Skip to comments.Gingrich's unpredictability raises concerns
Posted on 12/02/2011 1:25:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
.."I think he's got a pretty good argument to make about his time as speaker, in terms of results," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who served with Gingrich in the House and has not endorsed a presidential candidate. "The real purpose of a president, I think, is to find common ground with Congress to solve our problems. Newt has been in that mix."
(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...
Alaskas Governor Palin, John McCains running mate in 2008, could be very formidable as a presidential candidate in 2012, Gingrich said. But he stipulated that would be the case only if she seeks out a group of sophisticated policy advisers and spends time developing a series of fairly sophisticated positions. He noted that Palin starts in Iowa with a substantial advantage. I think she has a very big base among the fundamentalist wing of the party. He also mentioned two other potential Republican presidential candidates. If the economy is still a mess a year from now, then [former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt] Romneys economic credentials start to come back in an important way, Gingrich said. He cautioned that Romney has got to figure out how to close the sale.
And if Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison becomes governor of Texas, the second largest state, she is an instantly formidable candidate, Gingrich said.
SO.....Will the Bushes back Romney or Gingrich?
Yesterday (Dec 1, 2011) Mitt Romney was in Houston visiting George HW Bush. The Bush-Rove Machine ran Kay Bailey Hutchisons primary challenge against Gov. Rick Perry in 2010. Perry won. Hutchison has publicly stated she will not support Perry.
Donors to Bush absent for Perry WASHINGTON Fewer than one in 10 of the top fundraisers who helped George W. Bush shatter records for presidential campaign money in 2000 and 2004 have donated to Texas Gov. Rick Perrys 2012 presidential campaign, a Houston Chronicle analysis of Federal Election Commission data has found.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a wide lead over other GOP presidential hopefuls in donations received from the 939 Pioneers and Rangers who raised at least $100,000 each for the Bush presidential efforts.
Are Conservatives Ready to Forgive Newt Gingrich His Sins?
..If Newt can withstand the rehashing of Tom Coburns book a book that portrays Gingrich as talking the talk, but betraying the talk once in office we may have our anti-Romney. If not, I think Rick Perry may yet have a second coming if he is ready. I say that having asked many callers to my radio show who are Cain supporters where they would go. Most say Newt. The others Perry. And if Newt implodes? They almost always say theyd go to Perry Romney is rarely their choice.
11 hours ago RUSH (Limbaugh): The Atlanta Urinal & Constipation
There's a trusted source of news and information. /s
It’s a wire story and all over the place. I picked the AJC source, as it is Newt country.
If/When Cain departs, I can’t see his support going to Mittens, even if he endorses him as he did in 2008. It may well put Newt over the top. As far as Perry, he seems lost. He polled like 1% in that FL shocker yesterday. He is spending $ on ads in Iowa rehashing the debate gaffe, with humor. It isn’t working. What is his path to the nomination?
Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she’s a witch?
Peasant 3: Well, she turned me into a newt!
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant 3: [meekly after a long pause] ... I got better.
Crowd: [shouts] Burn her anyway!
Lindsey Graham. Always the JACKASS!
Do you have a comment on the article?
Fair and honest coverage would be a good start.
Limbaugh finally gets it: The China Myth and Rick Perry
The over the top need to "Quayle" Perry should make voters wonder.
And he likes Newt's "common ground" way of dealing with issues.
And note how Newt extols Sarah Palin's need to have "sophisticated" advisers that can give her "sophisticated" ideas -- just that old lovable uncle, elite Newt giving his sage advice to us "unsophisticated dummies" out here in fly-over country.
You can’t get much more sophisticated than posting an article written by a wacko liberal hack published by a third rate far left newspaper quoting a limp wristed RINO.
You don’t like the conclusions of the article.
We get it.
I don’t know who ‘we’ is unless you’ve got a mouse in your pocket but I don’t think you did get it because I didn’t say anything about the conclusions. I just pointed out the character of the sources. I thought that was pretty clear but I guess not.
Somehow I doubt that if I posted an opinion piece about Perry from a liberal source in Texas you would see it like that.
I’ve posted pieces on Gov. Perry from LIBERAL MSM outlets (they all hate him) and then I take the opportunity to defend Perry’s record and correct the article.
