The PJ Tatler

Gingrich vs. the Establishment

The Washington Post has this Bob Woodward profile on Gingrich.  They probably expect it to hurt the former Speaker.  Inside the Beltway, maybe so –  even on some “conservative” websites.   Some tidbits you might not have seen:

Gingrich’s revolt highlighted a rift that persists to this day within the Republican Party, between a pragmatic establishment open to deal­making and a more rigid conservative base that prefers purity over compromise.


The party divide also played out on Capitol Hill last week, when a group of conservatives in the House attempted to torpedo a deal struck between Senate Republicans and the White House over payroll taxes. In that case, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) backed down in the face of political pressure. In 1990, Gingrich did not.

Gingrich’s actions both before and after his encounter with Bush showed a man willing, if not eager, to weaken the president and, as he put it, “to dismantle the old order.”