Newt Gingrich: The man for this moment
Like others on this site including at least one front page poster, I came relatively late to the realization that Newt Gingrich is our best choice for 2012. Humans are herd animals for the most part with only sporadic twitches of original thought, and thus I bought into the conventional wisdom that Mr. Gingrich is a brilliant old wind bag with a checkered past and no serious electoral future.
It took months of seeing other lesser mortals fall one after another while watching Gingrich rise above with eloquence and substance, before the penny began to drop. I think it was sometime in September or early October when I started to consider Newt as a viable pick for next year. Since that time nothing has happened to change the direction of my thinking while much has occurred that reenforces it.
It has become trite to the Nth power to point out that we live in perilous times fraught with dangers from both within and without. But trite or not, time is slipping away for America. In the Spring of 1940, Great Britain was on the brink, lead by a dithering nincompoop and facing almost certain invasion by German forces. In that hour, that nation turned to a 65 year-old irascible has-been and by so doing, saved herself.
Newt Gingrich is Churchillian in both many of his positive attributes and some of his flaws. A brilliant mind wedded to an outsized ego can be an ugly thing to see at times, but that combination is what is often desperately needed to solve huge problems, over-come massive adversity, and jerk a nation back from the edge of oblivion.
I like Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann but I have very little confidence that they at present have the vision, creativity, and raw political skills to find solutions to the towering mess in Washington.
Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum each have significant negatives that render them unfit and unqualified to be President of the United States.
Jon Huntsman was passably good for Utah but has a mixed record of deeds and rhetoric since that time that makes him a poor fit for the Republican Party in 2012
Newt Gingrich in spite of his ideological flaws and sad history of marital failings, is the man made for this moment. His intelligence and confidence in his abilities will serve him and us well as we grapple with trillions in debt, a national crisis of confidence, and a world skittering toward collapse and chaos.
We near the day of decision. Will we seize the moment and make the choice that will begin to save our homeland or will we passively stand about like fools and idiots as 400 years of history dissolves before our eyes?