If there was ever a way to truly gauge a presidential candidate's popularity among voters, it would be by the number of Twitter followers they have. And that's what historical fiction author Newt Gingrich is banking on. He cried to The Marietta Daily Journal about "the elite media" going after him, and referenced this story about his "personal touch" on Twitter:

Gingrich referred to a news article that did an analysis of Twitter followers.

"And it says, 'now it's true that Gingrich has 1.3 million followers and (Michele) Bachmann only has 59,000, but she's getting more new people every week.' It turned out I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn't count because if it counted I'd still be a candidate; since I can't be a candidate that can't count. So we've been a little bit like a sailing ship in the middle of a hurricane in which we are sailing straight into the teeth of the media, and that slowed us down."

Not really sure what the hell that means, but okay!

[The Marietta Daily Journal via Politico; image via Getty]