LAST CALL: Gingrich's latest role shows that he can do things bythe book

It's not always easy for ex-politicians to stay in the public

eye.



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

review.



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

reading.



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.



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