“I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.”

Newt Gingrich

I am supporting Newt Gingrich for president. I have kept my options open till very recently. There were several candidates whom I could have supported enthusiastically.  One by one they have either chosen not to run or have performed poorly in doing so.

I currently see just four people with any possible path to the nomination: Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Huntsman.

I include Huntsman simply because this has been a very surprising process and his father is a billionaire. My gut tells me Huntsman will get a shot only if Gingrich blows up in the next four weeks.

As much as I like Rick Perry and feel great disappointment at his poor performance this Fall, the fact is that I don’t believe he can beat Barack Obama. Perry is inarticulate to an unacceptable degree and additionally betrays a thin depth of knowledge when discussing policy and history. Obama isn’t the grand orator many pretend he is, but he is gifted at appearing reasonable and erudite.  He would eat Perry alive in the standard debate format.

Over the past five years I’ve gone from finding Mitt Romney acceptable to being uncomfortable with him, to my current feelings of distrust and aversion. If the phrase “lacks authenticity” didn’t exist it would have been minted specifically to describe Mitt Romney.  However Romney is preferable to Barack Obama and is one of probably just two men who still have a chance to defeat The One.

That brings us to Newt Gingrich.  As Gingrich himself admits, he is not perfect. He is however highly gifted and has a conservative track record utterly absent in Romney’s past. He is one of the most intelligent and articulate politicians of the past 50 years.  The combination of those qualities wedded to a through understanding of issues and policy, puts him in a very elite group. Newt Gingrich has the ability to be a great, transformative, and highly consequential president and I am excited about a presidential candidate for the first time since 1980.