Rightbloggers Get Behind Newt Gingrich, This Month's Next President of the United States

tomt200.jpgThe GOP Presidential race has had its share of joke candidates -- all of whom rightbloggers have taken seriously. There was Donald Trump; then the black Trump, Herman Cain; then Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Herman Cain again.

As erstwhile frontrunner Cain's campaign wilts under a steady onslaught of sexual harassment accusations, rightbloggers are casting about for a new Great Right Hope. And many of them think they've found him. Feast your eyes, America, on Newt Gingrich, the Next President of the United States.

This may seem strange to normal Americans, who are likely to remember Gingrich as the former Speaker of the House who put over the Contract with America in the 1990s, in which House Republicans pledged to term-limit themselves to 12 years (which didn't work out) and other reforms, and briefly shut down the U.S. Government. Some might also remember horrible stories about his first few marriages, and his reprimand by the House of Representatives for ethics violations.

Rotund, argumentative, and well past his sell-by date, Gingrich would seem a poor choice for America's Sweetheart. So why are rightbloggers pushing Gingrich when there's already a longstanding, well-funded GOP candidate -- Mitt Romney -- who polls well against Obama?

Because they find Romney less conservative than they would like. True, Romney mouths the same anti-Obama stuff all the other candidates do, but his sincerity is in doubt because he created a health care plan while Governor of Massachusetts, a socialist enterprise at least 1/50th as treasonous as Obama's Affordable Care Act.

So rightbloggers have been running frantically from non-Romney to non-Romney, with no apparent interest in the effect each non-Romney might have on an electorate not solely comprised of themselves. Now it's Gingrich's turn, and many are rushing in the former Speaker's direction, confident that this time they've picked a winner.

Gingrich had not before now been taken very seriously as a 2012 contender. In fact, some of the brethren once found him too liberal for the job. In December 2010 Robert Stacy McCain wrote, "Scratch Newt for 2012." Why? Because regarding illegal immigration, Gingrich had said, "we are not going to deport 11 million people."

"What Newt is saying here is simple: Surrender," said McCain. "Raise the white flag, forfeit national sovereignty and admit that we are no longer a nation of law..." Thus, "Every dime donated to a Newt Gingrich presidential campaign is a waste -- but it's worse than a waste, because it distracts attention from candidates who might possibly win."

When Gingrich spoke slightingly of Paul Ryan's draconian Welfare plans as "right wing social engineering," Ryan said, "With allies like that, who needs the left?"

But thereafter, Gingrich straightened up and flew extreme-right. He backtracked on the Ryan plan. He denounced Obama for attacking Muammar Gaddafi. He called Obama "the most successful food stamp president in modern American history." In short, the former history professor recast himself as a yahoo, albeit one who occasionally used big words.

Still, Gingrich's campaign was troubled, with consultants bailing out by the dozen last summer. But because he had started making the rightwing noises they like, the brethren began to warm to the candidate.

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Roger L. Simon, for example, while admitting the "problem that Gingrich has with human engagement" and some of the "creepy" stories attached to him, was nonetheless pleased that he had spoken up so strongly for Israel and also "made clear he would name our enemy in the War on Terror, not hide its identity seemingly deliberately in the manner of the current administration, which won't even brand the Ft. Hood murderer an Islamist..."

Therefore, Simon declared, "I'll give Newt a second (or tenth) chance if he can put an end" to the Obama Administration, which we must admit was leaving a huge amount of wiggle room.

Over time their other favorites tumbled, and by November, as the recently-ascendant Herman Cain was besieged by accusations of sexual misconduct, rightbloggers started pimping Gingrich.

"Time to Give Newt a Second Look?" asked Gay Patriot, a former Gingrich intern, adding, "like the Gipper, this guy can see the big picture." "Newt's Back, This Time with Forward Momentum," said Peach Pundit, who added a bit of conversation with Gingrich that might be put in a time capsule to explain modern conservatism to future generations, if we have any: "I asked him how someone who was once Speaker of the House becomes anti-establishment. He reminded me that real conservatism is anti-establishment..."

No Runny Eggs was sold, but felt obliged to lower his readers' expectation for the candidate very drastically: "Yes, Newt is flawed," he pleaded, "but show me a candidate who isn't AND show me a candidate at this point who isn't SERIOUSLY flawed!" Also: "he's the smartest guy in the group [of candidates]," which should be the dictionary entry for Faint Praise.

