The candidacy of Doug Hoffman, who ran as the Conservative Party nominee against pro-abort, uber-RINO Dede Scozzafava was a killer for me. She dropped out and endorsed the Democrat. I cried when he lost. If you don't remember just do a little Google work, but I think most of you do (here's a sample). I sent him money, I called his campaign office and talked to his staffers, I was on his email list. It was my first realization that from that moment on ... NO politics were local. What happened in that district "somewhere in NY" could potentially mark a point in time when the tide turned and the Every Man could make a significant impact.
And I remember how enraged I was when Newt Gingrich mocked us. Tried to destroy Doug's candidacy. Endorsed and praised and supported that abomination of a women. Not once. Not a couple of times. For weeks. And he ... was "on our side."
We all have our reasons for why we have stayed active in the Tea Party all this time, when it's tough, when victories seem few and the winning of The War seems Soooooo far away. If it's achievable at all. For me, one of the reasons at the very top was Newt Gingrich's smug, condescending, elitist treatment of Doug Hoffman, Doug's supporters, and me during that time. I will never forgive him for mocking a good man, and for the harm he did to the conservative movement. For using his bully pulpit on all the networks to prop up a pathetic excuse for a Republican and bash regular folks who supported an ordinary conservative patriot.
As long as Newt and his ilk think they know better than I do, that their experience as an American counts more than my experience I plan to stick around to convince them they are wrong, and if at all possible, because that's the kind of girl I am ... to rub their elitist noses in it when the opportunity presents itself.
You know I loved the "Rebuke in Debuque" ... an ordinary guy walked up to Newt and had this exchange:
Guy: Speaker Gingrich, what you just did to Paul Ryan is unforgivable.
Gingrich: I didn’t do anything to Paul Ryan!
Guy: Yes, you did. You undercut him and his allies in the house.
Gingrich: No, I…
Guy: You’re an embarrassment to our party.
Gingrich: I’m sorry you feel that way.
Guy: Why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself.
Here's the clip from Fox News.
I hope Newt burns out fast and gets out of this race. My loathing for him rivals my loathing for any of the progressives who are trying to steal my liberties. Newt could have use his position and power for good, instead he used it for self-aggrandizement, and is now harming anew our chances to save and restore our country by attacking Paul Ryan and all that the tea party has achieved since 2008.