COMMENTARY | I personally like Newt Gingrich. I admire his ability to be a regular individual, rather than a political robot. He has a lot in common with the everyday man, and it shows in the way he carries himself in the eye of the public.
I am a lifelong Republican turned independent. I am still a conservative, and wanted to vote for Gingrich from the moment he announced his candidacy. I observe all people in the public spotlight very carefully, and always have.
He is the kind of guy you can't shove without getting shoved back. That's exactly why I like Newt: That is a sure sign of strength, combined with personality. My main concern right now is national security, and then the economy, and in that order because the economy doesn't much matter if we are under attack on our own soil.
I think Newt has the knowledge and strength to deal with both. Unfortunately, I think Newt's open way of thinking, and responding to personal attacks during the race, is hurting him to the point that he's reached a no-win situation.
If only he could keep his cool through the attacks of his opposition, he could win the race. As I said, his open way of thinking and voicing his opinion has damaged him in a way that will make it almost impossible to become the next president.
He needs to throw in the towel now and possibly endorse, and seek a position in office under, Mitt Romney. Maybe a Romney/Gingrich ticket? I could see that working well because Romney can focus on this train wreck of an economy while Gingrich watches the threats we face.
- Newt Gingrich