For Gingrich, run for presidency is about the $$$$

Suddenly, it makes sense. Newt Gingrich’s run for president was always ludicrous on its face. Here’s a thrice-married “family values” politician, out of office more than a decade, forced out of the House speakership after the Republican shellacking of ’98 (and because it came to light that he was carrying on an adulterous affair while presiding over the impeachment of President Clinton for lying about an adulterous affair), who has been flip-flopping ridiculously in recent months – and he actually thinks he has a shot at the presidency?

Well, no. Apparently that big staff walkout yesterday was partially to do with the fact that Newt didn’t want to stop pitching all the for-profit stuff he and Wife No. 3 have been using to line their pockets the last decade. “We didn’t sign up to be hucksters for products for sale,” is how one staffer put it. Hmmm. Wonder if that’s what Newt meant when he said, “Let me just say that there is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community, and the kind of campaign I want to run.”

Either that, or the “traditional consulting community” wants a candidate that actually has a shot at winning.

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