Newt Gingrich’s pressing warning to GOP: ‘Better pay significant attention to Michelle Obama’

Former House Speaker and one-time presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich raised the specter of a Democratic Party shadow campaign and issued a warning to fellow Republicans about the former first lady they needed to keep an eye on.

(Video: Fox News)

Political norms, like all traditions, are being increasingly upended as witnessed by the rejection of debates by some and bold challenges to incumbents. While the Democratic Party has publicly signaled their all-in favor to President Joe Biden, Gingrich suggested appearances could be deceiving and Michelle Obama was a figure to watch.

Joining Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” the former Georgia congressman pointed to the departure of Domestic Policy Advisor and Obama confidant Susan Rice the day before Biden’s reelection announcement as a telling signal.

“I think at a minimum, it probably is a sign that [Rice] said, don’t do it, and [Biden] said, I’m doing it anyway,” Gingrich said before turning his attention to the former first lady.

“And I also think that — I was very struck when Mark Halperin, in his Wide World of News, ran the video of Michelle Obama on stage with Bruce Springsteen. She’s playing a tambourine,” he continued.

As previously reported, while traveling with filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, the celebrity spouses accompanied Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa on stage in Barcelona, Spain to sing along for a performance of “Glory Days.”

Gingrich continued by referencing Obama’s ongoing marketing of her book “The Light We Carry,” set to include a Netflix special with Oprah Winfrey, “She recently had 9,000 people at an event with Oprah in Los Angeles.”

“I think Republicans had better pay significant attention to Michelle Obama. I hadn’t believed that until I saw her on stage with Bruce Springsteen. I thought, you know, this is not a person who’s hiding,” he opined. “So it’s conceivable that Susan Rice and others are beginning to say they’re not going to be part of some kamikaze reelection campaign with a guy who can’t remember what he did yesterday.”

Speculation over Rice’s departure had included the possibility that she would be mounting her own bid for the White House, or that she might even be seeking to supplant flailing Vice President Kamala Harris one way or another.

Whether Rice is simply stepping aside to avoid the fallout from the Biden administration’s policies or if she is seeking to involve herself in a challenger’s campaign in some capacity, the fact remains that the vast majority of voters have expressed their disfavor toward Biden seeking reelection. While most Democratic voters would support him should he become the nominee, there is ample opportunity for others to join Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson in beginning their own primary challenge against the president.

Kevin Haggerty

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