Why I Am Endorsing Newt Gingrich for President

Bookmark and Share    This country is in trouble and bold leadership is needed. As someone that has had the privilege to vet these candidates as closely as just about anybody else has, I’ve come to the conclusion there are several good, Christian people running that most years I would vote for.

However, this isn’t most years.

Sadly, there are only two candidates offering a real means by which to actually undo that which the Left has done to this country for the past 50 years, and not just conservative platitudes. One of those candidates is Ron Paul, but his foreign policy is naive at best and reckless at worst. The other is Newt Gingrich, who has campaigned on what I believe is the most important issue facing us as a people—the loss of the rule of law.

The Left has used unelected judges and judicial oligarchy to reinvent the American way of life, from secularism to the loss of the sanctity of life, to the redefining of marriage, the confiscation of private property, and the granting of imaginary rights. There is an entire chapter of my new book devoted to the need for conservatives and Christians to confront judicial oligarchy once and for all. I have spent the past two years of my radio program educating my audience on this issue, and was a vocal proponent of Iowa’s historic judicial retention election last year, and Newt’s assistance with that effort was vital.

After offering every candidate in the race the chance to show they understand the gravity of this issue, Gingrich is the only one who has demonstrated he does, and can also use the bully pulpit of the presidency to educate Americans on the need to return to the rule of law.

I understand Newt has taken positions and done things in his personal life I do not agree with, but to his credit he has come on my radio program and been very transparent about those things, and has shown humility and a willingness to be transparent in the process.

He has signed the Personhood Pledge I advocated for. He has offered one of the most articulate defenses of marriage and the family I have ever read from a candidate. He has agreed to never sign a budget into law that includes a plug nickel for an abortion provider. He has agreed to seek personhood legislation and a stronger defense of marriage act that would limit the judicial oligarchs’ ability to legislate from the bench.

With these steps he has shown the leadership this country desperately needs. Electing another Obamney from the ruling class changes nothing. Electing another nice conservative with no proven ability to govern or a killer instinct to take on the system changes nothing, even if it makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside.

This is a time for leadership, not warm fuzzies. The future is at stake, and we may never get another environment with the country so prepared to challenge the system as we have right now.

I suppose I could stay silent and let the process run its course, as many other so-called leaders are doing, so as to not worry about alienating some of my fellow believers by making this decision. But then I’d have to look my children in the eye years from now and explain to them why I stood by and said nothing when I had the chance, as more hackneyed Obamneys finish off what’s left of the greatest country God has ever shed His grace upon.

I’m willing to take full responsibility for this decision, just as I hope those that have chosen to support other candidates who themselves have fatal flaws are willing to do the same. It is my hope the other Republican candidates will follow Gingrich’s bold leadership in providing the country a true alternative to President Obama.

It is my prayer that next year that for once we actually have something to vote for, and not just something to vote against. I am making this endorsement in the hopes that will be the case. Sometimes the most broken people are the ones God does the most tremendous work through. I know that has been true in my life.

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Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Campaign Trail News Wrap-Up from White House 2012 – 12/30/11

Bookmark and Share  The news from the campaign trail todasy is plentiful as Newt weeps, Ron Paul rejects everyone, Perry and Santorum sharpen their aim at one another, Bachmann gets an almost endorsement, Gingrich gets a very important Iowa endorsement, and everyone offers their own views on the Caucus and everyone else.

This is a time for leadership, not warm fuzzies. The future is at stake, and we may never get another environment with the country so prepared to challenge the system as we have right now. – Steve Deace in his endorsement of Newt Gingrich
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Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political Opinions and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week: 12/3/11

Bookmark and Share  Saturday’s Trunkline 2012 offers you a , uh, eh, ahh, well I guess the best way to put it is a unique movie of the week feature along with the main news of the day involving Herman Cain, and tidbits about Newt, Mitt, on of the Rick’s, our presidents corruption problems, a preview of tomorrows TV news programming, the weekly Rpublican national message, and more

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” the director of the Obama’s National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, is interviewed by The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib and The Economist’s Greg Ip —- NBC’s “Meet the Press” RNC Chairman Reince Pebius, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod —-CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs  —-ABC, “This Week”: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.),  former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum —-CNN, “State of the Union”: Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota,  Arizona Sen. John McCain and former White House budget director Alice Rivlin and former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin —-“Fox News Sunday”:   Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)discuss how to shrink the ballooning federal deficit. And Michele Bachmann gets interviewed.

  • White House 2012′s Cinema Politico: This week’s feature presentation is Crude Independence

First-time director Noah Hutton captures the change in Stanley, North Dakota, after a historic 2006 oil discovery. Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America and a tale of change at the hands of the global energy market.…

It’s an odd and bizarre flick but it’s free 

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Little Birdie Chirps: Where Things Are At In Iowa 47 Days Out from the Caucuses

Bookmark and Share   It’s been a while, but with less than 50 days to go until Iowans cast the first official votes in the race to unseat Barack Obama in 2012, our little birdies are chirping and have plenty to say.

