FOLLOWING MONEY IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

Monday, November 26, 2012

Why Newt Gingrich Has "No Idea" Whether He'll Run For President In 2016; Hasn't Ruled It Out

Yesterday, Newt Gingrich, former Republican frontrunner for the GOP 2012 Presidential nominee and former Speaker of the U.S. House, indicated that he has "no idea" if he will run for President again in 2016.  And, an e-mail today from his campaign-turned-marketing-machine gives us the reason: there may not be an election (or, not a fair one)!

Today's e-mail is provocatively-titled, "THE SECRET BEHIND OBAMA'S THIRD TERM."  The "From" line notes that it emanates from "Newt 2012", although a disclaimer notes that the opinions belong to the advertiser and not the "Newt 2012 Campaign".

The e-mail from Porter Stansberry claims that "Most people believe the election was all about whether or not Obama will have a second term. But it was not.  What was actually at stake was whether or not he will have a third-term." Stansberry believes - seemingly incongruously - that Obama's secret plan to remain in power "through 2020 - or even beyond" will INCREASE the wealth and power of the U.S. in the world AND will enable the Presdient "to implement the most terrifying socialist policies in the history of our country." (emphasis added0

Gingrich is obviously not sure either whether there will be an election in 2016, or whether it would be winnable to go up against the surprisingly-powerful Obama.

Interestingly, there is evidence that the Gingrich campaign is well aware of Mr. Stansberry's views.  The week before the election, a previous Stansberry-via-Gingrich e-mail also predicted that Obama would go after a 3rd term if he won on November 6, ABC News reported on it, and a Gingrich spokesperson said that Stansberry was not supposed to be approved to pay Gingrich for the right to e-mail Gingrich supporters under the Gingrich family of for-profit e-mail lists.

Now, instead of mistakenly sending out the Stansberry e-mail to Gingrich's "Human Events" newsletter,  Gingrich's actual campaign has sent out the e-mail.  ABC News noted that Stansberry has been found partly liable in an SEC lawsuit for "an online newsletter scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $1,000,000."  (Which is why Arizona's Politics is not even clicking on the link from the Gingrich campaign.)

Gingrich has long been noted for his conservative cause money-making efforts (e.g. "Newt, Inc."); however, selling his supporters to operations touting unconstitutional conspiracies that are in direct conflict with his Presidential "ambitions" may be taking it many steps too far.  

(Arizona's Politics disputed Democrats who expressed views that President George W. Bush was going to try to remain in power beyond January 2009; it looks like we may spend the next four (lonnggg) years disputing Birthers-turned-dictator-preventers.)







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