Just reading this article from Mark Shields.
Newt had some very interesting things to say back in the day.
Here is a very funny exchange between then Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate leader Bob Dole: (emphasis mine!)
Barely two years later, after having been chosen Time magazine’s Man of the Year, Gingrich had plummeted in public esteem to where, in a CBS-New York Times poll, just 14 percent of voters had favorable personal feelings toward the speaker.
This prompted an apocryphal Washington exchange between a perplexed Gingrich and Dole. “Why do people take such an instant dislike to me?” asked a perplexed Gingrich, to whom Dole bluntly explained: “Because it saves them time.“
And here is Newt’s opinion about Reagan’s Soviet policy:
Just like when Newt went to the House floor during the Gipper’s second White House term and declared the president’s Soviet policy a “failure.” Here is what Gingrich said: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing and without a dramatic, fundamental change in strategy will continue to fail. … The burden of the failure frankly must be placed first upon President Reagan.”
This was after Gingrich, as reported in the Congressional Record, had found Reagan responsible for our national “decay”: “Beyond the obvious indicators of decay, the fact is that President Reagan has lost control of the national agenda.” Students of Newt-speak will recognize that by “decay,” Gingrich was generally referring to factors such as crime, illegitimate births and illiteracy.
So I wonder what it was about the Gipper’s Soviet policy and national agenda that he would have done different?
I get the feeling that Newt thinks he is the smartest guy in the room and everyone else is there to listen. Sounds a lot like Obama!