For the same reason Mitt Romney continues to sink.
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On Saturday night, Romney came after Gingrich on this point. Romney said that he wouldn’t make any statement like that without first consulting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gingrich claimed the Reagan mantle and spoke about the Palestinians again in terms he equated to Reagan calling the Soviet Union an “evil empire.” Gingrich said he’d speak the truth even if it discomfited the “timid,” meaning Romney.
Even the strongest supporters of Israel among us, including me, do not want an American president who will ask Israel’s permission to make a speech or decide a policy. That’s what Romney pledged to do and which Gingrich — properly — rejected.
With Iowa around the corner and New Hampshire and South Carolina following quickly behind, Gingrich is in a position to clinch the nomination. He can do it with a speech for which he has already laid the foundation.
In two televised debates, Gingrich went after the moderator for asking “gotcha questions” and demanding that the Republicans attack each other. He alone has dared challenge the all-knowing, all-powerful media.
It’s long past time for a Republican leader to make a speech that says pointedly that the major media aren’t in the news business. They’re political activists abusing their power to propel Obama to re-election, and Americans know it. They’re as angry at the media as they are at Congress.
The major media outlets — the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS and many more — are populated entirely by liberals. In 2005, Washington Post editor Marie Arana said, “The elephant in the newsroom is our narrowness…. If you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I’ve been in communal gatherings at the Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democratic candidates.” It’s a culture, not a conspiracy.
Americans know this and if Gingrich makes a speech that humorously criticizes the media rather than condemning or threatening them, Americans will respond enthusiastically with their votes in the primaries and, if he’s nominated, in the general election.
Gingrich can reduce the liberal media’s power in the 2012 election by pointing out that, for example, the New York Times is a dysfunctional liberal family the likes of which isn’t usually found outside of Hollywood. He should take on the “suits” — the people such as NYT publisher Pinch Sulzberger and the guys who run NBC/MSNBC — who make people such as Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd, and their ilk prominent voices on television and in print.
Gingrich should make this speech soon, before the Iowa caucuses, to make it a primary issue that will carry over into the general election campaign. People have been waiting a long time for this, and Gingrich is perfectly suited to do it. If he does, the nomination will be his and he’ll disarm one of Obama’s biggest weapons in the general election.
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