September 18, 2007

Attending Solutions Day

Newt Gingrich will stage his Solutions Day conference on Thursday, September 27th, and Captain's Quarters will be there. I'm traveling under my own steam to be one of American Solutions' official bloggers for the event. I'll blog live from the launch that evening, and I will get a chance to interview Newt Gingrich

Here's the description of the event from American Solutions:

American Solutions for Winning the Future is a new, non-partisan organization built around three goals: to defend America and our allies abroad and defeat our enemies, to strengthen and revitalize America’s core values, and to move the government into the 21st Century. The General Chairman is former Speaker Newt Gingrich. ...

If you have an idea that you want to promote that is going to make life better for yourselves, your neighbors and your fellow Americans, this is your opportunity to get involved. It’s not often that one of these opportunities comes along -- this is the first of what we hope will be many. It’s time for citizens to take back their government!

Solutions Day is about you. This is your opportunity -- and it doesn't matter whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent. It's about you, your family, and your future.

In February, I interviewed Newt Gingrich for my then-weekly BlogTalkRadio show, and was impressed with Gingrich's commitment to working on solutions rather than partisan infighting. At the time, I wondered whether he was just marking time until he announced a presidential campaign later in the year. Now it looks like Gingrich will focus on ideas and solutions, and let others carry the burdens of political office.

Watch this space for next week's launch. More to come later.


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Comments (12)

Posted by filistro | September 18, 2007 6:50 PM

Ed gets to interview NEWT!

Wistful sigh...

... and you guys want the Cap'n to give up all this up and run for Congress!

I think Ed already has the best political-junkie gig in the whole wide world.

Posted by Carol Herman | September 18, 2007 7:39 PM

Ust a reminder. Tom DeLay laughs at Newt Gingrich and his latest "line" about GOVERNMENT BEING THE SOLUTION. HELLO!

Government's the PROBLEM.

And, Newt Gingrich screwed up from Day #1. It was total paranoia for republicans in the House. WIth Newt spouting a "new idea" every day. ANd, following NONE.

DeLay's book was a fantastic read. And, I'd recommend it.

I sure hope DeLay comes back.

And, I hope that the corrupt Ronnie Earle gets to get Nifong'ed.

Posted by filistro | September 18, 2007 7:55 PM

Ed... quoting from "Right Web":

Gingrich maintains that the United States is confronting an existential threat in the war on terror. In a 2006 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Gingrich compared President Abraham Lincoln's preparations for the Civil War to President George W. Bush's efforts to prosecute the war on terror, arguing that where Lincoln succeeded, Bush was failing. Bush's strategies have three flaws, Gingrich opined: “(1) They do not define the scale of the emerging World War III, between the West and the forces of militant Islam, and so they do not outline how difficult the challenge is and how big the effort will have to be. (2) They do not define victory in this larger war as our goal, and so the energy, resources, and intensity needed to win cannot be mobilized. (3) They do not establish clear metrics of achievement and then replace leaders, bureaucrats, and bureaucracies as needed to achieve those goals.”

If you get a chance, I'd like to know if Newt still holds those views, and specifically how he would go about conducting the WOT, as opposed to what is being done now.

Posted by Eric | September 18, 2007 8:04 PM

Newt’s very smart. Have fun, and we’ll be waiting to hear what he has to say.

Posted by Only One Cannoli | September 18, 2007 9:48 PM

If you have an idea that you want to promote that is going to make life better for yourselves, your neighbors and your fellow Americans, this is your opportunity to get involved.

I had an idea that would make my life better. Instead of giving me universal HillaryCare can I just pay less for medical insurance in exchange for waiving my right to sue for "pain and suffering?" I'll agree never to go after doctors, hospitals and/or drug companies for millions in damages if they cut me a break on the price I pay for their products and services. Why should I have to pay for all that medical liability insurance that doctors and hospitals are forced to carry (and pass on to the patient) thanks to John Edwards and his predecessors?

Let the pro-litigation people pay a higher insurance premium. For a handful of them it likely will work out as they'll be fortunate(?) enough to be maimed by a doctor and become millionaires. That's an opportunity I would gladly pass on if it meant lopping 25% or more from my insurance premium every month.

I realize this will never happen, trial lawyers won't stand for it.

Tell Newt to make it happen.

Posted by Scrapiron | September 18, 2007 11:13 PM

At one time Newt was a common sense person, now he has fallen off the 'brain' train.

Posted by Carol Herman | September 19, 2007 12:07 AM

I have a sinking feeling Fred's fading.

