In a piece out yesterday by the Washington Independent's Mike Lillis, titled "Gingirch: Civil Rights Laws Weren't Worth the Political Price," Newt is quoted with:
Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive
reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . . in modern
times,” Gingrich said: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon
Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” with the enactment of
civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
Uh...ok. There you have it folks. One of his party's go-to political minds believes the price to pay for tackling an issue everyone agrees was right (Civil Rights) was too much to pay, equating that to an issue everyone agrees needed to be dealt with (HCR) and thinking those who pushed to address it will "regret it."
This reminded me of a comment Sullivan had about last night's events, from Abraham Verghese:
I have been trying to explain to my youngest why this is such an exciting
moment: front line soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq take personal risks, put
their lives on the line. But so few politicians put their careers on the line,
even though they make decisions that have an impact on soldiers. President Obama
(and to some degree every Democrat who supports this bill) is putting his
political career on the line. The idea that you might do what you think is right
and pay a penalty has been so foreign to politics that it surprises us when we
see it. I think my son is surprised to hear all this. He assumes at 12 years of
age that people, especially people we elect, go to Washington to do the right
We will be happy if that's the future of the differences between the two parties. If Republicans want to push the line that you can't afford to take on these tough issues because they may come at a tough personal price, they will continue their trek to fringe minority status. People want governance. Not chickenshit self-preservation. Last night was the first time in our lifetime that we felt a large group of our elected officials were putting the good of the country above their own personal self-interests. We liked that feeling.