Gingrich’s Tin Message — Why Conservatives Reject Gingrich

In yesterday’s Commentary Magazine, Peter Wehner provides outstanding insight into why Mr. Gingrich’s message does not ring true. He and Sarah Palin would have everybody believe that “the establishment” is against him since Governor Romney has all of the endorsements (pre-voting votes). This is just one more of those pesky ironies associated with Mr. Gingrich. He is the establishment. He helped create the establishment and he has been a part of Washington ever since! Peter Wehner writes:

The reality is that conservative/”establishment” opposition to Gingrich generally falls into three categories. One is that if he won the nomination, he would not only lose to Barack Obama, but he would sink the rest of the GOP fleet in the process. A second area of concern is that Gingrich is temperamentally unfit to be president –he’s too erratic, undisciplined, and rhetorically self-destructive. A third area of concern is the suspicion that the former House speaker is not, in fact, a terribly reliable conservative, that he is not philosophically well-grounded (see his attachment to Alvin Toffler for more).

Some of these criticisms may be appropriate and some of them may be overstated or miss the mark. But to pretend the criticisms of Gingrich — expressed in varying degrees by commentators like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Charles Murray, Michael Gerson, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Bob Tyrrell, Pat Buchanan, Mona Charen, Mark Steyn, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett, Karl Rove, Ramesh Ponnuru, Rich Lowry, Elliott Abrams, John Podhoretz, John Hinderaker, Jennifer Rubin, Ross Douthat, David Brooks, Yuval Levin, and the editorial writers at the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner, to say nothing of a slew of conservative members/former members of Congress who worked with Gingrich in the 1990s –are rooted in their fear of “genuine change” is simply not credible.

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As Mr. Gingrich continues to complain, his surrogates will join him in whining that it isn’t fair that Governor Romney has all the endorsements, organization, effectiveness, infrastructure, and money. Yada, yada, yada….

There is no question that the administration of a President Romney would be far more organized and effective than the administration of a President Gingrich. And President Romney will absolutely make sure all the ducks are in a row when it comes to issuing waivers to states regarding ObamaCare (reference to Gingrich’s inability to get certified in his own home state of Virginia for the primary ballot in March).

Gingrich is not an executive. He does not know how to execute. He is an ideas guy (moon colonies, etc.).

Yes, organization does matter.

Yes, character matters.

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5 Responses to Gingrich’s Tin Message — Why Conservatives Reject Gingrich

  1. P McFarland says:

    Thank you for articulating my position. The backlash against conservatives who don’t support Newt has been frustrating and frankly, inconsistent and illogical. Limbaugh, Levin, and other “conservative” talk show hosts endorsed Mitt in 2008; Palin endorsed McCain, of course. So these same people are demonizing others who have stuck with Mitt or become newly allied to Miit while they choose the polarizing Gingrich. Palin’s accusation of “cannibalism” against the writers you mention is going to hurt the brand she so actively seeks to promote.

    A tea party conservative for Mitt

  2. Annette says:

    I am in all three of those groups that you mentioned. When Hannity asked Romney how he would beat Obama if the nominee…Romney replied…”if the truth is the standard bearer, then we will win”. Meaning..Romney plans to uncover Obama’s deceptions. The same can be said of Newt Gingrich who Romney easily decimated in the last two debates. Gingrich walks back his positions for political expediency and is careless about what is truth and what is not.

    I saw a woman on TV with her baby at a Gingrich rally. She said she doesn’t care about a man’s private life. That has nothing to do with what kind of a president he will be. Really? How interesting. I have a real concern with a man that has multiple affairs and leaves two wives while they had life threatening diseases. She might feel differently if she was one of those wives.

  3. Michelle says:

    I totally agree with you! I truly believe Mitt Romney would rather spending time talking about what he knows best and that is to get the economy going, get our nation out of debt, get people back to work, and help us build the strong nation that we so desired. I can tell clearly he’s not comfortable responding to the negative accusations that piled on him. I know if he has his choice, he rather run a fair balanced campaign.

    My heart feels deeply sorry for the poor women that don’t care about a candidate’s caracters. They compromise their conscious for moments of excitment and not able to recognize the truth. How can caracters not count when it comes to be the president of our great nation?

  4. Jim Tills says:

    I, for one, would like to see Governor Romney give a policy address on negative advertising as it relates to political campaigns and decry how it portends poor future results due to the false credence it lends to Democratic lies that will be deseminated far and wide. In the address, as proof of negative ads, Mitt could and should outline the lies that have been told about himself and the real truth, giving facts and references, negating the falsehoods.

    Such an address would ensure that true Conservatives would know once and for all that Mitt Romney is a true Conservative himself, allow everyone that is honest to acknowledge the truth about his character, and weed out those psuedo-conservatives who fall into the RINO-class of persons that would doom us to an Obama debacle of four more years.

    At the least, it would assist in the unification of the Party that needs to be done as soon as possible to give us the best chance we need to have Obama as a one-term President.

  5. P McFarland says:

    I think Mitt has done that during the debates; but, as I read the blogs, it is obvious that there are people who are so brainwashed against Romney that even the truth won’t change their minds.