What a weekend. We have had one major potential GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee pull out. Another major RINO has self-destructed.
The other major RINO is Newt Gingrich.
Newt has not had a good start to his campaign. He flip-flopped several times on Libya and then tried to explain previous marital infidelities as a consequence of his passion for politics. Well, if he had left the last two words off, he might have done better.
Now, Newt has appeared on Meet the Press, or as Rush Limbaugh likes to call it, “Meet the depressed.”
While on the show, he slammed Paul Ryan’s ideas for Medicare reform. He said, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,”
Instead of trying to work a plan to save a program that is broke, broken, and bereft of any possibility of success, Newt simply calls for “a national conversation” about how to improve Medicare mostly be eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse.”
Washington brain rot has set in and has claimed another casualty. It is official; Newt is now a political zombie. He is lacking consciousness, yet he continues to stroll around, trying to feast on the flesh of the GOP faithful.
What conservative refers to anything another conservative offers as “radical?” We conservatives may disagree at times, but radical? Did Nancy Pelosi channel her progressive agenda into him while they cozied up on that global warming couch?
When are the nimrods in Washington, including Newt, going to realize that we do not want “conversations” about problems? We have had conversations about Medicare and Social Security for the last thirty years. They have not solved the problem. Social Security and Medicare’s insolvency problems are getting worse and now the date of their insolvency is now sooner rather than later.
Perhaps most stunning of all, Newt the zombie is saying he favors a variation of the individual mandate. He said, “I believe all of us have a responsibility to pay for healthcare.”
Perhaps the obvious question is, does Newt know which party he is running for? Is Newt now just Obama-lite?
Perhaps this is all political calculus on Newt’s part. He figures he will not get the Tea Party vote and Romney has the RINO vote sewed up, so he might as well go for the liberal vote.
On May 9th, I blogged and said Newt would be the first man out. Since Huckabee never entered the race, he has not beat Newt out. Watching someone who was once a conservative self-destruct is not a pretty sight. If it were not for Newt, Republicans might have never taken over the House of Representatives.
Unfortunately for Newt, Washington brain rot has set in and he now resembles a creature from the political version of “Night of the Living Dead.”
In the zombie movies, the only way to get rid of them was to shoot them. Fortunately for Newt, we do not have to shoot him. All we have to do is ignore him, not contribute to his campaign and let his political aspirations collapse.
Newt, go back to Georgia. Perhaps your Washington brain rot will heal in time.
Voting is a touchy-feely activity.
Obama won because he is:
3. Good speaker (voters thought)(Obama's speech at the Dem convention even got accolades from some Republicans)
4. Expert at dividing the opposition
Look at a series of pictures of CEO's. Very few small guys. The small guys may be on the Board of Directors because they have the money, but CEO's have the power.
John, there is MUCH to be said about appearance and tone of voice. Appearances DO make a difference in how people vote as much as what they say does (maybe not QUITE as much as what they say). Tone of voice and body language both play into how a person (including a presidential candidate) is perceived. That's science and not opinion.
IF a candidate is outstanding in their qualifications they MIGHT over come the 'appearance factor' but they'd better be EXTREMELY outstanding. Other wise it's highly possible the 'other guy' might pull off an election for the same reasons Obama did (sans the cheating and big bucks that put him in).
Thanks for your concurrence on the subject of "appearances". The requirement for "gravitas" applies to females and males. Look at Margaret Thatcher -- obviously the voters were impressed with her ability to speak clearly and forcefully, and they overlooked the fact that she was female.
Sarah Palin would enhance her image immensely, if she would take some voice training, to lower the screechy sound of her voice. If you don't look at the picture while she is talking, she comes on as a teenager, not an experienced former governor.
If I was freezin' my buttski off I'd probably screech a bit too. Don't be tabloid! She's one of US!
Oh Jeez....I just realized who I was talkin' to here, John! I take that back and agree to disagree, friend!
Kathy wrote: ".....Newt has had decades to help get us into the financial mess we're in."
My recollection is that Newt led the fight, during the Clinton administration, which balanced the budget and paid down some of the national debt.
When did Newt "help us get into the financial mess we're in"? What did he do? I thought it was Carter's Affordable Housing, pushed by the Democrats, that created the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis.