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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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To: pgkdan
I'm with you! I am as conservative as you can get, socially and otherwise. Newt is my man from the sorry lot we see right now. The man has founding father qualities.

I honestly don't understand what conservatives have against him. He practically built the conservative movement single handedly. I don't expect him to walk on water, but Guliani and McPain are ridiculous to even consider. About the first time Guliani marched an a "gay day" parade in a tu tu, these so called conservatives would have a cat. He won't even get the nod, because he won't make the cut in the south. That goes for Romney also. Mc Pain might have a chance, if there are enough nose clips handed out. 2008, for me anyway, will be one of those years I will be checking out moving to Australia or something, unless somebody with at least Newts stature is running.

51 posted on 11/15/2006 9:58:51 AM PST by chuckles
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To: zarf

Its not so much hes divorced that makes him look bad. Its that his wife was dying that does it.


52 posted on 11/15/2006 9:59:23 AM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: ConservativeMajority

Newt is my man....


53 posted on 11/15/2006 10:01:04 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: BigFinn
He may have baggage but chicks dig Newt.
54 posted on 11/15/2006 10:01:05 AM PST by DogBarkTree (The United States failure to act against Iran will be seen as weakness throughout the Muslim world.)
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To: ReignOfError
I think he could do more good as a thinker and strategist than as a candidate ....

Agreed. Newt would be too polarizing as a candidate; same league as Hitlary when it comes to negative division quotient. Note the remarks here.

At the same time, I would hate to see his political street-smarts wasted on the 2008 sidelines.

55 posted on 11/15/2006 10:07:55 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: TommyDale
More arrogance. When Hell freezes over, I would dare say.

After 40 years of democrat rule in the House and Senate, Newt brought Republican domination to the House and Senate in 1994 with his Contract with America. What were you doing at the time?

As for arrogance, his statement did not sound arrogant at all. Newt is known for making statements based on facts and his subsequent assessment and reason, which are expressed as his opinion.

If you want arrogance, listen to to a screeching democrat.

56 posted on 11/15/2006 10:10:10 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: ReignOfError
Newt is a bright guy, but he left congress at the wrong time and under the wrong conditions. If that is your idea of leadership (when the going gets tough...) then you feel free to support Newt, but understand that a lot of folks (such as myself) think he would do well to be an adviser, not a candidate for the nomination for President. It is time for our party leadership to step up and admit that their programs have strayed from conservative values, and that they have lost touch with the American public through their own volition, and now we all have to pay for their stupidity, and total lack of action on the problems we all face in this country. In my book,the chapter on Newt and the likes of him has closed, and it's time to move on to newer and fresher faces and ideas.
57 posted on 11/15/2006 10:11:07 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Cobra64

If anyone thinks of themselves so highly that "American will call me to service" they are arrogant.


58 posted on 11/15/2006 10:11:34 AM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: NordP

Spot on. There are many around here who have never heard him speak, have never heard of his Contract with America, or just plain don't understand it.


59 posted on 11/15/2006 10:12:00 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: chuckles
I honestly don't understand what conservatives have against him.

I don't know, call me crazy, but I only have interest in candidates that can, say, actually WIN.

60 posted on 11/15/2006 10:13:20 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: ConservativeMajority
He is our best hope.

Giulani is unelectable. McCain stinks, is arrogant and is a RINO - unelectable. Romney, while looking good, carries his Morman baggage. Probably not electable.

Newt is articulate, smart, a great debater and above all, a conservative. He has some baggage but the press will load anyone nominated with baggage - real or otherwise. He would eat Hillary's lunch on issues.

Reagan was able to articulate the conservative message directly to the people. Newt can do that.

61 posted on 11/15/2006 10:14:02 AM PST by gesully (gesully)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
Dunno about a presidential run; too much attackable personal baggage.

Well, it only took 16 posts for the "B" buzzword to surface.

62 posted on 11/15/2006 10:14:06 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: NordP

I have the utmost respect for Newt and enjoy his knowledgeable span of history. The man has a true understanding of conservatism.

My only fear regarding Newt is wheher he is tough enough. I believe he shares a fatal flaw with Clinton - a need to be liked. I need to see more backbone in the man.

I'll take another Georgian though - 'Spitballs' Zell Miller! Yes, I know he's technically a democrat. Minor little sticking point.


63 posted on 11/15/2006 10:14:06 AM PST by A'elian' nation (ts)
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To: HarleyLady27
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.....

I had premarital sex before I got married. So I'm dirty too... I guess. At least that's what my parents told me.

64 posted on 11/15/2006 10:15:39 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: ConservativeMajority

Newt is probably the best choice. At least he's a conservative.

Haley Barbor is also a good choice.