How will he go out? Probably by pointing to a lessening of enthusiasm; and then opting for privacy.

While Newt, who had said as long as Fred's viable, he wasn't also gonna enter the race.

And, then Newt said "he'd decide in October."

But Newt's not getting all that great traction.

One shy "bride" ... the card that Fred played ... is now all used up.

Plus, Newt has a record! Most of the republican party who were in the HOUSE, ended up either on war-ing sides. Or hating his guts. (Tom DeLay hates his guts.)

Newt, when he held the role of majority leader in the HOUSE, was a terrible screw up. Creating factions. Creating a lot of discord.

Even if you don't hear it now YOU WILL!

Because November 2006 was a debacle for the era Newt ushered in, to great fanfare, back in 1994.

Times have changed.

People aren't looking for the same old garbage.

But I gotta tell ya; Fred's journey towards the presidency looks compromised. So, I'll guess it is his health.

What will the republican party do if it falls into disarray?

There are too many candidates out there, now.

SUre, you can survive a Ron Paul. Just as the Bonkeys can survive Mike Gavel.

But towards the top?

We really don't need Newt Gringrich at this time.

Ya know? The party can fragment up ... with lots of people holding up signs. It will practically look like the airport. Where you see all these chauffuers looking for stangers. Holding up signs. Sometimes asking people "if their names" match the person they're looking for.

Now, this ain't healthy.

At least Rudy was Mayor. He ain't tainted by the swamp. DC is a swamp, ya know? And, people from the House & Senate come up losers.

You think Americans are looking for more of the same?

Posted by hnav | September 19, 2007 8:08 AM

"working on solutions rather than partisan infighting"

Newt has exploited so many issues since 2004 for his own personal ego.

What did he do about Illegal Immigration when he was Speaker?

And his ugly demeaning of those who bravely implemented his desired policy in Iraq is truly telling.

Newt is more of a self serving populist than anything else.

When the effort in Iraq seemed unpopular, Newt ran to blame those trying to serve the USA in a most challenging admirable effort.

As if the context of difficult Military Operations in the past simply vanished from his brain.

This is the heart of the Arab Region by the way, and we still have record low casualty rates, and vast potential for success.

He is just another reminder of those on the Conservative side who are part of the problem.

Newt blew it in the 90s, and was forced to leave Washington in disgrace.

He is better off doing photo OPS with Hillary Clinton...

Posted by FedUp | September 19, 2007 8:41 AM

Lessee.... Newt or Hillary??? There's a choice...

Posted by FedUp | September 19, 2007 11:10 AM

Carol.... who hasn't been tainted? They all have skeletons in their closets - it's just that some are publicized more and others get theirs covered over by the MSM.

Posted by V for Victory | September 19, 2007 5:01 PM

I don't get why so much vitriol over Newt when it's the MSM the writes outrageous headlines taken from a snippett of what he says? He says some outrageous things, YES, but mostly as a wake up to listen to the rest of the speech. These then get taken out of context and everyone, including conservatives can't help but hate him because they misread the story from the headline.

Also, why does that make a conference on solutions irrelevant? He's not going to be elected to anything again, but he's a great sound board for ideas that Republicans and us conservatives "used" to be all about. I will be there for the solutions workshops and I suggest all of you at least listen in and see if there are any ideas that can make sence compared to gov't solutions that only cost us more and more money because we're too lazy to offer these ideas ourelves.

Posted by owl2 | September 19, 2007 8:13 PM

Just to keep it simple......I can't stand Newt. Unlike many I hear, this has happened since he decided he was presidential material. I like DeLay.

And I am not taking him out of context. I hear him express his views constantly and consider Himself as another Great Pointer. He wants to talk immigration? I never heard a peep when he had the gavel. He is pointing at Katrina. Give me a break and go sit in the corner with Susan Collins. And make a clean break from Bush? The only one in the bunch I still like. Of course he didn't just start his BDS tour. I exchanged emails with his camp when he uttered his first bashes. They covered it and shut up for a while but now he has found his niche.

The only thing I have heard out of his mouth that I agree with is his 80% prediction. Yep and he needs to stay home and help our odds with Rudy. I don't want a 'non-partisan'. I want a lean, mean fighting machine that will beat the crap out of the party that is HELPING TERRORISTS even at the expense of our military.

If peace could have been made with the Democrats, it would have happened already. They declared war on the soldiers fighting the war. At that point, diplomacy went out the window.

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