Newt Gingrich has always been one of my favorite leaders of the Republican party. The man was responsible for leading congress to set America up for huge success, even working under Democratic President Bill Clinton in the 1990′s, and he’s one of the few Republicans that you can honestly say “Things outside the box” on a routine basis. Newt Gingrich is smart, witty, and one of the most experienced political operatives we have. When Newt voices an opinion, you can take it to the bank.
With that said, New Gingrich has come out and said this week on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that there is no way the Republican party can compete with Hillary Clinton in 2016 in it’s current state. The exact quote was, ““Trying to win that will truly be the Super Bowl,” said Gingrich. “The Republican Party of today is truly incapable of competing at that level.”
After such a demoralizing defeat against President Obama in 2012, the Republican party is still in disarray and scattered. We’re a little bit like Al Qaeda right now, because we don’t have a leader, and we aren’t sure what to do next. There are a bunch of people trying to put themselves forward as future leaders of the Republican party, but they all seem to be doing so for personal gain right now. The GOP lacks that “reluctant leader” who is willing to step in and lead us towards victory, not because it will make him or her famous, but because it’s the right thing to do.
In order to defeat a candidate like Hillary Clinton, Republicans need to put forward a candidate that can successfully sell our platform to the American people. Being a schooled debater, and a great salesperson are qualities that will be needed in order to topple Democrats and combat President Obama’s popularity with the great unwashed masses. Americans need to be reminded why a party that promises them “free stuff” is not in the best interest of the nation, and how free market capitalism can return our country to greatness.
I’m looking at the horizon and don’t see a clear Republican presidential candidate for 2016 yet. I see the usual crowd, which will include most of the same guys you saw last time. You might see Marco Rubio from Florida, or Ted Cruz from Texas Republicans will have to be careful about running a Latino candidate though, because it could be perceived as pandering by the American people.
The intriguing possibility for a dark horse candidate does exist. And I don’t mean Donald Trump. A conservative could emerge from the shadows to lead the GOP between now and 2016. Some in the past have mentioned that it might be Rudy Guliani from New York, however he didn’t do well in previous presidential primaries. It’s probably going to be a governor, because governors seem to poll well and have a track record to run on when it comes to showing experience as an executive decision maker. Obviously President Obama was the exception to this rule, and was elected with almost no leadership experience on his resume.
I’m personally still a huge fan of Newt Gingrich, if he could just get over the hurdles that he has created for himself within the Republican party. Republicans seem to be cautious to vote for someone who is divorced, or who is perceived so negatively by the American people. I mean, his name rhymes with “Grinch” so he must not be a good person right? Gingrich is one of the most intelligent people we have in the party (PHD in History), is the best debater we have in the GOP, and he can skillfully carve up any Democrat challenger he faces. His performance in the GOP debates last year we essential to him winning South Carolina, and almost steamrolling into taking the nomination.
(Newt Gingrich skillfully destroys Mitt Romney in the Republican debates)
Ultimately Republican voters saw Romney as someone who was more likely to win, so they nominated him. It begs the question though, will Republicans continue to nominate likeable moderate candidates, or will they nominate someone like Newt Gingrich who is the rightful heir to Reagan, and who will make a proper case for conservatism in America? I guess we’ll find out by 2016…