Gingrich Is a Whale of a Candidate If You’re Into Recycling Garbage
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Tue, 03/01/2011 – 9:02pm.
While Newt Gingrich is going around the country courting conservative Christians and complaining that America is “too secular a society,” its “religious belief … [is being] challenged by a cultural elite,” and “God is [being] driven out of public life,” his 527, American Solutions for Winning the Future, became the No. 1 fundraising committee during the 2010 election cycle.
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Anyone who has even remotely followed the career of Newt Gingrich knows that you can definitely count on a few things from him: He has an opinion on just about everything; he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room; he’s prone to making bone-headed statements and then tries to walk them back; his Gingrich enterprises are running 24/7, churning out books, videos, movies, op-ed pieces, websites, tweets, and You Tube videos; he’s always raising lots and lots of money for his work; and, the capper, he wants to be your president.
Another thing you can be fairly certain about Gingrich is that these days he will go practically anywhere at any time in order to profess his religious beliefs. As the New York Times rather kindly pointed out recently, Gingrich’s “conversion to Catholicism two years ago is part of an evolution that has given him a deeper appreciation for the role of faith in public life.” This “evolution” on Gingrich’s part is likely due at least in part to the fact that over the years serious questions have been raised about the former Speaker of the House’s moral character, especially by leaders on the Religious Right.
Questions about his affairs, three marriages and the hypocrisy he displayed during the Clinton impeachment period have plagued him for years. Leaders on the Religious Right have either downright distrusted him, or at best, been ambivalent about him. Although the Religious Right is not as domineering a force within the GOP as it once was, getting its stamp of approval is a necessary step if a candidate is to win the Party’s nomination.