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Reich writes: "The future of America is too important to accept even a small risk of a Gingrich presidency."

Portrait, Robert Reich, 08/16/09. (photo: Perian Flaherty)
Portrait, Robert Reich, 08/16/09. (photo: Perian Flaherty)

No Democrat Should Want Gingrich Nominated

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

26 January 12


epublicans are worried sick about Newt Gingrich's ascendance, while Democrats are tickled pink.

Yet no responsible Democrat should be pleased at the prospect that Gingrich could get the GOP nomination. The future of America is too important to accept even a small risk of a Gingrich presidency.

The Republican worry is understandable. "The possibility of Newt Gingrich being our nominee against Barack Obama I think is essentially handling the election over to Obama," says former Minnesota Governor Tom Pawlenty, a leading GOP conservative. "I think that's shared by a lot of folks in the Republican party."

Pawlenty's views are indeed widely shared in Republican circles. "He's not a conservative - he's an opportunist," says pundit Joe Scarborough, a member of the Republican Class of 1994 who came to Washington under Gingrich's banner. Gingrich doesn't "have the temperament, intellectual discipline or ego control to be either a successful nominee or president,"says New York Republican representative Peter King, who hasn't endorsed any candidate. "Basically, Newt can't control himself."

Gingrich is "an embarrassment to the party," says New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, and "was run out of the speakership" on ethics violations. Republican strategist Mike Murphy says "Newt Cingrich could not carry a swing state in the general election if it was made of feathers."

"Weird" is the word I hear most from Republicans who have worked with him. Scott Klug, a former Republican House member from Wisconsin, who hasn't endorsed anyone yet, says "Newt has ten ideas a day - two of them are good, six are weird and two are very weird."

Newt's latest idea, for example - to colonize the moon - is typically whacky.

The Republican establishment also points to polls showing Gingrich's supporters to be enthusiastic but his detractors even more fired up. In the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, 29 percent view Gingrich favorably while 51 percent have an unfavorable view of him. (Obama, by contrast, draws a 53 percent favorable and 43 percent unfavorable.)

Independents, who will be key to the general election, are especially alarmed by Gingrich.

As they should be. It's not just Newt's weirdness. It's also the stunning hypocrisy. His personal life makes a mockery of his moralistic bromides. He condemns Washington insiders but had a forty-year Washington career that ended with ethic violations. He fulminates against finance yet drew fat checks from Freddie Mac. He poses as a populist but has had a $500,000 revolving charge at Tiffany's.

And it's the flagrant irresponsibility of many of his propositions - for example, that presidents are not bound by Supreme Court rulings, that the liberal Ninth Circuit court of appeals should be abolished, that capital gains should not be taxed, that the First Amendment guarantees freedom "of" religion but not "from" religion.

It's also Gingrich's eagerness to channel the public's frustrations into resentments against immigrants, blacks, the poor, Muslims, "liberal elites," the mainstream media, and any other group that's an easy target of white middle-class and working-class anger.

These are all the hallmarks of a demagogue.

Yet Democratic pundits, political advisers, officials and former officials are salivating over the possibility of a Gingrich candidacy. They agree with key Republicans that Newt would dramatically increase the odds of Obama's reelection and would also improve the chances of Democrats taking control over the House and retaining control over the Senate.

I warn you. It's not worth the risk.

Even if the odds that Gingrich as GOP presidential candidate would win the general election are 10 percent, that's too much of a risk to the nation. No responsible American should accept a 10 percent risk of a President Gingrich.

I'd take a 49 percent odds of a Mitt Romney win - who in my view would make a terrible president - over a 10 percent possibility that Newt Gingrich would become the next president - who would be an unmitigated disaster for America and the world.

Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including "The Work of Nations," "Locked in the Cabinet," "Supercapitalism" and his latest book, "AFTERSHOCK: The Next Economy and America's Future." His 'Marketplace' commentaries can be found on and iTunes. your social media marketing partner


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-272 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-26 15:50
Time for some real Hope and Change...Newt will most likely not be politically correct, but he will most likely be the one to get things done in a very disfunctional Washington, DC.
+143 # ER444 2012-01-26 16:39
That's the dumest thing I have heard in a long time !!!
+129 # LessSaid 2012-01-26 18:03
Quoting Robt Eagle:
Time for some real Hope and Change...Newt will most likely not be politically correct, but he will most likely be the one to get things done in a very disfunctional Washington, DC.

It may be some change, but there surely won't be any hope.
+58 # NanFan 2012-01-27 10:11
Are you nuts?

The reason the Dems, and ALL Americans, need to be afraid of a Gingrich GOP nomination is that he will pull out ALL stops to get elected and there are enough really nutty people like him who lack real knowledge...oka y...who are dumber than mud...who would get on board and somehow get this narcissistic, hateful person elected!

Be really afraid if the Newt wins the GOP nomination.

As for getting things done in a very dysfunctional D.C., Newt couldn't even get it together to get his name on the GOP primary ballot of his home state, Virginia. He's totally in this for HIMSELF...the massive ego of being president. He could give a flying fig about anyone, or anything...oh, except "colonizing the moon."

I'm going with Professor Reich's odds and pray that NO Republican gets near the White House EVER AGAIN!!
+14 # David Starr 2012-01-27 15:17
Like to elaborate on how Newt "Contract on America" Gingrich would get things done; although I can imagine how he would? Time for some real hopelessness & no change, eh?
-258 # Robt Eagle 2012-01-26 15:52
Anyone will be better than Obama, running us into an oblivion of debt and horrible policies across the board!
+92 # ER444 2012-01-26 16:40
That is even crazier. Gingrich???? God forbid !!!
+1 # pagrad 2012-01-27 09:41
+102 # LessSaid 2012-01-26 18:08
Quoting Robt Eagle:
Anyone will be better than Obama, running us into an oblivion of debt and horrible policies across the board!

Well, that is a little bit better then running the entire country into the ground. And when did Gingrich create anything other than horrible policies. The man is a self-centered crack-pot.
+71 # jon 2012-01-26 23:26
Quoting Robt Eagle:
Anyone will be better than Obama, running us into an oblivion of debt and horrible policies across the board!

You conveniently left out Bush's borrowing $12 billion a month from the Chinese and the UAE for 7 years. How is that for a debt increase?
+36 # grandma lynn 2012-01-27 05:21
Remember the 1995 movie, The Madness of King George? It begins with his lamenting the loss of America, because of our Revolution. I think he says, "All that beautiful land," or maybe it's "...beautiful park land." He made me feel awe, as the part was acted, over the spaciousness of our lovely part of the earth, then. Now we stand to lose it, WE do, to not-the-best-of -leaders, not Obama, not Gingrich, not Romney. Where are the good people to run for office? Does crass consumerism or desperation to survive rule out our having good people willing to share their talents? We need to love our land and protect it - at this time from oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and probably in the Arctic, from fracking destroying our clean water needed for all life. Etc.
+48 # RLF 2012-01-27 07:13
Maybe you should tune in to something other than FOX news because your brain is dying.
+25 # colpow 2012-01-27 07:38
You must be on his payroll.
+65 # Todd Williams 2012-01-27 07:51
I like Newt's idea of a moon colony. I vote we send Robt Eagle and Newt to the moon!
+4 # Texas Aggie 2012-01-27 21:13
Don't forget Midwest Tom.
+4 # Alice 2012-01-27 10:38

All you need to see about the supposed Obama debt...
+12 # Billy Bob 2012-01-27 13:45
Your cumulative score as of this minute is -351!

