Gingrich Lobbying to be Trump’s Running Mate https://t.co/Lzn7daqjLK
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) May 23, 2016
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) May 23, 2016
Jim Newell, at Slate, on “the perfect running mate for Donald Trump”:
… Gingrich, in his trademark way of exuding unsubtlety in the execution of what he believes to be a stealth operation, is angling for the vice presidency even more aggressively than Trump is angling for the presidency. When Gingrich responded to a question about the inexperience of Trump’s foreign policy advisers by instructing Slate’s Isaac Chotiner to read both The Art of the Deal and The Art of the Comeback, such a shameless non sequitur could only be read as that day’s canned talking point in his campaign for the vice presidency. Gingrich was among the earliest bold-name political figures to liaise between Trump and official Republican Washington. Like Chris Christie, Gingrich may have realized that taking the plunge early with the party’s incoming standard-bearer was the best way to position himself for a sweet gig down the road—and perhaps persuade Trump to help retire lingering campaign debt.
Trump basks in what normals might consider uncomfortable levels of flattery, and so, by several accounts—including Trump’s own mouth—Gingrich has successfully implanted himself on his new master’s veep shortlist. Though Gingrich has said Trump would need “psychiatric help” if the presumptive nominee were to select him as his running mate, he definitely will not rule himself out. The former speaker of the House is now a ubiquitous force in the Trump effort, selling him in the media and advising him on policy and politics…
For all of his put-on suck-uppery, Gingrich is one of the few people on Earth who can understand what it’s like to be in Trump’s shoes. Gingrich, over a more gradual period of time and climaxing in the 1994 elections, blew up an existing political era—that of the Democrats’ supposedly permanent House majority. He knows what it is to have the world looking in horror at you for shattering their reality, much as they’re looking at Trump now. He can brief Trump about how to weather this and, should Gingrich cave to the sort of introspection that neither he nor his tutee are known for but which may exist somewhere deep inside, teach him from his own mistakes….
I’m old enough to remember The
Rain Reign of Speaker Newt, and this is good news for Democrats. The Newt’s thin skin and enormous ego are indeed very reminiscent of a certain short-fingered vulgarian, and Gingrich’s inability to keep his eye on the prize (or his pecker in his pants) were largely responsible for the implosion of the GOP’s ‘new permanent majority’ twenty years ago. Putting him under the lights with Deadbeat Donald over the next five months would mean taking bets on which of the two would throw a total pants-soiling hissy-fit first… and whether it would be directed at the other half of the ticket.
Simon Maloy, in Salon:
… Just think about everything that Donald Trump has inveighed against as part of his hostile takeover of the Republican Party: he rails against the incompetent elites in Washington, he blasts free trade agreements, he inveighs against people who buy and sell political influence, and he calls for hardline anti-immigrant policies. Now think about Newt Gingrich. He’s a former House Speaker who was bounced from the position amid ethics violations and threats of internal revolt. He’s a big fan of NAFTA and proudly talks about how many jobs it created in Mexico. He’s a “lobbyist” in everything but name whose post-politics career has consisted largely of charging people money for access to his friends on Capitol Hill. And he’s on record arguing that the GOP had to accept the reality that it is impossible to deport every single undocumented immigrant in the country…
Meanwhile, speaking of failed 90s retreads, there’s the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver…
"I think I'll come around on Trump after he plays the Vince Foster card… Yeah, that'll be good." pic.twitter.com/VrXlaxu8Eo
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) May 25, 2016
What's Paul Ryan's end game? He's going to not endorse Trump until he does endorse Trump, but will want credit for waiting a while?
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) May 25, 2016
No, Paul Ryan does not want to be Trump’s VP candidate. What he wants is for the GOP to stagger forward long enough for Paul Ryan to run for President in 2020 — or at least to implode in such a way that Paul Ryan can plausibly claim it had nothing to do with him, when he runs as the shining figurehead of the American Liberty Independent National Freedom Party (formerly d/b/a ‘GOP’) four or eight years from now. Newt Gingrich is not a good look for a new, improved, 90s-era-con-free Republican (possibly under a different name) party. Newt Gingrich is totally going to interfere with Paul Ryan’s rebranding efforts…
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) May 25, 2016
Ryan says he is concerned about Trump's tone; Trump accuses Clinton of murder; Ryan endorses Trump; Trump owns Ryan.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 25, 2016
… Watching these two lesser con artists duel in the shadow of the Yooogist Klassiest Conman of His Generation is going to be great fun, for us Democrats. Root for injuries!