James Baker Says Ronald Reagan Regretted South Africa Sanctions Veto

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James Baker Says Ronald Reagan Regretted Veto of Sanctions Against South Africa

Yet another Republican trying to put perfume on the pig…..Former Secretary of State James Baker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that he was “certain” Ronald Reagan regretted vetoing sanctions against South Africa during Apartheid. Um, of course, he offered no proof of this. He said Ronald Reagan later worked to end the brutality in South Africa. Whatever.

Baker said, “Once that happened and control of South African policy passed to the Congress, President Reagan was really determined to … meet with the black leaders of South Africa and deal with the problems of Apartheid. And he was able to do so.”

Let me also add that Ronald Reagan removed the sanctions put in place by his predecessor Jimmy Carter. He did denounce Nelson Mandela. He also approved a billion dollar IMF loan to the P. W. Botha regime and sold them arms, that were most likely used in Botha’s brutal crackdown on the black population. So excuse me while I puke. Ronald Reagan had a strange way of showing he cared the black South Africans.

James Baker, who met Nelson Mandela, called him an “extraordinarily beautiful human being.” He said, “He had an enduring and endearing presence of dignity that I don’t think I’ve seen on any other person. How many people forgive their captors when they’ve been imprisoned for 27 years?” That’s not what the Tea Party lunatics in the Republican Party want you to believe.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Under Fire for Portrayal Ronald Reagan as a Racist

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“Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Under Fire for Portrayal Ronald Reagan [played by Alan Rickman] as a Racist

Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is taking some heat from the family of former president Ronald Reagan on his portrayal in the movie as racist. The Washington Post is also out with an interesting take on what the movie got wrong. The article claims Ronald Reagan could never have harbored racist views because he brought home to black football teammates in the early 1930s because all the local hotels refused them accommodations. In 1952, during his tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan called upon the “entertainment industry to provide greater employment for black actors.” Third, during a March 1983 speech, he railed against “the resurgence of some hate groups preaching bigotry and prejudice” in America. 

The Washington Post opinion article cites two areas of concern in the film:

The butler character (played by Forest Whitaker) is invited by the Reagans to a state dinner, a gracious move wholly typical of the first family. The butler’s wife (Oprah Winfrey) clearly enjoys the evening, but the butler is portrayed as uncomfortable. He feels he’s being used as a political tool, a prop, a token African American. Shortly after this supposed humiliation, he resigns from his White House job.

Another questionable moment in the film relates to apartheid. Reagan is shown telling a Republican congresswoman that he will veto any sanctions against South Africa. The lawmaker pleads with the president, insisting that sanctions are the moral course and that Republicans are on board. Reagan refuses to budge, offering no reason for his stubborn support of the racist regime, apparently unsympathetic to black suffering.

I guess this begs the question, was “The Help” an accurate portrayal of racism in Mississippi? Or was Air Force One, starring Harrison Ford, an accurate portrayal of what could have happened if the president’s plane is hijacked?  Be that as it may, Ronald Reagan wasn’t well liked by the black community for a lot of reasons. He seemed to have skirted the issue of race by embracing some of the ideals that proved detrimental to the black community in the first place. For example, during a press conference in October 1983, he couldn’t give a straight answer on whether he thought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist sympathizer. He later apologized to Coretta Scott King.

On a personal level, I might be one of a handful of black Americans who actually liked Ronald Reagan for his toughness on issues of national security and foreign policy. Other than that, as far as domestic policy is concerned, he left us up to our necks in debt.

Andrew Sullivan: If Obama Wins Reelection He Becomes the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan

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Andrew Sullivan:  If Obama Wins Reelection He Becomes the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan wrote an interesting article about what Obama’s possible reelection would mean, saying he would become the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan, who beat the odds and won. Odds such as a recession, looming terror threats, passing universal healthcare and dealing with high unemployment.

Andrew Sullivan:  “If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al -Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery. To be sure, the Obama recovery isn’t likely to have the same oomph as the one associated with Reagan—who benefited from a once-in-a-century cut of top income tax rates (from 70 percent to, at first, 50 percent, and then to 28 percent) as well as a huge jump in defense spending at a time when the national debt was much, much less of a burden.”

