". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Disillusioned but Hopeful

I am finally ready to admit it. As fine and sincere and good-hearted a man as I believe he is, this president has failed terribly. In case you missed it, here is the best summary I have seen of the point to which he has brought us:

Too Bad

Now, here in my opinion is the current best hope for a restoration of true conservative leadership in this country:

Fox News Sunday

When I watched the Republican candidates debate several weeks ago, I was hoping to find at least one candidate that I could embrace not only for his leadership ability but also for his principles. That did not happen. Candidate Giuliani has the first of these but not the second. Several of the other candidates (McCain, Romney, Huckabee) seem to have elements of both, but none yet strikes me as comprising the total package (in time I could change my mind). Yet every time I see Newt Gingrich on television or read his writing, I am newly impressed by his brilliance and his willingness to speak the truth. I also respect that he has not yet announced his candidacy, waiting to see if another candidate emerges who is willing and able to effectively represent the GOP's conservative base.

So far that hasn't happened. If Fred Thompson announces, maybe it will. But if not, I'm counting on Newt.


Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

As much as I wish it were not the case, I do believe that the media portrayal of "Contract with America" and Newt Gingrich will make it very difficult for America to get behind him. Wrongly, Gingrich became the image of what is wrong with the Republican Party.

Fred Thompson has announced his intentions to announce, and I read yesterday that he has asked to be released from his Law and Order contract. In the interviews I've heard and in everything I've seen him in, he has this ability to cut through the B.S. and get right to the issue in a "good ol' boy" way. At this point in time, I really do think he is the best hope.

Cheryl said...

Yeah, I've had that thought too, Lora (about Newt being unelectable). But then I've thought that maybe enough time has passed since the Contract with America that it wouldn't be such a factor (perhaps wishful thinking on my part, knowing the American press). As for Fred, he's still unknown territory for me, compared to Newt. But I've been impressed by the video clips I've seen of him. He does seem rather Reaganesque. I'm glad to hear that he looks pretty serious about getting into the race.

Anonymous said...

Let's us all remember that the Contract with America was a very good thing. The mainstream media have demonized it, of course, but the same short-term memory that has allowed the dems and their media allies to create a post-modern "image" of the Contract also will allow Newt to get voters to "reimagine" the Contract and, more importantly, Newt himself. Indeed, even with a more objective and serious population in the 60s, Nixon was able to repackage himself successfully in 1968 as "the New Nixon"!

For the record, here's the actual Contract with America. It's not long. People should read it again and remind themselves what it really was: