Not so fast, Newt

For those of us who have already made up our minds about Jon Huntsman and support his bid for the presidency the spectacle of the republican herd moving from candidate to candidate has been enjoyable to behold.  Instead of learning their lesson after unproven and unqualified candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry fell by the wayside, the faithful turned to an even less qualified candidate in Herman Cain.  We all know how that turned out.

But if it’s November it must mean that there’s a new face at the head of the pack.  Well, there’s a face.  But it’s an old one.  As in, 1994.  Yes, the far right is so determined to ignore the moderate electorate and alienate the center-left that they would throw their support behind one of the most polarizing conservative figures of the last 50 years.  But Business Insider’s Michael Brendan Dougherty is here to tell the far right to come to its senses.

Conservatives in the GOP are desperate to avoid a Mitt Romney nomination. Mitt’s a flip-flopper who gave Obamacare a test-run in Massachusetts. He used to be pro-choice. Mitt’s just a bad show all around.

And so conservatives have given Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain a ride up and down the polls. And now this agony is causing conservative voters to lurch to Newt Gingrich.

This would be a horrible mistake.

How soon the right forgets Newt Gingrich’s stinging criticism of the “Ryan Plan” as “right-wing social engineering.”  But as Dougherty explains, that’s the least of his problems.

Unfortunately, he has all the horrible qualities of an autodidact:a tyrannical streak and an egomania that is impervious to the reality of other people.

And, yes, Newt Gingrich always has ideas. He has 5-point plans for fixing everything. He’s constantly pitching these “solutions.”  Ever wonder why Newt Gingrich has so many ideas?

It’s pretty simple. Ideas come to you easily when you have no principles to get in the way of your roaming untrained intellect. So what are some of the ideas Newt Gingrich has promoted? Are they even conservative ideas?

  • He promoted the return of the Fairness Doctrine.
  • He was for a federal individual health-care mandate, the lynchpin of ObamaCare.
  • He was practically spooning Nancy Pelosi in commercials about the need for government action on global warming.
  • He supports green energy projects [Solyndras] and farm-subsidies.
  • Even as late as this year he was pitching for more government intervention in the health-care system at the progressive Brookings Institution.

You really should read the whole thing.  Unfortunately the more vocal wing of the party is not thinking of actually winning an election right now.  It’s the Tea Party wing acting out to prove it is as powerful as the more moderate majority of republican voters.  And in this power play it has become important, almost essential for the “outsiders” to beat the “estaaaaablishment” that an election may well be lost (are you laughing at the idea of Newt Gingrich being an “outsider”?  Newt himself claims to be one!).

Or will it?  Tucked into the end of a CBS/New York Times poll about the GOP race is a fascinating little item that you might not have realized.

Seven in 10 Republican voters surveyed said they hadn’t made up their mind about a candidate.

It is easy for those of us on the internet to become caught up in the various moods of the political blogs.  Blogs, by nature tend to be hyperpartisan, as loud voices and angry topics draw more people in to comment (just like talk radio).  And if you were to scan the right-wing blogs of the day you would think that everybody’s all in on either Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry (well not so much anymore).  But if you were to take a step outside the blogs, Rush Limbaugh and even the nightly news (who are in no hurry to inject reason and calm into the contest) you would find that 70% of voters do not even know who they are going to support.

This race is truly up for grabs.  The weaker candidates can try to gain temporary traction with the base with strong words and sound bytes.  For one day the 70% will be in the voting booth staring at a list of scandals, gaffes, flip-flops…and a candidate who stayed above the three-ring circus named Jon Huntsman.  His campaign wants to be the last one standing.  The way things are going they are going to be just that.

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One Response to Not so fast, Newt

  1. roopost says:

    It is difficult to imagine anyone holding their noses and voting for any of the candidates who have thus far dominated the popularity polls. One does wonder how much longer there will be interest in the extremists after it is proven their rhetoric has no substance? Surely though Huntsman cannot remain in the background for much longer.

    Kind regards,

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