Pardon the cheesy title. I can't resist a good rhyme. Anyway, I'm sure I'm not the first person (or even the tenth) to use the line. But it's true - I do like Newt.
   It's not him, or his policies. I've never seen him speaking and I don't have much of a clue about what his policies are. No, I like him for other reasons.
   Reason 1: he has a great name. I mean, that name could belong to so many things. Newt Gingrich could be the name of a dog, like Just Nuisance, or a cartoon character, like Pepe le Pew. Or it could be a rat. Or a rock band. Or any number of vegetables. Or a medical condition. If Newt Gingrich were a person, though (which, obviously, he is, but if he were a different Newt Gingrich), he'd probably be a nerd. Newt. That is the name of someone who got teased at school. Someone diminutive and pimply.
   Reason number 2: He just won the South Carolina Republican primary, by quite a long way, which means Mitt Romney may not have the smooth run everyone was expecting a week ago, which will keep things interesting for a while. Okay, it may only be for a week. But I hope it's a while. Because, frankly, I am following this race with unfathomable interest. I say unfathomable because, from here at the bottom of Africa at least, the contest is quite funny in the way it lacks substance. They think they are gunslingers but they are really like children. They say what they think their parents, I mean voters, want to hear. And they call each other names. 
   Which reminds me, isn't Mitt Romney another great name? Not as great as Newt Gingrich, but better than Ron Paul or Rick Perry. I don't get the two first names thing. I'd get confused and call them Paul Ron, or Perry Rick. And then you know how Americans do that thing with the first initial and the last name? So Perry Rick would be P-Rick. I don't think that is befitting of a prez. So if it were about names, which it almost is, Mitt or Newt would have to be the ones.
   I say Newt wins by 12.