Weighing Newt’s great presidential adventure

So Newt Gingrich has announced that he will be a candidate for president of the United States in 2012. In my view that is very good news for a Republican field that is anemic–candidates that have no hope, have no depth, or have no charisma. Former speaker of the house Gringrich has some hope, great depth, and a lot of spark. He adds gravitas to the field as a man of ideas and experience (think the opposite of Sarah Palin, and in other ways, the opposite of President Obama).

He’s also got real and imagined baggage. The imagined baggage is his tenure as Speaker, when he brought the Republicans to power but ticked off enough Democrats and media that it has become a supposedly troubling time in his past (when many believe it was a shining moment for conservatives). The real baggage is a stretch of bad behavior involving wives and a mistress.

The question for Republicans, and in particular social conservatives such as evangelicals, is whether Newt’s big conservative ideas will offset his big mistakes, and more importantly, whether he has repented of his sins and turned his life over to God. That’s a tough call, not only because it is not our role to doubt anyone’s profession of faith, but because both authentic repentence and authentic forgiveness are in short supply in the world of politics.

Nonetheless, it’s good to have Newt in the race.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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One Response to Weighing Newt’s great presidential adventure

  1. Jane says:

    I get sick of a double standard when both sides of the aisle cast stones (and sometimes boulders) about marital issues that should be left in the past. I for one am thrilled that Newt has thrown his hat in the ring. I think age and wisdom have taught him that his sometimes strident style as former Speaker of the House needs to be tempered a bit, as he alludes to in some recent interviews. He sees the big picture of the nation and world, knows how to lead, how to campaign, and how to do warfare in the arena of political ideology with vast knowledge, experience, and skill. What’s more, he sees the wrong direction of the current administration and has great ideas to help turn the tide.

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