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Gingrich Looking Churchillian
IBD ^ | January 20, 2012 | IBD Editors

Posted on 02/23/2012 5:12:37 PM PST by Marguerite

Leadership: A great debater. Politically polarizing. Prone to error, but also prone to spectacular success. Steeped in history. Politically brilliant. Unorthodox. Audacious.

All these qualities were once used to describe Winston Churchill. Today, you might use the same words to describe Newt Gingrich. Sound absurd? Not when you think about it.

Churchill, like Gingrich, was a brilliant politician with a powerful sense of the occasion.

Sometimes prickly, often witty, but never dull, his career had lots of ups and downs — ranging from being blamed for the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in World War I to being credited as the father of the British welfare state — not exactly a compliment among conservatives, then or now.

Indeed, by Churchill's own admission, "The Conservatives have never liked nor trusted me." The same thing can be said of Gingrich, who has had a tortured relationship with the GOP's conservative wing, to say the least.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: churchill; fatdrunk; newt; newt2012; newtgingrich
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"And yet, when his nation called on him to lead in 1940, Churchill was ready — the right man for the right time. With America's government under President Obama moving rapidly to the extreme left, Gingrich too might be the right man for the right time.

Churchill, like Gingrich, stayed around long enough to acquire wisdom and insight about world affairs and the economy. From 1931 on, Churchill wasn't fooled at all by Hitler. "The Nazi regime," he said in a speech reprinted in "The Unrelenting Struggle," "is indistinguishable from the worst features of Communism."

Churchill was 65 in 1940 — quite old at the time, even to be alive. But after a long public career as a politician, journalist, author and soldier, when a weary and frightened Britain turned to him for leadership he was ready.

Newt, at 68, is also up there in years. Once the brash, even obnoxious Young Turk in Congress, Gingrich is today wiser and more experienced. He has seen what works in public policy and what doesn't."

1 posted on 02/23/2012 5:12:44 PM PST by Marguerite
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To: onyx; TitansAFC; b9; Gator113; Marcella; katiedidit1; annieokie; true believer forever; ...

“Both Churchill and Gingrich, in different ways, are men of letters and ideas. Avid writers, each has a deep sense of how current events fit into history.

At his death in 1965 after 90 years of life, Churchill had authored 56 books. Gingrich, who has a Ph.D. in history, has written or co-written 25 books and one film — and there’ll no doubt be more.

In Churchill’s day, it was British and American “progressives” who heaped praise on Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. But Churchill knew better. He was right about Hitler and he was right about Communism — making his “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 in Fulton, Mo., in which he clearly saw the outlines of the Cold War.

Today, American Progressives look to places like China, the Mideast and the socialized economies of Europe for their inspiration.

Gingrich knows the world’s future lies with freedom, not with party masters controlling the destinies of billions of people. He’s more likely to aggressively pursue the illogic and the inconsistencies in Obama’s statements in a head-to-head debate — and to take on Obama’s failure as a central element of his campaign.”


2 posted on 02/23/2012 5:16:30 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite; onyx; TitansAFC

Good article.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 5:17:23 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Marguerite

Like Churchill, Gingrich had his “exile” years. But he spent them writing a ton of books. And teaching, and debating, and speaking whereever he could draw a crowd. At any gathering, out of any of the speakers who show up, Gingrich is always the one you don’t want to miss.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 5:18:22 PM PST by marron
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To: Marguerite

It’s the jowls.


5 posted on 02/23/2012 5:18:43 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: hoosiermama
I especially like the conclusion:

"Gingrich: "We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."

Both Churchill and Gingrich spent years in political exile. In both cases, those years were useful, giving each man perspective on events and world affairs.

As Steven F. Hayward wrote recently in the National Review, "The same negative qualities that kept Churchill from high office in the 1930s — his resolute stubbornness, his unconstrained and unpredictable imagination and occasional recklessness — paradoxically made him the best person to lead the nation when it reached the point of extreme crisis in May 1940. But the crisis had to reach the extreme before the Churchill option became thinkable."

With a president in office who, if not an actual socialist seems awfully like one in the statist policies he promotes, America is headed toward inevitable decline and an end to its ancient freedoms — unless, that is, our course changes dramatically.

In short, the Gingrich option has "become thinkable."

In 2012, there is NO other choice for president than NEWT.

6 posted on 02/23/2012 5:22:47 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

He will make a great president for these times.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 5:23:04 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: SuzyQue

It’s rather something wrong with your brain.


8 posted on 02/23/2012 5:24:28 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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"Last night (debate in Arizona) was one of the most interesting exchanges—I'll put it in that word—between the two supposed frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. And as Newt sat on the sideline, if you will, and watched them, as you used the word, savage each other. I looked at it and as they went on and on, they became smaller and smaller on the stage. And there were times when Newt was absolutely Churchillian" - Gov. Rick Perry
9 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:15 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite; STARWISE; DJ MacWoW; TheOldLady; JoeProBono; RedMDer; LUV W; BuckeyeTexan; ...
Go Newt!
His Ping List!

10 posted on 02/23/2012 5:26:27 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

My family will be in his (our Country’s) corner.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 5:28:13 PM PST by mcshot (CHECKS AND BALANCES WHERE ART THOU? LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS.)
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To: Marguerite

Ah, no sense of humor. Tsk, tsk.

I’m sorry, but one should be quite careful with these types of comparisons. I merely pointed out the most accurate comparison.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 5:28:26 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: Marguerite

Well, unfortunately, he is completely being ignored on all news outlets.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 5:29:55 PM PST by Toespi
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To: big'ol_freeper

Yes FRiend, he most certainly will.

President Newt Gingrich—”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


14 posted on 02/23/2012 5:30:01 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: Marguerite

This is a great story. Thank you so much for sharing.

I just read it to my better half. We enjoyed the read.

We are praying that Newt is our president. America needs him.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 5:32:17 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: onyx

He’s gonna have look like Superman to get through the gauntlet of the next few weeks! The media will be piling it on...and gushing over their darlings, obama and Myth!


16 posted on 02/23/2012 5:38:54 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)
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To: Marguerite

I agree. In his own way Gingrich does remind me of Churchill. As was said above he is definitely the man for our times. It will be a big opportunity missed if Newt is not President. GO NEWT GO!


17 posted on 02/23/2012 5:48:48 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: LUV W
He’s gonna have look like Superman to get through the gauntlet of the next few weeks! The media will be piling it on...and gushing over their darlings, obama and Myth!

You're so right.

I went to Newt's FaceBook page, and I wrote,

Tell voters, "I'll never be the media darling, but you can make me your darling. Please vote for me!"

LOL.

18 posted on 02/23/2012 5:53:02 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Marguerite
Comparing Newt to Churchill is a tremendous stretch ... Churchill was a soldier early on having graduated from Sandhurst (somewhat equivalent to West Point). He served in that capacity to the extent he distinguished himself in British dust ups prior to and including the Boer War.
Newt has no military back ground and is now on his third wife ... Churchill was married to Clementine for nearly 60 years. By contrast Newt is a flake ... no comparison should be made ... not even close.
19 posted on 02/23/2012 5:57:27 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Gator113

I agree also.....he will make a wonderful President.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 6:07:12 PM PST by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
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