Encomiums to Speaker Gingrich
Byron York did he good thing (he often does) in Friday’s edition of the Washington Examiner. He spoke well of Newt Gingrich.
He didn’t dance around the fact that some of Gingrich’s flaws got the better of him during this hotly contested primary. He noted that the campaign, and the candidate, made some major mistakes.
But he also acknowledged that Speaker Gingrich—who was, during his tenure, the first Republican Speaker of the House in a half a century—is a man of major accomplishments who added gravitas to the campaign.
In an organizational sense, Gingrich never really had much of a campaign. But he is a serious man who has accomplished big things in his life, and his presence made the race a more substantial affair. And it’s fair to say Romney became a better candidate after facing the Gingrich challenge. Even those Republicans who never wanted Gingrich to win should be glad he ran.
As an 11th commandment Republican, I appreciate York’s words. I had my ideological disagreements with all the candidates, just as I have them now with Romney. But at the end of the day, the enemy is statism. The enemy is a power that is looking to end the American Experiment and replace it with failed European leftist modes of governance. The enemy is NOT Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. They are both flawed people (aren’t we all?!) and imperfect vessels for the ideology to which I adhere, but that is how things roll in politics. We fight with the tools we have at hand now, on a battleground that is not of our choosing. And I stand with Byron York in his contention that Gingrich is a brave and brilliant warrior who made that field a better place.