A lot of posters have tried to make a connection between Newt Gingrich and Winston Churchill. If you only know Churchill from the war years then you'd probably view such comparisons as blasphemy.
But at one time Churchill was the most reviled member of the House of Commons. He left the Tories in 1904 and walked across the aisle to join the Liberals. When the Liberals fell into disarray he walked back to the Conservatives. As a result nobody trusted him.
During WWI, he joined the government as First Lord of the Admiralty where he spent Navy funds on a land ship. It was called Winston's Folly. You may know it as the tank.
After the disastrous Dardanelles campaign his career seemed over and he joined the British Army on the front lines. On returning to the House, David Lloyd George wrote to him, "You will one day discover that the state of mind revealed in (your) letter is the reason why you do not win trust even where you command admiration. In every line of it, national interests are completely overshadowed by your personal concern."
Churchill's political salvation was, of course, that he became PM without an election. Sir John Colville, Churchill's private secretary recalled, "Seldom can a Prime Minister have taken office with the Establishment...so dubious of the choice and so prepared to have its doubts justified."
As beloved as he was during the war, when they had the chance, the British electorate turned him out.
On to Gingrich. There are a lot of parallels. They are both children of the House. There is disgrace and redemption. There is controversy within his own party, distrust among those he led and worked with and the total disdain of the "Establishment." There is the fascination with technology. But Gingrich cannot be elevated without an election. He must hope that the American people decide that this is his moment.