Once more, Newt rises above the stage by putting his finger on the obvious. The things Newt says just resonate with me. Gingrich has had so many outstanding, courageous debate moments over past weeks and last night only improved his stature. His were the two standout moments of the debate in my opinion.
First came the moment when the moderator insisted on a protracted discussion surrounding contraception. By this action, John King and CNN framed the debate on leftist terms while completely ignoring for the entirety of the debate (1) Arizona's collapsed mortgage industry and (2) the spiking fuel prices that are on everyone's mind, but I digress. Newt took the opportunity to shift the spotlight from contraception to Obama's outright endorsement of infanticide. Now that is a courageous conservative position which is already throwing the left into fits of apoplexy.
Second, Newt Gingrich was the only one on the stage willing to call the auto bailouts exactly what they are: payoffs to unions. While Santorum and Romney danced around the real issue, Gingrich was the one courageous enough and willing to state the obvious. This is the boldness that conservatives should be embracing. As far as I'm concerned, there really is no one else in the race.
Santorum did not have a great night. I'm hoping for a resurgence of the only real conservative reformer in the race. Newt is the only person willing to shake things up in Washington.