Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bill Kristol: GOP's future lies with entertainers and ideologues

First Posted: 10-27-09 11:13 AM   |   Updated: 10-27-09 12:19 PM 

William Kristol's crystal ball hasn't worked well in the past.  He was the man who was primarily responsible for getting Sarah Palin the VP slot in the 2008 presidential campaign. He greatly overestimated Palin's abilities as a national leader.

Beck and Limbaugh appeal to naive undereducated people. There are plenty of them in the US, but not enough to win an election. The Democrats would love to run against Sarah Palin is 2012, but that will never happen. GOP insiders would torpedo her after her dismal performance during the McCain campaign. Mike Huckabee would be crushed in the North East and Left Coast. His Fair tax is simply a Trojan for Supply Side economics.

That leaves Newt Gingrich. Rightardia has written several articles on Gingrich who was  a divisive Speaker of the House. Gingrich had to resign as speaker due to misconduct and was married and having an affair with his present wife while he was bashing President Clinton on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. 

Gingrich knows that his adulterous affairs will be a big issue with evangelicals and he has converted to Catholicism. He invokes God whenever he can in his speeches. This man is a hypocrite who should not be allowed in any elected office. 

America doesn't need another president from the South, that's for sure! 

In his Washington Post column Tuesday,  William Kristol predicted that the "center of gravity" in the GOP going into 2012 will not be its leaders in Congress but rather "media personalities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh" (as well as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich).

But it's unlikely that the minority party in Congress will be the source of bold new conservative leadership over the next three years. Even if Republicans pick up the House in 2010, the party's big ideas and themes for the 2012 presidential race will probably not emanate from Capitol Hill.

The center of gravity, I suspect, will instead lie with individuals such as Palin and Huckabee and Gingrich, media personalities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and activists at town halls and tea parties.

Some will lament this -- but over the past year,as those voices have dominated, conservatism has done pretty well inthe body politic, and Republicans have narrowed the gap with Democrats in test ballots.


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