When Rick Perry jumped into the race, there was a huge, seismic shift in the race. Perry came in almost three weeks ago and blew past Michele Bachmann and toppled Mitt Romney to become the front-runner. This jockeying and rapidly shifting landscape suggests that no one in the GOP field has a solid base of support.
Is there someone else we should be looking at?
Many are calling the GOP race now a three way or even a two-way race between Tea Party candidate - Bachmann, a candidate with some Tea Party support – Perry, and Romney the RINO.
With the rapid shifts of support, perhaps there is another candidate who might be someone the Tea Party movement should look at.
Who is that candidate?
Newt Gingrich? Yes, Newt. The immediate cry from many sectors is that Newt is a RINO. Newt is a Republican.
But why Newt?
First, we need a winner. If Barack Obama gets a second term, America will have lost. If the Democrats control the White House for another four years, we will never repeal Obamacare and will never do anything about the out of control spending that has been the hallmark of the Obama regime.
The common wisdom is that Obama is a goner. With the economy tanking, there is no way Obama can win reelection. A bad economy certainly helps a challenger but is no guarantee. Just yesterday, Allan Litchman, a professor at American University came out and predicted that Obama would win reelection. A professor predicting Obama’s reelection is hardly news. However, Litchman created a test for predicting who would win the presidential election and he has been right every time since 1984.
Gingrich is a student of history. He has lived through a fair bit of Washington history himself. Gingrich is also a visionary and a field general. There is a part of Gingrich’s history that is worth remembering. When Gingrich entered Congress in 1978, the Democrats had such a large majority over the Republicans, sometimes they did not even bother to tell the GOP when committees were meeting or votes were being held. At the time, the GOP in congress was led by people who were happy to be in the minority. Gingrich changed that. He came in with the vision to win and he worked hard at his vision.
The end result was 1994 and the first GOP majority in the house in 38 years.
But that was 17 years ago.
Gingrich has managed to stand out in the debates. He was the one who stood out and called the so-called “super committee” a stupid idea. He also defended the idea floated by Herman Cain that we have some type of loyalty test for those who would work for the United States government.
Gingrich’s campaign has not been without its share of problems. There was his really bad decision to take a Mediterranean cruise in June while his campaign really needed him in DC. He lost most of his staff shortly after that, but in fairness to Newt, most of his people had worked for Rick Perry and when it looked like Perry would get into the race, they decamped to go back to Perry.
At the end of the day, Gingrich is a visionary. U.S News and World Report referred to him as “the big thinking Republican.”
Gingrich could be what we need. The next Republican President must be committed to dismantling socialism. This is going to take an amazing amount of vision. This is more than simply getting Obamacare repealed. It also includes the wholesale dismantling and elimination of entire government agencies and parts of the federal budget. It ultimately includes moving this country from an income tax to a consumption tax.
There are some good candidates in the race and some not so good candidates. We have candidates who simply want to be the managers of big government. We cannot have a Republican nominee who has no problem with big government as long as it is the GOP controlling big government. If we end up with a big government Republican as our nominee, everything Obama has done will become permanent and our future can be seen in Greece.
Is Gingrich the man for the Tea Party to support?
Many of us still remember Gingrich sitting on the park bench with Nancy Pelsoi, hyping global warming. Gingrich certainly is not perfect. Requiring perfection from conservatives is a game liberals play.
Personally, I am down to three candidates I am considering. My three are Bachmann, Perry and Gingrich. I love Michele Bachmann. My only concern with her is that jumping from Congress to the White House might be a bridge too far. There is a reason why no sitting Congressman has been elected to the White House since 1880. Perry is certainly an interesting candidate with many pros and cons. If I were absolutely convinced Gingrich would be a conservative President and not go RINO, he would have my support. He is the visionary in many ways that we need. The question is how conservative is he?
The good news is we still have time to look everyone over. The bad news is, time is running out.
Rick Perry and Lt. Col. Allen West! Herman Cain could be a great VP if he would go for it. Bachmann is a squealer on the microphone and that is hurting her terribly! The shrill high pitch of her voice (Sarah Palin does the same thing) is annoying everyone I'm talking to. Therefore, a woman's high pitch exemplifies a scream and not a solid, strong man!
I still think Newt could be good...just the baggage is hard to toss out.
Anyone who has Allen West on their ticket as a VP is going to win!
I said months ago when Perry said absolutely not that Perry and West would be my dream team. Well, West is still on it!
You don't know Sarah or Michele to be complaining about their voice, and suggesting that 'strong men" would be better. In this race the strongest men are the women. Some of us men have matured enough to accept women as humans and some of us remain little boys, who won't let the girls up in our treehouse to play.
Mosheh, I considered you for every bit of two minutes and after carefully weighing all my options I decided to send you back to your day job. Your services aren't needed. thanks for thinking of us, but again no thanks for your candidacy. We have enough in the race already, and especially since we just may add another woman in the lineup, Maybe, but in any case we have enough applicants already. Best wishes on your success in your day job.
Member of the hiring committee for President
Why bother debating, Mosheh? You can't win.
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