The egotistical, one-time Boy Wonder of conservative politics has gotten off to a gaffe-prone, creaky, stumbling start.
He seems out of his element and out of his era.
Now, as if all that weren't enough, he's been outed as a Mama's Boy ('Mama Mia,' that is) and a shameless devotee of the 'Dancing Queen.'
Here are some excerpts from a story in the New York Daily News:
Newt Gingrich has been outed - as an ABBA fan.Click here to read more.
The Republican firebrand is such a fan of the sugary Swedish songsters that his cell phone ringtone is the group's hit "Dancing Queen."
Gingrich also thinks "Mamma Mia," a movie starring Meryl Streep that features the tune, is "amazing."
"It's just fun," he said. "When they do 'Dancing Queen' in the movie, I just think it's a great sequence. I love that sequence -- the energy, the excitement."
Gingrich's secret passion for ABBA was revealed when his cell phone suddenly rang during a campaign stop in Iowa, where he has been trying to launch a presidential campaign.
"Dancing Queen," Gingrich sheepishly admitted, is his ringtone.
"My wife warned me this would happen," he said, referring to third wife, Calista.