December 24th, 2011

Little Newtie, happy at last?

My goodness, what a vale of tears Newt Gingrich had to overcome with a childhood like this!

It makes Bill Clinton’s family look like the Waltons.

[Hat tip: Althouse.]

[NOTE: The title of this post is a riff on this. Of course, Gloria had money, and Newt did not.]

9 Responses to “Little Newtie, happy at last?”

  1. n.n Says:

    Marianne raged at Newt for his sanctimony in giving high-minded speeches about family values … His retort, she said: “People need to hear what I have to say … It doesn’t matter what I live.”

    Hypocrisy is a poor measure of a person’s value. He deserves credit for recognizing his faults and, ostensibly, for attempting to overcome his shortcomings. Many people are not even aware of the former and make no effort to confront the latter.

    I’m impressed that he survived and excelled following a harsh childhood.

    He is right on many positions and he has the character to persevere. The revelations of his childhood only serve to humanize him, and his marginal failures as an adult are not sufficient to dismiss his candidacy.

  2. Curtis Says:

    He’s a mutt and a mongrel, but in God’s eyes, it’s a person’s struggles for holiness which creates value. God loves the mutts and mongrels. They are precious in his eyes, and He is a father to the fatherless.

    I was wrong about Vaclav Havel; I kind of saw a similarity between him and Newt and other politicians who rely on their political accomplishments for a character assessment. And with Newt, I don’t know whether or not he is genuine. He, like Vaclav, writes and says the right things, but, who defines the line that demarcates good from bad.

    Perhaps, like King David and King Solomon, the trappings of power and command magnify one’s shortcomings and one’s strengths.

  3. Gringo Says:

    A candidate’s life story is not a compelling reason for voting for a candidate. Nonetheless, it is done at times. A factor in voting for Obama was his life story.
    Newt Gingrich has overcome more in his life than Obama has- in that sense he has a more compelling life story than Obama does.

    Would those for whom Obama’s life story inclined them to vote for Obama also say that Gingrich’s life story would increase their possibility of voting for Gingrich?

    I think not.

  4. NeoConScum Says:

    Not a temperament for the presidency. Period. He MUST be the “smartest person in the room”. He’s a poster boy for impulse and whimsy. Egomaniacal with no-balancing ability for right sized. The(See Sheehy)heavily manic side of his inherited pathology makes him driven, but inattentive… Etc, Etc, Etc.

    And the smarmy Axelrod & crew are compiling enough baggage of his scummy behavior while married in the 70’s(at least)to fill volumes.

  5. Nolanimrod Says:

    Bill Clinton as John-boy?

    We didn’t know John-boy was in the barn, so we were surprised when we went in for milking and saw Bossie having a cigarette and Gilda the goat in black fishnet stockings. Then we heard John-boy’s voice coming from the hen house.

  6. Perfected democrat Says:

    Now I understand how frail life truly is…. however, the fifteen trillion dollar question is: The Evil Party Versus The Stupid Party? Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Newt probably not for no reason. I have to admit trusting Rudy implicitly as an honorable and wise man, though my personal politics might be a tad to his right; that said, maybe the Republican’s could use a little shot of evil Newt this time around to begin the long, long process of turning the jihadis and the fifteen trillion dollar bomb around by fighting fire with, a little fire? Just speculating, since the best candidates, Alan West and Paul Ryan aren’t available for this very, very critical upcoming election…

  7. Perfected democrat Says:

    Oops, ALLEN West…..

  8. Artfldgr Says:

    Washington post

    Obama: The conservative in 2012

  9. NeoConScum Says:

    Perfected…Newt’s manic-impulsive-MUST be the smartest guy-vastly self regarding-dominating-disrespecful-sleazy past-few friends personality would be the center point of the 2012. NOT The Boy King’s utter absence of anything accomplished record. Mitt will be close enough in Iowa. In NH, he’ll he’ll win, Big Time.

    Newtie is a ‘Black Hole of Need’: LOOK at MEEEEE; I Helped WIN the COLD War!!; COOL new idea? Here I GO!!; Rage-Fury-Intolerance-Lack of Focus..Etc,Etc, Etc. (*Did I mention,”LOOK at MEEEEEE..!!”?*)

    We need a smart, seasoned, adult, ADULT, A*D*U*L*T in the Oval at this vastly critical time. A man unfraid of plodding, level tempered, follow through WORK. Mitt.

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