The Ghost of Christmas Past, in the person of Newt Gingrich, has appeared on the Republican Presidential Primary scene. Gingrich is a hero to the Republicans but that dates back to the 1994 mid term election. In politics that is ancient history.
Gingrich will run. He has been itching for a shot at the Presidency for decades and considering his age and the perceived vulnerability of President Obama this may be the last chance and the perfect storm all in one.
Gingrich burst on the scene as one of the co-authors of the Contract with America that propelled the Republicans to victory in the 1994 mid-term elections. Other co-authors included Dick Armey and John Boehner who all drew their inspiration in part from Ronald Reagan’s 1985 State of the Union speech. Yes, Johnny while there may be no Santa Claus the Republicans live by the “Same s___, different day” creed.
A Gingrich victory in the Republican Presidential Primary would be a huge surprise. He has much of the infrastructure in place: a website, name recognition, and a Fox News gig. But I’m afraid he is yesterday’s news with a lot of baggage. He tries to court the Religious Right but his history with women will be a problem with that group as well as mainstream America. His track record is marry, have an affair, have an ugly divorce, marry the mistress, have an affair with a woman 23 years younger, get a divorce, marry the mistress. Interesting thing about the affair with the much younger woman is that it was going on during the Monica Lewinsky scandal while the House, under then Speaker Newt Gingrich, was impeaching President Clinton essentially for the same offense. I think the word I’m looking for is hypocrisy. There are also the 84 ethics charges that were filed against him while he was Speaker that led to a reprimand and his eventual exit from the House.
Newt has a slick website newt.org. It contains statements on many issues. On Jobs it says, “We should cut the corporate tax rate to 12.5% to match Ireland.” Perhaps old Newt should stop watching Fox News and watch a real news organization then he would know that Ireland is not exactly an economic model for success in December of 2010. On Environment and Energy it says, “The federal government should lift bureaucratic restrictions and bottlenecks that halt environmentally sound exploration of America’s vast oil and natural gas reserves.” You tell them Newt, if only it hadn’t been for all that government regulation all that oil wouldn’t have been floating in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. On Health Care it is that same inaccurate Republican rhetoric concluding in “repeal and replace”. What Newt never told the sheep he led to slaughter is that there is as good a chance of repeal as there is of supply side economics being successful. Oh, I forgot Newt is in favor of supply side economics also citing its previous success. Too bad he never lists a specific year or years. Maybe that is because the success never happened.
He likes to complain about earmarks also. That is the sure sign of political economic ignorance. (See – The Sofa Is Not The Solution 12/17).
There is just too much against Gingrich for him to be successful in the primary or general election. Older Republicans look at him as a hero of the past. Younger Republicans look at him as one of the crazy old uncles. Independents look upon him as personally flawed and a hypocrite. My advice for Gingrich is: just concentrate on selling those books and movies you never seem to miss an opportunity to plug.
I may owe an apology to Mr. Dickens but certainly none to Mr. Gingrich
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