How else do you explain Newt Gingrich’s radio appearance with Dobson yesterday. He, in essence, asked for absolution from America’s Protestant Pope. Conserviatves, especially conservative Christians, like a redemption story. I still contend that George W. Bush’s alcoholism is a fundamental part of his narrative for the Christian community. Jesus saved Bush. That’s why Newt uses this kind of language:
"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There’s certainly times when I’ve fallen short of God’s standards."
Deal Hudson points out that that the solid conservatives in the race ought to be scared:
The solid social conservatives already in the race — especially Brownback and Huckabee — wouldn’t want to see Gingrich get in the ring.
Although I wonder if it is the social conservatives as opposed to the straight movement guys. The social conservatives never really trusted Newt. I would also note that Mitt Romney has a big problem with Gingrich entering the race, according to their senior strategist Alex Castellanos:
The document underscores Romney’s aim to become the "only electable choice" for socially conservative voters. But the plan anticipates that Romney could face a serious threat if Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who is considered one of the GOP’s leading conservative intellectuals, decides to enter the race.
Newt’s only problem is that Republicans are afraid of him getting in the race. They are convinced he would lose. A recent Gallup Poll put his fav/unfav at 29/49. And I refer to an earlier CNN poll that found that 48% of Republicans do not want Newt to be their nominee.