At a question / answer session at the college of the Ozarks, Newt Gingrich showed his die hard support for the Republican party-
He predicted the rise of a third party by 2012 if Republicans don’t get their act together. And he acknowledged that most of the big financial problems the country currently faces began under the era of former President Bush.
“Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year. If you’re going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama’s first two, three months,” he said.
Yeah- that took me a 2nd read to ensure I caught that right. Our former party leader is predicting that the “big business” sect of the party will kill the party. His motivation seems like one of two obvious things. Either he is genuinely worried that the Republican Party will be on the verge of folding by 2012, (I’m leaning towards not likely) or he is clearing the way for himself to be the “change agent” sweeping in to save America in dramatic fashion in 2012 in which he accepts the presidential nomination of another party.
I suppose the lingering hypothetical question is- would you support him as a 3rd party candidate? If your knee-jerk reaction is no, then consider if you would support him compared to McCain if he had been a choice. Or compared to most of our other potential nominees in 2008 who didn’t accept all 3 legs of conservatism fully?