A Fresh Look at Old Baggage

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For more than twenty years, I have been a fan of Newt Gingrich, former Georgia Congressman and former Speaker of the House. Newt, along with Dick Armey of Texas, engineered the 1994 election victory where the Republicans took over the majority in Congress for the first time in about 40 years.  

Newt GingrichNewt has his faults and the Republicans had, perhaps, forgotten how to be the majority party.  But Newt was a remarkable Speaker of the House.  He is, I think, the most strategic thinker in the party.  He has a PhD in history and has an amazing understanding of the ebb and flow of history that gives him a unique view of current events in the perspective of historic currents that I appreciate.  Newt can take any topic and produce a cogent, well organized 7 point plan and brilliant verbal presentation extemporaneously and without notes that makes sense to the public and to the elite professors as well.  He is a gifted orator who looks at every problem as an opportunity for an elegant solution upon request.  I like him.  

In more recent years, Newt has gathered a reputation for too much baggage to be elected to the top job.  That is that kind of thing the media says about you when they are afraid of you.  But if the public hears it often enough, it may stick.  A significant percentage of the public (voters no less) believe that Sarah Palin said she could see the Russians from her front yard in Alaska.  Governor Palin never said that.  It was a gag line in a Tina Fey skit on Saturday Night Live.  But some folks think they can get their news fron SNL and other comedy venues - so the popular wisdom (if you pardon the use of that word here) is that that sentence uttered by Tina Fey is the truth - despite the reality of the situation.  

One of the well repeated stories of Newt's private life is that he visited his wife in the hospital, dying of cancer, and told her without warning that he was seeking a divorice from her.  A rather callous description that I have heard many times.  Unfortunately, it may be that such an incident never happened.  I obviously have no first hand knowledge of the event - but too many people have accepted the media version of the story without critical analysis.

So I was interested to see an article written today by a first hand participant who was personally present for the family events and the 1980 hospital visit of legend.  The author is Jackie Gingrich Cushman, writing in her Townhall.com column.  Jackie is Newt's daughter.  Her mother is Jackie Battley Gingrich - the "victim" of the hospital visit. 

Does she have a motive to try to make her Dad look good for another election campaign ? Perhaps.  But she speaks with simplicity and directness on personal family matters and I find her statements to be totally believable.  Much more believable than the media whose hatchet jobs and factually vacant reporting has become legendary. 

Jackie Cushman says her parents had decided to get a divorce earlier in the year and both had told Jackie and her sister prior to Mrs Gingrich and the two children leaving Virginia to return to Georgia for the Summer. Later that Summer, Mrs Gingrich went to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for removal of a tumor.  Newt brought his two daughters to the hospital to visit their Mother.  Mother had had the tumor removed the day before and Newt and the children made a normal visit to aid Mother in her recuperation.  The tumor was benign and Mrs Gingrich is still alive today.  Jackie states that she still enjoys a close relationship with both parents.

Newt GingrichI have not yet selected a candidate to back in the 2012 election cycle.  To my knowledge, Newt has not yet declared his candidacy for President and he did not participate in the Fox News debate in South Carolina last week.  But Newt Gingrich is a long time public servant that I respect and admire.   I give him credit for important achievements in the past and I value his vision for this nation in the future.  Whether as a candidate for President or as a senior member of a Republican administration in 2013, we can expect much from Newt in the future.  And our Nation will be better for it.  

For full details, Jackie Cushman's Townhall.com article may be read in its entirety <here>.  Whether you agree with Newt or his politics - judge him by the truth and the content of his record rather than the verbal attempts at assassination by a biased media.  Read this and other sources and make your own determinations. 

 

 

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 Congratulations - This post is now featured in Silent Majority of The Active Rain Network!

May 09, 2011 03:38 AM #6
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Karl Hess
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May 09, 2011 08:30 AM #7
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Newt IS one of the startmest men in politics today - always has been...he just put a burr in my sadle when he didn't support W at a time when he was America's and the left's favorite whooping boy. 

May 09, 2011 11:38 AM #8
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Karl - thank you for the link.  Interesting article, not unbiased and not flattering in places - but may suggest that Newt is the man for the job.  As I said - I have not made my decision yet because I do not know yet who will be on offer as a candidate.  But I have not ruled against Newt yet.  I respect his strengths.  Whether he can stand the heat and the truthful and untruthful attacks of the media remains to be seen.  But if folks listen to him speak - he may be able to win them over.  Certainly the campaign will be a lot more interesting with Newt Gingrich in it.

