Right now conservatives have decided to go with the good talker and good debater in Newt Gingrich. I get it and I don’t blame anyone for doing so. I just might. I’m warming up to the idea.
But before we go down that road, I really think we probably do need to take another look at the other candidates first. To be honest, a President spends the least amount of time debating and giving speeches and it seems conservatives are about to pick their guy based on the job criteria at the bottom of the classified ad and not the top.
I say this having re-read Tom Coburn’s Breach of Trust. I am surprised the Romney campaign is not buying copies wholesale and sending to voters. It paints a discomforting picture of Newt Gingrich.
I think, given the direction the Obama team intends to head with their campaign theme, we would be crazy not to reconsider Perry, given how effective his biography and life story would be combatting that theme. If not Perry, perhaps Huntsman does deserve a look given his private sector and Reagan administration experience. Both men, however, have things they must show conservatives in order to get conservatives back on board for Perry or on board the first time for Huntsman.