The rumor mill is cranking into high gear wondering who Trump is likely to choose as his running mate. So far several names have surfaced.
The L.A. Times wrote, "Trump has benefited from his outsider status, but the billionaire businessman has said his vice-presidential pick will likely have political experience." And we all know what that means. In case you don't, this is why having political experience is important to The Donald. He recently told George Stephanopoulos during an interview on "Good Morning America": "I would like to have somebody who could truly be good with respect to dealing with the Senate and dealing with Congress – getting legislation passed. Working toward something where we're not signing executive orders every three days like President Obama does."
One prominent name that is evidently on the Trumpster's short list is Newt Gingrich. I really like Newt. He appears personable and likable. He's been on the scene for decades and appears to get along with everyone. He is extremely intelligent and obviously, as a former speaker of the House, knows more than most how to navigate legislative waters.
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He's also an avid and knowledgeable historian, something that can be quite helpful. And unlike many – such as Joe Biden or John Kerry – when he enters a room, he really is the smartest guy.
Still, I'll bet you can sense a "but" coming on. You'd be right – and it's a big one. But ... Newt is not a constitutional conservative. Not even close. This will come as a surprise to most, but he is quite the opposite. Newt, like his potential boss and running mate, is a big-government progressive. In that respect, he would be the perfect selection for The Donald.
But calling Newt a progressive is actually worse than saying it of Trump. The Donald appears to be almost completely ignorant of the Constitution. He never mentions it and has historically spouted big-government solutions to the country's supposed problems.
Assuming Trump is who he appears to be, one can understand his progressive streak. Running for president, it certainly can't be excused, but these days, it's not a surprise.
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Newt is a different story. I've heard him speak and read his articles. I know he has full comprehension of our founding documents, originalist theory and has also studied the ruinous progressive era from its beginnings. Yet knowing all he knows, he is still a big-government progressive.
He has had positive things to say of Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and FDR. The only one he left out was LBJ. What true conservative, with any reverence and understanding of the Constitution, could possibly think this? These four are among the four worst presidents in history!
Many on the right will say I'm crazy for even suggesting Gingrich is not conservative. Yet it was Newt, the great historian who said, "The Progressive Movement has profoundly changed America for the better." How on Earth can anyone from "our side" say this? Virtually everything currently wrong with America, and there is plenty, can be traced directly back to these four administrations (five, counting LBJ). Our nation is in shambles because of progressives. The EPA, IRS, DHS, BLM, HUD, HHS, FDA and dozens of other big-government departments are all progressive initiatives.
Newt will not keep the reigns on Trump, not that anyone can. He will more likely be an enabler and excuser of Trump's progressive agenda. And because Newt is so smart and a great debater, that could be a problem for true constitutionalists. Due to his intelligence, Gingrich may be able to spin progressivism into something conservatives might accept. Look how many have already blindly accepted Trump.
A Trump-Gingrich ticket could be the perfect storm to finally purge the Republican Party of us liberty-loving, originalist rabble. So Newt is the perfect running mate for Trump, and if the establishment were smart, since that they want the same things, they should all line up and plead with The Donald to choose Newt Gingrich.