The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"
When your floundering campaign for the White House stalls, and your poll numbers are sinking, you might need that third act to save you by pulling a Sarah Palin out of your hat.
Newt Gingrich said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be among the candidates that he would consider when picking a potential running mate, adding that the former GOP vice presidential nominee would be an ideal candidate for Secretary of Energy.
Gingrich, speaking during a conference call with conservative voters hosted by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition, was asked by one of the attendees whether he would consider Palin as a running mate.
"She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she’s somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities," Gingrich saidPalin might be ideal for a position in his Cabinet.
"There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well," Gingrich said. "I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider."
Palin teased us for months with the frightening possibility of running for the presidency before ultimately (after cashing in ) announcing to stay out of the GOP race.
And a grateful America breathed a sigh of relief.
While he's at it, Gingrich might also like to consider some other viable candidates to join him in the clown car. Maybe Donald Trump would be a good choice for Secretary of Commerce, although putting him in charge of the Department of Grifting and Strategic Defaulting might be more suitable.
And Rick Perry for Secretary of Education, since he graduated from the 8th grade, and has a Texas accent. And Rick Santorum would be a great choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, since he's just 'dripping with the milk of human kindness'.
That would leave Michelle Bachmann as Secretary of the State, since she's so much like Margaret Thatcher (or is it Ronald Reagan? )
Just when we thought it was safe to turn on the TV again, Newt Gingrich reminds us that at least one two-bit grifter's fifteen minutes might not be over - just yet.