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CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

Newt Gingrich is the shooting-star-of-the-month Republican candidate for president. He’s proclaimed himself the front-runner based on the polls; and it must be true because all the other Republican candidates have begun criticizing him. But can the chubby, twice divorced, former Speaker of the House with an attitude and a record in politics longer than Moses’ trek in the desert win the Republican nomination and the 2012 election? The answer to both questions is yes, and here’s why.

Republican primary voters have been looking for a nominee like people shopping for a new suit. They see one on the rack that looks great, and they try it on only to discover it doesn’t fit right. They take it off and try on another, looking at themselves in the mirror and asking their shopping companions for their opinions only to get mixed reviews because there is one thing or another wrong with the suit. They repeat the process until, ignoring their companions opinions altogether, they find one that isn’t perfect, but it’s satisfying enough that they buy it.  (More)

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64 Responses

  1. Charles W. Raymond III says:

    Gingrich is unelectable. He’s too fat, he’s totally immoral, and represents the worst of what is hunkered down Inside the Beltway

    • EWRoss says:

      Your opinion is shared by many. However, I disagree that he is “unelectable.” I think Romney would probably be the best general election candidate, but I’m not sure he can get the nomination for the reasons I laid out in my column.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Campaign for Liberty

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    My observation is that support for Gingrich is fighting between those who see him as able to beat Obama due to knowledge, candor, and an “R” behind his name, versus those who question how conservative he really is and whether there is enough boldness and honesty to stick to his conservative comments when the going gets tough.

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m not sure where he is and thus whether he’ll win the nomination.

    \Posted by Steve

  3. Gingrich, my favorite in the last election before he dropped out, can not win against Soros’ plan unless Gingrich humbles himself and chooses a woman, white or black or a black running mate.
    An ideal VP female would be Star Parker. An ideal VP would be Deroy, JC or even Hermann… White alone ain’t gonna do it!

  4. Ormond Otvos says:

    Gingrich’s very intellectual gloss will kill him with the existing remnants of the old “Southern Strategy” making up the bulk of the Tea Party.

    It’s like the fable of the scorpion and the turtle … it’s the nature of Gingrich and the Tea Party. They’re both the scorpion in the fable, it’s their nature to sting, not cooperate.

    The GOP is reaping the evil rewards of being the party of refusal and stiff objection and non-compromise, and Newt epitomizes this.

    Gingrich can’t win. Gut feeling. None of your arguments are dispositive.

  5. There are other issues with Newt” He wants finger print gun control and there are questions concerning Amnesty..Cannot support and will not support this.. So his baggage is heavy.

    • FairTax4U says:

      Jacques Bakke, I’d vote for Mr. Potato Head before I would vote for the Obama, the tool for the Progressive/Marxist element that wants to turn this Republic inside out!

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Defense Industry Network

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I believe he’s the lesser of all evils !

    Posted by Paul

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I believe Newt Gingrich CAN win the Republican nomination. He is capable, connected, and smart. His background as a History professor gives him a unique long-term look at key issues, particular with respect to how we got to where we now are. But, he is opinionated, has a sharp tongue, and sometimes gets himself in trouble with his remarks. People don’t always want to hear the truth. As a politician you have to know when to shut up and just work an issue behind the scenes.

    Posted by Cal

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: U.S. Veteran

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    YES WE CAN!!! Heard this before? But, this time I believe there is ‘real’ change afoot. I love his politics. The down-side is his somewhat checkered past with the ethics cmte, but I think the country is very forgiving on that front.

    GO NEWT!!!!!
    Posted by Robert J.

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    With his serial infidelities, his pioneering embrace of the healthcare mandate, climate change, his lazy campaigning history, ethical failures that led to his resigning in shame as speaker and almost bowing out in the spring of this year, and the ultimate inevitability of his implosion, he’s a dream candidate for the Democratic Party in 2012.

    Posted by Devon

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: ICAF Alumni Network

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I think that you covered the Gingrich waterfront quite nicely and the state of the Republicans in general. Shooting stars are just that.

    Posted by Dudley

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: US Military Veterans Network

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Nicely written… and quite true too.

    Thanks for helping clarify the issues in my mind that I had already concluded to be the case.

    Posted by Nick

  12. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Reality it is a two horse race. Romney is playing “not to lose” and Gingrich is “in it to win it” (to steal the corniest and most overused phrase of popular culture. I hate myself for saying that). There still could be a surprise though just like 2008.

    Romney is a manger and Gingrich is an idea guy. Romney is left brain and Gingrich is right brain. Which will lead us into the future with big ideas and optimism? Or, do we just want to get car towed to the shop and fixed? Read: A whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink. He says we’re leaving the left brain era and entering the right brain era.

    Posted by Daniel

  13. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Why not? He is smart, experienced, knows where the dead bodies are. He has my vote.

