Advice for Newt: Concentrate on Two Things. Organization and Humility.

Bookmark and Share  White House 2012 deputy editor and author IkeFriday recently tweeted;

 “Ask a friend about Newt, you will always get the same response. He’s the best and brightest, but they aren’t considering him”

That is probably one of the most accurate messages that one will ever find in Twitter’s use of 140 characters or less.  Fortunately, many voters, at least many conservative voters, are coming to realize the message in Friday’s tweet.   The conclusion that Newt is “the best and the brightest” is one that I have allowed myself to reach. 

While I have stated that I can easily support most of the Republican candidates for president…..almost all, I have also made it clear that all things considered, Newt Gingrich is my preferred choice in the existing field of candidates.  I am confident in Newt’s ability to lead and at least set our nation on a proper course.  Furthermore, I am more than confident in his conservative credentials.  Newt  is in many ways a contemporary father of modern conservatism.  He is one of the few  leading conservative figures who has experience in both shaping the ideology and maneuvering the conservative legislative agenda through government.  He is a man of ideas, who is believes that although conservatism represents traditional values and views,  modernity requires that innovative new approaches must always be applied to our traditional values, if we hope to see them carried on and applied to government.

This coupled with his legislative experience, a record of accomplishment, and an anti-establishment streak which enables him to understand that government must live by the same laws its creates, allows me to say they I believe Newt is the right person to lead our nation, at the right time.

Still, my endorsement of Newt is not one which arrived at easily.  Part of my problem with Newt has to deal with some of the very things that make him so uniquely qualified. 

He is unconventional. 

And while that is a good thing in the sense that we can no longer afford what has become the conventional methods of our government, it is not always a good thing when trying to deal within the conventional  political arena that is unavoidable .   It is part of the reason why Newt’s campaign temporarily derailed early on in the process.  His failure to allow himself to be confined to a traditional campaign structure, leads to problems.

But Newt has gotten back on track and seems to have permitted his campaign to enact greater structure to it and adopt a regimented and reliable approach to practical political methods.  

The only thing that still worries me about Newt is his ego.

Don’t get me wrong, Newt has every right to have a larger than normal ego.   And in case you don’t know it yet, all politicians have over-inflated egos.  That is part of the reason why they are so often caught up in scandals.  Their egos typically get so big that they think they are above the law and can get with anything, because they are special.  I do not fear that Newt will step in to scandal.  Most seasoned elderstatesman have learned from the mistakes of  other politicians.  My fear with Newt when it comes to his ego, is that he will again wander off the reservation of a structured campaign environment.  It is when Newt wanders off the reservation that he gets lost. 

Such structure is why Mitt Romney has to one degree or another, consistently held on to frontrunner status.  Whether you want to criticize Romney for being too careful or not bold enough, his campaign has set certain goals, devised a definite strategy, and stuck to it.  Such structure has prevented him saying or doing anything that caused him to take the same nosedive in the polls that many of the other candidates have taken.

Now that Newt seems to finally be on track, I fear that he will get overconfident and defeat himself.

If Newt intends on maintaining the forward motion he currently sees,  one of the most important things he needs is humility.

If Newt can allow the right people to organize the his ground game, and assist in the nuts and bolts of political strategy, he can focus on what Newt does best………explaining the problems, and providing the solutions.  Few can do that better than him and people are beginning to realize that.  However, while many are widely acknowledging that Newt is the “smartest man in room”,  human nature shows that such praise can soon wear thin on people.  After a while, society the way it is, eventually gets tired of  those have all th answers.  They soon begin to go from being positively perceived as the “smartest person in the room”, to being negatively viewed as “a know it all”.  That is where humility will help make or break Newt.   It does not mean Newt has to play stupid, it just means he must be humble.

If his campaign develops an organization that can compete with the professionalism of Romney’s team, and organize the type of effective G.O.T.V. effort that Mitt will undoubtedly have, and then maintains the type of humility which can keep him from being perceived as cocky or arrogant, he may just prove to be the “anyone”  in that  is the  anyone but Romney that the right wing of the Republican Party and the TEA movement are looking for.

