Save America and spare Newt the embarrassment of running against Obama and losing.
"I have an enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I'm doing it."
President Obama is audacious and may well be thinking it.
Newt Gingrich actually said it, in 1985, as an egotistical foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution.
These days Newt Gingrich is trying to resurrect his political career, calling himself a changed man and hoping that by presenting himself as a penitent 68-year old grandfather, he will win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and then the Presidency.
Voters need to know that Gingrich played the changed man card before.
Lois Romano, in "Newt Gingrich, Maverick on the Hill," published in the Washington Post on January 3, 1985, quoted Gingrich describing "the old me" as "abrasive" and
"confrontational" and saying, "I will be somewhat less confrontational, and somewhat less abrasive in the future because I am no longer the person I once was.
Fifteen years later, Gingrich repeated his pattern of trading in an older, health-challenged wife to a younger, healthier one.
Gingrich supporters say that his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 2009 changed him and that, at age 68, with a 23 year younger third wife, he can be trusted with White House interns.
They may be right, but that does not make Gingrich presidential material.
One of Gingrich's friends, Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman, is quoted in that article saying "Newt has problems with interpersonal relationships. I tell him that every day."
Weber also told Romano that "there's no question that [Gingrich] wants to be an insider now. He never gave a dam before. The question is what price is he willing to pay."
Both of them paid a high price.
In 2006 Weber joined then former Speaker Gingrich in working for Freddie Mac. Gingrich had gone on the Freddie Mac payroll not long after resigning his Speakership and House seat in disgrace in 1998.
Jim Tilton, then a friend of Gingrich since their high school days, described Gingrich as a man determined to save the world. "He really believed when he was a junior in high school that he was destined to save western civilization."
Romano agreed: "Newt Gingrich believes he is on a mission to reform the globe, a mission that started at age 15, when he wrote a 200-page term paper while living with his Army family in Stuttgart.... It's an obsession that friends say contributed to the end of his first marriage."
Gingrich's first wife and mother of his two children, Jackie, told Romano: "He can say that we had been talking about [divorcing] for 10 years, but the truth is that it came as a complete surprise. He's a great wordsmith...He walked out in the spring of 1980 and I returned to Georgia. By September, I went into the hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said Daddy is downstairs and could he come up? When he got there, he wanted to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from the surgery...To say I gave up a lot for the marriage is the understatement of the years."
This year Gingrich astonishing explained his serial adultery as a result of his patriotism.
In 1985 Gingrich went with the pain instead of patriotism explantion. "There were long periods in my marriage when I was in enormous pain, and I did a lot of things during that time that reflect how much pain I was in."
Ironically, it was because Gingrich caused former Speaker Tip O'Neill pain that he admittedly became famous.
Romano: "[Gingrich']s the noisy and intense fourth-term Republican from Georgia who jumped from the obscurity of his ranks when he so incensed Tip O'Neill on the House floor one day last spring that the speaker rose from his chair and loudly blasted Gingrich's verbal acrobatics as 'the lowest thing I have ever seen in my 32 years in the House.'"
These days Obamatons are using the word "weird" as a codeword for Mormon, hoping to discredit Mitt Romney.
Self-proclaimed "revolutionary" Gingrich admitted to being "pretty weird as a kid." "If you decide in your freshman year in high school that your job is to spend your life trying to change the future of your people, you're probably fairly weird."
Gingrich on Gingrich: "I'm the guy in the eighth grade who did not go across the floor and ask the girl to dance for two reasons. One is, she might say no and I'd be embarrassed; two, she might say yes and I'd have to dance..."
Now Gingrich is now much more ambitious and audacious than shy and embarrassed.
Gingrich is asking to be entrusted with the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and the Presidency.
As Nancy Reagan, the wife of a President who did change the world, might put it, "Just say no" to Newt.
Republicans, save America and spare Newt the embarrassment of running against Obama and losing.
The upcoming election is too important to lose and wishful thinking is not enough to win.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.