My personal theory holds that most politicians enter public life for the following reasons:

1. power for its own sake
2. get things done that they care about
3. attention
4. money
5. blowjobs
Newt Gingrich is a special case. I think his motives run this way:
1. attention
2. blowjobs
3. attention
4. money
5. get things done that he cares about
6. power for its own sake
The man just cannot keep his mouth shut. Twitter is designed for someone like him. Every time big news is afoot, he can horn in by instantaneously sending his mental twitches to an audience that includes the national media. So, during the pirate standoff, he went on record against the very strategy that eventually proved to be a winner. Now he’s joining the Sotomayor debate.    

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