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Gingrich Next Flavor of the Week?

While I would love to really get my hands dirty with a more substantive topic, the “Dumb and Dumber”-inspired GOP nomination race is really the least depressing thing to pay attention to in politics right now. So I’d like to bring to your attention a theory for what might be the next piece of news the media will be obsessively caressing and calling its “precious.”

If you’ve been following the Republican presidential nomination circus or following my blog, you might have noticed a pattern. In the beginning there was the Candidate, and the Candidate was Romney. He led the field with a whopping… less than 23% support in the polls. Then Michele Bachmann appeared! Out of nowhere she rose to 2nd place and was a major challenger and was going to win Iowa and… then her support collapsed. But then there was Rick Perry! Out of nowhere he rose to 1st place in the polls and was the new front runner and was going to beat Romney and… then he sucked at debating. Now Herman Cain has appeared!

I think you see where this is going. Herman Cain is currently in the lead, but a few gaffes (like appearing to be pro-choice), and now the revelation that there were multiple sexual harassment charges filed against him in the 90’s, are likely to take a toll. I’m wondering how long it is before the new golden boy is abandoned in search of another.

Now I know you probably read the title of this post and thought, “Gingrich? Is he even still around?” But hear me out. Even though Newt Gingrich sounds like a Dr. Seuss villain and mostly seems like an awful human being, he has a number of things going for him. He’s a good debater and can create soundbites. He has name recognition and a little bit of insider clout left. He has past experience and leadership credentials. Perhaps most importantly, he was actually the early 2nd place contender before the race heated up, which means there is already a decent base of people who would consider supporting him.

There has been a very slight uptick in media talk about Newt Gingrich lately, and his poll numbers have recovered a bit from their single-digit lows. He’s barely third now, behind Cain and Romney. Which has gotten me thinking… next flavor of the week?

Now, there’s also a ton of reasons not to expect Gingrich to catch on fire. Not the least of which include poor campaign management, desertion of campaign staff, that time he shut down the government in 1995, and that time he had an affair and divorced his first wife so that he could have an affair and divorce his second wife.

Still, I wouldn’t count him out. Oh wait, let me rephrase that. Newt Gingrich isn’t going to win the nomination. But he stands a chance to catapult into the media limelight for a little bit while the Republicans consider another candidate who warrants considering because HE ISN”T MITT ROMNEY. The upshot of all this is you might get to spend a little more time seeing this around:

Newt Gingrich's head next to a Lego version of Newt Gingrich's head

You heard it here first.

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