Newt and New Ideas

Those inclined to support Newt Gingrich's apparent bid to chair the RNC on the grounds that he's always flush with new ideas should go back and re-read the former Speaker's list, from back in May, of policy proposals that the GOP ought to embrace to avoid disaster in November. If you find Newt's manifesto - which urged Republicans to "overhaul the census and cut its budget radically," to "implement a space-based, GPS-style air traffic control system," and to double down on porkbusting, among other ideas - to be a plausible blueprint for a Republican revival, then he's your man. If you have the same reaction I did, though, you might want to root for Michael Steele instead.