Skip to comments.Never-Ending Newt
Posted on 04/05/2013 8:38:51 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
Gingrich lost, but he hasnt retired.
After 69 years, Newt Gingrich is wealthy, a celebrity, and the owner of a tony home in Northern Virginia. His place in the history books, as the leader of the Republican revolution, has long been established.
But the former House speaker isnt ready to fade away.
I dont rule it out, he said on Thursday over breakfast, when asked about a future presidential run. He spoke excitedly about his company, Gingrich Productions, and his upcoming trip to South Carolina, where he won the Republican primary last year.
Gingrichs unflagging energy isnt surprising. Weve all known people who have refused to retire. Richard Nixon used to tell friends about his drive to stay in the arena, long after his time on the center stage of American politics had passed.
Gingrich, for the most part, has followed the Nixon model for political winter. He keeps busy writing history books, making speeches, and making movies. (A film about Billy Graham is in the works.) He is also obsessed with technology and its implications for the future. Hes already signed up to get Google glasses, driverless cars fascinate him, and he constantly touts online teaching.
My instinct is that there will be a new generation of ideas, and a new generation of candidates, he says. But, you know, I would like to be somebody who plays a role in developing a new generation.
There has been time for fun, too. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, adore Downton Abbey, a British drama that airs in the States on PBS. One night last week we were up until two in the morning, because we had to see the next one, he says. Were well into season three now. His favorite character is Lord Grantham, the shows controversial and aging patriarch. I like the old man, he says with a chuckle. I identify by age.
Gingrich warns, however, that the GOP cannot become its own period drama. Part of the Republican partys problem is that its kind of a silent film, a black-and-white short, in an age when people are used to quadraphonic sound, jump cuts, full color, and HD, he says.
Behind the scenes, Gingrich has encouraged congressional Republicans to visit majority-African-American districts and urged officials to be more diplomatic with Hispanics. Its important because when you go out, and youre standing in a room and youre looking people in the face, you begin to realize the limitations of what you can and cant say, and you begin to realize how they hear it, he explains.
Gingrich acknowledges that Republicans, especially Speaker John Boehner, face many challenges in the second term. But he doesnt think all is lost for the GOP, in spite of its stumbles. I think [Boehner] has actually gained ground, he says. I think hes learned that dealing with Obama is very complicated, much more complicated than dealing with Clinton.
Of course, Boehner doesnt have a Republican Senate, so his position is more complicated than mine was, he adds. But my sense is he has begun to figure out a pattern that enables him to minimize Obamas effectiveness and allows him to consolidate Republicans in the House.
Immigration is one issue where he thinks the House can gain the upper hand, even though Senate Democrats have taken the lead on that debate. My guess is the House will pass a bill first, he says. In such a scenario, he predicts the House GOP could end up significantly shaping the final package by making the first move.
A self-professed creature of the House, Gingrich believes that the current group of House Republican leaders, especially former vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, should lift the spirits of weary conservatives. Paul Ryan has the skill set to be a good speaker of the House, he says. Ryan can either be a really remarkable policy wonk or he can be a popular politician. He is one of the most popular people in politics.
The compliment for Ryan was a blessing of sorts from one Republican visionary to another. Gingrich has left the campaign trail and Congress, but he keeps tabs on everything. And hes glad that Republicans (and reporters) still keep tabs on him.
Right after I stepped down as speaker, I was up here [near the Capitol] one day doing something, he recalls. This one reporter looked up and said: We miss you so much. It was so much easier to figure out stories to write when you were here.
That aside made Gingrichs day.
Good Newt/Bad Newt ping.
Newt Gingrich is in no small part one of the reasons we still have the “Halfrican Bastard” in OUR “White” House today.
And, if you say as I suspect ... Santorum ... you are completely mistaken. IMHO.
Well here goes! Newt is an ever ending JERK!
The “GOP” had an EXTRODINARILY POOR “Slate” of Candidates running in 2012. The GOP-e/RINO(pretty much the same) insured that their “BOY” Mittens “won” the “Nomination” and LOST the Election(Like Dole and MacPain).
Newt’s day has come and gone, but in spite of that he is as good as anything else the GOP offers.
Face it folks we haven’t got much to pick from.
Costa, you deserve a Pulitzer.
I’m a Lady!
He lost to the guy who lost. He holds no office. Does he even have a following?
Hilda, your analogy is not one that is pure or totally logical. But it is all explained here:
Keep writing your books, but otherwise...please fade away.
And your wife has crazy eyes, to boot. Very creepy. I'm sure she's a nice person, though.
