Why does Newt keep talking?
It was over 15 years ago when Newt Gingrich led the Republican revolution which ended up in the GOP takeover of Congress, keeping the Clinton agenda in check. This is forever cemented into the great annals of GOP history, and rightfully so.
The downside is that his tenure as House speaker ended in disgrace and he is forever branded (in my eyes anyway) as not so much what was right about the Republicans in the 1990s, but more of what was wrong.
Fast forward to 2010 and, despite recent electoral victories this past November and a miraculous Senate seat pick-up in deep blue Masachusetts, the Republican brand is still toxic. I’m sure I wouldn’t be reaching if I said that Republicans are as equally despised as Democrats.
And I’m sure it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that American electorate is still not so enamored with Newt as a person and/or candidate, given his past (ahem) marital issues and ethics problems.
Given that the Republican brand needs some serious refurbishing, I don’t think Newt is the ideal person to be out there pushing his ideas on reviving “Republicanism”. And I don’t think I’m the only blogger who thinks that Newt is trying to hijack the Tea Party movement for his own political ends. Nah.
So why does Newt keep talking? And who is actually listening?