“But Obama’s potential for Reagan status (maybe minus the airport-naming) is real. Yes, Bill Clinton won two terms and is a brilliant pol bar none, as he showed in Charlotte in the best speech of both conventions. But the crisis Obama faced on his first day—like the one Reagan faced—was far deeper than anything Clinton confronted, and the future upside therefore is much greater. And unlike Clinton’s constant triangulating improvisation, Obama has been playing a long, strategic game from the very start—a long game that will only truly pay off if he gets eight full years to see it through. That game is not only changing America. It may also bring his opposition, the GOP, back to the center, just as Reagan indelibly moved the Democrats away from the far left.”

 Andrew Sullivan:  If Obama Wins Reelection He Becomes the Democrats Ronald Reagan

Joshua Green: Newt Gingrich is the Real “Welfare Queen,” Indolent and Undeserving

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Joshua Green: Newt Gingrich is the Real "Welfare Queen," Indolent and Undeserving (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across an interesting article dubbing GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich the real Welfare Queen, undeserving and indolent on all fronts. Thankfully, his presidential aspirations are dissipating just as fast as his campaign funds and we won’t be subjected to his hypocritical and self-serving rhetoric.

 Joshua Green:  “But Newt has had a rough go of it since then. He’s fallen back — way, way back. His main source of funding (billionaire Sheldon Adelson) has dried up. His think tank went bankrupt. His campaign is $4.3 million in debt. He doesn’t hold a prayer of beating Mitt Romney, something he has all but conceded. And yet since March 6th, the Secret Service has honored his request for protection at a cost to taxpayers of roughly $40,000 a day (or, to translate that into a metric Newt might favor, enough to supply 13,333 people a day with food stamps). That would yield a tab of more than $5 million were Gingrich to carry out his vow to stay in the race until the Republican convention at the end of August.

But, wait — isn’t Gingrich the same candidate who declared the deficit a profound national crisis and vowed to eliminate it by 2017 using that gimmicky Lean Six Sigma corporate streamlining system created by one of his campaign donors? (Why, yes, he is.) So how can he justify his current status: jobless, deep in debt, no prospects, a drain on public coffers?” Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Funny he should profess his “adoration” for Ronald Reagan, who coined the term welfare queen. I wonder what would Ronnie really think of Newt Gingrich running for the highest office in this country? Would he approve of his mooching off Sheldon Adelson and the system?

 Joshua Green:  Newt Gingrich is the Real Welfare Queen, Indolent and Undeserving

Newt Gingrich New Campaign Strategy is to Sabotage Mitt Romney in Tampa at Republican National Convention

Newt Gingrich knows he can’t win the GOP presidential nomination, so he will do the next best thing in his mind — sabotage Mitt Romney any way he can, particularly at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Patricia Murphy:  Newt Gingrich tipped his hand last night at “his campaign’s real strategy, which is no longer to win to nomination outright but to make Mitt Romney lose by denying him the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination before the Republican convention in August.”

“Gingrich has grown increasingly bitter toward Romney throughout the campaign, as the former Massachusetts governor has unloaded a barrage of attacks against the former speaker and, Gingrich believes, hurt his showings at the polls in the process.”

National Journal: “Governor Romney will get at most one out of every three delegates. Once again he will fall dramatically short … I think that the odds against his being able to get 1,144 delegates is very, very high. I think he is more likely to be a front-runner who ends up not finishing the race.” (Quoting Newt Gingrich)

Still think this man is a viable candidate for the White House? If he can’t get his way, he resorts to dirty politics, much like his stint as Speaker of the House. He badmouthed Ronald Reagan then and is acting as though he is the legitimate heir to his legacy. What a narcissist!

Newt Gingrich Should Step Aside and Let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Battle it Out for Presidential Nomination

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Newt Gingrich Should Step Aside and Let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Battle it Out for Presidential Nomination (Wikipedia)

End of the road for Newt Gingrich? If we could be so lucky. Dana Milbank seems to think the writing is on the wall for the erratic egomaniac.

