Iowans to Newt: “Pride Goeth Before the Fall”

The Christmas morning (Sunday) edition of the Los Angeles Times ran a front page article by Robin Abcarian titled, “Gingrich’s Ego Might Be Too Big For Iowa.” At the risk of appearing to beat a dead horse (pun intended), I insert a couple of the better lines from the article. The entire article is not that long and is worth reading. I will never forget this “They are not going to be the nominee” statement by Mr. Gingrich. The woman from Iowa who challenged Gingrich on his lack of humility, later said this of him, “I don’t know,” she said by phone. “Pride goeth before a fall.”

In 1985, Gingrich told the Washington Post: “I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the planet. And I’m doing it.” In 1994, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz.” Just the other day, at the Iowa statehouse, he gave himself credit for helping defeat the Soviet Empire.

Ms. Abcarian writes that Mr. Gingrich’s opinion of himself “ranges from lofty to stratospheric.” That is what we need in a President right now. Someone in which the election will be all about him — right!

But his occasionally apocalyptic self-regard is running counter to another Iowa interest: modesty. . .

This quote suggests that Gingrich is still very much in the race in Iowa. This refers to a Mr. and Mrs. Thorpe from previous comments:

Both Thorpes have enjoyed watching Gingrich’s debate performances. “I will say that all of his answers begin the same way — ‘Well, your premise is wrong, you’re a moron and here’s why,’ ” he said. “After awhile it begins to get old, but I like his ideas so much, I’m willing to look over it.”

Maybe this is how Iowans are able to hold their nose to vote for such a narcissistic man:

“We’re picking the president of the United States,” he said. “We’re not picking someone to invite over for dinner!”

I find it stunning that any person would vote for someone who puts self before country. By the way, Intrade (12/26/11, at 9:10 a.m. PST) to the question, Will the candidate be the Republican candidate in Nominee in 2012?, Romney is at 70.1% and Gingrich is at 8.8%.

And what about the following little comment about not qualifying for the Virginia primary — Is this not the epitome of bombastic and hyperbole? This failure in Virginia is the height of arrogance. Check this article; Gingrich compares this to, “an ‘unexpected setback’ similar to the attack on Pearl Harbor.” And he still has supporters!

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis

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4 Responses to Iowans to Newt: “Pride Goeth Before the Fall”

  1. Paul Johnson says:

    That quote about Pearl Harbor is unbelievable. It’s tough to see how people will hold their nose to vote for Newt with all his past issues, while they’ve got Mitt Romney with no such issues in his background.

  2. zefi says:

    Cain drops in polls, numbers go to other man, both (shall I say three) of them experienced the same
    thing in the nineties . No more please, we can do it.An ex adulterer in the oval office and a first lady who had an affair with a married man. These type of persons will be making history that will be read by our children and granchildren a century later .Is this the kind of role model that we want our children see? Hypocracy is the buzz word here.
    Protect our children. They are not political ( pandering, expediency, etc), and they need a God fearing leader in the white house as their role model

  3. Tammy M. says:

    I supposed you don’t teach your children that God forgives all…and that Newt has said he had to ask God for forgiveness. Please pay attention to Mitt and his record, he pushed Agenda 21 in his state, he nominated activists judges…I am not trying to change your mind, just saying the Bible says, “judge not lest ye be judged”. Newt has proven leadership, made the establshment GOP mad when he didn’t support Bush 41 in raising taxes, he balanced the budget for 4 years, reduced welfare and jobs increased by 11 million. Nothing to sneeze at…

    As a strong, Bible believing Christian woman, I believe Newt is a different person and I am with him 100%. I have read his policies, Mitt’s policies, and I have been disgusted at how Mitt used the letter of the law and allowed “his” PAC to run hateful, untrue ads about Newt. That is not the leadership I want for my country.

  4. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    I’m just waiting for the moment when Newt Gingrich takes off his shoe and pounds it on the podium, and says, “Listen up, you stupid people… I’m going to be the Republican Nominee, and you’re going to vote for me. I’m an exceptionally smart man, I know all about History, and I know what’s going to be good for you. You’re just like our Government, you’re incompetent on how to properly vote, so I’ll tell you how to vote…” Sorry about the ‘shoe’ thing, but Newt reminds me of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier from 1958 to 1964. And to think… he has had three wives. Rick Perry said, “If a man cheats on his wife, he would probably cheat on his business partner.” And… when are we going to hear about all this ‘hidden’ baggage that Newt has buried? I would really like to know what it is. Otherwise, Obama is counting on Newt to become the nominee, and the baggage will give Obama another four years.