No Chance for Newt Gingrich

On Wednesday, May 11, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich may become the sixth formally declared contender for the republican nomination, and, as a consequence, the 2012 presidential run for the White House. As of today, five republicans have formally declared their candidacy, twelve or so have setup exploratory committees, and there are nine other prospective candidates. Of those who formally declared their candidacy, Gingrich will certainly be the forerunner, ranking in most prominent popularity polls as between 10 and 14%, but neither he nor they have any hope of receiving the republican nomination. Gingrich has not actively campaigned for public office in some twenty-one years. Because of an ethics problem, two divorces and three marriages, the conservative American Family Association, and other groups will not support his candidacy. Albeit, in the mean time, with about twenty months before November¶s Election Day a lot can happen to change that. Gingrich has said that Fox News¶ Sean Hannity will interview him on Wednesday, during which he will announce his intentions. If as expected, he declares that he will run, a speech he will deliver on Friday at Georgia¶s Republican Party Convention will be the first presidential candidate speech heading into the republican primaries and caucuses planned for February, March, and April 2012. The Republican National Convention nomination for president is scheduled to take place the week of August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. After the revelation that he had an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, in 1998, he resigned from Congress. His affair continued through the President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Gingrich hypocritically lead the republican perjury investigation of Clinton in connection with his affair with Lewinsky. Gingrich was instrumental in removing Democratic Speaker of the House Jim Wright on ethics charges. He later was investigated by the House ethics committee and fined $300,000 for violating House rules, knowingly violating the tax code by raising tax-deductions for a college course he had taught. I would think that this history would be enough to deter Gingrich from running. But, beyond that, even though sixty-eight year old Gingrich has name recognition, his rhetoric is old and ³stale.´ It seems that he, as well as the other republican hopefuls, in many ways has a

predilection to preserve the past instead of building on America¶s future. With his congressional history of right wing grandstanding, if America is looking for bipartisanship, they certainly will not find it in Newt Gingrich. On the other hand, President Obama ³believes less in an America as something created and needs to be reserved, but [rather] believes America is a µgreat shining city on the hill,¶ which we need to build, which is in the future,´ says Walter Russell Mead, Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College. Any candidate that does not have that same vision, which Gingrich does not, does not have a chance at my vote.

Sources:, Newt Gingrich, Gale Encyclopedia of Biography