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Rick Santorum – “It’s the “forcefulness,” stupid!

Tea Party people are tough, we are fighters, we are Patriots. We understand that now is our time to fight for our country and we want a leader who is a fighter. As Gene Healy said in his article Gingrich rise is triumph of style over substance

“It’s the “forcefulness,” stupid!

On the eve of Newt Gingrich’s landslide victory in the South Carolina primary, CNN’s Erin Burnett let the former speaker expound on the success of his “kick the moderator” debate strategy.

“I think there’s something going on here that’s very deep,” Gingrich said. “People want a leader who’s forceful. … Part of it is, you know, if I’d said ‘The color is blue!’ — it’s the forcefulness. … That delivery, that clearness is as important as the specific topic,” he explained.

Watching the interview, I had a disturbing thought: Has Newt Gingrich become self-aware?

I’ve never heard a better explanation for the former speaker’s ability to cloud conservatives’ minds. How, after all, did a man who’s the very model of a Beltway-consensus influence-peddler convince Tea Party voters he represents “real change”? It’s the “forcefulness,” stupid!

Unfortunately, what’s going on here is not “very deep.” Gingrich’s rise represents the triumph of rhetorical style over substance. In a way, it’s the ultimate tribute to Barack Obama.

Here is my theory on the South Carolina primary. The Gingrich campaign has showed brilliantly what many in Washington have known for years about Newt Gingrich. 

Mitt Romney had it right in the debate the other night. It is called Influence Peddling.

How to Drive the narrative is exactly what I have been teaching in my classes and I will be using the South Carolina primary as a great case study. 

Let’s take a look at what the Gingrich campaign has done and is in the process of doing. 

1. Form a Tea Party advisory counsel 

2. They reach out and court Tea Party leaders across the country and especially in key states such as South Carolina or leaders who have certain issues such as Agenda 21 that they can jump on board with and garner support and dedication. People who will go to battle for Newt no matter what because he is a supporter of their issue. 

3. Hire Kellen Giuda as their National Coalitions Director who happens to have major connections within the Tea party movement and with leaders across the country. 

4. Tea Party leaders start stepping down from their positions as leaders so they can now work with the campaign.

5. Drive the narrative that Newt is supported by the Tea Party in states such as South Carolina. 

6. Take advantage of an environment such as the South Carolina Tea party Convention and during the SC Presidential debate Newt takes on the Press and becomes a victim of the press and the Tea Party crowd goes wild. 

7. Drive the narrative that Newt is the only option to Romney because he has all of the support with the grassroots against the establishment. He is the only electable candidate against the Romney establishment. 

8. Ask fellow Tea Party members  and Santorum supporters to urge their candidate to drop out because even though he is a good guy he just can’t win and we have all got to come together as Conservatives to beat Obama. 

Newt’s campaign is doing a brilliant job of “Driving the Narrative. The only challenge is, it is only a narrative, not reality of what is happening or what is actually best for America. 

This narrative assumes that all those voters would vote against Romney and for Newt because well they told us he is the Conservative and we must vote against the moderate establishment.

Reality – As a social conservative Tea Party person if my choice was between Newt and Romney I would vote for Romney. Why, because Newt Gingrich is more the inside the beltway establishment and he is not anymore Conservative than Romney is. Newt is actually more dangerous because just as Progressive Catholics use their faith for their own socialist agenda Newt only talks the talk he does not walk the walk. I do not judge a man by his faith I judge him by his character.

In conclusion, the organized effort by the Newt campaign to court Tea Party Leaders and members is a brilliant political strategy and each Tea Party member or leader has every right to work for and support any candidate they wish. I am obviously working hard for my candidate of choice. The difference is those who have signed on with the Santorum campaign never had to be courted or asked to use their influence to drive a narrative. We share his story and narrative because we believe he is the right man for the job.  

And if you want a man who has accomplished great things being “Forceful” like a Leader then your only choice is Rick Santorum for President!

Many Grassroots/ Tea Party members have taken a look at what is happening on the ground across the country and have chosen to take a stand, speak out and publicly endorse the True Consistent Conservative candidate. 

Rick Santorum for President.

This is a petition for Tea Party/Grassroots for Rick Santorum . Join the movement! Sign now! Here is the proof!! 

Rick Santorum Question and Answer Session with Tea Party Members at the Punta Gorda Tea Party Rally

 

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