Second Dates (On again, off again with Newt).
In the “Jobs” diary here, NightTwister posted a comment about Newt Gingrich’s website which offers “solutions” rather than “issues” as is done at the sites for other candidates.
A while back in one of Erick’s Horserace diaries, I described each candidate in terms of a courtship. My take on Newt was,
Gingrich is the old boyfriend you’re still fond of, but there’s just no chemistry left.
There’s no denying Mr. Gingrich has some baggage (don’t they all?), namely his personal life and that little matter of his endorsing Dede Scozzafava. But never say never like I did when I asked his PAC to stop calling me and removed myself from his mailing list shortly after he asked Dede out. Can you say walk back?
After taking a look at Newt’s website, I have to admit that I felt something akin to the Chrissy Matthews tingle. Strictly in political terms, mind you. I’m a happily married woman.
Take a look for yourself at what President Gingrich would do on his first day. From here
The first four Executive Orders President Newt Gingrich will sign are…
1. Eliminate the thirty-nine White House “Czar” positions created during the current administration. The president does not have the authority to appoint bureaucrats to power who are not accountable to the Congress.
2. “Mexico City Policy” of Respect for Life. Reauthorize President Ronald Reagan’s policy – also known as the “Mexico City Policy”— to stop tax payer dollars from being used to fund or promote abortions in foreign countries.
3. Restore conscience clause protections for Healthcare Workers. No American working in a medical environment should be forced to perform any procedure that he or she finds morally or ethically objectionable based on religious teaching. This protection should include, but not be limited to abortion. Existing conscience clause protections need to be strengthened.
4. Respect Each Sovereign Nation’s Choice of its Capital. Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own Capital. Accordingly, the U.S. State Department should be instructed to respect the choice of each sovereign nation and place the American embassy in their Capital. (Israel is the only country the United States discriminates against in this regard. The people of Israel have designated Jerusalem as their capital. Yet the United States retains its embassy in Tel Aviv.)
He promises that more solutions, based on user submissions, are “coming soon.”
And this is just on his first day. Gingrich proposes common sense, conservative solutions for Jobs and the Economy, National Security, Energy, Healthcare, and Protecting Life and Religious Liberty.
Throughout this nominating process, my support has waivered among Perry, Cain, Bachmann, and Gingrich, with a little Santorum thrown in for good measure. Romney has slightly more support than do Huntsman, Johnson and Paul. Call me fickle if you want, but those sweet whisperings of conservative policies in my ear combined with the no nonsense debate performances are forcing me to reconsider my on again, off again relationship with Gingrich. Cain/Gingrich? Gingrich/Cain? At this point, I could get on board either train.
And for the record, I’m still interested in Perry, but I feel a little taken for granted with the attitude of where else will I go if the Cain Train derails but to Perry. I certainly didn’t expect to ever answer that with Gingrich, but I’m surely enjoying having them vie for my attention.