Sunday, January 22, 2012

Politically Brilliant. Unorthodox. Audacious.


Given up for dead after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Gingrich like Lazarus, arose from the dead after strong debate performances in Myrtle Beach and Charleston, SC.

Voters in the Palmetto State were fed up with the Republican Establishment’s desperate attempts to force Mitt Romney down their throats. 

Like a child reciting his multiplication tables, Romney tosses off catchphrases by rote like, "I love this land, I love its Constitution, I revere its founders, I will restore those principles, I will get America back to work, and I'll make sure that we remain the shining city on the hill."
 
In his victory speech last night, Gingrich said, “It’s not that I am a great debater, it’s that I articulate the deepest-held values of the American people.”

Voters in South Carolina and elsewhere hunger for actionable substance, not empty sound bites.

Winston Churchill once admitted, "The Conservatives have never liked nor trusted me." The same thing can be said of Gingrich, who has had a tortured relationship with the GOP's conservative wing, to say the least.

Investors Business Daily offers this analogy from Gingrich Looking Churchillian In Political Comeback:   “Once the brash, even obnoxious Young Turk in Congress, Gingrich is today wiser and more experienced. He has seen what works in public policy and what doesn't.”

“With the nonstop media coverage of his failed marriages, people might just forget Gingrich's solid record of accomplishment. He co-authored the; 'Contract With America,’ and is probably the man most singly responsible for the GOP's taking control of Congress in 1994 for the first time in four decades.”

“As House speaker, he oversaw the passage of welfare reform, a capital-gains tax cut that helped propel the Internet boom, and, in 1998, the first balanced budget since the 1960s.”

[SNIP]

“Gingrich knows the world's future lies with freedom, not with party masters controlling the destinies of billions of people. He's more likely to aggressively pursue the illogic and the inconsistencies in Obama's statements in a head-to-head debate—and to take on Obama's failure as a central element of his campaign.”

[SNIP]

“With a president in office who, if not an actual socialist seems awfully like one in the statist policies he promotes, America is headed toward inevitable decline and an end to its ancient freedoms—unless, that is, our course changes dramatically.”

In what became known as Mario Savio’s Sproul Hall Steps speech, he urged:

“There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

Gingrich is pleading with us to take action.

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