I want to let you all know about a piece I did that is running today in Politico, “Newt Gingrich vs. The Republican Establishment.”
The article analyzes some of the reasons the base has been supportive of Gingrich and is willing to ignore his departures from conservatism and his occasional nutty proposals. Here’s a sample to give you an idea:
The grass-roots conservatives, tea partiers, evangelicals and the like who compose the base have had it with the establishment. The base is not only angry at President Barack Obama. The base wants to eat its own.
It was nice, polite Republicans, like Romney, who colluded with Democrats in expanding the federal government and who piled up the $15 trillion debt that now threatens to destroy the country. It was upstanding members of the GOP who added a new Medicare entitlement without paying for it, who created new agencies and wove myriad regulations to govern the lives of regular folk.
The base wants someone who is not polite, who is not conventional, who has the potential to grasp the established order in Washington by its cuff links and rip out its entrails.
I hope you’ll take a look.