Say It Ain’t So, Newt!

From Delaware, where Newt Gingrich is inexplicably campaigning this week, comes this sad and shocking news:

Asked by a radio host inside a small diner whether he would work for a Romney administration if given the opportunity, Gingrich answered “probably not” but “not because I am opposed to Mitt.”

“Look, if the choice does end up being Romney versus Obama, I can be very, very enthusiastic for Romney, that is a huge choice. But I had a very good life doing a lot of fun things,” the former House speaker said. “I am very happy to be an adviser. I did a lot of that in the Bush administration both on health care and national security.”

Knowing Newt, of course, you’d have to figure he considers himself a little too big for a Cabinet post, being a Churchillian global strategist and all. And then there’s the fact that he can make a lot more money being an “adviser” to the administration, and avoid all those messy disclosure and conflict-of-interest rules.

The other possibility is that he knows Romney may never be able to forgive him for “The King of Bain,” the Gingrich Super-PAC flick that depicted Mitt as a depraved Wall Street predator who derived enormous personal pleasure from destroying the lives of regular folks. Indeed, if Newt harbors private fantasies of occupying some new Cabinet post like Secretary of Ideas and Bloviation, he might want to ask Winning Our Future to take down “King of Bain” from the web, where it still sits emitting radioactivity and documenting Romney’s command of French.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.