Sunday, November 27, 2011

If Gingrich Had Written The Union Leader Endorsement

The Republican endorsement game has started to heat up.  Earlier this week, John Thune endorsed Mitt Romney.  Today, the Manchester Union Leader endorsed Newt Gingrich.  The New Hampshire publication, famous for its conservative stances, writes,
America is at a crucial crossroads. It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year. We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing.
He did so with the Contract with America. He did it in bringing in the first Republican House in 40 years and by forging balanced budgets and even a surplus despite the political challenge of dealing with a Democratic President. A lot of candidates say they're going to improve Washington. Newt Gingrich has actually done that, and in this race he offers the best shot of doing it again.
The editorial concludes,
We don't have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear.
Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running. In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, the leadership qualities and the vision to lead this country in these trying times. He is worthy of your support on January 10.
I'm sure that Gingrich is thankful for the endorsement, but I believe he would have preferred something stronger than the faint praise of the last paragraphs.  Perhaps, he would have preferred that his campaign write the endorsement.   He certainly has staffers capable of writing some purple prose.

Perhaps Lithgow will be able to reprise this performance at the Republican convention.

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