Taking Back America!
Newt must return to the straight and narrow. He should do what he does best: talk straight and substantively, and stick to the facts and to solutions alone.
No ad hominems, no more silly, often specious, boneheaded, wasteful and self-destructive attack ads which Romney, who has desperately sought the White House for the last six years, has shown over and over again he is able to deflect or, to Newt's chagrin, altogether neutralize.
In short, Newt's endorsing inaccuracies, exaggerations and mischaraterizations about Romney or any other candidate brings Newt down to the level of unprincipled political pit viper, surely an unenviable place to be if one aspires to a loftier purpose.
Newt needs to listen to his heart and head--not his "political consultants".
Newt should unwaveringly zero in on Romney's political record and his stated policy positions, not upon easily refutable political ads. A guy can't run away from his rancid liberal record or his words--especially if the record and his words are accurate and fully in context. Yes, I know PACs are independent of the candidates, but, plainly and simply, candidates DO have influence over the PAC ads' overall content, quality and focus, and we all know it.
Because I'm convinced Newt is a commonsense solutions-driven man whom both the Democrat and GOP establishments loathe--a surefire testiment to his more conservative cred--I'm a Newt supporter. Yes, like us all he has blemishes, no doubt, but he's fearless and, for me, has convincingly evolved away from some questionable political positions he himself has errantly espoused in the past like elements of cap and trade, bailouts and health mandates. (Hey! I used to be a liberal--or thought I was--until I grew up.)
That said, when he is pigeonholed about those faulty positions of the past he needs to fearlessly and unabashedly explain why he espoused those positions then and what learning experiences have caused him to change his mind. Doing this will blunt the attacks from conservatives, RINO Romney, Romney supporters and GOP establishment types alike, and, what's most important, doing so will earn the admiration and support of an ever-expanding voter base thirsting for a return to fearless integrity in DC.
Short of cash and and hamstrung with a lousy ground game going forward, Newt must be the Newt I had always thought he was: a straight shooter unafraid and firmly committed to returning to small government, fully reinvigorating free enterprise, and restoring constitutional order and individual liberty.
There is a reason bonafide conservatives like Laffer, Watts, Norris, Sowell and, yes, Palin, support him. Now it's entirely up to Newt not to disappoint us or the country.
Without cash, Newt needs to reset the tone before it's too late. That is the winning way forward.
Newt fell for Romney's trap in the last debate and tied attacking more which is not working for him. He should stick to bold ideas and display a vision for America which he is good at doing. Leave the attacks for the attack ads on TV.
Well put Jim. I'd like Newt to focus on his tax proposals as laid out here:
... and contrast them to Obama's. The I think it would wise of Newt to point out that Mitt's tax proposal is identical to Obama's. Mitt pays 15% on his earnings yet he has no problem letting other Americans pay up to 35%??? Newt's optional flat tax of 15% on income, 0% tax on cap gain, and 12.5% tax on corporations, is an amazing gesture towards growth, small government and a direct counterattack to Obama's class warfare rhetoric (the fallacy that income inequality has anything to do with tax rates or that you can improve your situation by taking from your neighbor). Newt's ideas are great and he should focus on them. But I would like him to help people notice that Romney engages in the same class warfare rhetoric as Obama does when he refuses to lower taxes for everyone. We need our candidates to stop using terms like "rich" and "middle class" as they are not easily defined (except is the rare, extreme cases that include (literally) a handful of people on earth) and to focus on growth through freedom - this means lower taxes for all.
I heard Mitt talking on the radio so boldly about his plan to cut spending but it really does not add up either. Just like Obama he won't change much at all. Newt has said some great things. Look at his plan on newt.org and compare it to Romney's. Newt may not do what he says but at least he is saying it. Sure is a shame though that a "real" conservative did not run. In the future conservaives need to all get behind one person who is truly conservative. We (conservatives) seem to just sit back and hope someone we want will run. Then we are disappointed when they don't.