Roger Fallihee

Roger Fallihee
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September 29
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NOVEMBER 23, 2011 2:08PM

Did Gingrich Deliberately Undermine His Own Campaign?

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Newt Gingrich does not want to be the 45th President of the United States.

He wants to raise his profile, sell more books, add to his already substantial client base, and make piles of money.  But he does not want to be the leader of the free world.  Why?  Because he's smart enough to know that he is a much better backbencher than he is a leader.

Gingrich likes being on FOX News.  He likes to pontificate.  He likes it when people talk about how smart he is.  What he does not like is the scrutiny that comes with his new lot in life as the GOP frontrunner.

When Herman Cain's campaign (another man who doesn't want to be President) imploded, Gingrich became the next "anyone but Romney" candidate.  When he woke up and realized that he was polling better than Romney and now had a decent shot at winning the Iowa Caucus, he must have panicked.

So last night, in a very deliberate way, Mr. Gingrich passionately explained why we have to "be humane in enforcing the (immigration) laws without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."

It's an outstanding, realistic approach to a very complicated problem... just the kind of solution that Tea Party members loathe.

I predict that Gingrich will follow this gambit up with a few more well-placed stink bombs so that he can reduce his numbers back to where he wants them... single digits.  Maybe he'll again bring up that child labor laws are stupid.

This way Newt can be Newt.  Little scrutiny or accountability.  He can talk to Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susterin until he's blue in the face, cash huge paychecks, buy his wife any piece if jewelry she wants, and not have to explain his filter-free thoughts and ideas.


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his wife with stars and glitter in her eyes will be sooooooo disappointed, but will remain true, until he finds another behind the stairwell.
This latest spewing takes attention away from his Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae payola scam also. I agree that he hasn't had any intention or chance of actually obtaining a victory.
Interesting take, and entirely plausible. I'm still at a loss to understand why anyone would want to be President, to tell you the truth.
I think you may be right. It's the same kind of game Sarah Palin played, although she didn't have enough of a work ethic to actually enter the field.
I feared that he was testing the stupidity levels of the Republican Party voters to see if they were high enough. The fact that the entire clown car has topped the polls at one point or another, no matter what facile, idiotic thing they said or how drunk they were, indicates that the party is just about ripe.
Newt is an extreme megalomaniac and would love to be president. He won't get there, but he is trying to at least be the GOP nominee. His immigration shtick is aimed at a general election crowd, but he figures that apostasy can be written-off because the illegals should be church-going members of society...and that he's not a Mormon, or Mitt.

What he's doing is positioning himself to replace Romney on the electability issue. He figures, probably correctly for the moment, that in the end he'll suck less than Mitt. After Iowa scares Republicans by voting for a real whack, electability will become a more prominent issue. Newt figures if he gets a win or close second in N Hamp, he rides into the south with an edge over the other not-Mitt muckety-mucks.

He can't win, but his delusional mind sees his unnaturally swollen head on Rushmore.
Bizarre as it sounds I have been wondering this about a lot of the so-called candidates for president over the last fifteen years. Many of them have demonstrated that they can be rational yet they act like complete idiots. It often seems as if they're trying to see who can be the worst candidate; yet in many cases that is what gets them votes from the fringes.