I have been very torn in recent weeks over which candidate would be a better nominee to take back the White House...Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry.
Both men have flaws...and let's be honest, ALL HUMANS have flaws. But it occurs to me that among this list of flawed candidates rests some pretty terrific talent to bring conservatism back to the forefront in American policy making at a time when it has never been needed more.
Given those realities, I have come to the conclusion that a Perry/Gingrich ticket is the best available to conservatives...and here are just a few of the reasons why:
1. Rick Perry has the money, record and value system to advance conservatism in a big way. He is terrific on the stump...and despite my shrinking concerns about his debating skills, many on this site have convinced me that his ability to derail the calm, cool and collected demeanor of Romney and Obama will be on display full force should he get the nomination. I agree with this premise more each time I read and consider it.
2. One of the reasons I like Newt Gingrich is his ability to intelligently and articulately express why conservatism is good for the country. That is no small task on the big stage. However, why couldn't he advance these ideals as the #2 on the ticket? He'll be campaigning with Perry and debating JOE BIDEN, of all people. If that isn't a stage for success on the policy communication platform, I don't know what is.
3. These two candidates, presented in this ticket, will rally conservatives AND Independents alike. Indies LOVE winners...and there are few who have won as much during their careers as Rick Perry. Plus, we will have a ticket that has balanced budgets and created jobs...the two most important economic tasks facing a new administration.
4. It is becoming abundantly clear that the media is scared stiff of the possibility of Obama facing someone like Perry. That same media has always feared Gingrich, as they remember when he took it to Clinton on welfare reform and balanced budgets. Plus, their mantra of the idiot conservative would pretty much vanish into thin air with a Ph.D. and historian on the ticket. Their dream ticket of Romney/anti-Romney would also be crushed - as would Obama's chances of re-election - if we didn't nominate someone with such easily-exploitable policy flaws as Mitt Romney.
Call me crazy, but I think this is the path to certain victory in 2012. As always, I welcome your spirited dissent in the comments to follow!