Newt 'Having a Ball' Bashing Bailout
History repeats itself for Gingrich
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2008 3:21 PM CDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this May 14, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Newt Gingrich is back, and once again, he’s giving grief to a president named Bush. Gingrich rose to prominence, you’ll recall, by raking the elder Bush over the coals over an oil tax proposal. Now, after a few years in the wilderness, he’s loudly calling for a conservative insurrection against Bush II’s bailout plan, and, in his own words, “having a ball” doing it.

It’s a moment made for Gingrich, who “brings a clarity of mind and simplicity of action that is a tonic to a Republican Party that seems uncertain of its core principles,” writes Eleanor Clift in Newsweek. By taking a staunchly populist stance against the bill, Gingrich thinks he—and, oh yeah, McCain—can remake the party and “persuade voters to forget the last 8 years.”