“What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If [voters] care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots” – Newt Gingrich
In an odd move yesterday, Newt Gingrich came out with criticisms for the Republican plan to overhaul entitlement spending – including Medicare. I don’t say the move is odd from a policy standpoint – there are plenty of politicians and ruling government elites that prefer unsustainable spending and greater government control. I say that it is odd form a political standpoint. Days after Newt Gingrich announces his intention to run for the Republican nomination, he goes after Republican attempts to curb spending. He even made statements later that supporting something like an “individual mandate” for insurance. If he were running for the Democratic nomination, this would make sense – but as he’s running for the Republican nomination, where a rather significant chunk of voters are truly conservative, he has done himself no favors.
Perhaps he’s trying to move to the center and take Romney’s legs out from under him. Still, I think that a left-leaning Republican stands no chance in the primary or the general election (didn’t they try that already?).
This move opens the field even more. Just when it looked like Newt had taken some of the field down (indeed, suspicion that Huckabee was a “no” was confirmed shortly thereafter) – he goes and narrows it even more, removing himself from consideration.
Stay the course, Ron Paul – the rest of the pack is thinning itself out quite nicely on its own.