Newt Gingrich’s victory speech in South Carolina was widely described as “restrained.” The great thing about Gingrich is that even his restrained speeches mention Saul Alinsky, Jimmy Carter, San Francisco left-wing extremists, and the Obama food-stamp presidency.
Gingrich went out of his way to praise his presidential rivals, getting an especially lively response when he cited Rick Santorum’s “enormous courage” for campaigning, and winning, in Iowa when he had no money, organization, or media coverage. He was careful to cite the issues the other candidates have championed, as well as offering personal praise. This is a great way to invite supporters of the other candidates aboard the Gingrich bandwagon as it rolls south to Florida.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill (whose absence was one of the sure signs this was indeed a “restrained” Gingrich speech), the former Speaker made it clear with this speech that he shall fight Obama on the chess tables, on the checkboards, and on the tic-tac-toe grids, and he shall never surrender. This is one of the reasons Gingrich captured so much attention away from Mitt Romney in the last couple of debates. Romney can take shots at Obama’s Keystone XL pipeline decision too, but he doesn’t serve them with a San Francisco left-wing extremist chaser.