I'm sure a sucker for high intelligence and bold thinking. That's whyI see plenty of runway in the political future of Newt Gingrich.
The good news is that influential media such as GQ's August issue are focusing on him again. The bad news is that he has yet to finish growing up. I know all about how tough it is for smart, bold folks to make that leap into adulthood. Post- graduate school at the University of Michigan, I watched many of my fellow students never make anything of their talent and courage because ...
So, how could Newt Gingrich become a grown-up?
Well, first he has to want it. And be willing to give up the fun inherent in the role of enfant terrible. Here an excellent model is Hillary Clinton who put all that away when she became determined to succeed in the Senate. Yeah, THAT Hillary who once delivered a real enfant terrible speech at her own college commencement. If Hillary can do it so can Gingrich.
Secondly, he has to get it that the 1960s and 1970s, when the ideology of letting it all hang out verbally was sacred, are over. Finito. Those focused on big goals have seemed to have had implanted a Greenspan-like editor for their public rhetoric.
Third, adults force themselves to allow critics into their circle and, yes, they listen to them. Previously, Gingrich, like all revolutionaries (think Jeff Bezos) was reluctant to let contrary opinions in. When Amazon.com almost went belly up, Bezos' instincts led him to listen. The rest is history. There could be a similar new upward spiral for Gingrich.
How will the grown-up Gingrich look? Like a presidential candidate.