Newt Gingrich recently announced his candidacy for President of the United States. For political junkies like us, Christmas morning came early.
Newt Gingrich is one of the most divisive politicians of our time. He has never met a person with whom he disagreed that he didn’t label a socialist, a fascist or a Nazi.
A former lobbyist, Gingrich will say anything to gain the spotlight. Upon announcing his candidacy he acknowledged that Obama will be difficult to beat due to the unfair playing field favoring the President. “He (The President) could not win a fair election…not given his record nor his values.” What in the hell does that mean?
His penchant for bombastic commentary is unprecedented save for the oratorical foibles of Donald Trump. He jumped on the “birther” bandwagon with both feet and believes that the President’s birth certificate is a forgery. He has never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like.
He is smart and he firmly believes that he is smarter than everybody else. The chip on his shoulder is the size of Montana.
He is known as a man of many ideas and offers solutions for fixing big government by the gross. Unfortunately most of them are ridiculous, have no substance or are 180 degrees opposite from a solution he proposed weeks earlier.
He is a hypocrite. While espousing his righteous indignation of President Clinton’s extramarital affair and leading the charge for Clinton’s impeachment he was having an extramarital affair of his own. Married three times, he dumped one wife while she lay in a hospital bed dying from cancer and cheated on another. When asked about it in a recent interview he blamed his indiscretions on “working too hard for the country.” The phrase: “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones” is lost on Gingrich. He is more about “do as I say not as I do.”
Gingrich is a thirty year veteran in Washington politics. His abrasive style has cost him a lot of friends and made him a lot of enemies. Referring to Gingrich, conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Newnan recently said: “there is an old saying… over the years friends come and go but enemies multiply.”
A recent opinion poll asked registered Republicans this question: “when contemplating the qualifications of the prospective Presidential candidates’ list three things the make you the most uncomfortable. They listed: 1.) former lobbyist, 2.) multiple marriages and 3.) FOX NEWS commentator. Congratulations, Newt! You’re 3 for 3.
Gingrich’s announcement has made the upcoming race for the Republican nomination a whole lot more entertaining. It was already going to be fun watching Romney defend implementing Obamacare in Massachusetts; Bachman explain how our founding fathers fought to abolish slavery and Pawlenty search for a pulse. Watching the bombastic Gingrich bull his way through the primaries will only add to the enjoyment.
Have your popcorn ready…it’s going to be a show.