I have not personally written much here on this blog about Speaker Gingrich, be he is one that has from the beginning been on the bottom of my list of candidates I would support. My reasons for not supporting him have been my own and I never felt to share them since I never thought Gingrich would surge as high as he has in the national polls. While it is true that his support is currently waning, it’s my belief that he still has the greatest potential against Romney due to his strong support in South Carolina.
The following letter came to me in an email from Grant Hallstrom of Southern California. Though I didn’t write it encapsulates very well my personal thoughts and feelings on Speaker Gingrich, so I thought I’d post it here. Before this came to me Grant had sent it out to more than 1000 of his contacts and received many positive responses for his letter. I’d like say thanks to Grant for reaching out to so many people to help Mitt Romney, and for letting us post the letter here on our site.
I do not know your political affiliations, and do not want to offend anyone, but I feel the need to speak up. It is not my normal practice to point out negative attributes about political candidates, but I am amazed at how gullible so many Republicans are in buying the re-invention of Newt Gingrich from the bombastic, dishonest, ego maniac into an older, wiser and gentler statesman. I don’t buy it!
I can understand how uninformed people would be impressed with this smart, knowledgeable person with a strong personality and good communication skills who says the right things, but we have a track record on this guy to put things into perspective.
My number one problem with him becoming the president of the United States is that he has a proven track record of not being able to work well with people. Oh, sure, others are impressed with him at first, but over time his caustic know-it-all personality rules the day and relationships break down. Just look at his failed multiple marriages, and how the House Republicans kicked him out as Speaker after he single-handedly alienated both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, along with much of the American public, resulting in the biggest loss of Republicans seats in the House in 64 years. Just so you don’t say “he’s changed,” remember that most of his own senior staff resigned en masse about six months ago because they couldn’t stand working with him.
Many people are impressed with how he discourages negative comments between the candidates at the debates without realizing how self-serving this is. When you live in a glass house you not only don’t throw stones, you don’t want your neighbors to either. Newt probably has 10 times the baggage as all of the other candidates combined. So, of course he doesn’t want a negative campaign.
Sure, he has a nice sound-bite response for all of his past follies, but how can you trust someone who has admitted to lying to the House Ethics Committee while they were investigating him on 84 charges of ethical violations and which sanctioned him for $300,000 before he resigned from his seat in the House in disgrace? And this investigation had nothing to do with Newt admitting to kiting checks in the House Banking/Post Office corruption scandal years earlier. Not to mention that he launched the investigation and was a vocal critic of President Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal while Newt was having his own affair.
“Oh, but he’s changed,” you say. Has he? In essence, he now says that his affair is our fault because he was so burdened serving us that he couldn’t deal with all of the pressure. He also says that there was no influence peddling involved with working for Freddie Mac, yet Freddie found it beneficial to keep paying Newt over $1.6 million dollars for “advice” that Freddie didn’t like. Yeah, right. I don’t like what you say, so I’ll keep paying you. On top of that, Newt feels that President Obama should return the campaign contributions he received from Freddie. Also, Newt previously praised Freddie’s business model and now criticizes it. Are you confused yet? I don’t blame you. It is hard to keep track of all of Newt’s flip flops.
Take climate change for example. He did an ad with Nancy Pelosi promoting Al Gore’s climate protection alliance, at the same time he was testifying against Al Gore’s cap-and-trade proposal. Yet, Newt supported other cap-and-trade proposals which he neglects to tell us about today. Now, Newt dismisses all this as just some dumb mistake. The one thing Newt is not is dumb. But, Newt is playing us for fools, and Republicans seem anxious to prove him right. However, Independents won’t be deceived in the general election when all these issues, and many more, will be highlighted by the Obama campaign.
So what is Newt all about? Beyond being your typical “rent-a-politician,” I believe Newt is driven by his insatiable ego. I, for one, have had enough ego maniacs in my life with the current occupant of the White House. I am concerned that with Newt’s continual inconsistencies and need for attention, he will be unpredictable and make rash, precarious decisions. I am concerned that many Republicans do not care enough to make an informed decision, but instead are drawn to the loudest voice promising a quick easy fix to all of our problems. I, for one, want a good, honest, wise leader in the White House, not just someone with charisma who tells me that he is so smart that he will usher in the “hope and change” he thinks we need. We already have that.
Grant J. Hallstrom
~Addendum from Ross
After a desperate and angry Newt Gingrich calls Gov. Romney a liar, Mitt responds on Fox & Friends: