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Gingrich’s Presidential Campaign Capsized By the Winds of Folly

5:38 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Back in March of this year in an article on the Gingrich presidential campaign, “Newt Gingrich’s Dream, Driven by the Winds of Folly?”, I posed the question of why Newt Gingrich would even bother to seriously consider a run for the Oval Office.  Now apparently his campaign staff has come to the same conclusion and left Gingrich and his hopes adrift with their en masse departure. Not only are Gingrich’s top operatives leaving him flat, many of his state level operatives have likewise jumped ship.

Bedeviled by conservative criticism for calling Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plans, “right wing social engineering” and his $250,000 plus jewelry tab at Tiffany’s, it appears that Gingrich’s latest two week vacation to the Greek Isles was enough to convince his staff that this guy just isn’t for real. All of this led MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to opine that Newt Gingrich is simply in the 2012 race for his own self serving publicity and that he was never a serious contender to start with. 

The unfortunate aspect of this for the Republican’s is that in only acts to heighten the farce and buffoonery that has thus far surrounded the formation of the field of G.O.P. presidential hopefuls. Now in addition to the historical gaffes of Bachmann and Palin, Rick Santorum thinks that American troops landing on D-Day were somehow fighting to make a future decision about health care reform. We have Donald Trump, having once dropped out of contention, now saying he may re-enter the race as a third party candidate. Not to be left out of the fray, Rush Limbaugh’s has effectively written off the Romney candidacy with a hearty “bye-bye” due to Romney’s admission that he believes, to some extent, in global warming. Last but by no means least, Herman Cain is saying that any Muslim on his staff would have to swear a loyalty oath if he were elected president. And, as if it really would even matter at this point, Newt Gingrich is saying that he will be launch his campaign anew in Los Angeles this coming Monday.

Surely at a time when Barack Obama is struggling to keep his presidency on course, with his poll numbers wavering back and forth about the fifty percent mark, one would think that the Republicans would be queuing up for a knock out blow. Instead what we are witnessing is a G.O.P., formerly famous for internal discipline, careening towards 2012 in disarray.

SJG

6/9/11

 
Sources:
 
Newt Gingrich’s Dream, Driven by the Winds of Folly?
http://open.salon.com/blog/steven_j_gulitti/2011/03/04/newt_gingrichs_dream_driven_by_the_winds_of_folly_1
 
Gingrich presidential campaign implodes
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/gingrich-senior-aides-resign/2011/06/09/AGN77VNH_blog.html

 Santorum: D-Day Troops Fought For Health Care Freedom;: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/santorum-d-day-troops-fought-for-the-ryan-plan.php

G.O.P. Throwing the “Birthers” Under the Bus?

5:04 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Well it seems as if the Republican Party has come to a fork in the road as it relates to the issue of Barack Obama’s birth and the decision they have made suggests that they are ultimately willing to throw the “Birthers” under the bus. It’s a move motivated by the fact that the G.O.P. must ultimately protect its brand name and image and the “Birthers” serve only to tarnish the reputation and integrity of the party. The whole issue turns upon the fact that there aren’t enough Republicans or Democrats for that matter for either party to win an election based on its rank and file membership alone. With the last three elections having been decided by independent voters, the G.O.P. can’t possibly risk alienating that segment of the electorate if it hopes to remain in control of the House or make gains in the Senate or take the presidency in 2012.

Its generally believed that most independent voters are turned off by the birther debate and polling results tend to prove that as well. According to political pollster Geoff Garin when it comes to the risk posed by the “Birthers”: “It’s a real challenge for the Republican Party and virtually every Republican candidate for president… If it’s not handled well, all-important independent voters might see Republicans as extreme or irrelevant…The big question about the birthplace issue is the extent to which it drives a wedge within the Republican Party” and turns off independents in November 2012.” Thus we can clearly see that the G.O.P. knows that it’s very survival as a legitimate party is now at stake and I believe that as the election of 2012 grows nearer, the denunciation of the “Birthers” will only grow louder.
 
The list of believers now includes such stalwart Republicans like Arizona’s Jan Brewer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell,  Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty and even Michele Bachmann. In fact even Sarah Palin stated: “I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was a birth announcement put in the newspaper.” Governor Brewer who may have issued the most dire warning among conservatives to date said on  CNN “The Birther issue was leading the country down a path of destruction.” It would seem that the political tide has turned against the “Birthers” and soon they too will be relegated to the same trash bin of history where the “truthers” currently reside. The “truthers” as you will recall are those who believed that George W. Bush was behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Well at least they will now have the “Birthers” to keep them company.

S.J.G

4/26/11 
 
 
 
Sources:
 
‘Birther’ Claims Force GOP Leaders To Take A Stand
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/23/birther-claims-force-gop-_0_n_852859.html
 
Polling Report.com: Obama’s Birthplace: http://www.pollingreport.com/obama_ad.htm
 
Jan Brewer: Birther Issue Leading Country ‘Down A Path Of Destruction’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/25/jan-brewer-birther-issue-path-of-destruction_n_853596.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=042611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief
 
CNN Videos for Jan Brewer; http://topics.cnn.com/topics/jan_brewer
 
George Stephanopoulos And Michele Bachmann ‘Settle’ The Obama Birth Certificate Issue
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/20/stephanopoulos-bachmann-obama-birth-certificate_n_851529.html