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Why Gingrich Can't Win
Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2011 | Steve Chapman

Posted on 03/13/2011 5:21:53 AM PDT by Kaslin

Newt Gingrich has a lot going for him if he decides to run for president -- a famous name, a record of accomplishment, a knack for raising money and a rhetorical flair that appeals to his party's conservative base. It's almost enough to make you forget his central handicap, which is that he is Newt Gingrich.

Succeed Barack Obama in the White House? Given his latest news making, he has a better chance of replacing Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men."

The chief problem is not that Gingrich has been through two divorces and is married to a woman with whom he was having an affair while married to his second wife. Last week, he did himself no good by attributing his lapses to excessive work and patriotism. But Americans don't care that much about sexual probity in politicians.

They elected Bill Clinton after Gennifer Flowers came forward to say she had an affair with him. Following his impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he left office with the highest approval rating of any outgoing president going back to Dwight Eisenhower.

No, Gingrich suffers from a worse flaw: He is a demagogue, and demagogues don't get elected president of the United States. They get TV attention, they sometimes get big crowds, they even win the occasional primary. But their only essential function is to fail.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; gingrich; gingrich2012; newtered; nonewts
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1 posted on 03/13/2011 5:21:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Scazafafava SP? I know I murdered it!


2 posted on 03/13/2011 5:26:40 AM PDT by sig229 (The loonie left "FLUNKED" human nature 101)
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To: Kaslin
Sometimes Steve Chapman hits it out of the park, and sometimes he swings, misses and falls over onto the catcher, bat still in hand. This is one of those times. Newt can't win, not because he's a demagogue, but because the left hates him to the core of because of 1994, and the right semi-hates him for some of the stupid stuff he's done in his private life, as well as espousing some of the more insane leftist policies re: the environment.

Bottom line: Brilliant guy, but we can't trust him.

3 posted on 03/13/2011 5:27:10 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: Kaslin

Being a Demagogue doesn’t seem to have hurt Obama any.

The reason Newt can’t win is that he is a RINO.


4 posted on 03/13/2011 5:28:19 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Kaslin
“The presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, in a telephone conversation, says demagoguery can be defined as “extremism married to flamboyance, and it helps if you have delusions of grandeur.” Those qualities, conspicuous in Gingrich, have shown up in other demagogues who aspired to the White House.”

I could agree that Pat Buchanan is a demagogue. But Newt Gingrich? I don't see the extremism. Maybe flamboyance. Delusions of grandeur?

Our current president breaks this meme entirely. He is clearly a demagogue. All three qualifiers are conspicuous in Barack Obama.

5 posted on 03/13/2011 5:30:10 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: NavVet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RQKNH_nwM4


6 posted on 03/13/2011 5:32:42 AM PDT by AeWingnut (Soccer: a symptom of a greater ill)
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To: Hardastarboard

He sold us out and we do care about his private life.


7 posted on 03/13/2011 5:34:12 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Hardastarboard

Newt is the past. 2008 and Obama told us a lot, but one thing it screamed loud and clear was “no more old white guys”. (No offense intended for you old white guys out there.)


8 posted on 03/13/2011 5:34:29 AM PDT by randita
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To: Kaslin

Because he is emotionally very needy and morally very weak. He’s the candidate most likely to toss national security to the wind if a honey trap is used on him.


9 posted on 03/13/2011 5:35:33 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: AeWingnut

Newt can ram his Climate Change money grab, and my vote.


10 posted on 03/13/2011 5:36:09 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Kaslin

ginrich have a better chance as a democrat than as a republican. Republicans care about moral issues


11 posted on 03/13/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kaslin
The real reason that Newt will NEVER be POTUS:

Climbing in bed with the enviromental nuts to perpetuate the FRAUD of manmade global warming/climatechange/manbearpig/goreacle.

12 posted on 03/13/2011 5:38:15 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: randita
Newt is the past. 2008 and Obama told us a lot, but one thing it screamed loud and clear was “no more old white guys”.

Funny, I didn't get that message at all. The message I got was "no more RINOs."

13 posted on 03/13/2011 5:39:25 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: DCBryan1

BINGO!!!


14 posted on 03/13/2011 5:42:16 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: DCBryan1

I recall Ginrich gave a good speech about GOP strategy. One of them is not get caught standing next to a democrat and smiling


15 posted on 03/13/2011 5:43:15 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kaslin

Great American...lousy candidate


16 posted on 03/13/2011 5:43:56 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Kaslin
demagogues don't get elected president of the United States.

Huh??? You think Mr. Hope and Change, stopping the rising sea levels, fundamentally transforming America, isn't a demagogue?

Newt has pluses, including his knowledge of history and public speaking abilities. He also has some negatives, including the marriages and his Pelosi photo op. Conservatives that love to listen to Newt discussing history and ways of dealing with current issues also know Newt can flip on the RINO switch at any moment.

