Naughty Newt for President?

newt gingrichIt’s scary to think that some polls suggest that Newt Gingrich may actually win the Republican nomination. Let’s review his rap sheet one more time just for the sake of clarity on this topic. Gingrich, who only a few years ago referred to non-English language as "language of the ghetto," built himself a glass house back in 1979. At that time, he started targeting Democrats for ethical violations and was instrumental in the conviction of a Democratic congressman for mail fraud.

Less than 20 years later, Gingrich himself became the target of ethics violations. He eventually became the first Speaker to be disciplined for ethics violations and was forced to pay $300,000 in fines. That same year, he announced his resignation.  

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A few years later, Gingrich launched attacks against former president Bill Clinton and rallied the troops that led to the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton for Lewinsky and Jones scandals. It didn’t matter to Gingrich that he was in the midst of his own martial affairs at the time that the attacks were launched. And most recently, we learned about the alleged ultimatum that Gingrich gave his second ex-wife while they were married.

It’s almost hard to believe that we are summing up the past of someone that once held the title of Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1995. Yet, try as we may, no one has a blemish free past. Nonetheless, given all of the above facts, I find myself baffled when I read polls such as the recent Wall Street Journal poll that puts Gingrich ahead of Romney by 5 percent -- 38 percent to 27 percent. How is it possible that anyone would want someone like Gingrich to lead our nation? 

How is it possible that more voters believe that Gingrich is a better candidate than Romney? I understand that Romney’s wealth and his blind trust have made him appear like an elitist and out of touch with the majority of Americans, but are Republicans so opposed to his wealth that they would rather vote for Naughty Newt rather Romney or one of the other Republican candidates? I hope not. 

Even though this poll confuses me and makes me really question where some of our priorities are, I am secretly happy. I’m happy because a nomination for Naughty Newt gives President Obama a much stronger chance of reelection this November. I think that Obama supporters will once again come out and vote in high numbers to support their candidate. I also have faith that conservatives will place high value on honesty and other good character traits rather than vote for Gingrich, the man that likes to finger point like a school boy on the playground, despite his sketchy marital past and questionable on the job practices.

 

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. Read the original question and find links to all their responses here: What If Newt Gingrich Wins the Republican Nomination?


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