As odd as it might sound, I think Newt is mostly genuine.
Not right on most things mind you, but genuine. He has a genuine big ego and genuinely thinks about big ideas, and genuinely screws up most of the time.
But after he gained the Speakership in the 90's he forced Clinton to reign in the BATF and curtail many of the abuses the agency was committing against lawful gun owners. (that we are starting to see again under Obama ) And for that I could never bring myself to really dislike him, no matter how wrong he might be on some things.
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