    We needed him to step forward. Cain could have run away with the vote, and it would have been a Cain/Gingrich ticket, even Mr Cain made a very very funny statement about that.

    But in all reality, he knows the players, he has matured, he is about as geniune as we are ever going to get.

    Posted by Sue

  14. Ron N. says:

    Ed-
    It appears that many of your conservative readers are not sure about Newt or feel he is not the candidate for the Rep ticket. I’m concerned that what Devon stated (Newt is the Dems dream candidate for 2012) is the real truth. Newt’s corruptibility and past will kill him against Obama.

    However… WHAT ABOUT RON PAUL!?! Has anybody been listening to this guy? He interprets the US Constitution as it has been written. He’s smart, politically experienced, economist, veteran, medical doctor, likeable, honest, and believable. And, in 76 was one of only four Rep congressmen to endorse Reagan for pres! If he can get the right people to back him and choose a strong running mate who will grab the undecided folks and frustrated dems, he has the BEST chance of beating Obama.

    Google him and try to find media dirt. Check out Jon Stewart’s take on Ron Paul.
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-15-2011/indecision-2012—corn-polled-edition—ron-paul—the-top-tier;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMO7YG3Ul5g; and
    http://www.ronpaul.com/2012-ron-paul/ronpaul2012/

    • EWRoss says:

      Ron,

      Thanks for your comment, but I can’t agree with you on Ron Paul. He may not be corrupt, and he has many views on the Fed and domestic issues that conservatives should listen to.

      But when it comes to his foreign policy views, he is completely off the mark. He would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and I’m not sure what he would fight for beside a direct attack on the United States of America. If we followed that policy all of Asia would be part of the Japanese Empire and all of Europe would be Nazi or Communist. His campaign motto should be “Lets have little or no government but elect me president first.”

    • FairTax4U says:

      Read some history on our Founding Fathers and you will find some with lives far from stellar. However, in their love for their country look at what they achieved. The nominee is going to be up against a well-oiled Chicago machine and we have to have a seasoned fighter with a working brain. Gingrich is that guy. Ron Paul is out in left field with his hands-off European, Mid-East and Asian stance. Paul would make us look too vulnerable to the rest of the world. Get a grip on yourself, I respect Ron Paul. He could not beat Obama. You danged well, even if you have to, hold your nose and back Gingrich.

  15. Ron N. says:

    Yes, his foreign policy views may not be perfect or need clarification; I didn’t say he was perfect. You know as well as I do that we are not the only players running interference with Iran’s nuke program.

    Nevertheless, RP needs to address foreign policy and clarify his stand to get the votes. A strong running mate and tighten up foreign policy views to provide comfort that Al Qaida will not take over, and he’s the guy that can beat Obama. I don’t think our other choices right now have as much of a chance with the American public.

  16. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: U.S. Veteran

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    If he can’t lose, then he will surely win. This question demands a complex understanding of the context of the game of politics where liabilities are as important as assets. Now, has his wife learned self discipline enough to avoid killing his campaign with her verbal presence?

    Posted by George

  17. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Whether or not he can, many constitutionalists feel he wouldn’t be the best choice for what the party or the country needs,
    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/27-reasons-why-newt-gingrich-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/03/147466/newt-gingrich-10-things/

    And these are just a few of the reasons, for those people w/ their heads out of the sand.
    Posted by Paul

    • Reposted from LinkedIn says:

      LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

      Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

      keep that info coming, Paul. You know I like Newt, but I like to learn much better.

      Posted by Sue

  18. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: US Military Veterans Network

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Ed, lets’s add the architect of our last balanced budget, welfare reform an expert in defense issues (spent some time with him myself) former college professor, and a guy who understands the Constitution and our founding principals.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qtjfMjjce2Y
    Posted by Jeffrey

  19. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: US Military Veterans Network

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    More – the entire Newt collection:

    http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/search/label/newt%20gingrich

    Posted by Nick

  20. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    If you want to change the way DC works (or actually – fails), you don’t elect someone from the old guard, and Newt is OLD SCHOOL Old Guard. The time for career politicians that cater to big money (campaign funds) is over. We need to start with a clean slate, and there is literally no one on the horizon in either direction that can provide any hope for the future.

    Posted by Louie

  21. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Here is a Ron Paul Ad on Newt

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/ron-paul-goes-on-air-in-iowa-against-gingrich/2011/12/06/gIQAkeQlZO_blog.html

    Posted by Valerie

  22. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Newt is about as subtle as a deck grinder and about as fun to watch as a car accident. He’s just keeping the tea party entertained until Rick Perry gets his mojo back.

    Posted by John

  23. Ron N. says:

    Valerie, thanks for that link. Short message that used the media’s reports against Newt. Just the dirty facts. If there is dirt on RP, we need to hear them.

