Wednesday, May 11, 2016

REPORT Trump Leaning Toward Newt Gingrich

John Gizzi at Newsmax reports:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax...

“Donald values loyalty,” the source said, and Gingrich has been loyal.
Yes, this Newt Gingrich:

And this Newt Gingrich:

Chris Christie leading the transition team. And Newt Gingrich as a strong possibility as VP. Why exactly are there libertarians supporting Donald Trump?



  1. It was Hillary that made him do it.

  2. What we need is a thought transmitter embedded in everyone's brain that sends our thoughts to various Big Brother agencies who then sift through this data for crimes in the making. That should make Gingrich happy.

  3. How well I remember the South Carolina debate, where people from the bible belt cheered war, booed the golden rule, and then voted for Newt - the man who cheated on his wife and was up on ethics charges. As long as he advocated war and a police state, he was in like Flynn with the southerners.

    Newt is a preemptive putz.

    1. I remember Bill Maher (I'm not a fan) said: "South Carolina - GOP - A perfect storm of stupidity".

  4. Why would Trump intentionally shoot himself in the foot like that?

    1. I seem to recall reading someplace that Trump wanted a seasoned political operator in the VP position to help him negotiate government in general.

      From that perspective, selecting Gingrich makes sense.

      On the flip side, reinforcing RW's argument, it also possibly makes Trump more effective in office.

      This whole mess reinforces to me what a sucker's game voting really is.

      I can't see how a hardcore libertarian could participate in the system and feel good about it.

      There is no winning, only degrees of losing. It's not clear to me who we'd lose more with, Trump or Hillary...but it's a lose/lose proposition either way.

      Any libertarian that thinks he can confidently predict what a candidate will do in office is kidding himself- and to vote on that basis seem absurd to me on the surface.

      The history of lies by former Presidents is astounding, not just the "Humble foreign policy", "No new taxes" or "I'll close Guantanamo" or "End the wars" crap either...I might be able to make a case that Presidents lie more than tell the truth on average- going back to Lew Rockwell's statement that if you take every government proclamation and believe the exact opposite that you will be closer to the truth.

      I have no idea why Block started a "libertarians for Trump" movement in the context of the history of Presidential promises/rhetoric. I was hopeful initially when Trump talked about pulling troops out of the Middle East, but it seems as if that rhetoric has disappeared now and he is surrounding himself with warhawks.(like Gingrich) So here again, do we know Trump will be better or worse than Hillary in the war department? How can we possibly know either way? Why vote under such uncertainty, especially the in context that you could be voting or another warmonger unknowingly?

      Pols prey on humanities general hopefulness, making the electorate continual dupes in the vein of Lucy always pulling the ball out from underneath Charlie Brown. It's 24/7 "hope and change".

      You'd think after such a long history of such that the electorate would finally be wisely skeptical...but even in our ranks we have people of hope that are actually risking their good name/works in the HOPE we get one shred of decency from a sitting Presidency.

      I just can't see how they think it's worth it. Oh well, "subjectivity" is a major libertarian/austrian theme...

  5. I remember the Newt Gingrich advocation of "precogs". He apparently thought "Minority Report" was a documentary.

  6. Trump is little more than the Republican Party's perfect candidate. The electorate think he is an outsider, but the establishment know he will play ball. RW is correct in fearing him more. He's the RP's "Barack Obama".

  7. “I don't vote. Two reasons. First of all it's meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years *pfff* doesn't mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around – they say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain', but where's the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.”
    -George Carlin