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What Republicans say about Republicans, Conservatives say about Conservatives

Let's turn to the experts on conservatives... conservatives!
Whoa-Ho, and do they have a lot to say about each other! We'll start with basic Republican "values," and then take individuals, in alphabetical order. Scroll down to your favorite Con-man (or Con-Gal) to see what other conservatives really think of them.


"Today's Republican Party is a radical insurgency – ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, dismissive of its political opposition."
-- Normman Ornstein, conservative commentator

"My great concern, manifested especially since 9/11, is the assaults on our fundamental civil liberties by this administration. For example, in the disregard for the rule of law as exhibited by the warrantless NSA (National Security Agency) electronic surveillance in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. More recently, the documented abuses at the FBI in carrying out certain of the expanded powers granted in the Patriot Act, namely, national security letters. And in January of this year (2007), the testimony by the attorney general that this administration does not believe that the fundamental right to a writ of habeas corpus is an important, fundamental, constitutional guarantee. So what we have is a party, the Republican Party, to which I was very proud to belong for many, many years, no longer being committed to a core conservative philosophy."
-- Former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) on the George W. Bush administration. Click Here for more from Bob Barr on this subject.

"The Republican Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of cheap labor, satisfying a very important constituency."
-- Tom Tancredo, Republican congressman (Colorado) explaining why most Republicans really do not want to fix immigration.

"I thought I was a conservative, but we've got some in Congress now who are so far right they're about to fall out of the Capitol."
-- Bob Dole, former Republican Senator from Kansas, and 1996 Republican presidential nominee.

"Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon could not have made it because he had ideas. (I) might have made it (in the current Republican Party scheme), but I doubt it."
-- Bob Dole, former Republican Senator from Kansas, and 1996 Republican presidential nominee.

"It's always the wacko-birds that get the media megaphone."
-- John McCain, Republican senator, referring to fellow Republicans Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (), and Justin Amash (MI).

"They (Tea Party Republicans) are good at getting Facebook likes, and town halls, not much else."
-- Tim Griffin, Republican congressman, Arkansas

"The Republican Party is drifting toward a dangerous path that puts extreme party ideology above national interest."
-- Larry Pressler, Republican congressman (South Dakota)

"We've had enough of this dumbed-down conservativism. We need to stop being so simplistic; we need to trust the intelligence of the American people, and stop insulting the intelligence of the voters."
-- Bobby Jindal, Republican governor (Louisiana)

"Ask your Republican member of Congress, 'What is your replacement for Obamacare?' And they will have zero answer. We are caught up right now in a culture... and you see it every day... where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don't have to worry. So we don't. This is a very deep problem. I'm being totally candid with you."
-- Newt Gingrich

"I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through the party right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought. You can name any one of them that’s engaged in this. I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. I’m very nervous about the direction this is moving in."
-- Chris Christie

"It's the dumbest idea I've ever heard of."
-- Senator Richard Burr on House Republicans' plan to shut down the government to defund Obamacare.

"There are between 180 and 200 members of the House Republican conference on any given day who have an affirmative sense of governance, OK? They want to get things done for the good of the country, realize that we have very real governing responsibilities and take them seriously. As I’ve said, there are a few dozen members who don’t share that sense of governance. I mean you can go out there and try to identify the folks if you want. I’m not going to call anybody out by name – it’s not my role to do that."
-- Charlie Dent, Republican Congressman (PA) on Tea Party Republicans

"One funder of the Club for Growth (Tea Party organization) has invested in project to explore the creation of floating libertarian cities, called 'seasteads.' What type of ideology would cause men and women to forsake their green and pleasant land to start anew on an oil derrick. It is certainly not conservatism."
-- Michael Gerson, conservative columnist, calling out the libertarians and Tea Party types.

"The thing that's guiding the Republican Party today is just abject fear, and they're afraid of the wrong things."
-- Rush Limbaugh, actually agrees with liberals.

"Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that's despicable!"
-- Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell in George W. Bush's State Department.

