5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Don’t bet on Newt if beating Obama is the goal

By Chris Ingram

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich’s potential jackpot victory in Florida on Tuesday will only come at the behest of conservative Republican voters who don’t like Romney. Gingrich is betting they will leave their conscience at the door and forget about all the things they claim they value (morality, smaller government, no amnesty for illegals), roll the dice and vote for him. It’s an election strategy most Vegas odds-makers called a long-shot just weeks ago.

Newt Gingrich with Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (left). Adelson and his wife have contributed over $10 million to a Super PAC benefitting Gingrich.

But Newt’s silver tongue, intellect, and remarkable recollection of history have served him well.

He’s wagering voters’ memories aren’t as remarkable as his own.

Gingrich would rather voters forget about the strangeness surrounding his marital affairs, and extramarital affairs. He hopes they will overlook his Kumbaya moment with Nancy Pelosi and global warming. He is crossing his fingers they won’t remember he once supported a government mandate for individuals to buy health insurance against their will. He is optimistic they won’t remember the historic reprimand and $300,000 fine he received for “intentional or . . . reckless” disregard of House rules while he was Speaker. And he is certain if they remember that he bounced 22 checks during the House banking scandal – one of which was for $9,463 to the IRS – they’ll buy his “blame the liberal media” excuse.

Gingrich is also betting voters will overlook that he is the best-paid history major to ever grace the planet earth. On this I have to admit I am jealous. My undergrad major was in history and I’ve never come close to getting a $1.6 million contract with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be the failed mortgage giants’ “historian.” But I’m polishing up my resume.

Gingrich voters don’t need to remember his mounds of baggage – Obama and the Democrats are chomping at the bit to do it for them.

Need proof? The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union is currently running television ads in Florida that benefit Gingrich by attacking Romney. Interesting side note: the AFSCME is the fastest growing labor union in America today. No surprise there under President “big government.”

Romney of course isn’t perfect. Oh sure, he’s got perfect hair, and a perfect smile, and he won’t ever embarrass the nation; but he’s no Ronald Reagan.  Romney is as stiff as Al Gore but lacks Gore’s warmth and charm. Plus, he’s a successful businessman, which according to Gingrich makes him a modern-day robber baron.

In Gingrich’s campaign of class warfare it is considered a negative to accumulate wealth and “rich” is a four-letter word. Newt should be ashamed; his “us versus them” tactic comes right out of the Democrat Party playbook and suggests that when hard work, determination, and the free markets create success, you should apologize for it. Ronald Reagan must be rolling in his grave.

I guess in Newt’s world, Republican voters prefer ladder climbing, academic elites from the Washington political class. The type who have never managed anything in the private sector, much less created a single job that wasn’t subsidized by taxpayers or related to government.

Don’t get me wrong; there’s a place for people like Newt Gingrich. His place is giving speeches at state GOP conventions, writing books, being a “histobbyist” for special interests, or as a pundit on Fox News. Heck, with his knack for the ladies, he could even take over Hugh Hefner’s job someday. But President Newt Gingrich isn’t in the cards. He’s just got too much baggage, too much hypocrisy, and is too much of a lightning rod to be successful in November. Never mind the fact that he will be a huge drain on every competitive down ballot Republican candidate in the country.

If the old saying “history repeats itself” is true, it’s only a matter of time before the inner-Gingrich escapes and implodes.  I hope it happens before the GOP picks its nominee. Because Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has a chance of beating Obama; the pragmatic members of the party know it, Obama knows it, and Newt knows it. Even Gingrich’s former pal Nancy Pelosi realizes it when she said, “[Newt’s] not going to be president of the United States. That’s not going to happen.”

Pelosi of course was playing an orchestrated card to further help Gingrich by allowing him to vilify her. The red meat of the GOP just loves that stuff but is too short-sighted to realize they’re being played. But the bottom line is Newt can’t win.

You can bet on that.


Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market, a contributing columnist to the Tampa Tribune, and host of “Chris Ingram’s Irreverent Views” on News Talk 1470 AM Tampa.  The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9, the Tampa Tribune, or 1470 AM. E-mail Chris atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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8 thoughts on “5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget”

  1. Good column – I have felt exactly the same way since Rick Perry was embarrassingly unprepared for this campaign, and Herman Cain turned into Bill Clinton (or worse) when it came to the ladies. Romeny is not the conservative we want but he is the only adult candidate left in the race, and we need him. Saw an interesting quote from Ronnie Reagan in his memoir on Newt….”Newt Gingrich has a proposal for freezing the budget at the 1983 level. It’s a tempting idea except that it would cripple our defense programs. And, if we make an exception on that ,every special interest group will be asking for the same.”



  2. Hey Chris,

    I hope you are doing well. I couldn’t agree with you more on this regarding Mitt vs. Newt, your point on Pelosi is spot on, and I believe the same thing happened in SC with John King and getting the voters up there riled up against the media; a significant # of Newt votes were anti-media votes.

    I hope the primary voters start to see and understand the valid points you’ve made here.

    Keep up the solid work!



  3. I don’t like being told who to vote for.The same people who told everyone to vote for John Mccain are telling everyone to vote for Romney.I’m voting for Newt and if he gets beat by Obama then so be it but I still voted for who I WANT.


  4. Anyone supporting Newt needs to watch this video. Rather long but telling on Newt. Seems he is prone to REWRITE his history as he goes along.


  5. So my neighbor, a hard-working Hispanic GOPer, comes over on Saturday and says, “I’ve made up my mind, “I’m voting for Newt. I liked the way he told the media it was none of his business.” I looked and said, “I’m surprised a man with your family values would support a man who has failed twice in marriages. Was having an affair as he pushed for impeachment of Bill Clinton for his similar actions. I thought your Catholic values were something you looked for in your candidates.” He looked at me and said,”Is that true? He’s twice divorced?” I answered, “Do your homework.” Yesterday, he showed me his I voted sticker, and thanked me. “I looked up what you said and you were right. I voted for Romney today. Thanks for telling me the truth.”
    To our East Hillsborough County bible thumpers…wake up!
    Newt is not the one.


  6. Chris,

    You too, have gotten some of your history wrong. You continue to perpetuate the Romney talking points in regard to Gingrich’s supposed ethics violations. Newt was exonerated in very clear, very forceful language by the IRS and other agencies investigating the Speaker. In fact, compared to the depth of the IRS investigation, the House Ethics Committee investigation and hearings were little more than a witch hunt. For anyone wanting to know what actually happened, Byron York of The Washington Examiner covered the investigation in the 1990s and has written a follow up piece that you can view at:


    As for my own view, it’s amusing to me that so many people who claim to be “Christians” have no problems judging and condemning Gingrich for past trespasses instead of basing their opinion on the man who has admitted his faults publicly, found God and has lived an exemplary life since. The word that comes to mind to describe those people…is hypocrites!

    What I find most interesting, is that all of the “establishment politicians” in the GOP have come out so viciously against Gingrich. Even Nancy Pelosi was spitting venom on a news show yesterday about Newt. A person only does that when they have something to lose. In this case, they all stand to lose the same thing, the status quo! It’s my belief that most of the bums in Congress need to be thrown out, and if a Gingrich Presidency threatens them that much, then he’s the guy I’m voting for!

    Ken C


  7. Well stated, Chris! I certainly hope our party doesn’t “shoot itself in the foot” by nominating the un-electable” Gingrich…


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