Freshly minted non-Romney GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich appeared in Jacksonville before a crowd of Tea Party supporters yesterday, and found himself confronted by Occupy Wall Street. It was a very brief confrontation that did not go well for the Occupiers. The marvelous TVTropes website refers to this type of encounter as a “curb-stomp battle.”
CNN offers a longer clip of Gingrich’s remarks, which were filled with pugnacious common sense:
Every city government has an absolute obligation to enforce the rule of law and to protect private property. And frankly, they ought to be filming these people, and every person who engages in violence ought to be given a very long vacation from the streets.
[…] I think it’s reasonable for Americans to be angry, but I would say to them, ‘Why don’t you go to the Federal Reserve building? Why don’t you go to the U.S. Treasury? Why don’t you visit Chris Dodd and Barney Frank?’
He even brought up one of my favorite hobby horses: “anti-civilization.”
Gingrich has been getting some good polling news lately. Rasmussen has him comfortably atop the Iowa race: Gingrich 32%, Romney 19%, Cain 13%, Paul 10%.
The NH Journal has him almost tied for first place with Romney in New Hampshire: Romney 29%, Gingrich 27%, Paul 16%, Cain 10%. The Journal notes this is “tremendous movement” for Gingrich since October, when he was only pulling 10% and Romney had 41%.