Moments in the Life of Newt Gingrich and Their Historical Equivalents

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This one random time Gingrich said something = Gettysburg AddressPhoto: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Newt Gingrich failed to secure a spot on the ballot for Virginia's March 6 presidential primary — an embarrassing setback for his campaign, but also a setback not unprecedented in American history, as campaign director Michael Krull noted on Facebook on Saturday:

Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days - but in the end we will stand victorious.

In short,  the Gingrich campaign is comparing its inability to meet Virginia's ballot requirements with Pearl Harbor. A Hoekstraian fit of self-important hyperbole? No. Since all moments in the life of Newt Gingrich carry with them an inherent gravity and momentousness, they can only be accurately compared to world-defining historical events. Indeed, yesterday, Gingrich released a video subtly comparing his campaign to the colonists' quest for freedom in the Revolutionary War. Here's a snippet:

Other Gingrich milestones and their equivalents throughout history: