Twitter tells us that Newt Gingrich just revealed that he'd offer Sarah Palin a job in his administration, should he win the Republican nomination and then get elected president. In a Wednesday afternoon interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Newt said that Palin would play a "major role" in his presidency; it's unclear if he meant she'd get a cabinet position, a top diplomatic job or what. The announcement came after Palin said on Tuesday night that she would vote for Newt in South Carolina, and Talking Points Memo rushed up an alert about Newt's promise to return the favor with a job in the administration. This is starting to get kind of hard to watch. Gingrich's campaign has been imploding for weeks now, thanks in part to his controversial history as a politician and questionable campaign tactics. We're referencing his tendency to use campaign stops to promote himself, his books and his movies. Sarah Palin is well familiar with this kind of confusing self-promotion so we're sure she'd fit right in with President Newt, if he can pull of a miraculous turnaround.
Update (4:50 p.m.): CNN released this portion of the transcript. A video is still to come:
WOLF BLITZER, HOST: A lot of us noticed last night that Sarah Palin virtually endorsed you. She said if she lived in South Carolina, she’d probably vote for you right now, which in my mind, and I suspect in others, immediately raised the possibility if you were to get the nomination, would she be on your short list as a potential vice presidential running mate?
GINGRICH: Well, look, I don’t want to suggest anything about–we haven’t talked about anything at all. Governor Palin is somebody who I think was a very good reform governor. She was extraordinarily effective negotiating with big oil. She did a good job in the state of Alaska. I think she’s a very articulate leader of the Tea Party conservative movement. I was honored and delighted last night when she said if she were in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt Gingrich. I hope everybody who likes her decides she’s right. And I hope they vote for me.
Certainly, she’s one of the people I’d call on for advice. I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I’m president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind. And it wouldn’t be appropriate to discuss it at this time.
I’m just delighted that she and Todd have been both of them so supportive of my candidacy. And they recognize that, you know, I’m a Tea Party Reform conservative. I’m not part of the Washington establishment. And I think that’s the signal that her endorsement last night really sends.
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