"This is exactly what has been happening in the Republican Party for the past half century. Over these decades, one pattern has been constant: Wingers fights to take over the party, mainstream Republican bob and weave to keep their seats. Republican on the extreme ferociously attack their fellow party members. Those in the middle backpedal to avoid conflict. The Republicans on the extreme are willing to lose elections to promote their principles. Conservatives have trounced the moderates and driven them from the party. These days the fight is between the protesters and the professionals. The protesters don't believe in governance. They have zero tolerance for the compromises needed to get legislation passed. They dont' believe in trimming and coalition building. All across the nation there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown mroe and more insular, more and more rigid... while wingers have trashed the party's reputation by swinging from one embarrassing and unelectable option to the next: Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. Where were the party leaders when all the forces that distort the GOP were mestastasizing, during the rise of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? Where were they when Arizona passed its beyond-the-fringe immigration law? Where were they in the summer of 2011 when the House Republicans rejected even the possibility of budget compromise? We've had a primary campaign that isn't about issues, it's a series of heresy trials in which each of the candidates accuse the others of tribal impurity. Leaders of a party are supposed to educate the party, to police against its worst indulgences. They're supposed to define a creed and establish boundaries. Republican leaders haven't done that."
-- David Brooks, conservative columnist

"If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue."
-- Karen Hughes, George W. Bush advisor

"For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party. We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles. And fundamentally we need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this assininity."
-- Steve Schmidt, John McCain for President campaign manager


"She's got a record of misstating and making false statements. There's a big difference between talking and getting stuff done. Her record in Congress is non-existent."
-- Tim Pawlenty, Former Minnesota Governor

(conservative writer, and founder and president of Media Research Center, a conservative media "watchdog")

"Bozell is a hater, and he has a long, sordid history with weird personal axes to grind."
-- Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for American Crossroads (conservative Political Action Committee)


"I wondered from the first, if the President didn't know the questions to ask, or if he did know and just not want to know the answers? He's like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people."
-- Paul O'Neill. Former Bush administration Treasurery Secretary on George W. Bush.

"If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we’ve experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign."
William F. Buckley Jr. on George W. Bush.

“One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed....different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.”
-- William F. Buckley Jr. on George W. Bush's Iraq fiasco.

"He's a Pat Robertson Republican."
-- John McCain, remarking on Bush's beholdenment to activist religious right pastors.


"I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."
-- John McCain, remarking on Cruz, Justin Amash and Rand Paul

"You finally you saw it with Ted Cruz. Maybe he was the one that who’s got a bridge too far. Maybe we’ll start seeing our elected leaders stop being intimidated by this nonsense, have the nerve, have the guts to stand up and to fight to take conservatism’s good name back from the freak show that’s been running wild for four years and that I have deep regret in my part, certainly, in initiating."
-- Steve Schmidt, John McCain for President campaign manager

"He's a fraud. What he is doing is just a form of governmental terrorism."
-- Peter King, Republican congressman from New York

"The fact is, if you come up with a strategy that's going to shut down the government of the United States, and you have no way of winning, you're either a fraud or totally incompetent. We are not going to allow Ted Cruz to hijack this party."
-- Peter King, Republican representative (NY)

"I didn't go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count. Defunding (ObamaCare) is a box canyon."
-- Bob Corker, Republican senator (TN) on Ted Cruz' grandstanding on defunding ObamaCare.

"Then we have Ted Cruz. There's been 1,950 senators in the history of this country, and I can't imagine there's been a more peculiar career than the one he's having right now. He is completely, almost insoucicantly indifferent to the idea that politics is a team sport. He is frankly loathed within the Republican Conference."
-- George Will, New York Times political columnist.


"When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye."
-- Barry Goldwater

"I think every good Christian ought to kick (Jerry) Falwell right in the ass."
-- Barry Goldwater


"I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s having served under him for four years and personally experienced his leadership. There’s all types of leaders. Leaders that instill confidence, leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk. Leaders that have one standard for the people that they’re leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found his leadership lacking."
-- U.S. Representative Tom Coburn (R Oklahoma), who served under Speaker Gingrich.