FullosseousFlap was also convinced: "the ONLY real choice for GOP voters will be Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich... At present, it is a hard choice, but I am leaning towards Gingrich." He did add, "unless there is a draft candidate movement..." (Hope springs eternal!)

They seem to have their finger on the Republican pulse, at least for the moment: Some recent polls show Gingrich in second place, just behind the hated Romney. "The Gingrich Surge has come," Nate Silver declared at the New York Times. Now they only had to explain why Gingrich would actually be a good candidate to put up against Barack Obama.

The best (and by that we mean funniest) explanation was that Gingrich had the great advantage of being an intellectual -- a species very unrepresented among American Presidents in recent years, and one not traditionally embraced by conservatives, who usually consider their heads to be pointy and full of impracticable utopian notions.


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StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick

Newt's willingness to take money from any john has just offered up another example of Newt's hypocracy.  His all-but-in-name lobbying shop, Gingrich Group, took over $1.6 million from Freddie Mac over 8 years, starting immediately after he was forced to resign the Speakership for ethics violations.  First he claimed to not know about it, then he claimed he was offering his sage advice to Freddie Mac about a coming sub-prime real estate crisis (Freddie Mac denies Newt warned them about anything, he was paid just to "provide counsel on public policy issues"), then he claimed he was offering his services as a "historian" for all that sweet, sweet cash.  Of course, his services were structured as a "consultant" in order to avoid that nasty "lobbyist" label; this is a fairly common dodge used by former public officials who can trade their access to current public officials for serious $ for, you know, "talking with their friends on the Hill".  

Within a few months after his contract with Freddie Mac ran out he was excoriating Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in every possible Fox outlet as corrupt and the cause of the economic meltdown (ed note: these 2 government sponsored agencies wrote exactly ZERO sub-prime mortgages because by law they weren't allowed to, but that's never stopped a wingnut, has it?).   

Looks like any self-respecting whore, Newty only stays bought for as long as the john keeps plugging the meter. 

jimdav2002
jimdav2002

Never mind the ethics violations that lost him his last real job more than a decade ago - Newt has been the political equivalent of the SHAM-WOW guy ever since. His staff bailed en masse on him because he & his velociraptor hubby spent more time pimping merch than doing any actual campaigning. One wonders if he'd have the sense to tone it down at all if he somehow beat Romney to become the GOP nominee.

You too can get your very own Business Of The Year Award, for a mere $5000! Ask Newt how!

Douglas Watts
Douglas Watts

Like other 'fist-adopter' supporters of Newt, I too am concerned about the leftward drift toward Copernican and away from Ptolemaic helical theory in our most prestigious collegiate astrophysics programs.

Dave Garry
Dave Garry

The Newt won't last. Too much baggage. Besides the womanizing, the fact that he had to step down as Speaker for ethics violations will become an issue.

Ron Paul for president. No baggage. The GOP and MSM won't be able to banish Dr. Paul to a corner for much longer seeing how he's probably going to win Iowa because he has the best organizational ground game BY FAR. This is the disconnect between what the TV tells you, and reality.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"By implementing a work-study curriculum - modeled on the College of the Ozarks, for example - Gingrich believes we can drive down costs and make higher education programs more efficient, affordable, and transparent."

This is not to slight the Ozarks, but I am somewhat suspicious that people associate the region with the ideal representation of the American Dream.

Mark
Mark

Ann Althouse also found Gingrich's intellectual cred appealing. "... He reminds me of a law professor...." Well, he reminds me of one law professor, though he probably knocks back a bit less box wine.

Julia Grey
Julia Grey

"And yet Newt Gingrich we are now reminded again, ad nauseum of Gingrich's philandering and political failures while the affairs of JFK, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson as well as Bill Clinton's NINE sexual escapades with an intern in the oval office are not-so-surprisingly forgotten."

Omigaud, politicians who have had affairs are just horrible!

And Newt has had more than a few, too, so....

Hmm.....what are you trying to say, exactly? "My guy is just as bad as your guys?" 

Big bad Democrats had affairs, and Democrats supposedly didn't mind, so as far as you nice moral Republicans are concerned, Newt's affairs are...okay? WHAT?

glenn
glenn

Great slogan idea - "Newt Gingrich! Less creepy than Cain!"

