Sunday, February 12, 2006

The New, Intelligent Government

I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend in Washington, and everyone from Rick Perry to Sean Hannity to Dick Cheney was there. The last speaker was Newt Gingrich, who was greeted with chants of "Newt, Newt" and rowdy applauding. It was like being at a Cardinals game. If there is an indication of Newt running for president, this may be it. Newt criticized the government's handling of Katrina, the Capitol Hill corruption probe, Homeland Security's failures, and spoke of his idea of a New, limited, intelligent government which he referred to many times as the "New Intelligent Government." Newt is a great speaker and he outlined a broad, far-reaching plan for government reform and consolidation of federal agencies (along with more funding, transparency, and outside oversight) that no one else has come close to emulating.
You have now heard it from me: This speech was Gingrich's entry into the 2008 GOP presidential primaries. It was the most energetic, uplifting yet critical speech I have heard from any candidate so far, covering everything from taxes to health care to Iran. McCain is not the only reformer. If anyone can bring us a "New Intelligent Government" in 2o08, it will be the man who gave us the "Contract with America."
The revolution continues...

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