NOSTALGIC FOR NEWT….Mark Schmitt, in a parenthetical aside today, says this:

One of the less well-recognized facts about Newt Gingrich and his revolution was the fact that he was extremely solicitous of Republican moderates like Nancy Johnson who became his strongest supporters because they wanted a vigorous party even as the party respected their differences of opinion. Gingrich’s “Contract” was fairly anodyne, not a sharply ideological document, to protect that diversity. It was later rebellions by Armey and DeLay among others that brought the real Bolsheviks to power.

The sad thing is that he’s right. It’s hard to believe, but the leadership of the modern Republican party is now so insane that liberal Democrats can legitimately look back and say that, by comparison, Newt wasn’t really all that bad.

Yes, you heard that right. Newt. Wasn’t. Really. All. That. Bad. I think I’ll spend the rest of the day hiding under my bed.

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