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Here Comes Newt Gingrich In 2012

I was hoping never to have to write this post, but here goes. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has left little doubt that he will be running for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. According to Fox News, he is close to skipping the exploratory committee portion of the campaign and formally announcing his candidacy, probably within a month. I can’t say that I am surprised, but I will not try to hide my disappointment that Gingrich is about to join a field that is sure to be crowded with candidates. I don’t question his ability to run, as the man obviously has the brains to compete on a national level. There is little doubt that the money will be there as well. I just question if we need him as a candidate, or even as President, should he win the nomination.

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Newt GingrichNewt Gingrich is a household name, stemming from a few things. First, he helped engineer the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994 and as a result he was elected as Speaker of the House. Secondly, he famously authored the Contract With America, on which the Republicans based their agenda, once they had control of the House. Thirdly, he helped push for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton on perjury charges. Fourthly, he has had his own problems with ethics, namely with his ability to stay faithful to his wife, of which he has had three. Both of his previous marriages ended when he had an affair with another woman. Incidentally, those affairs came while both of his wives were seriously ill.

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I know I am not a nationally known author or blogger and my opinion carries very little to no weight at all and I have no illusions about that. There is someone who’s opinion I value highly that also has a problem with Newt Gingrich. That man is Dr. Tom Coburn, who was elected to Congress in 1994, in the same election that gave control of the House to the Republicans and Gingrich. It wasn’t long before Coburn and Gingrich started having conflicts. Between Gingrich’s caving on the budget to President Clinton, to his unfaithfulness in his marriages, Coburn has no use for the man. I know, that is just one man’s opinion, but his opinion carries weight with me. I do not base my opinion solely on what Coburn has had to say, but it lets me know that I am not completely off base with how I feel about the former Speaker of the House.

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Many times in politics, it is the politicians own words that will condemn them. Especially in the age of the Internet, the words they speak will never go away, no matter how much they may wish it so. Thus it is with Newt Gingrich. As a final nail in his coffin, I want to include a quote, something he said during his second wife’s attempts to salvage their marriage. Not many days ago, Gingrich gave an interview, in which he made more excuses that apologies for his past ethics problems. He cited his patriotism as a reason for his adultery. Those excuses pale in comparison to something he said during their counseling. The quote is taken from an article on Esquire.

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Early in May, she went out to Ohio for her mother’s birthday. A day and a half went by and Newt didn’t return her calls, which was strange. They always talked every day, often ten times a day, so she was frantic by the time he called to say he needed to talk to her.

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“About what?”

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He wanted to talk in person, he said.

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“I said, ‘No, we need to talk now.’ ”

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She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

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She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. ” ‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.’ ”

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

The hypocrisy in that statement is astounding. It is as if the man thinks he can do and say what he wants and it doesn’t matter, as long as he has some good ideas about running our country. I have news for Mr. Gingrich, it does matter and we do not need a candidate who believes that in the race for the Republican nomination for President. I base this belief on numerous things, not the least of which is his total lack of ethics. The White House has already had more than it’s fair share of occupants that are lacking in that department and it doesn’t need another. Right now, the main concern I have is defeating Barack Obama in 2012 and if Newt Gingrich is our candidate, Obama might as well renew his lease for another four years.

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  • Excellent stuff my friend. I never knew that about Newt, but it only confirms a feeling I have always gotten when listening to him speak, basically that he just seems to be one wormy bastard.

    People need to hear what I have to say, it doesn’t matter what I live. Absolutely wrong you flaming pile of crap! We are much more concerned with how you live because that speaks volumes about the person you truly are. America is tired of politicians saying one thing and doing another – Principles count, and the conservatives of America are more focused on principles than ever before.

    I hope he fails miserably, and I will do my damndest to ensure that happens.

    I have no clue if he has designs on running, but America needs Allen West now! Not 6 or ten years from now – we can’t survive much longer the way we are going. Allen West is the only principled politician I know of, and he could stomp Obama with out even batting an eye.

