The dilemma for Democrats and Republicans alike regarding Gingrich’s possible candidacy is the fact he threatens both. His insight appears to threaten the establishmentarianism of both parties.
It is apparent Democrats’ and Republicans’ first priority is to serve each party’s “special interests” before that of the country’s. One may argue correctly that this conflict was exactly the intent of the founders to avoid the constrictions of a dictatorship or monarchy. But Gingrich’s confrontation of the facts facing the nation startles those in power in both parties.
When Lincoln appointed Grant to be his general, Grant’s critics argued that he drank. Lincoln is said to have replied by asking someone to find the brand of whiskey Grant drank so he could give it to the rest of his generals. The analogy here with Gingrich, considering his extensive and controversial background, is each candidate should drink from his fountain of knowledge regarding the devastating issues facing the nation. But here is the rub: Gingrich alone can’t solve these issues—nor can any candidate—without a 60-vote majority in the Senate and a simple majority in the house.
Without a supporting Congress, Gingrich could possibly do what Lincoln did: Assume dictatorial powers. After all, a dictatorship may be required to balance the budget and protect this nation’s security in a very dangerous world. That’s why Gingrich is such a threat to the establishment, and why the nation may need him as president.