 

May 09, 2011 01:12 PM #9
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Good evening, Ted. Newt will officially announce his run for the 2012 GOP nomination on Wednesday via Twitter and Facebook followed by Hannity's interview in the evening. It's getting interesting!

May 09, 2011 04:31 PM #10
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Ted Baker
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Ah ha !  The game's afoot.

Thanks Yolanda - and thanks to all for stopping by.

May 09, 2011 04:46 PM #11
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I gave you a shout out here.

May 09, 2011 06:09 PM #12
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I guess the affairs biased me against Newt.  If your own wife can't trust you, then who really can?  He was a strong leader back in the 90s as Speaker though. 

May 10, 2011 02:06 AM #13
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Dear Ted, Got to your post from Yolanda's (#10) shout out link.

I live in Georgia.

I have always thought that Newt Gingrich was a __________ man.  I believe that his power comes from his deep knowledge and understanding of history. What is that old saying?

"Those who don't know history are condemned to repeat it."  Newton Leroy Gingrich (born N.L. McPherson, 1943) knows history and that's a foundation of his strength.

Rob Arnold (#13) always cuts to the chase in his comments. Here's my take on that -
Why would any woman (or man) expect fidelity when she (he) was active in a previous infidelity?  Guess they didn't know the power of studying history the way Newt Gingrich knows about that power ...

Politics? High level corporate jobs? Many leaders have done amazing things and not been family types. Their loyalties are not necessarily to their families.  Did Churchill spend time with his wife children or in service to England?  What was said about Eisenhower and his mistress? What was said about Roosevelt and his mistress? Benjamin Franklin? Kennedy? Jefferson? and the list could go on and on.

In the past, some discretion was exercised regarding private lives. Don't expect that now if you enter politics.

Have a happy day -
Lynn


 

 

 

 

May 10, 2011 09:55 AM #14
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Here's the problem folks:  Gingrich was having an affair with a staffer while married and lying about it while simultaneously leading the charge for Clinton's impeachment for the same thing.

May 10, 2011 10:23 AM #15
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Karl - And like the Clinton deal, I don't care.  It's not that I'm morally indifferent ... it's just that I'd be more in tune with concentrating on the issues at hand.  Has Newt been a hypocrite?  Seems that way.  Am I willing to treat him like folks on the right treated Clinton, Nope!  Newt is a smart guy.  I believe he will lose on his own merits, having nothing to do with his personal life.  While that (Personal Life) speaks of character, you can dig up dirt (in many forms) on anybody.  Personally, I won't go after him or judge him for that.

 

May 10, 2011 05:37 PM #16
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Actually, Karl, I disagree with you on a significant point.  Impeachment articles were not brought against Clinton for having sex with an intern but for lying under oath before the grand jury.  He was an attorney - he knew the significance.  

I have trouble understanding, if Newt had planned to enter the race this weekend - why didn't he participate in the candidates debate on Fox in South Carolina.  It is the type of venue in which he excels and if he wants to expect people to overlook his marital train wrecks, he better dazzle them with brilliance and presentation at every opportunity. 

We are, I believe, in deep trouble in thie country.  If Newt has good ideas on how to get us out of this - and I believe he may - then he better start presenting is side of the story.

Thanks to all for stopping by.  

 

May 10, 2011 06:49 PM #17
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Ted...I wrote that Clinton lied about it.  And we both know that the investigation and impeachment was a political witch-hunt resulting in the kind of political culture we have today...the inability for parties to work together.

I would argue that the 'take no prisoners' approach by Gingrich and Delay is part of the reason for the mess in which we find ourselves.

On a personal note, I could care less who sleeps with whom.  My point was a political one, that it will be difficult for Gingrich to overcome.

May 11, 2011 12:43 AM #18
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Karl Hess
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Oh...one other thing...the continued complaining about the "lame stream media" is just so far beyond the pale now that Fox News is the number one cable news program in America.  How can you complain when the unapologetic media apparatus (Fox) of the Republican Party gets so many viewers?

May 11, 2011 04:06 AM #19
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Thanks, Karl for your comments.  I watch Fox (surprised?) and find that their news coverage is "fair and balanced" - while their opinion shows tend more conservative.  Honestly - I watch less of the opinion programing (and try to catch Alan Combs on Fox Radio occasionally)

I think Rupert Murdoch is a businessman rather than an ideologue.  If Liberal programming would sell - I have no doubt that Fox would be a different venue.  

