I first want to preface this blog with an apology to certain members of the Tea Party Nation that I may have offended regarding my unwavering support of Newt Gingrich, and you know who you are. I had posted a blog under the title "Newt Gingrich: Not Just the Candidate we need, but deserve. A Email to the RNC" I don't apologize for supporting Newt and continue to support him despite whatever perceived shortcomings he may have. However, I was recently challenged with an opportunity to view the John Birch Society video regarding the "Real Newt Gingrich", his voting record in Congress and the political and philosophical positions he took in his early congressional career that appear to be on it's surface, not as conservative as he appears to portray himself today. What I've acknowledged is that ignorance in the face of facts that can be cited as they were in the JBS video, is an exercise in intellectual dishonesty. I would be remiss as a patriotic American if I just arbitrarily dismissed those details. I had conveniently refused to refute some of the facts presented to me for the sake of supporting my candidate because I truly believe, despite his personal difficulties, that he would be the strongest candidate with the best strategy to defeat President Obama based on what he has difinitively presented in his debates. That was wrong. That being said, it is my opinion that where Gingrich may or may not have stood politically 30 years ago, doesn't necessarily equate to where he stands today. Everyone has the ability to change. Perhaps I'm nieve. I'm sure some of you will weigh-in to say I am and that's fine. However, I continue to believe that of all the candidates, no matter how disillusioned some members of the TPN may be with the current lineup of Republican candidates, I believe Newt would be the most formidable of them all in a debate with Obama and would wipe the floor with him. Isn't that the real goal here folks? The removal of Obama? I think if you compare some of the candidates abilities on substance to Newt's, you will realize their handicap in comparison to the backdrop of Newt's depth of knowledge and experience on a national level. Mitt comes off too liberal and far from conservative on issues, particularly on his healthcare stance that appears strikingly similar to Obama's. Perry seems to run out of gas towards the closing hour of the debates and his recent stance on immigration. Cain, although I respect him as the most likeable, regular guy running for office, seems to have some difficulties articulating the specifics of his triple 9 tax plan and where he stands on abortion. In addition, he's now facing a sexual harassment scandal with supposed hush-hush pay-offs to former employees that has yet to be confirmed. Bachman, is a real lady and its a shame she has faded recently in the polls. She is the epitome of dignity and poise and has the persona and grace that I wish all the current candidates had. As for the rest of the candidates, well they're in the single digits and we're getting closer and closer to January. Anyway, I apologize if I acted obnoxiously and indifferent in the content of my replies toward certain members who may not have necessarily agreed with my choice of candidate, and I look forward to reading many more informative posts with an open mind by the good members of the TPN. Keep up the good work!!