Newt-Picking, Flip-Flopping, Mistakes, Gaffs, & the GOP


“…He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.” Tyron Edwards

The Pink Flamingo’s mother likes to quote an old proverb that states “A wise man changes his mind, but a fool, never.”

There is only one perfect person, Ron Paul is his name.  The little Tin Foil god has a new ad up and running that castigates everything Newt has ever done wrong.  Too bad someone doesn’t have the time to do one about the person Michael Medved calls Dr. Demento. It’s too bad no one bothers to go after Ron Paul for his cozy little promotion of the gold standard while buying up gold stock. Cicero once said that “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.”  I think that says best what the new Ron Paul attack ad against Newt is.

The far right is out to get Newt.  He’s just not conservative enough for them, today.  Then again, these are the same people who once worshiped Ronald Reagan, only to desert him for some pathetic incarnation of a cross between Ron Paul and Elmer Gantry.  They’re also after him because he is ethical?  NRO is in the tank for Mitt, as is FOX an the WSJ.  Jim Geraghty has one of the dumbest columns I’ve seen to date.

Rick Perry is even more gaffe prone that George W. Bush, and that’s a heck of a lot. Making a verbal gaffe is not the end of the world.  It is not an indication of a person’s IQ, It is an indication of exhaustion and nerves.  It is also an indication of a brain that is working.  Speaking of which, there are those on the far who think that Newt should disqualify himself because he has ideas. There is an old African proverb that defines Rick Perry.  “A wise man doesn’t know everything – only a fool does.”  It also defines Ron Paul.

The extremes of the political world – those who lack an actual brain that functions in a logical and reasonable manner are incapable of comprehending the fact that people change their minds.  Emerson once said that “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”  I guess he never met the far right and the MSM.  I guess he never met Ron Paul and his bots.

Tyron Edwards was an American minister and thinker.  He once wrote that “The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves–our weakness,errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.”

Herman Cain is a man who has destroyed himself.  Contrary to what Ann Coulter might think,  he is not being attacked because he is a Black conservative.  If it were a race based attack, then why not destroy Allen West or Tim Scott.  It is a character thing.  Why not destroy Condi Rice?  Maybe – because character does matter.   Cain’s arrogance is the fact that he is incapable of admitting that he has made mistakes.  Mitt Romney is wise enough to change his mind.  Newt Gingrich is wise enough to admit that he blew it on various things.  Rick Perry is absolutely charming when admitting to a screw-up.  Herman Cain is, thus far, incapable of admitting to such things.  In his failure to admit to mistakes, he shows how abjectly week he is.

  • So what if Newt was a lobbyist?
  • So what if Mitt has changed his mind on things?
  • So what if Rick Perry has not met a gaff he doesn’t like?
  • So what if Newt has been a politician all his life?

As for John Huntsman, well, the one reason I like him at all is because of his father.”…Jon M. Huntsman Sr. — billionaire industrialist, father of a presidential hopeful, four-time cancer survivor — has no patience for the Scrooges of the world. Even the philanthropist club of billionaires started by Mr. Huntsman’s friend Warren E. Buffett that is trying to enlist the world’s richest to give away half their wealth seems tight-fisted to him….“I suggested 80 percent,” he said. “A tremendous number of wealthy people haven’t given much of anything….Of the world’s 1,200 or so billionaires, Mr. Huntsman is one of only 19, according to the wealth-watch monitors at Forbes Magazine, who have given away more than $1 billion….”

Then there is the never going to be good enough crowd. I could use something they are holding over the heads of Mitt Romney or Rick Perry. But, I’ll use this instead.

Allegedly the “Christians” in Iowa don’t like Newt Gingrich. He’s not perfect and he has admitted he isn’t perfect. They want perfection. There was only one perfect person. The way they are acting, I doubt if they would even recognize Him.

“…I’m not at all surprised. I think that you have to expect that kind of trash. I’ve been honest about the fact that there are things I did in my past that I’ve had to go to G-d and seek forgiveness for and seek reconciliation. And if this guy manages to find some magic example, I will stipulate it. I have a very good marriage with Callista. We have, we’re very, very close and have been now for well over a decade. I’m very close to my two daughters and my son-in-laws, and I’m very close to my grandchildren. And I’ll let people look at who I am and how I live today and decide whether or not I’m the person they want to have as president…”

Christians are alleged to be humble, forgiving, and decent. I’m not seeing this in Iowa. I’m not seeing it through the alleged ethical honcho of the Southern Baptist Convention. All I see in Dr. Richard Land is ignorance and bigotry.

“…In a March interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr. Gingrich touched on his marriage problems, saying he had sought “God’s forgiveness” for his actions.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Mr. Gingrich said.

“What I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” he said. “I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness — not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness.”

Mr. Land, though, suggested in his letter Wednesday that Mr. Gingrich still has his work cut off for him, while advising him to give a speech on his martial history in a “pro-family venue.”…”

The latest numbers out of Florida appear to be proving Dr. Land is a fool.

“…“I am totally shocked by these numbers,” said pollster Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage. “Newt Gingrich is winning nearly 50 percent of the independent vote, but more importantly, the Republican vote which makes up the vast majority of the Florida Republican primary.” Cain holds just 12 percent of Republicans and only 3 percent of independents.

“I have not seen a lead this large, this late in a Republican presidential primary season since I have been polling,” said Towery, who notes that his firm has never missed identifying the winner in Florida’s statewide contests.

Gingrich’s skeleton’s may be the reason women voters remain his weakest demographic group. Yet, he still gets 33 percent of them to Romney’s 17. With males, Gingrich commands 50 percent to Romney’s 18….”

The bottom line here is that no one is perfect.  People running for office should not be held to standards higher than the rest of us are.  They should not be allowed to have lower standards either.  To expect perfection is foolish.  To expect a candidate not to have changed their mind on an issue is to seek an idiot.  To find one without experience in Washington is to get another Barack Obama.