Probably the most frustrating part of being a Republican is that the one cat who best articulates a conservative argument to the masses has no chance in hell of running for President. Such is the case with Newt Gingrich.
The former Speaker of the House comes with an opposition research file so big that I can’t thing of a good analogy to describe its bigness (sorry, still on my first cup of coffee). I like to joke aboot “Gingrich in 2012” just for the sake of writing a blog, but deep down I know it’s a long shot.
This is a shame, because I’m a huge fan. For an example why, I give you his recent editorial in “Time Magazine….”
If the country’s No. 1 priority is to create jobs, then a hidden $1,300-per-family energy-tax increase in the guise of a cap-and-trade system is absolutely destructive. Herbert Hoover raised taxes in 1932, and it further crippled the economy. The war-on-wealth rhetoric (Obama talks about punishing companies that send jobs overseas; Vice President Joe Biden said he wanted to throw CEOs “in the brig”; Senator Claire McCaskill referred to CEOs as “idiots”) and policies of this Administration and the Democratic Congress are making it difficult to stabilize the stock market and much harder to get successful people to invest in American jobs.
If we want to keep money in the U.S., then sending it overseas for oil and gas is counterproductive. Yet the Obama budget includes a 13% excise tax on offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the domestic oil and gas industry at a time when we should be encouraging it to return resources home to America. The various tax increases in the Obama budget combine to form as great a threat to economic growth as the Smoot-Hawley Tariff — in effect a huge tax increase on consumers — did in the 1930s. Obama needs to slow down, recognize how much the world has changed and work across party lines to develop a totally new budget to meet this new reality.
I can almost see him running in 2012, less to win as much as for the debate. While the knives would be out from a media who would turn on him (they kinda like him now) the same way they turned on John McCain, Gingrich would throw it right back in their faces. That would leave us with just the ideas, just the conservative alternative (which the last R we had for president wasn’t) and 435 Republican’s who can run on them.
Or he can just stay in the background, help guide cats like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan like he’s been doing, and keep doing what he’s doing now.
It’d be a shame though, cause he’d make a great president.
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