Skip to comments.Newt Waiting To Be Called
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 doesnt 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 - hes 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 todays 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 Gingrichs 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. Hes not running for anything, but it seems that he is waiting for his country to call.
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.
Its not so much hes divorced that makes him look bad. Its that his wife was dying that does it.
Newt is my man....
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.
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.
If anyone thinks of themselves so highly that "American will call me to service" they are arrogant.
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.
I don't know, call me crazy, but I only have interest in candidates that can, say, actually WIN.
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.
Well, it only took 16 posts for the "B" buzzword to surface.
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.
I had premarital sex before I got married. So I'm dirty too... I guess. At least that's what my parents told me.
Newt is probably the best choice. At least he's a conservative.
Haley Barbor is also a good choice.
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.
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?
See post #61.
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.
" 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.
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?
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.
What's that? 'Be careful what you wish for'??
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.
His sister is gay but he is still against gay marriage.
I thought we had heard the last of Gannon (or whatever his real name is).
He can wait.
Better keep waiting.
Gingrich is a great idea man.
But he couldn't be elected Dogcatcher.
So we lost your vote to the commies
I'd vote for Newt. He sure beats the current crop
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."
Exactly. If he wanted to serve the Republican cause so badly he would still be Speaker.
Stop being a heretic and we'll forgive you.
That would be the time to have it.
I am a social conservative. Stop being so ignorant and condescending.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
"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)
After 33 years of marriage, I think the old timer was right!
Newt, ole' buddy, better throw some spanish peanuts in your co'cola...you gotta long wait til that comes from me.....
pro-life and for traditional marriage only.
your post is almost entirely incorrect -- down to the spelling of the name of wife number 2.
God forbid that conservatives support someone who got divorced and remarried, like say, Ronald Reagan?
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.