November 13, 2004


Gingrich Now Seeking a New Contract (LUIZA Ch. SAVAGE, 11/12/04, NY Sun)

Newt Gingrich is preparing to unfurl a new Contract with America.

The last time he did so, the ideas catapulted Republicans to a majority in the House for the first time in a half century. Now the former House speaker is plotting a way to keep conservatives in power "for a generation or more." Yet it is Democrats who are being urged to look to him for inspiration as they contemplate their future in the minority.

"A 21st Century Contract with America" is the subject of a book scheduled for release in January.

Mr. Gingrich said it is not a platform from which to launch a presidential run in 2008.

"I don't plan to [run]," the former congressman from Georgia told The New York Sun yesterday. But he did not completely rule out a return to elected office. "I never say never," he said. "But it's not something I'm currently thinking about."

The book is to be a blueprint for "Phase Four" of the conservative revolution. The first phase, he said, was Ronald Reagan's "defining" conservatism. The second phase was the original Contract with America a decade ago and the election triumph that "created the majority." The third phase is the George W. Bush presidency, which has "deepened and reaffirmed the majority." The fourth phase of the revolution is to build up the Republican majority.

"I have a lot of good friends who will be out campaigning," Mr. Gingrich said, "and I hope they read the book."

Sounds like a tragic example of Newt using his own ideas instead of ones that Frank Luntz found polled at 70% approval. But a new Contract is a great idea for '06.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2004 8:48 PM
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