Monday, January 23, 2012

Over a political career of nearly 40 years, Gingrich has convinced virtually everybody who has ever worked closely with him that he cannot and should not be trusted with executive power.
David Frum

  • The speech hit the two great themes that have characterized Gingrich's career to this day: enthusiasm for grandiose ideas -- wrapped in rancor, division and name-calling.
    A classic display of the Gingrich method was the memo he circulated to elite Republicans in the fall of 2004. (Gingrich is about as much a Washington "outsider" as the maitre d' at Cafe Milano.)
  • David Frum: Newt Gingrich is a man of grandiose enthusiasm for divisive rhetoric
  • He says Gingrich stresses points that score on talk shows but fail to address real issues
  • Frum: Many who have worked with Gingrich don't think he can be trusted with executive power
  • He says Gingrich is one of the most disliked figures in national politics Read Full Story
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  • Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. He is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again.