Gingrich: GOP can’t sustain threats on debt ceiling

Ed Morrissey: Newt Gingrich thinks that the House Republican caucus is gearing up for the wrong fight. On CBS This Morning, the former Speaker noted the danger of fighting over US credit, which would prompt the business community to oppose the GOP and end up isolating Republicans on the overall budget fight. Gingrich insists that Republicans have much firmer ground in March, when the sequesters hit and the continuing resolution expires…

Gingrich makes the same point here as I do in my column today for The Week. Part of developing a winning strategy is picking the right ground for a fight, and the debt ceiling is simply not it. If a showdown is in order, a government shutdown makes more sense — as it attacks the actual driver of deficits and debt, federal overspending

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  1. Maynard says:

    Gingrich is addressing a key question: Where do you want to make your stand? The key is to pick the battles worth fighting, not to run screaming to every battle the bad guys want to have. Their goal is to draw you into the battle that won’t work out well for you. Don’t let the enemy determine your strategy, not if you want to win.

  2. Alain41 says:

    One of Newt’s strengths and why he was a political leader and Boehner isn’t. Newt always thought offense, have a plan (Contract with America), explain your plan, and execute your plan (not the opposition plan). Boehner’s approach – don’t have a plan, don’t say anything, don’t do anything.

  3. Alain41 says:

    Apparently, Michael Walsh can’t take it anymore. An entertaining scream that is spot on.

    “…the GOP’s first order of business must be to break the Democrat-Media complex by establishing a media messaging machine of its own. Which I’m sure John Boehner will do, right after he finishes rolling over on the debt ceiling and condemning our country to permanent penury….In the meantime, I eagerly await the latest strategy position papers from the krack kadres of kampaign konsultants, already preparing their projections for the six crucial precincts in the Cincinnati suburbs that will decide the next election.”

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