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Opinion: Don't Let the Door Hit You, Newt and Rick

Monday, April 02, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Newt Gingrich addresses the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. (Getty)

It used to be that you knew a presidential candidate was really, truly serious when they resigned their current position (as governor, as senator, whatever) to make their run.

After neither candidate resigned their seat in 2008 it appeared ok to just be "present" in your representative role.

Of course, election 2012 has brought a new breed altogether: Tthe candidate who has no job from which he is absent.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich seem ready to campaign well into 2013 since this is, by far, the most prominence either has achieved in at least the last decade. At least Rick Santorum, C-list candidate though he may have been at the start of this election season, has won a number of states and has something resembling a reason to stay in. Newt Gingrich is just along for the ride because he's selling his books and has nowhere else to be.

We can and should do better.

Yes, either of these men are better than Barack Obama. Nearly anyone is better than a second term of an unserious man like our president. Nearly anyone can do a better job representing our country on the world stage and not cowering to other world leaders that our president. Nearly anyone can do better in reviving the economy instead of engaging in the catastrophic spending plan of our president.

That's just nowhere near enough. Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it's in all of our interests not to have second-tier candidates who lack experience or depth. We end up with presidents like Obama precisely because we don't demand a more serious field on both sides of the aisle. Previous to his election to president, Barack Obama was known for giving one great speech.

I can see where Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum shrugged their shoulders and said: I can do that! Voters need to hold the media accountable for elevating people of weak resumes like this to consideration for our highest office. And it's long past time for Newt Gingrich to go on home.

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Comments [4]

Hank Schiffman from NYC

That President Obama takes equal heat from both right and left is a fair indication he represents the middle of political spectrum, unlike any candidate of the GOP.

Your comments on the President are your opinion and party line. The right wing of this country is so far from the center it might just tumble over; and it would delight me if it does.

Apr. 13 2012 10:14 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

"We can and should do better."

Yet clearly the GOP cannot do better. Your party, led by the first 'CEO President', overstimulated the economy by overspending a budget that had been in balance. They under-regulated banking and turned a bunker fire into a conflagration by ignoring the choice most households would need to make between gas for commuting to work and the mortgage payment.

"Yes, either of these men are better than Barack Obama. Nearly anyone is better than a second term of an unserious man like our president. Nearly anyone can do a better job representing our country on the world stage and not cowering to other world leaders that (sic) our president."

Really? What policy or program would President McCain have pursued that wasn't based on Keynesian economics, that is raise government spending to make up for some of the decline in private spending to maintain GDP? Problem 1) Jobs, Problem 2) debt. Decreasing 1 will fix 2. Decreasing 2 first, will expand 1. Can we agree?

Apr. 04 2012 12:21 PM
Harrison Bergeron from NYC

"... election 2012 has brought a new breed altogether: The candidate who has no job from which he is absent..."

More proof that the economy is not doing well.

"... we don't demand a more serious field on both sides of the aisle..."

It's like reality television.

And thanks for staying off Ron Paul.

;-)

Apr. 03 2012 09:34 PM
naomi from poplar bluff missouri

They need to go home

Apr. 02 2012 11:23 PM

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