Gingrich isn't dumb, he's just scary. Romney might be dumb. But I wouldn't support either of them anyway, because both are essentially the same as Obama, that is to say, they represent a political view that is antithetical to my own. I feel no compulsion to be on the "winning team", so I'm not terribly concerned about whether anyone thinks I'm "wasting" a vote.
This. Seriously, if anyone here can even seriously consider Gingrich over Obama for one second, you are either advocating for political policies you don't believe or are lyin' to yourself.
I remember when I was a little kid, probably no older then 6 and my mom and dad toke me and my little bro up to DC to look at a museum or something, I don't remember the museum but I do remember a very large group of protesters yelling "GIVE NEWT THE BOOT, GIVE NEWT THE BOOT". Some 15 years later the man runs for office and all I can think is "GIVE NEWT THE BOOT".
No, but he is the best choice of the options given. And I don't believe that Obama wants to take individual liberties away.
I am genuinely interested in how you come to those conclusions. Have you done some sort of a "pros/cons" checklist, compared the candidates stated stances and/or records of actions on various topics, etc? Or is it just "a feeling?"
For me, I am still struggling with whether or not I think Paul's economic policies would be harmful enough to outweigh the fact that I agree with him on virtually all of his other stances and consider him to be among the most principled politicians around. I am also not sure how well he could govern. I did vote for him in the 2008 primary.
I prefer Romney over Gingrich but am concerned with his connections to the FIRE industries. I also need to better digest his views on the role of Federal government. I feel like he has a better chance of being able to govern and is a better fit for the broadly center-right USA.
I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around Gingrich. He had some significant accomplishments and also significant mis-steps as the Speaker of the House. His career after politics seems to embody a lot of what I think is wrong with the current system.
When I decide who I want to vote for in any election I look at the candidates beliefs on all the issues I can find and decide whether or not his or her beliefs are close enough to mine for my to vote for him/her. I place more importance on some issues then others, I look at the candidates religion, if her or she is a good speaker and if the candidate "acts like a leader" or not, among other things. I don't want a candidate who has extreem views, is more then moderately religious, lacks empathy, doesn't act like a leader, comes off as dumb, is so steadfast in his/her beliefs that he/she can not listen to a reasonable argument put forth by the other side, etc.
I believe Paul's economic plan could be harmful, I don't agree with Romney on many issues, (oddly it seems that this is a bigger issue then his Mormonism, which I haven't seem too much of), Gingrich doesn't seem electable even if I did like him as a candidate (Same w/ Paul). This leaves Obama as the lesser of the 4 evils. If it was 2008 and McCain didn't pick Palin as his running mate it might be a different story, Palin was a horrendous choice as VP.