Because that roguish smile and bedeviling eyes are all Newt Gingrich has to offer. When he last ran for president in 2012, The Washington Post noted that he might be the least popular politician in America. Between 16 and 25 percent of Americans had a positive opinion of the man, making him less popular than either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump -- neither of whom most Americans would feel guilty about hitting with their car.
Most Shameful Moment In Politics:
That'd probably be when he admitted that he spearheaded a shutdown of the federal government partly because President Clinton was rude to him on Air Force One. A political cartoonist memorialized it thusly:
New York Daily News
That cover was blown up into an eight-foot-high poster and displayed in Congress by Gingrich's angry opponents, in what was easily one of the most interesting events of the 1990s that didn't involve O.J. Simpson, Iraq, or Bill Clinton's wang.