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When asked if he plans to make another run for the presidency, Newt Gingrich told The Naple News, “I have no idea at this stage.” And he shouldn’t — or anyone else for that matter — since we’ve only recently wrapped up a two-year presidential election. Unfortunately, it seems increasingly clear that some folks want to speculate on who will become the 45th president even when the 44th hasn’t even been sworn in to his second term yet. To that end, if I’m going to play along, I have one bit of advice for Nasty Newt as it relates to any future run at the White House: Let’s not and say you did.

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Funny enough, Newt claimed that before he makes any decision about the 2016 presidential race, Republicans must tackle a “serious analysis” of what went wrong in 2012, “Republicans have to stop and take a deep breath,” Gingrich explained. Yes, breathe in, breathe out and start thinking about where all you went wrong — but start with yourself.

As Gingrich switches from declarations that “I am not for amnesty for anyone. I am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally” to calls for a “practical solution” in light of Latino voters overwhelmingly choosing President Obama over Mitt Romney, there remains some other issues he must contend with.

Let’s start with his racism.

He’s called Spanish the “language of living in the ghetto.”

And of course, there’s that “foreigner” characterization of Obama that he constantly engages in.


You have to wonder what he’s doing,” Gingrich continued. I’m assuming that there’s some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don’t understand. Whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for a while or watch ESPN, I mean, I don’t quite know what his rhythm is, but this is a guy that is a brilliant performer as an orator, who may very well get reelected at the present date, and who, frankly, he happens to be a partial, part-time president.


We are going to have the candidate of food stamps, the finest food stamp President in American history, in Barack Obama, and we are going to have a candidate of paychecks.


What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.

And one can’t forget what he makes of Blacks:

And so I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps. And I’ll go to them and explain a brand new Social Security opportunity for young people, which should be particularly good for African-American males — because they’re the group that gets the smallest return on Social Security because they have the shortest life span.


He acknowledged that it was more “difficult to acquire wealth as a Black in America,” but added that more than skin color is at play. “The truth is that preachers and lawyers have been more dominant in the Black culture in the last 40 years than have business people,” said Gingrich. “The habits of the church and the habits of the lawsuit have been more powerful than the habits of acquisition and the habits of job creation.”

Oh, and here’s an instance Newt’s racism when applied abroad:

Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire…. I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons, we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic.

One can’t also forget how Gingrich led a rally in support of failed Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin, following his controversial comments that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy following “legitimate rape.”

Gingrich is right to argue that the GOP must “modernize and adapt” instead of fixating on Mitt Romney’s flaws as a presidential candidate. However, if you’re looking to “modernize” the party, you needn’t look back. At the age of 69, Newt Gingrich seems quite settled in his life as a racist, sexist, xenophobic snob who champions his own ego almost as much as he does virtues of conservative ideology that suit his own interests. He managed to surprise people in the last election despite initially being understaffed and largely out-financed, though a large part of the credit goes to primary voters not enthused by any of the inadequate candidates presented before them.

That will surely change in 2016,.

So as nice as it might seem to entertain Newt about possibly running again, let’s not get his hopes up. Oh, and yes, the same goes for Saint-Missionary-Sex Rick Santorum.

Let’s leave them in the dust, where they belong.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick