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Newt Waiting To Be Called
Jeff Gannon - A Voice of the New Media ^ | 11/15/2006 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 11/15/2006 8:39:52 AM PST by ConservativeMajority

Now that the 2006 midterm elections have almost all been decided, political observers are turning their attention toward the presidential sweepstakes in 2008. It will be the first race since 1952 that doesn’t have an incumbent president seeking re-election or vice-president looking for a promotion, leaving the field in both parties wide open. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and John Kerry top the list of about a dozen Democrats considering a White House run and Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are the names most frequently talked about for the Republican nomination.

With the official end of the 1994 Republican Revolution coming just a week ago, some have been openly wondering if the architect of the Contract With America will return to the political stage to once again lead the conservative movement with a bid for the White House. After attending an event with Newt Gingrich last night, it appears that the former House Speaker is not running for president - he’s waiting to be asked to serve.

Gingrich was interviewed by a restrained Chris Matthews and revealed the depth and breadth of his knowledge of American history. Gingrich, once a college professor, lectured the audience about how leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt might deal with today’s problems and political environment. Woven into his responses to the over-matched talk show host, was an unmistakable affirmation of conservative principles that were abandoned by the Republican Congressional leadership just deposed.

More striking was Gingrich’s outlook for the upcoming presidential campaigns. He suggested that the current lack of effective leadership in both parties is the result of negative campaigns that appeal to the lowest common denominator. Gingrich believes that real leaders will emerge when “things get bad enough” for Americans to stop responding to the politics of personal destruction and seek candidates with a strong, defined, inspirational message. The underlying premise is that those who seek power will be turned aside in favor of someone who seeks to lead a nation.

It is clear that Gingrich believes he is such a man, as do I. He’s not running for anything, but it seems that he is waiting for his country to call.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newtgingrich; nonewt; saynotonewt
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1 posted on 11/15/2006 8:39:55 AM PST by ConservativeMajority
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To: ConservativeMajority

I'm sure he'll be wait quite some time.


2 posted on 11/15/2006 8:40:56 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: ConservativeMajority

Is he sitting by the phone?


4 posted on 11/15/2006 8:41:35 AM PST by RexBeach ("Important principles may, and must be, inflexible." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ConservativeMajority

I would gladly support Newt.

I 'll even help the candidacy out however I can - unless Rudy is sitting on top, in which case I will vote for whoever is his closest competition.


5 posted on 11/15/2006 8:42:09 AM PST by TitansAFC ("Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.")
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To: ConservativeMajority

The underlying premise is that those who seek power will be turned aside in favor of someone who seeks to lead a nation.
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A very CLEAR shot at Hiltery, the power-mad Marxist Medusa.


6 posted on 11/15/2006 8:42:15 AM PST by EagleUSA (T)
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To: ConservativeMajority

SOMEONE CALL HIM!!!

:)


7 posted on 11/15/2006 8:42:37 AM PST by RebekahT ("Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: ConservativeMajority

More arrogance. When Hell freezes over, I would dare say.


8 posted on 11/15/2006 8:44:49 AM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: conservativecorner

Run Newt, run!!!!


9 posted on 11/15/2006 8:45:07 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: newt
Shhhh... I think I hear something...

10 posted on 11/15/2006 8:45:22 AM PST by evets (Beer)
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To: Paleo Conservative

This reminds me of an old old country and western song.

It's called "when the phone don't ring, I know it's you."


11 posted on 11/15/2006 8:45:34 AM PST by staytrue (Tancredo/Buchanan for 2008-All RINOS MUST GO)
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To: ConservativeMajority
Not to worry; the social conservatives will torpedo any run for the Presidency.

He's divorced; unclean. Christ would never approve of him running. /s?

12 posted on 11/15/2006 8:45:56 AM PST by zarf
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To: ConservativeMajority
I love Newt! The man has bonafide ideas, can implement them, has knowledge of the past so as not to repeat the past's mistakes in the future, and can capitalize on that which works---all for the betterment of America, IMHO. Oh, and he can hold his own and speak well, on TV.

There's more, but that's my list of positives for now.

13 posted on 11/15/2006 8:46:10 AM PST by NordP (America Votes: Turns out there ARE more Punks than Patriots ! ....so sad)
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To: ConservativeMajority
He suggested that the current lack of effective leadership in both parties is the result of negative campaigns that appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Little men with ambitious appetities but without vision, and with no way to appeal to any common Americans. Which is more elitist the Democrat or Republican Party? It might be a tie.

14 posted on 11/15/2006 8:47:59 AM PST by Biblebelter
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To: ConservativeMajority
It is clear that Gingrich believes he is such a man, as do I. He’s not running for anything, but it seems that he is waiting for his country to call.

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I'm not sure Gannon did Gingrich any favours by writing the above.

15 posted on 11/15/2006 8:48:05 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ConservativeMajority
Dunno about a presidential run; too much attackable personal baggage.

