It is appearing more and more with each passing day that Newt Gingrich may actually have a chance to be the Republican nominee for President. If anybody had told me 12 months ago that the former House Speaker would be leading the pack, I would have said that person was as “crazy as a loon.” Frankly, the very thought of this man even having a chance to be President is hard to believe. In fact when you consider that possibility, it’s a very scary thought. Based on his past, Gingrich should never even be considered as a person to lead our country as President. I suspect that I am not the only person who feels this way.
Gingrich’s rise to the top of the Republican Presidential field has even caused some leading Republicans to be greatly concerned. That group includes some members of Congress. Based on media reports, those who served with Gingrich in the House remember all too well the turmoil of nearly two decades ago when he was Speaker. The GOP field is very weak and apparently that has allowed Gingrich to rise to the top. But just as we were getting this issue ready to go to the printer, Gingrich was beginning to lose ground in public opinion polls.
Regardless of how bad he has been in the past, some astute observers believe Gingrich has the discipline and stamina to outlast Romney and, down the road, face President Obama in the general election. But the reality is, if he survives the primaries and the GOP convention, it will be most difficult for Gingrich to run away and hide from his past. I don’t believe for a minute that the American people will support Gingrich in the general election if he winds up as the GOP nominee. But I suppose stranger things have happened in past elections.
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