Last night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich previewed yet again another Contract With America, promising that it “will be 10 times deeper and more comprehensive than 1994.” But that’s not the bit of campaign trail exaggeration that’s got me excited.
More importantly, Gingrich promises that his ideas are the “exact” ideas that “Abraham Lincoln would have campaigned on“:
It “will be 10 times deeper and more comprehensive than 1994,” he told an audience of about 40 people Monday night in Council Bluffs. “Because the truth is, while we changed the system some … we didn’t fundamentally change the underlying system.”
The new “21st Century Contract with America” will, he said.
Gingrich said his ideas, which he will unveil Sept. 29 in Des Moines, are “very big, and they’re exactly what Abraham Lincoln would have campaigned on.”
Eric Kleefeld lays out the appropriate snark at TPM, asking “how Gingrich’s platform will compare to the Republican platforms of 1860 and 1864, the elections in which Lincoln was elected and then re-elected.”
Now, I’m not the best at passing on memes, let alone kicking them off, but I feel in my gut that “exactly what Abraham Lincoln would have campaigned on” has the potential to be almost as fun as Jonah Goldberg’s claim that his book Liberal Fascism “is a very serious, thoughtful, argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care.”