As he does so often, Marc Cooper nails it:
The term describes a political figure whose electoral worth is less than zero and whose ideas are totally bankrupt, but who can continue to offer up political guidance because he’s kept on life-support by media-generated oxygen.
Or if you prefer a shorter definition of a zombie pol, try this one: Newt Gingrich.
Not only does Cooper do a superb job in vaporizing the idea of Gingrich as a policy intellectual, he also provides excellent reasons why Newt keeps coming back, even if the sarcasm as regards the media might be a little too subtle for them to pick up:
It’s not really surprising that the leadership vacuum in the battered, rudderless Republican Party should be filled so quickly by a professional blowhard like Gingrich. Pompous self-promotion is his specialty — even in his political afterlife.
Nor can we really blame the media for his untimely resurrection. Which news director in his or her right mind wouldn’t focus the cameras on a walking, talking zombie? What a show!
If I were a conservative who actually cared about public policy, I’d be a little ticked about this. But as a progressive, I think it’s just great that Newt keeps talking and talking and talking….