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Now the only question is who will be Newt’s running mate?

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has suddenly decided it is time to give a “major national security address” at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Thursday. In his speech, Gingrich will directly challenge Obama.

Gingrich is also spending an awful lot of time in Iowa and South Carolina.

Personally, I think this is great. While I don’t agree with many of Gingrich’s policies, at least he has policy positions. I would like to see the Republican party reemerge, and Gingrich probably has the best shot at helping that happen. I can say that I have more respect for Gingrich than any other current possible Republican candidate for the presidency. And I like the fact that he is an actual fiscal conservative, not just a pretend one.

Yes, I know there are problems with Gingrich. There are his marriage problems, including his having an affair during the time he was condemning Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal. And even Republicans attacked him for his mishandling of the budget showdown, eventually leading him to resign both as Speaker of the House and his congressional seat. Even more troubling are his ethics violations, making Gingrich the first Speaker ever to be disciplined by Congress for ethical wrongdoing.

But I am serious with the headline. I have no idea who would make a good running mate for Gingrich. What do you think?



  1. Nom_de_Guerre wrote:

    I betchya know who!


    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Morrius wrote:

    That wouldn’t be a bad idea, actually. Palin would bring in the Tea Party vote while Newt brought in the country club Republicans, and she would distract away from Newt’s scandals.

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
  3. patriotsgt wrote:

    Anyone but Palin this time. Romney, or Huckabee would be better choices although I bet Romney enters the race. Palin would better serve as a replacement for Steele. Let her get alittle more grooming, savy, and education. Then go for VP. or more.
    I’m waiting to see Hilary challenge BO. I think she’d win the Dem nomination. Then Bill could be the 1st “first man”.

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m sure almost all the humorists out there are rooting for Palin. She is an unending source of comedy. Not to mention there are plenty of Democrats who would love for Palin to be their competition.

    But I’m trying to be serious (I know, it’s difficult to imagine). Who would be a *good* running mate? Romney is too much a weaker version of Gingrich, so I don’t think he adds anything to the ticket. Huckabee might be a better choice for bringing in the social conservatives (and I actually have respect for Huckabee, even though I pretty much disagree with everything he says). But remember, a VP candidate doesn’t have to be a someone we know about — who even knew who Palin was before McCain selected her — including McCain?

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  5. Jonah wrote:

    I think gingrich as a candidate has no chance against obama. While he may sound smarter than the other candidates some of the stuff he has been spewing has been downright silly. I remember when he was on the daily show advertising the republican message that there had not been any terrorist attacks under george bush. Of course in that fantasy republican world, bush’s term started after september 11 2001.

    But if he does run chris christie may be a dark horse VP candidate.

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  6. Larry McGee wrote:

    Have you really come to the conclusion that warts are the new beauty marks for the Republican Party?

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Larry, you have a better idea?

    Jonah, I don’t remember Gingrich saying there were no terrorist attacks under Bush. It was Dana Perino who said that, and then Rudy Giuliani repeated it. Please, correct me if I’m wrong.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink
  8. spiked wrote:

    Does the VP have to have been born a US citizen as well? I’m just California dreamin’ for a bit. It would be very popular in Europe and if you made Sly Stallone Secretary for Defence as well the Jihadi’s would dead set shit themselves.
    Frankly, from afar, it seems that the VP job decription in the last 20 years has been “distract everyone from how much of a dill our candidate is by doing and saying dumber things than them”
    Once again, from afar, who is that Tim Pawl?… something or other. Is he a serious chance or has he not got mates at Fox.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 4:36 am | Permalink
  9. Ace Justice wrote:

    how about joe ariapo? hes like a free ticket into the tea party, while still flaunting the tough on crime/tough on immigration line that always manages to bring independents over to the GOP.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 6:34 am | Permalink
  10. Jonah wrote:

    Iron knee, I may have mixed up september 11 with the richard reid slip up. Watch newt try to worm his way out of his argument for not reading miranda rights. He never does provide a reason for his stance even after admitting he was wrong.—newt-gingrich-extended-interview

    BTW about hillary, she may very well challenge Obama but why exactly are people suddenly enamored with her? The state dept hasn’t exactly done a stand up job and there is no reason to think that she would do a better job than BO. This appears to be a case where the better candidate is the candidate who stays on the sidelines.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 6:48 am | Permalink
  11. patriotsgt wrote:

    If we’re going for the humor, what about if Arlen Spector switches back to the GOP and gets picked for VP? Will a double negative = a positive?
    What about Joe Scarborough, how would Olberman/Maddow cover that one?
    Here ya go, Joe Lieberman, for the first mixed party ticket I can remember.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  12. Sammy wrote:

    I long for a Newt/Giuliani bill, running on a “return to good old fashioned family values” platform.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Permalink