Skip to comments.Understanding the Unexpected (and Unfunded) Rise of Newt Gingrich
Posted on 11/14/2011 6:16:56 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
Which Newt is going to show up to “fight”?
Gingrich Backs Obamacares Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance (May 2011)
In response to a follow-up question from Charles Krauthammer about whether he opposed the mandate as a matter of policy or constitutionality, Gingrich replied, I believe that it is unconstitutional for the Congress to require you to buy something because then the Congress could require you to do anything.
Great policy wonk, yes. Good leadership and decision making abilities, marginal at best.
It’s a sad spectacle watching the death throes of such a grand old party.
I remember the earlier 'debates' didn't have a lot of Newt, but the few times he spoke, he commanded attention.
Personally, I want Newt to denounce a few things .. pelosi's couch and a few others.
His daughter has put to rest the dieing wife divorce story, so ... maybe Newt IS viable.
I'm glad we still have a year.
Point well taken.
He DID denounce Pelosi’s couch, AND a few other things.
Check it out, and I’m hoping you’ll find that his very, very, strong points outweigh his admittedly large volume of baggage.
He’s not my “perfect” candidate, but none of them are, especially the viable ones.
If you want fundmental change in the US political system you got 2 choices. Cain or Paul. The election of either would be a 9.9 political earthquake.
I think Newt could well be just the right guy to help bring the GOP party back to what it is supposed to be. Of course hes not perfect but he would have the gravitas to begin a process that could be followed up on and he would sure be an example of taking a stand against not only the media but the stupid far left as well. He may just be the right one to put some shame into GOP party to start to stand for something. He certainly is the only one to explain things that even the media seems to have a hard time arguing with.
“Personally, I want Newt to denounce a few things .. “
He’s admitted mistakes as far as the Pelosi couch thing. The thing I find most troubling about Gingrich is once they passed the contract with America, they fell back into business as usual, (that is to say corrupt big government), almost the next day.
Yep, me too.
Gingrich can and will bring it. Cain has troubles with pro-life and 999 additional source of fed revenue. Perry has problems saying what he wants to say or knowing what he wants to say. Bachmann is a one-trick pony (did you know she was the first to want to repeal obamacare?). Santorum, I like because of his solid pro-life record and his deep thinking ability, but he strikes others as a whiner so he’s getting no traction. Paul can’t seem to hear a foreign policy debate without going suicide bomber all over himself.
Gingrich has his known foibles, his forays into political positions that must be explained, but on the other hand, he is the LAST person in the US to have actually balanced the US budget. Other than that he fits my definition of conservative: pro-life, pro-God, pro-gun, pro-natural marriage and family, pro-American exceptionalism, pro-military, pro-strong America foreign policy, and pro-fiscal sanity.
He stands for all those things, and he just blows everybody else away in debates. Gingrich is to all comers as Cheney was to Edwards in their famous sit-down debate in 2004.
We got a fundamental change with BO. How’s that workin’ out for ya?
"Check it out, and Im hoping youll find that his very, very, strong points outweigh his admittedly large volume of baggage"
On top of that, Newt’s a quitter, he decided that selling books was more important than serving his constituents, even though he was overwhelmingly reelected to his House seat in 1998.
Ah, a series of adult thoughts and comments. Not intentionally inflamatory, not hostile, just honest statements of some facts and some opinions.
Better look out. You are likely to be flamed. There is always (actually, more than) one who is dependable to fill that role and he is sure to pop up shortly. Uh oh, I see he is already at it!
Anyway, it will be interesting to read the comments as they weigh in on the relative merit of yours. We’ll enjoy the cerebral ones, and pass over the others.
Love Newt in the debates and most issues, but his Global Warming stand kills it. He claims skeptics are wrong about GW and would not be for Cap & Trade, but what would he be for?
Pray for America
FYI..National review has a poll on their home page today..who do you prefer..Cain or Gingrich?..Newt gets 75% of the vote..
How many of us realize Newt has had a religeous conversion (to the Catholic Church), in 2009 I think? Many FReepers seem to think that Jesus died for their sins, but not for Newt’s, or that their own repentance was more sincere than Newt’s. I am not one of those.
I have had to repent of some very painful stuff in my own life, and I must assume that Newt’s conversion and repentance are as genuine as my own.
I think Newt may be capable of sparking a great American political revival.
Respectfully, that's insanity.
But, it's your party. Carry on if you must.
IMO, Newt has ONE BIG problem..Callista...he has a good chance of getting the nomination, but she will turn off a lot of women voters in the general election..
As a fellow (lifelong) Browns fan, I can say nobody knows harsh reality like a Dawg Pounder lol
ABSOLUTELY AGREE! If Newt has had an honest “come-to-Jesus” change in his mind/heart/life, what an incredible opportunity for Good to be: 1) known and understood, and 2) discussed in the public forum, and 3) acted on.
