Clinton in control, Gingrich says
January 21st, 2011
08:51 AM ET
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Clinton in control, Gingrich says

(CNN) – For Newt Gingrich, it's like Bill Clinton never left.

The former House Speaker tells the conservative Human Events the second half of Obama's term has essentially become "the third term of the Clintons."

"I think it's fascinating," said Gingrich in the interview published Friday. "You're sort of seeing the beginning of the third term of the Clintons because the first two years of Obama was such a failure in popular acceptance."

Since overseeing massive midterm losses, the president has installed several former Clinton administration officials, including selecting Clinton commerce Secretary Bill Daley as his chief of staff and former Clinton economic guru Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council. Meanwhile, former Clinton domestic policy adviser Bruce Reed has become chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.

"It's almost a Chicago-machine musical game, and all of it represents an increase in power for Bill Clinton," said Gingrich.

Gingrich, who is thought to be a likely Republican presidential candidate, may just hope his comments needle members of the left wing of the Democratic Party, many of whom think Clinton, and now Obama, are governing too far toward the center.

"It must be fascinating to be one of those left-wing activist groups that spent so much time and energy beating Hillary Clinton because they didn't want to see this kind of administration," he said.

But Gingrich doesn't want to give the impression Obama actually is a moderate president – after all, he will need the support of independents if he faces off against Obama - saying the administration uses "the language of the center-right, while in fact fighting for the policies of the left.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Neuter is an idiot. It is good that Fox pays him, because he is not bright enough for real employment. Maybe he could go to some other country and shut down their government.

    January 21, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Grog

    Didn't Newt just recently tell Sarah Palin she should think before she speaks? Pot and skillet?

    January 21, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    And all this coming from a man(Gingrich) who believes the American voters are stupid enough to vote him to the Presidency.

    January 21, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. kd

    Gingrich is such a dope. He falls back on the crazy talk that people fell for in the 90s

    People need to ignore that lying, slimy, failed politician. He was shamed out of office for the horrible things he did. He needs to go away, like Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and so many other lying, pathetic, greedy right-wing demagogues.

    January 21, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. expat

    Still fighting those windmills, Newt?

    January 21, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. RexCraigo

    Another 8 years of Bill Clinton in charge would be the best thing that could ever happen for this country. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themself.

    January 21, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. moabie

    Cute, Newt. Cute is not enough

    January 21, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Alex

    See! Cohen was soooo right! Look at Newt's language – repeat your lies, repeat your re-write of history, repeat, repeat, repeat until people start to believe you and fear for their freedom. Just keep repeating your lies Newt, maybe you'll got some more fools to believe you!

    Gingrich=Geobbel and there is no way to see that otherwise!!! Just read this interview!!!

    January 21, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Obama Fan

    Your right NEWK, WE HAD THE BEST ECONOMY,when Clinton was president, Dah!!!!!! President Obama ain,t no fool. He takes advice from the smartest people out there,that care about mainstreet! Your rich,and totally out of touch! Wall Street Man!!!! The President will go another 4 years,trying to straighten out GOP Pork!!!!

    January 21, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. GI Joe

    "the third term of the Clintons."

    HA HA – a LOT better than even one more day of the Newt. (NUKE THE NEWT).

    January 21, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Geoz

    Yea... who needs record economic growth.

    January 21, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Deuce

    I wish...we sure could use Billy Clinton right now. Things haven't been so good in the 11 years since he finished his term 🙁

    January 21, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. Jerry

    If "Values Voters" vote for Newt Gingrich over President Obama, then there will be no doubt whatsoever where their "values" really lie. In the gutter of history.

    January 21, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Dave

    So Newt is upset that old politicians/bureaucrats from the 90s are being pulled out of the mothballs and reintroduced as something new. Oh wait, wasn't Newt popular in the 90s? What has he done since except sit on the sidelines and throw stones. It's going to be fun to watch him drop out of the race before the first primary because he has no popular support.

    January 21, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Seeing that over 60+% of the people in the US approved of how Clinton did in office, that is a compliment coming from the nutty Newt.

    But the right wingers are not the brightest people in the world, they seem to think that 30% base only approval means that you are a good leader, steadfast, and unwavering when in reality stubborness, inflexibility and a sanctimonious belief in our own selfrightiousness are really NOT things to be proud off.

    Those things I mentioned above describe any 2 year old child, and a 50+ year old man/woman with a maturity of a 2 year old child is just plain SAD and dangerous...

    January 21, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Ellid

    Gingrich is an idiot who needs to learn that his fifteen minutes were up years ago.

    January 21, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. fideauxdon

    ...and why would additional terms for Bill and his team, which produced unparalelled economic success, be bad? George W. Bush created ZERO jobs during his eight years in office. Make the comparison. Newt the Genius, in a head-to-head battle with Clinton, threatened to shut down the government. How did that work for Newt?

    January 21, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. cel

    That's it Newt, point the finger and stir up controversy so people will "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."
    Go away Newt, you lied to us and got in the way of productive growth in this country. You breached the "Contract with America".

    January 21, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. sgrier

    Who cares what Newt thinks. He will not become president I don't know why he is even running. He sucked at his job as Secretary of State why on earth would someone give him the job of president?? Anybody??

    January 21, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. d

    And George W. Bush surrounded himself with members of his father's administration. While I wish Obama would try something new rather than go down the same paths the last four presidents went down, I'd take Bill Clinton's third term over George W. Bush's any day.

    January 21, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. TonyC

    Thank GOD....we need Clinton back in some way,after lil' Bush and his army of right-wing followers led by dictator Cheney,"threw this country under the bus" and collapsed the financial stability of this once powerful nation.We need someone with a powerful track record that can actually get something done.I am not an Obama fan,but at least he has TRIED to do something other than finger pointing...which is more than I can ever say about the republican party...truely the "party of no"!!!

    January 21, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Shannon

    Sort of like George W. was Terms 2 and 3 of his father's term, since he had so many people from his father's administration working for him. I don't get Gingrich's point. Its not like its nothing new and personally I'd be glad to see a third Clinton term even if is by allusion only.

    January 21, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. RalphS

    Newt, Are you implying that its a bad thing to adopt the policies of the Clinton Administration? Keep in mind this was a time at which our country was enjoying reletively prosperous, peaceful times when compared to today. This begs the same old question of the GOP. What are you going to propose as an agenda to move this country in what your party believes is the proper direction? I'm not being hateful or disrespectful, I just want to hear a valid plan that offers real solutions other than just cutting programs and creating damaging behavior in Congress.

    January 21, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. charles

    Alzeimers is kicking in for Gingrich. If not he is apeasing his conservative , naive base.

    January 21, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Thomas

    Gingrich is the biggest jerk in the world, who cares about his opinion. Any man who would tell his wife he is leaving her while she was in the hospital should not be listened to!!!

    January 21, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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