The GOP can’t quit Newt
I noticed that PPP has added Newt in their polling for the 2012 GOP nomination:
For our look ahead to the 2012 Presidential race in Arizona this week we added Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to go along with our usual choices of Mitt Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney. And although we’ll certainly need to see polling from more states to confirm a trend, the numbers suggest a Gingrich candidacy could hurt Palin’s prospects.
Palin and Gingrich both have a unique appeal to the most partisan of Republican voters, but it may be that they see Gingrich as a more substantive and ‘Presidential’ candidate. They could end up competing for the same pool of GOP partisans, and if they both run it may prove to be a good thing for Romney.
Prospects for the 2010 are certainly high, but I’m not too confident about the race for the White House in 2012.
I’m increasingly becoming of the opinion that as conservatives, we are better off if Governor Palin wouldn’t run for President in 2012, not so much because I’m not 100% sure that she could win, but her contributions to the cause are better suited for other uses–like at the RNC, for example. Building up the base, lining up donors, etc.
And about Newt. I’m under no misconception that Newt will not make a run for the nomination in 2012. By all means he will. If the climate for Democrats continues as toxic as it is right now, if all of the momentum that we’re seeing from grassroots conservatives keeps up into the end of the year, then you can take it to the bank—Newt will be throwing his hat into the ring.
That won’t be a good thing neither for the Republican party or conservatism.
Americans are not stupid. We’ve seen this movie before. Newt would be bad news. The Republican party needs to move forward and cultivate younger talent, some new faces. Newt is not the way to do that and the Republican party deserves what it gets if it nominates the former Speaker for 2012.