    • Do you realize how far you or I would get if we tried that tactic on our children? Kind of like saying “do as I say, not as I do”. Kids are smarter than that and I would that would apply to the majority of American adults.

      Allen West does intrigue me, especially with his no nonsense attitude of calling things as he sees them, without a lot of sugar coating. That is an admirable trait in anyone, especially if they are a politician. Personally, I am waiting to see if Mike Huckabee decides to run.

  • Of course, I will be voting against Obama in 2012 — no matter whom the GOP runs.

    That said, I cannot imagine that Gingrich is the winning candidate for the GOP.

    Fleece Me mentioned Allan West. I agree that he is the only principled politician who could take on BHO in a debate. I’d pay good money to see those two debate!

    • Amen to that, AOW. Heaven forbid that Gingrich gets the nomination, but I would hold my nose and vote for him, just to cast a vote against President Obama.

      Funny you should mention watching Allen West debate Obama. That would be good, but I’ll tell you someone else who would do well in a debate with the President. Put him and Mike Huckabee in a room and it wouldn’t be a fair fight. Huckabee would wipe the floor with him and not even have to work at it.

  • The best think I can say about Newt is that he writes well and he’s a good historian. I met him once in a book store and got him to sign a couple alternative histories he wrote on the Civil War.

    As for his moral compass … that’s a book we can only judge by its cover, and it’s got some rather ugly pictures on it. It looks a heck of a lot like the one by John Edwards.

    The problem with having ethics is that sooner or later someone is going to expect you to live by them. No one is surprised (terribly) when a turd like Barney Frank gets into hot water for running a prostitution ring out of his house, or when Bill Clinton has a fling with an intern, Gary Hart, John Edwards, etc, etc, etc. None of their supporters ever REALLY expects any better from them, after all they reflect the values of their advocates.

    The trouble with us darn conservatives who cling to our guns and religion, is that we actually do believe in something. We know we are flawed and how hard it is to do the right thing. It opens us up to charges of hypocrisy when we fail. It makes us willing to forgive if we perceive genuine repentance, too. However, being willing to forgive doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t consequences or that repentance means you’re qualified to be president. We can’t very well walk around spouting “character matters” if we don’t act like we believe it does.

    • Well said, Martin. I am not sure Gingrich has a moral compass at all and if he does, it is very weak. What gets me the most is that he seems to think we should just forget everything that he has done, as if it matters not in the least. I hope and pray that he is in for a very rude awakening.

  • I do not believe that Newt is going to get the Republican nomination. The recent surge of young and economically capable Republicans and Tea Partiers represent a real obstacle for the continuation of politics as usual and to the establishment Republicans.
    Of course, the goal is to avoid a second catastrophic term to Mr. Obama, and if Newt can do that, let it be. But I believe that we have a chance of ending with a nomination of superior quality.

    • I agree, John. It will be a shame if we can not find someone much more capable and deserving of the nomination than Newt Gingrich.

  • Newt’s politics follow his “people need to hear what I have to say … It doesn’t matter what I live” attitude too. He can talk a good game, but in the end, Newt supports big government solutions to everything, cloaked in “free market” rhetoric.

    • To say I don’t trust him is the understatement of the year.

  • Jim at Conservatives On Fire

    I have no time for Newt Gingrich. He talks the talk and that is where it ends. He has no moral compass and he loves big government.

    • Yes, he does talk the talk, but that is as far as he goes.

  • Newt’s “courage” reminds me of Martin Sheen’s character in The Dead Zone. I would never in a million years vote for Newt.

  • Jimmie Kreizenbeck

    Very informative. I will be looking forward to your take on all the candidates. I would not have been voting for Newt anyway but now I have more reason not to. Character matters to me. I have to say though, if it comes to Newt vs. Obama………….just sayin’.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment on Political Realities, Jimmie. I hope you stay tuned and read what we write about the candidates as the primary gets closer.

      Concerning, Newt vs. Obama, the voting booth will smell pretty bad if it comes to that.

  • Simply watch this commercial he made with Pelosi illustrating his support for climate change legislation – Need I say more?

    • And that is the icing on the cake!

    • Yeah, what Steve said. I wasn’t aware of that commercial, 5etester. Thanks for sharing it with us.

      • I did see that commercial a couple of times on Fox and I remember saying to myself that Newt blew any chance he had of getting my vote.

  • I cannot and will not vote for Newt. While I consider myself a social libertarian and believe that ones person’s private life is just that, I hold a person who wants to hold the office of the presidency to a higher standard and I can’t get past the way Newt acted in the past. He was cheating on his first wife and he served her divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. He then married his mistress and dumped her when she became sick in order to marry the woman he was cheating on her with. There is a certain moral and ethical flaw that I simply cannot overlook. We need moral and just people in the White House and I feel that if a man cannot honor his commitment to his wife how can we expect him to honor his commitment to the American people?
    Then to top it all off he recently tried to claim that he was working so hard because of his patriotism and love of country that he made bad decisions–I find this excuse to be laughable and even if it were true how can we expect him to make the right decisions as president?

    • Great comment, Steve. You have said exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the post this morning. If a man can not be trusted to remain faithful to his wife, how can he be expected to be faithful in his duties as the President of the United States. He has proven at least twice that he can not be trusted and the excuses he has given for his action leave a great deal to be desired. I will stand by the statement I made at the last of the post. If Newt Gingrich is the GOP candidate, we don’t stand a chance.

    • Jimmie Kreizenbeck

      Very well said!!

  • LD Jackson
    Great comment, Steve. You have said exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the post this morning. If a man can not be trusted to remain faithful to his wife, how can he be expected to be faithful in his duties as the President of the United States. He has proven at least twice that he can not be trusted and the excuses he has given for his action leave a great deal to be desired. I will stand by the statement I made at the last of the post. If Newt Gingrich is the GOP candidate, we don’t stand a chance.

    Thanks Larry. In 2008 I held my nose and voted for John McCain even though I did not like him, but I have decided this time around that if I cannot fully support a candidate on the Republican ticket I will not vote for that candidate, even if that means returning Barack Obama to the White House. I am so sick and tired of being let down by these politicians that I will not compromise my beliefs again for the good of the party.

    • I hope to God it doesn’t come to that, Steve. I am convince our country can not withstand another four years of Barack Obama.

  • I happen to agree with you Larry. I saw him on Fox News Sunday, and he was grilled on the character issue. He gave a nonsensical response.

    We don’t need yet another politician. He is smart, he is articulate, but he doesn’t walk the walk. We need a statesman to handle this mess.

    • Exactly, Matt. All Gingrich is going to do is muddy the waters and we do not need that right now. In 2008, I held the opinion that he should stay out of the race. That opinion has not changed for 2012.

  • I would rather not have Newt as the GOP presidential candidate in 2012 but if he is the candidate I will vote for him. Yes, he was a hypocrite and acted unethically and immorally but I would ask can people change? I believe the answer is yes. I believe that Newt has indeed had a conversion experience since meeting his latest wife. In saying that I don’t think having a conversion experience makes one qualified to be president. I think he would be better as an advisor or something like that for the next GOP administration. Could patriotism or giving too many speeches, and spending too much time focused on fighting against the Democrats agenda have caused him to go astray? I think it is quite possible. I don’t think that is a good excuse for having an affair or for the way he treated both his previous wives. Ultimately, he has to take responsibility for his actions and repent and none of us knows whether he has done that or not.

    • Yes, people can change, but Newt Gingrich gives no indication that he has. His pattern of behavior has been the same for years and his latest effort to excuse himself of it does nothing to make me believe his behavior will change. Yes, he can repent and no one knows if he has done that or not, but it still does not change the fact that he is the last person we need as a candidate. I can not help but feel very strongly that he is making excuses for his behavior, rather than take responsibility for it.

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  • So far, I’m pretty disappointed in our prospects for 2012. I’m really tempted to vote in some cardiologist from Omaha or something.

    • Hopefully, someone will come to the forefront and those prospects will improve.

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