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August 10, 2012 5:11 PM Newt University

By Daniel Luzer


The Romney campaign has apparently decided to roll out Newt Gingrich for the Republican National Convention. Gingrich will not get a headliner speaking position. He’ll get a college.

Sort of. According to a piece by Jeremy Peters in the New York Times:

Newt Gingrich hoped to get a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. Instead the Romney campaign will have him teach a series of workshops they have nicknamed Newt University.

The actual content of Newt University remains a mystery. It will likely consist of his usual pseudo intellectualism, offering a smart rhetorical gloss over many of the current Republican talking points. There will be a series of lectures in which Newt will explain that “history teaches us” something history does not actually teach us, “logic dictates” something that logic does not actually dictate, and the “Constitution says” something the Constitution does not actually say.

This will probably not be an opportunity for the former House Speaker to display his famous “visionary” ideas since, as Peters explains, the convention is mostly an opportunity for the Romney campaign to smooth over tensions in the Republican Party. Though Gingrich doesn’t appear to much like Romney (well, neither does anyone else), he’s apparently going to be on good behavior. Peters:

Mr. Gingrich insisted that he planned to play nice in Tampa. He is focused on preparing his lesson plans for Newt University, he said, not on sowing any further party discord. “The truth is the hardest-core conservatives didn’t win the nomination. So to turn to Romney and say, ‘You now have to dance to our tune’ doesn’t make much sense to me.”

It is, of course, not a real university. It’s sort of like Glenn Beck University or Trump University.

Why are these fake colleges so common among Republican figures? Why not just call it series of workshops and be done with it?

Whether or not actual Glenn Beck or Donald Trump will appear at the convention is still to be determined. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Anonymous on August 10, 2012 7:32 PM:

    Lecture 1: How to Dodge the draft and STILL be a Great American Patriot and a Nilitary Expert

    Lecture 2: How to be a Dead-Beat Dad and STILL embody America's 'Family Values'

    Lecture 3: How to DUMP a wife as as she's recovering from cancer surgery and REBUILD American Civilization

    Lecture 4: How to Cheat on Two wifes and still pass the 'Defense of Marriage Act'

  • Bobby Goren on August 11, 2012 8:41 AM:

    "Though Gingrich doesn�t appear to much like Romney (well, neither does anyone else), he�s apparently going to be on good behavior."

    Of Gingie will be on good behavior - Sheldon Adelson will make sure of it. I'm sure Adelson isn't happy to have pumped millions into Newt's loser primary but now he's doubling down with Romney. He'll be damned if Newt's going to throw that money down the drain. It may still be chump change to Adelson but nobody likes to lose or lose money.

    Further, maybe Newt's got a fair amount of campaign debt that will be covered if he keeps his mouth shut. The fun will be seeing if he can. He pulled his punches during the whole welfare reform ad lie - but can he keep it up?

    Hopefully the press corps will continue to tap and needle Newt until he blows his stack and rages on Romney.