BUT.... would sure like to see him within the RNC management.

16 posted on 11/15/2006 8:48:25 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: AGP; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; Angelwood; Apple Blossom; beandog; BillF; bmwcyle; ...

Whether or not you believe Newt can win, he belongs in the race.

DC Chapter short list ping.


17 posted on 11/15/2006 8:48:29 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: ConservativeMajority

As far as I am concerned: he can sit by the phone the rest of his life before I'd call him....he's dirty.....


18 posted on 11/15/2006 8:48:40 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: ConservativeMajority
Newt's probably the best spoken defender of conservatism in the country today. His voice is desperately needed.

I'd vote for him, if I could be convinced that he's gotten over his gullibility with Dems and the media.
19 posted on 11/15/2006 8:49:22 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck; ConservativeMajority
Dunno about a presidential run; too much attackable personal baggage.

And the DemocRATS and other political enemies have put RF tags on that baggage.

20 posted on 11/15/2006 8:51:01 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: ConservativeMajority

Ring, ring, ring.


21 posted on 11/15/2006 8:51:36 AM PST by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: BufordP

I hope he can win, especially if the alternatives are RINOs like The McCainiac or Rooooooooooodeeeeeeeee.


22 posted on 11/15/2006 8:52:24 AM PST by nerdwithamachinegun (All generalizations are wrong.)
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To: ConservativeMajority

UNELECTABLE! The GOP needs fresh faces and new blood for 2008, not has-been politicos from the past who have enough skeletons in their closets to fill a graveyard. Newt is NOT the savior of the GOP, and if he runs in 2008, Hillary will trounce him. It's that simple, folks!


23 posted on 11/15/2006 8:53:33 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: ConservativeMajority

...."Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are the names most frequently talked about for the Republican nomination."....

And I WILL NOT vote for any of the above! If these are our only choices than I say someone call Newt, QUICK!


24 posted on 11/15/2006 8:55:17 AM PST by Mtner77
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To: ConservativeMajority

I know Newt, I like Newt as an advisor, stratergist, but not as a leader.....

Too much personal baggage.....


25 posted on 11/15/2006 8:55:52 AM PST by nevergore (?It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.?)
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To: zarf
Not to worry; the social conservatives will torpedo any run for the Presidency.

Hmmmm...that's funny. As a social conservative, I've been saying since November 8th that we need Newt in a position of power in the Republican Party. But thank you for correcting this error. I now see that I must view him as unclean, since its impossible for us social conservatives to support someone when they don't ascribe to our own personal agendas.

Right?

26 posted on 11/15/2006 8:56:16 AM PST by The Blitherer (In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.)
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To: zarf
He's divorced; unclean. Christ would never approve of him running. /s?

I'm as socially conservative as they come. He is no longer acceptable for an Elder position in a church, but he can still be the president just fine.

27 posted on 11/15/2006 8:57:25 AM PST by DungeonMaster (Man defiles a rock when he chips it with a tool. Ex 20:25)
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To: ConservativeMajority

Sorry, he carries too much baggage with him.


28 posted on 11/15/2006 8:57:57 AM PST by BigFinn
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To: rottndog
Newt's probably the best spoken defender of conservatism in the country today. His voice is desperately needed.

What are his positions on the common social issues, especially gay marriage and abortion?

29 posted on 11/15/2006 8:58:39 AM PST by DungeonMaster (Man defiles a rock when he chips it with a tool. Ex 20:25)
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To: NordP

I like Newt as well. I could care less about his marital state. The man knows his stuff, and would TRASH hillary in debates as well. (That would be worth paying for!)


30 posted on 11/15/2006 8:59:53 AM PST by I'm ALL Right! ("Tolerance" is only required of Conservatives.)
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To: ConservativeMajority
Newt has been saying for 2 years, beg me and I will run....please beg me!

Hey Newt, why did you leave the House?
31 posted on 11/15/2006 9:02:24 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: BufordP

Newt had his chance to lead. He decided getting wrinkles taken out of his tally wacker was more important.

If he wants to compete, fine but I'm not going to annoint him.


32 posted on 11/15/2006 9:03:58 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (HOOAH! It's an Army thing.)
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To: zarf

We're hiring the guy to kill jihadis, not a marriage counselor.


33 posted on 11/15/2006 9:06:49 AM PST by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: zarf

I can bet that there will be plenty of D-I-V-O-R-C-E-D in heaven. I will be one of them! :) Now my exhusband... that is another story!


34 posted on 11/15/2006 9:07:18 AM PST by JFC
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Against Hillary, it would be an interesting skeletons-in-the-closet contest.

With all her baggage, I don't see why anybody thinks she is a credible candidate.


