Liberty speech for Gingrich follows formHow fitting. Mr. Conservative himself makes the first commencement address at Jerry Falwell's university since the man who defined a generation of conservatives died.
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
When former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives the commencement address at Liberty University today, he will be following in a tradition that began Oct. 3, 1980.
Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan addressed the National Religious Broadcasters Association on the campus of Liberty Baptist College, now Liberty University, in Lynchburg.
Since then, a succession of presidents, vice presidents and would-be presidents -- a virtual who's who of the Republican right -- have accepted the Rev. Jerry Falwell's invitation to speak at the university and, indirectly at least, bask in the invitation's implied endorsement.
Falwell, the innovative televangelist who founded Liberty, died Tuesday. (link)
Say it as only you can, Newt.