Skip to comments.Why Gingrich Can't Win
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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Scazafafava SP? I know I murdered it!
Bottom line: Brilliant guy, but we can't trust him.
Being a Demagogue doesn’t seem to have hurt Obama any.
The reason Newt can’t win is that he is a RINO.
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.
He sold us out and we do care about his private life.
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.)
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.
Newt can ram his Climate Change money grab, and my vote.
ginrich have a better chance as a democrat than as a republican. Republicans care about moral issues
Climbing in bed with the enviromental nuts to perpetuate the FRAUD of manmade global warming/climatechange/manbearpig/goreacle.
Funny, I didn't get that message at all. The message I got was "no more RINOs."
I recall Ginrich gave a good speech about GOP strategy. One of them is not get caught standing next to a democrat and smiling
Great American...lousy candidate
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.
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.
Gingrich would rather sit with Pelosi than stand with Palin.
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
He Lied (as usual)
When we put forward elderly legislators, like Bob Dole or McCain, we lose.
He can’t win because he’s a sellout and a pantywaist. The republican electorate is not what it was (I hope).
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
I would like to see a Paul Ryan or Jim DeMint run.
The man is delusional to think he has a chance. He should write books and give speeches.
Around here we called her Dede Skeefooza. She was just a democRAT who couldn’t get elected in a republican district.
Yeah, and Newtie supported über-rino Dede Scuzzyfuzzy in NY 23 against true conservative Doug Hoffman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
At about the same time as clintoon was hitting on Lewinsky and after it became public, Newt was still plumbing the hired help.
He must have a pet mouse in his pocket????
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".
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.
He is a demagogue and Obama is what?
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
Great post and so true
Isn’t that called a critical failure?
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 ]
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.
LOL! Very good!