We are amused that he has recently complained of President Obama's "anti-Catholic values," since Gingrich has himself been married three times. We do not know whether he will be allowed to receive the Eucharist in his new church, or whether he cares. It has always been very difficult for us to figure out what Gingrich cares about, apart from the sound of his own voice.
But please note: Were Newt a Lutheran, our friends at ALPB would be loudly bemoaning the way "all the best and brightest Lutherans are leaving for Rome," oh-woe-is-us. We at the Egg have called bullshit on this myth repeatedly over the years -- the various emigres have been overwhelmingly from the AELC, which was born in schism, and their profiles have been high principally among themselves. (Pelikan is the notable exception).
What both amuses and irritates us about the woe-is-us crowd is their vocal enthusiasm for Lutheranism as they wish it were, and their highly cultivated disdain for Lutheranism as it actually exists. This is amusing when it is quixotic and irritating when it turns fratricidal.
Gingrich is now a former Baptist. Those people are no strangers to internal disagreement, or even to near-fratricide. But they are not, so far as we can tell, afflicted by this particular strain of self-doubt. Do you really imagine that any Baptist publication will note Newt's defection, and pose an hyperbolic challenge to the effect of "Will the last Baptist turn off the lights on his way out?"
Of course not. They'll do the reasonable thing: shrug their shoulders, say "Huh," and go on being who they are.