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
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.