Ari Melber with video (04:32)from MSNBC-Lawrence O'Donnell:
By entering the presidential race on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich assumes the role of the most serious joke in the Republican Party.Howie P.S.: In other news about joke candidates
If you look at the historical precedents for reaching the presidency, Gingrich is simply not positioned to be a serious candidate. He resigned from the last elected office he held, in the House 13 years ago. He has never won statewide office, held a cabinet position, or served in the military.
By contrast, every president elected in the 20th Century had previously served in the military, or held national or statewide office. Gingrich’s presidential path is not just unlikely—it is unheard of in the modern era.
Gingrich is a serious joke, however, because of the silly company he joins. The speculative GOP field is packed with green room performers (Trump, Bachmann), entertaining interlopers (Paul, Cain) and thin sequels (Romney, Santorum). Almost anything looks sober by comparison. MORE...
Like he did with his net worth, Trump overestimated his political assets.