Frankly, this is fascinating news. As Brian Stelter of CNN reported Tuesday afternoon, Newt Gingrich’s contract with Fox News—not to be confused with his long-defunct Contract With America—has been suspended:
"Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement" with Newt Gingrich "effective immediately." Story TK.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 12, 2016
Fundamentally, this will feed speculation that Gingrich could be presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s choice as running mate. Gingrich has been one of Trump’s top surrogates for months, becoming one of the first veteran Republicans to speak positively about the entertainer, at a time when he was still anathema to the party, or at least, to even more of the party than he is today. In recent weeks, the Great Mentioner has frequently cited Gingrich as a leading candidate to join Trump on a ticket, Gingrich recently joined Trump on a campaign jaunt to Southwestern Ohio, and he proudly boasted of having helped the candidate come up with a widely derided tweet about stars of David, anti-Semitism, and Frozen.
Fundamentally, Trump wants to fill out his ticket with a figure who is more of a political insider and has Washington experience, both of which Trump lacks. Frankly, Gingrich seems like an obvious pick: As a longtime U.S. representative, former speaker of the House, and former presidential candidate, he ticks the political boxes. But he also shares some things with Trump, including an unflagging and perhaps inflated sense of his own intellect, an propensity to say outlandish things, and three marriages.