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The Gingrich Road Show

He still commands a crowd.

Feb 6, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 20 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Gingrich thrives in front of a participatory audience, so the raucous televised debates have been a boon for his campaign. But in the more subdued Florida debates, where the spectators in the hall actually adhere to commands from the networks to pipe down, Gingrich is missing his secret weapon. At least, that’s what the campaign believes. “The two debates that we had in Florida .  .  . were not staged in the same way,” says former congressman and former state attorney general Bill McCollum, co-chair of the Gingrich campaign in Florida. “The opportunities were not there. He doesn’t have the home run here.”

So Gingrich continues to knock them out of the park during batting practice, hitting everyone from Obama to the news media to his top Republican rival, Romney. The simple question, as the primary season extends beyond the early states, is whether Gingrich can slug it at game time, especially when he’s thrown a curveball.

Michael Warren is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.

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