Newt Gingrich wasn't the most beautiful Republican presidential candidate of 2012, but he was always the most visually interesting: his expressive face, his love of props and animals, and the deep archive of photos from his long political career. Here we tell the story of Newt's "double-Lazarus" presidential campaign in photos.
The Ideas Man. On May 15, 2011, just after he said he's running for president, Newt Gingrich calls Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan "right-wing social engineering" on Meet the Press. Gingrich thinks of himself as an "ideas man" who's bold proposals sometimes anger both the right and the left. "Fundamentally" and "frankly" is one of Gingrich's favorite words, and you can see by the expression on his face here that he thinks he's just telling it like it is. Many Republicans disagreed. The comment marks the beginning of his campaign's first collapse. Gingrich personally apologized to Paul three days later, but the damage was done.
The Wife with Expensive Taste. Financial disclosure forms Callista Gingrich filed while working for the House agriculture committee showed that Gingrich owed between $250,000 and $500,000 to Tiffany's in 2005 and 2006. The story inspires Time to post a slideshow of all the fancy things Callista could have gotten in little blue boxes, shown below. The story adds to the impression that Gingrich is unserious and in it for the money, but there's this weird undercurrent of snobbery. Gingrich is mocked for acting like a rich redneck fixated on trinkets, while super-rich Jon Huntsman is fawned over for his love of low-brow stuff like jean jackets.