"All newspaper editorial writers ever do is come down from the hills after the battle is over and shoot the wounded."
--Attributed to Murray Kempton, among many others.
Newt Gingrich finally made it formal. He's now ended his presidential race with characteristic bombast. The real news, the big surprise, was that he made it this far. And resisted dropping out for this long. The man has a real talent -- for ignoring reality.
If character really is fate, the Newt should have been done as a presidential candidate as soon as his dubious connections with Freddie Mac became common knowledge....