If anyone knows what it takes to succeed as an unemployed politician, it’s Newt Gingrich. So Politico asked him what Sarah Palin needs to do to stay relevant and become a presidential contender. The ex-speaker graciously laid out a six-point plan:
- Write a book. Palin already has one in the works. It’ll help her hone, and leisurely lay out, her philosophy.
- Create a national project or center. An energy initiative would do nicely.
- Land a recurring commentator spot on television. A surefire way to stay in the national conversation.
- Get an East Coast condo. Or the commute will be murder.
- Write three types of speeches. One to make money, one for “high-value” addresses to top interest groups, and one standard stump speech.
- Work really, really hard. Anyone can be a celebrity. “She has to decide how serious she wants to be about becoming a national leader.”