"I'm getting emails all morning, 'Rush, will you explain it.' Why do I have to explain it? I'm not going to justify this. I'm not going to explain this. The attack on Paul Ryan. The support for an individual mandate in health care. Folks don't ask me to explain this. There is no explanation. First off, it cuts Paul Ryan off at the knees. It supports the Obama adminstration in the lawsuit that 26 states have filed over the mandate. I know back in 1993 or something Newt supported a mandate that everyone should have to buy insurance. I am as befuddled as anyone else, is what I'm telling you. He also said that social engineering is bad, whether it's rightwing social engineering or leftwing. We're not social engineering anything; we're trying to reduce the size of government. It is inexplicable is my point."
-- Rush Limbaugh, conservative commentator, following Gingrich's blasting of the Paul Ryan budget plan.

"People are saying, 'How come I lost my mortgage and Fannie Mae paid YOU a million dollars?'"
-- Rush Limbaugh, conservative commentator on Gingrich's stint as a "historian" for Fannie Mae.


"Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, I don’t view it as being a malicious statement."
-- John McCain, after Gohmert accused McCain of "supporting Al Qaeda."


"It was you and people on Fox that said about Libya, ‘We don’t know who they were and let’s not help these people,’ They had an election and they elected moderates. They rejected Islamists. And yes, there are al-Qaida factors and there are extremists in Libya today, but the Libyan people are friends of ours, and they support us, and they support democracy. So you were wrong — you were wrong about Libya." -- John McCain, Republican senator pointing out just one tiny example of the general wrongness of Fox News.

"Fox News doesn't tell the truth." -- Tim Walberg, Michigan Republican Congressman.


"For six years that man has given me unsolicited advice... all of it bad."
-- Calvin Coolidge


"Don't you remember Rush Limbaugh, the great blowhard himself, Rush Limbaugh, when he was finally caught a few years ago for being a water-boy for the Republicans, was forced to admit on his own show in his own words when he said, 'I've been a water carrier for the Republicans, but I will no longer be so.' Do you recall that particular confession of his? So he said that, and then, of course, the Bush bots and the Rush bots said, 'You see, he's an independent.' But now he's put that all behind himself, and he's going it all over again. He has always been in my opinion a frontman for the mainstream checkpants Republican establishment, which is how this talented hack got where he is."
-- Michael Savage, conservative commentator

"He's just being absurd. But an entertainer can be absurd."
-- Rick Santorum, 2012 Republican presidential candidate, after Limbaugh spent three days on his program calling a private citizen who testified before Congres on behalf of women's contraception a slut, a prostitute, and suggested that she post her sex videos on the internet.

"The point is that Limbaugh has so offended with his remarks that he has further muddled the issues. I realize he's 'just an entertainer,' as his apologists insist, but he is also considered a leading and powerful conservative voice. By his remarks, he has marginalized legitimate arguments and provided a trove of ammunition to those seeking to demonize Republicans who, along with at least some of their Democratic colleagues, are legitimately concerned with religious liberty."
-- Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist

"I would have used different words."
-- Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Oh, what other words would you have used for "slut," "prostitute," and "show us your sex videos on the internet," Mitt?


In the 2000 Republican primary, only four out of 55 Republican senators (those who should know him best) supported McCain for president.

"I don't think [McCain] has the temperament and leadership ability to move the country in the right direction ... I don't know anybody in Washington who has worked extensively with the senator from Arizona who doesn't have a story to tell."
-- Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum on John McCain.

"The thought of McCain being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
-- Republican Senator Thad Cochran.

"I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
-- Republican Senator Pete Dominici explaining why he wouldn't endorse McCain in the 2000 primary.

"Here this poor guy is thinking he has done a good job, and he gets a new butt ripped because McCain didn't look good on television. There were an awful lot of people in the room. You'd have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. McCain was screaming at him, and he was red in the face."
-- Former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party Jon Hinz on an incident in 1986 when McCain exploded in a foul-mouthed rage a young volunteer had set up the wrong sized lectern for McCain, who had earlier in the evening had just won his seat in the Senate. So this is how McCain acts when he is happy!

"We’re in a different place on immigration; we’re in a different place on campaign reform; we’re in a different place on same–sex marriage; we’re in a different place on the president’s policy on interrogation of detainees. I'm a conservative Republican."
-- Mitt Romney on the difference between himself and John McCain.

