However, Newt is still in the running. Thomas Sowell, writing for the Investor’s Business Daily favors Newt.
If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office.What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months.But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future of a nation?This is not just another election and Barack Obama is not just another president whose policies we may not like. With all of President Obama’s broken promises, glib demagoguery and cynical political moves, one promise he has kept all too well. That was his boast on the eve of the 2008 election:“We are going to change the United States of America.”Many Americans are already saying that they can hardly recognize the country they grew up in. We have already started down the path that has led Western European nations to the brink of financial disaster.Internationally, it is worse. A president who has pulled the rug out from under our allies, whether in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, tried to cozy up to our enemies, and has bowed low from the waist to foreign leaders certainly has not represented either the values or the interests of America. If he continues to do nothing that is likely to stop terrorist-sponsoring Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the consequences can be beyond our worst imagining.Against this background, how much does Gingrich’s personal life matter, whether we accept his claim that he has now matured or his critics’ claim that he has not? Nor should we sell the public short by saying that they are going to vote on the basis of tabloid stuff or media talking points, when the fate of this nation hangs in the balance.Even back in the 19th century, when the scandal came out that Grover Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock — and he publicly admitted it — the voters nevertheless sent him to the White House, where he became one of the better presidents.…In a world where we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama — and better than Mitt Romney.Romney is a smooth talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachusetts, compared to what Gingrich accomplished as speaker of the House? When you don’t accomplish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want?Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland leading the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain.Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Gingrich’s past, rather than on the nation’s future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.”If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.
There is much more at the website. I urge you to read his complete article.
Sowell addresses the attacks from the left and the ‘Pub establishment that Gingrich is a conservative. Their point usually is that he isn’t a Tea Partier. Well, neither are Romney nor Paul. Paul likes to present himself as one but I note that he has no endorsements from any Tea Party organization.
Sowell notes Gingrich’s accomplishments when he was in office.
- Engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years.
- The first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was speaker of the House.
- Produced some long overdue welfare reforms.
And finally, don’t forget The Contract with America.
Proponents say the Contract was revolutionary in its commitment to offering specific legislation for a vote, describing in detail the precise plan of the Congressional Representatives, and marked the first time since 1918 that a Congressional election had been run broadly on a national level. Furthermore, its provisions represented the view of many conservative Republicans on the issues of shrinking the size of government, promoting lower taxes and greater entrepreneurial activity, and both tort reform and welfare reform.
What has Romney done? This is Sowell’s answer to that question.
Romney is a smooth talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachusetts, compared to what Gingrich accomplished as speaker of the House? When you don’t accomplish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want?Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland leading the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain.
At least McCain was a fighter..frequently supporting the democrats as much as he supported the ‘Pubs. Romney? Romney is no fighter. When the going got rough, he switched positions. Would he be a conservative President? Only if the ‘Pubs win both houses of Congress.
Romney’s position when controversy and opposition occurs is to follow Rodney King’s infamous statement, “Cain’t we all jest get along?” If, somehow, the democrats retain control of the Senate. Romney is just as likely to rollover to their positions as he would if the ‘Pubs were in control.
Romney would be nothing more than a rubber stamp. He’d be a Sheep in a Wolf’s clothes. If the ‘Pubs gain control of Congress, he would go along with anything that reached his desk. That is exactly what the ‘Pub establishment wants. They have no great interest in curbing government either. Pork and the ability to spend keeps them in office. That is the primary interest of the establishment of both parties. The country can fend for itself as long as they have their power and perks.
Newt, at least, is no rubber stamp. That alone makes him much more desirable for President than Romney.