Family Guy

The Family Research Council sent me a press release about their upcoming 2006 Washington Briefing event — a steal at just $95 to register. The website doesn’t mention who is lined up to speak at the gathering, but the press release names a few names: James Dobson, FRC’s own Tony Perkins, teletubby of virtue Bill Bennett, and … Newt Gingrich, a man who famously served his first wife with divorce papers while she was in hospital receiving chemotherapy and whose second marriage — and tenure as House speaker — ended after it became known that he was porking a congressional staffer. I wonder, would FRC invite Bill Clinton to speak at one of its events?

Maybe some deluded soul out there thinks that Newt was some kind of champion of social conservatives during his time as speaker. There are a lot of young college students who were not yet politically aware during the Gingrich era who, looking at the way the Left kicks him around, assume he must have been a great conservative. No; in fact, he was widely reviled by conservatives at the time — both social conservatives and libertarians. But then, Newt was hated by just about everyone, and just about everyone had good reason. Recall the failed 1997 uprising against him. (And doesn’t Dick Armey seem almost halfway decent in light of retrospect? One can almost believe he wanted smaller government and a semi-prudent foreign policy.)


10 thoughts on “Family Guy

  1. Casey Khan July 7, 2006 / 8:53 pm

    Ah, paragons of virtue like Hannity the Contraceptor, Bennett the Gambler, and Newt the Filanderer.

    God we pray we do not fall the way these men have.

  2. Daniel McCarthy July 8, 2006 / 6:13 pm

    Good point; you’ve got that beat covered, Matt. You should write a book about it — one of those true crime kind of things. It’d sell.

  3. Brian Rapp July 8, 2006 / 11:04 pm

    Come on now, Newt wasn’t that bad. He got the federal government to shut down for almost a week or more back in 95 or 96. When was the last time that happened? The War of 1812 if I can remember correctly, precisely when the British army torched the white house.

  4. Will Hay July 8, 2006 / 11:32 pm

    What’s the story about Hannity? I though he was just the typical knucklehead. Is there some scandal than never made it into the broadsheet press?

  5. Daniel McCarthy July 8, 2006 / 11:34 pm

    in reply to Rapp: actually, Newt and Dole were desperate to re-open the government after they started getting heat from the press over the closure. They re-opened the government and caved to Clinton. The real story is that Newt lost his face-off with Clinton, and that was the turning point: from then on, the Republican “revolution” of ’94 was dead and Clinton — who had been a virtually certain one-termer before that — was on the road to re-election. Newt, who claimed much more credit than he was due for ’94, which was really a series of win for anti-government grassroots Republicans, destroyed whatever chance there might have been for the Republican Congress to slash government. He choked in the showdown and was gun-shy thereafter.

  6. Casey Khan July 8, 2006 / 11:39 pm

    I seem to remember that not long after Clinton beat Newt in the government shurtdown showdown, that Newt was busy trying to set up some sort of ‘blue ribbon’ commission with Clinton to solve some sort of government problem. I think many in the press hailed such bipartisanship, which retrospectively I can see how it spelled the end of the 1994 revolution.

  7. R J Stove July 8, 2006 / 11:51 pm

    My fave Gingrich story (Daniel McCarthy has heard this, but I guess it might interest other readers of this blog) comes from Drs. Fleming and Trifkovic, who told it to me in 1999 when they were visiting Sydney (where, at the time, I lived). Seems that Gingrich – this was well before he achieved world fame – had somehow formed the idea of conscripting NASA into colonizing the moon, so that all those inner-city crackheaded adolescents could be permanently sent there. Dr. Fleming – I’m not sure if he was already Chronicles’ editor by this stage or not – was suitably astounded by so bizarre a proposal, and said to Gingrich: “Newt, Newt, do you not realize that the moon has a much lower gravitational pull than the earth? Those kids would just be bouncing around all the time. Why not send them to Antarctica? Or [warming to his subject] Central Australia?”

    Whereupon Dr. Trifkovic interposed gloomily: “Welcome to Alice Springs. Ebonics spoken here.”

  8. Brian Rapp July 9, 2006 / 4:50 am

    That’s a good point Dan, he did indeed wuss out (along with Mr. Viagra). I remember being pissed when that happened (I think I told you this back at Wash U, how the Republicans sold us out). That was way back before I knew anything about libertarians though, and I still had to keep my faith in the Republican Party, unlike now where I don’t give a crap.

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