That's AMAZING even for you! Keep up the good work. You say and do more for the non-repuglican cause than any of us could.
+18 # David Starr 2012-01-27 15:28
Again some elaboration, this time on how Obama is running us into an oblivion of debt & horrible policies across the board? Is it useless for me to even say that Obama inherited an unmitigated disaster of a legacy from the Bush regime, icluding debt, depressive recession, two imperial wars? I would think that anyone using common sense would find this legacy hard to ignore, which still festers like an open wound. Voting Repub would mean going from bad to worse. Chant that to yourself like a mantra till it gets through that thick, Rightist cranium of your's.
+7 # Texas Aggie 2012-01-27 21:12
You mention Obama, and an oblivion of debt and horrible policies as if somehow they were connected. Why is that? Haven't you been paying attention to what is happening in the real world outside the Fox universe?
+4 # warrior woman 2012-01-29 12:11
Bush gave us the Great Recession. He gave us war without a budget, or that is, war based on borrowing. Get the facts straight.
+8 # Huck Mucus 2012-01-26 16:50
Newt might just be that Cesar who fiddled while Rome burned, or that last "Let them eat cake" monarchist in France. What I mean here, is maybe he is just the straw we need on this camel. Let's get that OWS, Jeffersonian revolution going. Obama might just stave off the inevitable long enough to make it worse when it happens.
-55 # Huck Mucus 2012-01-26 17:01
If I know guys like Newt, they are the type who, if they get what they think is the golden egg, they first have a moment of disbelief. Then, when the "supposed" reality sets in, they settle into trying really, really hard to be great, and do good things, even if it means standing up to evil. Unfortunately, they are pretty naive and end up going into a funk and becoming depressed and worthless. This would happen when the "true" reality sets in and Newt found out that, like all the Presidents before him, he too works for "The Man".

In that sense, he's like the American public: delighted surprise and disbelief at the possibilities of life, settling into work for those possibilities, and then depression and the chain and the whip and the couch.
+37 # LessSaid 2012-01-26 18:10
Oh boy, what have you been drinking and smoking! Get you money back.
-39 # Huck Mucus 2012-01-26 21:01
It was money well spent if it worked on you LessSaid, and apparently it did ;-)
+29 # Alice 2012-01-27 10:40
I think Newt has a borderline personality disorder mixed with a narcissistic personality.
-2 # Huck Mucus 2012-01-27 17:49
IQuoting Alice:
I think Newt has a borderline personality disorder mixed with a narcissistic personality.

I agree. I also think that assessment applies to the United States.
+83 # MainStreetMentor 2012-01-26 19:15
Mr. Reich, I would have to modify the title of this article to read: "No Living, Breathing, Thinking, Sane, Human Being from This or any other Planet (including the moon) Should Want Newt Gingrich Nominated". But ... that's just my opinion. My favorite phrase right about now is: "Boot Newt".
+28 # kyzipster 2012-01-26 21:26
Since it's really out of our hands, I will choose to see the cup as half full if Newt manages to get the nomination. There's too much opposition in the Repuke Party to allow that to happen.
-33 # MidwestTom 2012-01-26 22:48
Newt is scary, but I am not sure if anyone else can beat him. In talking to Repubs who like him they seem convinced that he can win an election by debating Obama. I am afraid that we will end up with an election between to men with huge Egos, and no love for this country.
-26 # berensmann 2012-01-26 23:03
Newt's nuts, Mitt's an empty suit, Ron Paul scares people....that leaves only Santorum, who will be the nominee by default.
+18 # Alice 2012-01-27 10:43
I seriously doubt Santorum will end up the nominee. He has just headed home, canceled a scheduled event, and is out of money. His message is not appealing to most Americans.
+11 # Billy Bob 2012-01-27 20:40
You're right. Why settle for only part of the package?

With Sanitorum we could have a nutty empty suit that would scare anybody.
+34 # jon 2012-01-26 23:33
Newt would have us goose-stepping around and rounding up any protestors and sending them off to Camp Reagan for re-programming.

My worst fear is that he WILL get the nomination and then the GOP election theft machine will go to work and install him as Der Fuhrer.

The reult being, the grand experiment of Democracy, OVER.
+28 # Richard Raznikov 2012-01-27 00:10
Both parties are essentially bankrupt now, both bought off by the corporations and Wall Street. The difference is that Gingrich, running against Obama, would be the one who was sociopathic. Either way, we're getting hosed, but with Gingrich (or Romney or Santorum, for that matter) we'd be getting hosed by a crazy person.
+19 # williamgaia 2012-01-27 00:15
Why don't we humans learn from history? Democracy depends upon an educated population. Because we have forgotten that we should expect disasters on Wall Street, in Congress, in the White House, all over.