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RSVP the “Make Obama a One Term President” Event

Bookmark and Share  While we as Republicans may disagree on who would be the G.O.P.’s best presidential nominee, we all agree that President Obama does not deserve to be reelected.
That’s why 5 creative individuals, Santo Lippo, Cyrus OathKeeper Pacis, Donna Marie Majoros Oswald, Donna Marie Majoros Oswald II, Aleen Realmuto, have created a Facebook Group called Reagan Conservatives Fighting to Make Obama a One Term President  , and through that group they have begun inviting people to a very special event called Make Obama a One Term President.  
According to the Facebook Page, the event will take place Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 between 6:00am and 9:00pm and it will be held at “Every Polling Station in the Nation”.
Click here to R.S.V.P. this event on Facebook

This is one event that no American should miss, especially if you are conservative who values the defense of our nation and its interests, limited government, less spending, and more freedom.

After you R.S.V.P. it , share the page with your friends and urge them to do the same.
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Rick Santorum Email Makes Desperate Appeal to Social Conservatives for Money

Bookmark and Share  Rick Santorum is struggling to gain some momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and he might have been able to if he had the right message and the amount of money needed to get that message out.  But he doesn’t.

Instead he is stuck trying to convince a divided evangelical bloc of the G.O.P. to support him instead of Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, or Rick Perry.  And without the money, he can’t even do that.

And it’s a shame, because while Rick Santorum is far from perfect, he is an attractive candidate with conservative credentials that may not be as consistent as some but far better than others.

However, no matter what, with a campaign treasury that is only slightly larger than that of Gary Johnson (yes, the former New Mexico Governor, is believe it or not, still running), it is nearly impossible for Santorum to go anywhere in the polls.  Short of a combined effort of the conservative Gods to perform a miracle for Santorum, his campaign will not have much life in it past the Iowa caucuses.  And Rick knows it.  That is why he sent out the email that you will find below this post.

In it, Rick Santorum desperately tries to anger the social conservatives that are his last hope.  He times his fundraising email so that it strikes just as the backlash against the mainstream media’s coverage of TEA movement darling Herman Cain seems to becoming an unfair public lynching.  It is under this atmosphere that Santorum tries to play the victim to similarly perceived liberal attacks.   Ultimately though, the fundraising attempts is one of those, “nice try, but no cigar” things that will do little to move the numbers in either Rick Santorum’s campaign account or the polls.

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It’s all Drama Obama – Challenges yes, leadership no!

Bookmark and ShareWell readers, I haven’t done much writing in the last week, largely due to taking some time out to put my thoughts into perspective regarding the current political situation in America. I have to say, as a huge admirer and fan of all things American, even the Miami Heat who beat my beloved Bulls in last season’s play-off’s, I am becoming increasingly concerned.

America in my own view as a foreign national has always been the beacon of hope for freedom, security and democracy during my whole life and long before I came into existence. The current political situation in Washington in not only gridlock, it is down right dreadful and unacceptable on every level.

I’ve watched the innuendo, criticism’s and twisted facts being spewed out over the last week, and it is time for American’s to wake up. I am not talking about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations; I have no problem with people expressing their beliefs, do it peacefully, make your point and go home politely. The wake up call I am calling for in fact, pleading for, is in the correct democratic way, through the ballot box.

I have had huge admiration for many American President’s regardless of party, there has been many great men who have graced the highest office in the land Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR & JFK, some of the most talented and brilliant men in history. I’ve no problem with party politics, as it is the model common to most European nations. What I do have issue with is a failure in leadership and then trying to blame, criticise and divide people, party’s and a fantastic nation for the sake of re-election.

I wrote an article on April 5, this year reviewing the performance of President Obama against his pledges. Link here(: ), I was fair and not overly critical. First and foremost, no matter who occupies the Oval Office, you should always want the President of the United States to do well, it is not only in America’s interest that a confident and strong leader occupies the office, it is in the global interest.

I have however come to the very firm belief that President Obama is causing great damage to the American spirit, industry and economy which made it great. Before I move on, I will stress, no-one was a more enthusiastic and overjoyed a person then I, when he got elected I 2008. It was truly historic and his message of “Hope and Change,” was what the world needed after the financial upheaval of 2008.

