Saturday, May 14, 2011

In & Out

Two big announcements this week for the Republican field for 2012.

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, has now fully jumped in and will seek the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 2012. Over the years, Newt has shown himself to be quite a brilliant man, whether in his writings, speeches and ideas for solutions given. With this brilliance also comes a few missteps, be it the commercial with Nancy Pelosi and his leanings that may not be considered Conservative, from the environment to immigration. There are some who also question his personal past, but much of it is overdone and currently, he seems to have reconciled with his past. Having met Newt and Callista (his current wife) they seem to have a strong marriage and have both embraced Catholicism in their lives. (Newt converted when he married Callista.) Best solution for Newt to win the nomination is for him to fully re-introduce himself to the Republican voters and articulate his positions so that he is clearly understood. One thing for sure, a Gingrich-Obama debate would be the showdown of the century, with Newt trouncing the President!

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, tonight on his Fox News show, announced he will not seek the presidency in 2012. To me, this was not much of a surprise, as I think he seems happy in his current path in life as a pundit and television guy. While he seems like a very nice man (A friend's interaction with Huckabee proves this statement) and he is a strong social conservative, his overall consistency in endorsing conservatism could be challenged, and that makes me wonder what ramifications it would have had on his candidacy. Despite those questions, many see him as a strong conservative because of his social views and his decision will definitely open it up for the more consistent conservatives who are/will be in the race.

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