I mean it. Very few surrogates give you a show like Newt. In yesterday’s interview with Chris Matthews, Newt advocated for Mitt Romney with a coy smile, constant chuckling, and I’m pretty sure an eye roll got in there. At one point, after Newt doesn’t even try to take seriously the idea that he’s on Team Romney, Chris calls out Gingrich telling him, “you know, when you smile, I see what you are! But that’s all right.”
Matthews is pitch perfect in interviewing Newt, throwing out opportunities for Newt to stroke his own ego at the expense of Romney and Newt simply couldn’t help himself from beaming. It’s about as funny as serious political coverage can get.
If nothing else, the segment where Newt and Chris go “zoo nerd” and talk about their favorite zoos and animals is pure gold.