The day Newt Gingrich ends his run to be the Republican nominee will be a very sad day for the mainstream media, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, and others a) who think he is the most qualified candidate for President, or b) who think he is the best thing to happen to America since Pee-wee Herman. At any moment, I expect Gingrich to say, “I know you are, but what am I?!!”
NOTE: In the last two months, Gingrich has made many ironic statements and assertions. Those statements and related facts are listed below the fold — click on the CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this post to see all of Gingrich’s outlandish statements.
Since a day or two before the Florida primary I have heard one word used more than any others to describe Newt Gingrich by political analysts and pundits: “unhinged.” It is incredible how many “experts” have used that word to describe Gingrich on primetime television!
After his speech last night, David Gergen on CNN said that Gingrich is no longer in the race to win the nomination, but rather to take down Governor Romney! I have followed presidential primaries and elections closely since the Carter/Reagan days and I have never heard any presidential candidate described in this manner — ever! Several analysts last night said that Gingrich is furious with Romney for losing Iowa and for all of Romney’s [and Paul's] truth-letting and for his trouncing in the last two debates.
In my opinion, Gingrich just passed a threshold of rationality in my opinion. He certainly passed a point of no return last night when he said he will not drop out of the race — with his “Let me be very clear…” comment — until he wins the nomination in Florida. Clearly, he does not have the best interest of America in mind when his sole motivation now appears to be to “take down” Governor Romney. There is a great line in the wonderful film The Artist in which George Valentin’s chauffeur tells Mr. Valentin, “Beware of pride sir.” If Gingrich has any confidants in his camp that are so frank, he obviously is not following their advice, as did Mr. Valentin.
CANDIDLY, IT IS SAD. Sad because Gingrich is now unable to see what every person in America sees in him — that he is a man so overcome with pride he is incapacitated to act in a rational way. Sad too because each time he says something negative of Governor Romney, he is informing Americans much more about Newt Gingrich, his character, and even his soul. There is a saying or warning in business that goes something like this: “Be careful to not start believing your own advertising.” Well, it is sad to see that Mr. Gingrich now believes all of his own advertising!
Frankly, I honestly believe that Newt Gingrich is a broken man who is now full of fear and feeling cornered. Like many men of great pride, they live for their glory days. There is no doubt that Mr. Gingrich accomplished many good things for America, back in the day. He feels he cannot quit now for history would then remember him more for the vitriol that he brought to the table in his effort to demonize a fellow Republican for his capitalist success and less for any of his past accomplishments. Rational thinking disappears when fear and pride consume a man.
You can see it in his countenance and demeanor now. He has taken on this false modesty as he now uses “we” and “us” in his rhetoric. He is attempting, with all of his being, to put on this game face of being happy and pleasant when just beneath the surface he is seething. He smiles all the time now. Even when being interviewed these last three days by his buddy Hannity he looked very uncomfortable and fidgety, even twiddling his thumbs as a nervous tell. No, I do not think that Mr. Gingrich is as bright as he has many Americans believing. He is being played by the media and he does not even know it. The irony of this fact is that his last public appearance was the press conference following last night’s Nevada returns — at which he was effusively friendly to reporters. What would Gingrich do without free television?
POST-DEBATE COMMENTS ABOUT GINGRICH BY POLITICAL ANALYSTS
Following are some quotes I was able to scribble down last night as I watched CNN and FOX after Gingrich’s press conference. I don’t remember the order exactly, but in effect, these are some of the comments:
- Charles Krauthammer: “Gingrich was clearly rattled and scattered” — “I thought he had a horrible, terrible night; rambling.” — “When he talks about himself, he’s awful.”
- [analyst w/goatee on FOX]: “This is what flailing looks like.”
- Bill Kristol: “Odd statements about Romney’s religion.” — “There was not a lot of honesty or graciousness here in his demeanor.”
- A.B. Stoddard: “Gingrich wandered in the minutia about petty complaints.” — “He was staggered, stunned, and shocked.” — “He was in the weeds!” — “This press conference will go down in the 2012 presidential race, both during the primaries and in the general, as the oddest event of all.” — “This was a very strange event to announce a new, positive campaign.”
- Goldie Taylor: “Gingrich made many excuses tonight; he has made excuses his whole career.” — “Gingrich had many missteps tonight.” — “Bully! Bully! Bully!” [referring to his backing down to Romney the last two debates], “He acts like the schoolyard bully when you sock them back, they go scurrying away.”
- Ann Coulter: “Newt Gingrich was great many years ago but I don’t think he is a strong candidate in a general election.”
Without exception, every analyst agreed that Gingrich’s motivation to stay in the race, with the goal of taking down Governor Romney, will only hurt the Republican cause in November, not only because of the negative rhetoric that will come from Gingrich but because of the money that will be wasted instead of saved to run against Obama.
IRONIES OR CONTRADICTIONS IN GINGRICH’S ASSERTIONS REGARDING ROMNEY:
- “Romney is backed by the ‘establishment.’” — Fact: Gingrich founded the modern-day establishment and has remained entrenched in Washington as part of the establishment ever since.
