Obama vs. Gingrich — Winning the Future

Winning The Future is the title of a 2005 book by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In the book, he outlined his solutions for the problems plaguing our nation – excessive government spending, declining math/science education, terrorism, fading patriotism, and godlessness.

Now fast forward to 2011: "Winning the future" was used by President Obama in his State of the Union speech no less than 10 times. It is his new theme to showcase his platform of infrastructure, education, and innovation as he gears up for re-election.

Could opposing versions of “winning the future” also be a preview of the 2012 presidential race?

Let’s face it: Right now the Republican Party is split between the conservative/establishment wing and the even more conservative/tea party wing. This great schism was on display with dueling State of the Union responses between Paul Ryan (R-WI), the official establishment choice, and Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the tea party choice. The battle lines between these two factions will become even more entrenched as we move closer to 2012.

As I look over the twelve-pack of undeclared presidential hopefuls, there is one candidate who may “win the future” by being the GOP’s best “hope” for “change” in 2012.

His name is Newt Gingrich, and here are five reasons why he could win the nomination.

Gingrich would be acceptable to both wings of the Republican Party.

In order to win the 2012 nomination, the victorious candidate must unite an increasingly divided party. Newt has the potential to emerge as this candidate. He then could help avert an intra-party “uncivil” war that could erupt if a candidate perceived as too “moderate” were to win the nomination. Knowing this, Newt may actively position himself as the uniter candidate.

Gingrich can raise the millions needed to win the nomination.

Newt’s think tank, American Solutions, raised $24 million for the midterm elections, “to mobilize supporters around issues such as repealing health care reform and job creation.”

It has been reported that Gingrich was able to raise $21.5 million for Republicans, with much of that going to candidates and organizations in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Newt’s successful 2010 fundraising is proof that he has an extensive national network of supporters from which to draw when he announces his presidential intentions this spring.

Gingrich is an inspiring leader who knows the issues and offers solutions.

Former speaker of the House, commanding general of the Reagan Revolution, and credited with ending 40 years of Democratic Party rule in the House, Newt Gingrich is a man who knows how to build consensus and lead.

When I asked James Farwell, a longtime Gingrich friend and advisor, to comment about Gingrich’s leadership, he said, “Newt has the rare ability to build coalitions. It’s a talent that has gone largely unsung, but it was on full display when he was speaker, and is vitally important for any president. If he runs, he would dominate the agenda of debate. That is a powerful advantage and provides him with a decisive edge. He has a kinetic quality to connect with crowds, rooted in his ability to present tightly reasoned arguments with good humor and huge intellect. That is a gift and Newt’s got it.”

On the campaign trail, that gift could keep on giving and help Gingrich clinch the nomination.