Dana Milbank on Gingrich’s Florida hijinks “Sunday night at a Hyatt bar in Jacksonville, Newt Gingrich approached a table of reporters to announce that a new poll would put him within striking distance of Mitt Romney. “It’s hard to know what the most pitiful part was: That a presidential candidate was whiling away the night at a hotel bar …? That he felt the need to do his own spinning? That the survey he was spinning was a ‘robo-poll’ done by machines? Or that the pollster who did it used to work for Gingrich?” Other polls actually show Romney pulling way ahead, but that hasn’t stopped Gingrich from deceptively citing older polls on the trail or making “religion-bating” references to accuse Romney of mistreating Jews and Catholics, or generally provoking the media, Milbank recounts. Gingrich “said there shouldn’t be ‘any doubt’ that he will remain in the race after Florida. ‘The establishment in both parties is terrified,’ he boasted. Well, at least the Republicans are.”

I didn’t realize the U.S. now has official religions. Um, this is coming from the man who wants to build a colony on the moon, oblivious to the fact that such as feat would be an enormous financial undertaking, which speaks indirectly to the kind of administration he would lead. This is also the same man who erroneously said Nancy Reagan implied her husband had passed the torch on to him to lead the Reagan conservative movement. Newt Gingrich also erroneously announced yesterday that a “brand new poll” had shown a tied race. Newt Gingrich thrives on stirring up dissension based on racial politics.

He accused Mitt Romney of discriminating against Catholics and Jews saying, “I think we need to have a government that respects our religions. “I’m really tired of being lectured about respecting every other religion on the planet. I want them to respect our religions.” Here’s my two cents, it’s time for Newt Gingrich to respect American voters like you and I. He needs to step aside and let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum battle it out for the nominee. He can’t beat Barack Obama. Well, Santorum can’t either, but he’s more of a conservative in my viewpoint, than Newt Gingrich ever will be.

In closing, the endorsement from Herman Cain and the half-way endorsement from Sarah Palin amount to absolutely nothing. In fact, I would consider both to be the kiss of death for his campaign. Who really takes either seriously?

Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich: Pat Buchanan Says Reagan White House Saw Him as a “Political Opportunist”

The Drudge Report continues its attack on Newt Gingrich, linking to more Republicans unloading on the presidential hopeful. Pat Buchanan, who has credibility issues of his own, says the Reagan White House saw Newt Gingrich as a “political opportunist” and someone who was “not trusted.” Um, this is the same Newt Gingrich who Nancy Reagan said her husband passed the baton to. Either Nancy Reagan has dementia or she didn’t know as much about the Reagan White House as she claimed.

“[I]n the Reagan White House, Newt Gingrich was considered quite frankly by a lot of folks to be something of a political opportunist and who was not trusted and who had played no role whatsoever,” Buchanan said. “He was a Rockefeller Republican in the great Goldwater-Rockefeller battle, where conservatism came of age.”

Buchanan also theorized that Gingrich stumbled in two debates this week because he was caught off guard by all these people who turned on him.

“I do think this, though. Newt has been pounded merciously,” Buchanan said. “He had people he worked with basically turn on him and dump on him down there in Florida, which somehow I think may have had some role in the fact that the great fighter and battler of South Carolina had no fight in him whatsoever in the Monday and Thursday debates in Florida.’

“He let Mitt Romney punch him silly. And he has lost all his momentum. And John, I’m not going to make any predictions because I thought the battler of South Carolina would win Florida, but Romney is surging and it looks like Romney may win Florida. And if he does, it’s all over.” Source: Daily Caller

Here’s a list of links from The Drudge Report slamming Newt Gingrich:

 Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich: Pat Buchanan Says Reagan White House Saw Him as a Political Opportunist

Joe Scarborough: Newt Gingrich Called Reagan Approach to Soviet Union an Utter Failure, Dismissed Reaganomics

More former colleagues of Newt Gingrich are panning his presidential aspirations on the basis of his arrogance and hypocrisy as Speaker of the House. NJ Gov. Chris Christie was right when he said the “past is prologue” in a scathing rebuke of Gingrich last weekend. Well, Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” is the latest former colleague of Newt Gingrich to give his two cents in an opinion column that appeared on Politico.com, and it’s pretty scathing.

