National Review Online has a fair, balanced, and reasonable editorial on our looming primary decision.
While giving credit to Newt’s positive characteristics, it has come to the same conclusion that I have. Not Newt.
I, like many other conservatives, have spent months searching for the anybody but Romney candidate. Newt’s comeback in the polls after a disastrous and what I thought fatal start is as startling as its effect on me. I am now searching for the anybody but Newt candidate.
Look, Newt is a smart fella and I can even relegate the marital peccadilloes to the past, but Newt is still Newt.
Romney will disappoint me, I know that. But Newt can/will destroy us (conservatives). Newt will blow up, either as a candidate or as a President and he will take the entire conservative movement with him. His hubris and his flightiness will end up alienating just about everyone. You know how I know this? Because that is what Newt always does.
While he had successes as Speaker, he ended up the most unpopular figure in the country, both left and right. As a pundit, he has done the same thing. And as a candidate, the same thing. Newt blows up. That is what Newt does.
Romney will disappoint me, I know that. He says many of the right things now, but his record is the stuff of schizoid legend. But even if Romney only believes half of what he now claims to believe and the rest is pandering, I might take that. At least the pandering recognizes there is a base he must satisfy. Newt doesn’t care because he knows he is smarter than me and you. It is we who must change our opinion before Newt changes his.
Romney is no conservative, I know that. But I think that I prefer the guy who at least pretends to be.
I am still a supporter of Santorum. Notwithstanding a dramatic showing in Iowa, I must accept that 4% is 4% and I might not have that choice. But if I had to choose between Newt and Mitt, I think I choose Mitt. Call it risk mitigation.
December 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm
And Don, there was nothing racist in Steves TAC comments you posted. Just uncomfortable facts. Social engineers have been people pushing for generations. Ms. magazine was a CIA front, Buckley was CIA…which explains the rise of the Neocons and the demonization of the Old Right 'til both "parties" do the same things.The Gramscian slow march through the institutions, infiltration and subversion.
But that's crazy talk, right? All those commies, pervs and homosexuals who have nearly ruined the Church, that was all just coincidence and the result of evil celibacy. But who could want the destruction of the Church?? The family?
December 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Haha – risk MIT-igation
December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Just a thought … or two
With Arizona's old Mr. Magoo, we had a choice of either Obama or Obama-lite in 2008. With Romney, we would be given that same choice again, imho. (sigh)
As someone who used to enjoy Michelle Bachman's speeches on the floor of the House, I wish that she would try to elevate herself in debates, instead of trashing Newt Gingrich to try to bring him down to her level. That's a sleazy tactic of the Democrats and other bitchy gossips.
She should recognize, also, that her attractiveness and her popularity as a Congresswoman do not translate into qualifications to run for President. She is [way] out of her depth, imo, to which, no doubt, she would respond with the same slimy tactic that she used on Gingrich, accusing me of being "sexist", just as, with the same cheap shot, she recently picked up on MSNBC's goading and snidely insinuated that Gingrich is a "sexist" for having legitimately criticized her.
BTW, did I mention that I am a [huge] Newty fan?
But you are entitled to your opinions. Ain't America grand? 🙂
December 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm
BTW, I'm not [that] anonymous. I'm the [other] anonymous.
December 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Okay, be that way. Don't talk to me. See if I care. 🙁
December 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Back on the subject of Newt's fitness for office, his erratic behaviour may have a base in mental illness. Bi-polar, to be exact. I have had experiances with mentally ill people, one who was bi-polar, and based on those experiances, I would not want Gingrich as POTUS. Even when a person with bi-polar is on meds, they can still be flakey as hell, becase bi-polar is a very tricky illness to treat. The thought of some like Newt being under the pressure that the office of the POTUS would bring down on him is frightening to think about. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=377397 has this distrubing information
December 20, 2011 at 12:18 am
Anonymous, who are you talking to? Newts not fit for office. The man is a liar and a cheat, talks out of both sides of his mmouth. Why would you trust a man who cheats on his wives? Think he won't cheat you?
BTW, Obamas mama worked for the CIA, too. Another coincidence.
December 20, 2011 at 1:19 am
Everyone…it's right in front of you. Please, give him a second look!
December 20, 2011 at 3:08 am
It's right in front of you alright:
December 20, 2011 at 3:21 am
I do not want the establishment Republican Party to dictate the candidate and actions by this group have solidified that I will not support Romney ever. No vote for president if this attack continues on anyone who appears to challenge their selected guy. I will never vote for a Democrat, but have sat out elections before when the establishment guy like Dole is thrust down our throats. This is anything but balanced or fair and although I had not made my mind up on Newt, this is a hatchet job.
December 20, 2011 at 5:10 am
Newt is "mentally ill", and a "liar", too???
HA Ha HA HA HA HA HA Get a grip, and get real.
Well, I suppose that if you think that Carter,
Clinton and Obama are sane and moral, you will
think that Newt is a kook, unfit to be POTUS.
I'm sure that your bizarre comments make perfect sense to you. They won't make sense to any rational person.
BTW, ad hominem attacks aren't valid arguments. They show that you don't have legitimate arguments.
