Now Newt Gingrich Thinks He’s Mickey Mouse

Newt Gingrich"That'll be an even hundo, fellas."Well, this is embarrassing. GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now charging folks $50 a pop to get their photo taken with him. At a campaign stop in Delaware, the former House Speaker's roadies asked supporters who wanted a snapshot to fill out their credit card information, then directed them to Newt's website where they can retrieve their photo. If this scenario is sounding familiar, you've probably been to Disney World or on a cruise -- same sort of thing. It goes: Hi! Welcome! Smile! (Flash goes off!) Gouge.

Thing is, though, Newt's not as popular as Mickey. He's not even as popular as a cruise vacation -- he can't get away with this sort of thing. People are less inclined to pay for a faint political memory as they are for familial ones that last a lifetime.

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It's the first time Newt's charged for pics during his campaign, igniting rumors that he's in need of some funds. And fast. And any way he can get them. Desperation doesn't look good on anyone, but it looks especially unattractive on a middle-aged man who may or may not realize that his dreams of running the country will never come true. Sadness. At the end of February, it was reported that his campaign was posting more debt than cash.

So what's next for Newt? He's heading to Maryland then Wisconsin to try and reach supporters and make a few bucks by charging for pics. He might even try charging per question -- $25 for a one-parter, $65 for a two-parter just because he can -- or maybe he'll get people to pay him each time he says "America", or each time he squints his eyes and listens. We'll have to wait and see. All's fair in love and money-making.

Would you pay $50 to have your picture taken with Newt?

 

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