Gingrich Backed Everything the Right Hated About the Bush Years

Have conservatives forgotten all their complaints about the GOP's last administration? The former speaker's surge makes no sense.Newt Gingrich at GOP debate - Evan Vucci AP - banner.jpg

Here's a fun game. Let's think of all the stuff conservatives say they hated about George W. Bush's time in office.

No Child Left Behind? Newt Gingrich supported it.

Medicare Part D, the new prescription drug entitlement? Newt Gingrich favored it.

TARP? Newt Gingrich cheered for it.

The Harriet Miers nomination? Newt Gingrich predicted success.

Comprehensive immigration reform? Newt Gingrich endorsed it.

Then there's "the surge," Bush's Iraq war turnaround strategy that conservatives love to laud. Gingrich opposed that.

So what gives?

The former House speaker's surge makes no sense. The conservative base that was energized partly by fatigue at eight years of Bush missteps is rallying around the candidate who favored them all. What a bizarre turn.

Image credit: Reuters

Presented by

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Politics

Just In