From a policy perspective, it’s simple: Newt would destroy the United States by admitting millions of “guest” workers, and amnestying millions of illegal aliens who are already here. Not even John “amnesty” McCain was brazen enough to support these policies when he was running for president.
But there’s a more insidious problem with Newt: if he wins the nomination, and especially if he becomes president, he could prove devastating to conservatism and the Republican party.
Newt is like crack cocaine. Crack gives you an immediate and extraordinary high. It can be surprising and effective, just like Newt was in 1994, and in flashes of brilliance during the presidential primary campaign.
But crack also brings stupefying lows. It can lay waste to your life. Newt is just one scandal or stupid statement away from imploding during the election.
And, if he were elected, Newt’s atrocious management skills would make a mess of everything, and alienate everyone around him. It’s no coincidence that so many people who served in the House with Newt are so vehemently against him.
President Newt would so rapidly alienate the electorate that Democrats might take back Congress in the mother of all mid-terms in 2014.
The idea of Newt Gingrich as president would be laughable under ordinary circumstances. The only reason he’s riding high this year is that he’s a very visible contrast to the steady, comfortable, but boring and discomfiting, sobriety of Mitt Romney.
It’s no coincidence that Newt was married a few times, and has a history of adultery. Similarly, it’s no coincidence that Romney has been married to the same woman all his adult life.
That’s our choice: The hare or the tortoise. Choose wisely, because the results could be catastrophic.
Me, I hope the tortoise wins.