What People Don't See in Newt Gingrich
As the Newt Gingrich train pours on the coals powering its way to the front of the pack of Republicans, it's not what people see in Newt Gingrich, it's what people don't see in Newt Gingrich that matters. So what exactly don't people see in Newt Gingrich.
First, there is pretty boy Mitt Romney. Tea party activists are concerned about Mitt Romney's Massachusetts style Obamacare with mandated health insurance. Also, Tea Party activists are concerned with his close ties to Wall Street and his support of the George W. Bush administration's bailout of the financial industry. However, the non-politics issue is always lying underneath his campaign waiting to surface: Religion. As a practitioner of Mormonism, Mitt Romney's presidency raises spiritual issues for both Catholics and Christians alike.
Second, there is Herman Cain. Herman Cain's name has not just been tainted with sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. His name has been virtually wiped off the radar screen of most socially conservative voters. Moreover, Mr. Cain's flubs in campaign speech after campaign speech on policy issues shows many that he might just be a straw-man candidate.
Third, there is Rick Perry. Rick Perry is the governor of Texas and apparently cannot remember more than two things at once. Currently, he's grasping for a life-jackets as his ship sinks. Exemplifying this, Mr. Perry has called for a part-time citizen legislature in Congress; Mr. Perry has challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a debate; Mr. Perry has described President Obama as a socialist; and Mr. Perry has called on all lawmakers who trade with inside information to be put into prison.
Fourth, there are the also-ran for President campaigns. It features, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman Jr., and Rick Santorum.
So, Newt Gingrich is what Newt Gingrich is, but what is more important is what people don't see in Newt Gingrich.