In a recent commentary Thomas Sowell correctly argues that the message sent by South Carolinians was more than a knee-jerk reaction to Gingrich fearlessly confronting the media or his masterful debating skills.
The fundamental message is that South Carolina primary voters do not want Mitt Romney, even if the Republican establishment does. Although the GOP establishment has hyped Romney’s “electability,” a majority of primary voters remain unconvinced.
As Sowell points out, “If the bland and inoffensive moderate was in fact the key to victory, Dewey would have won a landslide victory over Truman in 1948, and John McCain would have beaten Barack Obama in 2008.”
Whoever wins the Republican nomination will have to run against both Barack Obama and the Democrat Party media. And Gingrich has shown that he can do just that.
“He has a depth of understanding of what issues are crucial, experience in how to deal with them and — almost equally important — experience in how to shoot down the petty, irrelevant and “gotcha” distractions of the media.”
Conversely, Romney’s indecisiveness “is not going to cut it in a nationally televised debate with President Obama.”
“When the Super Bowl is on the line, you don’t go with the quarterback who is least likely to throw an interception. You go with the one most likely to throw a touchdown pass.”
In other words, you go on offense and play to win.
To read the rest of Sowell’s commentary, see South Carolina message.