Cain and Gingrich and two examples of tough answers

by Datechguy | May 17th, 2011

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Cain and Gingrich and two examples of tough answers

Today I saw two actions by polit­i­cal can­di­dates that were exam­ples of gutsy and impor­tant talk.

First Newt Gin­grich. He has really put his foot in his mouth this week on the Ryan plan but he has done some­thing rather solid on a dif­fer­ent issue:

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Newt Gin­grich says he has sought God’s for­give­ness for his per­sonal fail­ings and hopes that evan­gel­i­cal vot­ers take time to talk to him about his two divorces and his affair with the woman who is now his third wife.

His chances of win­ning the nom­i­na­tion of a party dom­i­nated by reli­gious con­ser­v­a­tives may depend on it.

I think peo­ple have to look at me, ask tough ques­tions, then ren­der judg­ment,” the for­mer House speaker told The Asso­ci­ated Press on Mon­day dur­ing his first Iowa trip as a declared pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. “I have made mis­takes in my life. I have had to go to God to ask for for­give­ness and seek reconciliation.”

It would be eas­ier in life to skip all this,” he added. “But if cit­i­zen­ship requires these kinds of con­ver­sa­tions, these con­ver­sa­tions are worth having.”

I think that it’s impor­tant to air this out, it’s not going to be pretty or pleas­ant but it has to be done. Then again con­sid­er­ing the head­lines he’s get­ting now it might be an eas­ier topic with pri­mary vot­ers. For­giv­ing sins in a Chris­t­ian oblig­a­tion, for­giv­ing ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences is not. Still a will­ing­ness to face this music is a sign of spir­i­tual growth.

Mean­while Her­man Cain says the for­bid­den words for polit­i­cal can­di­dates. I don’t know:

Ever since the South Car­olina Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial debate, reporters have con­tin­ued to chal­lenge me for not hav­ing a spe­cific plan for our nation’s involve­ment in Afghanistan. They con­tinue to think that if you are run­ning for pres­i­dent then you must have an answer for every­thing. I don’t! A real leader has the right ques­tions for everything.

When asked about what I would do about our involve­ment in the war in Afghanistan dur­ing the debate, I answered by ask­ing the ques­tions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mis­sion? How does it serve our inter­est? Is there a path to vic­tory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?

I ask these ques­tions instead of “shoot­ing from the lip” because there is obvi­ously a lot of clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and mil­i­tary lead­ers I would need advice from before I could make an informed deci­sion about a real clear plan for the USA’s involve­ment in Afghanistan.

Cain is of course exactly right, by ced­ing this ground he takes a risk but also shows polit­i­cal courage. It takes a per­son very com­fort­able in their own skin to be able to admit igno­rance on a sub­ject, but igno­rance can be cured by infor­ma­tion and that’s a lot bet­ter than fly­ing blind.

Expect the MSM to sav­age him on this, if they ever deign to admit he exists.

Today I saw two actions by political candidates that were examples of gutsy and important talk.

First Newt Gingrich. He has really put his foot in his mouth this week on the Ryan plan but he has done something rather solid on a different issue:

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he has sought God’s forgiveness for his personal failings and hopes that evangelical voters take time to talk to him about his two divorces and his affair with the woman who is now his third wife.

His chances of winning the nomination of a party dominated by religious conservatives may depend on it.

“I think people have to look at me, ask tough questions, then render judgment,” the former House speaker told The Associated Press on Monday during his first Iowa trip as a declared presidential candidate. “I have made mistakes in my life. I have had to go to God to ask for forgiveness and seek reconciliation.”

“It would be easier in life to skip all this,” he added. “But if citizenship requires these kinds of conversations, these conversations are worth having.”

I think that it’s important to air this out, it’s not going to be pretty or pleasant but it has to be done. Then again considering the headlines he’s getting now it might be an easier topic with primary voters. Forgiving sins in a Christian obligation, forgiving ideological differences is not. Still a willingness to face this music is a sign of spiritual growth.

Meanwhile Herman Cain says the forbidden words for political candidates. I don’t know:

Ever since the South Carolina Republican presidential debate, reporters have continued to challenge me for not having a specific plan for our nation’s involvement in Afghanistan. They continue to think that if you are running for president then you must have an answer for everything. I don’t! A real leader has the right questions for everything.

When asked about what I would do about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan during the debate, I answered by asking the questions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mission? How does it serve our interest? Is there a path to victory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?

I ask these questions instead of “shooting from the lip” because there is obviously a lot of classified information to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and military leaders I would need advice from before I could make an informed decision about a real clear plan for the USA’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Cain is of course exactly right, by ceding this ground he takes a risk but also shows political courage. It takes a person very comfortable in their own skin to be able to admit ignorance on a subject, but ignorance can be cured by information and that’s a lot better than flying blind.

Expect the MSM to savage him on this, if they ever deign to admit he exists.

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