At our editorial meeting this morning we were trying to reason our way through the renewed prominence and
media omnipresence of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — something that actually seems to happen every few years when the GOP starts taking on water. Now, though, Newt’s out there calling on Speaker Pelosi to resign, considering running for president and generally speaking out on every issue under the sun.
But one thing we keyed into — especially when considering his calls for Pelosi to stand aside — is, does Newt realize he’s not Speaker any more?
He seems to insist with members of the press that he still be referred to as “Speaker Gingrich.” And actually his website is speakergingrich.com. Not former Speaker Gingrich, Speaker Gingrich. And it goes beyond him. On Meet the Press this weekend, he repeatedly refers to former intel committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra as “Chairman Hoekstra.”
It is almost as if the Republican party, as it moves into its own tea bagging time warp has rendezvoused with Newt in imagined past and found that they’re once again made for each other.