65 posted on 11/15/2006 10:16:15 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: ConservativeMajority

A senator from either party that makes it to the WH would be a heinous, despicable, unfortunate precedent these days. It would only encourage more of them to do so.

I can't be the only one sick of McPain, Biden, Kerry, Clinton, Edwards, Lieberman...to no end.


66 posted on 11/15/2006 10:16:39 AM PST by quantim (Universally incurable => Senators that think they should be President.)
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To: gesully
On what planet is Gingrich electable? What electability has he demonstrated outside of one district in Georgia? You do realize if you pick any spot in the country and say "Gingrich for President" of 100 people, probably over 60 of them either start laughing or shrivel up their nose in revulsion like they just smelled a burning bag of dog poo?
Explain to me how Newt Gingrich wins either Ohio or Pennsylvania?
67 posted on 11/15/2006 10:17:21 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: ConservativeMajority
I am sure that the GOP will only nominate someone who can be a leader in wartime. That's it. The WoT is the really the only thing on the agenda for 08. The same goes for the Dems. There is no way that the USA will elect as President (and Commander in Chief, for heavens sake!) someone whom the majority would not feel comfortable as a leader in wartime.

With that as the fundamental premise, who is there? Newt certainly has the ideas. Ditto Santorum. And Giuliani has shown the grit and instinct. I think the GOP nomination comes down to those 3 people, with Romney as VP candidate at best.

What about Dems? Hilary! has the cash, but can she position herself as a hawk on defense to gain votes in the primary?

68 posted on 11/15/2006 10:19:35 AM PST by Remole
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To: Strategerist

See post #61.


69 posted on 11/15/2006 10:20:51 AM PST by chuckles
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; All
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!

Read the Contract with America. It was that document and Newt pushing it that allowed the Republicans to return to the House and Senate after 40 years.

As for has beens, what do you think of this guy?

Hint: He was a radio announcer, grade B movie actor, card carrying democrat, and president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

70 posted on 11/15/2006 10:22:50 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Remole

" the GOP will only nominate someone who can be a leader in wartime."

I have posted this prospective ticket more than once and still feel it to be viable. We may need another Ike in 2008, and run a military man.

"Franks and Rice" sound like the blue plate special to me.


71 posted on 11/15/2006 10:24:16 AM PST by A'elian' nation (ts)
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To: B4Ranch
Bump for reference.

I've voted for him many times before but he let me down when he ran from his problems.

I would still vote for him again.

Where would he put his Library though, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Maryland?

72 posted on 11/15/2006 10:25:50 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: DungeonMaster; Echo Talon
He is no longer acceptable for an Elder position in a church

LOL. To paraphrase Echo Talon's sage perspective, Newt may actually be more effective as The Wizard behind the curtain (my term). With Rudy doing face time combating The Beast or whoever else shows up on the left.

73 posted on 11/15/2006 10:26:18 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: rottndog

What's that? 'Be careful what you wish for'??


74 posted on 11/15/2006 10:29:01 AM PST by txhurl (We had to destroy the party in order to save it)
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To: ConservativeMajority
Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are the names most frequently talked about

By the author's small incestuous circle no doubt. But consistently in polls on all types of GOP leaning blogs, both conservative, libertarian and moderate, and in conversations at the copier, Newt is the most mentioned candidate. Romney is a distant 4th in virtually every poll.

When Condi Rice's name is added, she is always #1 with every faction of Republicans, including those factions that disagree with her positiion on their favorite issue.

In short, this article is not worth reading. I did not waste my time reading to the end.

75 posted on 11/15/2006 10:29:22 AM PST by spintreebob (W)
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To: kerryusama04
We're hiring the guy to kill jihadis, not a marriage counselor.

LOL!

76 posted on 11/15/2006 10:30:48 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: DungeonMaster
What are his positions on the common social issues, especially gay marriage and abortion?

His sister is gay but he is still against gay marriage.

77 posted on 11/15/2006 10:34:01 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: trisham
I'm not sure Gannon did Gingrich any favours by writing the above.

I thought we had heard the last of Gannon (or whatever his real name is).

78 posted on 11/15/2006 10:35:04 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: ConservativeMajority

He can wait.


79 posted on 11/15/2006 10:35:18 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: ConservativeMajority

Better keep waiting.

Gingrich is a great idea man.

But he couldn't be elected Dogcatcher.


80 posted on 11/15/2006 10:36:30 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: HarleyLady27

So we lost your vote to the commies


81 posted on 11/15/2006 10:36:31 AM PST by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: ConservativeMajority

I'd vote for Newt. He sure beats the current crop


82 posted on 11/15/2006 10:36:34 AM PST by Gone_Postal (There's plenty of room for all God's creatures..right next to the mashed potatoes)
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To: TommyDale
If anyone thinks of themselves so highly that "American will call me to service" they are arrogant.

