himself a big thinker and he's talked a lot about that.
ROBERTS: He is a big thinker.
AMANPOUR: Exactly. Nikki Haley said there will be a time and a
place for Newt Gingrich. Is his time up? Is his time now?
WILL: He's been out of elective office for 12 years. Now, John
Quincy Adams was out for 17 years before he became president, but he was
John Quincy Adams--
ROBERTS: And he was secretary of state, and that was the stepping
WILL: Newt Gingrich's problems are so far beyond just his multiple
marriages and all of that. His ethanol love affair right now. On 7th
of March, he said let's go get Gadhafi. On the 23rd of March, he says I
never favored intervention. He did it on television.
WILL: Yes, exactly. He is one of these people who says that to
understand Barack Obama, you need to understand his Kenyan,
anti-colonial mentality, and this is just not a serious candidate.
WALTER: I want to go -- because I think one of the other
interesting things that we talk a lot about that he was going to be the
idea person in this. You talk to anybody about Newt Gingrich, even
before they jumped in, they said, you know what, he's going to help set
the policy table for Republicans. But actually the person who is a
bigger threat to Newt Gingrich is actually Paul Ryan, because Paul Ryan
has become the idea generator for the Republican Party. He's now that
new face with the new ideas, and he's the one who sort of forced
Republicans onto that.
ROBERTS: The policy agenda for Republicans is not him. That's the
policy. And, you know, the whole question of, oh, we don't like our
candidates and all that. That happens every election cycle. And in
2008, the Democrats were looking around and they said, oh, my goodness,
the economy is tanking. If we just nominate, white bread, white guy
he'll win. And our other candidates are unelectable. Let's draft Al
Gore back, let's do all of this, and the Republicans are in the same
kind of swivet this year. And you know what? Somebody will get the
nomination, and if the economy is in the tank, that guy is likely to win.
AMANPOUR: OK, so that brings us to Barack Obama. The president we
hadn't spoken about. The bounce from bin Laden, will that propel him to
the presidency again?
WILL: It has a life, I think, of 10 points for 30 days, maximum?
And then it will be gone.
WALTER: Five thus far.
ROBERTS: I actually think it does. Not propel him to the
presidency, necessarily, but change people's view of him. It has,
beyond just the bump in the polls, he comes across as decisive, daring
and pro-defense. All of those things are good.
AMANPOUR: All right. On that note, thank you all so much.