Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Gingrich and Warner Score Big at AIPAC Conference

At last week's American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Virginia governor and rising Democrat star Mark Warner worked the crowd, scoring major points in discussing their support for Israel and their tough stand on national security. According to U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers column, Gingrich, whose 2008 presidential aspirations have lately left him aggressively jockeying for media attention, made a strong impression on many top-dollar donors at an off-the-record lunch during the event. "Newt was a huge hit--HUGE," said one insider.

Gingrich hasn't formally announced that he's running, but every indication is that he will. He's been an outspoken critic of the Busheviks and the current Republican leadership, and he's posturing himself to be a viable alternative to folks like Mitt Romney, Bill Frist, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. To be sure, his pro-Israel stance, his tough-talk on Iran and his hawkish homeland security positions, combined with botaloads of charisma and a keen ability to put forth political doctrines that resonate with voters (see "Contract with America") make him an attractive Republican candidate.

At the AIPAC conference, Gingrich shared the limelight with Republican-Lite Warner, who appears to be believing all the D.C. hype that he's the only viable challenger to Hillary Clinton. According to WW, Warner was the big hit at the event's cocktail party. There's no question about Warner's intentions. He's clearly seeking the nomination, and his every move for the past year or more has been to solidify his base and reach across America to voters with whom he's had little or no name recognition.

Excuse me if I'm not excited. If Newt and Warner are the best their respective parties have to offer, both are in serious trouble.


Anonymous said...

All the insiders from both parties make me want to puke! Screw all of them!

Anonymous said...

If either Warner or Hillery are on the Dem. Presidential ticket I will vote Green. I'm sick of Clinton's mediocraty and postureing at the expence of the core values of the Dem party.
No comment on AIPAC except foreign interests should not be able to lobby.

Anonymous said...

The Dems will lose with either Hillary or Warner or any other Republicana-Lite. They are weak, opportunistic traitors to the Dem. party and should officially join the Republicans and see how they make out with their own kind.

Anonymous said...

ANYONE, I repeat ANYONE who voted for this invasion of Iraq will NOT win in 2008, PERIOD!

Anonymous said...

Allen - Didn't you learn your lesson in 2000? A vote for Green is a vote for the GOP. It's thinking like that that gave use George Bush in the first place.

Hillary would be immeasurably better than Frist, Gingrich, McCain, or any of the other loses the GOP plans to trot out for '08.