Rich Galen

Newt is not, as too many in the GOP appear to be, hoping President Obama will fail. In his article, Matt Bai wrote that shortly after the November election Newt suggested to Congressional Republicans:

"If the president of the United States walks in with a rational, moderate proposal which has his left wing up in arms and you don't help him, you look like you're a nihilistic party of reactionary opposition."

I looked up "nihilism" for you. It's on the Secret Decoder Ring page.

When the article was posted on-line Saturday night I e-mailed Newt to congratulate him on a very positive article - especially given it was in the NY Times. I asked him what Republicans should do moving forward.

This is what he e-mailed back:

1. Cooperate whenever possible;

2. Create better solutions when they are wrong;

3. Fight when it is unavoidable;

We should always approach every question in that order. We should win the argument that our solutions are better for you as a person and for the country as a whole.

The problem with being around Newt is that he says (or writes) things like that - 15 times a day - and then gets in the elevator and leaves it to you to figure out how to put it into practice.

The next problem with being around Newt is, when he comes back from wherever he's just been and you haven't figured it out he'll go to the whiteboard and show you how to do it.

Between Mother Jones, the New York Times and others there is a growing attitude that "Newt is back."

Newt once said this:

This ought to be the goal:

That there will be a Monday morning when for the entire weekend not a single child was killed anywhere in America;

That there will be a Monday morning when every child in the country went to a school that they and their parents thought prepared them as citizens and prepared them to compete in the world market;

That there will be a Monday morning where it was easy to find a job or create a job, and your own Government did not punish you if you tried.

That was from Newt's first address as Speaker of the House on January 4, 1995.

Newt Gingrich isn't back. He never left.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at