Catching up with the Newt “Comeback Kid” Gingrich


Guess who’s also stunned by Newt Gingrich’s rise to the top of the GOP Presidential polls? Newt himself. He recently spoke to Newsweek about what it describes in the headline as his “stunning” comeback.

By the end of summer, his campaign deeply in the red, Gingrich decided to quit—but was talked out of it by his wife, Callista. Entering the debate season, Gingrich focused on his advantages, and he began to see his near implosion as a gift. Among other things, the departure of the political professionals left Gingrich to become his own strategist. “Just as Clinton was,” Gingrich says.

Another fun morning read (for those of you who, like, don’t have to do any work or anything important like that) is Politico’s piece on Gingrich’s technophilia.

“Newt is brilliant,” said Tim Draper, a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley who helped to raise money this week for Romney. “He has a deep understanding of many technologies, but more importantly, he studied Silicon Valley and I believe he has a good understanding of why it works.”

The story mentions a couple of Newt’s tech-forward ideas, but leaves out my favorite, his suggestion that we can light America’s highways using sunlight reflected from mirrors place on the moon.

I don’t know if Gingrich’s campaign has a theme song yet. If not, here’s my suggestion: