Newt Gingrich Should Step Aside and Let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Battle it Out for Presidential Nomination

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Newt Gingrich Should Step Aside and Let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Battle it Out for Presidential Nomination (Wikipedia)

End of the road for Newt Gingrich? If we could be so lucky. Dana Milbank seems to think the writing is on the wall for the erratic egomaniac.

Dana Milbank on Gingrich’s Florida hijinks “Sunday night at a Hyatt bar in Jacksonville, Newt Gingrich approached a table of reporters to announce that a new poll would put him within striking distance of Mitt Romney. “It’s hard to know what the most pitiful part was: That a presidential candidate was whiling away the night at a hotel bar …? That he felt the need to do his own spinning? That the survey he was spinning was a ‘robo-poll’ done by machines? Or that the pollster who did it used to work for Gingrich?” Other polls actually show Romney pulling way ahead, but that hasn’t stopped Gingrich from deceptively citing older polls on the trail or making “religion-bating” references to accuse Romney of mistreating Jews and Catholics, or generally provoking the media, Milbank recounts. Gingrich “said there shouldn’t be ‘any doubt’ that he will remain in the race after Florida. ‘The establishment in both parties is terrified,’ he boasted. Well, at least the Republicans are.”

I didn’t realize the U.S. now has official religions. Um, this is coming from the man who wants to build a colony on the moon, oblivious to the fact that such as feat would be an enormous financial undertaking, which speaks indirectly to the kind of administration he would lead. This is also the same man who erroneously said Nancy Reagan implied her husband had passed the torch on to him to lead the Reagan conservative movement. Newt Gingrich also erroneously announced yesterday that a “brand new poll” had shown a tied race. Newt Gingrich thrives on stirring up dissension based on racial politics.

He accused Mitt Romney of discriminating against Catholics and Jews saying, “I think we need to have a government that respects our religions. “I’m really tired of being lectured about respecting every other religion on the planet. I want them to respect our religions.” Here’s my two cents, it’s time for Newt Gingrich to respect American voters like you and I. He needs to step aside and let Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum battle it out for the nominee. He can’t beat Barack Obama. Well, Santorum can’t either, but he’s more of a conservative in my viewpoint, than Newt Gingrich ever will be.

In closing, the endorsement from Herman Cain and the half-way endorsement from Sarah Palin amount to absolutely nothing. In fact, I would consider both to be the kiss of death for his campaign. Who really takes either seriously?

Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich: Pat Buchanan Says Reagan White House Saw Him as a “Political Opportunist”

The Drudge Report continues its attack on Newt Gingrich, linking to more Republicans unloading on the presidential hopeful. Pat Buchanan, who has credibility issues of his own, says the Reagan White House saw Newt Gingrich as a “political opportunist” and someone who was “not trusted.” Um, this is the same Newt Gingrich who Nancy Reagan said her husband passed the baton to. Either Nancy Reagan has dementia or she didn’t know as much about the Reagan White House as she claimed.

“[I]n the Reagan White House, Newt Gingrich was considered quite frankly by a lot of folks to be something of a political opportunist and who was not trusted and who had played no role whatsoever,” Buchanan said. “He was a Rockefeller Republican in the great Goldwater-Rockefeller battle, where conservatism came of age.”

Buchanan also theorized that Gingrich stumbled in two debates this week because he was caught off guard by all these people who turned on him.

“I do think this, though. Newt has been pounded merciously,” Buchanan said. “He had people he worked with basically turn on him and dump on him down there in Florida, which somehow I think may have had some role in the fact that the great fighter and battler of South Carolina had no fight in him whatsoever in the Monday and Thursday debates in Florida.’

“He let Mitt Romney punch him silly. And he has lost all his momentum. And John, I’m not going to make any predictions because I thought the battler of South Carolina would win Florida, but Romney is surging and it looks like Romney may win Florida. And if he does, it’s all over.” Source: Daily Caller

Here’s a list of links from The Drudge Report slamming Newt Gingrich:

 Drudge Report Continues Attack on Newt Gingrich: Pat Buchanan Says Reagan White House Saw Him as a Political Opportunist

Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley: “Where’s the Respect Our First Lady Deserves?”

