I used to actually kind of like Newt Gingrich. He was unafraid to offer new ideas, even controversial ones. He seemed genuinely interested in history. When I covered one of his speeches, I noticed that it was so well-organized and clear, it was easy to write it up for the newspaper.
But the current Newt is hard to admire. He is running for president, but he seems to be devoid of any ideas. He seems to offer only ambition.
Gingrich said modestly Thursday that his campaign hasn't caught on yet because he's offering "something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas."
That's pretty rich, but it doesn't top the megalomaniac press release his campaign put out earlier this week, after he got criticized after attacking his own political party for trying to contain the cost of Medicare.
You can read the press release if you search the Internet, but it's best experienced as a dramatic monologue by actor John Lithgow. Link is here.