35 posted on 11/15/2006 9:08:46 AM PST by Kellis91789 (I say we should flat-tax the Kyoto treaty all the way back to the security council ! -- Dogbert)
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To: zarf
I belong to a Church called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" and these same people say I'm not a Christian. They obviously have forgotten a rather central doctrine called forgiveness. Let he who is without sin cast off the first candidate. I am hopeful Newt will make his move. For whatever his failings have been, he has always been forthright with the body politic. I do not know enough about Romney, but it is equally ridiculous that these "social conservatives" or evangelicals would cast a vote against a man, regardless if his political ideals, because he isn't a member of their church. I share your dismay.
36 posted on 11/15/2006 9:11:41 AM PST by DanielLongo (Don't tread on me)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I was blissfully unaware of things back in his hey-day, so can somone please tell me what all this baggage is? If it's just that he's divorced, give me a break, that shouldn't be an issue at all.


37 posted on 11/15/2006 9:17:36 AM PST by rampage8
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To: ConservativeMajority
Heres a quarter Newt. Call someone who cares. If you can find someone other than the writer.

Newts chances of being president are less than mine and I'm not an American.

38 posted on 11/15/2006 9:25:26 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: I'm ALL Right!

If you stood all the presumptive GOP nominees in a group with Newt behind them, he'd be the one with head and shoulders above the rest. The other three are doctrinally flawed as conservatives. With his long view of American and world history, he's the best qualified by far.

TC


39 posted on 11/15/2006 9:28:39 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: JFC
Tell the truth...you sang it like Tammy Wynette when you typed that?

Because that's what I did when I read it. ;-)

40 posted on 11/15/2006 9:32:51 AM PST by retrokitten (retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: nerdwithamachinegun
Oh no! Rudy! ... Rudy!
41 posted on 11/15/2006 9:41:09 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: DanielLongo
Daniel

I don't know how many times it needs to be said, but here goes. Don't believe what the media tells you!! The fact that Romney is a Mormon, has absolutely NOTHING to do with why many of us won't support him. His record of leadership, or lack thereof, in MA, is why. If he cannot effectively govern one sate, how is he going to govern an entire country and it's military? He gives a whole new meaning to "roll over and beg" when it comes to taking orders from liberals. Most believe he is, in fact, another liberal from MA. The only way he is conservative is fiscally.
42 posted on 11/15/2006 9:42:10 AM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: zarf
Not to worry; the social conservatives will torpedo any run for the Presidency.

That's dumb and wrong. I'm as socially conservative as anyone and I want Newt front and center. I think he'd be better at advising Congressional Republicans on how to win in '08 but if the choise for the nomination were between him and rudy or McCain I'd vote for Newt in a second.

43 posted on 11/15/2006 9:42:51 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan
choise

Duh...choise should be choice!

44 posted on 11/15/2006 9:43:35 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: ConservativeMajority

Sorry, no. I like Newt, but given that he walked away from the fight in 1998 just because the Republicans didn't gain seats in the midterms I say nope. He should have stayed in Congress and fought for his ideas. Now he gets to stay on the sidelines.


45 posted on 11/15/2006 9:44:14 AM PST by Tarnsman
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To: conservativecorner

We should rebuild the grassroots conservative movement. From the Reagan Revolution of 1980 through the Contract with America in 1994, it was this movement from outside Washington that carried us to the first center-right majority governing coalition in more than 60 years.

The problem has not been with conservatism or with our voters.

The problem has been with Republican leaders who forgot who elected them and what values their supporters expected to see implemented in Washington.

-- Newt Gingrich, 11-13-2006




46 posted on 11/15/2006 9:45:39 AM PST by B4Ranch (Illegal immigration Control and US Border Security - The jobs George W. Bush refuses to do.)
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To: NordP

It's one thing to have good ideas, and I agree Newt has good ideas. Being an effective leader is a whole other kettle of fish, and Newt ain't it.


47 posted on 11/15/2006 9:46:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
Dunno about a presidential run; too much attackable personal baggage.

And political baggage, including walking off in a huff just weeks after the 7th district re-elected him.

BUT.... would sure like to see him within the RNC management.

I think he could do more good as a thinker and strategist than as a candidate -- say as a campaign manager for a conservative candidate, then as a chief of staff if he wins.

Or he could run, even with a scant chance of winning, just to advance sophisticated conservative ideas instead of simplistic sound bites, and force the other primary contenders to do the same -- pretty much the role Alan Keyes served in 1996 and 2000.

48 posted on 11/15/2006 9:52:14 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
You need to come down off your high horsey there, Lone Ranger!
48½ posted on 11/15/2006 12:55:35 PM EST by T0NTO (Kemosabe my foot)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's Brother
Say it with me.

NEWT! NEWT! NEWT!


49 posted on 11/15/2006 9:53:37 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: BufordP

He definitely belongs in the race. Brings up issues the others will have to talk about.


50 posted on 11/15/2006 9:57:09 AM PST by maxter
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