1/27/2012

Former Reagan Aide: Gingrich Was A "Loyal Friend And Ally" To Reagan

Posted by Brian
The long knives are out for Gingrich, both from the media and Mitt Romney acolytes. A recent hit piece in National Review has been totally debunked, thanks to some serious legwork by a former aide of Newt Gingrich, as well as a former aide to Ronald Reagan. The piece, which claims that Gingrich was hyper-critical of the former President and his policies, has been shown to be a mishmash of statements taken out of context, and other statements that were purposefully misrepresented.
Gingrich most undoubtedly has some baggage, but being anti-Reagan is not one of those bags. This would help explain the endorsements by Michael Reagan and former Reagan economic advisor Art Laffer, as well as Nancy Reagan passing the conservative torch to Gingrich at a 1995 Goldwater Institute dinner honoring Ronald Reagan. Perhaps it is the Romney supporters who are concerned that it will finally bubble to the top that it is in fact Romney who has repeatedly distanced himself from Reagan  in the past, (See videos below) as well as telling reporters that he is a moderate and a progressive, which are not exactly Reagan-esque.
Romney and his supporters just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt
By Jeffrey Lord on 1.27.12 @ 11:28AM


As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well.
Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, "often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism." Abrams then goes on to cite " a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986."
Or sort of cites it. 
In fact, I'm sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott Abrams, a considerably admirable public servant and a very smart guy, has been swept up in the GOP Establishment's Romney frothings over the rise of Newt Gingrich in the Republican primaries. He is even being accused of trolling for a job in a Romney administration. No way!!!! Really????
What else can possibly explain a piece like the one Abrams penned on a day when Gingrich was being of a mysterious sudden targeted in one hit piece after another for his ties to Reagan? The pieces invariably following the Romney line that Newt had some version of nothing to do with Reagan.
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