It's not always easy for ex-politicians to stay in the public
Once you've written your tell-all, what do you do next? Newt Gingrich,
ex-speaker of the House and leader of the preempted Republican
Revolution, has come up with a unique if somewhat pathetic answer:
compose effusive book reviews about everything you've ever read, and
then post them on Amazon.com.
At the time of writing, Gingrich is ranked No. 448 on the website's
reviewer's list (and is the only one we could find who goes so far as to
provide a picture). Perhaps more interesting is that, having reviewed 47
books, he's given just one fewer than four out of five stars. (He gave
The Legend of Bagger Vance a stingy three out of five, writing that you
probably have to enjoy golf to really get it.)
Gingrich displays a remarkable range in the books he chooses to
The expected tomes on history and politics are there (he raves about
Edelman exec Mike Deaver's Ronald Reagan memoir), but so are a healthy
dose of suspense novels, Saving the Giant Panda, and more than one book
on quantum theory.
As far as this being anything of a PR move, it seems to be working.
Several media outlets, including inside-the-Beltway fave website The
Hotline, has mentioned Gingrich's new career. So our advice to other
soon-to-be-ex-members of Congress out there is, you better start
Not that we're trying to suggest anything, but we've prepared a little
care package for Gary Condit: Evasive Peace, Silence of the Heart and
The Public Relations Kit for Dummies.