"His whole career is wrapped up in the military, national security. He's in Putin's face. He's threatening the Iranians. He wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. What John McCain is telling you is what he's promising you. What he said is, "Make no mistake, there are going to be more wars." That is straight talk. To be quite frank, you get John McCain in the White House and I do believe we will be at war with Iran. That is one of the things that makes me very nervous about him."
-- Pat Buchanan, former Republican presidential candidate

"When deregulation was the wave through Washington, he surfed that wave. Now it's not, and the populist inside John McCain is out."
-- George Will, conservative columnist

"The number of fellow Senators who think John McCain is psychologically unstable is large. 'The man is unhinged,' one Senator told me. 'He is frighteningly unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.'"
-- Jack Wheeler, former Republican operative

"A McCain presidency will be the destruction of the Republican Party."
-- Rush Limbaugh, conservative talkshow host


"Richard Nixon was the most dishonest person I ever met in my entire life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world."
-- Barry Goldwater

"The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election."
-- Gerald Ford. On Richard Nixon and his henchmen.

"I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon."
-- Gerald Ford.


"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what to say. You can't say anything. I think they ought to be honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia.' That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."
-- Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator

"The choice of Palin remains deeply problematic. It's clear that McCain picked her because he had decided that he needed a game-changer. The vice president's only constitutional duty of any significance is to become president at a moment's notice. Palin is not ready."
-- Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist

"The man who would be the oldest to embark on a first presidential term has chosen as his possible successor a person of negligible experience."
-- George Will, conservative columnist

"The most qualified? No. I think they went for (Palin), excuse me, political (expletive) about narratives. Every time the Republicans do that because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at and they blow it."
-- Peggn Noonan, conservative speechwriter

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"
-- Lyda Green, Republican member of the Alaskan senate (who represents Palin's hometown of Wasilla)

"She's not qualified, she doesn't have the judgment to be next in line to the president of the United States."
-- Larry Persily, who until June worked in Governor Palin's Washington office as a congressional liaison

"(Trying to make Palin) the VP of our country is probably the worst mistake of (McCain's) entire life."
-- Sherry Whitstine, conservative Alaskan blogger

"Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his political interests ahead of the nation’s when he created the possibility that she might fill it."
-- Jim Whitaker, Republican mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska

"She doesn't know enough about economics or foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion. Palin's recent interviews... have revealed a candidate who is out of her league. If BS was currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself. She should bow out."
-- Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist

"I have been disturbed about the choice (of Palin) from the start, as you know. And I have not seen any reason to feel less disturbed ... She really could be president! And here's where my fellow conservatives really worry me. They are so attracted by the symbolism of the selection that they show no concern — never mind for her executive competence — even for her views."
-- Andrew Sullivan, conservative columnist

"The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me. And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics. The Palin choice looks cynical. Ms. Palin's experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall. She has zero foreign policy experience, and no record on national security issues. The McCain campaign's slogan is 'Country First.' But question: If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?"
-- David Frum, conservative speechwriter and American Enterprise Institute resident fellow

"There’s healthy and unhealthy populism. When populism becomes purely anti-intellectual, it can become unhealthy and destructive."
-- Charles Krauthamer, on Palin

"She seems at best disinterested in ideas or least lacks the ability to articulate any philosophical justification for them. She relies instead on shallow talking points. She seems to me to be extremely defensive and embittered."
-- Peter Wehner, top Republican strategist

"If you close your eyes and listen to Palin and her most irate supporters constantly squawk or bellyache or tweet about how unfair a ride she gets from evil mustache-twirling elites and RINO saboteurs, she sounds like a professional victimologist, the flip side of any lefty grievance group leader. She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition. The only difference being, she looks like a librarian instead of James Brown."
-- Matt Labash, conservative writer

"She is living up to the most skeptical assessment of her."
-- Heather MacDonald, conservative writer

"She has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them."
-- Rick Santorum, former Republican senator, prospective 2012 presidential candidate

"I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful. She’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there."
-- Barbara Bush, former First Lady

"And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party. I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people — as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money."
-- Ann Coulter, conservative commentator on Sarah Palin

