Monday, December 20, 2010

President Gingrich?

You couldn't blame Democrats if that title and that name next to each other leads to immediate dyspepsia and a ruined holiday season. And you couldn't blame some Republicans if they, too, react with hesitancy to such a possibility.

You can imagine how some of them react to the apparent "please donate to me" letter that Gingrich sent to -- drum roll, please -- a strip club owner.  (Family values?) Yes, this should be nothing more than a minor issue (if one at all), but it is because the GOP continues to hammer away at family values and religion in general that its candidates will be compelled to explain their allegiance to family and faith. Gingrich already has some problems in that area, not the least of which is that he is divorced. (Let me make clear that I am not knocking family values, but what I am suggesting is that in my opinion it has become akin to a litmus test for Republican presidential contenders, and I don't think that ought to be the case.)

Gingrich has offered Republicans his blueprint for the new Congress, suggesting in a speech in South Carolina what its priorities ought to be. The Spartanburg Herald Journal indicated in this report that he delivered the basic Republican mantra:
Gingrich laid out three “major assignments” for Republicans in Congress — creating jobs, repealing health care reform and balancing the budget.
The former Speaker of the House has been asked to weigh in on the Republican Party's upcoming decision on a new national party chairman. He offered tepid support for the current boss, Michael Steele.

And in the spirit of the holidays, don't forget that you can buy that political person on your Christmas list a variety of books written by Gingrich and other Republican presidential wannabees.

1 comment:

djl said...

Seems like it would be extremely difficult to reconcile the whole Family Values thing with a guy who went to the hospital to see his cancer-stricken wife so he could get a divorce deal hammered out in order to marry his mistress.

Gingrich is an accomplished politician who's absolutely qualified (professionally) to be president. I may not agree with him politically, but I don't think he'd be an awful president.

I just don't see how he weathers the ad hominem storm to get nominated, much less elected in November.