Thank you Speaker Gingrich for NOT endorsing Governor Romney!Submitted by hectorinmiami on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:09
I sent this as an EMAIL to the 912 & Tea Party groups that I am connected with!!
May 2, 2012
Thank you Speaker Gingrich for NOT endorsing Governor Romney!
Today, former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate for the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich gracefully suspended his campaign but did not formally endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president for reasons political analysts state are Governor Romney’s lack of conservative credentials. Speaker Gingrich won 2 states, his home state of Georgia and South Carolina with an unexpected, landslide victory.
With Speaker Gingrich’s departure as a candidate in this presidential primary cycle it would seem that Governor Romney has cleared the last major hurdle toward capturing the Republican nomination. This is NOT the case.
After a year of hard campaigning and nearly $40 million expended, little of the Romney campaign effort has gone toward healing the harsh feelings that most in the grassroots of Republican politics share about the former Massachusetts governor. Tea Party activists and conservative Republicans alike continue to echo their sentiment that Governor Romney is far too liberal and his record is out of place with the Republican Party and therefore should not have a nationwide platform to promote his policies. Governor Romney has also been cited for defending federal bailouts, nationalization of various industries from auto manufacturing to insurance to banking, and defended numerous foreign policy initials of current President Barrack Obama. Consequently, Christian Conservatives have also loudly protested Governor Romney’s record of supporting pro-choice policies such as public funding of abortions (SOURCE: The Mitt Romney Report).
Adding to this criticism, Governor Romney is also commonly referred to as the “Father of Obamacare.” Obamacare refers to the federal government takeover of healthcare services hated especially by the Republican rank and file because of its use of an individual mandate. Governor Romney has boasted as being the architect of Obamacare since the Obama enacted healthcare reform was based largely on the socialized healthcare system established in Massachusetts while Mr. Romney served as governor of the state (SOURCE: RomneyCare & ObamaCare: Can you tell the difference?). The term “political chameleon” has also been used to paint a negative picture of Governor Romney’s ideological changes over the length of his political career to suit the temperament of New England and then national politics (SOURCE: Romney is not conservative, but he’s not moderate either).
While Speaker Gingrich marks his departure from the campaign trail, his remarks regarding Governor Romney recall the Speaker’s words describing Mr. Romney as “a liberal and a liar who is no different from Barack Obama” (SOURCE: Gingrich lets loose on Romney at Florida debate). The lack of a Romney endorsement today serves to point out a serious lack support from a prominent Southern Republican to Mr. Romney’s cause (the Romney Campaign has not carried a single Southern state, save strongly contested Florida). As it is often said, politics makes strange bedfellows. Yet this expression does not hold true today.
Less than a month has passed with few political contests in between since the April 10th suspension of Senator Rick Santorum’s campaign, which was seen as Governor Romney’s strongest opposition after winning 11 states. It may very well be that today marks a turning point in Republican politics but in a direction party leaders are not expecting. Perhaps, the whiplash caused by the quick fall of these Anti-Romney campaigns has awoken and enraged the grassroots who truly control the party.
To the chagrin of the Romney camp, the famous “Anyone BUT Romney” call to action famously coined last year has once again been used to fan the flame of grassroots action in the final 14 states of the primary season and some 30 state conventions where contests have already passed where more than 800 delegates have yet to be allocated. Their goal is to send a message that Romney is still not the desirable choice for Republican nomination and push this primary season into a convention fight come August in Tampa. With Governor Romney’s delegate count hundreds of committed delegates short of the magic number of 1,144 delegates (SOURCE: AP/NYT GOP Primary Page), the Romney campaign is scrambling to work with state GOP organizations to hold the line against these insurgent grassroots (SOURCE: Romney “PANIC” after Ron Paul landslide).
Already happening are signs of strong resistance to Governor Romney’s candidacy, which can be demonstrated by Congressman Ron Paul’s Saturday victory in the Louisiana caucus capturing 74% of the delegates to their state convention which will most likely lead to a complete capture of that state party apparatus (Source: Sun Herald). In another coup, Ron Paul supporters successfully gained control of the Alaska Republican Party assisted in part with activists close to Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate, who has not endorsed Governor Romney. Efforts in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Washington State have seen a unity movement formed between anti-Romney groups and Ron Paul supporters with the intent of undermining the chances of the Romney campaign. Even Romney's Former Lt. Governor, Kerry Healey, lost her delegate bid in Massachusetts because of these efforts (SOURCE: Ron Paul supporters defeat many of Romney's picks to Tampa). This succession of victories started a month ago when Ron Paul supporters firmly took over the Iowa and Nevada GOPs.
Today, the focus of media attention is on Speaker Gingrich’s campaign suspension but the more important news is that the Republican Party is going through a transformation which Politico describes as the “political maturation of the Paul forces” (SOURCE: Ron Paul captures Alaska GOP).
Next week’s contests in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia will be the first indication of a coalescing anti-Romney, pro-Paul alliance that will continue the fight in the subsequent 11 contests and also in a potential brokered convention.
This final stand by Republican grassroots is inspired by the fact that no other candidate will stand against Governor Romney’s campaign as Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum are now out of the running (SOURCE: Santorum and Gingrich seek guarantees from Romney). Even if Congressman Ron Paul is not the candidate of choice for the grassroots their call for “Anyone BUT Romney” will be heard loud and clear in a brokered convention.
Please share this writing with Gingrich supporters and with other conservatives such as those who belong to Tea Party and 912 groups.
Also, please share of few words of encouragement to the Speaker and ask him nicely to support Ron Paul, if only at least to resist Governor Romney.
Please SHARE your message to Mr. Gingrich with us in the comments section below. Thanks.
According to USA Today, Speaker Gingrich will make a separate appearance with Governor Romney in 2 weeks to officially endorse him. There was NO endorsement today.
It's shaping up to be an interesting primary season when neither Santorum or Gingrich now have NOT endorsed Romney (yet).
Maybe they all know something more than they lead on...
Maybe there is good reason why Romney snubbed the Texas GOP invitation for a debate...
Maybe that reason is Ron Paul.
Before Speaker Gingrich gets a chance to endorse Mr. Romney in 2 weeks there will be 4 contests and a number of state delegate conventions. Our efforts could be used to convince the Speaker to change his mind.
Also, Speaker Gingrich is not personally liable for the $4M+ campaign debt so he can just let the debt sink down the memory hole along with his campaign.
For the purpose of comparison, the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Jonathan Edwards still owe hundreds of thousands and even Rudy Guiliani still has campaign debt in excess of a million dollars. This money will NEVER get repaid.
A Gingrich endorsement would NOT be about the money...
In fact, this is all an attempt to save face (and conservative cred) and potentially position himself for 2016 (MUST READ! The 2016 Club).