Another bitter old white guy trying to cling onto his short fame from the nineties is back in the race. FOX News leads all networks in preparing candidates for office and Newt has benefited from his time on FOX News maybe the most, but it won't be enough for him. He's changed religions almost as much as he's changed wives and with the last game show FOX put on that masqueraded as a GOP debate, it's no wonder he's getting in now.
He has been forced to delay some of his self-imposed deadlines for making decisions about a campaign as he unwinds himself from several of his businesses.
He is in the top tier of prospective candidates but ranks below some of the other contenders. In the latest CNN/Opinion Research Poll taken between April 29 and May 1, 10 percent of Republicans picked Gingrich as their choice for the nomination in 2012, the same percentage as Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ranked higher than Gingrich, although such surveys at this stage usually mostly gauge name recognition.
He has as much chance as Rudy Giuliani does at winning the nomination. Here's one of his lesser known, but equally outrageous rants on The Factor:
O'Reilly: I don't know whether you know this, but I did one of my papers at Harvard on this -- on how to reduce demand for drugs. But the United States has never figured it out. You can't lock up drug users, I mean, that doesn't work. And you can't force them into rehab, you have to want rehab, and even if you want it, it's very hard to get off hard drugs and alcohol. Very hard.
What you can do, though, is sanction people along the way. And this is what they do in Singapore. If you're caught possessing drugs -- and that means drugs in your bloodstream, they have a little hair thing, and they put it in there -- then you have to go to mandatory rehab. And they have centers where you go. Now, they have no drug problem in Singapore at all, number one, because they hang drug dealers -- they execute them. And number two, the market is very thin, because when they catch you using, you go away with a mandatory rehab. You go to some rehab center, which they have, which the government has built.
The United States does not have the stomach for that. We don't have the stomach for that, Mr. Speaker.
Gingrich: Well, I think it's time we get the stomach for that, Bill. And I think we need a program -- I would dramatically expand testing. I think we have -- and I agree with you. I would try to use rehabilitation, I'd make it mandatory. And I think we have every right as a country to demand of our citizens that they quit doing illegal things which are funding, both in Afghanistan and in Mexico and in Colombia, people who are destroying civilization.
Will this be one of his major campaign promises? "My administration will "test till the end" and hang them till they're dry!" Aren't these two guys always telling us that they want the government out of their lives?
By the way, Meet The Press has already nabbed Gingrich for their May 9th show and are calling it an "Exclusive" interview.
May 9, 2011 -- Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is expected to launch his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination this week, will join NBC's "Meet the Press" for an exclusive interview with David Gregory on Sunday, May 15. The live, in-studio interview will be Gingrich's first network appearance following his announcement.
Do you think Gingrich will be able to beat the winner of the last GOP debate, Herman Cain? The results must be true because Frank Luntz' focus group gave him the crown
If Frank Luntz's South Carolina focus group had their way, businessman and talk show host Herman Cain would be America's next President. Cain's honesty and candid answers won over a large number of those present. One man said he worked for Mitt Romney in the 2008 election, but would now campaign for Cain.
I'll take Tim Pawlenty for 200.00 please. Mr. Pawlenty, are you in favor of teaching creationism?