Monday, May 16, 2011

Gingrich for President?

I really wanted to support Gingrich for president. In my opinion, he outshines all the other candidates (including the President) in political savvy, knowledge of foreign policy and economic issues, and I think he would make Obama look like an amateur in a debate.

But when Gingrich suggests that the Ryan plan is right-wing social engineering (since when is less government "social engineering!") and that the government should be able to force all Americans to purchase medical insurance, I think he may have lost me.


professor ed said...

I too was impressed with Gingrich in the past (especially his historic contract with america). But alas, he seems to have become what some would call a "RINO"--Republican In Name Only.

Kevin said...

Gingrich clarified his position.

Here's my assertion: Tea Party Darlings aren't going to win the White House in 2012. Period. Not going to happen. The President in 2012 is going to have to do and say things that are sensible to most Americans regardless of whether they match up lock step with a majority of the entrenched members of their party.

The problem w/ this primary for Gingrich is that the fervor for Tea Party politics, even if fundamentally right, could pull the candidate so far right they can't appeal to the voting block in the middle that might not have already made their mind up about who they're going to vote for.