By this point in my column, you may be asking yourself what could be the case for a man who is an ideological train wreck and the worst manager this side of Barack Obama?

It’s simple, really.

When Gingrich was speaker of the House, he was responsible for kick-starting a movement that did three historic things:

(1) Balance the budget for the first time in a generation.

(2) Balance the budget four years in a row for the first time since the 1920s.

(3) Pass welfare reform.