Newt Gingrich, Definer of Civilization

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Over at Slate, Jacob Weisberg has actual evidence that Newt Gingrich might actually be crazy – his own handwritten notes “from the period leading up to his big 1994 victory”:

There are cosmological renderings, with Newt, as the central “System Designer,” warming the radiating orbits of his staff, supporters, constituents, and the public. There are crazed lists of things to do, like get more exercise, watch his diet, and “articulate the vision of civilizing humanity and recivilizing all Americans.” There are megalomaniacal mission statements like: “In order to renew American civilization we need new language to explain our new vision to arouse new human and financial resources to create a new party system so we can defeat the Democratic machine and transform American society into a more productive responsible, safe country …”

Including a legal pad in which Newt helpfully explained his “primary mission”:

—Advocate of civilization

—definer of civilization

—Teacher of the rules of civilization

—arouser of those who form civilization

—Organizer of the pro-civilization activists

—leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces.

Who knew we were electing a superhero? Seriously, though, this man has issues. An election in which he was the GOP candidate would be profoundly entertaining, but (possibly) not what is best for the country.

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