The mainstream media has focused their attention in this GOP nomination process on the horse-race, apologies from Rush Limbaugh and 'secret-alliances' between Paul and Romney; but, Newt Gingrich has done a masterful job of steering the conversation back to Barack Obama and the cost of Energy.
During each of his debate appearances, Newt has chastised the moderators for focusing on extraneous issues while failing to provide equal time to address the contrast that each candidate has with Barack Obama. Laura Ingram, a well known conservative radio personality, said, " Gingrich has been brilliant at framing the issues."
In contrast, Santorum has repeatedly found himself swallowed up in conversations about some of his more controversial social conservative positions and Romney in his dealings at Bain Capital and his severely conservative credentials.
Newt's appearances on this past weekends news programs showcased why he is best at directing the narrative. Without totally dodging their questions, he would re-frame questions to address the failings of Obama and his assault on religious liberty.
|Newt Gingrich on CBS Face the Nation|
|Newt Gingrich on CNN State of the Union|
In order for the Republican party to successfully navigate the general election in the fall, it is imperative that we have a candidate who is able to wrestle the narrative back from the mainstream media and focus the conversation on what really matters to voters. Obama was swept into office in 2008 campaign largely because John McCain was unable to direct the course of the conversation. Republicans don't need a repeat this fall. Newt Gingrich has consistently shown that he can control the conversation.