Newt Gingrich knows how to say things conservatives like to hear. He can dish the red meat as well as anyone in our party when he has the inclination to do that. It’s easy to appreciate those who are speaking out against the policies of the Obama administration, even though we realize that reversing course requires winning elections and developing alternatives to current policy that people can support. Concerning alternatives and ideas, Newt’s got a few. Actually more than a few. Some ideas may be useful, and others may not be practical to implement. That’s his strength — advancing big ideas. Unfortunately for Republicans, what Gingrich has been proposing is compassionate conservatism on steroids. I think it’s fair to question some of his agenda items as less than committed to this limited government ideal we keep talking about.
He is entertaining and has piles of figures on every possible subject. But he has no chance of ever becoming President, or even the Republican nominee. This is good for all of us. Newt Gingrich could never survive the vicious vetting process of the media in addition to winning the trust of anyone yet undecided about his fitness for the Presidency. If you believe that Sarah Palin got a raw deal (regardless of her qualifications to serve as VP), can you imagine how much harder it would be for Newt once he officially announced his intention to run for President? Some of the bad press Newt gets he deserves, but I can’t imagine a scenario where he could shed enough of his baggage to make a 2012 presidential run successful. God may forgive and forget, but the media never does.