Don't believe me? Ask your "educated" friends five basic questions on government:
1. Can the president of the U.S. declare war on an enemy?
2. Which was the first nation to recognize the U.S.?
3. What did the U.S. Catholic bishops say about slavery in 1852?
4. Which U.S. president instituted Jim Crow in the nation's capital?
5. Which nation besides the U.S. saved Europe from a despotic aggressor nation/empire?

William Maxwell in Tirana, Albania
+5 # jky1291 2012-01-27 09:41
Williamgaia, I concede your point, but please provide accurate answers, so our "educated" friends' test can be verified. I believe I could guess 4 of the 5 questions, but would appreciate corroboration.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2012-01-27 21:19
Here are my answers.

I. No
2. Probably France
3. They probably were opposed to it, but I wouldn't bet anything on that answer.
4. ?
5. USSR and GB
+30 # cvahr2 2012-01-27 01:15
Gingrich is just an egotistical opportunist, and how ANYONE can even fleetingly consider him as ANY KIND of a presidential candidate absolutely positively boggles my mind. He should be laughed off the political stage and sent back to Tiffany’s.
+42 # TomDegan 2012-01-27 01:24
I agree with Robert Reich. Part of me (the part that likes big chocolate ice cream cones) is giddy at the thought of a potential Gingrich candidacy. The other part of me (the part that understands that big chocolate ice cream cones are not particularly good for me) is absolutely horrified at the very idea.

I remember being amused when George W. Bush was nominated by that disgusting party twelve years ago. I knew he couldn't possibly win the general election in November. Turns out I was right. I never even dreamed he would be able to steal it. Who among us is to say that Newt Gingrich won't be able to do the same thing? All of the pieces are still in place that will allow him to do so.

Be careful what you wish for. That is a lesson we learned the hard way in 2000.

Tom Degan
+19 # Alice 2012-01-27 10:48
And we have to remember the voter ID bills that are being passed in states with Republican-lean ing legislatures and governors. I was amazed to see that Newt has accused Mitt Romney of filling last night's debate hall with his supporters. Newt would describe even the weather as being unfair to him. He would definitely fight to the death over an election. I definitely do not want another "selected" accidental president like GWB.
+34 # angelfish 2012-01-27 01:33
You're right, Mr. Reich. Everyone laughed out LOUD when G.W.B. was nominated and we all know how THAT turned out! Gingrich would be a DISASTER as President!
+29 # teineitalia 2012-01-27 02:33
I admit it... I, too, have been salivating over the thought of the Grinch running for POTUS against Obama. Moderate Republicans would stay home, Evangelicals would pray for a miracle,or the Rapture, and Independents would vote Obama (or a write-in candidate) and it would be another landslide for the first black man in history to sit in the Oval Office.

But after reading this, I realize that yes, Robert Reich is correct. I do want the wayward Repukniks to mount their very best candidate not their very worst, in the (unlikely) event that they win.

In fact, if there is even the most remote possibility that the Grand Old Pricks take the presidency, it would be horrific to have it be with the Newt.

(their best person was Huntsman, but he was way too sane and thoughtful for the Toilet Paper Party and the zenophobic racists that follow the Salamander (Newt) and Rick Sanitarium.

thank you, Mr. Reich, for reminding us what an "unmitigated disaster" it would be to have the bombastic, opportunistic narcissist named Newt sworn in next January.
+24 # Kiwikid 2012-01-27 02:44
We have our own Newt here in New Zealand - I suspect every nation does - someone who thrives on thrashing around doing as much damage as possible to his political opponents, rarely on principle, always with his eye on the populist ball. Can be a real asset in opposition but would be an absolute disaster in leadership. Mr Reich, on the other hand - I'd be delighted to have him as our Prime Minister. Alas, he's only an American citizen and wouldn't qualify. Reich for President of the free world!
+14 # dfvboulder 2012-01-27 06:26
Reich raises a good point, one we need to consider.

