You may remember that struggle. It pitted Gingrich's Republican-controlled Congress against a weak and tepidly popular President Bill Clinton. Though it was a matter of two sides failing to come to a budget agreement, the press was able to fashion the story as one involving an obstinate Speaker of the House refusing to compromise with a reasonable president looking for reasonable solutions to troubling government spending/revenue issues. Gingrich ended up losing big, not at the hands of a floundering president but at the hands of the news media.
In truth, there were two sides in that battle. Two sides that refused to yield. (In fact it was Clinton - as chief executive - who shut the government down.) But you'd never know it by reading the headlines of the day. The shutdown was Gingrich's fault.
And so it went from the front page of the New York Times to the history books.
The media won.
I think, though, the mood of the country is different today. The rise of the Tea Party signals that. And, with the advent of alternative media outlets - like this one - the liberal media - house organ to the Democratic Party - won't be able to lie and distort as they did in 1996.
So. Let's throw down the gauntlet and have at it:
Gingrich Moves Past Cain and Romney to Become Tea Party's Top Choice, Says CBS Poll
A famous man once foretold of the upcoming battle:
"I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America."
-- Newt Gingrich --
Lock and load. This may be the most titanic political conflict this country has seen in 150 years. And losing America is not an option.