So this happened: Newt Gingrich endorses Gavin Newsom’s book at CPAC

On Saturday morning, Newt Gingrich, ever the professor, assigned some reading to the CPAC audience: “Citizenville” by lefty California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

This isn’t the first time Gingrich plugged Newsom’s book. Earlier this week he recommended “Citizenville” on the Gingrich Productions website, calling it a “blueprint for the Republican Party.”

Amazingly, the best recent outline for how to replace a lot of centralized bureaucracy with a decentralized civil society is written by a Democrat.

Every Conservative should read California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Citizenville, a new book packed with ideas for using technology to empower citizens to reclaim the functions of government from the bureaucratic state.

I disagree deeply with Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, on many social issues. But Republicans won’t find much objectionable in his new book.

The publisher loved the endorsement.

Update: Here’s the video of Gingrich at CPAC.

  • Stone Bryson

    Often our greatest lessons come from those with whom we disagree. While I am no fan of the progressive pretty-boy from San Francisco, if there is good information people can use to improve themselves (or, in this case, their party) then why not?

    One thing about Gingrich: While he often an arrogant, self-promoting ass, he’s also pretty smart. If he’s recommending a book from a progressive during a conservative soiree, there’s probably something of value in it.

  • Maxx

    Newt continues to be an enigma but I agree with Stone. If we can become better conservatives and a stronger party by absorbing good ideas, does it really matter the origin of them? We are judging the idea, not the party behind it. Let us move forward by asking ourselves, upon discovery of these observations and/or ideas…. “Is that a good suggestion? Will it make our party stronger and more competitive?”

    We must put an end to this sanctimonious self-defeating ideology that declares everything we believe is correct and everything others believe is incorrect. I personally, am as flawed and human as God intended me to be so how on earth could I think that every idea I have is better than my neighbors just because his path to the beach is different than mine?

    If reading that book opens up new paths and possibilities for a successful, conservative Presidential run, then Gingrich would have been 100% spot on with his recommendation.

    • milletime810

      I agree 100% everyone should read as much as possible regardless of whether or not they agree with the politics of the author. I routinely post stories from the Daily Caller for example on my facebook urging by liberal friends to read. I read virtually everything I come across whether it be from Salon, Huffington Post, Gawker or even Mother Jones. It doesnt do you any good intellectually if you only read from people you agree with. Democrats can learn from reading George Will or Charles Krauthammer as Conservatives can from reading Van Jones or Paul Krugman.

      • milletime810

        Also, Newt really is a savant. He is the smartest person in the room every time, often to his own demise. Personally I would completely trust him as President but unfortunately his own arrogance will prevent him from ever being electable.

  • Silenttype78

    Look, the lib-progs have beaten us hands down when it comes to using media, staying on message, and garnering support.
    We would be fools if we refused to learn from their successes.
    Regardless of personal favor Newt is brilliant .
    It is not as though he said “Newsom’s book is right about everything and conservatives are wrong and should wither away in shame”.
    Let’s talk about what we can learn from the left and then let’s use it to our advantage.
    I’m disappointed that Team Twitchy lost an opportunity to dig deeper here.

    • Catchance

      Absolutely! We have the better message, but we don’t know how to get it out and we’re beaten before we’ve started. Granted, the media as a whole makes it difficult for us, but that could be overcome if we had some excitement going. If Newt says we should read it we probably should… and who knows? Maybe we’ll get some ideas from it.

  • Marty Luther

    Newt is brilliant. That’s about it. Karl Rove hated him and torpedoed him on FOX at every juncture. If Newt recommends a book, probably best to read it. If Karl Rove recommends a book, he is shilling for the author that he wants you to vote for even if he is a RINO and can’t win.

  • Thomas Collins

    “They can’t stop us now”, he infamously said to a group of homosexuals. See youtube.

    • Jillane Kent

      What was the context?

      • Thomas Collins

        An initiative campaign in California

  • Scott Carroll

    Off topic slightly but did anyone see Adam Carolla DESTROY Gavin Newsom when he had Newsom as a guest on his podcast? Sweet fancy Moses, it was beautiful.

    • Betty Kincaid

      It was sublime.

  • Rulz

    Is this opposition research?