Newt Gingrich for Vice President
I think that Gingrich is the best choice because Trump still has a problem with members of the conservative and Republican establishment sabotaging his campaign. Gingrich is looked up to as a hero by most conservatives, and as Speaker of the House he was once one of the main leaders of the establishment. I think that Gingrich would be better able than any other pick to bring those holdouts onboard.
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Some commenters don’t like the idea because they say that Gingrich is an ugly old man, and has a history including ex-wives and “ethics” problems when he was in Congress.
I don’t think that stuff matters. Especially not the ugly-old-man factor. George W. Bush won with ugly-old-man Cheney as his running mate, beating out John Kerry who had the very good looking John Edwards as his running mate. I think that young Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan were both better looking than old Joe Biden, but they sure didn’t help the top of the ticket.
All of Gingrich’s other problems are old news. He was able to run for the Republican nomination in 2012 and those problems didn’t seem like they were such a big deal. His campaign was just very disorganized and underfunded, and the party establishment supported Mitt Romney. Compared to what the mainstream media believes are yuuge negatives for Donald Trump, Gingrich’s are minor things that will be ignored in favor of talking about Trump.
What’s very different this election, unlike all other elections, is that elements that have always supported the Republican candidate are trying to sabotage Donald Trump. I don’t think those elements will want to sabotage Newt for the reasons I already cited above. Newt is looked up to as a hero by conservatives. As Speaker of the House, he led a second conservative revolution (with the Reagan revolution being the first). Even I used to look up to Newt as a hero.
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When Gingrich was speaker of the House, he was responsible for kick-starting a movement that did three historic things:
(1) Balance the budget for the first time in a generation.
(2) Balance the budget four years in a row for the first time since the 1920s.
(3) Pass welfare reform.
Consider that Gingrich did all three over the strenuous objections of Bill Clinton and the Democrats in Congress and you begin to understand the affinity that conservatives who don’t know Gingrich have for Gingrich.
Is there a Republican in the field who can top these achievements?
Does any other living Republican come close?
That’s right, no other living Republican comes close to Newt’s towering conservative achievements. Many conservatives see Newt that way. As a great hero. Newt will excite a certain element of the Republican “base” that is not so excited about Donald Trump, while at the same time will not present as someone too stupid or too inexperienced to be President like the two worst picks in Republican history, Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle. Also, as Speaker of the House, he has already been third-in-line to be President, so people can easily be comfortable with him being second-in-line to be President.
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Another benefit of picking Newt is that I think that he really really really wants the job. He loves being in the spotlight. Being Vice President would make him relevant again. He’ll work enthusiastically to get Trump elected so that he can be Vice President.