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Newt Gingrich
Politicians who are playing at celebrity are playing with fire

A number of Republican aspirants to the White House in 2012 are garnering millions of media impressions by leveraging Fox News and other media outlets to fuel their ambitious goals. They don't realize it, but they are in danger of celebrity self-immolation. Celebrityhood provides a quick way to ignite a candidacy and a fast track onto the mainstream of pop culture, but the flimsy medium can burn out quickly, leaving nothing but an ephemeral vapor behind — and destruction in its wake. Celebrityhood is a dangerous elixir when drunk by politicians. While its power is mighty, it requires transformation to sustain itself. Witness how successful celebrities like Madonna have stayed...