The lesson of South Carolina is learned over and over and over again in Republican primaries: When voters are given a clean choice between what they perceive to be a moderate Republican and a conservative Republican, they will choose the conservative option every time. Especially if the primary audience is in South Carolina.
We are not saying that Gingrich is a conservative, or even that there is a ray of sunlight between the the positions and actions of Romney and Gingrich on issues important to COAST. There really is not.
What we are saying is that in the mind of the public, Gingrich succeeded in positioning the race as between a Massachusetts moderate and a Georgia conservative.
The voters yearn for a real conservative option, someone who will cut taxes and spending, and really reduce the size and scope of the federal government. That they lurched at the last minute towards Gingrich is a testament to how desperate voters are for that direction from our Congress and President.
Unfortunately, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich do not appear to be willing or able to give them what they want so badly.