Newt Gingrich to House Republicans: “Don’t Cave!”

The former Speaker of the House tells Republicans that giving in will make things worse

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Newt Gingrich, the architect of the government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, has some encouraging words for House Republicans: Don’t cave in!

In an opinion piece published on CNN.com, former speaker of the house said that giving up just hours before a possible shutdown would be “the worst possible outcome for the country.”

This is a pivotal conflict that will define the relationship between Congress and the executive branch for the next three years. The country will be much better off if Congress does not abdicate its constitutional role and if the president cannot ignore that role.

When President Barack Obama is willing to negotiate with Russian, Syrian and Iranian leaders but unwilling to negotiate with the U.S. House of Representatives, it is time for the House to stand firm.

Gingrich ends his argument with this prediction for the future:

The next few weeks might be painful if House Republicans insist on getting to a compromise and refuse to surrender. But the next three years will be frightening if House Republicans cave and the president learns that nothing stands between him and his ability to use overweening power outside the Constitution to advance his ideology.

This is a big moment of decision for America. Don’t give in now.

6 comments
MichelCadarette
MichelCadarette

Mr. Gingrich's cavalere remark "what does it matter if a few tourests are inconvenienced for a couple of days" is both heartless and careless.  All of our national parks are closed!!!  No joy in that reality!!!  No tourists, no money!!!  Instead of resting on your rusting laurels, you should bring yourself down to a realistic place.  I'm sorry, for a moment I forgot you are a republican and heartless is your middle name. 

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whbarker3rd
whbarker3rd

Arrghh...  Boehner, Gingrich, Limbaugh...  The Unholy Trinity.

Nina10
Nina10

It is so easy for the wealthy, out of touch republicans to force a government shut down because they have no idea nor do they care how this affects the majority of Americans in the long run.

jaynyc11
jaynyc11

First of all, Republican main purpose is to make Obama fail ......nothing else !! I will enroll Obamacare today !!

jaynyc11
jaynyc11

Uh should we listen to Gingrich ?

mandycat
mandycat

@jaynyc11 We should listen to Gingrich only because top-level Republicans still do, for reasons that remain unexplained.  This shameless grifter gets invited to high-profile GOP events.  He hogs the microphone on Sunday morning talk shows.  He rakes in the speaking fees.  If the GOP thinks he's important then we need to keep in touch with his inane ramblings.