July 21, 2006


Run, Newt, Run! Gingrich 2008? (Rich Lowry, 21 July 2006, National Review)

The casual TV viewer has probably noticed two things during the past few days — there’s a war in the Middle East, and Newt Gingrich is commenting on it...
The old conventional wisdom about Gingrich was that we wouldn’t have him to kick around anymore. The new conventional wisdom is that he’s back, and he’s doing the kicking. Ousted by his own party after its losses in the 1998 midterm elections, Gingrich has reestablished himself as a party leader through sheer intellectual energy. He has had something intelligent to say about literally every issue of the hour, from health care to Katrina to the war on terror. “He has helped himself immensely — he’s all over the place,” says former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie...
Whatever happens, Gingrich stands to be the party’s most important intellectual table-setter. “Whoever wins,” says Gillespie, “is going to have spent a lot of time talking about what Newt was talking about.” There are worse places for the party to look for a renewed agenda...

Of course, Gingrich can never win, but Lowry is right that he would be a fantastic asset during the primary season. His arrogance is only matched by his instinct for the politcally popular.

Posted by Pepys at July 21, 2006 11:29 PM

Pepys, in what way would Gingrich be an asset? The media are trotting him out because they know he projects a negative image.

He tossed us all out for an office romance and now he expects us to care about his opinings. Sorry, Newt. Go back to the political limbo reserved for those who let their personal life interfere with our national interests. I blame him for Clinton's second term.

Posted by: erp at July 22, 2006 7:51 AM

Note that in the previous post, Newt's name is linked with Rove who, now that he's been cleared by Fitzgerald, needs to be replaced as the resident evil genius. Enter Newt stage left... .

Posted by: erp at July 22, 2006 8:36 AM

He'd be an asset because he's a) make things interesting and b) end up backing McCain over Rudy.

Posted by: Timothy at July 22, 2006 9:26 AM

The problem with Newt in the evil genius role is Karl Rove has pulled his strings and operated his diaobolical hurricane, earthquake and tsunami machines from behind the scenes -- he's managed to cause the left conniptions while barely uttering a word in public. Newt could probably do equally as well in his strategerie as Karl, but he'd have to go on a dozen new shows to tell everyone what he's doing and what he plans to do next.

That may not matter with the Wile E. Coyote wing of the Democratic Party, who can't figure out what to do about the current president even when they know what's coming, but there still are a few Democrats out there who would be able to turn Gingrich's inability to verbally stay out of the limelight against him.

Posted by: John at July 22, 2006 3:59 PM

Unfortunately for Gingrich, he possesses a singularly sinister and foreboding mein. Of course this image has been deliberately cultivated by the MSM and VLWC. He tries to smile a lot in public to counteract this but the damage is done.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 22, 2006 4:40 PM