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The perils and promise of Newt Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich is now clearly the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. I’m trying to wrap my head around this dizzying fact because, well, frankly, I share a lot of the concerns that are now being expressed about his record as a leader.

Newt Gingrich is in his own mind a historical world figure on par with Lincoln or Thatcher, and he has no hesitation about telling you so.

This has had its obvious downsides. (As a friend said, “I fear Newt Gingrich may be the one guy who can re-elect President Obama.”)

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