Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gingrich says he's considering presidential run.

Newt Gingrich says that he is seriously considering running for the presidency as he predicts that Barack Obama will be a one term president.

"I think he will replace Jimmy Carter as the worst president of modern times," said Gingrich.

Thanks to Obama's performance, Gingrich said he expected that whoever wins the Republican nomination would win the White House.

"He is a disaster," Gingrich said of Obama. "His principles are fundamentally wrong. The people he appoints are more radical than he is and less competent."

This is where I think Republicans live in their own world, a world in which they talk to themselves and no-one else. Please note that he begins by saying that Obama "will replace Carter as the worst president of modern times". On what planet does Carter take that title from George W Bush?

But, as George Mason University’s History News Network reports, the historians have a different measure. They want to stack him up against his forty-two predecessors as the nation’s chief executive. Among historians, there is no doubt into which echelon he falls–his competitors are Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin Pierce, the worst of the presidential worst. But does Bush actually come in dead last?

Yes. History News Network’s poll of 109 historians found that 61 percent of them rank Bush as “worst ever” among U.S. presidents.
But, to Gingrich this will be dismissed a Bush Derangement Syndrome and, having given it a disparaging name, that is enough for it to dismissed as unreasonable discourse amongst right wing loons.

And, unsurprisingly, Gingrich argues that Obama will be easy to defeat because he is not governing like a Republican.

Unlike President Bill Clinton, who rebounded from first-term problems by pushing for welfare reform and budget balancing changes that pleased moderate voters, Gingrich argued that Obama shows no inclination to move toward the center.

"He's not like Bill Clinton," Gingrich said. "Bill Clinton was an Arkansas, Southern Baptist, sort of understood middle American. While he had some Yale overtones being liberal, the truth is Bill Clinton was quite happy to move to the right."

One could be forgiven for thinking that the Republican ideology hadn't been soundly defeated at the last election. For here again we have that belief that the United States is a centre right country and that the electorate only ever elect Democrats in the hope that they will govern like Republicans.

Gingrich truly believes this, as do many others in the right wing blogosphere. I think it's an insane proposition.

I suppose if you spend all your time watching Fox News that it would be easy to believe that Obama is a one term president and that the entire country is outraged and simply biding it's time to give him a bloody nose.

That's not how it looks from where I am sitting. From where I sit Obama against Gingrich would be even more of a walk in than Obama against McCain.

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