Newt Filling Void of GOP Leadership
Former House speaker fills GOP leadership void
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2009 11:06 AM CDT
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and former House speaker Newt Gingrich testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging on May 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Newt Gingrich is back, and he seems to want everyone to know it. The former Republican House speaker is bashing President Obama on everything from his stimulus plan—a “European socialist model"—to his "fantasy foreign policy," Politico reports. "Gingrich is the classic political counterinsurgent," a GOP consultant says. "He thrives in periods of time when he is able to post up against an agenda."

And right now, he's the only Republican stepping up to fill the party's void. "If anybody doubts that he is the de facto leader of the Republican Party right now, they’re crazy," says a polling firm CEO. He's definitely taking full advantage. Gingrich is a go-to cable news commentator, and he doesn't hesitate to promote his own agenda—including pushing the website of his advocacy group, American Solutions for Winning the Future.