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Archive of posts published in the tag: Newt Gingrich

Political Football

The GOP is split into four overlapping factions: the libertarians, fundamentalist theocrats, pragmatic Republicans and the Tea Party. It would be ideal that a leader would emerge that would unite the factions, but that will be unlikely. What is more…

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Going Newt

Newt may be intelligent, but he is not smart. His recent attack on Romney’s tenure at Bain capital is an embarrassment to his party. A survey at conservative National Review shows 80% of the readers thought Newt’s attack was disgraceful.  It either…

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Political Notes 2012 01 09

I still contend that merely ‘going negative’ does not work.  Newt is not dropping because Mitt went negative; he is dropping because of his own comments that sound extreme.  Cain did not drop because of his accusations of sexual misconduct;…

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Primary Volatility

For a smart businessman Donald Trump is a horrible politician. His campaign flamed out quickly because it was foolishly focused on the citizenship issue and was easily dispensed.  He has never held political office. He is all show and ego…

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Political Amateur Hour

On the road today I listened to Donald Trump on Cavuto.  He said that HE would decide if the Republicans chose the right candidate, and if they did not that he may enter the race as a third party candidate. …

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The Proper Political Narrative

I do not remember a vetting of political candidates as tough as the what have seen.  This is a good thing.  Romney is like the prom date that was second choice.  You dance and smile at him, but secretly glance…

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Restricting Judgment is a Poor Solution

Several conservative candidates have stressed the need for a balanced budget amendment.  I fear that it is a simplistic notion to a complex problem.  By forcing such a solution we strive to restrict the ability to make bad choices by…

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Random Political Thoughts 2011 08 17

We want to believe we can have it all without the sacrifice. When the laws of nature reassert themselves, we want to blame the charlatans who sold the snake oil rather than the fools who believed them.

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Intelligence is Not Enough

I have found that the claim to intellectual brilliance may the weakest, maybe the most dangerous reason to select a political leader. I recall Oprah Winfrey announcing that we should not vote for Obama because he is black but because…

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Random Political Thought 05 14 2011

Newt and Mitt are the old Republican Party.  There are those Republican that think that we need less government and then there are those that think we still need lots of government power; it just needs to be in their…

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Presidential Hopefuls

Politics like any profession has its own set of rules and realities.   Success in another field does not ensure success in this one. Like any job I want to see the applicant not only with experience in the field but…

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The Pivotal Fight of NY 23

The Race in NY District 23 has become a pivotal fight for the soul of the Republican Party. Dede Scozzafava was run by the Republican machine but has been so thoroughly rejected by the Republican grass roots that she has…

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A Better Health Care Proposal

Newt Ginghrich  presents some interesting ideas to reform health care. 1.        Eliminate Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  It consumes over $70 billion a year. In New York state they estinate is consumes 10% of Medicaid spending. 2.       Focus research dollars on…

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