"She was a net negative because someone was nominated to the vice presidency who was manifestly unprepared to take the oath of office should it become necessary and as it has become necessary many times in American history. The notion of Sarah Palin being president of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly. And I played a part in that. And I played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win. I hope she does not have a future as a leader in the GOP. And the reason I say that is because if you look at, over the last four years, all of the deficiencies in knowledge, all the deficiencies in preparedness, she’s done not one thing to rectify them, to correct them. She has become a person who I think is filled with grievance, filled with anger who has a divisive message for the national stage when we need leaders in both parties to have a unifying message. The lack of preparedness was a bad thing, and the total disinterest in being more prepared and rectifying that is something that disqualifies."
-- Steve Schmidt, campaign manager of the McCain-Palin presidential ticket


"I'm sorry, this Ron Paul is going to destroy this party. This is nuts on parade. The media loves this guy. They want the whole Republican Party to be identified with the kookiness of Ron Paul. 'Hey, let Iran get nukes. It's our fault anyway.' The audience goes nuts, and oh, my God. What am I watching here? Oh, look who's on Fox. There he is outside the ice cream stand, good old Ron Paul. Yeah, that's what we need, more of that."
-- Rush Limbaugh, conservative commentator

"I’m weary from all those who tell me Ron Paul is a conservative, because in fact, he is not. Instead, he’s a libertarian, and he’s in the wrong party, and I have no problem suggesting he should take his act elsewhere, and if need be, take his followers with him. Conservatives don’t pander to so-called “truthers” or to the hemp lobby, but that is the core of his support. Conservatives don’t blame America for the September 11th attacks of 2001. Ron Paul does."
-- Mark America, conservative blogger


"Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way. As a former member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the then Commerce Committee, I came to know the federal budget in detail. I’m disappointed that just as our troops are returning home after a decade of war, Romney and Ryan might gut by up to 20 percent investments in the Department of Veterans Affairs — and even suggest privatizing the veterans’ health care. Again, they would short change our national security and the education, health care and employment benefits our veterans have earned and deserve just to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Let’s be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America’s service members, veterans and military families. Public praise rings hollow when you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party’s nomination to be president, or veterans in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a so-called jobs plan or in a budget that should be a blue print of our nation’s values."
-- Larry Pressler, Republican congressman (South Dakota)

"Governor Romney is trying to divide the Republican Party and his disparagement of one of our Party's greatest leaders is a sad commentary on Governor Romney's increasingly bitter campaign."
-- John McCain on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"As the liberal governor of Massachusetts, he raised taxes $750 million. He is involved in a wholesale deception of voters. He has been entirely consistent. He has consistently taken two sides of every major issue, sometimes more than two. So congratulations."
-- John McCain

"We vetted Mitt Romney for the job. We thought Sarah Palin was the better candidate."
-- John McCain on considering Mitt Romney as his vice-presidential choice in 2008.

"I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of pink slips."
-- Texas Governor Rick Perry (commenting on Romney's quip that he had been worried several times about getting a "pink slip" in his career, though he declined to say when that might have been)

"Mitt Romney is a vulture capitalist. For instance, Gaffney, South Carolina was one of those cities that had a business, and those people are out of work today because Bain Capital bsaically gutted the company, took $20 million. Mitt Romney's going to have a hard time coming into South Carolina and convincing people that he's anything other than a rich Wall-Streeter who took advantage of their businesses. People lost their jobs, they lost their pensions, they lost a lot because of Bain Capital."
-- Rick Perry (Texas Governor, and 2012 Republican presidential candidate)

"Release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy. You've got to release six, eight, ten years of back tax returns. "
-- Bill Kristol, conservative writer and commentator.

"There's obviously something there, because if there was nothing there he would say, 'have at it.'"
-- Matthew Dowd, Bush Campaign Advisor, on Romney not releasing his taxes.

"The cost of not releasing his returns are clear, therefore he must have calculated that there are higher costs to releasing them."
-- George Will, on Romney not releasing his taxes.

"If there's anything in there that is going to help us lose the election we should know about it before the nomination; if there's nothing in there then why not release it? It's a very simple model."
-- Newt Gingrich, on Romney not releasing his taxes.