Well, his comment could be taken two ways. I'd say that Newt is being low key.

When I'm on a project, I sit in the background, listen, and offer my assessment when asked. I don't stand up and jam my opinions down peoples' throats. Look at Kerry running in '04. "Reporting For Duty!" I would call that "arrogant."

83 posted on 11/15/2006 10:37:40 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Exactly. If he wanted to serve the Republican cause so badly he would still be Speaker.


84 posted on 11/15/2006 10:38:49 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: DanielLongo
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.

Stop being a heretic and we'll forgive you.

85 posted on 11/15/2006 10:40:15 AM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: Cobra64
I had premarital sex before I got married.

That would be the time to have it.

86 posted on 11/15/2006 10:43:05 AM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: zarf

I am a social conservative. Stop being so ignorant and condescending.


87 posted on 11/15/2006 10:44:07 AM PST by Blogger
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To: TitansAFC

Id be for him, but you all know as well as I do they would be dragging his ex-wives and every piece of dirt from his life into the media.


88 posted on 11/15/2006 10:45:23 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju (emeritus))
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To: DanielLongo

Well, I'm a Christian and I don't know any other Christian who has denegrated Mr. Romney. Don't paint us all with such a broad and untrue brush. M


89 posted on 11/15/2006 10:46:00 AM PST by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Democratshavenobrains

And there is never forgiveness in our ranks? Nobody knows what he went through in that relationship but Newt; and even if he was a selfish pig, does he ever get forgiveness and can he ever move on?


90 posted on 11/15/2006 10:46:59 AM PST by Blogger
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To: Democratshavenobrains

If we wait for a perfect person before we throw our support behind someone, we will be waiting a long time. Newt is an intelligent politician (almost an oxymoron). He speaks and acts thoughtfully on most issues. I would vote for him were he our choice in 08.


91 posted on 11/15/2006 10:48:10 AM PST by Blogger
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To: rampage8
so can somone please tell me what all this baggage is?

The story is that he divorced his first wife while she was in the hospital dying of cancer, which with the proper spin sounds cold and inhuman. Then, he had an affair with his assistant and was divorced from his sweet second wife, Maryanne, after the MSM got wind of it and splashed the news all over creation. In shame he resigned his Speakership just after winning reelection, turned tail and ran from Washington. His assistant later became his third wife.

All this in light of his forcing his Democrat predecessor, Speaker Jim Wright, from power for corruption in a suspicious book deal that might have been a payoff.

92 posted on 11/15/2006 10:49:29 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: RebekahT

"Someone call him"

What's his number! I'm in!



(But how can he win, if he won't run....he obviously needs some money in his bank before he can even begin to make a move in the primary)


93 posted on 11/15/2006 10:50:04 AM PST by caffe (please, no more consensus)
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To: A.J.Armitage
Before I got married, a friend of my father told me that I'd have more sex before marriage than I would afterwards.

After 33 years of marriage, I think the old timer was right!


94 posted on 11/15/2006 10:51:36 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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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.....

Newt, ole' buddy, better throw some spanish peanuts in your co'cola...you gotta long wait til that comes from me.....

95 posted on 11/15/2006 10:59:25 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: DungeonMaster

pro-life and for traditional marriage only.


96 posted on 11/15/2006 11:01:39 AM PST by PDR
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To: higgmeister

your post is almost entirely incorrect -- down to the spelling of the name of wife number 2.


97 posted on 11/15/2006 11:05:51 AM PST by PDR
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To: higgmeister

God forbid that conservatives support someone who got divorced and remarried, like say, Ronald Reagan?


98 posted on 11/15/2006 11:07:44 AM PST by ConservativeMajority (Dems denounce Foley, but do they denounce NAMBLA?)
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To: BufordP
Former foes Clinton, Gingrich band up on health care plan

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99 posted on 11/15/2006 11:16:19 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
Dunno about a presidential run; too much attackable personal baggage.

Has he buggered 17 year old pages? Has he drowned any staffers? Has he sold secrets to the Chinese? Has he perjured himself in court? Has he taken profits on the sale of land he doesn't own? Has he made deals for bribes with FBI agents who were posing as Arabs? Has his boyfriend run a gay prostitution ring out of his house?

Exactly what "baggage" does he have that precludes him from getting elected?

I think that the problem with perceived "baggage" on the Republican side is more aptly described as a problem that Republicans have defending themselves. If it were me and I were getting attacked like some of them have, I would turn the table and point out that while yes, I did fall out of love with my wife and into love with a staffer, at least I never drowned her.

No candidate is perfect. We just have a problem fighting back and pointing out the Dem's hypocrisy.

100 posted on 11/15/2006 11:22:51 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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