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Gingrich: Palin won’t be future GOP leader

18 November, 2008
Posted: 11/16/08 01:05 PM [ET]
Mr. Gingrich, there are no women on your list of potential candidates for leadership of the Republican Party. What is up with that? Are there truly no women capable of leading the party?  If not, that is a terrible indictment of the RP, unless of course, this article merely relects your personal point of view which allows no place for women leaders, even the one who was your party’s choice for Vice President of the U.S. ——————-

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) tapped her as his running mate and she has tried to preserve her high public profile since Election Day.

But Gingrich, an architect of the Republican revolution of 1994, took Palin down a notch, asserting that she would not become the party’s leader, as some have predicted.

“I think that she is going to be a significant player,” said Gingrich during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. “But she’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’s not going to be the de facto leader.”



Mr. Gingrich had no difficulty supporting Sarah Palin during the Republican Convention.  In fact, he seemed quite exhilarated by McCain’s choice. Perhaps, he just had to “get on board” bacause he wanted the party to win.  Even so, Gingrich praised Palin as a role model, cited her experience, and actually invited the reporter to compare Palin’s experience to Obama’s.  The reporter, of course, declined.



Some political analysts, citing her high name identification and loyal following among the base, say that Palin will be a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2012.

Palin dominated media coverage at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami last week. She grabbed the spotlight at a Thursday press conference, answering reporters’ questions while a dozen other GOP governors stood awkwardly behind her on stage.

Crowds of reporters and cameras chased Palin in Miami while ignoring more experienced colleagues from other states.


“She’s going to be a much bigger story in the short run,” said Gingrich, explaining Palin’s higher media profile compared to other GOP governors. “But, I think, as she goes back to being governor and as she works in Alaska, you’re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin.”



So, what happened, Mr. Gingrich?  Do you, as they say “have a favorite horse in the race”?  Do you hope to have redeemed yourself enough so that you might run?

I seem to recall that the Republican Party ran an actor turned Governor for President not so long ago.  In fact, he is now considered one of the party’s “Greats.”  Did he have more experience than Palin?  Did he have more appeal?  Or, is it that he was, in fact, simply not female?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Democrat08 permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Maybe he realized she’s a moron.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Thoughtful post.

    Anyone but a woman! Well, the GOP has a couple of years to find enough men to challenge the experience and popularity of Palin. Sad.

  3. scarlet permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    I saw Gingrich on TV recently and he did say he is considering running in 2012.

  4. catsden permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Democrat08: As I said in the post maybe he had to “get on board” which means he has no integrity and hence is a moron. But his excuse for being a moron is that he is a politician; what is yours?

  5. catsden permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    scarlet: Thank you for verifying that thought about Gingrich in 2012. cat

  6. RememberNovember permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15


    What is the point of posting inflammatory comments except to elicit an angry response? I am sure you must have other more thoughtful ideas that we could discuss. You obviously have strong opinions.


    I had not heard that Gingrich may run in 2012! Actually I was a little disappointed at McCain when he recently named several up-and-coming male governors as potential leaders for the GOP and he listed Palin’s name last. He has been such a man of integrity throughout the election and it was disappointing that a) he did not come to Sarah Palin’s defence over all the bashing she received in the press and b) he did not hold her up as the most promising new leader. Wonder what changed his thoughts on that, if anything?

  7. Brian H permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    The question will be moot when Omposter is disqualified and the electors put McCain-Palin into office for 4 years.

  8. normapapuma permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Oh, Brian,You’re such a daggone optimist!
    Gingrich thinks he’s the leader of the Republican Party-and I’ve also heard the 2012 intent to run for potus.
    I hope we get to see more of Sarah, but the good ol’ boys will try to shut her out. I’m really getting depressed!

  9. MKfromLA permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Just quoting the above post “Gingrich, an architect of the Republican revolution of 1994”. How much is 2008 less 1994? That would be 14 years ago? So exactly where does Gingrich get his creds to be The Decider of who will be the leader of the Repugs?

  10. MKfromLA permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Also, I posted a comment downstairs not realizing there was an upstairs. So I will repeat myself….

    Just came home from dinner, and was thinking “what if there were no press?”.

    Because that’s what we’ve really come to. Yes there’s a press, but most of it (including NPR and other public media) have lost their press credentials, haven’t they?

    So, imagine for a moment that the we really didn’t have any press. That would pretty much leave the internet, wouldn’t it?

    That’s where I think we are.

  11. PUMAbear permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    I don’t think Brian H. is a Puma. Some people squat here and try to channel the conversation.

  12. PUMAbear permalink
    18 November, 2008 21:15

    Right now, I don’t think Palin’s future is really important to what we, as former Dems, need to worry about instead of reclaiming the Party. Palin, like most female politicos, are tools of the power structure. Repugs don’t have any real interest in the empowerment of women. The Dems used to but now they’re just interested in bringing the “women’s voting bloc” to heel. Barak Obama will now be the head of the “feminists”. He will protect our interests and make sure the 18 million cracks in the ceiling remain just cracks. The Dems want to use us so they must shame us into obeying their dictates and following orders.
    Misogyny is just a tool used to frighten women into towing the line-and it’s WORKING! Women are less and less likely to identify as feminists. Young women have become some of the greatest purveyors of pornographic attacks against each other.
    Good political propaganda. No more establishment feminist sell-outs. LETS RECLAIM OUR POWER.

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