Intro to "The Newt I Know" by Joe Scarborough
Scarborough was a member of the famous freshman Republican class of 1994 that won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in forty-five-years and only the second time in sixty-years.
Because of his diligent efforts in showing what the Clintons were doing (and planning to do) to the nation, this is the class that made Rush Limbaugh an honorary member over Newt Gingrich's protest that he was "too right-wing, too divisive."
Joe was also a member of the group that rebelled against Newt as Speaker after his great leap to the left in 1996-97. Gingrich had ethics violations, had betrayed his fellow-Republicans, and was urging them to break their promises to the American people-who had elected them-and thus betray them. They refused. Newt got the boot.
Scarborough has observed Newt well, and provides the perfect view of a man who bounces along as the wind blows-with bionic jaws unleashed the entire trip. A narcissist who never shuts up, who never tires of bringing up new ideas (zany and otherwise) and talking about them whether he follows through on them or not (and he usually does not); and though he bashes the media, Newt loves to stand before them day after day after day-and yap.
You will find Newty very similar to the current Narcissist in Chief who at least has sense enough not to speak outside of a controlled interview with a friendly questioner and rarely ever talks without a teleprompter. After all, he is also the Teleprompter President.
This piece is well worth the read-especially for those of you who did not follow politics in the `90s, or have forgotten, or were too young, or just want to know how Newt Gingrich truly is.
This is not a leftist knock-off piece. Neither is it a hate piece. It is history, as observed by one who lived it first hand. No better way to obtain information.
Another point that ought to be made before getting into this piece is that Scarborough himself is no rash right-winger. He is more to the right than Baby Boy Bush and Papa Bush, but I doubt that he would reverse much of the leftist moves our nation has made to a bigger and more powerful centralized government. I would not call him a neo-con, either; but he is strongly influenced by their views, as most
Republicans are nowadays. Few, in fact, know the difference between true conservatism and neo-conservatism, though that difference is vast.