Joe Scarborough:  “Let’s be clear: Gingrich is an important figure. Regardless of what happens in Florida and beyond, he will be remembered as the man who brought the Reagan Revolution to Congress. Yet it will also be recorded that Newt compared the Great Reagan with Neville Chamberlain, dismissed Reaganomics as flawed and called Reagan’s approach to the Soviet Union an utter failure a few years before the U.S.S.R. was relegated to the dustbin of history.

These unpleasant facts do not stop Newt from trying to embrace the same policies he once denounced (one wonders if he even remembers the contradictions at this point), but that’s what makes my former colleague so fascinating. And so troubling.”

Either Nancy Reagan was duped into thinking Newt Gingrich stood for something or she’s a really gullible woman who fell for Newt Gingrich’s jive talk. Yes, I said it, jive talk. Clearly Ronald Reagan didn’t pass the torch to a man who ridiculed the essence of this presidency.

 Joe Scarborough: Newt Gingrich Called Reagan Approach to Soviet Union an Utter Failure, Dismissed Reaganomics

Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich Over Bill Clinton Affair with Monica Lewinsky

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Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich Over Bill Clinton Affair with Monica Lewinsky

Matt Drudge and his lackeys continue attacks on Newt Gingrich, particularly his stance on former president Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, though he was cheating with his jump-off-turned-wife Callista Gingrich. This attack also includes the latest revelation that the Gingrich campaign never offered witnesses to ABC News to refute claims his ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, made that  he wanted an “open marriage.”

The Drudge Report also stepped up attacks on Newt Gingrich’s claims of a close working relationship with former president Ronald Reagan. It’s all very interesting to watch the infighting among conservatives over a presidential nominee to meet President Obama in November. I will agree with Ann Coulter, for perhaps the second time in recent years, a Newt Gingrich candidacy will mean a second term for President Obama. So, bring Newtie on!

Here are the links from the Drudge Report:

CNN: Gingrich admits his ABC claim was false during debate…

Gingrich tells UNIVISION: No perjury during my divorce depositions…

Marianne Gingrich lawyer: ‘He was never deposed’…

FLASHBACK 1998: Gingrich Orchestrated GOP Ads Recalling Clinton-Lewinsky Affair…

INSIDER:  Newt Gingrich Repeated Insulted Ronald Reagan

NEWT FLASHBACK 1983:  REAGAN RESPONSIBLE FOR NATIONAL DECAY.

NEWT 1986: The Reagan administration has failed, is failing…

NEWT 1988:  If Bush runs as continuation of Reaganism he will lose…

You see, Matt Drudge couldn’t give a sh*t about Bill Clinton, he is just pushing this mess because he can’t stand Newt Gingrich, for whatever reason. Well, I love watching the Republicans trip over one another. This only plays in the hands of Barack Hussein Obama.

Newt Gingrich Confusion: “I Supported Goldwater,” Previously Said “I Supported Rockefeller Over Goldwater”

Newt Gingrich was tripped up on his own bullsh*t during the Florida presidential debate aired on NBC Monday night. He said he “supported Goldwater” but also said some time ago that he “supported Rockefeller over Goldwater.” Which is it Newt?

Roll Call: “I went to a Goldwater organizing session in 1964. I met with Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1974. I worked with Jack Kemp, and Art Laffer and others to develop supply side economics in the late ’70s. I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan. I helped pass the Reagan economic program and worked with the National Security Council on issues including the collapse of the Soviet Empire,” Newt Gingrich said at tonight’s debate.

Watch the video below and hear Newt Gingrich saying he supported Rockefeller over Goldwater. To echo lyrics of a Roots song made famous on Jimmy Fallon during Michele Bachmann’s entrance, Newt Gingrich is a “lying ass b*tch.”

 Newt Gingrich Confusion: I Supported Goldwater, Previously Said I Supported Rockefeller Over Goldwater