Newt Gingrich's flip-flops
Flip-flopping is an old charge in the rough-and-tumble world of politics. Mitt Romney has some explaining to do about health care, and Newt Gingrich seems to have back-flipped on Libya.
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“Exercise a no-fly zone this evening,” he replied. “All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we're intervening…. All we have to do is suppress his air force, which we could do in minutes.”Skip to next paragraph
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The liberal blogosphere jumped all over him, of course. But so did some conservatives.
“Is this anti-Obama pandering or just a big misunderstanding?” asked the anonymous AllahPundit at the conservative blog site Hot Air.
A more neutral observer – the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com – applying its “Truth-O-Meter,” awarded Gingrich a “Full Flop.” Among other things, PolitiFact noted, Gingrich didn’t use his Facebook page to try and clear things up until he began taking heat.
One hesitates to say (as has been said about Kerry) that Gingrich is a habitual flip-flopper.
But there have been other instances, points out the liberal outfit “Think Progress.”
Now that he’s thinking about running for president at a time when the conservative wing of the GOP – whipped along by the tea party movement – is ascendant, he calls cap-and-trade an “energy tax.” And his energy policy is summed up in his book “Drill Here Drill Now Pay Less.”
Climate change? He’s no longer sure that it’s caused by human activity.
In 2008, according to an AP report, Gingrich suggested "insurance mandates for people who earn more than $75,000 a year.” Two years later, he was telling Sean Hannity at Fox News that health insurance mandates were unconstitutional.
Both Gingrich and Romney need to better explain their history on health care.
But it’s his contradictory statements on US involvement in Libya that may be most troublesome for Gingrich.
Somebody’s sure to remember that back in 2004 he said, “You can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief.”