Palin Needs to Get Serious: Gingrich

Ex-speaker offers advice on staying relevant out of office
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 9:41 AM CDT
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich delivers the main address at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, Conn., Thursday, June 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bob Child)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – 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.”