Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Newt goes ‘there’

With it now confirmed that Newt will endorse Mitt Romney in exchange for help in retiring his campaign debt, this will be this blog's final post. It's sad to see Newt roll over to a GOP-e machine which tried to destroy him and will still hate him even after he makes the endorsement. It's sadder still to see him sell out. Where Newt now goes, I will not follow. But I knew when I first started supporting his presidential campaign that Gingrich is no Sarah Palin, even though the two are both targets of the scorn of machine Republicans and leftist Democrats as well.

As for your editor, I'll continue blogging at The SPJ and may also revive Brazos Valley Pundit, The Texas blog I put on the back burner in order to have time to run this one. I also write for Patriot Statesman and its Texas Edition.

Thanks again, and I hope to see you down the road!

Related: Goodbye, Newt

- JP

Saturday, April 28, 2012

This is NOT how Romney will win over conservatives

If this and this are examples of how Mitt Romney's supporters intend to make the case for their guy to Reagan conservatives who supported Newt Gingrich, they may want to re-think their strategy. Somehow I just don't see gratuitous hate screeds attacking the former Speaker now that he's getting out of the race as a way to draw those who have been with Newt to the polls to help Romney against Obama in the fall.

The Hot Air rant is almost understandable, as the author appears to be a know-nothing teenager (although that still doesn't excuse Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit for encouraging and publishing such tripe). Quigley, on the other hand, has been around a good while and should know better.

- JP

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Evil of the lessers

For those who cannot understand why I will not vote for Mitt Romney, I would just like to point out that the "lesser of the evils" is, by definition, evil. I will not cast my vote for evil.

Thanks,

- JP

They won't have Newt to kick around anymore

GQ's Marin Cogan asked a few pundits on both sides of the great political divide what they will miss most when Newt Gingrich formally exists the GOP presidential race. The feedback from the Newtophobes on the left and dead center in GOP establishment territory were predictably loaded with snark and low on substance, not rising above the wisecrack level. But two of the center-right responses struck me as thoughtful.

Robert Costa, of NRO:
"On the stump, Gingrich could be polysyllabic, grandiose, and crabby. But in private, hanging out in hotel lobbies or behind black curtains at cattle calls, he frequently swatted away his aides and mingled with reporters. One time, in Columbia, S.C., he challenged me about my reading list. He was incredulous about how I had not read Issac Asimov's books. So, in typical Gingrich style, he quickly gave me a colorful rundown on their futuristic themes. He was then, as ever, the teacher.

I'll miss being a spectator at his town-hall meetings. There is no one in American politics who is tougher and more agile during the question-and-answer sessions. He'd peel apart loaded questions, hurl a faulty assumption back at the questioner, be it an aging hippie or earnest college student, and reassert his position. He engaged, he scowled, he smiled, and he loved every minute."
The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis:
"1. I will miss the updates to the "Newt Judges You" tumblr.
2. I will miss his stunningly frequent use of adverbs.
3. I will miss having a candidate who's not afraid to talk about big, visionary ideas (really.) The fact that people mocked his ideas about space exploration is indicative of how our dreams and sense of adventure have shrunken.
4. I will miss the fact that he's a happy warrior. He has energy. He loves campaigning
5. I will miss his political courage. Remember when he said; "I just think the idea that we're going to deport grandmothers and grandfathers is a sufficient level of inhumanity...

Those were good times."
I'll miss those magic moments in the debates and the Sunday morning talk shows when Newt schooled such pompous media luminaries as Juan Williams, Megyn Kelly, John King, Scott Pelley, David Gregory and others. Good Times, indeed.

Related: Thank you, Newt

- JP

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Last conservative standing prepares to sit down

It appears that the last conservative standing is about to take a seat at the Republican Party table.

I have said that I would be with Newt until he endorses Mitt Romney. After that, I cannot support the former Speaker in any way, shape or form in anything he does. Please don't take that the wrong way. I have no regrets about supporting Newt, which I have consistently done since October, when Sarah Palin announced that she would not get into the GOP presidential race. I decided to support Gingrich because he was the last Reagan conservative standing at that point, and he has been the last conservative of any stripe standing since Rick Santorum ended his campaign.

My problem is not with Newt. It is with Mitt Romney and the corrupt Republican Party which ensured from the start of the primary campaign that the fix was in for Mitt and that any real conservatives should abandon hope of winning the Stupid Party's presidential nomination. My problem is with the social conservative wing of the GOP which shoots the conservative cause in the foot every time, like it did with Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum this time around. My problem is also with the so-called conservative media which demonized the former Speaker at every turn and by so doing, killed conservative's hopes of having one of our own at the top of the ticket in 2012.

I will not support Mitt Romney in any way, nor will I cast a vote for him in the Texas primary or the general election. I don't know whether Romney is a true Alinskyite or not, but he has allowed Alinsky tactics to be used in his behalf against Newt Gingrich this election cycle, just as he did against Fred Thompson in 2008. In this regard, he is no better than Barack Obama, who is a true Alinskyite. On a number of the issues of this campaign also, Romney is not much different from Obama. Mitt is a pure opportunist with no core at all, and he has demonstrated that he will turn on an issue at the drop of a hat. The man turns my stomach, and I cannot abide his supporters, whom I refer to as "Mittwits" for good reason.

