Will Newt be the last man standing?

Dorothy Rabinowitz thinks that Newt’s slow but steady race, one that focuses on beautifully articulated ideas, will win the day.  She points to this speech as evidence of Gingrich’s intellectual strength:

(Or view it here.)

What do you think?  As for me, the more I see of the others, the more I like Newt, and that’s despite recognizing his many failings.  To be honest, it’s just such a pleasure to listen to a truly great orator — vastly well-informed, incredibly lucid, humorous.  I like it.

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  • Mike Devx

    Newt’s deifinitely in it for me.  Now that that divorce-the-cancer-stricken-wife internet tale has been squashed – or can be squashed – he looks a LOT better.  But he’s still my second choice at this point.

    I still believe Herman Cain can capture, inspire and enthuse the American People better than any other candidate, and rally them.  But it’s out of my hands.  If he retains (or regains) support through the early primaries and caucuses, he would still get my vote come Super Tuesday (TX).  But if the people abandon him, then they abandon him.  Not my call.  We’ll see what happens.

    Perry’s in the mix, but he has some makin’ up to do.

    Ron Paul would have to moderate a few extreme stances before he’d move above those three.  Then Bachmann, then Santorum.  And then, and only then, Romney, if all of the above didn’t cut it for me.  And then and only then Huntsman, which means, when hell freezes over, because Romney ain’t going anywhere, and he’d be better than Hunstman.  Did I leave anyone out?  Can I write in Sarah Palin?  😉

    The fact that Ohio voters rejected Initiative 2 yesterday indicates to me that, on the average, Americans aren’t taking the public pensions debt crisis seriously yet.  What else aren’t they taking seriously yet?  Maybe we DO need another four years of Obama hell before the American People wake up to all of our financial crises.  Maybe one four-year smack across the forehead with a 2×4 wasn’t enough; maybe they need another good hard four year 2×4 smack across the forehead before they start to really wake up.  Command economy, more czars in the executive branch, more business hostility and uncertainty preventing jobs, less capital investment, more wretched crony capitalism…  what’s it going to take?  Until enough wake up, nothing is going to change no matter who is in the White House.  The political will to enact the necessary drastic changes will not be there.

  • bizcor

    Tomorrow night I am attending a Lincoln Douglas style debate. Two actually. The first will be Governor Buddy Roemer and Governor Gary Johnson. The second will be Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. I have met Governor Roemer but not Governor Johnson. I have met Senator Santorum and have heard Newt speak but I have never actually met him. 
    This has become a difficult ticket I guess because many people are beginning to feel like us. Maybe, just maybe, Newt is the guy. I was personally invited as I know the organizers pretty well and they wanted me there to help out so I have a “backstage pass” and will have an opportunity to speak to them all. This is quite a group assembled here so I feel safe in asking “what would you ask any one of the guys if you were there. I will take your questions with me. Obviously I am not going to have an hour with them but I should have a few minutes. So, really what would you like me to ask?  

  • Mike Devx

    BizCor, questions for Newt…

    Should the national government be involved in subsidizing ANY technology involving energy or the environment, be it green (solar/wind/geothermal/etc), nuclear, oil, gas.  And why, if he answers yes?

    Climate change: Does it matter what the majority of scientists think?  Should the government institute controls over our behavior to attempt to mediate climate change?  What if the skeptics are right?

    Internationalization:  When should US sovereignty be negated by international bodies, if ever?  I’m not talking about treaty obligations, for those are passed by the Senate.  Should the US have to abide by ANYTHING that hasn’t been ratified by treaty by the US Senate?

    I don’t have any questions on the economy or foreign policy; he’s answered those to my comfort level for the GOP primary season.



  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I’m hearing disturbing claims that ObamaCare is so complicated, that it cannot actually be repealed.  What can Newt do to make sure repeal happens?


