Michael Reagan’s time as silent observer is over. This afternoon, Michael Reagan endorsed Newt Gingrich. Here’s Reagan’s endorsement statement:
I am endorsing Newt Gingrich for President and here’s why:
Newt understands that we must reject and fundamentally change the course that Barack Obama has set for America.
Newt is our only chance in 2012 to contrast a Reagan conservative with Obama’s European’ styled socialism. Newt exemplifies the conservative principles my father championed. Strong national defense, lower taxes and smaller government.
In the 90’s Newt’s leadership brought us the Contract with America which changed Washington. I’m confident Newt can do it again.
We cannot afford a candidate backed by the same Washington insiders who repeatedly tried to undermine my father and the Reagan revolution.
It’s time to choose.
Do we go forward with bold ideas or continue with failed policies? So I ask my fellow Republicans and conservatives to join me in supporting Newt Gingrich for president.
What’s key, in my opinion, is that Michael Reagan took aim at “the same Washington insiders who repeatedly tried to undermine my father and the Reagan revolution.” That’s clearly directed at Mitt.
It sounds like, in Michael Reagan’s mind, it’s 1980 all over again, with Mitt playing Bush the Elder and Newt is the man who most resembles his father.
Clearly, Newt’s leadership isn’t in question with Reagan. I suspect that’s because he’s looking at Newt’s accomplishments, including the passing of his father’s tax cuts, Newt’s plan that wiped out the Democratic majority in the House after 40 years in the majority and Newt’s helping pass the welfare reform.
This endorsement means something more than the usual endorsement because a) it’s Michael Reagan, heir to the Reagan legacy endorsing Newt and b) it’s from an anti-establishment outsider.
Couple that with Chuck Norris’s endorsement and you’ve got something that the casual observer will notice. Here’s what Chuck Norris said in his endorsement:
“I’m tired of watching our country being torn to shreds by those who think the answer is more government debt and control. I’m tired of being in bondage to a tax system that robs U.S. citizens like the King of England did before the Revolution,” Norris writes.”I’m tired of watching our sovereignty being sold by foreign loans and loose borders. And I will not sit back and merely watch this decay and degradation of the U.S. and then hand it over to my children and grandchildren to deal with.”
Norris continued, “That is why my wife Gena and I have committed the rest of our lives to help Old Glory rise again to her heights of splendor. And that is why we are endorsing and standing with Newt Gingrich, because we believe he can lead all of us who have committed to the same.”
There’s no question what the message behind these endorsements is: America was great under Reagan. We’ve stumbled since then. Now it’s time to right the ship and Newt’s leadership is what’s needed to straighten this ship out.