COMMENTARY | As the entire senior staff of Newt Gingrich’s campaign resigned Thursday, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, I have to wonder if Gingrich is finally on his way out for good. His campaign never did get off to a good start. His own party was not happy with him when he condemned Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare overhaul as “right wing social engineering.” Then reports surfaced that he was in debt with Tiffany’s jewelry store for over a half million dollars. Amidst all of this negative publicity, what does Newt do? He takes a two-week vacation with his wife.
Gingrich just never seems to go away. He was an unpopular speaker of the House, reports Gallup, and, at the beginning of his tenure in 1995, opponents pressed ethics charges against him for “GOPAC” and “Newt, Inc.” conflicts of interest. In 1997, he was fined by the Ethics committee for violating House rules. In 1998, as he was leaving a meeting at the Oval Office, he said to President Clinton, “Mr. President, we are going to run you out of town.” Just months later it was Gingrich who was out of a job, not the president. In November of that same year, he resigned from both his speaker position and the House.
What makes anyone think that Gingrich would make a good president? Granted, the Republican options for legitimate nominees for the presidential race keep getting slimmer, but do people really want a president who goes on vacation in the middle of chaos that needs to be dealt with? This sounds a lot like our former and most recent Republican president.
The news is just not that surprising to me, considering that Gingrich is consistently inconsistent and his own party doesn’t even trust him. With his own campaign staff questioning his commitment, it is unlikely that Gingrich will have a successful run, though he is quoted on Facebook as saying that he is “committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” according to the Minority Report.
In Gingrich’s book “Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America,” he stated that he believes the president should forcibly remove all federal judges who refuse to acknowledge that God the Creator is the centerpiece of our nation and our Constitution. Was I mistaken in believing that our nation was based on religious tolerance and freedom? The twice-divorced Gingrich appeals to the religious right by campaigning to remove justices who have ruled in favor of marriage equality in yet another bout with hypocrisy
At this time its unclear who will be left to staff Gingrich’s events. On Monday, he is scheduled for his first appearance at the 2012 debates. I sincerely hope that he decides to leave the race before then, and saves himself and his supporters the embarrassment. I don’t know how much more Newt I can take.