Palin, Gingrich Butt Heads on Being the Party of ‘No’


At her freedom rally with Minnesota Census fearmonger Michele Bachmann last night, Sarah Palin, using classic Palin syntax, said that she was fine with the GOP being labeled "the party of no."

"You know, here the Republicans have been getting criticized lately with this, this mistaken concept, I guess, sort of surrounding Republicans right now that they’re the Party of No. That we’re the Party of No. And we’re saying, ‘What’s wrong with being the Party of No when you consider what it is that Obama, Pelosi and Reid are trying to do to our country? So be it!'"

We're confused — is it fair to call the GOP the party of no, or not? In either case, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, without mentioning Palin by name, took an opposing stance in a statement released this afternoon:

"It's not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. Tonight's speech will explain why real leadership requires Republicans to offer a compelling vision of safety, prosperity, and freedom that stands in vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."

Both Gingrich and Palin will be among the high-profile speakers making appearances at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, traditionally a showcase of prospective Republican presidential candidates, which began today. Gingrich is giving his speech — "Becoming the Party of Yes" — tonight, with Palin set to take the stage tomorrow afternoon. Both are open to running in 2012, and it'll be interesting to see if Gingrich is setting himself up to be the "serious ideas" guy in contrast to the simple opposition of, say, Palin. No doubt Palin has ideas of her own as well, but there are only so many things you can fit on a hand.

Gingrich Wants to Change the Tone [Marc Ambinder/Atlantic]
Gingrich to call on Republicans to offer new vision [Political Wire/CNN]
Confused Palin: It is ‘mistaken’ to call GOP the ‘Party of No,’ but GOP is right to be ‘Party of No’ to Obama. [Think Progress]