Newt Gingrich’s 2012 ‘Fantasy’

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Newt and Callista.
Newt and Callista. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Daily Beast writer Lloyd Grove caught up with Newt and Callista Gingrich at the premiere of the documentary Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny, a film they both narrate. (Yet another thing Gingrich has reason to plug during his endless Nancy Pelosi rants.) Before talking to the former House speaker and his third wife (not the one he left his cancer-stricken, hospitalized wife for — the one he started dating while he was married to the latter lady), Grove listened to former Quayle aide Joe Watkins singing Gingrich's praises. "He could easily be the Republican nominee in 2012," Watkins claimed. Of course, Grove immediately asked Callista if this was even in the cards. "We'll see — anything's possible," she replied demurely. "I suspect in a year, we'll have a serious conversation again." Tantalized, Grove asked the Newtster himself whether he was planning on running. "People are allowed to have fantasies," Gingrich snapped. We're not sure whether he meant people like Watkins and Callista, or himself. Either way, we expect in a year or so we'll indeed be hearing these rumors again, and attention will be back on Gingrich — after all, every year or so, he comes out with a new book to promote.

Newt's Reagan "Fantasy" [Daily Beast]
Earlier: Newt Gingrich Goes to War on Nancy Pelosi