I did consider it, and I must disagree, for one reason: Democracy is not for the faint of heart. And it's not for the feeble of mind or character.

So enough is enough. It's time we learned if we're worthy of democracy.

I looked at the quotes about Newt, and couldn't help but feel that they all applied equally well to his supporters. I'll take just one: "Gingrich doesn't have the temperament, intellectual discipline or ego control to be either a successful [nominee or president],...B asically, Newt can't control himself."

We need to come face to face with that element of our national character straight up, all the cards on the table. None of this hoping for the lesser-of-two-e vils candidate. We don't have that luxury.

And either we face that evil down, tell those people to get on board or get out of the way, or we don't deserve democracy. We deserve Newt.

Nobody said this was going to be easy.
+14 # gdp1 2012-01-27 06:48
...Newt's gonna beat Romney, Obama's gonna beat Newt, but the Supreme Court is gonna get involved, and the House will swing it to Newt....and that's when the guns break out... God help us all...
+13 # wfalco 2012-01-27 07:30
But life and politics is always a gamble.I will take those 10% odds Mr Reich gives Newt.
It seems too many variables would have to be perfectly aligned for Newt to win.
Oops...I forgot many state legislatures are busy at work trying to stack the odds in any Republican's favor-reduced early voting days and hours and verifying addresses at polling places( difficult for those,such as college students, who move frequently.)
Requiring ID(sometimes difficult for the poor, minorities, and especially poor minorities.)
Maybe the odds are stacked against Obama already-Reich might know "the house" odds and that the "house" almost always wins.Perhaps these odds were stacked already in 2000 and 2004.
-29 # For Freedom 2012-01-27 08:05
Newt's ego is too big for him to be President! Romney is too rich and his favors would help the rich, so for the American Middle class he is also useless! Ron Paul would help us, however there is a lot of media that is trying to spin him out of the race even though his policies and actions have held true to his word! Ron Paul - For Freedom!
+27 # bugbuster 2012-01-27 08:26
These people speaking hopefully about Gingrich do not understand what happens when people like that get power. We had a taste of it when he was Speaker of the House. As President, he will be one of the most dangerous leaders in the world. Think Assad, Gadaffy, Kim Jung Il. Yes, he's in that league in my opinion.
-14 # For Freedom 2012-01-27 08:30
Sorry you don't appreciate the truth on here as it looks like we should all just run out and vote Democratic no matter who runs for office in their party!

Democrats are not for the people and neither are Republicans...w ith a two party system all we get is corruption anyway!

Until we have a legitimate third party the continuance of the American people losing their rights will continue!
-9 # bugbuster 2012-01-27 12:06
It's encouraging to see newcomers to the national political discussion, even when they express what looks like political immaturity and petulance.
"A young man who is not a liberal, has no heart... ...but an old man who is not a conservative, has no mind!" Winston Churchill

I wouldn't stretch that word "conservative" to include today's right wing, but rather true conservatives in the tradition of Churchill himself. Conservatives in their time always exasperate me, but later some look better than others. George Bush Sr. is a good example.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2012-01-27 21:24
There was a good description of Ron Paul's character by way of his newsletter at