"Governor Romney is extraordinarily insensitive to religious freedom in America."
-- Newt Gingrich

"If Governor Romney would give back all the money he's earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I'd be glad to listen to him."
-- Newt Gingrich

"Romney's the guy who will manage the decay. He's not the guy who will change Washington."
-- Newt Gingrich

"First he was pro-choice. After he had become pro-life, he did appoint pro-abortion judges, and a branch of the government of Massachusetts, which included his appointees, did agree to fund an abortion clinic. All that occurred after he had become pro-life."
-- Newt Gingrich, on Romney's flip-flopping on abortion rights."

"You cannot debate somebody who is dishonest. You just can't."
-- Newt Gingrich, on Mitt Romney

"Somebody who will lie to you to get to be President will lie to you when they are President."
-- Newt Gingrich, on Mitt Romney

"Yes. You seem shocked by it, but yes."
-- Newt Gingrich, to the question by CNN, "Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?"

"He's a liar, a serial flip-flopper, a relatively timid Masschusetts moderate, and, can we drop the pious baloney, the only reason he didn't become a career politician is that he lost to Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994. He's been running for political office most of his adult life."
-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, and Republican presidential candidate

"Those of us who believe in free markets and the whole goal of investment is about entrepreneurship and job creation would find it prett hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1700 families without a job."
-- Newt Gingrich, on Mitt Romney

This video prepared not by Democrats, but by Newt Gingrich's SuperPAC, almost single-handedly supported by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson. The video details Mitt Romney's involvement with Bain Capital, which he ran as CEO for years, and is the primary source of his fortune. Oops... the Republicans have blocked the video, not wanting you to now see what Adelson had to say about Romney and his days as a corporate predator at Bain Capital. Adelson has now switched over to the Romney team, and says he will spend whatever it takes to get him elected. There you go... Republican principles on display!

"Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again."
-- Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney 2012 campaign communications director, commenting on Rommney's propensity for flip-flopping on his positions, and predicting a shift back to the center after wooing Republicans in the primaries as a "severe" conservative.

"Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprise the old-fashioined way - out of inspiration, perspiration... Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate American, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn "roll-ups," and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale -- the fast the better."
-- David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's director of the Office of Management and Budget.

"He's certainly being dishonest about his own record. When he says he had the endorsement of the NRA; he did not. When he says he didn't raise taxes, in fact there were $500 million in fees that were raised during his time (as governor). When he talks about my record or John McCain's, he's making up stuff. It's just incredible. Maybe you have another word for it; in Arkansas we call it 'dishonest.'"
-- Mike Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, presidential candidate, on Mitt Romney

"Mitt Romney and his campaign are going around asking people, 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' Are they crazy? Four years ago this country was in crisis. Why in the world would you pick that particular date to compare with."
-- Lou Dobbs, Fox News pundit

"When you look at his record as governor, it wasn't totally stellar. His jobs production was not great at all; in fact it was the third worst in the nation. "
-- Donald Trump, Republican businessman, and pseudo presidential candidate

"Romney not too long ago said that the Russan Federation is our No 1 geostrategic threat. Well, you know, come on, think; that isn't the case."
-- Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush

"Mitt Romney is completely out of touch with America."
-- Jon Huntsman (2012 Republican presidential candidate)

"I am not convinced, and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and Independent voters are convinced. I want an instinctive conservative. He's spent millions and millions of dollars running for president for, oh about six years now. Gov. Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim, and was it U.S. jobs created for U.S. citizens? Nobody should be surprised that things at Bain Capital, and maybe tax returns not being released, and maybe some records not being as transparently provided to the public as voters deserve to see right now. Let's hear the defense of the candidate who's being charged with some of this."
-- Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee

"The reason Romney is slipping in the polls is because he stands for apparently nothing. What's there to like if you don't know what the man stands for? He's playing it so close to the center that people are not rallying behind him. What does he stand for? What, he's a nice guy in a nice suit with a wife and nice kids? Great. Let him go run an Amway dealership somewhere. Him and McCain can open up a Buick dealership in Mongolia together."
-- Michael Savage, conservative commentator

