Rick Santorum lit into Newt Gingrich in last night’s debate in South Carolina. Santorum said that when he served with Gingrich in the House in the early 1990s, Gingrich had “an idea a minute” but showed “no discipline, no ability to be able to pull things together.”
“Grandiosity has never been a problem with Newt Gingrich,” Santorum observed. He didn’t mean that Gingrich was lacking in it.
Merriam-Webster offers two definitions for grandiose. One is negative—”characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration; and one is positive—”impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur.”