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Gingrich: Republicans Poised for Big Gains in 2010

Monday, 23 Nov 2009 06:56 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republicans will make strong inroads in next year’s elections, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now an author and activist.

“I think there’s a backlash building against the entire secular, socialist wing of the Democratic Party,” Gingrich told Newsmax.TV in an interview.

“Whether it’s Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi or Majority Leader [Harry] Reid or President Obama, all of them are arousing the American people to defend America against very left-wing, radical ideas.”

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Republican victories this month in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races show support for the GOP and conservative policies is building, Gingrich says. “I think you could easily have a bigger backlash in 2010 than we had in 1994.”

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He was referring to the Republican victories in 1994 — driven by the ideas in the "Contract with America" political platform — that gave the party control of both houses of Congress. That victory resulted in Gingrich's being elected speaker of the House.

Republicans must do three things to take advantage of their opportunity, he says.

“First, they have to be the alternative party, not the opposition party,” Gingrich says. They have to have better solutions for jobs, defending America, energy, health than the left does.

Second, Republicans must contest every seat at every level — from school boards, to city councils, to state legislatures, to Congress.

“Third, they’ve got to win the arguments,” Gingrich says.

“They have to go out and say to the American people that there are only a handful of really big decisions. You decide which team you want to have. I think most Americans are going to pick jobs and prosperity over high taxes and big bureaucracy.”

Gingrich sees a struggle under way between two sets of voices.

“You have the secular, socialist left, their labor union, trial lawyer and academic allies,” he said. “This is their one chance to try to ram through the kind of radical America that they want. Then you have the rest of the country.”

He expressed admiration for Sarah Palin, saying, “I think she drives them [liberals] crazy.”

“The fact that she is plain spoken, she’s unafraid. She’s willing to articulate the values of small town and middle class America.”

The left is unwilling to accept a conservative woman politician, he said.

“It hits right at the heart of what they think is their prerogative and because she’s winning many of the arguments,” Gingrich said.

“The truth is she was much more experienced before the last election than the president was.”

Gingrich sees Palin as a viable presidential candidate in 2012. “She’s going to have a big base if she wants to run. Whether she can translate that into the nomination and into the general election we don’t know.”

Asked about his own presidential aspirations, Gingrich said, “We should spend all of 2010 trying to sweep the House and Senate races and the state and local races. . . And then we can all get together and talk about running for president in February 2011.”

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