Ok, hold on a minute. Let’s talk about Newt.
The left has gone all in on Newt. After three years of seeing that the Democrats have an empty hand with Obama, they have put all their chips on the table and dared us to run Newt. And as usual, we are folding. Same thing happened in 2008 when the left and the media scoffed at Mitt Romney and said that the only candidate who could ever beat their guy was John McCain. Believe it or not, we listened. For the smarter party, Republicans sure can be stupid.
Now the left is saying it will be a cake walk if we run Gingrich and the only serious candidate who can beat their guy is Romney, or maybe Huntsman, although they seem to have figured out that one is a hard sell. So why are we listening again? Ann Coulter came out slamming Newt and endorsing Romney. George Will has attacked Newt Gingrich. And what for?
Newt got $1.8 million from Freddie Mac. Not really, it was actually Newt’s company. But he did it by lobbying. Well, again, no. Newt did not lobby for Freddie Mac, but his company did provide consulting services to Freddie Mac. Now, I am a businessman and a lot of what I do involves consulting. Does that mean I can never run for President in case one of my clients does something bad someday despite my advice? Maybe.
Let’s take it out of the business realm. Pretend you own a garage and you fix cars. If George Soros drives up and asks you to change the oil, will you turn him away? Are you a liberal if you change his oil? What about Bernie Madoff before he was caught? Are you part of his illegal pyramid scheme because you changed his tires?
It would be one thing if Newt counseled Freddie Mac on how lose billions of dollars, get bailed out, and pay everyone huge bonuses. But if you are looking for that smoking gun, you are looking at the wrong person. Try Franklin Raines, Jamie Gaerlick, etc. Enough with the guilt by association. Newt did consulting for large businesses, and they paid his company rates that large, multi-billion dollar businesses pay for high level consulting.
Ok, but Newt sat on a couch with Nancy Pelosi. Yes, he did. He also had debates with Cuomo, Kerry and Sharpton. Newt Gingrich is not going to implement cap and trade to prevent global warming. That’s about as crazy as saying Mitt Romney is going to support partial birth abortion. Seriously, you have my word that neither of those will happen. Newt wasn’t endorsing Nancy Pelosi any more than Al Sharpton was endorsing Pat Robertson. If Sarah Palin stood next to Michelle Obama and did a PSA saying its good for kids to have a healthy diet, would you suddenly think that Palin supports federal government takeover of school lunches? Newt has fought vigorously against cap and trade.
Well, what about Newt supporting a healthcare mandate? When Hillary was pushing Hillarycare, which would take responsibility away from people, Newt signed on with the Heritage Foundation’s alternative that included an individual mandate. After researching it, Newt backed off that position. He never implemented it for an entire state, or for anyone actually. Newt is not going to implement a healthcare mandate on the entire country. Guess what, neither is Romney.
In fact, let’s talk Romney for a minute. Mitt Romney is pro-life. He opposes gay marriage. He makes Huntsman look like Hillary. He supports tax cuts for the middle class and not raising taxes on employers and producers. As much as Romney has been painted as the liberal in this bunch, he was the most conservative viable candidate in 2008 after Fred Thompson dropped out. He may not be a card carrying TEA Party member, but he has said himself that he supports the TEA Party and shares all of their goals. By the way, I never got a card either. I really don’t think they issue them, even if Bachmann has one.
Why did Romney lose in 2008? It all came down to two reasons. Number one, Romney was not moderate enough to get the “independents”. He was too conservative. Only John McCain could beat the Democrat in 2008 by reaching across the aisle and not being so extreme. Reason number two, the infamous time-table for withdrawal charge. Romney said that when the time came to draw down the troops from Iraq, he supported a time-table for an orderly withdrawal. His opponents turned that into Democrat style cut and run. No matter how many times he tried to explain that was not what he believed, that became the mantra.
What about Rick Perry? Why aren’t we going around saying that Rick Perry is going to implement cap and trade because years ago he was a Democrat working on the campaign of the future Nobel prize winner and global warming snake oil salesman, Al Gore?
The only person we have to actually worry about doing half the crazy stuff he’s been accused of thinking is Ron Paul!
So let’s not let people choose our candidate for us. Research what you hear about candidates. Just because George Will thinks you are too dumb to vote doesn’t make it so. Each of the candidates left have some great ideas, and each one will do a far better job at running this country than the current President. Did Cain have some foreign policy gaffes? Shoot, the last three years have been an Obama foreign policy gaffe.
Part of this election cycle that Romney has skipped sofar has been the knife in the back from the right and the dare to run that candidate from the left. Considering how well Newt is handling this complete onslaught from the right and left, wouldn’t you rather have him going up against Obama than the candidate that no one is vetting? McCain got plenty of vetting after Romney dropped out in 2008.
This is not an endorsement of Newt. I will make an endorsement of a candidate after the Jacksonville, Florida debate in January. But this is a serious question to our party. Why do we have to self destruct again?
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