Newt Gingrich. Remember him? He had his brief moment in the sun in South Carolina during the Republican presidential primary process, relishing the chance to share his vision for the future of America.
However, his 15 minutes of fame quickly burned out as he lost primary after primary after primary, and his campaign wasn't even organized enough to get his name placed on his home state of Virginia's ballot on Super Tuesday.
Now as others have dropped out realizing Mitt Romney has the number of delegates and the time and money left to win the Republican nomination, only Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain as challengers although all contests have them trailing far, far behind and there's hardly any press associated with them. Indeed, Gingrich lost his press detail a while back as they shifted their attention to those who had a better chance of winning.
Now, as Gingrich lingers almost forgotten, comes disturbing word that his secret service agents who still accompany him are costing taxpayers upward of $40,000 a day. Gingrich has vowed to stay in the race until the Tampa GOP national convention where he wants a brokered convention.
Many consider Gingrich's continued use of secret service protection a waste of taxpayer money. Perhaps they should have exited when the press abandoned Gingrich. Is it a necessity, or it is a heady trip of self-importance for a fading GOP star? Either way, the costs are adding up and Gingrich, of all people, should understand why some may be upset at what they consider a wasteful expenditure of taxpayer money.