After Santorum’s frothy surge in last night’s primaries, the talk of tradmed town inevitably turned to Newt. He’s losing right and left, both metaphorically and literally, he’s being dragged through the mud viciously by Romney’s Borg, he can’t even win the neoconfederate regions that spawned him. Santorum, yes Rick Santorum, has beaten Gingrich in 20 of the last 24 states, and by staying in Gingrich virtually assures Romney, a man he clearly despises, the nomination. “Why stay in” they’re all asking? To answer that you simply need to understand what it is Newt Gingrich does for a living.
Gingrich travels the globe giving highly lucrative speeches, the beauty being he is paid to speak not just about his own personal greatness, but his own products, mostly a line of over-priced ghost-written books or outsourced DVDs proclaiming the greatness of Newt Gingrich. There a lot of former conservative lawmakers turned grifters bilking the faithful, but no one does it like this clown. He’s a one man vertically integrated conservative grifting machine Inc,, even wife number three, Callista, gets in on the act. Can you blame her for wanting to be by his side 24/7 after what happened to the former Mrs. Gingrich and the former-former Mrs. Gingrich?
This is what he does all the time. It’s not just a job, its his life. In off election years or on election years, in years when he’s running and year’s when he’s not, in years when he pretends to run and years when he doesn’t bother even with that pretense. The only difference about this year, from the perspective of Newt and his financial advisers anyway, is the crowds are bigger, the applause lines louder, and his sales are booming like never before. Best of all, there’s no pesky over head like there usually is. Small donors and one zillionaire whale contributor are paying for it all.
Newt Gingrich is not just going to keep it up until 2012 contributions dry up or the nominee is chosen. He’s going to keep doing this through the Spring, Summer, and Fall, after the election and right through 2013 and beyond. He’ll keep doing it for as long as it pays, until he drops dead, or until he can get paid better in some fashion to stop doing it.
And the brilliant DC talking heads are puzzled by why he won’t quit?