I have yet to watch a single debate, learning about them only through blog reports, on-line transcripts and Youtube clips. I don’t think the format is conducive to a serious discussion of the issues and believe you can learn more about a candidate by considering his record and reviewing his platform.
Having interned for Newt, I come away with two opinions about the man, one a great appreciation, the other a serious concern. The former Speaker is truly a man of ideas, a visionary, as Rick Perry put it in his endorsement. He is sharp on the stump and determined in debates, yet he is also full of himself, convinced of his world-historical mission, much like the man he seeks to replace.
He has been surging of late in the polls not so much because of his ideas, but because he alone of the candidates has been standing up to the media. Just from reading Facebook, I can see how excited my conservatives friends are about how he zinged John King for bringing up his marital issues (more of that distraction journalism–folks like King can’t complain about the state of our political discourse, they’re promoting it).
Standing to the media does not, however, equal the capacity to lead the nation and serve in an executive capa. Stirring rhetoric, as we have learned these past three years, does not equate to executive competence.
And that, in a nutshell, is why I cannot support for former boss for the Republican nomination — even as I understand and appreciate his appeal. It’s about time a prominent figure challenged the media head-on.
ALSO RELATED: Glenn Reynolds quips, “PRESS NOT VERY INTERESTED IN COVERING Gingrich’s standing ovation for standing up against the press. Go figure.”