17 posted on 03/13/2011 5:45:37 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Kaslin
Yeah I don't care for him either. When he became speaker of the house his head got as big as Nancy Pelosi's still is and he shot his mouth off all the time saying things he shouldn't. He doesn't handle power very well at all! I've never cared for him.

We need someone steady and bold like Scott Walker though you all can't have him yet we need him here in Wisconsin!
18 posted on 03/13/2011 5:46:11 AM PDT by ljswisc
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To: Kaslin

The Nancy loving bastard will not get my vote. Let the Republicans nominate him, in the end, they will nominate either him or someone equally repugnant. Either equals four more years of obama.


19 posted on 03/13/2011 5:46:52 AM PDT by sport
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To: DCBryan1
Yeah....someone has a tag line tat says:

Gingrich would rather sit with Pelosi than stand with Palin.

20 posted on 03/13/2011 5:47:16 AM PDT by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: NavVet

Not that I have any plans to vote for News, but why do you call him a RINO? It seams to me the word is thrown out much to easily


21 posted on 03/13/2011 5:47:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Obama told us a lot, but one thing it screamed loud and clear was “no more old white guys”.

He Lied (as usual)


22 posted on 03/13/2011 5:50:42 AM PDT by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: Kaslin
Plus, Newt's almost 70 and has no real executive experience. Yes, Reagan was older, but Reagan was Reagan and had LOTs of executive experience.

When we put forward elderly legislators, like Bob Dole or McCain, we lose.

23 posted on 03/13/2011 5:52:08 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Kaslin

He can’t win because he’s a sellout and a pantywaist. The republican electorate is not what it was (I hope).


24 posted on 03/13/2011 5:54:35 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Kaslin
As far as I know, no one who has been only a U.S Representative has ever been elected President.

Add to that fact the image below.


25 posted on 03/13/2011 5:54:40 AM PDT by Defend Liberty
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To: Hardastarboard
I always wondered about Newt ,what it was that made me leery of him, and now I know the label for it.......As proof, all one has to do is see him walk into CPAC like he was a prizefighter, to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger"

Everyone else comes out on the stage, not Newt, he comes in through the audience shaking hands to that tune.......didn't sit with me too well........He seems to have a view of himself as REALLY IMPORTANT

26 posted on 03/13/2011 5:55:46 AM PDT by estrogen (2012 can't come soon enough)
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To: estrogen
Last week I got a phone call from Newt's "exploratory committee" asking what I thought of a Newt run. I told the caller, "he can't win, he has too much baggage and a faulty idea that he is a rock star. No, I don't think he'll run.

I would like to see a Paul Ryan or Jim DeMint run.

27 posted on 03/13/2011 5:59:45 AM PDT by estrogen (2012 can't come soon enough)
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To: Kaslin
How about because Newt is a fat philandering tub of crap!

The man is delusional to think he has a chance. He should write books and give speeches.

28 posted on 03/13/2011 6:00:11 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: sig229

Around here we called her Dede Skeefooza. She was just a democRAT who couldn’t get elected in a republican district.


29 posted on 03/13/2011 6:05:58 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Defend Liberty

Yeah, and Newtie supported über-rino Dede Scuzzyfuzzy in NY 23 against true conservative Doug Hoffman.


30 posted on 03/13/2011 6:06:11 AM PDT by Amagi (ObamaCare proposed a tax on Tanning Salons. That is RACISM STRAIGHT UP!)
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To: Kaslin

I would vote for Newt. I think he speaks well, can tear up a lib in a debate. He’s taken a lot of arrows from the left and come out fighting.

The first comment I see under the article nails it for me. Obama is a worse demagogue than Newt, but Newt has far more experience. He speaks well. It’s Newt’s kissing up to Nancy, especially over climate change, gives me agita.

I see Newt as basically a dishonest person, which would bother me, but doesn’t disqualify him from the presidency for me. I don’t demand my president to be honest. Honesty, IMHO, is important for people who don’t pay attention to politics, which is why Obama’s base doesn’t understand what a friccin’ liar he is. I expect POTUS to be capable and understand what this country stands for. This brings me back to the climate problem.

Newt has one thing I like. He thinks outside the box, and has ideas.


31 posted on 03/13/2011 6:07:21 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: NavVet
The reason Newt can’t win is that he is a RINO

Yep - if he was a true Conservative, he would be hard to beat because he really is smart. I met Haley Barbour at a Promise Keepers convention a few years back - engaging, Christian, and probably smarter than any of the Repub possibles. Right now I'd like to see him or Palin and possibly a joint ticket if someone can figure out the dynamics for it to fly.

