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Notes from Newt on Earning GOP Nomination

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Over the past week, I’ve been receiving lots of hate mail from fellow Newt supporters about my comments on CNN that if Newt doesn’t win more than two contests, he needs to consider dropping out. Staff are jumping ship like fleas running from repellent applied to a dog. Newt’s campaign CFO Roberto Coquis left the campaign recently. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose family has donated $16 million to Newt’s PAC, said he thought “Newt had come to the end of the line.”

As a pledged delegate for Gingrich in Washington, DC, who cast my vote early for him, I’m not happy Newt hasn’t been winning and that’s a fact. I still maintain Newt is the best person to take the fight to Obama. As Speaker, he brought Republicans back into the majority rule in Congress after 40 years of the isolation in political Siberia. Newt worked with President Bill Clinton to balance the budget, bring unemployment down to 4% and reformed welfare. His Contract with America, “Promises made. Promises kept” isn’t like the failure of Obama’s Hope & Change, Promises made. Promises broken.

But we need to ask why Newt isn’t winning races? It can’t be just because Romney is running a negative campaign. If Newt had more money, he too could run negative ads against Romney like he did in South Carolina when his campaign had money. Newt also failed to get on Virginia’s primary ballot. Whose fault was that, Romney’s? The truth is when one runs for POTUS one must have an organized operation which in turn helps a candidate raise money so the candidate can advertise against his or her opponents. That’s why Obama raised $700 million in 2008, won the Democrat nomination and won the presidency!

Here’s what some people told me:

Marsha:  I saw your comment about Newt Gingrich on CNN…
YOU are an EMBARRASSMENT to our party, AND to Newt! I cannot believe you are Newt’s DELEGATE! I truly wonder if you aren’t part of the Illinois/Chicago regime making us the #1 state for corruption! I’m SOOO disgusted with YOU!

Crystal: You need to be SOOOO Disgusted with Newt. Sorry you feel that way. Instead bashing me and his staff who are leaving him in droves. You should direct your anger at Newt, fish rots from the head down+I’m tired of his BS. He needs to act the candidate we all believe in a winner not a loser. Winners win and don’t make excuses why they aren’t.

Mata: Can’t polive you change your position from supporting Newt , you tretor, make sure that all that support Newt know about you i well tell as many people as i can.

Crystal: “Sorry you feel that way. I feel like Newt is traitor to his DELEGATES+SUPPORTERS who stick their necks out for him+then he runs haphazard, SLOPPY campaign. Your hatred should be directed at him.”

Mata: Go to hell

The main way the nomination process works is candidates compete in primaries or caucuses to win delegates toward the magic number of 1,144. Logic tells us a candidate needs to win races to rack up delegates. This isn’t rocket science but basic math. That said there are other paths to the nomination like a brokered convention. Newt’s new strategy is making himself a “big choice convention” candidate where he will win the nomination in a brokered convention, assuming Romney arrives without the necessary 1,144 delegates.

In a brokered convention, all the pledged delegates are released and can cast their votes for a different candidate but according to RNC rules, a candidate must arrive at the convention with at plurality of delegates won across a minimum of five states, which Newt has yet to do. Yet, Newt insists he will be the GOP’s Harding of 2012.

Anything’s possible and nowhere in the rules of  running for president does it say candidates must drop out of the competition. Rather than hating me because I point out Newt’s flaw as is lack of  organization, Newties need to demand Newt man up and become the candidate we thought he was. With the lack of more wins under his belt, I’m having a difficult time understanding how Newt thinks he can woo delegates with conviction to vote for him in Tampa. If he can’t achieve the basics of getting on ballots and winning, how can we trust him with being POTUS? Organization is more than 50% of the job.

If Newt is indeed the most qualified conservative in the race, why has Santorum and Romney won more contests than Newt? Of late, Newt declared Romney needs “to earn the nomination.” Sounds like Newt needs to do some earning of his own and less talking about winning the nomination.

The time is now for Newt to either rise up or stand down. Republicans need to identify a candidate soon to take on President Obama. Otherwise we’re squandering precious dollars needed to defeat the billion dollar man in November.  Obama is the problem and this is the GOP’s race to lose.

Obama Slam Dunks Birthers and Trump

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Score one BIG for Obama on the birther issue. In releasing his birth certificate. Obama not only magnified the “silliness” of the matter but the racism associated with it. Short form, long form, and all the rest, the president given enough proof of his citizenship. Let’s be very clear: if President Obama wasn’t black, no American would be challenging his citizenship and “unalienable” right to be president just like his white predecessors.

Equally grotesque is the mainstream media’s reluctance to even hint at the obvious racial undertones to the birther movement against the president. (While the birther movement was started by Democrat supporters of Hillary Clinton, it is conservatives who have strengthened it, keeping it alive and brewing.)

This was a brilliant, calculated public relations move by Obama not only because it blunted Donald Trump’s insipid rants on the topic. But more importantly it reinforced the public’s perception that the Republican Party is a den of racists loathe to have anything to do with inclusion. The numbers support this notion. A recent CBS/New York Times poll found 45% of Republicans don’t think Obama was born in the United States. This kind of thinking has been lambasted by prominent conservatives like Karl Rove and George Will because they know this kind of incendiary rhetoric doesn’t win elections much less the hearts and minds of voters.

Will described the birther hysteria fomented by Huckabee, Gingrich as “vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party” and when not denounced by Republicans, “the conservative party is indirectly injured.” Finally, Will concludes “the sensible American majority” would not vote for a GOP candidate associated with such a wing nut party, which brings us to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump landed in New Hampshire yesterday to engage in a fantasy exercise of preparing to run for president in 2012. In an attempt to look presidential, Trump strutted to a banquet of microphones with his comb over askew and declared victory in pressuring the president to prove he is black and a US citizen.

“Today I am very proud of myself. I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed, while on the helicopter, that our president has released a birth certificate.”

Well, Mr. Egomaniacal Trump is sorely mistaken. He didn’t force the president to DO anything. While I certainly wouldn’t have endorsed such a strategy, Obama played a brilliant chess move in the game of politics. Obama Hussein Barack threw a pie in the face of the birthers and Trump stood up and let it smack him right in the face as their leader du jour. Trump did accomplish something yesterday. The Donald threw his credibility as a potential 2012 presidential candidate under the bus and further soiled the Republican Party’s image.

Donald Trump’s “me, myself and I” routine may work well for his business endeavors and his Apprentice franchise but it’s already becoming a hackneyed sideshow with unsavory racial undertones to the 2012 presidential election. As a Republican, I would like the party to support a candidate in 2012 that actually has a chance of winning and all this birther talk is an ugly distraction. Do us a favor Mr. Trump, either shut up or change your tune because Obama slammed dunked you and your birther kin.