I am sure Ms. Huffington doesn’t want her loyal readers to know this, but Arianna Huffington supported former Speaker Gingrich in 1995.
Arianna Huffington was once a contributor to the conservative Weekly Standard. In her 1995 column, she wrote,
If we are confident in the [Republican] revolution, how can we continue to sleepwalk through the nominating process, and wake up, when it’s too late, with a nominee using the megaphone of a presidential campaign to explain to the nation a revolution he does not understand? The prospect is as painful as hearing a Schubert song warbled by Roseanne.
Arianna paints a picture in this piece of a Republican with a vision for America. An nation that has lost its way morally.
The first moral imperative was expressed by Gingrich in his first speech as speaker: “How can any American read about an l 1-year-old buried with his teddy bear because he killed a 14-year-old, and then another 14-year-old killed him, and not have some sense of “My God, where has this country gone?” How can we not decide that this is a moral crisis equal to segregation, equal to slavery, and how can we not insist that every day we take steps to do something?” The Republican message so far has been expressed not in terms of a moral crisis but in terms of dollars and cents. The connection between balancing the budget and turning lives around has simply not been made; neither has the connection between the level of pain in America that Gingrich has spoken about and the legislative agenda on the Hill.
Precisely because Gingrich is right about the moral crisis the country is facing — millions of lives and entire communities destroyed by drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence — there is a moral imperative for him to fill the leadership vacuum and address the growing devastation.
There are times in life when risking everything is more prudent than protecting what you have. For Gingrich, this could be one of them. And if Gingrich fails to accept the mission, the mission does not go away. The hole in the heart of the Republican revolution remains, waiting for a leader to fill it.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced the launch of a presidential campaign for the next election cycle on Wednesday. Gingrich wrote in a tweet, “Today I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Where will Arianna’s opinion and support land? Has Newt changed his 1995 ideology or has really Arianna changed? Will she support President Obama, should Newt get the GOP nomination? Only time will tell.
I am going to give Ms. Huffington the benefit of the doubt and believe she has come over from the other side because she realized the error of her ways, but it will be interesting to see her opinions on his candidacy.