This is a bold editorial opinion on the part of this writer, but don’t bet on Newt Gingrich going all the way to the White House or even to win the Republican nomination.

First off, both the news media and the Republican Establishment is pushing Mitt Romney. It’s his turn in the establishment’s thinking and, as we should all know by now, the Republican Party is really not a bastion of conservatism, pro-life and lower taxes. They’re as much for big government as the Democrats ever were as long as they are the ones in power. They feel it’s their turn to win back the Presidency and prefer someone like Romney because he’s pretty much a paper cut out that will do as he’s told to do by those in control and someone who may win an election solely on the basis of not being too controversial.  In other words, he looks the part on television.

Newt Gingrich, unfortunately, comes across to many Americans as a self-serving blow hard but who has the ability to respond quickly and slyly to questions from leftist reporters on a national debate stage. He’s where he is because he’s a “slicker talker” than Texas Governor Rick Perry but, make no mistake about it, Newt Gingrich is all about big government which is okay with the Republican powers that be, but they’re afraid, he won’t be able to win a national election.  So, the Republican Establishment will likely  join with the news media and do all they can to plow Gingrich under as they did initially with Rick Perry. In the early going while CNN was saying Perry conducted himself well in the debates, it was FOX News that said, “Perry vomited all over himself.”

Then along came the nagging hypocrite Michelle Bachmann who, even though she voted for in-state tuition for the children of illegals while serving in the Minnesota State Senate in 2005, went “ballistic” about the 2001 Act of the Texas Legislature concerning the same issue but was then able to use it as a means to unfairly accuse Texas Governor Rick Perry of being soft on illegal immigration. Her whole campaign is solely about attacking her fellow Republicans.

Everyone knows Ron Paul is a Libertarian who is using the Republican brand because he knows a third party candidacy has little chance of succeeding.  If he succeeds, so be it, but many disagree with his foreign policy pronouncements especially after September 11, 2001.

Of course, that leaves Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and John Huntsman. Of those three only Rick Perry has the experience to protect the border and knows how to govern. Perry is the longest serving and most-elected Governor in the history of Texas, the nation’s second largest state, with enough electoral votes necessary and important enough to carry a national election.

It would seem to this writer if the choice is going to be between big government and small government, that the best chance for the future of our nation is to rally for Rick Perry and send him to Washington, D.C. as our next President.

This column has been edited by the authors. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the authors.