I have been a partisan of Newt in the past but not recently. He started to lose me with the news of the cheating on his wife(s) and that idiot climate change ad where he sat with Nancy Pelosi. But still I told myself that he seemed to be one of the smarter people running until this weekend. This was a fork in the road and Newt took that fork square in the belly and now he is toast. I’d say he quits the race in the next couple of weeks.
Newt's ascention to Speaker was the high-water event of the 90's IMHO; the Contract completed, welfare reform, four years of balanced budgets and a lot more. But he made a lot of enemys among the freshman class of '95 and I've never understood why . . until now. He has spent many years out of office, and with his declaration to run his views are suddenly made clear, and he obviously has a flawed understanding of the dire straights in which we are sailing.
The audio clip of the Bennett interview is remarkable revealing and I commend it to everyone. Especially at 11:08 when Bill advised Newt to apologize and "admit you blew it" and "put this thing behind you" because "what you're doin' is not workin' . . . it's...not... ..workin'".
And the final seconds (13:30):
". . . and you have done much to advance the cause, but you didn't on Sunday, and I think you need to acknowledge it, and that's the best advice I can give you."