32 posted on 03/13/2011 6:11:08 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb

I remember Newt declaring that he had the utmost respect for Hillary Clinton and that she was doing a good job as SofS. That is an eliminator right there. Did he respect the 500 FBI files she had her goon squad collect, or did he respect her trashing of Flowers, the White House assistant (forgot name), or when she arranged to have the whole village of Orthodox Jews stuff the ballot box for a payoff later. Newt needs to go away.


33 posted on 03/13/2011 6:33:04 AM PDT by doosee
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To: NavVet

Once Newt led the pubbie takover of Congress he allowed them to spend MY money like it was sea water.
Then he cozied up to Nancy and Hillary and tried to make nice with the vermin scum of the democrat party that also want to “TAKE MY MONEY” to use as they see fit.
These big spending turds can ALL kiss my rear end.
NO to RINO crap.


34 posted on 03/13/2011 6:39:08 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: NavVet

and demagogues don’t get elected president of the United States.

Unless they’re thin, tall, half black, and, as Senator Reid says, capable of skillfully adopting a “Negro dialect” when consiously choosing to do so.


35 posted on 03/13/2011 6:40:05 AM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Newt's almost 70 and has no real executive experience.

Right.

He resigned from his House speaker-ship. Then, he basically walked away from his House seat. He hasn't been elected to anything since then.

If the GOP were stupid enough [Party of Stupid?] to nominate him, he wouldn't get as many Electoral votes as McCain. The MSM would parade his trainload of baggage incessantly. The MSM would love to delve into his ethics violations, etc.
36 posted on 03/13/2011 6:42:18 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: estrogen
He seems to have a view of himself as REALLY IMPORTANT

The thing that goads me about him is during his various commentaries. He says 'WE do this, we passed this, we were against this, we will do such, we, we, we ...

He acts like he is some big official in the GOP. Last position I remember him being elected to was in the late 1990s.
37 posted on 03/13/2011 6:46:12 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Kaslin

He will lose a massive amount of the female vote just by the opposition constantly reminding the public he told his first wife he was divorcing her as she lay in a hospital after cancer surgery

He will be branded as a cold heartless bastard

It may not be politically rational, but there it is


38 posted on 03/13/2011 6:48:59 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Kaslin

Here is the definition of demagogue from the Merriam-Webster dictionary online

“a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power”

That describes most democrats.


39 posted on 03/13/2011 6:55:42 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Kaslin
The chief problem is not that Gingrich has been through two divorces and is married to a woman with whom he was having an affair while married to his second wife.

At about the same time as clintoon was hitting on Lewinsky and after it became public, Newt was still plumbing the hired help.

40 posted on 03/13/2011 6:56:32 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: TomGuy

He must have a pet mouse in his pocket????


41 posted on 03/13/2011 6:58:33 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: randita
(No offense intended for you old white guys out there.)

None taken 8^D. I'm 48 and I don't want anyone older than me running for President. At worst, nobody over 60. Old War Heroes (Bob Dole, John McCain) are nice to honor and talk to, but they don't seem to have the fire to take on our opponents in the political arena. I just don't want someone to be the GOP nominee "just because it's his turn".

42 posted on 03/13/2011 7:02:58 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Hardastarboard

well said. I agree. He is brilliant with exception of a few loose wires. There is one component I would add ... no one really likes him. He has a certain air about him that turns people off. Never underestimate the power of likability. Idealogy alone doesn’t win elections. There are too many voters that don’t care about idealogy.


43 posted on 03/13/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Kaslin

He is a demagogue and Obama is what?


44 posted on 03/13/2011 7:14:49 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Kaslin

Newt is what everybody else is not. He is a thinker, a visionary. He doesn’t look at next week or tomorrow, he looks out 50 years or so.

He is a historian and knows well the mechanisms that were at work shaping events of the present. He is able to extrapolate trends over long intervals and visualize the results.

For that reason he can not win. People can’t keep up with his thought and find excuses for destroying him.

History is a process, not an event


45 posted on 03/13/2011 7:35:18 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert

Great post and so true


46 posted on 03/13/2011 7:37:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Hardastarboard

Isn’t that called a critical failure?


47 posted on 03/13/2011 7:39:37 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: Hardastarboard

let’s play a game.....
Who Can We Trust ?
The Founders seem to have said ‘don’t trust anyone”
[or NO one can be trusted ]


48 posted on 03/13/2011 7:48:43 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: Hardastarboard

He’s not brilliant. James M. Buchanan is brilliant. Norman Borlaug is brilliant, MacArthur was brilliant.

Gingrich is above average, marked against forth rate college professors, and of course politicians. So, it just seems so.

Ethically, morally, he is a shallow opportunist. A Bill Clinton of the right( ish ) stripe.


49 posted on 03/13/2011 8:07:36 AM PDT by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: spokeshave

LOL! Very good!


50 posted on 03/13/2011 8:08:52 AM PDT by GVnana
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