ABC News is REPORTING that Newt Gingrich, one of the most enigmatic politicians of our time, will announce soon that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president next year.
What makes Newtie so much fun is that he’s paradoxically a pretty bright guy with a penchant for doing politically stupid things.
And given the fact that the Republican base has moved much farther to the right since Gingrich was speaker of the U.S. House, it’s going to be fascinating to watch the Newtster tie himself into ideological knots in his effort to ingratiate himself with the Tea Party types.
Here’s a guy who was blamed, rightly or not, for bringing about a partial shutdown of the federal government in 1995 because he was miffed at having to ride in the back of Air Force One on a flight to the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Here’s a guy who became such a pariah as speaker of the House and such a drag on his party’s electoral prospects that he abruptly resigned from Congress shortly after winning an 11th term in his Georgia district.
Here’s a thrice-married “family values” advocate who cheated on his first two wives and reportedly pressed his first wife to sign divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer.
Here’s a guy whose second wife says he “believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected.”
Oh, yeah. Newtie’s going to be a highly entertaining candidate for president.