By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Newt Gingrich is a unique person. He can simultaneously be both the smartest person and dumbest person in a room depending on the questions he is asked.
When Gingrich is “smart” he can be great. His 1994 Republican Revolution was stunning, and it proved how smart he can be. Nevertheless, it also ultimately proved he should never be the President of the United States.
The leadership he showed in pulling off his amazing transformation of the House can only be described as great Instrumental leadership. Instrumental leaders can gather forces to achieve a mission and bring about revolutionary change.
There is, however, another type of leadership which becomes vital after victory is achieved. That is Administrative Leadership which requires effective stewardship of the prize. Considering the follow examples establishes Gingrich can show plenty of the former, but very little of the later.
Whining about his seat on Air Force One
In 1995, Gingrich set the tone for his “Open Mouth Insert Foot” approach to be Speaker of the House. When Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin died, Bill Clinton invited him to fly to the funeral ceremony in Air Force One. True to his low rent character, Clinton had Gingrich seated in the very rear of the plane and never spoke to him. This incident was a double dumb situation for Gingrich.
Not only did he foolishly hand the media a bat to beat him over the head with by whining about his seating, but he compounded his “foot in mouth” stupidity by actually admitting to his enemies in the media the snub was a factor in his decision to shut the government down several weeks later. The hapless schmuck even conceded to his media enemies that he “sounded petty.”
Loves those stupid phrases
During an October 1995 speech, Gingrich used the incredibly stupid phrase: “wither on the vine” to describe the process by which the nation would transition away from the Medicare/Medicaid system. That the rest of the phrase “… because we think people are voluntarily going to leave” was NEVER reported. Gingrich should have foreseen that, but he was too dumb to anticipate that twist of his words.
Gingrich surpassed himself for using stupid and destructive language when he attacked Paul Ryan’s proposed budget plan as being “radical’ and ‘right-wing social engineering.” This will make the tone deaf Mister Gingrich the star of thousands of Democrat TV spots attacking Ryan’s plan.
In the end Gingrich will be part of the presidential process as he has always dreamed of, but he won’t be a candidate. He’ll be the hammer the liberals will use to pulverize Ryan’s plan and fellow Republicans. Gingrich sure knows how to turn a stupid phrase, doesn’t he?
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