write this, I am reminded of Winston Churchill who was said to be unwilling to tolerate triffling. In 1940, when Churchill made his comeback from widespread disapproval, England's leaders were indeed TRIFFLING with Hitler. Churchill blustered in there to stick his finger in Hitlers eye. He had to teach the faint of heart what danger was afoot. Our times now are quite like that.
Newt, when democrats came at him with trumped up ethics charges, was not guilty finally. Why did he pay a fine? Anyone know? Things had been moving too fast for the faint of heart among republican house members. They weasled out on him. That's how I saw it at the time. Others likely see it and remember differently.
Newt has,in the years since, dabbled in so many issues, but continued to serve working with Heritage Foundation trying to study ways to dig out of the morass. He got his fingers dirty in some of that research and unforgivably so to some people. Books he wrote over the years were patriotic novels as well as serious study. As an intellect, Newt would be untouchable by the usual democrat arrogance about smarts. That silly stuff means less to me than the fact that this man spent his time busily peering into the inner workings and DNA of the mess being made around him.
Now in 2012, the same old republican establishment (whatever that is) will see this man as bull in the china shop. They know he has been niggling at the heels of poor government and bad government and corrupt government. Remember how many times he came up with ideas to modernize government, do it with efficient business methods? All of that was scarry for them.
I'll bet they can just see it now if Newt gets in. "How can I protect my friends?""My comfortable nest egg may dry up." Look what the reaction was when Newt Spoke recently of firing judges of Ninth circuit. The man is serious and the RINOS are not serious. They will likely reveal themselves even more for us as they take out after Newt.
My article here is certainly made up of what I remember and my perspectives. Surely others have seen Newt's history differently. I hope he retains some of the bull in the china shop; he does seem more succinct and careful now in spoken words, at least very pithy rather than professorially intellectual.