Newt for President?

November 8, 2008

The man of big ideas himself. Robert Novak writes in the Washington Post


Gingrich is far from a unanimous or even a consensus choice to run for president in 2012, but there is a strong feeling in Republican ranks that he is the only leader of their party who has shown the skill and energy to attempt a comeback quickly.

Even one of his strongest supporters for president in 2012 admits it is a “very risky choice.” But Republicans are in a desperate mood after the fiasco of John McCain’s seemingly safe candidacy.

Republicans seem chastened by the failure of seeking moderate, independent and even Democratic votes. They are ready to try going back to the “old-time religion.”

One Republican critic of Gingrich concedes that he has an “unlimited” energy flow and a constant stream of ideas, an important commodity in a party that appears to have run short of ideas during the Bush years. But there is widespread concern about what is described in the party as deep “character flaws” of Gingrich’s that would be difficult to overcome in a presidential campaign.

Nobody in Republican ranks, however, matches Gingrich’s dynamism.

The consternation among Republicans is concentrated on McCain’s failure to capitalize on Democratic flaws.

It would be a rocky road for Gingrich to the nomination, much less the presidency, but there are no other serious candidates inside the party at the moment.

It is clear that Republicans are unanimous in trying to avoid a repeat of what happened this year, and there is a surprising consensus that McCain was going in the wrong direction and was the wrong candidate.

What one GOP critic calls Gingrich’s “unlimited energy supply” must be overcome by anyone opposing him. Several old Republican hands feel that Gingrich in 2012 is no more outrageous than Ronald Reagan was in 1980.

Many real conservatives clamored for Gingrich to throw his hat into the 2008 race, but we were disheartened to learn that he would have had to relinquish his post with American Solutions, something he was unwilling to do. Newt spearheaded the “Drill here, drill now” movement and was a spectre leader of the House revolt this year. Democrats and “Republicans” have criticized us for looking backwards for leadership focusing on 1980 and 1994 as benchmarks. There is no shame in this and it is hypocritical for anyone to criticize such an admiration for past leadership. The past informs our future policy as we look to successes that the American people got behind. And seriously, if “Camelot 2” and the “New New Deal” aren’t backward looking, I don’t know what is.  An RNC chair position would be nice as well.



  1. Newt Gingrich should have run for President in 1996, he had already beaten Clinton at mid-term elections in 1994, and he could have done the same two years later: this way, the American people would have been spared another four years of disastrous Bill Clinton. To pick an old man like Dole was the same mistake as picking an old man like McCain this time.

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