Newt’s forte is he *can* be extremely articulate on principles and thinks on his feet. He can also stick foot in mouth bigtime.
That said, I agree, the choices are thin. In a multiple choice between Romeny and Newt, I take Newt. McCain, Newt... I take Newt.
A college professor who left teaching, went into politics and became a multi-millionaire. That tells me all I want to know.
The GOP-e/RINO(pretty much the same) insured that their BOY Mittens won the Nomination and LOST the Election(Like Dole and MacPain).
I take it with your “BOY” Mittens comment, that I can without reservation lay the present occupant of the White House right on your doorstep you...remaining comments self censored.
Now should that not be the case I’ll cut you some slack, but as I see it, those who just could not bring themselves to vote for a candidate miles beyond the present occupant, are the real issue in this debate. There were more than four million who thought themselves the saviors and I wonder if they still feel the same way as we all begin to suffer under the boy king.
yep, yep, yep and yep.
I “voted(with NOSE TIGHTLY held)” for “Mittens(as did Free Republic’s Mr Robinson)”...
I must admit, my reasons for wanting Newt as president were selfish. I was looking forward to repeated spankings of the White House press corps. I might have even watched the evening news for them. If cBS would have brought Dan Rather out of retirement to receive some drubbings, my joy would have been complete.
With that said, I can’t see how his candidacy kept any deserving Conservative from the Republican nomination in 2012.
I really like Newt in a lot of ways but he is toast in terms of political viability yet his ego never got the message. When he had the chance to help keep Romney out, he refused to go away. Enjoy your fat cat house Newt. Now go retire to it.
Yes, it would have been Santorum.
I think we can do better than this gay marriage supporting putz.
I suppose I should remind you of, OHIO:
Mitt Romney Massachusetts Republican 460,831 37.96% 38
Rick Santorum Virginia Republican 448,580 36.95% 25 37.9%
Newt Gingrich Virginia Republican 177,183 14.60% 0 0.0%
Mitt Romney Massachusetts Republican 409,522 41.10% 16
Rick Santorum Virginia Republican 377,372 37.87% 14 46.7%
Newt Gingrich Virginia Republican 65,027 6.53% 0 0.0%
not to mention:
Mitt Romney Massachusetts Republican 822 38.99% 0 0.0%
Rick Santorum Virginia Republican 673 31.93% 0 0.0%
Ron Paul Texas Republican 439 20.83% 0 0.0%
Newt Gingrich Virginia Republican 165 7.83% 0 0.0%
Mitt Romney Massachusetts Republican 4,554 32.23% 8 29.6%
Rick Santorum Virginia Republican 4,254 30.11% 8 29.6%
Ron Paul Texas Republican 3,410 24.13% 6 22.2%
Newt Gingrich Virginia Republican 1,878 13.29% 2 7.4%
That’s four states where votesplitting with Newt cost Santorum wins. Newt also cost Santorum shots at WA, IL, WI, AZ.
Santorum still won 11 states, same as Romney did in 2004.
Full disclosure: I hoped for Newt during the primaries, voted for Santorum in our primary to strategically stop Romney even though I preferred Newt.
As did I, but I was in Texas, so it didn’t make much of a difference.
I think we had an obligation to run Santorum as an actual conservative candidate. It didn’t matter whom got in - Romney pushing Romneycare or Obama pushing Obamacare. At least now we have a conservative party.
Well, when you get that time-machine of yours working, you let me know.
You’re trying to suck all of the humor from my post over a lost election, and you still keep the results around to cut-and-paste. Santorum’s loss was painfull to you. I get it, but the way I saw his candidacy, he never really had a chance. See if he ever runs again.
I awakened as a Conservative watching Newt being savaged by the evening news, nightly. I would have found his payback enjoyable and beneficial to the nation.
Here is one for you...
THE ERA OF NEWT IS OVER
I voted for mittens and made certain that as many others did also... it did absolutley no good to do so and I will not vote for jeb bush. We are possibly going to see hildebeast and jeb run in 2016 and I will not vote in that election if it comes to pass.
I should have known US Navy Vet would not be a part of the problem. You had me going there for a minute.
“I dont rule it out, he said on Thursday over breakfast, when asked about a future presidential run.”
Nothing is bigger than Newt’s ego. Just great, get in there and screw up yet ANOTHER primary! This guy is pro amnesty, always has been. He gave Bill Clinton everything he wanted.
Newt writes books
Newt needs to sell books
Newt is a salesman
It seems like supporting fags is the thing to do these days. Everyone wants to get on the bandwagon.
Count me out.
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