J.D. Thorpe

Gingrich, on the other hand, is the personification of everything that’s wrong with politics. At time when a large portion of the Republican Party is adopting the limited-government beliefs of the Tea Party, Gingrich is trying to position himself as the conservative candidate in the race.

But with his atrocious record, how can any conservative trust him? This is a man who supported ethanol subsidies, courted Nancy Pelosi and her allies over the climate change topic, lobbied or consulted for special interests like Freddie Mac, Pharma, and Pfizer, championed an individual health care mandate for 20 years, and called Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform program “right-wing social engineering.”

Want more proof that he’s not a conservative?

Gingrich has made innumerable comments praising FDR, even going so far as to say that FDR is “the greatest democratic president of the 20th century and, in my judgment, the greatest president of the 20th century.”

Can you imagine Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan making a statement like that? Today, would Jim DeMint or Marco Rubio ever praise a supreme statist like FDR?

In Newt, conservatives are praising a false god. If he had followed in Grover Cleveland’s footsteps and committed his time as a public official to promoting limited-government principles, then he would be a viable conservative alternative to Romney.

But the history of the historian from Georgia provides demonstrable proof that he’s not one of us.

So let’s stop idolizing him and keep him in the private sector where he’s free to appear in climate change commercials with Nancy Pelosi, collect millions of dollars as a lobbyist, and praise his sainted-president FDR.