There is no question in my mind that Newt Gingrich is the most qualified and the most intelligent candidate coming from the right side of the country, but can he win?
Here’s a guy hung up on his own honor, and on a different political stage from a different time. When Newt was Speaker of the House, no question the second most powerful political position in the country if not the first, he flexed his muscle for all the right reasons, for the good of the country. He had a belief in the strength and integrity of the American people, and was sadly disappointed. If you recall, as Speaker he led the charge to reduce the cost of government, then a popular but empty ambition of most Americans, and when the slightest gore was given to the individual ox, they abandoned his gallant efforts like proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship. When they didn’t get mail delivery for one day because government wasn’t funded, the people basically said, “I don’t give a damn how far in debt the government goes, I want my mail.” Wimps.
It took about 20% unemployment and a president willing to drive the country off a cliff, willing to see America become the lowest of third world countries, before they began to come out of their lazy complacency and awaken to the fact that yes, this debt has to stop. Newt knew it long ago, and tried.
I pray that some have been enlightened, and the 70% or so in Wisconsin who are silently backing Governor Walker are the light at the end of the tunnel. Those folks are the clearest sign of hope that Americans are beginning to come out from under the influence of the drug of unreality, of four bedrooms and two and a half baths in every pot, of a house for everyone even if they don’t have credit or the ability to pay. Out from under the vote buying spending sprees of Barney Frank and Harry Reid and the rest of the liberals in Congress who think the government tit will never dry up, at least not until they are retired to feed off the trough they voted themselves during their time in office. At least we can pray Americans will awaken, have awakened, for if they don’t we’ll be just beneath Haiti in terms of international influence and prosperity and rightfully so, for the rest of the world is watching closely and “printing” money is not creating wealth, it’s destroying it. Already the world is beginning to look at the dollar as phony money.
I heard Newt and his wife speak at the Reagan memorial library last year, and can’t begin to tell you how much sense he made. Good, old, American common sense. That’s at the heart of what Newt believes, and refreshing for a politicians, and he says what he believes.
But are the people, we the people, awake enough to realize that Newt was absolutely right when he said enough was enough years ago, and tried to awaken Americans from their lethargy?
Will America be so hung up on their “rightness” that they won’t realize how wrong they were when they wimped out and rejected Newt’s pleas to stop the runaway train of debt years ago?
We can only hope and pray so. It’s way past time to bite the bullet. It’s time to reflect back on what Newt was saying years ago. And obviously, he was dead on.
Newt will decimate every other opponent in a debate, particularly one without teleprompters and a legion of advisors madly feeding the contestants from the backgroud… it’s just can America make the hard choices? They proved years ago that they’d take the easy way. I, for one, think passing the hard choices on to another generation is the cowardly way, not merely the easy way. We’ll see.
This from the Political Insider by Jim Galloway:
Newt Gingrich to announce exploratory committee ‘in 10 days’
February 26, 2011
I was on a State Bar panel this afternoon with Randy Evans, the Atlanta lawyer in charge of Newt Gingrich’s business interests. He’s quoted below.
Before we parted, Evans told me this: “In 10 days, Newt Gingrich will be in Georgia, announcing his exploratory committee.”
By my count, that’s Tuesday, March 8.
During a January visit to Georgia, Newt Gingrich let it be known in private conversations that he’d scouted out office space for a campaign headquarters in Buckhead.
In Florida on Thursday, the former U.S. House speaker, Newt Gingrich, from Georgia even spoke of potential running mates. From the Palm Beach Post:
“Florida has two and maybe three potential vice presidential candidates right now, maybe four if you count Jeb Bush,” Gingrich said. He mentioned Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation and Gov. Rick Scott.
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