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The David Brooks Tragedy

David Brooks:

The Gingrich Tragedy: Of all the major Republicans, the one who comes closest to my worldview is Newt Gingrich…

The worldview of Newt Gingrich:

A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about.

An energy tax punishes senior citizens, it punishes rural Americans, if you use electricity it punishes you. This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job.

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.

If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now. Newt Gingrich

In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. Newt Gingrich

One morning, just like 9/11, there's going to be a disaster. I have yet to see the United Nations do anything effective with either Iran or North Korea.

Politics and war are remarkably similar situations.

The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.

The secular elites are so terrified of telling the truth about radical Islam. When you talk about the radical Islamists, we have got to get straight and get serious and talk about it in the right way.

We must expect the Soviet system to survive for a very long time. There will be Soviet labor camps and Soviet torture chambers well into our grandchildren’s lives.

Most People don’t realize it’s illegal to pray in school, most people somehow think that’s not true.

The Federal government made a Danish heart pump illegal that was used in ambulances that kept 54% of people alive who would otherwise now be dead.

Somehow on the left… you can do anything you want and nobody seems to notice. But if you are a conservative and… you make a single mistake you better plan to be pilloried.

I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power.

Gingrich - Primary mission, Advocate of civilization, Definer of civilization, Teacher of the rules of civilization, Leader of the civilizing forces.” Newt Gingrich on Newt Gingrich.

And the 1978 Gingrich ad:

Newt will take his family to Washington and keep them together; Virginia will go to Washington and leave her husband and children in the care of a nanny!

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?