Newt Gingrich loses his luster to Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich loses his luster to Rick Santorum

Newt Gingrich – last man standing?

Newt Gingrich has moved up lately—by default—in the Republican field, as other candidates have risen and fallen.

As other candidates fall…

Since the Republican debate season began, Newt Gingrich never once directly attacked another candidate. Even today he saves most attacks for the man now holding office as President. Lately he has started to attack the mainstream media. His favorite targets: debate moderators who, as he sees it, seek not to moderate but to attack all Republicans.

In last night’s debate in Michigan, Newt Gingrich gave a prize example. Maria Bartiromo of CNBC objected when Gingrich said that the media have been misreporting the economy. Bartiromo demanded an example, and Gingrich gave her one:

I have yet to hear a single reporter ask a single Occupy Wall Street person a single rational question about the economy that would lead them to say, for example — “Who’s going to pay for the park you’re occupying if there are no businesses making a profit?”

The late Ayn Rand couldn’t have put that better, though in Atlas Shrugged, she did come close:

Who pays for it? Blank-out.

The other candidates do not handle themselves nearly as well. Rick Perry infamously promised to eliminate three federal Cabinet departments—and then could name only two. Herman Cain has allowed highly dubious charges of sexual harassment (and even felonious assault!) to dog him for eleven days.

…Newt Gingrich rises

Newt Gingrich at CPAC Florida
Newt Gingrich at the CPAC conference in Orlando, FL, September, 2011

Newt Gingrich now benefits from the patience he has shown to the other candidates. A New Jersey resident told CNAV that he expects Newt Gingrich to get the Republican nomination.

He’ll be the last man standing who isn’t Mitt Romney.

Dorothy Rabinowitz, in The Wall Street Journal, gave more details two days ago. First she described Gingrich’s performance at the Iowa Faith and Freedom forum in October. Then she described the weaknesses of some of the other candidates:

  1. Michele Bachmann is fading fast, and she knows it.
  2. Rick Santorum focused his campaign too narrowly. Family values are fine, but they are not the only values that a President must have.
  3. Ron Paul has defined himself, and let others define him, as the anti-war candidate. Most Republicans still remember that America has enemies who started the war that America is now in. And now Paul has said worse: that if he does not win, he will not support the eventual nominee.

Newt Gingrich has not made mistakes of this kind. His success at avoiding such mistakes is probably due to his phenomenal grasp of history and economics. But he also could do one thing better than almost any other rival: make peace with those same rivals. Even in a recent one-on-one debate with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich never once attacked Cain directly. Each man has said that he might name the other as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

And what about Mitt Romney? The mainstream media have made much of Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) endorsing Romney. But in New Jersey’s recent legislative elections, Christie couldn’t even change the makeup of the legislature. “All coat and no tails,” said New Jersey Democratic Chairman John Wisniewski of Christie. So Christie might not do Romney any favors by endorsing him.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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Terry A. Hurlbut

Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

Comments (2)

  • I think that the article misses a key point. It is not that Newt is winnig by default but rather as more people hear what he has to say they realize that he is intelligent, consevatative, a historian with perspective and a very good communicator.

    He is propably the best choice to debate Obama and to define the conservative message overall. Does he carry baggage, of course. So do all candidates but he has governed and clearly knows the constitution like no other candidate. He is fearless in the face of tough questions.

    I hope that future debates will give him more exposure as the moderators don’t like to ask him questions because they can’t challenage his answers.

    Regards,
    Louis

  • It is amazing that anyone can be called a conservative when they buy into the global warming hoax, support Tax & Trade, and support the UN and the UN’s Agenda 21 by not realizing the need to leave that evil institution. Now that Obama is working to give the UN taxing power over American overseas financial transactions, the beast will gain more power than ever before. Both Gingrich and Romney support this and neither one is any better than Obama.

    The more pragmatic Republicans realize that Ron Paul is running to be President, not dictator—he won’t be able to implement some of the ideas that have caused them to dismiss him in the past, yet they know he will fight for what they do like about him instead of betraying them like Gingrich and Romney surely would. Is there any reason to think that if war is justified in some place that there will not be enough votes in Congress to declare war? Ron Paul may not like it, but if he is President he will execute the office faithfully and if Congress declares war, then that is part of what he must execute.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that can win for the Republicans. He can carry far more independents than anyone else and may even be able to win California (the Dems cannot win without Cali). If anyone else is nominated, there is no doubt that a third party challenger will rise and take enough votes from us to re-elect the Obamanation. This will happen even if Ron Paul endorses a rival. Three-way polls show that Obama wins in such a scenario–just like Clinton did both times with Ross Perot (although it is not necessary for the 3rd party candidate to draw anywhere near the same support as Perot for this to happen). Don’t ensure Obama’s re-election; instead, vote Ron Paul 2012.

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