Does a Leopard Change its Spots?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Newt Gingrich is, to put it bluntly, not the presidential candidate the republican party needs. Aside from carrying to much baggage like his three marriages, extramarital affairs, his well-paid "historian" role consulting with Freddie Mac, his flip flops on healthcare mandates and climate change, and his delusions of grandeur, he is not a leader than individuals like to follow. In fact he is a rather divisive figure. When he was Speaker of the House, before his colleagues replaced him for his ineptitude, his lack of principles brought his integrity into question.

Newt, as well as his supporters, will tell us he has changed, that his time out of Washington and the national political scene has changed him. That he has matured and is a more reflective and deliberate individual. A person who weighs both sides of an issue carefully and thoroughly before acting. Perhaps, but their certainly is no guarantee.

I once had the pleasure of working for the President of a northeast corrugated container company, his name was Mr. Robinson and I highly respected the man. Pondering exactly what makes me leery about Newt caused me to recall something Mr. Robinson used to tell me, he would say "Les, remember, a leopard doesn't change its spots."

{FrumForum} - Today’s question is: will the Gingrich balloon deflate like all the previous Not Mitt balloons?

The answer is: yes of course–but given that these balloons take typically 6-8 weeks to shrivel, the impending Gingrich bust may not arrive soon enough to save Romney. No question though, it will arrive in time to freak out the Republican party.

The most important thing to remember about Gingrich is not the three marriages, not the dubious financial practices, not the abrupt reversals on healthcare mandates and climate change. It’s not the grandiosity of language, not the habit of casting opponents as un-American, not the lack of self-awareness that allowed him to impeach a president for lying under oath about an extramarital affair while engaged in an extramarital affair of his own.

The most important thing to remember about Newt Gingrich is that his colleagues in the House of Representatives effectively fired him as their leader even before the impeachment crisis, shifting power instead into the more competent hands of Tom DeLay. It was Tom DeLay who ran the caucus while Newt Gingrich was traveling the country giving speeches about Total Quality Management and the Struggle for Western Civilization.

Gingrich was not pushed aside by his caucus for any of the offenses listed above. He was pushed aside because he plunged the caucus into chaos, because he lost fights that he himself had chosen... {Read More}

I believe Mr. Robinson was on to something. So is David Frum.

Via: Memorandum


  1. Did the elephant evolve into a RINO or was he ensnared by the DC money honey?

  2. John,

    I think you might be onto something....

  3. Question #2 - Does anyone like leopards?

  4. John F. McManus anaylzes the voting record and actions of former Congressman Newt Gingrich, revealing that Gingrich is not the conservative he portrays himself to be.

  5. So we have no electable candidates that are acceptable and no acceptable candidates that are electable.


  6. Well Nick, you can vote for 0bama... Or how about a consistent conservative like Ron Paul!


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