I have to admit, I’m a little taken aback by the animosity being thrown towards Newt Gingrich from the right. No candidate is perfect and I’ll be the first to admit there are parts of his record I was surprised by, but he is still the guy who led the 1994 revolution that brought us tax cuts, welfare reform, a surplus, and actually reducing the role of government.
Yet while some on the right appear to be actively trying to destroy him, he still draws huge crowds on the campaign trail of people hanging on his every word. I saw it first hand in Staten Island, and I’ve heard from people in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina that have said the same thing. His sudden reemergence can be tied to one thing. It’s not aboot being Not-Romney. It’s aboot how badly people are looking for someone to take the fight to Obama, and how Newt appears to be the only one willing if not also the only one capable.
And that’s why I don’t think it’s fair to dismiss the idea “Gingrich-Obama” debates. I think most of you reading this will probably agree that while the President is a good speech giver, he doesn’t handle himself as well on the few times he ever gets challenged on his ideology. Newt is someone who can pick it apart talking point by talking point, and dismiss the entire premise all while articulating the conservative solutions to everything. And not just with the President, with the entire Obama Media Complex as well. Anytime you see him on TV, you’ll see him point out how they’re wrong and we’re right.
There aren’t many people on our side who are cable of doing that. Does he have the perfect record? Anyone who has been on Twitter for the past few weeks knows the answer to that. I’m not going to lie and say there aren’t a few things that have had me type #headdesk and hit CTRL+V a few times.
I still think Gingrich is the strongest candidate to take the fight to the Obama Campaign. Period.