Leaving Nan on the couch.

To borrow a line from Neil Sedaka, “Breaking up is hard to do.”

On a more serious note, breaking up is hard to do, I guess, at least for Newt Gingrich, after playing buddy-buddy on the green couch with Ol’ San Fran Nan.  

AllahPundit has video at HotAir of Gingrich’s tough words for Pelosi, Obama and other anti-drilling Democrats. 

CQ Politics has more:

An old hand at leading GOP insurrections, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. (1979-1999), offered his support to the House GOP recess energy protest on Wednesday and urged Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and John McCain of Arizona to cut a deal on their own bipartisan energy compromise.

Although the House of Representatives is not in session, some Republicans have been on the House floor, and just outside the chamber, mounting their protest, claiming that allowing expanded offshore oil drilling would lower gas prices.

“Sen. Obama, as the leader of the Democratic Party, should pick up the phone this morning and convince [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ] that they should come here and recall the Congress,” Gingrich said. He said that Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, and his GOP rival, McCain, “should find five things they agree on energy, and offer a joint bill . . . and say let’s pass it before the conventions. If they walked in with five things, they’d pass it before the conventions.”

He added that he doubted Obama would break ranks with his party to cut a deal: “He’s now entrapped between the anti-energy left, led by [former Vice President Al] Gore and Pelosi and Reid and the pro-energy Democrats, who understand that they’re not going to survive if they are the party that’s anti-energy.

Gingrich said he believed Pelosi, D-Calif., had mishandled the GOP revolt last week by adjourning abruptly on August 1 and cutting off Republicans who wanted to continue giving special order speeches. “As a former Speaker, I can sympathize with occasional moments when you make a mistake. If Speaker Pelosi allowed them to do all their special orders on Friday, they would have left in exhaustion around 10 o’clock Friday night. And in one of those classic abuses of power, where the arrogance of power just infuriates a free people, by adjourning abruptly . . . she so enraged the Republicans.

“I watched both Speaker [Thomas P. “Tip”] O’Neill and Speaker [Jim] Wright do this. And it has a galvanizing effect. . . . She made a huge mistake on Friday.”  Read more at CQ Politics…

H/T to Michelle Malkin, who reminds us that even “in his justification for appearing in the ad, you won’t find a word mentioned about the need for offshore drilling.” 

But, at least he has made an about face, I guess.

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