There does seem to be a drift towards Newt Gingrich amongst the conservatives of the Republican party. This post by William Jacobson gets to the heart of the matter.
I believe that the primaries will come down to Mitt Romney versus Newt Gingrich. As such, the choice is not between Newt Gingrich and some hypothetical more perfect conservative candidate, as Newt’s most vocal critics would have us believe.
I’m supporting Newt Gingrich as the most conservative Republican who is electable and most qualified for the position of President.
As interesting for me as the post itself was the quote he’d taken from a Melanie Phillips article also pointing to Gingrich’s virtues.
Faced with the apparently overwhelming power of the left-wing media and intelligentsia, weaponised through their Orwellian hijacking of the language of the centre ground and their career-ending bullying and intimidation of all who dare to disagree, many conservatives have succumbed to the cultural mind-bending without even realising they have been in effect captured by the enemy.
The reason why Newt Gingrich is striking such a chord is principally because he does realise all this very well, and so delivers a very clear message and the hope of a return to reality. He gives expression, in other words, to an authentic conservative voice. Gingrich is very smart, a serious thinker and a good communicator. He is also extremely tough and resilient. He is without doubt a Big Beast in the political jungle — beside whom Mitt Romney, his chief rival, seems a diminished figure….
Desperate times like these need a Big Beast not just to defeat Obama but to defend the free world.
What particularly interested me in Phillips’ article was her observations on my fellow members of the most destructive generation. We have been a blight on the planet and the sooner we make our way out of politics the better things will be.
The west is now suffering from the baleful legacy of the ‘Boomer generation’, those born after World War Two and who turned with such nihilistic glee on the consumerist society that had nurtured them…. The Boomers created a culture of narcissism that has expressed itself on both left and right through failed or destructive economic and social policies. The resulting self-centred and debauched culture has created a vacuum into which the enemies of civilisation are steadily marching.
There is a recognition across the world amongst like minded persons of the conservative right, such as Jacobson in the US, Melanie Phillips in the UK and myself here in Australia. We haven’t sealed the deal but there is a convergence taking place over what needs to be done and who can best represent the values we each hold.
Update: The headline on Drudge this morning:
Whether you can walk the walk, you must be able to talk the talk. Flawed though he undoubtedly is, Gingrich seems to be where people are beginning to line up.