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Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley: "Where's the Respect Our First Lady Deserves?" (Wikipedia)

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley asks in her latest column, “where’s the respect for First Lady Michelle Obama?” She said it’s time to deal with this notion of an angry black woman and enough is enough. Speak it sista! President Obama and his wife have been denigrated by elements on the right for no other reason but because they are black. But there were other criticisms that were legitimate, on President Obama’s side and not his wife. I can’t say that Michelle Obama is being treated any worse than Nancy Reagan or Hillary Clinton, who were too very strong-willed and independent women. It hits a nerve with Michelle Obama because she is black and we are all protective of our first black president and his wife. But the reality is some people just can’t stand a strong woman and a strong black woman is an even bigger threat. But I digress. Let me get back to Rochelle Riley’s column. Actually, here’s an excerpt:

And the juvenile attacks on the first lady go too far. Here’s the real truth: No one trying to portray Michelle Obama as an angry black woman has probably ever seen one.

I’m talking the kind of anger that comes from having to be the soul of your family because America is used to trampling on your husband’s.

I’m talking the kind of anger that comes from lowered expectations for your children, which makes them have to work twice as hard.

I’m talking about a glass ceiling that impairs all women, but drops to the right so that black women hit it first.

I’m talking the kind of anger that comes from seeing racism — true, 1950s-style racism — play itself out in Washington and America in the 21st Century and you, as was done millions of times during this country’s Jim Crow era — smile stoically and rise above it. Source: Detroit Free Press

I guess I can’t really top that, other than saying, damn, Rochelle Riley is coming off as that “angry black woman” she’s saying she has had enough of hearing about. There will always be books written about presidents and their wives. Just ask Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Barbara Bush was mocked repeatedly for looking like a frumpy mess with a string of pearls around her neck. There were many, many hurtful things said about each of these women’s husbands and even about these first ladies. So, while I find some of the treatment towards the Obamas deplorable, I won’t go as far as to write a screed about why Michelle Obama has been wronged. The reality is that it comes with the territory. An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at former president George Bush. That was the ultimate sign of disrespect, but you didn’t hear the president or his wife complaining about it in public. Michelle Obama is a strong woman and she can take care of herself. Yes, she deserves a lot of respect, but there will always be haters on the prowl to muck things up.

 Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley: Wheres the Respect Our First Lady Deserves?

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Isn’t Ready for Prime Time Nor for the Presidency, So Why the Hoopla?

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is not ready for prime time, much less the presidency of the U.S., despite the adulation being heaped on him by the top Republicans, who want to see him challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.

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The word is that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering a bid for the White House. Really? I don’t know why there’s so much interest in Christie. It’s quite clear the man isn’t ready for prime time and certainly not for the presidency. Besides the fact that he is a bully driven largely by an enormous ego, he couldn’t possibly beat Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in the early primaries. The political landscape isn’t inviting. Just because former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush are singing his virtues, that doesn’t mean the Tea Party and the right wing evangelicals will fall right into place behind him. If memory serves me correctly, both women haven’t exactly batted home runs in the public opinion arenas during their stints in the White House, so who really gives a sh*t what they have to say? Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No campaign against drugs went nowhere, like her wishes for Chris Christie to run for the GOP presidential nomination.

Christie cannot beat Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, nor can he garner enough support to win in Iowa. He certainly won’t do well in South Carolina, so what’s left? Without an early win in the primary season his attractiveness and viability as a candidate will fade fast. He won’t generate that momentum which brings tons of cash and endorsements. Just think back to Fred Thompson debacle in the 2008 campaign. Some have said Chris Christie is as charismatic as Ronald Reagan. Um, let’s not forget Ronald Reagan, with all that charisma, left this country with sky-high deficits. He is presidency wasn’t one that you would want to emulate, despite what he die-hard fans, like Sarah Palin, say. Just think debt and Ronald Reagan.

I would also venture to say, Chris Christie, may be a Republican in name only, a RINO, if you will. You see, his cabinet is solidly liberal and chock full of holdovers from his Democratic predecessor John Corzine. That’s a pretty good indicator of how he will govern  in the Oval Office. That might be attractive to some folks, but it will certainly not sit well with the Tea Party and the right wing evangelicals. Take the Attorney General Paula Dow, for example. She’s pro-abortion and pro-gun control. That’s a no-no to the Republican base.

I don’t know what’s all the hoopla around Chris Christie. He’s a bully, who has so little respect for the elderly. Look at the crime rates in certain pockets of New Jersey? This is the same person who told a teacher not to teach. Yeah, continue the dumbing-down of American children (see video below). Sorry, I am not gung-ho about putting a man on the presidential ticket who would rather be combative than open to working across the aisle. He lives by the mantra — my way or the highway. Some supporters feel he would be a formidable candidate to unify the Republican base, as well as attract Independents. Um, I am an Independent and no, I am not attracted to a Chris Christie run one iota. He has been a governor for a short period of time and that doesn’t make one ready for prime-time. I don’t believe President Obama was ready either. He lacked the experience needed to get the job done. It shows in his management style and his inability to throw his “weight” around in all the right places.

