In Breitbart’s Last Column, Did He Endorse Newt Gingrich?
Deceased conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart’s posthumously released article outlines a leftist play heralding radical Saul Alinsky that Obama participated in. But for as much as the crux of the article is centered on Barack Obama’s affiliation with Alinsky-styled radicalism, does he also endorse Newt Gingrich at its conclusion?
When Andrew Breitbart announced at CPAC this year that he would be vetting Obama with a new set of tapes that would confirm his radical roots, he planted an eagerness in the conservative movement that currently waits with bated breath to see if these videos live up to the hype that Breitbart gave them. Today, with the release of Breitbart’s posthumous column on Obama and his participation in a leftist play about Saul Alinsky, conservatives are taking note of the opening salvo in what should prove to be a much-needed revisionism of Obama’s political past.
Easily overlooked, however, are the two paragraphs devoted to accrediting Newt Gingrich and his recent performance in 2012 election primaries as the true first shot at reopening the issue of Obama’s radicalism.
In his piece, “The Vetting, Part 1: Barack’s Love Song To Alinsky,” he has this to say about the former Speaker: “The reason Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican primary contest in January is that he was attempting to do the press’ job by finding out who the current occupant of the White House actually is. Millions also want to know, but the mainstream media is clearly not planning to vet the President anytime soon. Quite the opposite.”
Breitbart’s admiration of Gingrich is clear enough in this quotation, singling him out as the only Republican Presidential candidate willing to broach the subject of Obama’s radical tendencies. But even more poignant is how Breitbart ends his article: “If any of the candidates can resist the media, and parlay Newt’s strategy into a nomination, we’ll have the choice between an imperfect but well-known Republican and the real “Baraka” Obama, not the manufactured one the media prefers.”
Clearly Breitbart is stopping short of anything approaching an official endorsement — in keeping with his promise at CPAC to support whomever is chosen to run against Obama in election 2012. It is interesting, however, that Breitbart decides to characterize the Republican nominee as an “imperfect but well-known Republican.” Pundits will be quick to say that that characterization could apply to any of the remaining GOP candidates. But it cannot be dismissed that Newt and only Newt was referenced in Breitbart’s last column.