Fading Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich just can’t understand why the media, the voters and his GOP counterparts can’t “comprehend” his “big ideas” for America.
With his fundraising drying up, virtually no endorsements from the GOP establishment he once represented as Speaker of the House and nothing left but his massive ego, Gingrich continues to compare himself to Ronald Reagan and clings to the claim he is in the race until the convention in Tampa this summer.
Speaking at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Palatine, Illinois, Gingrich said:
The thing I find most disheartening of this campaign is the difficulty of talking about large ideas on a large scale, because the news media can’t cover it and candidly, my opponents can’t comprehend it…Let me talk for a second about technology and grand opportunities. Other than Ronald Reagan, I know of no Republican in my lifetime who’s been able to talk about this. That’s why I’m still running.
This is vintage Gingrich, the pseudo-intellectual who is convinced he’s the smartest person on the planet, the egomaniac that believes he — and only he — has the answers to bring change to a political system that is “methodically and deliberately stupid.”
“Newt is a legend in his own mind,” a long-time GOP consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He’s right when he says no one comprehends him. No one understands why he still doesn’t get it. Even his own party wants nothing to do with him.”
Gingrich fails to realize that he is a product of the system he now derides, a classic political opportunist who rode voter discontent into a GOP majority in the House in 1994 and then — in traditional Washington style — abandoned most of the promises that brought him and his party that victory.
His “Contract With America” promised “wholesale change” to the way Washington worked: Term limits, an end to packing bills with Congressional pork and a dismantling of the old boy network on Capitol Hill.
But — one by one — those promises fell by the wayside. Term limits hit the dumpster first, driven by the reality that power had an expiration date under such change. Under Gingrich’s brand of “leadership,” the House passed a massive transportation bill packed with pork and the new speaker packed House committees with his cronies.
The Speaker who promised a returned to ethics and honesty resigned under a cloud of scandal of an affair and a book deal that padded his bank account. His second-in-command, Texas Congressman Tom Delay, found himself under indictment and quit in disgrace.
But disgrace in Washington is a short-term affair. Delay beat the rap, got rich as a Washington power broker and appeared on “Dancing With the Stars.” Gingrich and his latest trophy wife ran up huge bills at Tiffany’s, paid off those bills with fat cat contracts with FreddieMac and other government agencies and ran for President.
But voters beyond the beltway don’t buy into the Washington way of doing things and they don’t see Gingrich as an outsider who can bring change to the system. They see him as just another political hack whose bloated, puffy face and $5,000 suits represent the overweight, bloated, get-rich-quick way of political wife.
Newt Gingrich may think he’s the smartest guy in the room but — in reality — he’s just another political failure who can’t read or represent the will of a fed-up electorate.
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- Ronald Bailey on Newt Gingrich’s Despicable Gasoline Price Promise (reason.com)
- Nancy Reagan Disputes Gingrich’s Quote Context on Ronald Reagan Passing “Torch” To Him (themoderatevoice.com)