The Newt Republic

So we learn today that Newt Gingrich has officially joined the Has-Been Politician with a Newspaper Column Club, via a column in The Washington Examiner. Say what else you will about the man—that he “has always been considered a prospector in bold and counterintuitive thinking;” that he’s currently “at the zenith of influence in conservative Washington,” that he’s been a more insidiously divisive figure than Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter combined—but at least we can be reasonably hopeful that we’ll be treated each Friday to a thoughtful, revealing, and perhaps even inventive column.

Oh, and let the “Newt 2012” speculation begin anew.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.