Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin calls the New Hampshire Union Leader the “Cheshire Cat of presidential politics. “The smile is all that remains,” Andy says. “Any political influence is long gone.” The Union Leader’s “endorsement” of Newton Gingrich for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination may actually backfire and doom the Gingrich candidacy. Andy says the Union Leader’s endorsement of a crook like Gingrich for president embarrasses
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Andy Martin says the Union Leader’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich for president shames the people of New Hampshire
Andy says Union Leader executives are out of touch with reality, and incompetent journalists who did no meaningful research and analysis before backing Gingrich
Andy says the Union Leader’s arrogance and contempt for
I have also grown up for the past sixty years listening to ridicule and complaints about the New Hampshire Union Leader (then the Manchester Union Leader). While the rest of the journalism and media world moved on to responsible reporting and commentary, the Union Leader has retained its crackpot orientation as a “voice” without any roots in rationality or reason.
I have been campaigning across the state for almost a year and I find no evidence the UL has any measurable influence. Rather, the newspaper’s reputation has become like a “Cheshire Cat” situation where only the smile remains. To provide local “color” the national media report on the UL's activity. But
The UL’s latest outburst also confirms why the print media are dying in
Unfortunately for the Union Leader’s writers, the real world exists alongside the parallel delusional universe of the UL and its editors.
That is why the “endorsement” of Newton Gingrich for president shames
TAKE ONE: The Union Leader is entitled to its opinions. I do not for one minute suggests that the newspaper should support someone they don’t believe in, or that we have anything more than a “buyer’s veto” of the paper by ignoring the UL as so much of New Hampshire does today.
TAKE TWO: Just as the UL is entitled to its opinions, I am also entitled to my opinion. My opinion is based on extensive research and analysis of both Newt Gingrich's past and, more importantly, his current methods of operation (2000 – 2011). In my opinion Newton Gingrich is a professional political crook whose whole career up to the present day and present month has been characterized by unethical conduct and corrupt activity. Political crooks don’t go to jail as often as ordinary burglars and muggers; perhaps that is why American government is in such a sad state today.
TAKE THREE: By endorsing Gingrich, the Union Leader is shaming the state and suggesting that
Take Four: Is the Union leader endorsement likely to sway many votes? It is more likely to backfire, by forcing voters to look behind the endorsement and consider the reality of Newt Gingrich's sordid political career. If Joe McQuaid and his self-styled conservative weenies have any influence on the primary they may create an unintended anti-Gingrich backlash. (Reminder: when I am not a presidential candidate I am the executive editor of an Internet newspaper called www.ContrarianCommentary.com.)
TAKE FIVE: Why do I think the Union Leader’s endorsement of Gingrich is not merely wrong but actually “shameful.” Because the UL’s analysis of why it is supporting Gingrich is not anchored in factual reality or political reality.
TAKE SIX: In addition to making a laughingstock of
Gingrich has admitted he could not handle the stresses and temptations of high office. In fact, he gave his official duties and his “love for
TAKE SEVEN: Recently, in denying that he had served his first wife with divorce papers in a hospital, Gingrich admitted he had taken a check list for their divorce to the hospital for her to sign while she was still recovering from surgery. While a check list may not be a legal document, the callous disregard for his wife's illness was confirmed, not denied, by Gingrich’s latest round of excuses. Who takes a divorce checklist for a hospital patient to sign? Newt Gingrich. It is commendable that Gingrich's daughters have forgiven their father and established a strong relationship with him. But the fact that Gingrich is a “grandfather” has no logical connection to his fitness to serve in the Oval Office. Conservative Christians are undermining their own moral authority by flirting with Gingrich for president.
TAKE EIGHT: I began exposing Gingrich’s corruption was back in March:
The facts about Gingrich’s contempt for the law are well known if not yet widely circulated. I am not suggesting I have “secret” reasons for exposing his criminality.
In a nutshell, what Gingrich does is collect money from “little people,” through his blathering self-important tax exempt organizations and then siphon those tax-exempt contributions into his private, profit-making operations so he can live the life of
Gingrich is famous for issuing bogus invitations to people, trying to get recipients to donate $5,000 to him so they can be recognized as “leaders.” Gingrich targets senior citizens with his blarney, because seniors are especially vulnerable to his form of mail order flattery and seduction.
When I call Gingrich a crook, I mean crook.
So why did the Union Leader endorse a crook for president?
Well, if you read between the lines of Joe McQuaid's commentaries, Union Leader writers seem to “know” and “like” Gingrich. In other words, Gingrich's flattery works. Is “liking” and “knowing” a sound basis to endorse someone for the presidency? I think not.
All of the presidential candidates (with the possible exception of Herman Cain) come to
But the presidency is not about “politics.” The presidency is where the rubber hits the road. The presidency is a crucible where leaders are tested beyond the limits of expectation and endurance. Barack Obama thought it would be nice to live in “public housing” for four or eight years, living la vida loca in the White House, enjoying the benefits of the presidency and cementing his financial future some day as a former president. Obama is learning that the White House is not a resort hotel and, in Gingrich’s case, it is not a retirement home.
Did the Union leader look into the way Gingrich siphons cash from tax-exempt organizations into his own profit-making pockets? No. Did they look into how Gingrich “makes his money?” No. (McQuaid apparently accepted Gingrich’s nonsense that
The Union Leader manifested contempt for its conservative
None of the current presidential candidates have led perfect lives. (In Obama's case we don't even know yet who he really is.) I have been involved in controversy from time to time, usually as a result of exposing corruption. The New York Times’ dirt diggers ran a fine tooth comb over my life in 2008 and were forced to use thirty and forty year-old smut to schmutz me up as best they could (the effort failed).
Gingrich on the other hand has led an official life, a public life that is essentially one ongoing ethical violation and corruption of the tax laws. Gingrich’s corruption is a time bomb waiting to explode at the Republican National Convention.
And guess what? I knew David Axelrod way back when he was a beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune, back when Barack Obama was still living in
Can this country really take four more years of Barack Obama? McQuaid and his coterie do not seem to have thought of the implications of their casually tossing off a presidential endorsement of a Republican crook to lead the party. That’s why the Union Leader’s endorsement of Newton Gingrich is a humiliation to
With all due respect, I became a candidate for president because I had the qualifications necessary in a conservative candidate. My record of corruption-fighting is unique in national politics. My foreign experience and my experience in
The Union Leader ought to be ashamed of its endorsement. I am not ashamed to tell the truth abut Gingrich and to continue the battle against this bold-faced liar and crook.
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