Newt and Mitt
Listening to the commentators recently was like watching “The Sound of Music” and once again hearing the nuns lament the difficulties they were having with Maria. Only this time they were singing “How do you solve a problem like NewtGingrich?” (Apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein).
The man is, in a word, brilliant. Its not hard to imagine a college professor from an obscure college in north Georgia getting elected to Congress. What becomes unfathomable is that he becomes the architect in chief to end a 40 year reign of Democrat Party control of the House of Representatives through, primarily, his GOPAC initiative. Then he designs, passes, and gets a center left President to sign the most significant change in welfare reform ever attempted. And it worked. Under his tutelage, and as a result of the Reagan/Bush I economic policies, he muscles thru budgets that are balanced, if not surpluses. And successfully impeaches a president for lying under oath. Just to name a few successes.
That’s not to say there were trying times as well. Trumped up ethics charges, too much bravado resulting in a Christmas time government shutdown of the federal government (if that’s a negative kind of thing), and personal domestic issues. As to the latter, stand in line; the former are more unique to his position.
Newt’s debate performances are unsurpassed. He encourages the candidates to hold and articulate their positions as he does the same. He chastises the moderators and elite media for trying, and failing, to create friction among the GOP contenders and spark intramural warfare. Newt won’t take the bait. They look foolish; Newt looks like the only adult in the room (save for the other candidates).
And that’s the problem. Newt won’t play their game. The temerity.
Admittedly I’m in a quandary. I’ve always taken the position that if we could appoint a President of the United States that it ought to be Newt. But since we have to elect one, meaning that the nominee has to be electable, then Gov. Mitt Romney’s probably where the GOP ought to go. While still there, I’m not quite so convinced. If the GOP electorate goes with Newt, well, then, there we are.
Mitt’s an excellent candidate in his own right. He’s been a chief executive of a major state. He saved the Salt Lake City Olympic Games. He’s a creature of the private sector and done very well. He’s articulate, courteous and exudes leadership. He, too, has performed flawlessly in the (unending) debates. And I think he’s handled the supposed drawback of his state healthcare program with ease and candor. Abortion? Reagan went both ways, too.
Any of the GOP contenders would be a far improvement over what we have right now in the White House, as Newt says. Mitt and Newt, having risen to the top, help us focus a bit better.
And this is a very fluid race. The constant has been Mitt. The part of the GOP electorate that aren’t sure about him give us that fluidity. And that’s fine, that’s what the nomination process is all about.
The GOP will sort it all out. And the GOP will win.
How do solve a problem like Obama? Defeat him in 2012.
Then “Climb Every Mountain” necessary to restore the republic.