Sunday, July 1, 2007

Newt for President???

Newt Gingrich, although he has already announced that he will probably not run for President, is suddenly being mentioned again as a candidate. Bob Novak recently wrote that Newt's decision of whether or not to run will depend on the status of Fred Thompson's candidacy. Gingrich had it all worked out; he would bank on the conservative discontent with the Big Three (Giuliani, Romney, and McCain), and announce in the fall, after he figured that any momentum any of those had would be at least partially exhausted.

Unfortunately for Gingrich, Fred Thompson came out of nowhere and quickly catapulted himself to the top of the Republican polls. Gingrich's support rapidly evaporated, and he found himself on the outside looking in. He is now, although this could change at any moment, simply a conservative pundit with a run for the Presidency low on his list of priories.

Newt Gingrich is all about Solutions. I know this because he is always careful to work the word "solutions" into everything he does, says, or writes. He is trying to present himself as a guru of conservatism, a master of Solutions, and, inevitably, the next Reagan.

Gingrich is not the next Reagan, however. He barely qualifies as the next Bob Dole. As Speaker of the House, he faced off against Bill Clinton. He lost. Why does he think that anyone will consider him a threat to Hillary?

Adjectives that would describe Newt Gingrich include intelligent, outspoken, and bright. Unfortunately, "calculating" works as well. He has attempted to establish a solid foundation for a Presidential run, all while claiming that the White House is not a big deal to him. It is obvious, however, that he has, and has had for a long time, his sights set on the Presidency.

He wrote a book called "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America". It should have been called "What I Would Do If I Were President". He publicly asked Dr. James Dobson for forgiveness for his checkered martial career on Dobson's radio show, in a clear attempt to woo the Christian right. He has even started up a radio commentary which airs on the Michael Reagan and G. Gordon Liddy shows. Ronald Reagan had a radio commentary too.

While there is nothing wrong with playing hard to round up support for a Presidential run (a la Fred Thompson), it seems to me that that is something a little devious, perhaps Machiavellian in him planning a run two years in advance, but never publicly stating what his intentions are.

Newt also has a few positions that are somewhat suspect from a conservative perspective. He believes that global warming is manmade, and something should be done about it. He is not in favor of government regulation of the environment, but instead favors "'green conservatism". Although some to the details are a bit foggy, it seems that he would try to persuade polluters to stop through incentives given for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. While it beats anything the Democrats could come up with, Gingrich (who claims to be a small government fan) seems to forget that an option like the one he proposes would be very expensive. After all, if there was a cheap way to reduce emissions, many companies would already be using them, if only to get the government off of their backs. "Green Conservatism" seems to be the handing out of subsidies to big business.

Newt Gingrich's judgment is also questionable when you consider that he supported Harriet Miers' Supreme Court nomination. Anyone who supported that amazingly misguided appointment may not be suited for the Presidency.


At July 1, 2007 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Ray said...

Thanks for the visit and comment, and Newt has cleverly remade himself as a "historian professor extraordinaire" and as you state, the anti-clinton balm or vaccine of sorts, using his one great success, the "contract with America" as his catapult.

He is definitely a very smart and accomplished man, and probably would've made a good addition to the founding fathers crew, particularly with that hairdo he sports, which is unique today to say the least,

He in my opinion has no chance in a general election no matter how smart a man he is, liberals hate his f'n guts as much or more than anyone else out there to the right of Al Gore, which is just about everyone! Thanks

At July 2, 2007 at 4:27 AM , Blogger Pat Jenkins said...

good assesment here daniel. he does seem to portray himself as above it all when addressing an issue. i, like ray, see little chance of his national electability, though he has been the strongest "conservative" voice of any candidate, running or not!!!

At July 2, 2007 at 11:04 PM , Blogger danny wright said...

I agree with Ray. He was my mom's rep all she knows about him is that he went in to the hospital room of his dying wife and ask for a divorce because he had found a new babe. Whether that's true or comes from the same source as dogs chasing blacks away from the polls, my mom, as an uncritical consumer of news, is a good source of info on what the left and their accomplishes in the media are up to.

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