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Gingrich for President

Newt Gingrich has serious character issues that should disqualify him from the Republican nomination, let alone the Presidency of the United States. He has minimal respect tor the truth, and doesn't hesitate to make misleading claims and statements.

He claims to have repented from his past adulterous liaisons including an affair with a member of his staff as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the period when he was scheming to have President Clinton impeached and removed from office over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He asked his first wife for a divorce while she was in the hospital with cancer. He has explained his affair with his staffer as a result of his fatigue from working so hard as Speaker in the interest of the country. Now he claims to be a born again Christian.

More than Any Other Politician Gingrich is Responsible for the Current Extreme Partisanship in Washington

Responsible citizens recognize that the extreme partisan deadlock which is paralyzing our national government and many state governments is not in the public interest. Greater comity, respect and willingness to cooperate and, when necessary, compromise on public policy issues is badly needed. New Gingrich's history of extreme partisanship is another reason, in addition to his character faults, for not electing him president.

Gingrich is a "human hand grenade"--Peggy Noonan

There's already enough dirt on the public record to sink Gingrich's ship. He has serious moral issues. But those aren't his only problem.

Here's a comment from Peggy Noonan, Bush speech writer, in a recent WSJ op-ed:

"'He is a human hand grenade,' wrote Peggy Noonan, 'who walks around with his hand on the pin saying, "watch this!'"

Joe Scarborough on Gingrich

"But it was Joe Scarborough, the morning talk-show host familiar with Gingrich as a fellow member of Congress n the 1990s, who found the simplest formulation: 'If Newt Gingrich is the smartest guy in the room, leave that room.'"

The New York Review of Books, February 9, 2012

Frank Bruni on Newt Gingrich's Self-Adoration

Lately he (Gingrich) has been on less bloated behavior, and by lately I mean the few weeks since he emerged as the Republican frontrunner du jour. If you watched the debate Thursday, you could sense, from the clench of his jaw, that he wasn’t merely biting his tongue but making an unhappy meal of it.

Still, Gingrich the Grandiloquent sneaked through. Asked about his stated resolve to rein in federal courts, he said that “just like Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and F.D.R., I would be prepared to take on the judiciary.” The company he keeps!

Over the years he has directly or indirectly compared himself to Moses, William Wallace (a k a “Braveheart,” thanks to Mel Gibson), the Duke of Wellington, Charles de Gaulle and, repeatedly, Ronald Reagan, as when he recently said, “Because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I’m such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate.”

All the way back in 1985, when he was just a foot soldier in the House, he told The Washington Post, “I want to shift the entire planet,” adding, “This is just the beginning of a 20- or 30-year movement. I’ll get credit for it.”


As Maureen Dowd recalled in The Times last year, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1994, “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz.” In a Vanity Fair profile in 1995, he referred to himself as “a mythical person” and was quoted saying, “I had a period of thinking that I would have been called ‘Newt the McPherson,’ as in ‘Robert the Bruce.’ ” His biological father’s surname was McPherson, and Robert the Bruce was a Scottish warrior of William Wallace’s era and ilk.

Gingrich also considered himself a “definer of civilization” and “teacher of the rules of civilization,” phrases he scribbled in House office notes that came to light in 1997.

He thinks a lot about himself and thinks of himself a lot. In 2007, talking about climate change, which he still believed in then, he singled out polar bears for concern, explaining that his name, Newt, “comes from the Danish ‘Knut,’ and there’s been a major crisis in Germany over a polar bear named Knut.’ ”

One of the great spectator sports of this political season has been watching one observer after another strive to trace the full contours of his ego, an arm’s race of arrogance assessments. “Modern-day Narcissus,” wrote Kirsten Powers in The Daily Beast. “Intellectual hubris distilled,” contributed George F. Will in The Washington Post. “A lead zeppelin with more baggage than the Hindenburg,” said Mark Steyn in The National Review, and while that’s not precisely about arrogance, it’s too funny to pass up.

A grandiose man, Gingrich speaks in grandiose ways, always characterizing situations too broadly and with too much needless heat, then losing chunks of valuable time, along with precious credibility, to the inevitable damage control.

