In his rise to power as a Republican congressman, Newt Gingrich developed a reputation as a rhetorical "bombthrower." And that was before Bill Clinton stepped foot in the White House. By the mid-2000s, the former Speaker of the House (he left Congress in 1999), seemed to grow mellower, and even recast himself as a treehugger. Those were pre-Tea Party days. Last year, Gingrich made headlines for his strange remarks about President Obama possessing "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior." Last month, he called for the EPA to be abolished. Today, in addition to renewing that call, Gingrich proclaimed:
What you have from Obama Administration is a war against American energy.
That's vintage Gingrich, circa mid-1980s to mid-1990s. It looks like the old firebrand, a perennial presidential aspirant, is gambling that this persona is more in tune with the times.