What’s interesting is our little birdies’ opinions on the race are just as varied as the voters the various candidates are trying to woo. However, there are two areas where each of our little birdies is in agreement—Herman Cain is all but done in Iowa, and Ron Paul won’t win the Caucuses despite what the polls say.

“Cain is at least third right now,” said one little birdie who considers himself a Tea Party sympathizer. “He’s probably lost 10 points in the last two weeks. If anything, I see most of the Tea Party people coalescing behind Newt Gingrich and giving Michele Bachmann another look. They like the solutions Gingrich is offering, especially the stuff on the courts. Plus, they think since he’s already so well-known, warts and all, they won’t get surprised by the vetting process like they did with Cain and they want enough time to find an alternative to Mitt Romney—whom none of them want.

“That’s why (Tea Partiers) aren’t rallying to Rick Santorum, because they’re not sure the vetting process has enough time with him and they don’t want another ‘flavor of the month’ before it’s too late to take out Romney. Bachmann is getting a second look because she’s been so strong on Tea Party issues in Congress, but she has to show the campaign troubles of the past few months are a thing of the past.”

Another very connected little birdie said, “The sex scandal has leveled off Herman Cain’s upward rise, but unfortunately it took his lack of basic foreign policy knowledge to permanently retard his progress.” He added, “The primary benefactor from the sex scandal was Cain. Supporters have foolishly rallied to his support with financial donations, but his foreign policy deficiency has proven to be his downfall.”

Another little birdie who has access to internal polling of Caucus voters said “despite calling hundreds of Republican voters each week the polling never showed Cain having anything close to the support these public surveys were giving him.”

All of our little birdies, staunch conservatives, were shocked and dismayed that Cain made it this far given where he is (or isn’t) on the issues. They also think Paul cannot build a large enough coalition to win the Caucuses.

“He’s got an excellent organization, but while other candidates have floors and ceilings of support Paul has an anchor,” said this little birdie, who has worked on numerous Republican races across the state over the years. “Paul’s support is what it is. It’s not moving, and it’s not going to move because of what he stands for.

Another little birdie agreed.

“His support has a cap, and although his cap has grown in this election cycle as people get sick and tired of our nation’s fiscal policy and nation building, many conservatives aren’t willing to overlook Paul’s lack of commitment to the Christian moral principles our Founding Fathers utilized to build our constitutional republic in the first place.”

Regarding Gingrich, our little birdies were split on whether he’s just the latest “flavor of the month” or has staying power as a frontrunner.

“Right now he’s offering the most substance and ideas, so he absolutely has staying power,” said one little birdie who is uncommitted in the presidential race. “But he’s also got to clearly address the issues in his personal life like he did that silly commercial he did with Nancy Pelosi a few years ago.”

Another little birdie said he thought if the Caucuses were held today Gingrich would win, but other little birdies remain skeptical the Gingrich surge is real.

“Newt’s surge is for real in the sense that he’s become the favorite new toy,” this little birdie said. “But the problem with new toys is that once you’re the new Laser-Tag there’s always a new Tickle-Me-Elmo around the corner.”

So where does Romney stand?

“If the Caucuses were today he would win because no one with an organization on the ground has emerged as a true alternative,” this little birdie said. “If Romney wins Iowa its game over for the nomination. He won’t be stopped, because he’ll follow that up with a massive win in New Hampshire, and then have all the momentum heading into South Carolina. If grassroots conservatives want to stop Romney, they have to stop him here in Iowa, and the only way to stop him is to coalesce behind an alternative with a ground game in Iowa. Right now the only options there are Bachmann and Santorum.”

One little birdie blamed his fellow evangelicals on why Romney is leading the polls in Iowa and elsewhere.

“Christians haven’t done their due diligence in picking their candidate,” this little birdie said. “People need to pick the candidate that has proven themselves in the public light to be a candidate that won’t bend to the political winds, who won’t yield to the establishment Republicans, and who isn’t afraid to not only fight for our economic situation but also for the social issues that will change the moral fabric of our country.”

All of our little birdies thought the most likely options for coalescing evangelical support late in the process were Santorum and Bachmann, but they disagreed on which one of those two candidates it should be.

“This weekend’s forum with The Family Leader could very well be a playoff game between Santorum and Bachmann,” an uncommitted little birdie said. “One of those two needs to step up and out-shine the other in order to clearly make the case they’re the candidate for social conservatives who want to stop Romney and don’t trust Gingrich.”

