Newt Gingrich will never be elected president. Why self-styled conservatives are jumping on the "Kim Kardashian of the GOP" bandwagon, remains beyond my understanding.
Newt Gingrich is conservatism's Bill Clinton, but without the charm.
Newt and Bill are 1960s generation narcissists, and they share the same problems: waywardness and deviancy. Newt, like Bill, has a proclivity for girl hopping ... His public record is already besmeared with tawdry divorces, and there are private encounters with the fair sex that doubtless will come out.
If I have heard of some, you can be sure the Democrats have heard of more.
It sounds like Nancy Pelosi has the dirt (and is itching to spread it) too.
Newt and Bill, as 1960s generation self-promoters, share the same duplicity, ostentatious braininess, a propensity for endless scrapes with propriety and the law. They are tireless hustlers. Now Newt is hustling my fellow conservatives in this election.
After Newt's and Bill's disastrous experiences in government both went on to create empires, Bill in philanthropy and cheap thought, Newt in public policy and cheap thought ... I do not know how much Newt has amassed, but he got between $1.6 million to $1.8 million from Freddie Mac, and he lobbied for Medicare Part B while receiving, according to the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney, "Big Bucks Pushing Corporate Welfare." Now after a lifetime in Washington he is promoting himself as an outsider.
[Back in 1992] I said candidate Clinton had more skeletons in his closet than a body snatcher ... I can apply the same line today to Newt, though he has skeletons both inside and outside his closet.
Conservatives should not be surprised by the scandals that lie ahead, if they stick with him ... Character matters. Paul, Santorum, and Romney have it. Newt has Clinton's character.
Do you really want to find yourself doing (impossible) mental gymnastics to make excuses for a huckster like Newt?
Gingrich can't even come up with enough delegates to win anyway.
Newt Gingrich can't be President. Not because of his $1.6 million Freddie Mac scandal, or his fake charity scandal, or his $300,000 ethics fine while Speaker, the arms dealer scandal, or any of his other personal and financial scandals. Newt Gingrich (or Rick Santorum) can't be President because to be nominated, you need delegates. Those are real people that take time from their lives to go to conventions and represent you. Newt has lots of media coverage, but in the physical world where campaigns actually occur he can't get 1141 delegates.
No candidates besides Paul and Romney filed in all the states:
VA - no Gingrich or Santorum - 49 delegates
MO - no Gingrich - 52 delegates, non-binding primary
D.C. - no Santorum - 19 delegates
So that's 101 lost for Gingrich, and 68 lost for Santorum.
Then, even when your campaign stops its Aegean cruise long enough to file, you still have to get people to sign up as delegates. Santorum and Gingrich only have partial slates of delegates in IL, OH, and TN, which together represent 193 delegates. They are missing different numbers of delegates, but these losses push Gingrich down to levels where he would have to have landslides in all the remaining states. Even with campaign contributors like Ashley Madison, it's unlikely that all Republican voters will unite behind the guy who polls show can’t beat Obama.
So if they know they can't win, why are Newt and Rick running? Book sales? Speaking fees? Political appointments to get them to drop out? Pure ego? All of the above? I certainly don't know. But I do know that people looking for a candidate who can stop "Goldman Sachs" Romney before the convention only have one choice: Ron Paul.
More on "Rockefeller Republican" Newt Gingrich:
- Newt Wins: Don't Go Thinking the Conservative Won the South Carolina Primary
- Newt Gingrich's Reverend Wright
- Newt Gingrich: Progressive "Tea Party" Candidate
- Newt: The Anti-Goldwater
- Newt Gingrich Co-Sponsored Fairness Doctrine
- Gingrich to Romney – Request for Freddie Documents Bizarre
- Gingrich’s debating skills are overrated