The Republican 2012 Election Con – Are They Really Trying To Win?
Why would the Right position itself to look so wrong in Iowa?
Current polls of who is the favorite Republican Presidential candidate have Newt Gingrich on top. Granted the top spot among Republican Presidential candidates has changed five times already, but these recent polls suggest one of two things. Either the Republican base is insane, or the Republican leadership does not want anything to do with the Presidency in 2012. I suggest that the latter is most likely the Republican strategy. It would appear that the Republican leadership sees nothing to gain by winning the Presidency 2012. Instead I suggest that we are being subjected to the biggest election con ever perpetrated on the Citizens of the United States.
In support of my hypothesis, one needs look no further than who is currently the favorite among Republican candidates, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. If there ever was a hypocrite, that admitted so before he or she ran for President, it is Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich. You don’t have to search far for evidence either. He has admitted to his ethical lapses in public on more than one occasion. This is more about the pursuit of the Presidency than any particular dirty laundry list that is Mr. Gingrich’s political career, but a few of his historically low moments should be shared just in case people have forgotten or just don’t know.
Although Newt Gingrich resigned from the House in November 1998, he was the driving force behind the investigations that lead to the attempt to impeach President Bill Clinton. While Speaker Gingrich was leading the investigation of President Clinton, he was having an affair with one of his staffers, Callista Bisek. Ms. Bisek became the third Mrs. Gingrich in 2000. She testified that their relationship began in 1993. President Clinton’s impeachment trial for perjury and obstruction of justice began in 1998.
Newt Gingrich is also no stranger to “intentional and/or reckless” disregard to the truth. In January 1997, almost two years before President Clinton’s impeachment trial for lying, Speaker of the House Gingrich was sanctioned by Congress for lying to an ethics committee. His personal life is pockmarked with ethical lapses as well. Two of his marriages ended while he was having affairs. Although one daughter claims otherwise, his first wife told the Washington Times the divorce came as a complete surprise. Whether or not he perpetrated that surprise on her while she was in the hospital recovering from Cancer is not important. What is important that even suggestions of lapses In character have no place in the Oval Office.
On just those facts alone Newt Gingrich should not be the favorite Republican candidate for President. It is hard for me to understand how any party could field a person so tainted by personal and political corruption unless they needed to put up someone that could sling poop while pretending to be a serious candidate. If I am correct, Newt Gingrich is the ideal man to be part of the great election con of 2012. He qualifies on many levels to be the slinger of political mud during the elections of 2012. Not only does he have nothing to lose, but despite his inability to maintain a moral balance, Newt Gingrich is anything but stupid.
It is understandable, at least to me, why the Republicans would not want anything to do with the Presidency in the short term. The next four years are going to be very hard on this country as well as the world. There are just no quick fixes available to right what took 50 years to crash. Like all those expensive Italian and German sports cars that recently wrecked on a Japanese freeway, what took time and skill to build, then crash, can’t be fixed fast, if all. In the case of the Presidency, it is unlikely that any policy change alone could right our economy, even if the President had a rubber-stamping Congress to count on. This would explain why the Republicans can stand behind someone like Newt Gingrich for President. The Republicans do not want to win at any cost!
My thought is that the Republicans want to kill two birds with one election in 2016. Not only do they want the Presidency, but they want both houses of Congress. The first could be pretty easy. The chances of winning the Presidency in 2016 against Hillary Clinton or whoever the Democrats field should be better than taking on President Obama in 2012. If the economy is still meandering or worse, Citizens will want big change at the top. No Democrat would stand a chance, especially if they were associated with 8 years of President Obama. That goes double if the candidate happens to be the Vice President. We still don’t know if Joe Biden will be the Vice Presidential candidate in 2012. In my book, Hillary gets a shot, if only to put her in line for 2016.
The bigger issue for Republicans in 2016 is maintaining control of both houses of Congress. As it is, the approval rating for Congress is lower than the approval rating for Iran. The approval ratings for Congress are a national embarrassment. In other countries, such low rating would cause governments to be dissolved. Not in America! Here you just get re-elected. This is where abandoning a real attempt to take the Presidency pays off for the Republicans. If by some chance any Republican wins in 2012 and the Republicans maintain control of both houses of Congress, they will also have to magically fix the economy without making every Citizen and corporation hate them. That is mission impossible.
On the other hand, if the Republicans can maintain even a slim majority in Congress so that they can remain obstructionists, it is likely any lack of progress in economic prosperity will be blamed on the re-elected President Obama. I would venture that in 2016, if our economy is not robust, even if Congressional approval ratings find their way further into the abyss, all it would take is fresh Republican candidates to make the electorate forget about who got them to the mess on the Right side of the aisle. No amount of freshness would make a Democrat viable. So not only can the Republicans win the Presidency, but they can probably establish an overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress.
In the mean time, I predict that between 2013 and 2017, we will see the dirtiest, least productive period in governance here in the United States. The mudslinging will start in earnest after the Republican Convention and won’t stop until November 2016. The Republicans won’t have anything to lose, especially if they put up the likes of Newt Gingrich as primary dispensers of fecal matter. Newt Gingrich doesn’t have anything to lose either because in the end, he will just increase his value as a lobbyist. It isn’t as if he has a real political future. He already blew that up.