[Gingrich] has an unconservative faith in his own innocence. ... Gingrich was perfectly content to belly up to the Freddie Mac trough and then invent a Hamiltonian rational to justify his own greed.
Then there is his rhetorical style. ... Most people just want somebody who can articulate their hatreds, and Gingrich is demagogically happy to play the role. ... Gingrich has a revolutionary temperament — intensity, energy, disorganization and a tendency to see everything as a cataclysmic clash requiring a radical response.And in case you missed the point:
[Gingrich] has every negative character trait that conservatives associate with ’60s excess: narcissism, self-righteousness, self-indulgence and intemperance. He just has those traits in Republican form.Has DeLong--or, indeed, anybody--ever put it better?