Keith did a story earlier this week that got overlooked because of The Daily Show vs. CNBC controversy. But I couldn't be happier about it, because it cut Newt Gingrich off at the knees.
The story was about Gingrich stepping into the Limbaugh vs. Obama controversy --he scolded those who want to see Obama fail as "irrational." Keith wondered about Gingrich's motives: partisan peacemaker or de facto party leader opportunist? David Shuster picked up on the theme the next day, featuring a rejoinder against Gingrich from Rush and a discussion with Howard Dean. "I have no idea what Newt is up to," Dean says. "I can't wait to see what the next chapter is...(The Republicans) have to rebuild their party, and (the Dems) have to screw it up!"
Is this Newt's real prize? A spot in a Romney, Santorurm, or Paul administration is now out of the question, of course. But effectively displacing Rush as the de facto leader of the GOP? That, I think, he would "settle" for!