There was an interesting article on The Politico called “The Rise of Newt-world” looking at everything former Speaker of the House and perennial presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done with his career since leaving public office. Here’s a taste:
He led the shouts of “drill here, drill now,” the chiding of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the defense of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin….
This being the YouTube election, Gingrich’s clip of “3 Ways to Lower Gas Prices” has amassed more than 2.7 million views on the site, about a half-million more than John McCain’s “Celeb” ad….
Last week, Gingrich went after the RNC, criticizing its effort to link Obama to the Gov. Rod Blagojevich scandal.
There’s no question that Newt matters. But what does Newt want?
“What does Newt Want” seems to be the key question. Besides the baggage he brings, my feeling has always been that he isn’t as interested in running for president as much as he is interested in using the attention it brings to his various pet causes. Not that there’s anything wrong aboot that. The media is going to hound you aboot it anyway. Why not manipulate the attention to your own advantage?
And I still think it’s silly to even be thinking aboot 2012. This time four years ago, the two candidates were going to be Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, and Obama was the guy we were hunting in Afghanistan. As much as Gingrich-Jindal ’12 sends a thrill down my leg, we barely know the next few days are going to bring yet alone the next few years.
Bottom line is I expected Newt to be one of the more entertaining “candidates” to keep an eye on.