Thomas Sowell Weighs in on Newt Gingrich—and Proves that He Reads Ricochet
In his latest column, Thomas Sowell takes on what he considers to be factually incorrect smears on Newt Gingrich, including the mischaracterization of this very clip, which Camp Romney has widely disseminated as of late:
What you see here, Dr. Sowell argues, is entirely ripped out of context.
On that date, Gingrich praised Reagan's grasp of the foreign policy issues of the day but later questioned whether the way the actual policies of the Reagan administration were being carried out was likely to succeed. Gingrich was not alone in making this point which such conservative stalwarts as George Will, Charles Krauthammer and others made at the time.
Since a column of my own back in the 1980s suggested that the administration's policies seemed to be to "speak loudly and carry a little stick," I can well understand the misgivings of others. But that is wholly different from saying that all who expressed misgivings were enemies of Ronald Reagan.
One can of course lift things out of context. But if you want to read the whole context, simply go on-line and get the Congressional Record for March 21, 1986. Among the other places where the smears are exposed are the Wall Street Journal of January 29th, Jeffrey Lord's article in the American Spectator's blog of January 27th, and an article by Heather Higgins in Ricochet.com of January 29th.
Unfortunately, there are likely to be far more people who will see the smears than will have time to get the facts.