The more the GOP keeps begging Chris Christie to run, the more it works in President Obama’s favor that the current slate of candidates aren’t really winning the Republican base over. There’s still a lot of jockeying for the top spot at this juncture. Chris Christie may be a frank, no-nonsense kind of guy, but what do you really know about his beliefs, hopes and ideals? Nothing.

Brewing Scandal in Obama Administration As AmeriCorps IG Gerald Walpin, a Bush Appointee, is Removed Over Investigation of Obama Pal Kevin Johnson

UPDATE

Apparently Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill has weighed in and pronounced herself unsatistifed with Obama’s “loss of confidence” rationale. Now the White House is saying that the firing was justified because IG Gerald Walpin was “confused” and “disoriented.” This is getting ugly and the right wing is circling like vultures. Take conservative whackjob Michelle Malkin’s response, for example. This has the makings of another Travelgate and Michelle Obama is playing a prominent role in this mess. It will be interesting to see how this developes. Stay tuned…..

A new controversy involving President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, has erupted and it is shaping up to be on the scale of Travelgate and the Clintons. Apparently, the President said that he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position. His move, reportedly comes on the heels of an investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star, into the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed. Hmm. Talk about drama! For all the folks literally screaming “off with Obama’s head,” let’s not forget that the right wing is on the prowl for anything they can throw at President Obama. Gerald Walpin is a Bush appointee and it seems like these Bush appointees have a hard time leaving their jobs. You know, they feel a sense of entitlement. Don’t get me wrong, if Walpin is onto something, then by all means it’s worth a second look, but when I see people like Matt Drudge and conservative nutjob Michelle Malkin featuring this incident so prominently on their websites, I have to wonder what else is afoot here.

Gerald Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National Community Service. The corporation runs the AmeriCorps program.

“It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” Obama said in a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, who also serves as president of the Senate. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.” The president didn’t offer any more explanation, but White House Counsel Gregory Craig, in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, cited the U.S. attorney’s criticism of Walpin to an integrity committee for inspectors general.” We are aware of the circumstances leading to that referral and of Mr. Walpin’s conduct throughout his tenure and can assure you that the president’s decision was carefully considered,” Craig wrote.

Grassley had written Obama a letter pointing to a law requiring that Congress be given the reasons an IG is fired. He cited a Senate report saying the requirement is designed to ensure that inspectors general are not removed for political reasons. Grassley said Walpin had identified millions of dollars in AmeriCorps funds that were wasted or misspent and “it appears he has been doing a good job.” Source: Washington Examiner

So what’s the problem that stuck in President Obama’s throat?

The IG found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car. In August 2008, Walpin referred the matter to the local U.S. attorney’s office, which said the IG’s conclusions seemed overstated and did not accurately reflect all the information gathered in the investigation.

” We also highlighted numerous questions and further investigation they needed to conduct, including the fact that they had not done an audit to establish how much AmeriCorps money was actually misspent,” Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown said in an April 29 letter to the federal counsel of inspectors general.

Walpin’s office made repeated public comments just before the Sacramento mayoral election, prompting the U.S. attorney’s office to inform the media that it did not intend to file any criminal charges. The U.S. attorney’s office reached a settlement in the matter. Brown cited press accounts that said Johnson and the nonprofit would repay half of nearly $850,000 in grants it received. Kevin Heistand, chairman of the board of St. HOPE Academy, said in a statement it was “about time” Walpin was removed. “Mr. Walpin’s allegations were meritless and clearly motivated by matters beyond an honest assessment of our program.”Ken Bach, who works in the inspector general’s office at the corporation, will be acting inspector general until Obama appoints someone to the position. Source: Washington Examiner

I wondered why Jackie Norris was being shuttled over to a new position so abruptly, but I guess it is rather apparent that Michelle Obama, like Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton, carry a lot of weight in their husbands’ administrations. So, before the media has a feeding frenzy over Mrs. Obama, let’s revisit history and all the scandals that involving the presidents and the first ladies. What is deliberately missing from the right wing spin is that Alan Solomont, a Democrat and the board chairman of the government-run corporation, and Stephen Goldsmith, a Republican and the board’s vice chair, said they strongly endorsed Obama’s decision.