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How not to run for President

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s barely Tuesday and it’s already the worst week ever for the Gingrich campaign.   Will Gingrich flame out before the campaign is even a week old?

[South Carolina Governor Nikki] Haley, whose promise to endorse a presidential candidate has made her a key power broker in the Republican primary fight, joined in the chorus Tuesday and said she is “terribly disappointed” in Gingrich.

“What he said was absolutely unfortunate,” Haley told CNN in a phone interview. “Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees.”

“When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,” she added.

It’s easy to figure out Newt’s Road to the White House from here.  Let’s see now:

1) Piss off Iowa Republicans?  Check

2) Piss off South Carolina Republicans?  Check

3) ??

4) President Gingrich!

A sincere hat-tip goes to Governor Haley, especially for the last sentence in that excerpt.  Paul Ryan has done what most politicians would never dare to do–formulate and actually present a plan to reform our disastrous entitlement programs.  The President,  the Democrats in Congress–not one of them is proposing anything.  And certainly not Newt Gingrich.  He’d rather see what the polls are saying and play to the elderly vote “have a conversation” about entitlement reform.   That’s not leadership, Mr. Speaker.  That’s more of the same crap.  Which is what we don’t need nor want.

Iowa voter spanks Newt Gingrich

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

It didn’t take long for Newt to get knee-deep in the muck of a presidential campaign. 

Watch this video of an Iowan Republican stick it to the man after calling Paul Ryan’s budget plan “radical”.  The fun starts at about 1:30 into the clip:

Money quote:  “You’re an embarrassment to our party.  Why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself.”

It’s not even primary season yet and already Newt is already pissing off Iowa Republicans.  That’s really not a good way to start out, wouldn’t you say?

Welcome to the 2012 Campaign, Mr. Speaker!

Huckabee the best bet for the GOP in 2012?

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Tom Jensen at PPP sizes up the Republican field 22 months out and comes to this conclusion:

My main thought on the Republican Presidential field as 2011 begins is that the party needs someone outside the current top 4 of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich to come out of the pack and win the nomination.

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Huckabee’s the only one of the top Republicans who has the combination of electability and base appeal it’s going to take to beat Barack Obama. Romney has the electability but not the base appeal, Palin has the base appeal but not the electability, and Gingrich sort of falls in the middle on both counts. A lot will change over the course of 2011 but at least based on the information we have so far Huckabee looks like the GOP’s best bet.

Take the pollsters with a grain of salt, of course.  But nevertheless, it’s distressing to see this final four as the GOP nominee.  No candidate will have the perfect conservative cred, plus the electability.  I understand that.

But half of the contenders right now are–Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.  Wrap your brain around that for a second. 

The Tea Party may have dragged the GOP to electoral victory in Congress this past November, and may very well do so again between now and 2012.  But the White House?  I’m not too sure.  Distressing, indeed.

[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]

No thrills up my leg

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Via Ben Smith, Iowa Republicans were polled on the outlook for the 2012 field, and it isn’t exactly a barn-burner:

The poll shows that the 2012 contest is going to begin right where the 2008 Iowa Caucuses left off, with Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney. Huckabee comes out on top of the poll garnering 22 percent, Romney finishes second with 18 percent, and Newt Gingrich finishes surprisingly well with 14 percent in third place. Sarah Palin finishes a disappointing fourth with 11 percent. Texas Congressman Ron Paul garnered 5 percent, while Pawlenty, and South Dakota Senator John Thune each received 1 percent.

Yes it’s still very early. But I have no faith in any of these candidates–not Palin, not Romney, certainly not Huckabee–to be able to win a national election against Barack Obama.

Despite Republican momentum in 2010, which was to be expected, 2012 is light-years away politically speaking.  The grassroots activism is certainly a plus, but the RNC is still a rotten apple.  It’s virtually a headless operation (thank you Chairman Steele).

And as if things weren’t murky enough, this also stuck out from the Iowa Republican piece:

If there is a surprise in the poll, it’s the strength of Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has been a frequent visitor to Iowa over the past decade. He has headlined events for the Republican Party of Iowa, various political candidates, and held activist workshops across the state. His affection for and understanding of Iowa will definitely be an asset should he seek the Republican nomination.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Gingrich is running.  But we have been warned.  Gingrich winning the nomination would be a disaster for the Republican party and would ensure four more years of an Obama presidency.

The GOP can’t quit Newt

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

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.

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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.

[Via PPP’s Twitter feed]

Why does Newt keep talking?

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

It was over 15 years ago when Newt Gingrich led the Republican revolution which ended up in the GOP takeover of Congress, keeping the Clinton agenda in check.  This is forever cemented into the great annals of GOP history, and rightfully so.

The downside is that his tenure as House speaker ended in disgrace and he is forever branded (in my eyes anyway) as not so much what was right about the Republicans in the 1990s, but more of what was wrong. 

Fast forward to 2010 and, despite recent electoral victories this past November and a miraculous Senate seat pick-up in deep blue Masachusetts, the Republican brand is still toxic.  I’m sure I wouldn’t be reaching if I said that Republicans are as equally despised as Democrats. 

And I’m sure it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that American electorate is still not so enamored with Newt as a person and/or candidate, given his past (ahem) marital issues and ethics problems. 

Given that the Republican brand needs some serious refurbishing, I don’t think Newt is the ideal person to be out there pushing his ideas on reviving “Republicanism”.  And I don’t think I’m the only blogger who thinks that Newt is trying to hijack the Tea Party movement for his own political ends.  Nah.

So why does Newt keep talking?  And who is actually listening?