Some years ago, I was invited to speak at a National Review conference in the government capital. In my talk, I praised our predecessors in the Old Right, who came together in opposition to FDR's domestic fascism and drive to war. Afterwards, in the question period, up pops a furious Newt Gingrich to say, at length, that conservatives must love Roosevelt--he was Reagan's hero, after all--and that to criticize Franklin or his New Deal was to risk being written out of the conservative movement. I responded that this is exactly what's wrong with contemporary conservatism: its corporatism and militarism. I never saw Newt again, and I was not invited back.
Newt is a neocon, i.e., a champion of the corporate state and perpetual war, and a corrupt DC lobbyist of the worst sort. He may talk a good game with Obama in power, but it is just a partisan trick.
UPDATE from Tom:
"I almost emailed you about a week ago concerning your speech in Washington so many years ago. It was you, Newt, and Karlyn Bowman of AEI. While you came off as a little stuffy [hey!], I remembered thinking how interesting it was to hear someone from the 'Right' talk against war and militarism. It was a totally different narrative than the supposedly anti-war Left and the pro-war Right. The contrast between you and Newt, then and now couldn't be more stark."