Newt Gingrich Campaign On Life-Support

I like to see the mechanics of political campaigns,  regardless of the person or party.  So I am watching with interest to see if the Newt Gingrich campaign can survive the self-inflicted wounds from the past weekend.  The gaffe that started this mess was when Gingrich labeled, correctly I think, Congressman Paul Ryan’s much-touted Medicare plan as too “radical”.  That set off howls from conservatives, and then a series of gestures from Gingrich to quiet the noise-makers.

While there have always been doubts about the ability of Gingrich not to do or say something rash and intemperate, no one thought he would implode this soon. It has only been about a week since he became an announced candidate!   So now the question is can Gingrich do or say anything that will again put his campaign for the White House on track. 

I suspect it will be very hard, as most who will be the money-givers, and die-hard supporters are not interested in glory laps for any candidate.  They want a winner!  The stakes are too high to have a feel-good race.  From my point of view it seems Gingrich wants to be in the race for the sake of himself, as opposed to the needs of the Republican Party.

Having said that however, the GOP would be wise to understand what Gingrich said, even if it was stated in less than an artful way.

Newt Gingrich has always been a blow-hard who wraps himself in the intellectual part of his party.  Gingrich is correct to say that the GOP needs to not come across as radical in its approaches to win in 2012, and that Ryan’s proposal is aimed in the opposite direction from the sensible way to run a race for the White House.  But it is also true to say that for all the years and all the interviews given by Gingrich it appears that little was learned.

Bluster and bombast are not good characteristics on the campaign trail.

Catholics Call GOP Speaker Boehner “Anti-Life”, Failing To Uphold Catholic Moral Teachings

It has always been one of those things that gnaws at my sensibilities. 

Far too often conservatives argue and fight for ‘life’ issues that deal with contraception and abortion, but then get all fiscally tight-fisted and not understanding the needs of the real person after birth.  The issues that conservatives just get down-right mean over include  immigration, paying teachers a wage commensurate to the work they do for society, and providing health care for all.

With that in mind comes news today that Speaker of the House of Representative John Boehner has been called out by prominent Catholics for not upholding basic Catholic moral teachings.  Boehner is a life-long follower of Rome.  More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a stern rebuke to the Republican leader.

“Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the church’s most ancient moral teachings,” the letter says. “From the apostles to the present, the magisterium of the church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”

The letter writers criticize Mr. Boehner’s support for a budget that cut financing for Medicare, Medicaid and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, while granting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. They call such policies “anti-life,” a particularly biting reference because the phrase is usually applied to politicians and others who support the right to abortion.

The letter of course could have been sent to almost every member of the GOP ( and some readers to this blog) as the message needs to be heard by all those who spout one thing, and then act in a far different way.

If conservatives are going to be ‘pro-life’ than by all means be consistent.

From birth to old age walk the talk.  From education, health care, immigration, and the right for personal fulfillment show with actions what the words which are too easily spouted are all about.  How is it that liberals are always more ‘pro-life’ than the ones who claim that term for themselves?

Sadly, Speaker  Boehner and those like him are far more interested in hypocrisy than in being truly ‘pro-life’.  After all they think there is more to gain from the politics of talking the talk, rather than walking the walk. 

I know one reader from Green Bay who does the same.