Saturday, November 8, 2008

Welcome Back...

....your dreams were your ticket out:

In serious conversations among Republicans since their election debacle Tuesday, what name is mentioned most often as the Moses, or Reagan, who could lead them out of the wilderness before 40 years?

To the consternation of many Republicans, it is none other than Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House.

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 appear 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.

What's clear is 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.

What is certain is that Gingrich has the desire and the will. He has a deep-seated ambition. He had not even settled into the House speaker's chair in 1995 when he confessed to me his presidential desires for 1996. That was not to be, but he never abandoned the personal dream and is ready to pursue it now.


It looks like there is a battle brewing between Gingrich and Palin Republicans?!? If Obama is able to do what I think he is able to do, and the Republicans keep this nonsense up, the Democrats might be in control for a long, long time. This could be a one way ticket to health care....

4 comments:

Randal Graves said...

Oh, pretty please with hash on top let Newt come back to spew his insanity on the teevee, that divisive little toadfucker.

puddy said...

novak's just trying to give the poor bastards hope... can't blame him for that.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

I'm sure he would carry most of the south. . . except NC.
Bring him on. His message of hate, fear and fundamental Christianity (despite his recreant behaviors), just aint gonna play anymore.
Too bad for them, if they begin spewing things like healthcare, environmental issues, etc., people will simply laugh and vote for the candidates that they have the most confidence in to solve these problems. . . sorta like the electorate did when the dems tried to be hardcore the past 12 yrs.

D.R. Scott said...

Newt?

The Big White Rat is the best candidate the Republicans can think of for 2012? (Oh goodie. I can envision a debate where the rat-thing who served divorce papers to his wife on her hospital bed preaching about "character" to Obama)

I love it.

The Republicans don't get it, and the longer they don't get it, the better it is for both the Democratic party and the progressive who want to push the Obama administration further away from the "center" which is code for "Don't piss off anybody".

Obama proved himself to be the jedi knight of politics during this brutal campaign, and as long as the Republican party keeps propping up these sock puppets as opponents, they'll continue to lose, and lose big.

Newt?

Hahahahah!