    There are many things I like about Newt, but his hypocritical action with the banks during a time of crisis is something I have a hard time with and cannot support his run for the Rep ticket. Besides, the Dems will tear him up.

    The public wants someone they can trust and believe can pull us out of a debt crisis with little collateral damage. Right now I believe RP fills that ticket. However, as Ed pointed out, RP has some off-the-mark ideals regarding foreign policy that he will need to overcome. Nevertheless, Obama had some crazy foreign policy notions; yet he heeded his advisers and didn’t followed through (right away) on many of them.

  24. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Party

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I don’t care if it’s Newt, Mitt or Winne the Poo – anyone is better than this left-wing idiot.

    Posted by Jennifer L.

  25. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Newt has a lot of very definitive positions on how he would pursue an international and national agenda. I’ve listened closely to recent talks by Newt and, although they are a little scary, they actually make sense. One of the relatively good things about our current political situation is that neither party can accomplish much, but they also can’t do much harm. Maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and give one party control so they can actually implement their proposed agenda and see if it will really work out. Like I said it is a little scary because they could take us over a cliff, but continuing to do nothing may be a worse choice.

    Posted by John

  26. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Uh, yea DD! Why don’t you apply your “”visionary eval” of Newt to Ron Paul. He’s enunciated what we once were, what we’ve become, what needs to be done and he has the character, VISION, stability, consistency, honesty, intelligence, integrity, & record to do what he says he will. IN RON PAUL WE HAVE A TRUE STATESMAN AND SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, WHO’S CARRIED HIMSELF ACCORDINGLY, BEGINNING TO END. Newt, though sharp & a good debater I will concede, he’s a duplicitous CFR globalist neocon hack. Paul’s emerged from every debate, in @ least the honest polls & people(which excludes the likes of MSNBC and O’Reilly-worm, among others) in about the top 2. For one I think he may have slipped to 3rd but is it any wonder his strongest following is in the under 30 crowd?(clue? He’s giving people vision, hope, & specifics?) (Please noone, if there’s any answer to this,don’t bring up anything from tv on those poll “results”-as they’re severe bs & they know it!)

    Cry-baby Trump, though coming to lose major face and credibility because he royally dropped the ball on the citizenship issue & is now avoiding the real meat of it, does have 1 thing right. Paul may not even get the nomination anyway, from/by a party which has produced, most recently, the likes of establishment sellouts, whores, and fools like McCain, both Bushes, & Dole,

    Answering again “Ross’s” question? Yea, Newt could win the nomination and the election. After answering the questions of where are we and what needs to be done if our grandchildren and great grandchildren are going to have any life or future(after reading Steyn’s After America & Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower I have grave doubts), we have to ask, should he be?

    To best understand Newt and specifically the people behind him, might I suggest Daniel Estulin’s book the True Story Of The Bilderberg Group, James Perloff’s Shadow’s of Power, and Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy, to name just a few books.

    Paraphrasing Admiral Turner Joy, he said on Newt’s CFR, to which Joy was a member for 17 years, said they’re an organization devoted to the subjugation of national sovereignties to an international body.

    Posted by Paul

  27. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?
    Well Paul. It’s simple. RP hasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of winning the primary, let alone the general election. I’d rather focus on the possible, not the impossible.

    One thing is clear. RP has the most rabid supporters of anyone I can ever remember. Look at the numbers though. He also has the highest negatives. Love your tenacity though.

    Posted by Daniel

  28. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    John – the country did that with the Democrates in ’08…and they could not even pass a budget. And when we gave the Republicans the Congress and Presidency, they found a sudden love for big government and bigger budgets. Seems the only time any group in Congress is opposed to spending money the government does not have is when they are out of power. I believe that the individuals who run for Congress do so with the best of intentions. However, it seems that an individual gets elected, their primary focus becomes how to remain in office. While I have some concerns with unforseen consequences of limiting time in office, it does appear that term limits may be the only way to rid ourselves of what has become a governing elite, who appear tone-deaf to the concerns of the majority of the people. If we can remove the financial benefits of office (insider trading, lucrative book/speaking deals, post-service consultancies, extremely generous, lifetime health and retirement benefits, etc.) we might actually get people that conduct the people’s business.

    Posted by Carl

  29. Ron N. says:

    Daniel-
    RP doesn’t have a snowball’s chance because pundits keep saying so and the media ignores him. So you say, let’s go for someone who Mr media says is in the lead, never mind the fact that the Dems will probably slaughter Newt on the whole taking $ from FM & FM. People have lost there homes; that is not something that is forgotten anytime soon.

    John-
    HELLO! Where have you been living? The Dems HAD control and we went over the cliff. I was deployed to the ME and knew that.

  30. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Tell me Paul. Oh brilliant and omniscient one.