He didn’t simply register disagreement with Paul Ryan’s entitlement reform proposals. He called them radical “right-wing social engineering.” He didn’t simply raise questions about child labor laws. He called them “truly stupid.” He didn’t simply contest the Palestinians’ claim to disputed land. He called the Palestinians an “invented” people.

That’s an intellectually intriguing, attention-commanding expression: Gingrich no doubt loved the nasty music of it tumbling from his lips. But it’s also gratuitously inflammatory. Mitt the Romney was right to call it that and call him out for it.

Gitrich by the Wizard of Whimsy

"Newt's Surge," Calvin Trillin in The Nation

Newt's Surge

The pundits all can confidently sepak

Of Gingrich as the flavor of the week.

The people who want anyone but Mitt

Now say, in desperation, Newt is it.

Yes, Newt's astute--a crafty wheeler-dealer.

His baggage, though, would fill an eighteen-wheeler--

Affiars and ethics problems and, to boot,

His mouth is something often off he'll shoot.

And if he's scratched because he lacks decorum?

What happens then? Get ready Rick Santorum.

With Cain Dropping Out of the Running, Gingrich Will Get the Entire Pro-adultery vote

In her column in the NY Times today, 11-29-11 Maureen Dowd points out that now that Cain is fading from the GOP race for the nomination, the entire pro-adultery constituency will go to Newt Gingrich. She says "In many ways Newt is the perfect man. He knows how to buy good jewelry. He puts his wife ahead of his campaign. He’s so in touch with his feelings that he would rather close the entire federal government than keep his emotions bottled up. He’s confident enough to include a steamy sex scene in a novel."

"Mitt Romney is a phony with gobs of hair gel. Newt Gingrich is a phony with gobs of historical grandiosity."

Maureen Dowd is at her acidulous best when she's dealing with political or religious hypocrisy on the part of political figures like Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is an easy target for her.

Gingrich Made Millions Lobbying For Clients

This morning's (11-30-11) New York Times front page headline featured Gingrich's lucrative lobbying activities on behalf his firm's clients after he left the House of Representatives.

Previous articles have exposed the hypocrisy of his criticisms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac despite the fact that he had been paid an estimated $1.6 million for his efforts on behalf of Freddie Mac. His assertion that his activities for Freddie Mac were not "lobbying" just don't wash. He charges $20,000 to $200, 000 for membership in his "Center for Health Transformation."

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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

I really enjoyed reading this hub! Very well-written and composed. And, your source is impecible - the NYTimes. Ideas and writing don't get much better than this. I love reading Maureen Dowd and she is one of my favorite opinion columnists because of her saavy humor and sarcasm.

I am concerned about Newt Gingrich becoming a presidential front-runner as well. I agree with what you say. I believe he is one of the biggest hypocrites we have in Washington. I wish he would just fade away, but I don't think that is going to happen. He is quite intelligent, I agree, may be even a genius, but his views are far too extreme for me. Example: Public high schools should put the students to work cleaning their own classrooms and schools to ease the number of janitors employed and their salaries for public school systems. Being a retired teacher, I nearly keeled over. Schools are learning zones for students and that is why students are there - to learn - not to clean. They can "learn" to clean at home by cleaning their bedrooms. But, schools are for educating and learning - not forcing students to clean their own environment. School are not the place to teach that lesson. I think Gingrich is goofy!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

When I read this title I thought "you have to be joking!". How relieved I am to see that you are. Great hub!


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

Gingrich's mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas. He ejaculates concepts, notions and theories that are as inconsistent as his behavior.

Gingrich didn’t get whiplash being a serial adulterer while impeaching another serial adulterer, a lobbyist for Freddie Mac while attacking Freddie Mac, a self-professed fiscal conservative with a whopping Tiffany’s credit line, and an anti-Communist Army brat who supported the Vietnam War but dodged it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/opinion/sunday/d...


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

The likes of Nixon, Reagan and Bush made this country safe for hypocrites like Gingrich.


