What He Did Was Almost Unimaginable
Ronald Reagan would say, our job is not complicated it is just not easy. Our job is to restore our culture and government at every level. We must focus on the out of control Federal government which spends 35% too much. Our hard job will be much easier if we have a spokesman who can lead with clarity, focus and inspiration for restoration, the work at hand.
Speaker Newt Gingrich filled that role brilliantly at David Horowitz’ Restoration Weekend 2009. Horowitz had the Speaker back in again for Restoration Weekend 2010. I couldn’t have more thrilled Wednesday with the substance and style of Speaker Gingrich’s 2 minute video announcement that he is running for the Republican nomination for President.
I have some horses in the 2012 race for the Presidential nomination. My former governor, Tim Pawlenty is on his way to announce his candidacy. We are not close personally but I contend Governor Pawlenty was the best governor in Minnesota history. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a personal friend, has become a star spokeswoman for the Constitutional Conservative movement and a de facto leader of the Tea Parties. She is exploring a run for the Presidency. Then there is Sarah Palin. If she decides to run, ya betja she’d be in the mix immediately for my support.
But the Speaker stepped squarely on the path for my support Wednesday. Less than four days later, he proved the naysayers right. Sunday morning, on Meet the Press, Speaker Gingrich succeeded in one segment of agreeing with a mandatory approach in Obamacare and throwing one of our champions, Congressman Paul Ryan, under the bus. How bad was it? For me, what he did was almost unimaginable. Can Speaker Gingrich afford the loss of enthusiasm he caused in those like me? Perhaps. But the damage is great. At best he’ll need to spend resources recovering from a foolish blunder. At worst, The Speaker exposed a big government control mindset that I hadn’t seen and none of us can tolerate. We will be watching.