December 20, 2011 at 5:45 am
I don't have a problem with Obama. His misbehavior was predictable. He doesn't know any better.
I have a problem with the ditzy college kids and the ditzy women and the ditzy Jews who voted for Obama for no other reason than because they thought that it would be so cool to have our first black president …, regardless of the facts that he is a useless empty suit, a smarmy street hustler and a pretentious, decadent dilletante who has a history of being a chronic screw-up and who doesn't have any executive, managerial or leadership skills or any other qualifications to be president, absolutely none whatsoever. In fact, those ditzy college kids, ditzy Jews and ditzy women could have randomly selected any black man on the street, and their pick would have done just as good a job, if not even a better job than Obama has done, imo. The Obama Administration has been an unmitigated disaster. All of them are chronic screw-ups. For which we can thank the damned fools who elected them …, imho. 🙂
December 20, 2011 at 6:18 am
Anonymous12/20, I never said anything in favour of Carter, Clinton, or Obama. I never cared for any of them or their performance in the office of the POTUS.
As I've already said, I have had experiance with mentally ill friends and loved ones. Gingrich has mental illnesses in his family and some of his behaviors indicate a possibility of bi-polar. The thought of him cracking under the pressure of the office of the Presidency is scary beyond belief. It is not an ad hominem attack on any of his policies by using what could be a very possible mental illness to disqualify him. Even if his policies were agreeable to me, I still wouldn't want him to be President. Mental illness is bi-partisan, so it wouldn't matter if Newt was Republican or Democrat, I still wouuldn't want him exposed to the pressures of the presidental office, especially the way the world is today.
December 20, 2011 at 6:43 am
You're entitled to your opinions, Steve, and that's what they are, just your opinions. (And specious arguments.) No substance. No facts. Certain;y nothing that would cause me to reconsider my position on that issue. BTW, Merry Christmas.
December 20, 2011 at 7:38 am
BTW, Steve, it seemed to me that Herman Cain exhibited thought and speech patterns which caused me to suspect that he is suffering from a neurological disorder, perhaps epilepsy and perhaps a neurological disorder of which he isn't even aware yet.
But I don't have any tangible evidence which supports my suspicions, and so my suspicions are extraneous and irrelevant. Do you get my drift?
Herman and Newt could just be a little ditzy. Obama is ditzy. The Clintons are ditzy. Reagan was ditzy. Even GW was a little ditzy. In the USA today, [everybody] is ditzy. So you'll just have to go with the least ditzy candidate. That's the best advice that I can give to you. (sigh) 🙂
December 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Here's a link to a very interesting take on Newt. http://lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner526.html
Anonymous, it's a documented fact that Gingrich's mother was bi-polar. Mental illnesses have a tendancy to run in families. Many of Newt's actions (high spending, out of control sexual behaviours, flight of ideas,exaggerated sense of self) are signs and symptoms of bi-polar. Please read up on bi-polar and compare the known signs and symptoms of bi-polar with Gingrich's actions and behaviours. It will make yor very uneasy about having a President Gingrich in office.
December 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm
What was it in my post at 1:43am that you didn't understand?
What scares me, folks, is that [this time] a ditzy electorate will elect Ron Paul to clean up the economy, giving the Muslims a terrific, healthy and vibrant economy when they take over the country.
What scares me, too, is who Paul or Bachman would appoint as their Vice President, Secretary Of State, Attorney General, CIA Director, Secretary Of Defense, Head of Homeland Security, Secretary Of The Treasury, etc., etc.; fears which I don't have with Gingrich, Romney or Perry or even with Santorum.
December 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm
I understood your 1:43am post perfectly. You showed no consideration of the dangers of having a man has shown unstable patterns of behaviour all of his life as the POTUS. Also, his political leanings are leftist. He wants to expand the government, hardly a conservative thing. He wants to make the monstrosity we have now 'work better'. We don't need more socialism, we need to get rid of all the socialism that's been piled on us since the 1910's. Ron Paul 2012.
December 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Get a grip, and get real.
Newt Gingrich has [always] been a staunch, hardcore Conservative, and a trustworthy and loyal Republican, and one of the most savvy, most ethical and most articulate Conservative spokesmen in the party. He has [always] scared the hell out of Democrats, too. That is why they attack him so viciously.
He was Georgia's most outstanding Congressman. In fact, his accomplishments both as a Congressman and as the Speaker Of The House (elected almost unanimously by his peers) were certainly exemplary if not even almost legendary.
You're making up preposterous stuff, and you know it. All of your comments have been ludicrous, so ludicrous that it occurs to me that I would like to have some of whatever you are smoking.
Next to Alabama's Senator Jeff Sessions and North Carolina's former Senator, the late Jesse Helms, Newt Gingrich has always been one of my favorite politicians. So you're barking up the wrong tree here, Steve. You're trying to bullsh*t the wrong person. So give it a rest before you make anymore of a fool out of yourself. Just a suggestion. I'm refraining from making another one. 🙂
December 21, 2011 at 1:23 am
Anonymous at 2:38, you sound ditzy.