    If you can’t convince me how in the world are you going to convince the other 90% of the population out there who think that Ron Paul is a nice old guy with a brilliant mind but couldn’t lead a horse to water. His army is a bunch of basement dwelling, internet conspiracy theorists who can’t put a simple sentence together. The man has never been in charge of anything. Has never lead anything and never will lead anything (except apparently his Ron Paul Army of kooks like you). Barack Obama would eat him for lunch and spit him out on the sidewalk and then laugh as he stepped over and on him.

    Tell me PAUL!! How is that man with the shirt collar two sizes too big, who’s head is shrinking into his shirt like a character in Popeye. That man with a voice like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon. That man who says that America is responsible for terrorism all over the world. That man who would be laughed out of every states room in the world. How is that man going to lead the free world? How PAUL?? Tell me PAULl!! How in the world is that even remotely possible Paul??? Tell me PAUL!!! I want to know. I can see it now as the G-7 convenes and everyone shakes hands and they all ignore the little guy (even that shrimp Sarkozy will snub him because he’ll have found someone more pathetic than him) and he’s over in the corner yelling in his squeaky little voice “Hey! what about me? I’m over here. Don’t leave without me” as they shut the door and he’s left standing there looking and wondering what just happened. Go back to your basement Paul. You’ll be fine. I know you’re mad because no one will play with you. Let the grown ups work this out. You’ll be OK. go read up on some more conspiracies. Watch some more videos.

    Posted by Daniel

  31. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Pearls before swine.You, Dan, are patently & certifiably loco. I’m convinced you don’t want to know as myself and scores of others have already proven it, too many times over. My biggest fear for you is that point when the scales drop from your eyes and you discover how deep in your butt your head’s been all your life. You’re saying someone who’s demonstrably a babbling fool w/o their teleprompters, who’s never accomplished anything & lead no one anywhere except rocketing down the drain, ‘d walk over Ron Paul?!?!? Over 1/2 a dozen major nations know he’s completely illegal!!! All the material I just listed in the previous post is, I’d bet, more than you’ve read in a lifetime. (For me, it’s about 2-3 weeks) I freely concede I’m not the smartest person; but I clearly read more in a week than you have in a generation! Do you know how much material Ron Paul has on the Ludwig von Mises website? Have you even heard of Ludwig von Mises? Do you even know what running water is? Have you been keeping track of what people on the world set are saying of this disgusting narcissistic communist(Mencia, was it, just called him Curious George)?!?!?! Making cartoons of him?!?! The only people who have said anything positive on Barak(outside of the imbeciles and morons here like you’re evidently among) are the likes of Putin and Chavez.

    In all my days I’ve come across 100’s of people like you, who deny reality, UNTIL IT BITES ‘EM IN THE BACKSIDE.
    Some of the messages I’ve been getting from people on you, WHOA! Let’s just say I’ll keep you in my prayers that, 1 day soon, you’ll pull your head out.

    Posted by Paul

  32. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    PAUL.

    You’re insane aren’t you? c’mon. I’m sitting her thinking I am arguing a with a certifiable nutbag. OK PAUL tell me this. How in heavens name on God’s green earth will RP ever, in a million years, be able to govern this country. You say I don’t want him because I think he’s not electable??? NO. I don’t want him because never in a thousand lifetimes do I think that he could ever effectively govern. Many, many people in this country want the current president replaced. Nut jobs like yourself want him arrested (and God knows what else you want to do to him). My prize is congress. That’s what I want. Ron Paul as president would assure, with 100% certainty, 40 more years of Democrats running Congress. he would be the biggest disaster to ever walk down the steps of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. How is he going to govern PAUL?? By presidential fiat? Congress will run roughshod over him and he’ll be there whimpering “you can’t do that! It’s not constitutional! Boo hoo”. He’s a caricature. he’s a farce. And he will NEVER win a presidential election. WAKE UP!!

    Posted by Daniel

  33. Ron N. says:

    Daniel-
    Why the irate tone with Paul? You are a man who ‘appears’ to speak from experience. SO tell me, how do you know so much about how RP will govern? You obviously think you can describe his followers (basement dwelling, internet conspiracy theorists). If I were an RP follower- as I will follow him over the rest at this point- I’m the polar opposite of your supposed typical RP follower.

    If you really want to answer my question, please do so in a less riled manner. Stick to the facts, I am all for learning why the guy cannot govern.

  34. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Where’d you go PAUL?? We haven’t heard from you PAUL. why haven’t you answered my questions PAUL?? Have you given any thought whatsoever to what a Ron Paul presidency would look like? Do you have any idea what would happen? No one in Congress is going to go along with his program. How do you think he will advance his agenda? Executive order? Constitutionalist, remember PAUL? No way. Bully pulpit? Yeah – right! How’s he going to do it PAUL?? Go back to your books and your blogs and your Youtube-Obama-having-sex-in-the-limousine-videos and see if you can find someone, anyone, who has postulated on this possibility. God knows you have come up with an original thought on the matter.

