"Newt Gingrich leaves this presidential race in any number of roles: conservative conscience, eager Romney surrogate, most-wanted congressional campaign guest, or possibly persona non-grata on the 2012 trail. Whatever the case, almost all Republicans agree on one thing: the former House speaker stayed in the race too long, and his unwillingness to give up the fight will make it harder to win back his political prestige. "
He was never going to be the nominee. And what a good thing that is. But he and his wife had convinced themselves, and some very gullible people, that his self-promoted awesomeness would would deliver the delegates needed to go on to win the White House .
Self-delusion and hubris are what kept the Gingriches believing in that fantasy.
Now reality and a mountain of debt will sober them up.
His hubris and ambition remind me of some passages from Shakespeare:
"I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on th'other. . . ."
"I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament."
There is an hilarious parody of Newt and Callista on the video below: