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The words of Paul Harvey were part of the American media landscape for over 50 years. He had many supporters who enjoyed his insight and wisdom, and the gentle way he delivered it. In 2005 he received the Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of work in media. During WWII he was a reporter in the South Pacific. In 1945, he moved to Chicago, and worked on finding work for returning veterans. In 1946 Paul Harvey launched “The Rest of the Story” and these 15-20 minute nuggets of information and insight became part of radio for the next 50 plus years. Harvey died in 2009, there were never many like him before, and no one has taken his place since.

Below is an add that made use of a old Harvey tract and it was hands down the best of show for this years crop of super bowl adds, many of which were at best vapid and lame.

It is a shame that remainder of the adds were as lame as they were. Considering how expensive the advertisement slots are for a super bowl, one would have thought the producers of this vignettes would invest into producing something creative, in lieu of something simply crass.

Not only does Newt Gingrich get it, he does not let Brian Williams get away with it. Gingrich in less than a minute spelled out what is bothering more than half of America about Obamacare. Everything from process to it impact, and all that is in between; Gingrich was succinct and brilliant. He also, in the same minute, took the media to task for its blatant attempt to wound the Republican front runners, and Gingrich did so with a clarity that typifies him when he is firing on all cylinders. Then, in that very same minute, he made an unequivocal and masterful call for unity of purpose — the defeat of Barak Hussein Obama.

The impact of his words is not to be measured by the talking heads for whom Gingrich has obvious disdain. It needs to be affirmed by the fact that the other candidates were nodding their agreement to all three of his points. It needs to be qualified by the three rounds of applause and cheers. The man is flawed, but this is America; as President Sarkozy brilliantly put it, “America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance.”

Anyone on that stage is a better choice for America than the current empty suit in the White House. Obama is an ideologue without imagination. He seeks a socialist Utopia, but aside from tired and pedestrian Keynesian bromides — he has no ideas on how to even begin a journey toward any Utopia. Obama is a man that was elected to the presidency who is without accomplishment. He is a mirage. Even the book he has ‘written’ appears to the result of someone else’s effort. Obama was the tabula rasa that was elected to the highest office in the land. Ultimately we must blame ourselves for this error.

Gingrich, unlike the current vacuous White House denizen, is a man of great imagination and worthy accomplishment. He was the author of the welfare reform Clinton signed in the 90′s. Gingrich was the architect of the 1994 tide that gave us the first Republican congress in 50 years. Gingrich is a man of ideas. He was the author of the Contract with America. He is also a man who has shown himself to be ill disciplined. The question is then, “Has he learned from his mistakes”

I am thinking that Gingrich is worth a second look. We need ideas. We need imagination. Newt would crush Obama in a head to head debate. Given the current field, is Gingrich the best choice? I am not sure. I am certain that none of the other candidates are a credibly better choice. Newt is certainly not the media’s choice. That along with his obvious strengths should make him worthy of further consideration.

With 0% of precincts reporting, CNN has just called Georgia for Barack Obama, 66% – 29%.