Newt Gingrich, who is now in touch with his inner “humble,” is not getting correspondingly kinder, gentler reactions as he embarks on his 2012 presidential bid. The American Tradition Partnership, a grass-roots opponent of pushy environmentalism, is accusing Mr. Gingrich of supporting just that.
“Voters have the right to know about the radical ‘green’ agenda of a D.C. insider who’s just Al Gore hiding under a Phil Donahue wig,” says executive director Donald Ferguson. “Newt Gingrich may try to paint himself Republican red, but his record is radical green.”
He accuses Mr. Gingrich of being “a paid operative of ethanol interests and an outspoken advocate of global regulatory regimes, redistribution of wealth, federal controls of private property, multibillion-dollar welfare programs for wind and solar and taxing Americans into what he calls ‘environmental compliance.’ ” Mr. Ferguson also quips that Mr. Gingrich is actually a “Democratic candidate”; the activist is determined that voters recall an advocacy announcement the candidate made with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for We Can Solve It, one of several climate interest groups founded by Mr. Gore.
“Gingrich’s 2008 TV ad he recorded at the request of Mr. Gore, where he snuggles on a love seat with Nancy Pelosi and blames the American economy for so-called ‘global warming’ is the kind of manifesto that really speaks to radical environmentalists. And we all know how much environmentalists love issuing manifestos,” Mr. Ferguson says.
“Mr. Gingrich: Please spare us the explanations for your gullibility and poor political calculations. What ‘solution’ does anyone need to ‘offer’ to the al- leged problem Gore presents? Please stop trying to spin your low IQ moment with Pelosi and Gore. It is embarrassing,” says Marc Morano, founder of the watchdog news site Climate Depot.