Debate Caliber

With Newt inches from running in the 2012 primary, the one comment I have heard most from Republican friends is much fun it would be to watch a Newt/Obama debate. Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent on McCain, I think most of us would admit that he was a great campaigner, but not the best debater.

George W. Bush was a good debater. So good in fact that I remember the conspiracy nuts saying that Bush had a hidden earpiece and a box shaped transmitter between his shoulderblades for one of his debates with John Kerry. I was always impressed that the guy who single-handedly planned and carried out 9/11 so that he could start a war for oil, couldn’t afford a small CIA wire instead of a large box-shaped transmitter. Come on now people.

Gingrich is an incredible debater. For example, in his debate with Mario Cuomo, he got Cuomo to admit that if Democrats ran on their actual agenda, they wouldn’t win elections.

Gingrich went to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention and debated Sharpton, who is also the founder of National Action Network. They debated among other things, race and education. He debated John Kerry on energy policy. Gingrich has not backed down, and has carried himself as an absolute gentleman in the debates.

Many have written Gingrich off before he leaves the gate. Liberals, who somehow manage to see through the plank in their own eye, have quickly attacked Gingrich’s 16 year old marriage infidelity. Some on the right fear that Gingrich will lack the energy and charisma to take on the Obama youth machine and will end up becoming the Fred Thompson of 2012.

But there is no denying that a Gingrich/Obama debate would be epic. Gingrich has more than quick thinking and intelligence on his side. He also has a vast knowledge of history, both recent and distant.

When McCain went on the View, Whoopi Goldberg asked him if returning our country to the US Constitution would mean that she should have to worry about slavery coming back. McCain couldn’t answer the question. Gingrich would have no problem quickly pointing out the folly of the question itself because Gingrich knows what the constitution says and why it says it.

Too many Republicans are facing 2012 with a fatalist attitude. Unfortunately, many have already written off the upcoming election. I challenge you to think this way: imagine a debate between Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama. If that doesn’t get you re-invigorated about 2012, I don’t know what will.

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