I’m not ignorant to the woes the president inherited on entering office, a recession and let’s be clear NOT a depression, as the White House tries to frame it, two wars, growing unemployment at home and a housing market on the floor. Yes, the challenges were many however, President Lincoln had to fight a Civil War to restore the Union, President Bush had to deal with 9/11 the biggest attack on America since Pearl Harbor and Hurricane Katrina and Harry Truman had to end a war, fight another and demobilise one of the biggest armies in history, all the while keeping the economy and nation going. My point is this, leading a nation such as America is both an honour and a privilege. The Presidency brings many challenges and when you seek that challenge you accept all that goes with it, above all the covenant to provide leadership. Leadership also means you acquire accountability and responsibility, the fact is President Obama had control of Congress for the first two years of his presidency, he can blame republicans all he wants however, facts are facts. President Obama appears to have a huge problem accepting blame, President Clinton did and moved to the center and in my view economically, was the best economic president in modern times because of it.

President Obama focussed on Obamacare and not jobs in the first two years, Timothy Geithner can defend him all he likes saying he prioritised jobs above all else, the facts are as Norah O’Donnell quite correctly challenged, is President Obama took his eye off the ball. The President promised Obamacare and all the discussions around it would be on CSPAN, well that disappeared and now we even have the San Francisco Chronicle being frozen out of events because, they dare attempt transparency at a fundraising event and the week is rounded off with proposed changes to the Freedom of Information Act, which a Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced.

A president is meant to be the leader of the nation, he or she is meant to issue the rallying call to the nation in hard times and provide the voice of assurance that things will get better. I admire great orator’s however, the rhetoric coming from President Obama recently has been disappointing, factually inaccurate, emotionally divisive and above all, disgusting from a President of the United States.

We had riots here in London during the summer, I’m not saying everything is perfect in the U.K. and that we don’t have our problems however, Our Prime Minister cut off his holiday and returned to our nation’s capital to resolve the issue. English people didn’t want to hear political assessments or excuses for the reasons for the riots, they wanted them stopped and the problem sorted, which is exactly what Prime Minister Cameron set about doing until he achieved the objective.

President Obama claims that Abraham Lincoln is one of his hero’s well, if he truly means that and wants to honour his memory and the Union he died to restore, he should change the language and stop the self-pity tour about the big bad Republicans. Get off the bus tours and campaign fund raiser’s and get back to Washington behind your desk and sort out the nation’s problems. I know from speaking with friends how difficult things are there economically at present. It is the responsibility of both sides to put the people and country first. The American he people, Democratic, Republican and Independent deserve their President back in the White House, doing his job and not playing legislative football or delivering podium speeches trying to score cheap political points. I will say this as an observer looking from afar, President Obama is starting to look silly with his speeches about caring and compassion while on the other hand raising millions for his campaign.

President Obama should seize the mantle of leadership and get both sides around the table and if necessary, allow some reporters into the discussions to cover the talks. There really needs to be compromise on both sides, if America believes it can afford to wait another year before reaching agreement on the debt issue and job creation, you must be mistaken. The problem the Eurozone area makes the “Debt Committee Talks” ever more urgent, failure to come to some reasonable practical way forward on the economy will lead to social disorder and a breakdown in law and order, is the president really advocating this? Does he want rioting in Oakland?

I know when we have worries, we don’t want to hear a leader tell us what a hard job and time they are having, remember, President Obama asked and sought the office, it wasn’t just handed to him. It is President Obama’s duty to perform for all American’s, not just his political base or fundraisers. I say Mr. President respectfully, stop the low level tone of your rhetoric and get off the campaign trail for a while. If you really want to be re-elected, show American’s you are prepared to lead and if necessary, make some sacrifices in their interest. The truth is, you had it very good for your first two years in office, and haven’t even had a full year of a Republican House of Representatives and he is saying he can’t deal wit them. It makes you appear weak Mr. President and incapable of handling the challenges and demands of office. Yes, you’ve done well on foreign affairs issue however, American people want a leader and unifier, not a divider.

Why does it matter to me you say, well I respect the office of the President of the United States and the United States greatly. I also respect decency, civility, appropriate language and statesmanship. The President needs to be a shinning example for all American’s and supporters to be inspired by in difficult times, not just a selective audience.

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