Mitch Perry Report 8.15.13 - Newt Gingrich calls the GOP out for excessive negativity

While Washington (and Tallahassee) Republicans like Marco Rubio continue to rail against Obamacare, Democrats have countered that they have little to offer when it comes to an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, that is designed to bring healthcare for tens of millions of Americans (and hundreds of thousands of Floridians) who currently go uninsured.

Does it matter if a prominent Republican makes the same charge? Because that's what Newt Gingrich did in Boston yesterday, where the Republican National Committee is holding its summer meeting.

"I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich told the Boston crowd.

The former House Speaker went on to say "We are caught up right now in a culture, and you see it every single day, where as long as we are negative and as long as we are vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything. And so we don’t."

Will his words mean anything to anybody in the party who continues to demonize Obamacare? Polk County's Dennis Ross is speaking to the Brandon Chamber of Commerce today. Maybe he'll have a new idea on the subject.

Meanwhile...there's been a lot of outrage from conservative writers in the past couple of days,reacting to the outrage expressed by liberals regarding that bizarre rodeo clown incident mocking President Obama. Some of the commentary seems best expressed locally by St. Pete City Council candidate David McKalip, who once again yesterday threw out the "political terrorist" line when talking about liberals who criticize people like himself for pushing their anti-Obama rhetoric at a candidates forum in St. Petersburg.

Hillsborough area Republican house member Jamie Grant has informed CL that he is looking into possible legislation to kill the troubled Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission.

And HART has a neat new app for those of you who are waiting for your bus in Tampa fiddling with your smartphone.

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