But then this article is about Newt. If the premise is wrong — correct it.
I am impressed by your indefatigable representation of Rick Perry and your adamant opposition to Newt Gingrich, whom I support. Last night I published the following reply in this thread:
"Gingrich's unpredictability raises concerns"
I presume to repeat it here because I think it explains why these objections to Gingrich which you so diligently publish have found no traction and, in my judgment, will find no statistical resonance; so, it is very likely that Gingrich will gain the nomination.
In effect, I am saying that the battle you are fighting so well has no relevance to the mood of the electorate in these extraordinary times.
A word about Rick Perry. I believe his much ballyhooed comeback is a hope forlorn. He is facing one insurmountable obstacle, no American wants to be embarrassed by his president and Perry unfortunately has embarrassed us as he embarrassed himself. We want our champions who represent us before the world to be someone we can be proud of not someone who is liable to embarrass us. We (the whole electorate including the mushy middle not predominated by FReepers) would rather have a scoundrel like Clinton than a patriot like George Bush with a tendency to step on his tongue.
Here is yesterday's reply:
At the end of the day the Tea Party will embrace Newt Gingrich. To assume that the Tea Party was about a checklist of conservative principles is to misunderstand the energizing impulse that created and sustains the tea party. The tea party is aroused because they feel, quite reasonably, that their country is slipping away and the danger is not remote but imminent and catastrophic.
They did not gather in their millions across the village green of America because the Congress did not put the decimal point in the right place, the Tea Party exists out of the conviction that they must save the Republic.
So they seek policies toward that end and those policies inevitably are conservative policies because conservatism is patriotic and prudent. But they are not conservatives who seek conservative policies, they are patriots who seek national salvation.
When they judge a presidential candidate they will not measure him against a conservative matrix, they are going to ask themselves whether he can save the country. In other words, above all they want a man of vision, a man who can articulate that vision, a man who can carry the country.
Gov. Perry simply disqualified himself from that description. Newt Gingrich among all the candidates alone possesses the potential to be great. He could also be a great disappointment. But we must take the chance because a business as usual president simply is not the man for the times. There is a sense that this is a time of destiny for Gingrich.
To offer the following observation is knowingly to court the cheap and easy rebuke but it nevertheless must be said: the American people are awakening to the danger which is buffeting them from abroad and from within. They fear for their country and for their children. They are turning to a man whom they would not otherwise consider normal times. The historical parallel is Winston Churchill in 1939-1940.
This is not to say that Gingrich is in the same class with Churchill but the resemblance is remarkable. Both are possessed of the highest intellect, both are successful authors, both have vast parliamentary experience, both are seemingly controversial, both are accused of being fountains of bad as well as great ideas, both are masters of oratory, both have been cast into the wilderness and come back, both have been accused of ideological impurity, Churchill having crossed the aisle twice, both have farsighted vision.
England would never have turned to Winston Churchill if it were not the hour of her greatest peril. Newt Gingrich is not Winston Churchill but he might just be Margaret Thatcher. The rest of the field cannot even compete in the same league. If we entrust Gingrich with the office and he missteps at least we will have taken our best shot. It is not ideological purity that we need to save the country but leadership, even charisma. We have no choice but to take the risk of nominating Gingrich just as England had no choice but to turn to the one man that could save her.
This is why The Tea Party is able to embrace Gingrich and this is why the base of the Republican Party is even now embracing Gingrich, and this is why he will prevail in the election. It is not just a matter of eliminating the other candidates, that is not why England turned to Churchill, there were, after all, other men of substance but there was no one else who held the promise that Churchill held to save the world-and no one carried such a risk as Churchill.
They had to assume the risk to get Churchill.
I have met Rick Perry. I found him to be an affable and gregarious fellow. He has a great personality - in PERSON. Often that is lost on the stump. He is hardly the first. I met Al Gore a few times in 1988 and '89. Great guy, funny guy...in person. But stiffest pol in history in debates or on the stump. You need to tell your Perry friends to create some events or forums that better showcase his attractive personality.
“Gingrich’s unpredictability raises concerns”
That’s this thread. I searched earlier for this title — you say you posted the same comment on an earlier thread. Is it posted somewhere else on FR?
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