Columbia, S.C. — As Newt Gingrich toured the Palmetto State this week, holding four town-hall meetings, national headlines focused on his stray comments about Mitt Romney. But on the ground, it was Gingrich’s well-informed takes on state issues, from labor policy to immigration, that drew interest — and stirred applause at Tommy’s Ham House in Greenville and at the Sottile Theatre in Charleston.
“All politics is local,” of course, is a familiar axiom. Every politician caters to the hometown crowd. But as the winter primaries near, Mitt Romney should take note: Gingrich’s eagerness to discuss state concerns, and make data-driven arguments, is bolstering the former speaker. He may not have Romney’s organizational strength, but when it comes to wooing undecided voters, Gingrich’s knowledge is power.