    Posted by Daniel

  35. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I guess Paul left??!

    Posted by Jennifer

  36. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Nooooooo, I wasn’t gone; I went offline a**hole. Maybe U need to go offline and read occasionally? I was reading? Getting in to Buchanan’s latest tome, among other things (Ellul’s book on Propaganda’s quite interesting too?), Suicide of a Superpower, what I ardently & vociferously encourage everyone to read. Good as all of Buchanan’s other books have proven to be, this one’s thee penultimate! “Bravo. Bravissimo Mr Buchanan!”

    (sidebar Jennifer-How do you do it? Every article & topic U pick, dead-on! Your commentaries? very good! I’m still waiting for DD to pull his head out of the manure pile & come up w/ something worthwhile, on anything. He’s obviously very vocal, but with a severe paucity of depth or substantive understanding on anything)

    Duckworth? I suggest you read the Declaration, 10 or 15 times, and ruminate(1st 3 words?) on who the government is, or @ least who it’s suppose to be an extension of, & why we decided to break the ties with Britain.(or @ least tried to; we’ll save the Treaty of Paris, and the Limey’s tactical departure from our shores, for a later time).

    Maybe in a way you’re right? Maybe you personally, are an outstanding example of what the country and the common voter are all about. Ron Paul has a viscerally deep-rooted understanding of money(true money), the economy, and the constitution. You vote, @ the same time you have no true understanding of any of these; or you haven’t displayed it yet?

    DUH! The purpose for a Ron Paul presidency? Maybe it’s too much for the country? Realizing “We The People” are suppose to be the (educated, informed)bosses? Yea, it would truly be a dichotomy/paradox with an electorate as brain dead as you-he does know what the country needs and could do it, through fiat. Unfortunately he’d be waiting for the orders to come through the lawful processes & structures. The onus is on us to, on being/getting educated, best determining what it is we(the country, our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren) need, and telling government to do those things.

    Maybe it’s hopeless already? For a public to get educated, fast enough, on American history, culture, economics, western civilization, to know where we came from & how it lead to progress and individual, and national development; telling government what to do to maintain those ends.
    Again, DD, you’re right. The question is raised, how could a president govern according to the constitution when an electorate, congress, senate, public, and judiciary have come to be so ignorant of it & demand so much of government?and the judiciary being used as an instrument of social reengineering.
    Dornan, while a congressman, kept Blackstone on his desk. How many others do? The Supreme Court justices(kagan, sotomayor-whore-sluts, do they?)? I have it in my library. Do you, “duckworth”?(God, what he hell kind of a name is that?!?!)(Kunkel? A strong Teutonic name from Bavaria)
    Now, let me go back and review your droolingly specious, vapid, empti-headed questions & see if there’s something worth answering?
    Another good book on money and the economy-Mooney’s Usury Destroyer of Nations; another 1, Bastiat’s The Law on property rights.

    That’s okay duckworth. I know I’ve recommended more books in my last 3 posts than I’m sure you’ll find time left in your pathetically empty specious shallow life to read. Vote for someone who’s :”electable”?

    Posted by Paul

  37. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Party

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I hope so! I will vote for Mitt if he wins the nomination, but against my better judgement. I’m going to tick off some Mormons here, but I worry about a man who could be duped by this mockery of Christianity. Marks him as a bit gullible to me. I’ll stick with Newt!

    Posted by Phil

  38. Ron N. says:

    Phil- my concern as well. I wonder how deep he is in his LDS faith. The book “The God Makers” is a scary look at the Mormon church. Although, there are probably exaggerated statements about the LDS church in the book.

    Right now, I’m swinging RP first choice and Newt second. It would be nice if we had a Reagan candidate emerge ;-)

    Dan and Paul-
    You guys are out of control.

  39. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?
    I
    ‘ve just returned from the Mass of the Immaculate Conception at Pope John XXIII school (k – 8). It’s always deeply moving to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and this time was no exception. As I sat in the back looking at the 600 +/- kids sitting in the pews I wondered to myself, what will the world look like 4 years from now when many of these children reach their high school years. Is Ron Paul truly the kind of man that can lead this nation out of despair and into prosperity?

    Paul – I’m glad you came back and you did not disappoint. Your last post was 650 words of blather. Not one substantive statement anywhere to be found. You did manage to use 6 expletives, hurl 8 insults and misspell 12 words. Congratulations. That’s impressive. Even by your standard. You also managed to cite 6 references, books that we all should read. what you did not do is proffer one original thought from that tiny brain of yours in the entire diatribe.

    I asked you a very direct question Paul that you seem incapable of answering. How in the world is Ron Paul going to garner any support whatsoever from any one Republican in Congress (let alone Democrat)? You see Paul. We have a man in office who can’t govern now. Never has. Doesn’t know how. As abhorant as you find him I assure you he could be a lot worse. If he had any diplomatic and political skills whatsoever we’d be deeper in the muck than we are today. Thank God for his inexperience.

