Newt Gingrich: Why nominate a loser?

“I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much.”  (Newt Gingrich) Photo: AP Photo

CHICAGO, January 17, 2012– Newt Gingrich has a new campaign strategy in his quest to lose the White House. “Why nominate a loser?” (National Journal)

Newt is making the loser reference to Mitt Romney, but he should take a close look in the mirror because Newt Gingrich is the biggest loser of all.

He has never won a statewide race, primary, or caucus. He lays claims of doing extraordinary deeds, such as increasing employment and balancing budgets - both of which are discreted as being inflated.

In January 1997 the House of Representatives leveled ethics accusations against then Speaker of the House Gingrich, though hearings never progressed. However, Gingrich was pressured by the GOP to resign after he was sanctioned and fined $300,000, leaving the House to work on public policy as a “consultant,” including his work with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

He is a cliché, an antediluvian dodo bird. His revival Vaudeville shtick is humorous, but as for any comedian who runs for office, it is futile.

Times have changed. Demographics have changed. People have changed. More importantly, Republican voters changed. There are more moderate Republican voters than hard-core conservative voters, especially on social issues.

America does not go backwards. America moves forward towards new realities. Gingrich is consistent, though. He is stuck in the past and stuck on stupid.

Newt Gingrich, like the President, is professorial in his preaching, and thinks he is the smartest guy in the room. “I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.”

Even President Obama would never make a statement like that. Well, probably not.

Newt Gingrich cannot make a consistent case as to why he would be better than President Obama, and in fact he would be the same, not better. People want better. Not the same, not worse, they just want better.

If he won the nomination and could not make a believable case to be better, voters would vote for Obama or not vote at all.

Newt thinks he wins if Romney takes the nomination and President Obama is elected to a second term. Gingrich will be smiling like the Cheshire Cat when President Obama is sworn in. It is easy to imagine Gingrich saying “I told you so” then blaming the GOP for losing the White House.

Could his plan be to weaken Romney so that that will happen, allowing him the open door to step in and be the master party rebuilder, welcomed with open arms back into the bosom of the GOP?

That GOP elephant will trample him into the dirt again.

Gingrich seriously believes he, and he alone, can beat Barack Obama, save the GOP, save the nation, leap tall buildings at a single bound, while fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

“I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America.”

Newt is delusional. He has been drinking some of that backwater he was relegated to oversee the past several years. Losers are failures and no one wants a failure to tell them how to succeed.

What Newt is, is an opportunist. He will write more books, score more consulting jobs, and get paid for speeches wherein he attacks the president - be it Obama or his Republican successor - and his policies.

He will attack the Republican Party and give his view of how they need to change. It will be the gospel according to Newt. He will be the Al Gore of the GOP, a loud irrelevant money making machine.

Newt is in the arena and that is all that matters to him. He is Newt Gingrich. NEWT GINGRICH. He is a shameless self-promoter. He does not care about America, the Republican Party, conservatism, or anything else. He only cares about Newt Gingrich.

It would be nice if there were a way to ignore him. Newt won’t let us.

Since leaving politics, he has been trying to rebuild his reputation. He failed at that, as far as the GOP is concerned. He did build up a fat bank account. To his credit, he believes in capitalism and wealth creation.

A reminder to any Republican or conservative who is thinking about voting for Newt Gingrich, do you remember Dede Scozzafava, the exceedingly liberal Republican nominee running for the U.S. Congress in a 2009 upstate New York special election? “Mr. Reagan-Conservative Republican” Gingrich backed Scozzafava against the Conservative Party candidate. When she did not predict a win, she suspended her campaign and supported the DEMOCRAT running for the seat, who did win.

But wait, there is more. Ms. Scozzafava also backed the DEMOCRAT who ran for her New York State Assembly seat. For her treason, DEMOCRATIC governor Andrew Cuomo gave her an appointment to a state post.

Is Newt Gingrich taking on the role of Benedict Arnold in his bid to ensure that a Democrat wins this election? Prominent Republicans and conservatives have been heard questioning his candidacy for the presidency, and it seems to be de je vu all again. Another Democratic win attributed to Gingrich.

Here are some other insights into Newt Gingrich:

• He was for the Libyan intervention, before he was against it.

• He was in favor of Congressman Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan before he trashed it as “radical change” and “right wing social engineering.”

• He was in favor of a form of Cap and Trade before he testified before Congress against it.

• Newt Gingrich was a champion for mandated health insurance coverage and other federal and state mandates. He even partnered with First Lady Hillary Clinton on her health care plan. Now, of course, he is against it all.

There is one other thing. Gingrich has been quoted as saying that “the key to understanding President Obama is to understanding his “Kenyan anti-colonial mentality.”

How could any intelligent voter take him seriously?

Voters have to ask themselves if New Gingrich is a Democrat in Republican clothing, a Republican in Democratic clothing, or a member of the Circus Clown Party.


Read more about Newt Gingrich here:

Marianne Gingrich’s ABC News trash talk: The real victim

John King: Question to Newt Gingrich out-of-bounds?

Newt Gingrich affair: Time to review the rules

John King and Newt Gingrich’s unrighteous anger

Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer and photographer, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. 




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