It pretty much describes what makes him tick.
-39 # uglysexy 2012-01-27 08:53
Reich is systemically wrong these days. He sticks to pure keynesian stimulus economics. AND he seems to believe a Newt nomination Wouldn't be a GIFT to the Democrats. NEWT would be a Gift to the President. And even if he did get guess is he would school the tea party and tell them to Get Real
+15 # bugbuster 2012-01-27 12:10
I think he would use them, whip them up into a frenzy, dress them up in brown shirts, and turn them loose on the rest of us. Of all politicians I have seen in my lifetime of 60+ years, Newt is the one I would judge most likely to perpetrate a Tienanmen Square massacre here at home.
+28 # uglysexy 2012-01-27 09:00
to grandma lynn and all....Obama is the best president the u.s. has had this century. He's merely hamstrung by several things...the ultra tea party right....the final come a cropper of insane defense spending, which already bankrupted the USSR...the crazy like a fox plundering of the treasury by the Cheney Regime, (whether to starve the beast of Gov't as the republicans like to bleat about, or just to leave the Dems a Wrecked playing field while enriching themselves), and the shenanigans of a de-regulated banking sector that decided to use silly equations, i.e. derivatives and swaps, to eke the last transacton fees out of a bull run in a system about to fail, but, thereby, intensifying the collapse of nations states in the developed the benefit of corporate governments and emerging markets. It also didn't help that our bragging about the superiority of capitalism to billion strong chinese communists ...has resulted in a capitalist sweatshop with muscle and teeth....arisin g like a dragon out of the people's republic
+19 # uglysexy 2012-01-27 09:04
to "For Freedom"...20 percent of ron paul's ideas make sense. But he couches his very bad ideas embedded in larger sweeping statements about liberty. he is the quintessential Ayn Rand Gold Bug Cult member/leader. Why do you think he called his son

(ayn) (kruger) RAND Paul??

it's pure winner take all social darwinism he favors and the weak, poor and infirm....or just those that don't do well in capitalism....G O HANG. There is nothing in the constitution that says anything about CAPITALISM. AND, contrary to what paul says. the Federal Government is not delimited from making other than gold and silver legal tender. Only the States are.
+16 # Amir Mashay 2012-01-27 09:13
The worst thing about Gingrich are the evil social energies that he uses for his campaign that include racism, and the dumbing of America. He's bringing high negativity on the platform, giving them the forum, which is like bringing smallpox back.
+22 # fredboy 2012-01-27 09:20
Gingrich is only in play because the weak, chicken-shit media is cowering and bending over backwards to generate his "celebrity" to sell papers and draw viewers. ABC's John King should have wiped the floor with him when he exploded after being asked about his marital infidelities; instead, he sat silent like a wimp. King should have said "Righteous indignation only works for the righteous. Are you saying you are righteous and your past actions were righteous? Is that what you are saying?" Think of Dan Rather when confronting Nixon. I am a former investigative reporter and I would expose and annihilate the bastard.
+22 # JayMagoo 2012-01-27 09:27
The problem with Newt is that he's crazy. Crazy in the sense that his little brain is constantly churning out ideas, and he doesn't have the ability to separate the few good ideas from the hundreds of really destructive, self-aggrandizi ng, stupid, harmful, and simply weird ones. He's ego driven to the point what he can't recognize reality even when it jumps up and smacks him in his fat little face. His trying to get his first wife to agree to his adulterous affair while still married, all the while he's on a crusade to destroy Bill Clinton for much the same thing, and then scolding the TV newsman at the recent debate for even bringing it up has brought howling laughter from all us Newt-watchers. Yet Newt obviously considers it one of his best moments. This man, ladies and gentleman, is certifiably crazy! And he's too crazy to realize it. He belongs in a padded cell, not in the Oval Office.
+16 # fredboy 2012-01-27 11:47
By the way, if Gingrich is nominated his rhetoric will likely inspire acts of violence. His entire platform is built on hatred. Hatred has long been the hidden foundation of the GOP--now they proudly wave its vicious flag.
+11 # bugbuster 2012-01-27 12:12
It is encouraging that he is now polling poorly with Republicans nationwide. We have to remember that it is always the extremists who control the primaries.
+4 # sknyjohn 2012-01-27 12:37
This is nothing more than the same paranoid alarmist lying that is intended to scare voters into thinking that basket cases palin, perry, & bachmann were automatically guaranteed to be elected president if anyone dared to correctly criticize Obama's corporate war crime police-state policies, & look what's happened: perry, & bachmann are out & palin never ran at all. We who have been paying attention have known since at least June 2011 that romney, the republican most similar to Obama, will get the nomination, & that the corporations that purchased & permitted Obama's election in 2008 will again do so in 2012.
+2 # sknyjohn 2012-01-27 13:03
Proof that "Obama is the best president the u.s. has had this century (Obama & Clinton are the only u.s. presidents of this century so far since bush is an election thief who was never elected)":​obama.html​449/obama_far_outdoes_bush​_in_e...​/glenn_greenwald/2009/04/1​1/bagram




