Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich Discuss the Romney Campaign
During the Republican Primary campaigns, Conservatives were assured by the Republican Establishment that Mitt Romney was the most electable of all the Republican candidates. Romney was the “safe” candidate. Herman Cain was just an “entertainment” candidate (said Charles Krauthammer), and Newt Gingrich had too much “baggage”. Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann all had their supposed “flaws” and ultimately fell by the wayside.
So Gov. Romney got the nomination, and Conservatives everywhere have lined up behind him. He’ll make a fine President — if he gets elected. At this moment, “Mr. Most Electable” is largely playing defense and looking weak. It’s scary. If Romney-Ryan lose, there’s no telling what will become of our country. That’s the Main Issue, of course.
A secondary (but still important) issue is: what will a loss mean for the Republican Establishment? If they can’t win an election like this one, with the winning hand they’re holding now, what kind of election can they win?
Frankly, if the Republicans lose, the Establishment should step aside for the new and renewed Conservative, free-market, fiscal-responsibility, limited-government wing of the Republican Party. It will be time, finally, for Big-Government Republicans to pass the torch to that new generation.
In the audio/video in this post, from Sept 28, 2012, talk-show host Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich discuss the state of the Republican campaign and Mitt Romney’s soft approach. Newt sketches the approach he would use if he were running, and frankly, it sounds much more compelling than the generally uninspired job Mitt Romney has been doing — especially lately.
Toward the end of this video, Newt says explicitly what I’ve feared — the Romney campaign is not using Newt to best advantage. That’s a pity. A long time ago, Newt offered publicly to help, and no one does a better job articulating the case against Obama than Newt does.
The conventional wisdom is that the candidate who wins the independents will win the election. But turnout may well be the more important factor, and if Newt could help Mitt win higher turnout among Republican and Conservative voters, the election could be “in the bag”. Furthermore, the energy and enthusiasm that drives high turnout is likely to win more of those precious independents as well.
If Newt were driving Mitt’s campaign strategy, writing his speeches and coaching him for the upcoming debates, Republican chances would improve dramatically. Will Mitt draw him in? I wish he would, but so far, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
To be sure, the bleak-looking media polls are skewed to shape public opinion rather than measure it. And granted, the mainstream media are heavily biased in their “reporting”. And yes, the debates are still ahead of us. So it’s still possible for Romney-Ryan to win even with the current campaign style.
If the tenor of the Romney campaign does not improve — if his campaign managers do not move off defense and onto offense, as Newt recommends — Gov. Romney could end up just another gracious loser in the line of Bob Dole and John McCain.