Newt Gingrich is a panelist on CNN's political debate show Crossfire. Also, he has a funny Twitter tic that New York's Stefan Becket noticed.
Whoever runs social media for Crossfire is enamored with the engagement strategy of asking lots of rhetorical Yes or No questions on Twitter. And Newt Gingrich is enamored with answering them.
It's hard to exactly pin down what's so funny about this. Here are the two mental images it conjures for me:
1. Newt Gingrich, head bowed in some kind of paperwork, while someone just off to his side keeps asking him random topical news questions "Newt! Should Michael Grimm step down from office?" He answers them in a kind of automatic, distracted way and continues tow ork.
2. Newt Gingrich, sitting in a classroom, as a weirdly hyper teacher fires a series of rapid questions. After every one, Newt Gingrich's hand shoots straight up and he answers them confidently. "Class, how would you grade President Obama's foreign policy?" Newt: "FAIL." It's worth mentioning that in this mental image, the classroom is empty, and Newt Gingrich is sitting alone in a sea of desks.