"A Newt Gingrich candidacy would go a long way to fight the left-wing smear that the GOP is anti-intellectual,"  Ypp, this is the one to try after "A Cain candidacy would go a long way to fight the left-wing smear that the GOP is racist," which followed "A Palin candidacy would go a long way to fight the left-wing smear that the GOP is anti-woman."

Christopher Westlund
Christopher Westlund

God darnit, Mr. Gingrich, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

Ken Houghton
Ken Houghton

Ann Outhouse likes the idea of a "law professor President"?  I must have missed all her accolades about the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Could you please re-run them?

Tom
Tom

Newt has rightbloggers all a tizzy because he is their sort of candidate: one whose negative polling outweighs the positive. Polling Report shows Newt with over half the sample consistently negative which is way ahead of that other intellectual near and dear to Conservatives, Sarah P. Just because most people polled have a negative view of Newt should hardly stand to keep him from the nomination. After all, there is a chance then kind of people who answer polls won't vote.

glenn
glenn

It doesn't really matter whether Gingrich's supposed "intellectual" credentials are valid - and for me, personally, they are worthless. But even if he did have a shred of credibility, the fact is that he cannot overcome the negatives of his personal life. As someone once said, Gingrich reminds every woman of "her ex-husband."

He will never be elected. Between the faux-intellectual pomposity that turns middle class guys with an IQ over 75 off, and the creepy sexual predatory thing that turns off almost every woman, Gingrich is a loser.

grkorbel
grkorbel

Itis my gut feeleing that when history is written the left will be remembered for two reasons as the Whigs of the 20th and 21st Century--a group relegated to the dust of history for one simple reason: it's odious arrogance and ultimately self sabotaging, irresistable compulsion for self-mutilation whilt it attempts to mock those who they believe morally or intellectually inferior.

To cite two examples: George Bush (43) is widely considered by the left as a buffoon despite the fact that he flew "Daggers" (F-102) with exceptional proficiency. Nonetheless, Bush is considered by the vast majority ofliberals as intellectually substandard when the demonstrableproof of the matter is that the phrase "dumb fighterjock" is an oxymoron. One does not strap on a fighter unless he or she has demonstrated superior academic ability during training.There is no nepotism involved. EVERY student is judged on his merits.

A second example would be Sarah Palin, who, even after having her emails analyzed by a preeminant linguist from Stanford who concluded she possessed superior verbal and written skills. (This conclusion had already been reached by the left's Camilia Paglia, one of their ownesteemed feminists and intellctuals.) still, Palin was stigmatized as almost intellectually stunted.

Herman Caine has been mocked as "The Pizza guy" and now it is Newt Gingrich's turn to serve as the object of the left's pseudo-intellectual pinada, taking shots from hacks who offer up for the left not-quite-ready-for-the Algonquin-Round Table zingers about his pretentions as a deep thinker and moral bankruptcy.

More repugnant about the left, however, is its convenient amnesia as representing a political philosophy that has perpertrated some of America's most inhumane crimes against humanity:its belief in the institution of slavery; FDR's interment of approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War ll  in "War Relocation Camps"--one being the barns of Santa Anita Race Course;this being permisable by FDR's executive order 1066 which gave the Federal Government thepower to remove all citizens ofjapanese ancestry from the Pacific Coast.

There would be difficulty in finding a more morally reprehensible act carried out by liberals than the policies of the War Department during WorldWar ll, perhaps the greatest threat tothis nation's survival since the civilwar, than the War Department's policy of segregating black troops from whiteand attempting to sabotage the aspirations of blacks who sought commissions as pilots.And yet Newt Gingrich we are now reminded again, ad nauseum of Gingrich's philandering and political failures while the affairs of JFK, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson as well as Bill Clinton's NINE sexual escapades with an intern in the oval office are not-so-surprisingly forgotten.Gingrich's misteps as speaker are similarly rehashed while JFK's colossal failures--the Bay of Pigs and allowing the Cuban Missile Crisis to escalate to apocalyptic proportions has beenrehashed as a shining moment in the history of Camelot.Be it Bush, Palin, Cain, or Gingrich, the left's contempt should be worn as a badge of honor.   

