Newt Gingrich’s election cycle story has been pretty remarkable so far.
His campaign was in shambles just a few weeks back. His staff retreated from the scandal of his marital past, slipping further behind as the shiny new candidates jumped in the race. Michele Bachmann and Ames victory, Rick Perry and his Texas job creation. Political newcomers like Herman Cain scored victories in straw polls like Presidency V. Newt wasn’t trying to make any friends. He was picking fights with debate moderators and slamming the media for pitting the candidates against each other. Time passed and then the dominoes started to fall.
Bachmann’s message didn’t evolve and there were unreliable stories about vaccines, and 2.00 gas. Herman Cain’s past came into question when women from his days with the National Restaurant Association and Rick Perry? Well…you guys know what happened to him.
Well, here we are and now it’s Newt’s time to be the anti-Romney candidate and unlike his unfortunate frontrunner predecessors, Newt Gingrich has the knowledge to keep him afloat. Even his personality which if often brash and condescending has earned him a major endorsement.
The New Hampshire Union Leader, the conservative newspaper in the region chose to endorse Newt Ginrich over Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Romney and Huntsman have put some serious resources into the Granite state and can’t be too exited at the fact they didn’t get the nod. Instead, the write up actually rewarded Gingrich for being confrontational and truculent
“Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate,” the article stated. “But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running.”
Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate and if he gets the nomination he could very well say a few silly things before this is all over. But, he’s the a dictionary of political knowledge and has the experience in Washington that will keep him from having to “fake it before he makes it”.
Things are still cloudy moving into December and it’s still anyone’s guess on whats going to take place in Iowa in January but, the moment is Gingrich’s and we’ll see if he sticks around or fades like the others. After all, he wasn’t even suppose to be here.