Newt Gingrich has always been an ideas guy, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that when he looks at what recently unfolded in Baltimore he sees a unique opportunity.

Republicans, who haven’t had a chance to influence politics in Baltimore for decades, would be wise to follow his advice.

Transcript and video via National Review:

Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had advice for Republican candidates on Sunday’s Face the Nation:

The number one thing that Cameron did was emphasize working Britons. I’ll give you an example that’ll probably be controversial: A party which goes into places like Ferguson, Baltimore, and says, ‘It is the working African American who was hurt by the riot. It was the working, small-business African American and Latino American and Asian American who was hurt by the riot. Somebody ought to stand up for the people who are trying to create a decent future.’ That party’s going to start a debate that’s really important for this country, between those who want to work and those who want to disrupt and destroy, and I think that’s a very important debate for the next year.

Gingrich may not be running but his continued influence on American politics is undeniable.

Even progressives are trying to replicate his success.

Joseph P. Williams of U.S. News and World Report:

Bill de Blasio Harkens Back to Newt Gingrich

Where’s the Beef?: When he hits Washington Tuesday to unwrap his Progressive Agenda, the leftie version of the Republican’s 1994 Contract With America, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s audience will include one Newton Leroy Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman who dropped the original CWA on the public back when he was the newly-elected House Speaker.

Although he’s flattered that de Blasio used his document, which was an outline of the majority House Republicans’ governing principles, as the template, Gingrich tells Bloomberg Politics that Hizzoner has painted the agenda in broad strokes, hasn’t got an ounce of actual legislation to back up the ideas. He also points out that voters have repudiated the progressive agenda twice in the last two midterms – and again in last week’s elections in the United Kingdom, where conservatives routed the liberals.

Still, de Blasio’s visit will include some interesting optics: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and several other progressive Democrats are on the agenda, de Blasio will talk about the agenda at the National Press Club and the whole crowd will mimic Gingrich’s ’94 event by signing a giant copy of it on the steps of the Capitol.

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