Phil Gingrey

Republicans are letting on their fears that the race to replace Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss could end in disaster for them. The cast of GOP primary characters, which The Hill has ruled a “clown car,” features the likes of Rep. Phil Gingrey—briefly infamous for saying Rep.

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I haven't been able to get much inside dope about the negotiations that produced the bipartisan Senate deal to extend the payroll tax for two months. This is the deal that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives refuses to pass, apparently because the Tea Party won't let it. It's their "Braveheart moment," according to Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican member of the Tea Party caucus, and John Boehner has an opportunity to be their William Wallace.

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Conservatives have already begun stoking fears that the new mammography recommendations that screenings should begin at 50 years instead of 40 will inevitably lead to “rationing,” particularly if Obama’s health-care reform bill passes. “I absolutely believe this could be a form of rationing," Representative Phil Gingrey told Fox News yesterday.

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An Experiment

Back in January, after Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) offered some mild criticism of Rush Limbaugh, it took him perhaps 20 hours to reverse himself and apologize submissively. It took RNC chair Michael Steele a little longer to retract his comments over the weekend describing Limbaugh as an "entertainer" whose show is "incendiary" and "ugly", but mostly because no one initially paid much attention to the interview. After Steele's words made the rounds yesterday--and Limbaugh fired back--it was only a few hours before he folded like fresh laundry.

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