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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Based on the drama that surrounded him in the Clinton era, I was concerned when Gingrich begun to rise in the polls; thanks for sharing this article.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Just curious? Did you call for Clinton to step down when he was accused of rape and covered it up with an out of court settlement? Or when Monika was in the spotlight? How is it possible for you to throw stones at Newt when you sat idly by and laughed behind closed doors at the horrors Clinton commited?


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

Wiz, Ha! But Gingrich's not that cute.

AR, no, I didn't call for Clinton to step down although I wish he'd not succumbed to Monica's wiles. Despite the scandal and Newt's efforts to drive Clinton out of office while at the same time screwing one of his staffers, Clinton was a good president. As I've said, in my opinion, Gingrich has serious character issues. I wouldn't trust him out of sight. Huntsman and Paul are the only two decent GOP candidates.


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RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

Democrat or Republican-they are all the same wolves wearing different party colored clothes. Voting is simply trying to find the crook that will harm the nation the least. Obama or Gingrich, there isn't a lot of difference. Politicians are simply the price we pay for freedom. Interesting hub.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

I don't agree with your cynical comment. There are significant differences between the two parties although both are influenced too much by big money from special interests.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Gingrich’s Electromagnetic Pulse Warning Has Skeptics - NYTimes.com

Newt Gingrich is ringing alarm bells over a type of nuclear attack called the electromagnetic pulse, which some scientists say is far-fetched.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

"Newt Gingrich has no philosophy except power. Whatever will advance his cause. When you look at the Congress today--the dysfunction in Congress--That's Newt Gingrich's legacy." (Former GOP Okla. Congressman Mickey Edwards who served with Gingrich in the minority leadership.)

The Washington Spectator


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Gingrich has always been an opportunist troublemaker.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Wiz and Niall, thanks for your comments. We're on the same wavelength.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Frank Bruni on Gingrich's self-adoration:

Over the years he has directly or indirectly compared himself to Moses, William Wallace (a k a “Braveheart,” thanks to Mel Gibson), the Duke of Wellington, Charles de Gaulle and, repeatedly, Ronald Reagan, as when he recently said, “Because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I’m such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate.”

All the way back in 1985, when he was just a foot soldier in the House, he told The Washington Post, “I want to shift the entire planet,” adding, “This is just the beginning of a 20- or 30-year movement. I’ll get credit for it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/opinion/sunday/b...


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Thanks Ralph—a insightful article. How I wish the right-wingers around here would read it.

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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Excellent hub. Gingrich always had foot in mouth disease. He talks first, then "thinks" later. Nothing new at all! You have made many good points in this hub! I voted you up!


madmilker 4 years ago

they all turnips!!


madmilker 4 years ago

"he was scheming to have President Clinton impeached"...

duh! like stirring bloomer pudding with a limb cigar in the highest office of this land and smoking it in front of Hillary afterward ain't a good reason....

besides..!!

if Clinton had balance a budget all those years why did the debt go up....

there has been but one ten year period since 1910 that the national debt has gone down...1920-1930.

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage." -Alexander Tyler

it's your vote for whoever....

but it's all the peoples money.....

stop voting for jack@ and elephants acting like turnips and start voting for character and what is best for a nation.

oh!

I'm not a democrat, republican nor independent...

I'm an American.

I enjoyed the read too!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks, for your comments. Gingrich has peaked. He didn't even get on the ballot in Virginia thanks to his lack of an organized campaign.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Busy Day Both Tests and Rewards Gingrich - NYTimes.com

Newt Gingrich gets some good news from Rick Perry's withdrawal, but bad news from a former wife who said Newt proposed that she accept his affair with Calista and that they have an "open marriage." (She declined, and they were divorced.)


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puter_dr 4 years ago from Midwest USA

I think that many that are Newt Fans don't remember Newt's previous political career. He is the epitome of cronyism, corruption and questionable ethics.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

In a stylistic piece, you offered us a realistic portrait of a potential dictator!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks. We agree on Gingrich.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, Ralph,

I applaud you for writing and publishing this hub about Newt Gingrich.

In my opinion, he is nothing but a slug and he does not even have any business running for the President of the U.S.A.

But he is running anyway, because he has no honor.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Feenix, thanks for your comment. Glad we can agree on Gingrich, if not on Barack Obama.

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