Can Newt Bury His Past?

Tom Coburn, a Senator from Oklahoma, was in the House of Representatives when Newt was Speaker. Coburn was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. I don’t know that I’ve got the bite. Let Doesn’t matter. So Coburn basically said, “Look, Newt was a lousy leader.” Chris Wallace said, “Well, why? How?” “Well, I’m not gonna go there. I’m just gonna tell you he was a lousy leader. He did a horrible leader but I’m not gonna go say how.” “Well, come on, you can’t just leave it there!” “I’m not going there. He’s a lousy leader;” and Wallace said, “Okay, well, that’s it, we’re out of time.” That’s how the show ended, or the interview. There are apparently (so goes the story) a lot of other Republicans who served in the House at the same time who, we are told, feel the same way about Newt. That he’s a lousy leader and that they’re waiting in the wings to come out and say so.

What Coburn said — this is Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma — was, “There’s all types of leaders, leaders that instill confidence, leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk, leaders that have one standard for the people that they’re leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found his leadership lacking,” and he wouldn’t explain further — and for Chris Wallace it was like pulling pork. He tried to get it all out of Coburn. Coburn wouldn’t go any further, which he really didn’t have to. That said enough. By the way… (interruption) What? (interruption) Well, yes, people change. Yeah. Change is hard because it’s uncomfortable. Change is hard ’cause it’s uncomfortable; ’94 was big change. People can change. Newt’s saying his changed. Snerdley is asking me, “Can people change?”

Yeah. Newt’s saying that he’s matured. He’s seen the error of his ways back then and so forth. I mean, he can’t deny his past. He has to acknowledge it and explain it somehow. Look, folks, I’m not recommending or endorsing. I don’t want you to misunderstand. I’m just telling you what’s going on. In one sense… (chuckle) I never thought I’d hear myself saying this, but in one sense all this chaos is kind of entertaining, and it is serving a purpose. It really is serving a purpose. The sad thing is we’re not getting this, and we never get this on the left — or very rarely. We have had circuses. I take that back. We have had then. We haven’t had it with Obama. If there is a walking circus, it is Obama and this regime, but it’s not being explored.



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