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Friday, May 13, 2005

The most unlikely dinner date?
Would you ever get Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House and firebrand Republican who personally let the right's impeachment charge against the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton, Democratic Senator and 2008 Presidential hopeful around the same table? Apparently, you can get much more than that.

The NY Times reports that the two have been working fairly closely together over the past few months, staking out shared positions on healthcare and other major issues. Gingrich has even been talking up Clinton's chances for the 2008 presidency.

It's all a bit bewildering. But perhaps the answer lies in Gingrich's political future, not Clinton's. Gingrich needs to build a more moderate image in the eyes of the populace, and perhaps, just perhaps, Gingrich may be making a giant play for the Republican 2008 nomination himself. Stranger things have happened...