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Updated on January 20, 2012

A formidable opponent.

Television watchers enjoyed Newt Gingrich so much last night, in his performance at the Republican Party nomination race geared to choose a fitting person to face off with President Barack Obama in the forthcoming 2012 presidential election.

Gingrich's style was simple, plain and forthright, with his answers coming out as clearly as day from night. He would face any question head on, no matter what, showing that he has nothing to hide.

Some would say that he still had some unsavoury problems in his life, but he has managed, at least during the on going political campaign, to make it (life) an open book even for the media or anyone else.

Those with him on the stage at the debate, Romney, Santorum and Paul, were very candid, but not as much as Gingrich, as he would not mince his words in answering a single question, even one as nasty as the question about his ex-wife.

That is what people like; and that is what people want.

Gingrich was not a surprise, as he has always shown a great deal of determination in all his doings; but he was more forceful last night than ever; and that should be the unexpected side of him that the Obama camp should look out for.

For while, for example, his rival, Mitt Romney, was dancing around his tax returns or his health care law that passed in Massachusetts, as governor, Gingrich would not do such a thing. He would come out fuming and making his audience to pay attention with clean cut answers.

The Democratic Party would have a real fight on its hands, if he, Gingrich, would win the Republican nomination. However the party and Obama were getting ready to unleash a barrage of political venom on anyone whom the Republicans would choose.

Obama, as sitting president, will be loaded with all the responses for any criticisms of his policies, be they about foreign policy, immigration, the economy, etc. He would gracefully give the answers that would convince voters that he deserved a second term in office. Therefore, Gingrich or Romney or Santorum or Paul would not get a free ride to the White House.

His party is bent on reclaiming the United States House of Representatives, by getting rid of the "tea party" element that has come in all of a sudden, after taking advantage of the 2010 mid-term election, to gain a majority for the Republican Party.

That has interfered with the party's agendas, and those of Obama himself, with gridlocks and roadblocks by the oppositon, which have almost caused the Obama administration to come to a standstill at one point.

The debt ceiling and deficit reduction talks had failed, followed by the "Super Committee" debacle; and last, but not least, the payroll tax cut law that had a two month rift instead of twelve. Besides, the president's American Jobs Act has been mutilated by the Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, it could not be recognized in the final analysis.

They (Democrats) would not want that to happen again, and they would do whatever they could to retain the White House, and regain a majority in the House.

Nevertheless, the die is cast, and if they must have Gingrich to contend with, then they will have their hands full, and a hard battle to fight ahead of them in 2012.

As far as the CNN debate yesterday, 01/19/12, is concerned, Gingrich is the clear winner, leaving Romney particularly, (and not Santorum or Paul), in the dust. If he should win the Republican nomination, he would be a formidable opponent for Obama and the Democrats. You can bet on that; for he has the momentum going for him among his peers.


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