Finally, what about endorsements? Are there any that could persuade undecided voters down the stretch? Our little birdies said they thought two endorsements would matter, and those two were Congressman Steve King and Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader.

“Vander Plaats’ endorsement will have a major impact on the evangelical vote,” one little birdie said. “To retain respect and credibility, however, that endorsement will have to go to either Santorum or Bachmann, both of whom signed their pledge. Santorum may be the harder sell because of his endorsement of partial birth abortion advocate Christine Todd Whitman and anti-life Arlen Specter.

What about King? One little birdie who believes King will endorse Santorum is concerned King is waiting too long.

“He’s making the same mistake he made four years ago with Fred Thompson,” said a little birdie sympathetic to Santorum’s candidacy. “By waiting too long he doesn’t give his organization enough time to really help the candidate.”

Another little birdie sympathetic to Bachmann’s candidacy is concerned King may hurt himself in his re-election battle with former First Lady Christie Vilsack next year.

“He’s supposed to be one of Michele’s best friends, and she’s been saying King is one of the reasons she decided to run,” he said. “Now he’s not going to support her? Throw in his reckless comments about the women accusing Cain, and when you consider King is running against a well-known woman next year, he could have a woman problem in that election.”

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White House 2012′s Morning Memo: Tuesday’s Election News Briefing for 11/15/11

Bookmark and Share   While you were asleep, the political world kept turning and tried to cast its perpetual spin on reality.  So set the record straight with White House 2012’s Morning Memo as we bring you  Gloria Cain’s interview, Polls that have Newt soaring and Americans doubting Cain, as well as stories about the end of Rick Perry’s campaign, strange emails from the First Lady, the stage being set for the Supreme Courts hearing on Obamacare, the shaping of the 2016 presidential election, notes about the Abuser in Chief, and much more. 

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Iowa Presidential Candidate Power Ranking: If the Caucuses Were Held Today…..

 Bookmark and Share   This my analysis of what would happen if the Iowa Caucuses were today, and not my candidate preferences. I have yet to endorse a candidate, and may not do so. For my candid thoughts on each candidate as an undecided voter, click here.

1) Ron Paul (18%)

He remains the candidate in the race with the best combination of an excited base and quality organization, which is the best in the state. I personally saw his organization pull in over 500 people on a Saturday morning to a National Federation of Republican Assemblies event, and he was the only candidate with any real support there. However, the January 3rd Caucus date does not work in his favor because it could leave a lot of his younger voters still away for the holidays out in the cold.

2) Newt Gingrich (17%)

He could be on the brink of a surge here down the stretch, and the way he is running his campaign by being substantive on issues and taking the high road on his primary competition allows him to appeal to Bob Vander Plaats (grassroots) and Terry Branstad (establishment) types alike. If he can stay disciplined the rest of the way, and with Gingrich past history indicates that is always a big if, he will be formidable. Three months ago Gingrich lost his campaign apparatus to Rick Perry, now he has twice his support.

3) Mitt Romney (16%)

The ascendancy of Gingrich hurts Romney, because it gives those who no longer view him as a palatable champion a natural alternative, since those are also folks that may not be comfortable with any of the more grassroots-type candidates.

4) Herman Cain (15%)

He’s already peaked, gone supernova, and peaked again.

5) Rick Santorum (13%)

Every time he’s on the brink of a breakthrough someone else steals his thunder. Prior to the Straw Poll it was Michele Bachmann. Now it’s Cain and Gingrich overshadowing him. However, he’s definitely a candidate a lot of former Mike Huckabee supporters are considering, and he might have the second best organization in the state, so he will be a factor.

6) Michele Bachmann (11%)

She seems to have rediscovered her boldness since the last time we rated the candidates, but now she needs to re-establish her organizational footing.

7) Rick Perry (10%)

So far he just hasn’t sold himself to Iowans, and has already failed to make a good first impression. The overall race is so fluid that it’s not hopeless for him, but the clock is ticking. Here’s a question: Chuck Norris is the most outspoken Christian Patriot celebrity in the country, so why hasn’t he endorsed for president the guy that’s been his governor for the last 11 years?

Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Campaign Trail News Wrap-Up from White House 2012– 11/04/11

Bookmark and Share  Friday’s Republican presidential news round up finds Republicans rallying around Cain, new ads hitting back hard for Cain, Romney robo calling attacks on Perry, Santorum crying out for cries for values, Biden and Huckabee defend Mitt , while the DNC attacks him, how the rich are really Occupying Wall, Street and topics of Newt’s Gains?, Iowa’s Romney-Free Zones!, and operations in Occupy Shut Down Iowa Caucuses? arise. That’s some of what you will find blowin’ in the wind of today’s Trunkline 2012 summary of the campaign trail.

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