Bob Dole encouraged fellow Republicans Saturday to back Donald Trump and suggested the presumptive GOP nominee select Newt Gingrich as his running mate.And Mollie Hemingway, editor of the Conservative/Libertarian Federalist said much the same thing:
Like so many Republican candidates before him, Trump would need to pick someone who would convince conservatives to support him. Naming Gingrich as his vice president and saying he’d function more as a chief of staff, could help him a great deal.As does the Scaife-funded, Vince Foster conspiracy theorist, Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax:
Newsmax’s White House correspondent John Gizzi was the first to break the story that Newt was at the very top of Trump’s VP list.I have no idea if this made it past the gathering of hair adoring The Donald's pate, but let's consider one teeny tiny number when contemplating a Trump/Gingrich administration:
Gizzi outlined Trump’s reasons: He likes Newt; Newt has been a supporter and can be trusted; Newt is a great communicator and will win debates; Newt has been “vetted” by previous races and intense media scrutiny; Newt knows how government works, especially Congress; Newt is both an insider and well-liked by grass-roots conservatives.
Trump also realizes, in this phase, he needs to move to the center, and even take some liberal positions.
But his right flank remains soft and very vulnerable. Newt Gingrich helps here as he gets high marks from all the core GOP constituencies: He is pro-life and pro-gun; he is a fiscal and defense hawk; and on foreign policy he is about as pro-Israel as Moses.
That, my friends, would be the total number of marriages in which both men have been holy matrimonially enjoined.
- Ivana Zelníčková - Married in 1977 and divorced in 1991 some time after Trump's affair with the woman who would become his second wife,
- Marla Maples - Married in 1993 (just two months after the birth of their child) and divorced in 1999 some time after he began a relationship with the woman who would become his third wife,
- Melania Knauss - Married in 2005.
- Jacqueline Battley -Married in 1962 and divorced in1981 some time after Gingrich started an affair with the woman who was to be his second wife,
- Marianne Ginther - Married in1981 (just 6 months after his first divorce is finalized) and divorced in 2000 some time after Gingrich started an affair with the woman who was to become his third wife,
- Callista Bisek - Married in 2000 (just 4 months after his second divorce is finalized).
And this is what the 2012 Republican Platform says about the institution of marriage:
The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also to more government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.How much of this platform can survive the realities of Trump/Gingrich?
How often were we told during last, oh I don't know, 3 decades that the GOP was the party of "family values?"
How is a Trump/Gingrich ticket not laughably hypocritical?