Newt Gingrich is an endlessly fascinating character — a man of such outsized ambitions, such glaring flaws, such an interesting intellect and such a raging ego that Shakespeare could have written a series of plays about him.
A recent profile in Esquire captured the miasma of contradictions and hubris that is Newt Gingrich. As a columnist, I’ve always relied on Newt to provide fresh fodder.
But I’ve also wondered how his party could continue to take him seriously. He has already crashed and burned as a party leader; his stint as House Speaker during the Clinton years proved that Gingrich is better suited to politics than governance, better at tearing down than building up. After his leadership helped bring about crushing losses in 1998, GOP House members wanted him out as Speaker, and he left public office rather than face the prospect of losing that office.
Still, a party desperate for anything that resembles an intellectual underpinning has dusted Gingrich off and trotted