I was opposed to the effort to impeach President Clinton.  Not because I supported Mr Clinton but because impeachment cannot be turned into a partisan effort.  When there was consideration of impeachment for President Nixon, there was bi-partisan support.  If impeachment is brought without bi-partisan support it becomes political theater rather than the last defense of the Republic.  And whatever party is in majority today - the other party will have the majority some time in the future.  Ugly, ugly.

To your final point, I do not want any news media outlet to be the lapdog of either party or any candidate.  I believe that President Obama was not vetted in the campaign process as he should have been.  And I believe that many voters have regretted their decisions.  There are real differences in the policies of the administration and the opposition folks.  There is real opportunity for debate about what kind of society we want to be.  But if the media is not presenting all sides in an analytical and unbiased manner - how is the man (or woman) on the street supposed to make competent decisions.  

I am not interested in Newt's love life (or President Obama's either for that matter).  We are at a point in history when we need to be talking about ideas and both sides need to be talking about ways to cut spending and bring order to our divided house.  

While you and I may disagree on some of the policy issues, I hope we can continue to discuss our agreements and disagreements in rational detail so that we and our readers can join in the debate and ultimately make their own decisions about the policies.  Welcome to the arena and see you at the polls.

 

May 11, 2011 04:41 AM #20
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Ted,

 Being as my television rarely changes channels from Fox News I have had many chances to listen to Newt. I believe he would be an excellent Presidential advisor but something in my gut just screams out POLITICIAN. I have some personal issues with Newt and think he is an opportunist. I sincerely hope he is not the Republican nominee because I just couldn't vote for him.  It would be third party time for sure.

May 11, 2011 10:45 PM #21
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Oh he's fine, he's just fine
He loves me just like you loved your wine
When it comes to other women, I bet he doesn't touch a drop
I think you've found the right man for the job....

May 12, 2011 03:44 AM #22
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Just a note on the media:  Fox is very good at pretending to cover the entire story and yesterday was a perfect example.  From Fox and Friends all the way through Hannity, there was group-false-outrage over the White House's invitation to rapper "Common" for a poetry reading.  Of course, everyone on Fox condemned the invite as they cherry picked some lyrics/poetry from a song about violence against women, police, etc...but did they read it in it's entirety, of course not!  The 'song/poem' ends with a plea to stop the violence.  This is a 'created' controversey...which of course Palin then had to chirp in...I could make a case of this type of "reporting" almost on a daily basis on Fox....it's just too much...

If I was the benevolent dictator I would have folks watch/listen to the following:

Morning Joe, Bret Biaer, The News Hour, Talk of the Nation and BBC Worldwide.

May 12, 2011 04:51 AM #23
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I just heard the editor from the 'Politico' say that Gingrich kinda-sorta supported a mandate on health insurance.  That will not make the Tea Party happy.

"In the mid-2000s, he partnered with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) to promote a centrist solution to fixing the nation's health care system. A July 22, 2005, Hotline article on one of the duo's events described the former speaker as endorsing not just state-based mandates (the linchpin of Romney's Massachusetts law) but "some federal mandates" as well. A New York Sun writeup of what appears to be the same event noted that "both politicians appeared to endorse proposals to require all individuals to have some form of health coverage."

In 2008's "Real Change," he wrote, "Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor."

May 13, 2011 12:27 AM #24
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We are now speaking to a limited audience, Karl, as this post is now more than a couple days old.  You may want to start another post to bring more participants into the discussion.

I can't even argue that all my ideas are good - I won't dispute that Newt hasn't launched a few not ready for prime time brainstorms - particularly when out of power and just trying to stay relevant and on TV.

I mentioned in my original post that I was not taking Newt to raise just yet - until I saw more about what the choices are.  But I also said that Newt Gingrich is perhaps the best strategic thinker of my generation and that I strongly admire his ability to analyze and present true and workable solutions on many, many topics.  

I believe he should have participated in the recent debate so that the opening discussions of his campaign could have been about his ideas rather than his history.  But what do I know.

 

Hugh - nice to see you.  Give Newt's ideas a listen and make up your own mind.  Third party time is not an option - guarenteed Obama victory.  Let's get it right the first time and nominate a winning Republican.  I hope we can find someone that you can support.

 

Thanks to all for stopping by.

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