+11 # artful 2012-01-27 13:18
Be afraid . . . Newt is a true delusional sociopath . . . very dangerous indeed.
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-01-27 13:53
I said it before but it's the best comment I've ever made so it bears repeating:

-Gingrich is a "moe" (a stooge - Some on line definitions of “stooge” include: “ an actor who assists a comedian by feeding him lines” and “One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage” HAS THERE EVER BEEN A MORE PERFECT STOOGE?!?)


-Romney's only an "eenie" (Eenie’s the first one you think of, just like Romney. Besides, eenie rhymes with weenie.)

-Paul's just a "meanie" (Let’s face it, he'd sell your grandmother for dog meat.)

-Santorum's nothing but a "miney" (He's hates the idea of environmental regulation of the coal industry.)

My prediction is that the repug party WILL pick newt, because Moe's are always the one you pick in the end. Too bad there wasn't a "Curly" or a "Shemp". It could have been interesting.
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-01-27 19:12
Of course, then it might have been "Eenie-Meanie-M iney-SHEMP" and that just doesn't sound right.
+4 # David Starr 2012-01-27 15:36
I'd like to remain optimistic that the Repubs further lowering of the intellectual bar will cause them to eventually implode. Meanwhile, I'm desparate enough to think that a qualified chimpanzee running as an Independent for U.S. president would get things done as opposed to a Gingrich, other Repub, troglydite & an Obama invertebrate.
0 # MichaelSSmithNJ 2012-01-28 14:04
I disagree it would be better for the Greedy Orligarchicla Plutocrats to nominate Gingrinch Then Romney because Romney could givre them some Blue states like Mass and Mich which are his home states were as Newt is from GA which is already red so the do not gain any Elecoral votes which Obama can not aford to loose any states to the the Republicans and may neeed to even win some states
+6 # mkc 2012-01-28 15:06
Robt Eagle is entitled to his own opinions, not his own facts. Here are a few facts. (1) The federal deficit nearly tripled under the Reagan administration, going from $907 billion to $2.6 trillion. See (2) The federal deficit nearly doubled under the second Bush administration, going from $5.6 trillion to $10 trillion. See (3) The 2009 Stimulus bill created or saved up to 3 million jobs. (4) Of all the measures for stimulating the economy and create jobs, the least effective job creators were the tax cuts claimed as panaceas by Republicans.

In my opinion, we can draw the following conclusions from the above facts: (1) Republicans were largely if not entirely responsible for the soaring deficits; and (2) Government CAN create jobs, but not when Republicans are in charge or are able to mount a record number of filibusters.
+5 # C. Winslow 2012-01-28 15:22
Taking the long historical view, I agree with Secretary Reich. Newt is too dangerous for the complications that we all face on this planet. His comments on putting a colony on the moon are only weird in the context of electioneering. Presented in an academic article with suitable data and explanation, such an idea would in no way seem crazy. In the context of the solutions we must come up with, such proposals do represent silly electioneering- -one extravagant plum to the citizens of coastal Florida, another to racists in South Carolina, and many more, State by State and region by region. None could get passed; none could be paid for. The problem is not that these Gingrich ideas are nutty; it is that he does not know they are nutty.
+2 # Caballero69 2012-01-28 21:19
Gingrich is a megalomaniac who among other things believes he is the "Definer of Civilization." This used to be called a delusion of grandeur. Often such delusions are accompanied by feelings and fantasies of persecution.

Electing Newt Gingrich to any office than the Georgia district he represented for 20 years would promptly change the American Dream into the American Nightmare.

Newt must be returned to obscurity for the good of the Republic.
+1 # charsjcca 2012-01-29 18:14
Newt loves oorporate welfare. He also embreaces the next new idea on the street-open marriage found him and he hopped in bed.

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