- “Romney is the most dishonest candidate to run for President.” — Fact: Gingrich never refutes with substance any truth-letting from the ads. Fact: 1) Gingrich told CNN in the debate that he “offered mutual friends” to ABC ahead of the Nightline interview with his second wife to inform them of the truth. Two days later, he admitted that he lied and never did offer up anybody; only a statement from the daughters of his first wife, 2) In a Spanish language ad in Florida, he lied about Romney’s immigration policy and was forced to take it off the air, 3) Gingrich is the only Speaker of the House to be fined for an ethics violation (dishonest), 4) He said that Romney took kosher meals away from Holocaust victims as governor, 5) Huckabee publicly said the ad Gingrich used of him speaking about dishonest candidates was not about Romney, 6) Gingrich’s 28-minute “documentary” about Bain had so many falsehoods, Gingrich had to pull it off the Internet after spending over $1 million for it…. Space does not allow me to list the many others of Gingrich’s blatant dishonesty and disregard for truth.
- IRONY: When Gingrich says something false about Governor Romney, he corrects Gingrich immediately. When truth is revealed about Gingrich, he almost always deflects. He is the master of deflection. He has many methods of deflection, including deflection by flattery as when he was pressed by Wolf Blitzer and he attempted to flatter him so he would not press for an answer.
- Gingrich dismisses all of Romney’s endorsements — Herman Cain endorses Gingrich, the ultimate irony. Gingrich bragged twice publicly this week that Trump would endorse him only to be played the fool when Trump endorsed Romney (what presidential candidate in the history of the United States has ever announced an important pending endorsement without first hearing it from the person endorsing? — Nobody! — playing his volunteers for suckers — not real bright. He then mocks the Trump endorsement of Romney the next day — grace incarnate; indeed). And need I go on about Sarah Palin? She has become the ultimate lemming non-endorsement that is the best thing that has happened to Governor Romney — the more she talks up Gingrich, the worse Gingrich looks, all the while Tea Party voters are switching camps to vote for Romney — Yikes! The great irony here is that Sarah Palin keeps telling the world that Gingrich is smart — need I say more?
- Attack Ads: Advertising by Gingrich against Romney does not work because Americans know Governor Romney’s character, integrity, and honesty. Advertising (truth-letting) by Romney against Gingrich works well for the same reason: Americans know Gingrich’s history, backstabbing to President Bush (41), many ethics lapses (see above), his reputation for self-promotion among colleagues, etc. There are many reasons we keep hearing the word “unreliable” as many Republican leaders describe Gingrich.
- Gingrich boasts that he is a “change agent,” implying that Romney is not or that he is superior to Romney somehow. The irony here is that “change agent” is almost the perfect description of Governor Romney’s entire career and who is widely known for his turn-around skills in business, government, and public service for the Olympics. To the extent Gingrich ever was a change agent, it was decades ago and he is now a “has-been” in this regard. Any skills in this regard pale in comparison to those of Governor Romney who has decades more experience over Gingrich (“influence peddler” does not qualify as “change agent” in anyone’s book).
- “I am distant enough from Washington to change it.” This is one of those statements showing that Gingrich now believes his own advertising. He has been in the tentacles of Washington since the nineties! The irony here is that Governor Romney is the only true Washington outsider — more importantly, Governor Romney has never sold out in any way to any entity, lobby, or politician that could later come calling for favors. There is no way that could ever be said of Gingrich who has enriched himself directly from the public trough his entire career — ironic indeed.
- “I think Washington insiders see a Gingrich presidency as the ultimate nightmare for them” (Gingrich’s ultimate excuse for having only a handful of endorsements). Every person that has worked closely with Gingrich in Congress, for more than one year, and who is willing to speak publicly, has only spoken negatively of his leadership. In a nutshell, they all say that Gingrich is very difficult to work with and that everything is about him. He even has his lackey, Sarah Palin believing his advertising in this regard. She has been on TV these past two weeks saying that Washington insiders are scared to death of Gingrich and how he will shake things up — need I say more?
- “I will destroy Obama in a debate.” As the incumbent, Obama can stall forever and limit the number and timing of any debate. Gingrich can brag all he wants about how he would beat Obama but he assumes he will get to make the rules. And even if Gingrich could beat him in a debate and by some stretch were to become POTUS, Gingrich is not an executive. By is own admission (and that of Palin), he is a “big ideas” guy (pie in the sky — read moon) — he does not know how to execute. The best example of execution trumping rhetoric is Barak Obama himself. How is Gingrich any different in this regard? Being articulate does not make you smart and it surely does not bring with it master level executive leadership.
- “Mitt Romney is desperate!” The irony of this statement is obvious to all. This is one of those things that I hope Gingrich keeps repeating — doing so just reveals more of Gingrich’s fear and pride. As he feels more and more cornered, he lashes out by calling Romney desperate. Nice. In my entire life, I have never seen a loser call a winner desperate. I guess there is a first to everything. Gingrich’s own desperation is proven by his constant whining and complaining that life is not fair. Ironic indeed.
- “I am the best candidate to be President of the United States.” Gingrich thinks he can handle the most important executive role on Earth? He could not lead a team to get his name on the ballot in his home state of Virginia! Ooops (and he brags there are 45 states left in this race — more like 40 for Gingrich!). Gingrich cannot even show up on time for press conferences or his own campaign events (classic sign of a very controlling person) — he even blew off the Governor of Nevada who seemed likely to endorse him until he was a no-show (see prior post). He cannot bring himself to make a simple phone call to any winner of a primary (how would he treat heads of state or other foreign leaders if he loses his temper?). He announces he has an important endorsement (Trump) when that is false (what crazy things would he announce as POTUS?). I could go on for hours in this one bullet but it is pushing 3am and there is not enough space. Gingrich is no Ronald Reagan. Gingrich is no executive. Gingrich is not a good leader. “Gingrich is unreliable.”
THE ULTIMATE IRONIC QUOTE BY NEWT GINGRICH AS HE SMILES (video): CLICK