Skip to comments.Newt had his chance, but he blew it: Why Gingrich won’t earn the 2012 GOP presidential nomination
Posted on 11/23/2011 5:22:45 AM PST by MNJohnnie
I was only 15 in 1994, when Newt Gingrich experienced his last great moment. (Well, before this one, where hes surging in the polls, with his campaign having figured out how to run for President.) So I dont really remember Newts glory days.
I have interviewed him on many occasions, however, as far back as 2006 and as recently as last month, and every time we talk, Im struck by how smart he is. Despite that, I cant get past the nagging voice in my head telling me that no matter how good he would be at running the country, he doesnt deserve to.
Call me a square, but Newts past mistakes occupy both columns: character and politics. From his ugly romantic entanglements to his flirtation with environmentalism to his questionable relationship with Freddie Mac, bad decisions and lapses in judgment have been too frequent for a man of such obvious intelligence.
And yet, for all his mistakes, Newt remains startlingly unembarrassed, which makes those mistakes even less palatable. Though arrogance and a lack of shame characterize Capitol Hill, Im suspicious of a guy whos had so many public errors, and is so untroubled by them.
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Agree with you 100%. Deportation of folks who committed a single misdemeanor (yes, according to code, it’s about the same crime as a speeding ticket) years ago but who have been productive folks since then will not be deported REGARDLESS of who is President.
I could see the case for making it a felony, but it’s simply not. So it is what it is. And I like living in reality. And other reality is, the logisitics of doing so would far outweigh the benefits.
Seal the border. Kick out those arrested for drug, traffic, other crimes. Stop the hand outs. Do that, and the problem is mostly solved.
But mass deport? Really?
Bachmann won’t. Cain won’t. Mitt won’t. Just won’t happen. Newt should have said that, but he didn’t and he will pay some kind of price for it. Anyone who says otherwise is ignoring reality.
Newt has that trait in common with his old political sparring partner -- Bill Clinton. Drove me crazy when Clinton just blithely went forward, but it made his supporters love him all the more.
Yeah, I guess. As much as I abhor this development with Newt, there is no perfect candidate. We just better accept this fact to be true about each one of these Republican candidates.
Newt could also just be plainly playing politics to garner some portion of the hispanic vote.
Just to be safe, we better elect as many Tea Partiers as possible to Congress.
Thanks for rescuing MNJohnnie from breaking the rules, however; in the picture you posted, those two cancel each other out.
No different than Perry's “heartless” definition of Conservatives who want to protect the sovereignty of our Country and enforce the Law.
Har!! How'd you get on MNJohnnie's super secret email list??
I agree with some of what you said.
My only point is this: under no congress, under no President, will we ever mass deport folks who have been here for a long time. You may think it’s important to say we’re in favor of that even knowing it will not and can not ever happen. I don’t. No one will do mass deports. Ain’t gonna happen for a ton of reasons, some good reasons and some bad reasons...but ain’t gonna happen. Period.
He is an incessant government tinkerer - does have too much of a beltway mentality sometimes - and likes to prove his superior intellect in every answer on every question. Those are flaws that are well known. Got him in trouble on this issue. How much trouble? Time will tell.
My only point is that it should not be too much trouble because under any of the candidates, we’re going to end up with more or less the same result. A border that is secured.
Then I suggest you quit all advocacy for conservative causes and resign yourself to living in a Chavez-style Soviet America, because Third World immigration (legal and otherwise) will produce an ironclad pro-socialist majority in this country, as it has already done in California.
I’m just tired, as a nurse, of seeing them in our hospitals.
Took care of a 59 year old unemployed woman this weekend from El Salvador who had stayed with us for days while they dithered over giving her a heart transplant. (ended up not giving it to her).
However, she was on Medicaid/Medicare and was receiving those benefits — although I’m sure she was illegal. (how does that happen?) However, she spoke no English and was illiterate in even her own language. Gimme a break ...how much did THIS woman contribute into our system? She’s probably been here about 10 years. What it cost just to hospitalize here for 10 days — oh, some $30K likely.
So, she was turned away, but will likely go next door to Maryland to see what they’ll do for her. They’re serial benefit seekers ...
There are a lot of different stories with these people ... there needs to be a very CLEAR procedure for dealing with them all.
Please stop generalizing.
SE Cupp??? looks more like an A cup to me...
Not A cup.. I bet they’re Cs
Correctamundo. He is a scoundrel.
“My only point is that it should not be too much trouble because under any of the candidates, were going to end up with more or less the same result. A border that is secured.”
That is a totally groundless assertion and the opposite is true. You are living in your own fantasy world if you really think either of those two points is true.