    When Ronald Reagan took office January, 1981 he had already served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and as governor of California. It wasn’t his winning personality or his movie star looks or the fact that he played “the Gipper’ that made him a success. It was his hours and hours of experience as a leader.

    Now I ask you Paul, the brilliant Teutonic Knight, with your banner raised high as you charge into battle with the wind flushing though it creating that eerily howling sound that strikes fear in the hearts of men. I ask you Paul, how in the world is Ron Paul going to govern????? He has no experience governing. He commands no respect on a governing stage. He instills no confidence in the hearts and minds of the American people. How in heaven’s name do you ever see him successfully governing?

    Paul, this is your question to answer. You are the apostle for Ron Paul. His presidency is in your hands. If you can’t convince Dan Duckworth that this man will make a great leader you will be forever doomed to the silence and the bitterness of your basement and your laptop computer. Please, for the sake of the Republic, answer the question.

    Posted by Daniel

  40. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I agree with Carl’s observation on one party rule. (Could have extended the analogy back to Clinton and Reagan also) Seems we get the best mix when we have a split–although today’s grid lock is a disaster.

    However, term limits would only worsen the situation. If you understand how things work, Congress is all about raising money. They have little time to actually understand the issues or write laws. Most of the work is done by lobbyists and staffers who often have more tenure than the people they “serve”. Term limits would only give them more power by virtue of being the “only” experts in the game.

    Regarding Newt, by all reports, he is a horrible manager. Add that to his inability to decide who he wants to live with and what religion he wants to follow as well as his proven ability to accuse others of what he himself is doing and you have a complete package. If the Republicans nominate him, they deserve him. And, as Devon points out, this should make him a wonderful candidate for the Ds.

    Posted by Crist

  41. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Party

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I think any of the choices CAN win; however, I think that the
    only the two front runners are the two guys with the most baggage. I’d like to see one of the Ricks back on top (preferably Perry).

    Posted by Mike

  42. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Read your Bible a little closer there Dan; even Buddhists, & Hindus can be put in a state of calm and bliss honouring Vishnu or Buddha. It doesn’t mean their theology/philosophy’s sound. (We won’t mention how many popes were bastard sons of previous popes; but I guess it fits if they all have to be from the line of Peter?)

    So, we’re counting, 650 words? Gee, you must be bored as hell if you have time for that.(oops, there’s a potty word to count) Wouldn’t your time be better spent looking in to a few of the recommended titles rather than criticizing them, to discover you’re ignorant as a fist full o’ gravel?
    (ALL THIS WILL TIE IN WITH NEWT). In the venue of leadership you bring up the Halcyon president, Reagan?!?! Even North hints in his book that Reagan’s mind might have been starting to go around the time of Iran/Contra.4 days, finished Buchanan’s latest book-Suicide of a Superpower. WHOA! Truly, a presidential work! Romney’s mentioned, in a small way; and it ain’t anything flattering, suffice it to say he’d be a very poor choice. Gingrich? I don’t believe there was any mention of him directly in the book; but it doesn’t matter. The fine detail, on every major problem affecting our country is penetrating, to say the least. Buchanan was obviously putting the book together well before the “debates” started. Just about every major issue that’s been brought up in the debates, Buchanan addresses, IN HEAVY DEPTH. But too, in hard hitting fashion, he proposes solutions, functional ones, from foreign policy, to trade, to immigration. For what “Newt” has proposed for all the issues? Comparing & contrasting, it’s obvious Newt doesn’t give a damn what’s in our best interests, nationally, constitutionally, fiscally, for trade or anything else; and that he’s a globalist first, hence his CFR membership.
    The book’s too detailed and too perfect. Let’s just say for what Buchanan lays out, Newt’s success hinges on a lot of America’s ignorances and shortfalls & a number of his positions would severely exacerbate some of the problems we’re currently in the middle of-trade, immigration, Israel, monetary policy, et al. The book is just too good.
    On a Ron Paul presidency? Your argument @ it’s base is fallacious. You’re inferring that members of his own party would maliciously & spitefully break with him and encourage others opposition?!?! How unifying would that be for the others? (What next? Are you going to say @ state of the union speeches they’d get up & throw tomatoes @ him?) In character and intelligence, in extemporaneous talks he has well proven himself! His ability to communicate with people in a very pragmatic way is evident, the fact, again, his following is so strong in the under 30 crowd. And Buchanan enunciates(without mentioning Paul either) that, for where public sentiments have drifted on major issues(Israel, foreign aid, etc)we can look @ the candidates and say the one closest to the up-and-coming public is Ron Paul! He puts a face with where America’s heart is. And Newt is just another phony establishment hack condescending to us; not to mention some of what he glibly claims credit for(or involvement with) isn’t entirely accurate(Berlin Wall coming down, “break-up” of the Soviet Union; don’t we already have a liar in the blight house?).

