Newt Gingrich: Obama ‘Most Radical President Ever’


gingrichFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, yesterday called Barack Obama “the most radical president in American history” who oversees a “secular, socialist machine.”

Gingrich reminded conservative activists why he was one of the nation’s most polarizing leaders in the 1990s, opening the Southern Republican Leadership Conference with a biting assessment of Obama’s policies.

“The most radical president in American history has now thrown down the gauntlet to the American people: ‘I run a machine. I own Washington and there’s nothing you can do about it,'” Gingrich said. He urged his fellow Republicans to stop what he called Obama’s “secular, socialist machine.”

Highly charged words, for sure. But that’s standard fare at the three-day GOP gathering that is drawing several presidential hopefuls. Today’s headliner is former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Gingrich has not declared his intentions for 2012, but his appearances in New Orleans had all the trappings of a fledging presidential campaign, from an intimate meeting with tea party activists – his staff photographer took grip-and-grin pictures of Gingrich posing with every activist – to his wade-through-the-crowd entrance at the GOP conference.

He said Obama’s policies – particularly health care and economic stimulus legislation – have put the United States on the road to socialism. The former speaker did not specifically explain why he thought Obama is a secularist, though he did say the GOP wasn’t afraid of recognizing faith’s role in American society.

Gingrich offered Republicans an antidote to Democratic accusations that GOP leaders do little more than oppose policies – the so-called party of no. He said Republicans should underscore the policies they favor – yes on tax cuts, a lower deficit, fewer regulations and a sensible energy plan.

“The point is there are many things we can say yes to,” Gingrich said.

Will he say yes to a presidential campaign?

“That will be up to God,” he said, “and the American people.”

{AOL News/Noam Newscenter}


  1. The Republican party must not forget why they lost the presidency AND both houses of Congress in 2008: that it was not so much a pro-Obama vote as an anti-Bush and anti- Republican vote.

    The country, as a whole, always tends to take a moderate, middle-of the road path, especially when the extremes of either left of right are too threatening. If, as Gingrich suggests, Obama is the most radical (left-leaning) president ever, then the Republicans should not make the fatal error of pushing a “radical” (far right) conservative agenda either. If the extremists on the right are allowed to hijack the party’s agenda, well then…the next election will be theirs to lose.

    So…the Republicans should not throw away the opportunity of turning Obama into a one-term president by letting the right-wing nut jobs take over. Instead, folks like Scott Brown (the newly elected Republican Senator from Massachusetts) should be the ones leading the way forward…and NOT the likes of Newt Gingrich and his fellow travelers.

  2. To madharry (no. 2) who asked, “What’s wrong with Newt?”

    You have a short political memory. Gingrich was a highly polarizing figure who was forced to step down as House Speaker and then leave Congress altogether after he was (correctly) blamed for the Republican electoral debacle in 1998. And what was a main problem? His EXTREME right-wing rhetoric used in attempting to oust Bill Clinton from office. He turned too many people off, and the electorate took it out on the party that Newt headed (as Speaker) in Congress: the Republicans.

    Now Gingrich is at it again, trying to unseat Obama. So the point is: don’t repeat the same mistake with the same guy again. Gingrich carries too much nasty baggage from the past. He will only be an albatross around the necks of progressive Republicans who can best move forward without him.