While I’ve always been impressed with the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s intellect, I see him more as a philosopher than a president.
In his post yesterday which I highly (***HIGHLY***) recommend, Rick Moran offers a similar view, calling the Georgian, “one of the most brilliant conceptualists in the conservative movement.” Despite his appreciation for Gingrich’s understanding of the sweep of history and the mechanics of politics, Moran identifies Newt’s principal flaw:
Gingrich never concerns himself with solutions, believing that identifying the problems clearly and concisely is enough â€” at least for him. But if he wants to be a force in presidential politics, he is going to have to get used to the idea that most people prefer a candidate who can both articulate what’s wrong and propose common sense solutions to fix it. To date, Newt is more enamored with that â€œnext mountaintopâ€ rather than slogging along, doing the grunt work of pushing solutions forward.
In that way, the former Republican Speaker is a lot like the incumbent Democratic president.
My only quibble with Moran’s conclusion is that sometimes Newt does come up with solutions, to wit, the Contract with America. That quibble aside, Moran provides an excellent analysis of a brilliant (but flawed) man. Don’t take my word for it. Just read the whole thing!