Posted by Peter W. Schramm
Nina Easton writes about Newt Gingrichs plan to run for president, or, rather, to change the country.
I think I could stand a bit of Newt about now. At least hes interesting and engaging and he says things that can move the mind and the spirit. He clearly doesnt mind hard work or slugging through the details. I dont think he is the ideal conservative candidate--and he may be too abrasive (or appear to be too abrasive) to succeed in the end. But I think he could at least stir the pot and force others to become more interesting. In any event, it will be fun to watch him run.
Yes, it will be fun to watch him run. But as to his chances, especially with good ideas, he goes beyond dark horse into the horse with a cloak of invisibility
realm. How many articles do you think well see about him? Let me rephrase that to this; do you suppose we will see more than half a dozen nearly positive articles about him in the months before the election?
Kate is right to question whether Newt will get much willing media attention--but if anyone can be counted upon to generate attention where none is willingly given, it is Newt. Somehow I dont think hell have a problem attracting attention to himself. Much of it will be negative attention, of course. But that will generate the obligatory interviews and that will give him a chance to be heard.
Newt thinks. And he says what he thinks. Even the "drive-by media" pay some attention to that. It is most unusual for a politician.
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