Monday, November 20, 2006

Newt Gingrich does the Democratic Party a huge SOLID

Who is the best man to follow Former Senator George Allen in the "best implosion ever" contest?

Newt Gingrich, that's who:
Gingrich '08: The stealth candidate

The controversial former House Speaker seems to throw his hat in the ring as a GOP presidential candidate, and promises that health care reform will be the big issue. An exclusive FORTUNE interview.

by Nina Easton, Washington bureau chief
November 20 2006: 1:32 PM EST


(Washington) -- Even a crisp Guinness stout can't chill the note of exasperation coming out of Newt Gingrich's mouth. "You still don't get it, do you?" he asks.

The subject is the 2008 presidential race and whether the former Speaker of the House will run. The news is that Gingrich is running, but not on any official campaign trail.

The radical realist who defied conventional wisdom 12 years ago by stealing the House out from under the noses of entrenched Democrats now plans a surprise attack for the presidency. "I'm going to tell you something, and whether or not it's plausible given the world you come out of is your problem," he tells Fortune. "I am not 'running' for president. I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen." So he's running, only without yet formally saying so.
Awesome. Within the first 2 lines of the article, Newt downs a beer AND insults the reporter. You know it is only going to get better.
While other potential competitors like Arizona Senator John McCain, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney build staff and hire consultants, Gingrich revealed to Fortune that he plans to create a draft-Newt "wave" by building grassroots support for his health care, national security and energy independence ideas--all of which he has been peddling to corporate audiences over the past six years. "Nice people," Gingrich says of his GOP competitors. "But we're not in the same business. They're running for president. I'm running to change the country."
OH, SNAP. A back handed compliment that is really more of an insult? NICE. But wait for it...it gets even better...
In casting himself as the reluctant but critical-for-these-times candidate, the former history professor is looking back to 1860, and the wildfire support for Lincoln's candidacy touched off by a series of speeches. Gingrich read Harold Holzer's book Lincoln at Cooper Union in 2004, at a time when he was disgusted both by the tenor of that year's presidential campaign and a California court decision striking "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. "I was fascinated by Holzer's portrait of Lincoln spending three months at the Springfield state library, putting together the definitive argument about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers and slavery," Gingrich says.

"He turns it into a 7,300-word speech--gives it once in New York, once in Rhode Island, once in Massachusetts, once in New Hampshire. Then he goes home. I was struck by the sheer courage of the self-definitional moment that said, 'We are in real trouble, we need real leadership, and if that's who you think we need, here's my speech'," Gingrich says, suggesting he intends to do the same thing.

Gingrich is trying to shape an image as the reluctant, but necessary, candidate for trying times. "I would not have thought that I would be necessary," he says. But even some Gingrich allies are skeptical he can pull it off. "I don't think he's going to be nominated unless he runs a full-blown campaign," says former House majority leader Dick Armey.

But Armey adds: "He's never been a parochial member of Congress. He has big ideas, and has had them for a long time. He's not going to appear to have just discovered them for the purposes of an election. And that's a good place to be for an '08 candidate."
OK, so in closing, we see that Gingrich is a. excited to be the guy that is running but doesn't want to and can't believe he has to, b. lazy and just wants to go to 4 different places and give the same speech, and c. really confident and really insulting to his "friends."

I love this idea, Newt. Go for it. I am going to start buying popcorn NOW in anticipation of the most awesome campaign implosion since George Allen, 2006. Let the eagles soar, and Godspeed, Newt.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I now can say something good about Newt......He is a Guinness Man! Mother's Milk!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

He better drink it like a real man though-which I doubt he does-warm and flat.

7:24 PM  

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