I am perplexed and vexed about the Republican Presidential primary. It seems everyone has been a front runner or had momentum at one point of the other. Now, it is Newt Gingrich. I see a myriad of polls showing him leading in this state or that state.
It is kind of unbelievable. I mean the former Speaker has more baggage than an Amtrack freight car. Multiple marriages, ethics questions, Washington insider, prickly personality would be just a few of them according to detractors. He is now portrayed as the Anti-Romney. No doubt, Mr Gingrich is energetic, full of ideas (and himself) and not bashful. I just find it hard to believe that he is the choice for the nomination and that he could ever be elected as President. He is just not warm, fuzzy and personable enough and oh, that baggage.
I am not dissing Gingrich. He has some obvious fine qualities, tons of experience in government and is pragmatic rather than an ideologue. This all leads me to wonder-- What is wrong with Mitt Romney? What is it about him there is this movement of anyone but Mitt. Would Republicans rather have President Obama for 4 more years? Does Romney not pass the conservative test? Do people not trust him somehow? Is it the Mormon affiliation? Has he been unfairly branded as a flip flopper? Or is he, but it does matter as long as he has sound judgement when it really counts.
It is all very interesting and certain to change. It is a long political season. Maybe the answer is that Gingrich is the best candidate. Maybe I am reading too much into all of this. Maybe there is more to it than I can decipher. Maybe Mitt Romney peaked long ago or this up and down is just part of the process. Maybe someone else will surge? How about Huntsman? It is surprising though that Gingrich, who was the butt of national jokes when his campaign more or less imploded last summer, is seen by some as leading the pack now.