The GOP has a real problem. A toxic problem that poisons Republicans. His name is Newtlear Gingrich. Having been thoroughly trounced by Mitt Romney in the last Florida debates, Newt Gingrich has showed the electorate just how small he really is by accusing the former Massachusetts Governor in typical Gingrich hyperbole of "the most blatantly dishonest performance by a presidential candidate I've ever seen". He went on twisting facts by suggesting that the Mitt Romney campaign stacked the audience with Romney supporters to which the Florida GOP has refuted completely. Remember this is the same Newt Gingrich who threatened to boycott the last debate if the audience was not allowed to express itself citing freedom of speech. Apparently, Newt Gingrich only believes in freedom of speech when they are cheering for him and jeering at his opponents. Classic demagoguery!
As the polls show a strong Romney surge in Florida, Newt has gone critical and the nuclear meltdown that the GOP has been predicting is upon us once more. This is Newton's second atomic meltdown within the last month and his third in this campaign cycle. The first occurred this summer when, while in the middle of a campaign, Newt inexplicably took off with wife number three for a pleasure cruise to the Mediterranean. By the time he returned his disillusioned campaign staff had abandoned him for more disciplined candidates. The GOP thought that would send the rotund Napoleon packing for home and his lucrative lobbying firm. We were wrong. Meltdown number two occurred after going from the front runner to the back of the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire. Blaming the new front runner (Mitt Romney) for his implosion, Mr. Gingrich sunk his fangs into the "inevitable" Romney and his slanderous, venomous attacks combined with his demagogic debate performances turned the tides in South Carolina just long enough for them to rally behind the new populist anti-capitalist Newt Gingrich. Now just a mere eight days after his landslide victory in the Palmetto state we are seeing his numbers again fall through the floor after a series of gaffes, poor debates, and new revelations.
On this the third meltdown of Mr. Gingrich we see the toxic candidate falling back on his reliable stradegy of misinformation, pious self-righteous indignation, and slander as he continues his assault on Mr. Romney for his tax rate, his lack of understanding the "human condition" due to his fidelity, his stock portfolio, his jobs record, his dog, his immigration policy, his wealth, his private equity background, his supposed "dishonesty", and even his French. If Mr. Gingrich could lift a kitchen sink he most certainly would hurl it at the former governor.
Mr. Gingrich has become toxic to the GOP. He resembles the DNC and the President in his scathing attacks against conservative values and principals. Mr. Gingrich can't seem to help himself or should I say Mr. Gingrich's ego won't allow him to concede a single point or election result. Some have said that his concession speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire were perhaps some of the worst concession speeches in living memory and were certainly without class or any connection to reality. In his bitterness and resentment towards anyone that gets between him and the nomination, Mr. Gingrich has, in his uncontrollable wrath, attacked the very pillars of conservatism and the Republican party. It has become a scorched earth campaign. If he can't have it no one will!The question is how long will this go on? I see Mr. Gingrich going all the way to the convention hoping for a populist uprising against the delegates choice. The problem is there may not be a party by the time Newt's radioactivity has been allowed to spread from state to state, loss to loss, and broadcasted for all to hear. Mr. Gingrich should abandon his outrageous leftist rhetoric or drop out all together if and when he looses in Florida. If he should continue to espouse the views of the so called "occupy" movement and the President I would hope that his support dries up and the sensationalist rhetoric that the media will certainly continue to broadcast will fall on deaf ears. We must reject this toxic candidate and rally behind our GOP champion after Florida. We must show resolve and we must send a message that criticisms of our defining principles and values are not tolerated by one of our own so called standard bearers.
Part of the problem that the GOP has been facing the last several years has been managing expectations. Too many republicans have fallen into the erroneous idea that there is a perfect candidate with a perfect record and one that lines up perfectly on all our own views and on top of all that has the ability to win the White House in a general election. The GOP should remember that our tent is very large and is home to all conservatives, most independents, and many disaffected democrats. To make the tent smaller and cater to only the most extreme part of the party is to commit political suicide and abandon government to a more compromising left of center coalition which is where we are today. Newt Gingrich's polarizing effect would lead to a smaller tent where angry white men go to chuck bombs at the opposition. We have never been that party and we hopefully never will be. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. We are the party of the majority because the majority want economic prosperity and increased freedom.
Compromise has become a dirty word in some parts of the conservative movement. Compromise is the very essence of government and republican ideals however. Without the Great Compromise of 1787 the colonies would never have untied and the war of independence would have failed as states would have fractioned into multiple uncooperative confederacies. Fort Sumter was the result of South Carolina's inflexibility after the 1860 elections and it cost half a million US lives. I can't help but point out that South Carolina's election results demonstrate a persistent lack of compromise of the Palmetto state. Instead of supporting one of the other 3 "electable" candidates, South Carolina enabled a mob and a toxic candidate that has the ability to significantly hurt the RNC with his outlandish attacks on the very pillars of conservatism. While it may be just rhetoric to Mr. Gingrich to discredit his chief competitor, his controversial statements have sparked discussions about the "fairness" of capitalism. In an atmosphere when middle America and the "rich" are being offered up as the answer to government fiscal gluttony this is not a subject a serious candidate should be flirting with.
I am not saying that the GOP needs to compromise but we have to keep in mind that we need to win the White House first and the house and senate through attrition. A president is the first piece we can put in play and a rallying point for more conservative legislatures to contend for senate and house seats in the by-elections. Upon taking back the executive branch the new GOP president can start to slash government spending and entitlement programs, eliminate overly restrictive regulations, and cap, cut, and balance the budget. Consequently the economy will see significant growth which will be the means to convert many to the principals of conservatism, the free market economy, and meritocracy. This in turn will create the atmosphere for a vast republican takeover of all branches of government. Finally after making large gains in the house and senate the most conservative representatives can build coalitions and argue for the items we did not impose upon our presidential candidate which enabled him/her to win in the general election in the first place to kick off the overall GOP agenda.
The White House is just one part of a bigger goal of the GOP and the only way to get back to a more pure form of government and one that the founders would still recognize. Therefore it is in the best interest of the GOP to not push candidates to adopt the most controversial aspects of the far right agenda to allow for the largest tent possible that will encompass a majority alliance. While the base of our party agrees that those principals are important to conservatism, the presidency is not a dictatorship and must learn to compromise with the house and senate leaders for the government to function and the more inroads a GOP president can make the better. Stringent campaign promises and inflexible positions only weaken our ultimate nominee.
President Obama has adopted the divisiveness of extreme presidential politics excluding many independent voters and some democrats. In the spirit of James Madison and the founding fathers that were part of the Great Compromise of 1787 we too should be prepared for a president to compromise with the senate and house majorities. As long as our candidate is fiscally conservative, defense oriented, and representative of republican values we can use him or her to declare a national rallying point for a larger more sustainable conservative government that will be won through gradual attrition. Remember that this year it is all about the economy stupid. If we continue on that theme and we don't let the President divert the conversation with peripheral points of disagreement the White House is ours to lose.
So lets not let the toxicity of Newt Gingrich and some of the fringes most uncompromising republicans influence the race to the point where our nominee is forced to take ever more rigid position to appease the base of the party at the expense of the general election and the White House. This is just the begging and we need to keep the heat on Barak Obama and his failed policies and not be distracted by the absurd attacks from Mr. Gingrich on our own sacred pillars of free marks, capitalism, meritocracy, and private property. There is simply too much at stake.
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