One of the things I love doing most after a major political event, is visiting blogs and websites on our side and reading the comments of hundreds of our brethren from across the country. You can learn more about how the Conservative movement is thinking and where it's heading this way than any other method sort of surveys.
Lately, with the Gingrich surge starting to take place in the hearts and minds of voters, I've been looking for anti-Gingrich comments to figure out why so many on our side oppose the former Speaker of the House, and I have been shocked to find out it's because they think he's too establishment!
Try telling that to the House Republican leadership of the 80's and 90's!
Newt wasn't an establishment guy, oh no, he was a thorn in Bob Michel's side from the moment he was sent to Washington in 1978, and that's because he represented fire breathing Conservatism - along with his turks, and even some Democrat allies - moving the Republican Party from the token opposition party to the leading party in just sixteen years.
His two terms as Speaker were Conservative accomplishments, as was his Contract with America, which is still one of the most important politically relevant documents around today, because it documents mainstream America is in line with mainstream Conservatism and that you can campaign on said ideology and win.
Newt might be a lot of things, but establishment isn't one of them - unless the establishment has moved so far to the right that they are in line with Newt, and not the other way around.
What say you?