“If you want fundmental change in the US political system you got 2 choices. Cain or Paul. “
Fundamental change? Obama gave us fundamental change. I don’t trust either of those men, although Cain is much more likely to do a good job than Paul. Ron Paul would be a dynamic force for the country economically, while he trashed our foreign policy. Cain would be earn while he learned foreign policy. And while there is a great thirst for outsiders, a president must know how to get things done, in a political fashion. Reagan’s experience as Governor, and in the SAG was key. It gave Reagan the tools he needed to twist arms in an acceptable fashion.
We agree. Well said, it really is time for ABO, (anyone but Obama), however, given a choice, root for newt.
“As a fellow (lifelong) Browns fan, I can say nobody knows harsh reality like a Dawg Pounder lol”
Ugh. I’ve all but given up. Mike Holmgren is yet another in a long line of washed up sports figures coming to Cleveland for that last big payday before retirement.
The team is as bad, and unwatchable now, as they were in 1999. I was golfing yesterday during the game. At this point, my screen name is a misnomer.
Politics seems to be the one place that little forgiveness is given for a/the past.
Again .. I'm glad we still have a year.
Callista is just fine. Watched her on the “God in America” videos and had no problem whatsoever.
My party? What party is that? You seem to be all knowing so how about naming my party. Well, Ive noticed that the only thing you have done is bash current candidates but have not shown a better candidate. If you cant put forth a candidate that you prefer what good is some fringe party.
I hope you’re right...I’ve only seen her on TV a few times..she strikes me as a cold fish..I assume that she’s been kept off the campaign so far because of the Tiffany reports..as he contnues to rise in the polls, and he will..she’ll have to get out there more..
That is just factually not true!!!
~- Samuel Adams
“How many of us realize Newt has had a religeous conversion (to the Catholic Church), in 2009 I think”
And with Newt, you have to wonder if it was done for political expediency...
You were the one who thought it was such clever politics to run around posting childish personal attacks at Cain on every thread. Don’t start pouting now that people are punching back at your candidate of choice.
Tell me something. If a person turns to Christ and shows in his life that he has can we expect a change in that person from what he was before?
Good for you!
At age 20 (in college) I was torn between my Episcopalian upbringing and not non-belief, but actual disbelief. For 22 years I was a hard-core atheist. Nothing but disdain and contempt for “the weak” people of faith.
Fortunately, God loved me just as I was, and loved me too much to leave me that way. 22 years later the radio ministry of Charles Stanley (over the airwaves) and an HONEST man of God showed me my incredible foolishness (and worse).
Syrupy, saccharine group hugs (in the name of Christian faith and action) were simple turn-offs to me. It took the HONESTY of the whole message (not only that we can be forgiven, but the flip side too—we need salvation because we are sinners) being delivered. Sadly, many seem afraid to deliver that 2nd half for fear of “scaring people off”.
But it is the Truth, and it is, therefore, necessary.
And how grateful I am and have been ever since (1/25/1988).
Wow! Do you have a special ability to see the heart or are you just winging it?
Funny! And thanks.
Everyone has the choice to repent and become a better person....even Newt Gingrich!!!
“That is just factually not true!!!”
Really? So, they did what they said they would do? Run down the list and tell me how many of these actually happened in any substantial way.
“On the first day of their majority in the House, the Republicans promised to pass eight major reforms:
1. require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
2. select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
3. cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
4. limit the terms of all committee chairs;
5. ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
6. require committee meetings to be open to the public;
7. require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
8. guarantee an honest accounting of the Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.
Not quite. The contrived, perhaps even unconstitutional presidential primary "basketball tournament" schedule could have the nomination (and if it ends up like '96, for example, the election itself) more or less over by late March to late April.
But all through the Palin months, the same tone was leveled at those who did not favor her. And 4%’er Cain was not even mentioned or given any recognition by this same group of people. And it is the same people who viciously protected Palin are now doing nearly the same for Cain.
Is it by some miracle, Palin quits and overnight, Cain is the savior of America and will revolutionize Washington? Even though, like Palin he has no clue how to go about that. Don't you find that somewhat strange? I do.
F’got about that ... thanx
Between Paul, Gingrich, Cain, etc, we all know they will stay in the primaries all through the 3rd or 4th primary, similar to 2008. And the split among the base will favor Romney. This is becoming so predictable.
Yup! And the fact is that we can have an adult (there I go again, using that word) conversation, honestly analyzing the facts, discussing different understandings and takes on them, and work toward POSITIVE outcomes.
Instead of attempting to be so right (slashing and tearing away at the Republican candidates) that only a single, bloodied, and wobbly one eventually remains—all primed and ready for the Democrat meat grinder.
Newt Gingrich is the personification of the unprincipled Republican establishment. If you all want to play pretend that this isn’t so, there is nothing I can do about that.
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