    Posted by Paul

  43. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Well, it’s obvious I should be having this conversation with Buchanan since you can’t seem to come up with one original thought of your own. We now know who and what you are. A complete fraud.

    Posted by Daniel

  44. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Party

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I think Newt is the most experienced and his success will be based on his choices for Cabinet positions and the support of people who want to get us back on the right track.

    Posted by Jim

  45. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I have to strongly disagree with Crist. I truly believe our founding fathers would find the government in place is the exact opposite of what they envisioned. The problem with political power is it’s supcetibility to corruption (a sympton of human nature). Over the past decades congress has become it’s own booster club (just like in NCAA sports, and just as tainted). They vote for their own raises, their own retirement, and their own health care – separate and above that of their fellow citizens they were elected to represent. Then they spend the majority of their working days, trading support for lobbyists and special interests, for campaign contributions to remain in office, relying on their staffs to conduct their research and make their opinions for them. This is not representative government. And I have to disagree with John F as well. To look at the current political and economic landscape and claim “they also can’t do much harm”, is way off target. Congress continues to be the enabler of special interests as they buy the political process that favors their invidiual (and short-term) gains, with the American people picking up the tab, as well as the mess. This cannot be allowed to continue, or we face the same economic fate as Ireland, Greece, and Italy. We can save the “American Dream”, but we need to go back to the beginning to do so.

    Posted by Louie

  46. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Louie, I don’t really disagree with your assessment, but what exactly would you propose we do? Maybe we should come up with a set of demands that are clear in direction, party independent and implementable. Then if enough of the population signed onto these demands we might force politicians to commit to them in order to be elected. This would work similar to the republican commitment they signed to not increase taxes. If they didn’t sign onto the reasonable list of demands they would be rejected by the public. There are probably at least a reasonable set of demands that most would agree upon that addressed common problems without getting into the right and left fringe issues that are so divisive.

    Posted by John

  47. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Other than the part about disgreeing with me, I pretty much agree with Louie’s observations about Congress. My point is that term limits is not the answer if you understand how DC really works. I admit I don’t have the answer on how, but somehow, the influence of money has to be curtailed. (Something the Supremes seem to ignore). Money drives lobbyists who write the laws that we hate and who buy the congressmen so they pass those laws. Maybe the answer is to take the one man, one vote concept and challenge the decision that corporations are people and can spend as much money as they want. But being drawing into the false belief that term limits will fix things is to ignore reality. They certainly have not helped California.

    Posted by Crist

  48. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    I think Carl summed it all up…while not a fan of the term limit idea in the past…we’ve past the point where working along the margins of the system will make a difference. Term limits and elimnation of the bennies is a start. Heck, look at the ordeal just making the news with John Corzine. What happens to him is a reading on the accountability barometer of the governing elites.

    Posted by Craig

  49. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Everything is just tinkering around the edges until we have an ironclad way to limit the power of congress to tax, spend, and regulate. All the other ills are symptoms and byproducts of the ability to tax and spend and regulate. Based upon the amount of spending involved one would assume that the principle function of the federal government is to transfer wealth from one group of people to another, and all those enumerated powers expressed in the articles of the constitution itself, are mere administrative details, necessary to preserve the nanny state.

    Posted by John

  50. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Politics on the Rocks

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Paul. Undoubtedly I would be no match for Buchanan’s intellect. You, on the other hand, are a piece of cake. child’s play. I’ve asked you the same question 3 times in very clear terms and you still refuse to answer the question. Now….why is that?

    It gets me to thinking. Hmmm. Hero worship. Links to blogs and bogus YouTube videos all the time. Can’t answer a simple question. Writes like a very bad Michael Savage wannabe. Who is this guy? No way he’s a conservative or libertarian. Then it struck me. You are an Obama plant. No wonder you can’t defend your position. You have no desire to. Your goal is to tear down the actual real candidates with this phony RP support. Your strategy is the same one that will be used in the general election. Obama can’t possibly run on his record (according to latest Gallup poll 51% of Americans think he does not deserve to be re-elected) so what else is left? Tear down the opposition. Paint the picture that voting for the Republican would be far worse than voting for Obama.

    So Paul, the cat’s out of the bag. Go back with your friend Jerry and the others and plan a different strategy. It’s not working here. Kudos though. You kept up and fooled us for a while.

    Posted by Daniel

  51. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Party

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Our country is big in heart and willing to be open.There was common wisdom that no catholic or Southerner could be elected to the office of the President. President Kennedy and Carter proved them wrong.No one ever believed that a person of color could be a Governor a president. The problem with our President is that he is clue less.
    I believe that Governor Romney has the experience that is needed.

