The Left by Y.I. Wearblack
"Thank you for flying Jet Blue today, Mr. Gingrich. How many bags will you be traveling with?"
"You know that there is a surcharge for additional bags, as well as a surcharge if each bag is over fifty pounds."
"No problem, I'll just charge it to my campaign. Traveling is a legitimate campaign expense."
"Great sir, place that first bag on the scale."
"It's kind of heavy"
"Well let's just see, sir. Wow, its over 200 pounds. What's in it?
"Well, that holds my expulsion from the House of Representatives."
"You were expelled sir?, Why?"
"I'm still not sure. I transferred some of the money from my campaign accounts to establish my teaching course and I forgot to report that to the IRS."
"You evaded paying taxes?"
"It's a gray area."
"But isn't that a crime, sir?"
"It was forgiven if I gave up my seat and admitted to it. So, it wasn't a problem."
"I am sorry, sir, but I'm going to have to charge you for that bag."
"The second bag, sir."
"Here we go young man..."
"Wow, it is over 500 pounds. What's in it?"
"Well, my divorces are in there."
"But sir, I thought you were a Christian Conservative espousing family values."
"Let me remind you young man, divorce is not a capital crime."
"I know sir, but didn't you lie to your ex-wives multiple times and then leave them?"
"Divorce can happen to anyone."
"But you did it twice, sir."
"I can pay my bills, young man, so let's get on with it."
"Yes sir, the third bag, please."
"It's also pretty hefty."
"What's in that one?"
"Well, I have my educational materials and lobbying career in that one."
"And why is that so heavy?"
"I'll tell you. I have written a lot of books, as has my current wife. Then there are tapes, pamphlets etc. And of course my business career. After leaving Congress I offered my "consulting" services to the highest bidders for my historical perspective--I am an historian you know. It came to millions."
"I see sir. I didn't know companies paid historians that well."
"They do if you know the right people in Washington."
"And the fourth bag sir?"
"Well, my age and weight are in that one. I'm 68 years old and I weigh over 250 pounds."
"Yes, sir, that's a big load for a man who wants to be President. But I know, just charge it. And the last bag, what's in that?"
"It's my character."
"That one is the heaviest of all. Well over a ton. But I understand why. A President needs strong character to do his job as he never knows what crises he will face."
"You are so right my boy."
"Mr. Gingrich, I'm afraid we will have to scrub you off of this flight."
"And why would you do that?"
"Just too much baggage, Mr. Gingrich. The plane won't fly."
The Center by Jerry Morgan
Newt is a mixed blessing for the Republicans. On the positive side of the ledger he is a veteran politician who knows first-hand the ins and outs of Congress. On the negative side of the ledger, he is a veteran politician who is a Washington insider. On the positive side he has proven that he could work with the other party to get important legislation passed in both houses and by the executive. On the negative side, he has shown a willingness to meet the Democrats half way, to compromise, to be reasonable, traits not admired by those on the right which will hamper him in states like Iowa. On the positive side, he is a reasoned intellectual who is capable of analyzing a problem and coming up with alternative solutions which may or may not be mainstream. On the negative side, he is an independent thinker---a radical concept these days.
On the positive side, he has had business experience since leaving Washington. On the negative side, he has had business experience since leaving Washington. On the positive side, he has known many women serially, including two failed marriages. On the negative side, there was some parallelism. On the positive side he consulted for Fanny and Freddie. On the negative side, he consulted for Fanny and Freddie, entities he now claims to despise. On the positive side Newt is not afraid to speak his mind. On the negative side sometimes what he has to say should not be on his mind.
Does Newt have too much baggage to fly for free on Jet Blue? Definitely, but name one politician who doesn't.
The Right by Dwight Cameron
Why I, an ardent fiscal and social conservative am for Newt:
First, I do not trust Romney. He seems to have big government instincts--not my cup of tea. The last thing we need is another W. Newt knows how Washington works and knows how to compromise; he and Bill Clinton had a plan to save Social Security until Bubba scuttled it. He is an excellent debater. He has good ideas, expresses them well and can think on his feet. Four years ago he wrote Real Change, a book where he outlined his ideas which, he claimed, may garner support among the majority of Americans. I agree. For instance, we obviously have a great many energy resources which could be developed to make us less dependent on Middle Eastern oil. The Republican slogan of "drill, baby, drill" was one of Newt's ideas that he outlined in his book. The other Republicans have either flamed out or could not get the support of the main-stream of the Party. I believe Newt is a small government conservative at heart and like the Manchester Union Leader, he has my endorsement. For the endorsement itself:http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111127/NEWS/711279999
Sure, Newt has heavy baggage but not sooo heavy. Go Newt!