-- The establishment of an "earmarks" moratorium for at least a year, plus a pledge to uphold any presidential vetoes of budget earmarks through the end of 2009.
-- The implementation of a space-based GPS-style system for air traffic control.
Newt also includes a suggested reminder to the public that Congress has a vital role in the appointment of federal judges, and that Republicans are better stewards of this task than Democrats.
Whether one agrees with all of Gingrich's proposals is immaterial. More critical is that he suggests the GOP do something, and quick.
The Republicans seem stuck in a time warp, somehow hoping they can win again because of the secret biases of voters against black or women candidates; or by trotting out the tired mantra of "he's too liberal." In my 30 years of watching the national political scene, I have never -- not once -- seen this throwback strategy of name-calling deliver a victory for a Republican candidate.
Newt started his career on Capitol Hill as a young innovator. I know. I was there while he drew all sorts of diagrams, charts and Lord knows what else as he and his young staff tried to carve out what we called a "Conservative Opportunity Society."
Nowadays, anyone who knows me knows that I'll kick Newt in the rear end in a New York minute if I think he is doing something that brings back the latter days of the GOPAC political action committee, among others of his "entrepreneurial" ventures. But when I scold, I'm just trying to keep him on the right path.
The fact is that the man is a darn genius. (He'll even tell you if you ask nicely!) Gingrich seems to be the only major leader in the GOP willing to face reality. The party can either listen to him or sink beneath the waves.