Last semi-substantive thing I had to say about Newt Gingrich, about three years ago:
Newt Gingrich has always been, as the newspaper guys used to say, “good copy,” not least because, well, he was named “Newt Gingrich”: were Booth Tarkington alive today, you’d find a list of names like “Newt Gingrich” sitting in a file on his computer. (Also, if he were writing Seventeen today, he’d have to call it Eleven, but that’s another matter.) David Letterman once listed ten ways to mispronounce the name, the best of which was Number Three: “Newtros Newtros-Gingy.” But whatever you thought of ol’ Grinch Neutron — political revolutionary or ethically-challenged weasel — he was always the Idea Guy, the man you went to if you wanted a sound bite that didn’t sound like it came from the five hundred-odd political hacks at the Capitol.
In light of more contemporary political events, a case can be made that maybe Newt Gingrich isn’t all that damn smart after all:
I keep hearing about how “smart” Gingrich is — from what I’ve seen, this involves sponsoring “enterprise zones”, school vouchers, free computers, Greeeeen Jorrrrbs and the rest of that rot. No one really thinks any of this will do squat for the urban poor. It’s all about making Republicans look nice to the Stuff White People Like set. Which is how Jack Kemp proved such a boon for the Bob Dole ticket in 1996.
While we’re on the topic of Gingrich’s sooper geniosity, Michael Moore (yes, Michael Moore) managed to pwn him on TV Nation: about all the pork / federal spending Gingrich was bringing back to his district. If you let yourself be Alinskyed by Michael Moore then, for all I am concerned, you don’t deserve a spot on any media outpost this side of FailBlog.
There’s certainly no shortage of results for Newt Gingrich Fail.