More than you ever wanted to know about NewtSubmitted by Lao Tzua on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 01:46
But a fascinating and in-depth portrait of "Newtie" from 1995 - highly recommended for understanding our rival and his weaknesses. Article by Gail Sheehy, "The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich" based on interviews with 70 of his friends, family and political operatives - and Newtie himself:
"...Friends of Newt's from graduate school recall a single-minded, achievement-oriented workhorse with a Nixonian level of social unease. Newt was, however, a mesmerizing presence --articulate, highly energized, driven by his quest, his dream. Yet even as early as Tulane, he seems to have assessed issues in purely political terms. Neither moralist nor ideologue, he was from the very beginning a pure pragmatist, an actor in the political theater, always honing his presentation.
"Looking back on everything, Newt was always focused on his agenda," recalls Dot Crews, Newt's campaign scheduler through the 70s. "It was not about political philosophy with Newt --never. If the country today were to move to the left, Newt would sense it before it started happening and lead the way...."
Entire article at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newt/vanityfair1.html