McSalmon
McSalmon

I believe that they are mistaking 'Big Shiny Head' for 'Intellectual'.

Gingrich is not an intellectual. He knows stuff, but what he knows seems to consist of a stream of consciousness set of data points, trivia, misheard analyses and/or dated pop culture references. Everything else is made up shit, and his only skill is forging it into a thick stew of chucky gooey haterade. He's rising only because Mitt Romney has the appeal to the GOP that a pile of oversteamed mushy peas  has for a 6 year old; he doesn't want to eat it, he will cast about for any excuse not to eat it, he may even throw a tantrum to get out of eating them. But in the end, he will eat it, because he desperately wants the chocolate cake for desert, even if the frosting is made of shit.

Stephen Mark Monteith
Stephen Mark Monteith

Hypocrisy, though art a fan of Gingrich.  Forget the fact that he declared the science of global warming "settled" and proceeded to make common cause with then-Speaker Pelosi on, among other things, cap-n-trade (which Romney refused to do).  Forget that he endorsed Dede Scozzafava over Doug Wilson in the New York 23rd (which Romney refused to do) because winning was more important to him than having a conservative candidate.  Forget everything he said or didn't say about how bad Congressman Ryan's plan was (Romney's said just the opposite).  And forget that, as recently as last May, Gingrich was on television saying he'd support a "variation" of the individual mandate at the federal level (something that Romney, as early as 2006, said he'd never support).

Gingrich is a hypocrite.  I don't like attacking people's personal lives, but in this case, I assumed that most people would remember and CARE that this is a man who's been married three times, and who carried on an affair all while he was saying what a horrible person Bill Clinton was for having affairs.  Being president, he seemed to feel, was entirely about character.  Well, his own character was poor enough that his own caucus voted to censure him.  They, in effect, ran him out of town.  I guess that makes it easier for him to claim he's anti-Washington now.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Not liking a Paul presidency any more than a Cain or a Gingrich either. This is a guy who's ready to just tear apart any security people have left in this nation, if they weren't born into the upper classes. For every stance he has that I might agree with, there have been two Ihaven't. He may be the most palatable of the bunch but it's not much of a contest either. Pass. For me, anyway.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

Then she mused, "'Substance' is too cold a word, perhaps, for the intense feeling that candidate Gingrich delivers so coolly in debates.

Yes he is way too cool, ladles and jellyspoons!

(IF that is his real name!)~

hgc
hgc

Unless you dream about squirrel brains for dinner. Yum!

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick

Oh, Newt explained all that according to the book by one of his ex-wives.  When she confronted him on his own on-going affair while Newt was hounding Clinton for his, she asked him how he could do that and be intellectually honest or at least not a public hypocrite.  I believe it was something along the lines of 'doesn't matter what I DO, just as long as I SAY I'm pro-morality, pro-personal responsibility, etc.....' 

Hypocracy, thy name is Newt.  Which means he's just the guy for the rethugs. 

glenn
glenn

Newt embodies all the academic and intellectual rigor one expects from an Associate Professor at West Georgia State College.

Tehanu
Tehanu

As someone once said, Gingrich reminds every woman of "her ex-husband."

Especially his real ex-wife, the one he dumped while she was in the hospital recuperating from a cancer operation.  After that, of course, she was also recuperating from a moral cancer on her life.

Travis Kelsey
Travis Kelsey

Hah. F'ing awesome. "Sarah Palin, who, even after having her emails analyzed by a preeminant linguist from Stanford who concluded she possessed superior verbal and written skills".  "One does not strap on a fighter unless he or she has demonstrated superior academic ability during training.There is no nepotism involved. EVERY student is judged on his merits."  

Oh Jesus help me. That made my day. This guy lives in a world where Palin is a genius and Bush was academically brilliant.  He wonders why we think conservatives are dumbasses. The fact that we can't rule out high quality snark when reading low quality conservadrivel, is what makes today's conservative party so fun (if it didn't mean that it is possible for a incredibly stupid crazy person might be placed in a position higher than crossing guard).

jimdav2002
jimdav2002

Bush served in a "Champagne Squadron" & yes, nepotism was very likely involved, since the very existence of such units is predicated on the need of rich & well-connected families to keep their kids away from combat. Worth noting that his GOP had no problem with viciously smearing actual combat vets like Cleland or Kerry, while Bush never heard a shot fired in anger unless it was at a rowdy Texas tailgate party.

