Now comes Professor William A Jacobson with a post, "They were wrong in 1990 and they are wrong now". Here is the Professor's windup:
Call this whole story a parable of what is wrong with the Republican Party. People who cut deals which sell out our principles are deemed reasonable, while those refuse to cut deals are called bomb throwers. That’s the term Bush used in endorsing Romney in an oblique swipe at Newt.There you have it. Newt is the problem.
In 1990 it was Newt, in 2011 it’s House Tea Party Republicans. They were wrong in 1990 and they are wrong now.
And now they are propelling the ultimate deal cutter towards the nomination. And once again, Newt is standing in their way.
Regards — Cliff