Folks, do we want to defeat Obama in 2012 or not? Do we want to run a safe candidate, or a successful one? Do we want to be Mr. Nice Guy, or Mr. President?
In order to defeat Obama, his billion dollars of campaign cash, and the 95% of TV and print media that is chomping at the bit to tilt the news coverage in the favor of Democrats, we'll need to do something in 2012 that no other GOP candidate has done in decades... kick ass.
Now, I've got nothing against Mitt Romney. If he ends up winning the nomination I will strongly support him; however, I don't believe Romney is different enough from previous GOP candidates to really take the fight to Obama & Co. Romney is Mr. Nice Guy. Romney is safe. We don't need nice and safe, we need to a champion, and Newt Gingrich is a rhetorical gladiator of the highest order.
Nice and safe Republicans try to make the media their friends, like McCain did. How'd that work out for us?
Nice and safe Republicans accept Democrat mischaracterizations and try to turn them to our advantage, like Bush's "compassionate conservatism" meme. Wow, was that a dumb move, you could almost hear America saying "Well I guess those other conservatives really were heartless like the Democrats said."
Nice and safe Republicans meekly follow the lead of the liberal media and step right into their bear traps, like Sarah Palin. You think Newt would have answered that question about what papers he reads? He'd have looked the reporter in his face and told him to stop asking such stupid questions.
Here's a great example of what I'm talking about, the "pious baloney" moment from the New Hampshire debate. Can anyone find me a clip of Romney going for the jugular like this? Or Santorum? Or Ron Paul?
This is like Reagan turning the table on Mondale over the age issue. One knockout punch turned the MSM/DNC cabal's narrative on it's head, made the Democrat look like a fool, and the GOP won a landslide victory.
The debates are our chance to get past the filter of the liberal media bias and speak directly to the American people. The debates are our chance to take down a President so buoyed by the willful ignorance of his followers that he maintains a 44% approval rating despite presiding over the worst debt and unemployment rates in decades.
Newt excels at this stuff. Here he is making ABC News look like chumps:
If Sarah Palin would have done something like this her political career would be soaring right now, instead she's still trying to combat America's first impression of her, which courtesy the MSM/DNC cabal was that of a bimbo unqualified to hold office. We can't afford to keep making those kinds of mistakes folks.
Newt Gingrich is the only candidate I see who has the skills to rhetorically kick the ass of Obama, the entire Democrat party, and their allies in the media. This is how we can turn back the tide and start a new movement like Reagan did in the 80's, or Gingrich (hey, look at that!) did in the 90's. Nice and safe won't cut it next year. Nice and safe means Obama pulls out a win and we spend four more years being painted as the party of No.
It's the Chicago Way folks, you don't bring a Romney to a Gingrich fight.