  • suek

    >>I’m hearing disturbing claims that ObamaCare is so complicated, that it cannot actually be repealed.>>
    My understanding is that they failed to include a separation clause – that if any one part of the law is found unconstitutional that it won’t affect the rest – so I’m inclined to think that what you heard was incorrect.  At the same time, it seems as if some of the parts have already been placed in effect – that could cause some problems.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    That type of clause, suek, goes to whether a contract (or law) is struck down entirely if one clause is found to be invalid.  My question goes more to procedural issues.  The articles I’ve been reading imply that, because parts of ObamaCare — the more popular parts — have already been implemented, and because businesses have gone to great expense to change over to meet legal requirements, the egg can no longer be unscrambled.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Here’s Newt saying he’ll get rid of ObamaCare, but I want a little more nuts and bolts info on how it can be done. 

  • Mike Devx

    I’d like to second Book’s question: Can ObamaCare be repealed; What does Newt see as the path for repeal?

  • Allen

    I’ve always been skeptical of Gingrich. He’s always quick to say government can provide the solution, if the right people are in charge. Namely, himself and others like him. IMO, Newt was one of the first republicans to sell out on the Reagan revolution.

  • kali

    This one is probably too frivolous to ask for your short time, but
    Which federal-level departments should be abolished?
    (My choice, the DOE, and the battle cry should be, “Set our light bulbs free!”)

  • Oldflyer

    Oh no!  Allen has raised the dreaded Reagan comparison.  My wife and I just had a conversation wrt to some comments by Michele Malkin in which she lamented the lack of a Reganesque figure in the race.  My take is that MM (and I admire her in many ways), and so many other self-proclaimed Conservative spokes persons have constructed a mythological figure to which every candidate must be compared–unfavorably.  Many of these critics are either too young, or have memories that are too selective, to recall that Reagan was not infallible.  Not by a long shot.
    I do not know that Newt believes that government is the answer to all perceived problems.  I am not sure why anyone would assume that.  When Newt wielded power in the Congress, he was confronted by the Clinton Administration.  He had very little wiggle room, and had to accept some compromises.  What I believe is that Newt has a very well developed understanding, and appreciation for, the founding principles of this country.
    I have commented before that in my own mind I now divide politicians into two groups: Statists and Constitutionalists. I think the older labels are obsolete.  There is no doubt in my mind that Newt  reveres the Constitution, and would govern accordingly.  That is my litmus test.   Brilliant, tough, charmingly amusing, Constitutionalist.  Those are winning credentials in my mind.
    One more comment.  My son-in-law has been in a wheel chair for over 30 years.  Obviously, the profound after-effects of the injury he suffered caused great changes in his life, including re-molding his persona.  He has told my wife that we would not have liked him before. I believe that there is a certain parallel to Newt.   Well known aspects of his personal life, along with a palpable arrogance and hubris,  made him very easy to dislike.  But, Newt has been through the fire.  I sense that he is not the same person in some ways that he was during his glory days.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

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    Take a look if you want to see something semi-amusing for the day. 

  • suek

    >>I sense that he is not the same person in some ways that he was during his glory days.>>

    Agreed. By the way… If he moves to the front of the pack, how long do you think it will take before the fact that he converted to Catholicism comes to the fore?

  • Mike Devx

    suek #13:

    >>I sense that he is not the same person in some ways that he was during his glory days.>>
    > Agreed. By the way…
    I’ve noticed the same thing.  This is not the old abrasive Newt who I instantly disliked.
    I like him every time I see and hear him, whether in debates, on TV talk shows or interviews, on radio shows. He’s turned into a very likable guy.  That counts for a great deal in a presidential race.


  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Great point, OldFlyer, about Newt’s maturing personality.  He’s mellowed tremendously:  stable marriage, less abrasive sense of humor, humility, etc. 

    As you all know, I’m inclined to accept that people will outgrow the follies of their youth.  (After all, I was a Democrat, not to mention a prig.)  I’m also willing to take peripheral flaws if the core is good.  Politicians only become perfect in retrospect.

  • bizcor

    I will take you questions with me and report back.

    I agree with Bookworm in that there is no perfect politician or person for that matter. As I have gotten older I have changed my position on a number of things and do not fault others for doing so. If Obama was to suddenly change his opinion on the Affordable Health Care Act and work to repeal it would any of you call him a flip flopper? I would suggest that maybe he had heard the voice of country and decided he should do what the people wanted. Not to worry I am not holding my breath on that one but I’m sure you get the point.  

  • excathedra

    If only Rick Perry had Newt Gingrich’s brain!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Book, quite so, since then they would be dead.