Debra J. Saunders

By 1999, Republicans were worn-out; they replaced Gingrich with Denny Hastert. Former Rep. Jim Talent, now a Romney supporter, told Politico that when Gingrich was speaker, members would have to check the morning newspaper to see what he "had said that you have to clean up in your own district."

So far this year, Gingrich has had to answer for Newt Inc.'s $1 million-plus haul from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, his Greek cruise and his slam against Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare reform as "right-wing social engineering."

And that list doesn't begin to touch his Napoleonic, Rooseveltian, Wal-Mart-ian, Gaullist and Reaganite McEgo.

Debra J. Saunders

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