I understand why Newt Gingrich cannot continue his campaign. Being $4.3 million in debt is no easy thing to live with. But as an independent Ronald Reagan conservative myself, I cannot understand why Newt wants to make nice with a GOP which is apostate to the cause of conservatism. I have seen loyalty to political parties my entire life, but I still cannot fully understand it. Political parties are pretty far down my list, which has God at the top, followed closely by family and country. But if Newt wants to try to work himself back into the graces of a party which has tried to destroy him since his days in the House of Representatives, that's his business. But he can do it without my help. I wish him well, and I thank him for making the effort and preaching the conservative message during his time on the battlefield. My only wish is that Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin were not so loyal to a party which has never shown either of them any loyalty in return. Together they could design and build a true conservative party in America which would advance the conservative cause in ways the GOP refuses to do.

With the coming suspension of the Newt 2012 campaign, the justification for continuing this blog no longer remains. I've put some time and effort into it, and its always sad to see a project in which you've invested so much have to end, but end it must. On the plus side, I will have much more time to devote to my writing and blogging efforts elsewhere. My sincere thanks to all who took the time to read this blog and comment on the posts. God's blessing to Newt, you, his and yours.

- JP

Gingrich: Obama offering ‘flim flam’ on student loans

Newt Gingrich spoke to supporters Tuesday in North Carolina:




Video courtesy of Fox News

- JP

Newt Gingrich's Wednesday Schedule - 4/25/12

All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Newt will speak at the Gaston County GOP Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Georgio’s
202 Market Street
Cramerton, NC

Callista will visit Billingsville Elementary School
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Billingsville Elementary School
124 Skyland Avenue
Charlotte, NC
Note: Callista will read her book “Sweet Land Of Liberty” to students.

Newt will visit Lincoln Charter School
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Lincoln Charter School
7834 Galway Lane
Denver, NC

Callista will speak at a Reception Hosted By The Mecklenburg County Republican Women
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Mecklenburg County GOP HQ
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Suite 111
Charlotte, NC

Newt will have lunch at The Cherokee Street Tavern Hosted by The Kings Mountain GOP
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cherokee Street Tavern
223 Cherokee Street
Kings Mountain, NC

Newt will visit Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
2527 Hwy 221 A
Mooresboro, NC

Newt will throw out the first pitch at Gardner Webb University Baseball Game
2:45 p.m.
Gardner Webb University
110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Check the former Speaker's full calendar of events at Newt.org, his official campaign website.

- JP

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quote of the Day (April 24, 2012)

WCNC-TV:
“Despite speculation that he might drop out of the presidential race soon, Newt Gingrich said he is pressing on during an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 36 anchor Dave Wagner Tuesday afternoon.”
- JP

Goldberg: Let the Shuttle’s Demise Awaken Gingrich’s Space Dreams

Author Jeffrey Goldberg was inspired by the sight of the shuttle Discovery, as it was being ferried to its retirement home, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum:
This isn’t a thought that has often crossed my mind, especially over the past several months, but on the matter of space exploration and the role it has played in teaching Americans that they are capable of performing exceptional acts of creativity and bravery, Newt Gingrich is exactly right.

So I called him and told him so. He is, from what I’m told, still busy running for president. But he seemed happy to talk about space and the terrible mistake the Obama administration made by canceling the Constellation program, which was meant to get Americans back to the moon.

Gingrich was particularly keen to talk about his Republican rivals, who had savaged him during a debate in Florida for proposing that the U.S. -- mainly with private funding -- establish a colony on the moon.

This is what Mitt Romney said at the time: “If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired.’ The idea that corporate America wants to go off to the moon and build a colony there, it may be a big idea, but it’s not a good idea.”

The small-minded Rick Santorum piled on, saying, “Let’s just be honest, we run a $1.2 trillion deficit right now ... and to go out there and promise new programs and big ideas, that’s a great thing to maybe get votes, but it’s not a responsible thing.”

Gingrich told me he was “shocked that night” by Romney and Santorum. “If I had been clever, I would have said to Romney, ‘You would have fired Christopher Columbus and John F. Kennedy because they were proposing daring and large things. They were proposing to go out and discover entire new worlds, and they did.’”

He believes that human settlements on the moon, or on Mars, are inevitable. “I can tell you flatly that there will be a human colony on the moon,” he said. “It may be Chinese, but there will be a colony on the moon. Anyone who watches the Chinese space program and doesn’t think we’re facing a competitor is foolish.”

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h/t: Byron York

- JP

Video: Newt encourages North Carolinians to vote to protect marriage




Video courtesy of Newt.org

- JP

Newt Gingrich's Tuesday Schedule - 4/24/12

All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Callista and Newt will tour The Billy Graham Library
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmon Drive
Charlotte, NC

Newt 2012 Election Night Rally
8:30 p.m.
Vintage Motor Club
325 McGill Aveue, NW
Concord, NC 28027

Check the former Speaker's full calendar of events at Newt.org, his official campaign website.

- JP

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quote of the Day (April 23, 2012)

Jonathan Starkey, Delaware Online:
“Newt Gingrich has snagged another Delaware Republican leader away from Mitt Romney, who is becoming less and less popular among Delaware conservatives. Delaware’s GOP national committeewoman Priscilla Rakestraw has jumped from Mitt Romney’s camp to publicly endorse Gingrich on the eve of Delaware’s Republican presidential primary...”
- JP