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Newt and the Last Conservative Revolution

by Kevin Tharp, American Thinker
In her book Slander, conservative commentator and pundit Ann Coulter called Newt Gingrich one of the most consequential politicians in the last century. Why would she make such a claim? What did he do that had such consequence?

In 1993, the Republican Party was the minority party. It had been in the minority since 1955. Even President Reagan had to deal with a Democrat Congress in the 80s and was limited in his ability to change Washington as a result. Newt Gingrich had seen this up close and personal. He had tried to help Reagan with the Conservative Opportunity Society. By 1993 he had become the Republican whip in the house. With his leadership the Republicans crafted a proposal called the Contract With America (CWA). It was designed so that Republican candidates could campaign on conservative principles in order to win their congressional seats and then govern in a conservative manner. The electorate responded. It handed the House and Senate over to the Republicans. This was a revolution unheard of in the times they occurred. Gingrich became the Speaker of the House as a result.

The CWA was a conservative proposition. It held that the electorate could hold their representatives responsible and could remove them if they didn’t perform. The representatives would be responsible to their constituents. But it also implied that they should perform like they would under a business contract.

Did Gingrich write the contract himself? No. But he led the effort for congressional candidates to sign up. And most did. He led educational efforts for those potential conservative congressmen to help them campaign. Since then Gingrich has lead other congressional education efforts. He has been a constant source of education for congressional representatives.

What did the Contract propose to do? There were two parts to the CWA. The first part was a series of reforms to Congressional activity itself. These were proposed changes to the way it would operate. The proposals were: require that Congress be held to all laws that apply to the rest of the country; audit Congress for fraud and waste; reduce the number of House committees and committee staff; set term limits for committee chairmen; disallow proxy votes; require public committee meetings; require a three-fifths majority for tax increases; and implement zero base-line budgeting.

These are all conservative proposals. Did Pelosi enforce these types of rules? No way. Should they be implemented again? You betcha. Let’s audit Congress again. Let’s reduce their budgets, staff, and terms etc. But we need to change the presidency too.


Read the article here for the 2nd part of the CWA.


  1. Corona

    January 15th, 2012

    Raght own, raght own raght own!

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  2. Snorkdoodle Whizbang

    January 15th, 2012

    This is what has been so infuriating to me this election cycle. Plenty of folks going after Gingrich for his personal life, but they have managed to collectively forget what he actually did for conservatism. I remember what it was like when the Repubs took back the House. It was friggin’ wonderful.

    You might not like Gingrich for who he is. You might not like Gingrich for some of things he’s said since he’s been out of office. But you’ve got to give the man props for what he did.

    Funny how many of our ‘learned pundits’ have selective amnesia about the early Nineties. Wonder what Mitt was doing then???

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  3. serfer62

    January 15th, 2012

    Hold on there

    after implmenting several of the CWA he just quit. Asked why, he said we did enough

    No. I’ll never vote for The Lizard

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  4. Blacksmith8✡

    January 15th, 2012

    That’s what I remember about gin-grinch. He stole my congress. The contract became a laughing stock BECAUSE he was the first to ignore it.

    What a maroon.

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  5. NoMoBo

    January 15th, 2012

    @serfer62 and Blacksmith. Serious question. Do you have links to prove your points? I would be interested to read them.

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  6. serfer62

    January 15th, 2012

    No…I was there. I was infuriated by what he did.

    But then are the search engines on you PC for?

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  7. Frosteetoes

    January 16th, 2012

    Romney said that he was against Reagan and I can provide the tape where and when he said it.

    I don’t care if Newt had a wayward dick. Hell, if it had something to do with his accomplishments then he can have at it. How many politicians didn’t keep mistresses?

    Huntsman just dropped out. His daddy wasn’t going to finance any more of his campaigning. After dropping out he promptly decided to back Romney. I have to wonder what kind of deal Romney made to him after Huckabee’s Q & A earlier when Huntsman was there.

    Santorum has mentioned that he learned a lot about politics thru Newts books. I think Santorum would be a great vice president. Ron Paul in the finance office, seriously. It would keep him away from foreign policy and he can prove himself with going after the Fed. Reserve.

    Newt is hanging in there. Newt is the next best thing to Ronald Reagan’s terms in office as POTUS. How many times I have heard the term ‘Reagan Conservative’? Newt is the real deal. He is our answer and after debating Obama, he and his Sasquatch will be running back to Chicago with shit stains in their panties.We need Newt.

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