Newt’s fu­ture

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Per­haps Newt Gin­grich ought to toss his hat into the 2008 pres­i­den­tial ring af­ter all.

“I am the fu­tur­ist who gave a speech at the gov­er­nors con­fer­ence in Arkansas when Bill Clin­ton was gov­er­nor, and cited Newt as ‘upand-com­ing.’ (This was dur­ing the pe­riod he was de­liv­er­ing speeches to an empty House cham­ber on CSPAN at 2 a.m.),” Roger Sel­bert, who as prin­ci­pal of the Growth Strate­gies Group is one of the most widely known and re­spected eco­nomic, so­cial and de­mo­graphic trend spe­cial­ists in the United States, writes to Inside the Belt­way af­ter read­ing our item about the for­mer Repub­li­can House speaker from Ge­or­gia.

“The chair of the con­fer­ence was ap­palled I would men­tion ‘Gin­grich’ and ‘lead­er­ship’ in the same sen­tence,” he re­calls. “He later led the Repub­li­cans to ma­jor­ity and be­came speaker, of course. Will he be­come pres­i­dent? I wouldn’t bet against it, and I’d be glad to vote for him. (He’s a bit of a fu­tur­ist him­self, you know.)”

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