I do NOT want to see Newt run against Barack Obama. For two reasons:
- Gingrich is the genuinely unprincipled man in this primary season. Nobody running for President this time, and I mean NOBODY, is beneath him when it comes to personal moral turpitude. It is not a matter of forgiveness over the six years he ran Calista as his mistress while supposedly happily married to his second wife — I am not the one offended against, so my forgiveness isn’t even in question — it is a matter of SIX FREEPING YEARS. That isn’t a mere one-night stand, a moment of mad passion, or some kind of “Ooops, I screwed up”. That is long-term, systematic, consistent, and intentional BETRAYAL of a sacred covenant. As I said, I don’t need to forgive him (for all I know, God may actually have forgiven him, and I don’t have an issue with that), but I do NOT trust him, and I don’t want to see him in the Oval Office.
- At least partly because of the foregoing, and adding in such things as
- making close to $2 million dollars working for Fannie Mae (you know, that quasi-federal outfit that contributed so well towards our current financial mess?), and
- being censured and fined for ethics violations while he was Speaker of the House of Representatives (the only SotH in history to be so “honored”)
… I believe that Gingrich cannot beat Obama.
In a contest for a sitting President’s second term, a large portion of the votes cast will be votes cast because voters are more AFRAID of one candidate than the other. Gingrich is a person more likely to be feared by the all-important middle-of-the-road swing voters. I believe Gingrich will re-elect Barack Obama, if he gets the Republican nomination.