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    I hope character counts.

    I hope character counts.

    Newt Gingrich has been incredibly brazen in the past few weeks, forming an exploratory committee to help consider his first steps towards a presidential bid in 2012. Yesterday it was reported that “if he runs for president he will make his announcement in early May outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia” and that he’s leaning towards a “yes” on his decision to run.

    I’m in the George Will school of skepticism about Newt’s run. I think of him as an attention hog with very few principles to rub together. Sure, he did a great service in 1994 as Speaker of the House. Sure, he knows a lot of history.* But look at his career after Congress!

    Vanity Fair really nailed Newt on his recent commentary regarding his adulterous past:

    In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, Newt Gingrich blamed his history of philandering on patriotism: “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” Which raises many questions, and prompts a few conclusions. To wit:

    1. This must be a recent insight of Gingrich’s, because a quick Google search shows he never cited Bill Clinton’s love of country during the 1998 impeachment drive.

    2. If loving America leads to full-on adultery, does loving your home state lead to office-party flirting?

    3. Ewww. Where does loving France or Greece lead?

    I have an interview tomorrow for an internship. I wonder what will happen if they ask about a blemish in my résumé and I proceed to cite diligence or congeniality as the cause….

    Newt isn’t a bad person, necessarily. Though I fail to understand why anyone would favor him over someone like a Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, or Haley Barbour. Everyone has baggage, but why should we have to nominate anyone who oscillates carelessly?

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    viator | March 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Governor Palin to Politico: Take Your Liberal Biased Debate And Shove It!

    “[I] hope [the Reagan Library] host the first Republican debate,” Hewitt said. “I just don’t want Politico and I especially don’t want NBC to be moderating that debate and deciding what Republican candidates ought to be talking about. I’ll tell you, Steve, the thing that’s amazing. Chris Matthews nightly has his head spin around in a circle about Michele Bachmann. Michele Bachmann almost certainly will be on the stage. How in the world is NBC, I don’t care if it’s [‘Nightly News’ host Brian] Williams or Chris Matthews or if it’s Rachel Maddow – how in the world do they expect Republicans to take them seriously when they’ve become a radical network? So I think — I hope that Republicans refuse to go to this demand, this dictate came out of NBC on May 2. I hope they boycott it.” Hugh Hewitt


    “It has nothing to do with a decision [about running for president in 2012]. The Governor said the other day that she will make a decision about that in the coming months,” Tim Crawford, the treasurer of Palin’s PAC, told National Review Online."

    NRO, The Corner

    "a wise prince should establish (herself) on that which is in (her) own control and not in that of others;" Nicolo Machiavelli

    You are right about Newt's self-promotion. Ever since he sat on that couch with Nancy I felt he was an attention wh**e. He lost me right then.

    About his adultery. His argument doesn't hold water. Why? Because as Robin Williams explained it best "Men have two heads. Trouble is they have only enough blood to run one at a time."

    If Newt was so focused on being a patriot he could not have had time or blood enough to get into trouble. However, if he was paying attention with his other head, that might explain his lack of focus in the latter part of his time in office.

    I'm going with the latter.

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