If Newt Gingrich wins the South Carolina primary Saturday:
Gingrich would not be my first choice for president right now — Mitt Romney would be — but he does fit the historic contours as I’ve been writing about them here now for several years, making two claims. First, we enter now an age of Jackson, when the heartland rises in opposition to Eastern cities influence as it did shortly after the death of Jefferson and Adams, sending the cold willies up the spine of gentry in Richmond and Boston. Jefferson’s contempt for Jackson was echoed in the establishment of his day and paralleled the “Eek, a mouse!” response of MSM’s to Grizzly Mama Sarah Palin, daughter of the forest. Second, America has always had two countervailing “creation myths” — the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the Alamo in 1836. It is not clear yet which will dominant.
Prediction: In this scenario, Gingrich, bored after two years as president, will either quit or get thrown out and Vice President Perry will take over.