    The speaker would be a good VP. He has a lot of experience but has never Governed.

    Posted by Allen

  52. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Republican Professionals

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Though it is superficial, chubby is a factor – at least for Democrats. As we recall, many women voted for Clinton because they thought he was handsome. I would hope republicans and Independents seek more substantial factors. Personally, I think he has an excellent chance of beating Romney for the nomination for the same reason Obama beat Hillary. The Republican brand was tainted. The next president was going to be a Democrat – but which one? The Republicans and democrats voted in Obama at the Primaries because he was the least of all evils. The Democrats are scared spitless of Romney. The media keeps saying he’s the only candidate who can beat Obama. Therefore, they’re going to vote against Romney by nominating Gingrich in the Primaries to assure that Obama stays in the White House. Of coarse I could be wrong to assume that Democrats possess the strategic skills of a Republican.

    Posted by Jim

  53. Can Newt win in 2012? Hell No.You saw what the main stream news media did to Herman Cain.They are just waiting for Newt to get the nomination before they open up on him. Women will be coming out of the woodwork claiming that Newt did sexual things to them or with them.
    Newt is another lose just like John McCain and Bob Dole

    • EWRoss says:

      Roy, if we allow the mainstream media, aka the Democrats, to pick our candidatess we will never win. Why is it that it never makes any difference how many women a Democrat sleeps with (JfK, Bill Clinton) only Republicans?

      • Roy Patterson says:

        Because the left wing socialist Democrats control the main stream media and most of the newspapers and magazines in this country.For a Republican to win he or she has to have a clean background. I don’t like it, but that’s way the real world is.

  54. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Friends of Republican Candidates (The FORCE)

    Discussion: CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

    Absolutely Yes: Newt knows where all the bathrooms are in the WH. He knows every function of the Washington complex of agencies and departments. This is no time for someone to come in and take 6 months getting acclimated to the Job. There is no doubt he already has a list of 1st & 2nd choice picks for Cabinet positions and Agency heads. His Private Consulting Groups are already writting out proposals for consolidation of Gov’t Agencies, removal of some, Judgeships nominee’s, elimination of Dodd-Frank and Obamacare if it gets by the Supreme Court. Newt will absolutely bury Obama on the Campaign Trail, and make a Midget out of Obama in any type debate. There is a comprehensive Energy Plan to make the USA Independent, and a supplier to the World of excess Energy Products, which requires the takedown of the EPA, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, et. al. that could get in the way. He will transfer to the States many rights that have been stomped on by the Fed. Gov’t over the last 70 years. And Newt’s Immigration Ideas, make sense. For it would be impossible to round up 11-12 million aliens and send them back. I think it is more like 20 Million. The day he takes office Oil will have dropped below 50 dollars p/b, and might go to 30. This alone would prevent some 840 Million dollars per day from leaving the USA–that is about 350 Billion per year. His solutions for Medicare, Medicaid, and SSI, are along the lines of all the Conservative thinking—give everything back to the States with Block Grants, and take SSI to a 401K type system like they have in Chile. Both Cain and Newt Favor the Chilian Model, that has built up 100’s of Billions in Dollars, which is incredible for such a small population. You cannot create baggage if you do not play. And Newt has played. And FDR dying in the arms of his Mistress, is real cool–right. Or JFK, sneaking out to Play with M. Monroes’s body parts–is also cool. As long as you are a Progressive or Liberal! And Jefferson was a sinless Saint? I am not worried about a 68 year old portly Republican and his Sex Life. I am worried about the survival of this Country as we know it. So my advice to Republican and Independent voters–is you better choose wisely. As you know from the Raiders of the Lost Ark 3rd movie, to the Fellow that choose poorly as to The Cup of Jesus–he turned to dust. And that is what will happen to our country if you choose poorly. Just Today, Newt already announced he wants John Bolton as his Sec. of State. Great Choice! That little Statement defines Newt’s Foriegn Affairs Thinking. He will probably do more of this so the American People will be able to See what his Administration might look like. Its against Tradition to announce anyone, or to discuss anyone for Important Positions. But Newt is not giving a Damn about Tradition. Will he blurt out untested ideas–I expect he will. But that is what we need is ideas. Not all ideas make it to fruition. But to not propose them, is to be stupid. In the Business world I as an Up High, Fortune 330 Executive, we had a rule in Corp. meetings—and that rule was no ideas were to be considered stupid. And we as Conservatives want the best ideas to come foward.

    Posted by Roger

    • Newt, if given the Republican Presidental Nomination will be a crash and burn just like John McCain and Bob Dole. Nominate anyone else and they have a chance to beat Obama.Newt doesn’t. Women will not, for the most, vote for him.

  55. Francis says:

    As long as he signs what comes out of the Pentagon what does it really matter Ed?

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