You'd be hard pressed to find a left-wing supporter of Japanese-American internment ... but Michelle Malkin thought those camps were just swell, & made her bones as a wingnut by writing an entire book saying so. As for the conflation of the old racist pre-integration-era Democrats with those of today, such feeble rhetorical mush masquerading as critique only impresses the historically illiterate & the stupid.

"The left's Camilia(sic) Paglia" = COMEDY GOLD.

Tom Church
Tom Church

Get help, grk!! You need it! Also, I hear the left thinks you're an idiot and don't know it at all.

ktheintz
ktheintz

If Bush was so excellently proficient at flying those F-102's, they sure could have used him in Vietnam where (unlike in Galveston, TX) there was an actual war going on.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Well, it is very likely that none of these odious jerks will find their way into the Oval Office. Despite their greatness at e-mail composition and plane flying, the general qualification for the office requires at least convincing people you have policies that will benefits them at some point. Other than the body of single issue cultural warriors and manipulative greedheads with too much money, no one likes them.

Perhaps Me and mine shall be relegated to your dustbin, but I will have the satisfaction of dening you that for one more election cycle. This alone makes me giddy with joy.

coozledad
coozledad

It is my "gutfeiling" that there isn't a Republican you couldn't sell a tube of catshit for toothpaste. Newt seems to be right in line with the Koch brother someone mentioned here before, who dropped several hundred grand on some bottles of wine because someone had scratched "T. Jefferson,1787" on the bottle with a glass cutter. If they sold those at Tiffany's, Newt would have a case of the motherfuckers.Clueless vulgarian dreck, the lot of them: I can't see any moral case against fleecing them into penury.

Baron Elmo
Baron Elmo

"More repugnant about the left, however, is its convenient amnesia as representing a political philosophy that has perpertrated some of America's most inhumane crimes against humanity: its belief in the institution of slavery..."

Why the Civil War would never have happened (or indeed, been "perpertrated"), had it not been for all those liberal Southern aristocrats. And don't even get me started on those leftist hooligans in the Ku Klux Klan!

Actually, I could spend hours dismantling the historical, logical and spelling errors that pepper the above screed... but why bother? grkorbel would only insist that pointing out his numerous blunders was more proof of the tendency of the left to "mock those who they believe morally or intellectually inferior."

glenn
glenn

You're delusional.

Djur
Djur

"the left's Camille Paglia... feminist"

She is neither. Stopped reading here.

It is possible to be both sufficiently competent at a given skill (fighter piloting, medicine, rocket science) and an idiot. When people called W. a moron, we weren't talking about his objectively measured g ranking, we were saying that he acted like a buffoon and made poor decisions.

OK, I read on just long enough to see the bit about internment camps. You know that your Michelle Malkin wrote an entire book called "In Defense Of Internment", right? Do you have a single example of a 'liberal' wrong that wasn't even more enthusiastically supported by conservatives?

Who was it that desegregated the military, incidentally?

McSalmon
McSalmon

I forgot about his many changes of opinions he's made over time. This is probably why he's considered an intellectual, because he isn't a total idiot. He knows how to work with people, he can examine results and reports and figure things out. He's just such a mendacious unpleasant dick, that he is happy to jettison something he said in order to defend what tiny shred of credibility with crazy folks he possesses.

This hardly makes him an intellectual either. It just makes him an unpleasant toad. In fact, his campaign seems less of a campaign and more of a get rich quick scheme. Gingrich will spend this bounce driving up donations for his foundation, then watch it tank, then go home, counting the money he made. It's really like a slow motion version of The Producers, Gingrich as Zero Mostel, only not funny.

Douglas Watts
Douglas Watts

the best thing about pan fried squirrel is that the amount of fur you can use to make an odd-shaped hat exceeds by 10x the caloric content of the squirrel. You might get real skinny, but you will have lots of nice furry accessory hats to cover up with.

benjoya
benjoya

and his other ex-wife, of course.

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

the general qualification for the office requires at least convincing people you have policies that will benefits them at some point. 

With Republicans, having policies that will victimize the people they detest seems to be an adequate substitute.

Guest
Guest

For a significant percentage of our nation's population, Newt Gingrich IS their ex-husband. 

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