By Adam Bitely
If I told you that I had been the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, author of numerous books on public policy, paid $1.6
million by a government sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac for my
“services” and a special contributor to Fox News, would you believe it
if I then said I am not a part of the D.C. establishment or a Washington
In the past week, Newt Gingrich has probably had one of the most
roller coaster experiences of his entire life. He had a come-from-behind
double-digit victory in South Carolina, evaded a potentially
campaign-ending interview from his ex-wife, and appears to be
consolidating the anyone-but-Mitt crowd behind his campaign. In other
words, Newt Gingrich had the best week of the campaign cycle so far and
is beginning to turn this primary season in a direction that no one
thought was possible.
Newt pulled off this miraculous feat by whining and screaming at
CNN’s John King for being biased against Republicans. While Newt is
probably right about that, it does nothing to change the fact that Newt
is biased against limiting the powers of government. Yet it appears
that many voters are ready to forgive Newt for a career of compromising
the principles of limited government.
I wrote back in December
that I was surprised that many considered Newt Gingrich a reasonable
alternative to Mitt Romney. It made sense that voters who sought real
change to the Obama administration would want someone that had a
different history than Mitt. But when Newt became the poster boy for
opposing Obama for a brief few days a month before the Iowa caucuses I
was blown away.
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