Thank you to Tim Stanley for mentioning my article, “Why Evangelicals May Win the Nomination for Newt Gingrich,” in his blog for the prominent British newspaper, The Telegraph.
Here’s the relevant excerpt:
6. Newt Gingrich is a front runner. Ryan Mauro wrote a piece this week that claimed that Newt is burying his bad boy image and making a play for the evangelical vote. Tonight confirmed that. He avoided talking about his divorce, but, in confessional language that appeals to evangelicals, he described his earlier life as “empty” and reckless. He even recalled that a friend told him he had all the symptoms of an alcoholic and had given him the AA’s Twelve Step Program to help him recover. On Saturday night, Newt promised to abolish courts that stop students from invoking God at football games, to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and to expand Congress’s definition of personhood as a means to outlawing abortion. Most interestingly, he argued that the contemporary “crisis of values” stems from the anti-clericalism of the French Revolution. It’s a subtle reminder that Gingrich sounds like an evangelical but is actually a Catholic convert. In sectarian terms, Newt plays for both teams and does it very well.