"He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama."
-- Rick Santorum (former Pennsylvania senator, and 2012 Republican presidential candidate)

"This is someone who doesn't have a core. He's been on both sides of every single issue in the past 10 years. This is someone who will say anything to get elected."
-- Rick Santorum (former Pennsylvania senator, and 2012 Republican presidential candidate)

"If Mitt Romney is an economic 'heavyweight,' we're in trouble because he was 47th out of 50 in job creation when he was governor."
-- Rick Santorum (former Pennsylvania senator, and 2012 Republican presidential candidate)

"He's a serial flip-flopper."
-- Ron Paul, Republican congressman, Texas, and Republican presidential candidate

"I've run in a lot of elections, supported a lot of people, opposed a lot of people, I've never seen a guy change his position on so many things so fast, on a dime."
-- Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, Republican presidential candidate

"You're only allowed a certain number of flips before people begin to doubt your character. Romney exhausted his quota some time back."
-- Brit Hume, Fox News commentator

"If you're not sure about wanting to support Mitt Romney, whether you're libera, whether you're very conservative, you ought to be excited because he's been on your side at one time or another."
-- Louie Gohmert, Republican congressman, Texas

"Romney's comments sounded callous and merciless, and will haunt him throughout the election. They also revealed something we hadn't previously seen. Unguarded, Romney is no compassionate conservative. At his core, he is a cyborg. Dry-eyed and awkward, he was born lucky and seems to lack the empathy born of struggle."
-- Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist

"Romney, who criticizes President Obama for dividing the nation, divided the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers. Forty-seven percent of the country, he said, are people 'who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.' This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare? The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. Romney doesn't know much about the culture of America. He has lost any sense of the social compact. The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view. The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. When will the incompetence stop?"
-- David Brooks, conservative columnist

"It remains important for the country that Romney wins in November (unless he chooses to step down and we get the Ryan-Rubio ticket we deserve!). But that shouldn't blind us to the fact that Romney's comments ... are stupid and arrogant."
-- Bill Kristol, conservative editor

"I disagree with Gov. Romney’s insinuation that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care. ... I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be."
-- Linda McMahon, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut

"He said he has a terrific campaign. Actually he doesn't. He says that the campaign workers are working well together, well, actually, no, they're not working well together, and that his campaign's going in the right direction. No, it's not. And this is not being said by liberals ... these are conservatives."
-- Joe Scarborough, conservative pundit and former Republican congressman


"Karl Rove is way beyond anything Nixon had at his disposal. He is closer to a behind-the-scenes Nixon operator named Murray Chotiner, who could cut off an opponent at the knees so quickly the person did not immediately realize he had been crippled. As I note in the book, the first time I heard the name Karl Rove was when I was asked if I knew anything about him by one of the Watergate special prosecutors who was investigating campaign dirty tricks. I didn't have any knowledge. But I recalled that question when working on this book, and located a memorandum in the files of the Watergate prosecutor's office that indicates they were asking others as well about Rove. Based on my review of the files, it appears the Watergate prosecutors were interested in Rove's activities in 1972, but because they had bigger fish to fry they did not aggressively investigate him."
-- John Dean, former Nixon administration lawyer

"Rove spends more for Republican candidates than the NRSC and the NRCC. He’s running things. Rove is definitely a problem."
Rick Tyler, Republican advisor to Todd Akin

"Every race Crossroads GPS (Rove's SuperPAC) ran ads in, the Republican lost. What a waste of money."
Donald Trump


"I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. It's too big a jump for the country. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."
-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, and 2012 presidential candidate

(CNBC conservative financial commentator)

"It's impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the U.S. economy to rebound. Rick, it's impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick... There is no piece of advice that you've given that's worked, Rick. Not a single one... The higher interest rates never came. The inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened. The dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn't a single one that's worked for you."
-- Steve Liesman, fellow CNBC financial commentator


"He's a fake."
-- Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas, presidential candidate

"He's an economic lightweight."
-- Mitt Romney, Republican governor of Massachusetts, presidential candidate


"Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be veyr low and you can still intrude into American politics."
-- George Will, conservative columnist and commentator