Social values: Newt sleeps with his teacher whom he eventually marries, then divorces when she has cancer and says she wasn't First Lady potential anyway. Marries 2nd wife with whom he was cheating on the 1st wife, divorces her when he finds out she has MS. Marries 3rd wife with whom he had been carrying out an 8 year affair. In that time he went from being a Baptist to Lutheran to Catholic.
By the way, if Newt were to be the nominee, Obama will parade his picture perfect family. It is actually the one thing I greatly admire in our current President. It would be the only thing, but Obama also stood against SOPA/PIPA (that's a story for another day).
Fiscal values: Newt has a problem balancing his own budget. He was brought up on ethics charges, which he was later cleared on, but still had to pay the $300,000 fine and was removed from Congress as Speaker of the House. The only Speaker ever to have had that done. Charged Romney with Leftist talking points of class warfare and enmity.
By the way, if Newt were to be the nominee, Obama would replay Newt's anti-capitalist ads against him. Newt has already lost the Presidency if he wins the nomination.
Foreign Policy: Standard fare here. Nothing really to report. Other than to put his vindictiveness on display. He lashes out at the media for asking valid questions. He shut down government because he felt slighted on Air Force One. What is he going to do when meanie Ahmadinejad and meanie Chavez start insulting him? World War 3?
By the way, if Newt were to be the nominee, Obama will tout his successes of "getting" bin Laden, bringing the troops home from Iraq, and winding down the conflict in Afghanistan. He's going to do that anyway with Newt, Mitt, or whomever. The Republican candidate will have to make a strong argument that Obama has disrupted the balance of the world more than he has helped bring solidarity among the nations of the world.
If Newt becomes the nominee, the Republican party has lost all three legs of Conservatism and is dead. A new party will have to emerge, it might be the Libertarians, the TEA Party (unlikely - too disparate in other ideals), or something else. As it is, Newt has made it a difficult race for the GOP. Will he single-handedly win the DNC another Presidency as he did in 1996?
With the unfavorables that Newt engenders among the entire Republican party and with the Independents in the nation, it is difficult to see that there won't be a serious Third Party contender. If that is the case, I can only hope we have a 4-way race with Obama, Gingrich, Romney/Paul/someone respectable, and Hillary Clinton.
Despite all of this, it is still Romney's race to win. Will Rick Santorum carry on? The South Carolina result should be a warning bell for the GOP and anyone who cares for the Republican Party. I suspect if Gingrich is able to keep his momentum (minus VA and MO), we will be headed for a brokered convention.
As a side note, I know there is a lot of chatter about how this site is a Romney-haven. Some of us don't have our preferred candidate in the race. Some of us have settled on Romney, others haven't settled on anyone. Many here, as I do, have been Mitt Romney supporters since we first heard of him (which for me was 2007). I think, and I could be wrong, we all feel Newt is the wrong candidate for the Republican Party. Please disagree with me if I am wrong.
After South Carolina, Rick Santorum will find himself in the same boat as Rick Perry; and, realistically, it is Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul who are left. In my humble opinion, it is time to pick sides.
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