Newt Gingrich: ‘Republicans must learn to quit underestimating President Joe Biden’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is warning Republicans that we must “realize how well” President Joe Biden is doing if we are going to “win the presidency in 2024.”

In a blog on his website, Gingrich compared Biden to former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower and wrote, “conservatives’ hostility to the Biden administration on our terms tends to blind us to just how effective Biden has been on his terms.”

It isn’t that Gingrich is on board with Biden’s disastrous progressive policies. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“Like most Americans, I do not approve of the job he is doing,” he wrote. “Like virtually all conservatives and Republicans, I deeply oppose his policies. They are clearly weakening America and strengthening our enemies. And, again, like most Americans, I oppose the woke policies which are undermining and threatening to destroy popular, unique, shared American culture.”


It’s a matter of Biden’s “own definition of success,” and by that measure, Gingrich noted, the president has “built upon and fortified the left-wing Big Government Socialist woke culture system.”

“We dislike Biden so much, we pettily focus on his speaking difficulties, sometimes strange behavior, clear lapses of memory, and other personal flaws,” he explained. “Our aversion to him and his policies makes us underestimate him and the Democrats.”

“But remember: Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan both preferred to be underestimated,” he continued. “Both wanted people to think of them as pleasant – but not dangerous. They found being underestimated was a major asset. While people laughed at them, they were busy achieving their goals and getting their programs implemented.”

“Biden has achieved something similar,” he stated.

The almost autonomic response from most conservatives reading a blog like this from a Republican leader is, for many, to scream in righteous indignation and hit the “cancel” button, but to do so may be a mistake more painful than Gingrich’s words.

Biden’s success — no matter how destructive the results — in pushing through progressive trillion-dollar spending policies with only a “narrow four-vote majority in the U.S. House and a 50-50 tie in the Senate” is more of an indictment against Republicans than it is praise for the president.

“The latest bill on sexual rights overriding all other rights was bitterly opposed by virtually every conservative even as it passed with Republican support,” he reminded his readers.

And if “success” is defined as tearing this nation apart, Biden is doing a bang-up job.

“Despite terrible problems with the economy, crime, and the border (which led many analysts, me included, to assume the GOP would make big gains in November) Biden and his team executed a strategy of polarizing Americans against Donald Trump supporters,” Gingrich wrote. “They turned Jan. 6 into a crisis which eclipsed the Left’s previous summer of fire, chaos, and destruction.”

“They also grossly exaggerated the threat to abortion rights,” he pointed out. “And it all worked.”

What’s more, it’s hard to argue the Biden administration wasn’t rewarded for its devastating policies.

“The Biden team had one of the best first term off-year elections in history,” the former speaker stated. “They were not repudiated. They did not have to pay for their terrible mismanagement of the economy.”


Moving forward, as painful as those facts may be, Republicans had best put some energy into figuring out why the conservative messages failed to produce better midterm election results.

“If Republicans are going to successfully work through the next two years in the Congress – and win the presidency in 2024 – we need to look much more deeply at what worked and what did not work in 2020 and 2022,” he advised.

Republicans, according to Gingrich, must take that first stomach-turning step and admit they “failed.”

And while it’s probably a wise observation, it would have likely carried more weight had the entire blog not ended in a plug for his latest book.

“Today there is not nearly enough understanding (or acknowledgement [sic]) among leading Republicans that our system and approach failed,” Gingrich wrote. “We need to rethink from the ground up how we are going to Defeat Big Government Socialism – including almost inevitable second-time Democrat Presidential Nominee Biden.”

If Republicans are riled by Gingrich’s blog, Democrats aren’t much happier.

Interestingly, it appears at least two left-leaning Twitter users had the exact same reaction to his warning, just an hour apart.

Go figure.


Melissa Fine


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