2006-11-16 Good Riddance To The Gingrichites

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2006-11-16</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\Newt Gingrich\Dick Armey\Tom DeLay\Dick Meyer\CBS News</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/15/opinion/meyer/main2182755.shtml</let> <let name=data index=Title>Good Riddance To The Gingrichites</let> <let name=data index=Text>“The iconic figures of this era were Newt Gingrich, Richard Armey and Tom DeLay. They were zealous advocates of free markets, low taxes and the pursuit of wealth; they were hawks and often bellicose; they were brutal critics of big government. .. Yet none of these guys had success in capitalism. None made any real money before coming to Congress. None of them spent a day in uniform. And they all spent the bulk of their adult careers getting paychecks from the big government they claimed to despise. Two resigned in disgrace. .. Having these guys in charge of a radical conservative agenda was like, well, putting Mark Foley in charge of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus. Indeed, Foley was elected in the Class of '94 and is not an inappropriate symbol of their regime. .. More than the others, Newton Leroy Gingrich lived out a very special hypocrisy.” Commentary: Teresa Nielsen Hayden wonders pointedly why, if Meyer knew all this, he didn't point it out when it would have done some good – and gives evidence that this failure is part of a pattern of complicity by the mainstream media.</let> </hide><if not flag=$including><let name=docat val=1 /><call ShowLinkData /></if>