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Newt Gingrich Phones It In

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 10, 2012 at a hotel in Washington, DC.
"Eh, whatever." Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP

You wouldn’t know from the speech he gave at CPAC today how desperately in need of a game-changer Newt Gingrich is these days. The vast majority of his address was nothing more than an all-too-familiar laundry list of laws he’d like to repeal (Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, etc.) and reforms he’d like to make (replace the EPA with an “Environmental Solutions Agency,” track illegal immigrants the way Fed Ex tracks packages, etc.). There was only a minimal effort to provide voters with a novel, convincing argument for reconsidering his candidacy one last time. Maybe Gingrich is simply so certain of the inevitability of his third surge that he didn’t feel the need to make a big splash.

Newt Gingrich Phones It In