I almost spit out my coffee when I heard this on Meet the Press:
FMR. REP. GINGRICH: I—look, I’ve known Al Gore for many, many years. If he runs, he’ll be a serious contender, but I think he would be fourth on that list of plausible people. I actually think Barack Obama’s having as good as run as anyone could hope for, and he’s doing it by being positive, by being engaging, and by being above all the negative Washington-based, you know, this morning’s hotline nasty attack, you know, e-mail kind of stuff. And I think if he can sustain that, despite the best efforts of many of my good friends in the media to drag him down to mere issues, he could become very formidable.
MR. RUSSERT: Does he have enough experience to be president of the United States?
FMR. REP. GINGRICH: Well, Abraham Lincoln served two years in the U.S. House, and seemed to do all right.
Meet the Press wasn't the first time we've heard Obama compared to Lincoln. We also heard it on CapitolFax, and the other day future Obama for President consultant David Axelrod made the implicit comparison, when he said what this country really needs right now is a unifier.
It's going to be pretty tough for the right wingers to snipe at Obama's lack of incumbency when Gingrich is comparing him to Abraham Lincoln.