Gingritch has at least one thing in common with your benificence (i.e. me): He's a student of history, and from the realist perspective. He's quite a smart guy.
If the GOP were interested in leading, they would take his advice: Don't be an obstacle, be an assistant to those good and necessary ideas that this imperiled time require. That's the first step in repairing the Republican brand. "Hey, let's HELP the nation" What a concept...
From there, charismatic leadership can emerge, and around that, good ideas can be articulated that the mostly conservative electorate can go for. Do i think they've gotten the message, the GOP.
Not no, but 'F*** no!"
Remember that the Christianists now rule the GOP. Gingritch has their tacit approval, but not implicit support (Gingritch has a thing for infidelity, divorce, and pr*rn, from what I hear). The Christianists know no compromise, because theirs is a political philosophy built around the concept of biblical infallibility. It's hard to argue rationally with someone who has faith that the intentions of god are completely understandable.
The Holy War within the GOP has yet to begin, and when it does, there's no telling that the Christianists will be evicted. It may be the libertarians and the fiscal conservative/social moderates who lose (the Christianists have more guns and food stockpiled!). There are some disturbing trends about the creep of the Christianists... at least to me.
On another note, Pastor Warren is giving the convocation at Obama's inauguration, and I could not be more disappointed...
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label